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Tomorrow will be our one month anniversary of living in New York and by 'eck it's been a crazy one! We've eaten a lot of great food (doughnuts, mostly doughnuts. And brunch. Lots of brunch), visited our favourite museums and galleries, been to the top of the Empire State Building (twice) and just walked the streets in awe of this incredible city.

Tomorrow is also the day we start moving in to our Brooklyn apartment and I can't wait! We'll finally be able to unpack and get properly settled in to our new home. We'll also be able to start preparing for Christmas, but first, today is a certain someone's birthday so excuse me while I go stuff my face with (more) doughnuts and cake!

This month's song choice simply comes down to the fact that this has been stuck in my head every day since we re-watched Guardians of the Galaxy last week...and now I hope it's stuck in yours also ;-)

Happy Turkey Day 2014

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This year is our first Thanksgiving in America, and despite not being able to go all out with a big Thanksgiving feast (we're still in temporary accommodation), we are determined to embrace this much loved holiday of our adoptive country as best we can! We'll start the day by getting up early to join the huge crowds watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, before we head home to start cooking our simple turkey roast dinner. For dessert we'll pig out on pecan pie and pumpkin donuts before ending the day snuggled up in our pjs with hot tea and Netflix - perfect!

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Today I am thankful for the kindness of strangers

  • I'm thankful for the lady at the check-in desk who kindly let us off the bulk of our excess baggage charges, saving us lots of monies.
  • I'm thankful for a new friend who has kindly let us live in his beautiful SoHo apartment for free for a month - such a surreal experience!
  • I'm thankful for our new landlady, for making renting an apartment in NYC less painful.

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What are you thankful for today?

Reasons to be Cheerful - October

So this is incredibly late...but you know, moving to a new country can be kinda distracting ;-)
  • Quality time back on the Isle of Man
  • Visiting Niarbyl for what may be my first time (I'm so ashamed)
  • Queenies and Davisons ice-cream and chips, cheese & gravy - all my fave Manx foods!
  • The Douglas Steam Railway Workshop tour (we are a train mad family!)
  • Seeing Momma P's new shop & trying on fascinators
  • Getting m'hair did & feeling good about it!
  • Precious Poppy cuddles and meeting up with good friends
  • Afternoon Tea at Beas of Bloomsbury
  • Spending a day with my baby brother in London
  • Lunch with my Great Aunt, siblings & brother-in-law
  • The awesome cake my sister baked us!
  • Attending the Tatty Devine parakeet workshop and buying lots of Tatty goodies! (oops)
  • Dunking countless Rich Tea biccies in endless hot cups of tea
  • Amazing pancakes at The Breakfast Club (twice)
  • Fantastic food (pies) at Putney Pies & a delicious meal at Café Rialto (that gelato!)
  • Essentially bulk buying tea bags & Tatty Devine - both necessary for a move to America.
  • A nice, but little bit sad, last day at work
Read/Watched/Listened To/Saw/Visited:
  • Gone Girl - we actually went to the cinema to see this one and wow! So good.
  • The new series of The Apprentice - equally as cringey as every other series.
  • I finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and finally made a start on A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Grayson Perry's Who Are You? exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum - both fantastic!
  • The poppies at the Tower of London was an incredible (but very busy) experience
To look forward to/to do in November:
  • Errr moving to New York!!
  • Spending a day with Momma & Poppa P before we board our flight
  • Our first Thanksgiving in America
  • Living in an apartment in Soho, for free, for a month
  • Seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt1 - I can't wait!
  • Andrew's birthday (cake, cake, cake)

Pinned: New York City Dreams 001

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We've now been in New York for just over two weeks and I still can't quite believe it! Are we really going to be living in NYC now?! Aside from making long lists of all the things I want to do - and foods I want to eat - now I'm back here, I've also been busy pinning pictures of my dream apartment.

Most of what I watch is probably set in NYC, so I've had an idea of the sort of place I'd love to live before even getting here. I have no visions of living in a penthouse apartment on the Upper East Side, with views over Central Park; as incredible as that sounds, sadly I'm not Blair Waldorf (I'm missing a vast array of expensive headbands for one thing). No, my dream place would be an apartment in a beautiful old building, on a quiet street in Brooklyn (because the West Village is a little out of our price range). It'd be big enough for the two of us, be filled with gorgeous natural light & have hardwood floors with a kitchen that consists of more than one counter. And if we get really lucky there would also be access to a roof or fire escape, with a fantastic view - oh how wonderful that all would be!

Having paid London rent for 3 years, we're no strangers to the big-bucks-for-little-space thang that NYC has got goin' on, so we're fully prepared for whatever this city has to offer - whether it be an apartment the size of a shoe box or one the size of a small house - let's just hope Lady Luck is on our side eh! (And that we can dodge the realtors and their 15%-of-the-annual-rent fee. Errr no thanks.)

The Poppies at the Tower

So it's now the early hours of the 12th in the UK, but here in New York it's still the 11th, which means I'm technically not late sharing these pictures I took of the poppies at the Tower of London last month.
The installation, entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with each poppy representing a British military fatality. There are 888,246 ceramic poppies in total, with the final one put in place on the 11th November to mark Armistice Day. Seeing the poppies was a truly incredible experience, despite the crazy crowds you had to navigate through to get a good view, and it really brings home the level of sacrifice that was made.
The ceramic poppies are the creation of artist Paul Cummins and the setting was designed by stage designer Tom Piper. They were gradually added to the moat surrounding the Tower of London throughout the summer and will now be picked by volunteers to send to their new homes. All the profits from the sale of the 888,246 ceramic poppies - in the millions! - will be split between 6 service charities.
p.s. can you see the little robin hanging out on the poppies in the 3rd picture? He kept hiding underneath them and hopping out occasionally to say hi!