Monday, May 21, 2018

New York City

I can't believe it's been over two months since I was in New York with my favorite people Evan & Ellie. I have been dreaming every day of returning. Evan & Ellie were of course the best hosts ever and they have an adorable apartment in Bushwick with the two best dogs and kitty ever. It was an excellent blend of adventuring across the city and staying in and hanging out. These two definitely spoiled me and I'm hungry all the time now for Sally Roots. Here are pictures that do no justice to the amount of fun we had.
I arrived!

We took a self-guided graffiti tour of Brooklyn.

Evan made sure to have all the necessary supplies in place.

We visited the September 11 memorial and the Oculus, which was sobering and super cool.
We waited in line for a cronut. They were sold out so we got this cookie shot glass that leaked milk. Note to self that anything that draws a line of tourists is probably something I want nothing to do with. 



My favorite adventure was K-Town and Korean BBQ. I want to go back and eat all the food and buy all the phone cases. 


She looks sweet until you see her lip tattoo...

We rang in Easter with Floyd and Pepper and Easter baskets ala Ellie.


Brooklyn bagels and ice cream and hipster balloons.




These two really showed me how to eat and drink your guts out on the finest provisions New York has to offer.



We got hot dogs and explored Central Park. The hot dogs (spoiler alert) aren't great.

We rounded out the trip at City Well, which is an adorable spa where we got to sauna, hot tub, steam, rain shower, mud mask, eat oranges in Brooklyn. I highly recommend paying for this experience.


Monday, March 19, 2018

NOLA

My mom, aunt, sister and I finally took our girl's trip to New Orleans. We've been talking about this trip for what seems like forever. New Orleans totally blew my mind. It's unlike any place I've ever been. It felt like walking through a time machine. We all appreciate ghost stories and creepy history so it was the perfect trip to take with these gals. I have been very intentional about being in the moment recently so I was thoughtful about using my phone (or thoughtful about not using my phone) so I didn't take many photos but here's a few that I snapped.







We stayed at the Biscuit Palace, which was an INCREDIBLE space. It was a 200 year old space that was converted from a mansion and recently renovated into a boutique hotel. We loved the space and the building managers. We were in a perfect location between Frenchmen's Street and Bourbon Street and walking distance to everything in the French Quarter. The building was sort of falling apart. You can see in the last photo that the ceiling under the stairs collapsed during our first night, which added an element of adventure to our stay. Our first stop upon arrival was Lafitte's Bar, which was a block from the Biscuit Palace. It's an old Blacksmith that has continued to operate with candlelight and strong drinks (I also learned it used to be owned by a pirate and operate as ground zero for illegal operations). Lafitte's was one of the coolest places we visited.






Obviously food was one of the most exciting things of our trip. We enjoyed po boys, etouffee, a snow ball, dirty rice, crawfish and my sister made us go to Mother's for authentic nawlins everything (including bread pudding).  The first photo is from a coffee shop called En Vie which has breakfast in a cup and that might have been my favorite food because it had grits, eggs, bacon and potatoes all shoved down in a cup and eaten with a spoon. I also really loved the district donuts. The best best part of NOLA is drinking while you walk around. We had A LOT of champagne and mimosas. 







We spent most of our time in the French Quarter and were very lucky to have tickets to see Preservation Hall, which was incredible. The street music was amazing and I loved hearing music everywhere we walked. We did take a day to explore Magazine Street. We took the street car all the way down to Audubon Park and were able to check out some of the amazing and gigantic mansions and an old creepy cemetery. We had all read Anne Rice's book "The Witching Hour" before going on the trip and were able to see her home, which is the home written into this book. I didn't take any photos from that experience. My most favorite thing I did was go on a walking "ghost/voodoo/pirate/vampire/zombie" tour of the French Quarter. We saw all the famous ghost spots and I hope to go back someday to explore more. My other favorite thing was the artist night market. Ask me someday about the ghost that haunted our room at the Biscuit Palace, too. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My dad retired and we went skiing in Wisconsin




That's right. My old dad retired. We celebrated with a big family dinner at Surly Brewery which was awesome. There were giant pretzels and beer for all!




The real party was a week later when we took our annual Witt-Blue-Bachman sleep away ski trip. This time we stayed on Turtle Lake and skiied in Cumberland. I think it was our best cabin yet. We enjoyed excellent food and drink, lounging, ping pong, bumper pool and watching some netflix. Bowie mostly enjoyed running. Non stop.
Grandma and Grandpa brought lots of fun projects like slime.


Running: Action shot.




Josh in the weird indoor sauna.
Big muscles opening his popper.
We also made it out for some winter appreciation- a walk on the ice and skiing. Bowie did not want to be in the ski pulk so he had to go back to the warming house and got the award for shortest ski ever. He also spent time on our ice walk hiding under the sled and pooping.









Super beautiful and relaxing getaway with some of my favorite people. I can confirm that my dad is an expert at being retired.