And when I grow up, I will eat sweets every day

Every now and then, my husband will sporadically play a song from Matilda the Musical on Spotify, and that one song always leads to us playing all of the songs, over & over again until we get sick of them... because the soundtrack is amazing! Tim Minchin is a musical genius.

We went to see Matilda a few years ago in the West End and instantly fell in love with it; the songs are so witty and cleverly written. I hope to see it again one day, but until then I will re-live it through song. And if you haven't seen it I urge you to listen to all the songs & then NOT have the words stuck in your head for days! (good luck)

Reasons to be Cheerful - October 2015

  • Spending a weekend in Chicago - such a great city!
  • ...eating deep dish pizza, visiting the bean & finding a Jim Bachor mosaic
  • Helping out on my first lifestyle photo shoot with work
  • Going to the Tompkin's Square Halloween Dog Parade - dog lover's heaven!!
  • Witnessing NYC in the Fall (Autumn) and admiring all the Fall/Hallowe'en stoop displays
  • Seeing my first London Kaye yarn bomb
  • Eating lots of doughnuts - both pumpkin shaped & pumpkin flavoured
  • My first launch party at work with a night of cupcakes & free drinks at Parlor
  • ...followed by my first time grabbing a slice at Joe's Pizza!
  • Doing our civic duty & helping make Park Slope "cleaner & greener"
Read/Watched/Listened To/Saw/Visited:
  • I read The Shining by Stephen King, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach and Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
  • I started watching Glee again, because I freaking love it man! #sorrynotsorry
  • We started watching American Horror Story & The Office (U.S) - I love Jim so much!
  • I watched The Shining and Hocus Pocus - my go to Hallowe'en films!
  • We saw John Grant perform live at Le Poisson Rouge
  • And we went to see Rigoletto at the Met Opera House
  • We spent a day at the Chicago Museum of Art and saw American Gothic by Grant Wood
  • And explored The Morgan Library & Museum for OHNY Weekend

Happy Turkey Day 2015

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Here it is - our second Thanksgiving in America! But, more importantly, the first one in our own apartment. Last year we started our day early (but not as early as some) to go and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in the freezing cold, with thousands (possibly millions) of others. Whilst it was "an experience", it isn't one I feel the need to have again any time soon... so this year we are planning to stay home, in our warm apartment, watching the parade in our pyjamas and eating turkey-themed waffles for breakfast - best plan!

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Today I am Thankful for...

  • Finding a job that I really enjoy doing, with great colleagues that I love working with.
  • This opportunity to live & work in a new country, in one of the greatest cities in the world.
  • Our landlady (again) for letting us stay in our apartment for another year with no rent rise!
  • And my fab hubby for just being so wonderful, all of the time...

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What are you thankful for today?

Our First Year in New York City

One year ago today we boarded a one-way plane to start our biggest, scariest, and most incredible adventure (excluding marriage, obviously) to date. And what an adventure it has been!

We arrived in late at night, and after 2 hours in immigration (with bellies full of butterflies that something would be wrong & we'd be sent right back), we joined the long taxi queue in the cold to get us and our 8 (eight!!) bags to Brooklyn. I wont lie to you, my first impressions weren't the most positive.

It definitely took some time for the realisation that we now lived in NEW YORK CITY to really sink in.

The first 5 months were tough. I couldn't work yet, which meant we were living on one salary. This made finding an apartment incredibly hard (the "you-must-be-earning-40-times-the-monthly-rent" thing is a big hurdle). We finally got lucky a week before we needed to move and found a lovely little apartment on Craigslist, in our favourite Brooklyn neighbourhood, with a landlady who didn't mind that I was temporarily unemployed - hooray!

Living in NYC on one salary also meant that I rarely left the apartment from December to March, as no spare money to spend meant not even getting the subway to somewhere was an option (those $5.50 returns add up y'know). I missed London a lot a lot during that time. The crazy cold of a New York winter didn't help much either...

Things started to look up in March as I prepared for my employment authorisation to arrive - in total I waited 131 days (90 days max. my eye, America) - and I began applying for jobs. I found my perfect job on Craigslist (it strikes again!) and come April I finally started working, for an awesome company, with some great colleagues! The weather started to warm up, the trees were bursting with blossom, we started to properly explore this city and enjoy sampling all the great foods on offer (all the doughnuts please). We even began to make plans for weekends away and I began to really enjoy living in NYC.

It's crazy to think that's we've been living here for a year already. We've survived the coldest winter we've ever experienced, and the hottest summer (I've never been so tanned!). And you know what, we're totally prepared to do it all again!

We love you New York, and we're nowhere near done with you yet. 

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And here are a random selection of pictures from our 1st year here: