Packing Sucks

As you know from the last post I’m in NYC right now. I’m home for about 25 days so that’s a lot of clothes and other things.

Somehow all of this

Fit into this silver suitcase

I brought about 25 shirts, 6 pants, 10 dresses, running gear, 4 pairs of shoes and other random things.  The blue bag is my carry-on which has my computer, 3 school books and 4 notebooks. Blah.

I’m really proud of my packing skills and how they have evolved over time.  When I was in college I went to California for a week with my family and I brought 2 huge suitcases for the week.  What an amateur. =P

I’M SO EXCITED TO GO HOME!!!!

Home Is Where The Heart Is

You hear that phrase over and over but no matter how many times you hear it it’s still true.

I’m heading home for a month and I couldn’t be more excited to see my family and friends.  My 27th (wow) birthday is on Saturday so I can celebrate it at home which makes me ecstatic to say the least.  We have lots planned including a wedding, holidays, family time, friend time and I’m even working in the NY office of my internship.

This will be the last long break to visit NY & NJ so we are going to make this one the best.  Hopefully the weather gets better because I want to just wander with my dunkin donuts coffee in hand. I can’t wait to eat sushi more than 3 times in a week, have a chopped salad for lunch, have a bagel with cream cheese and lox, dry my clothes in 30 minutes and so many other things.

I also have to study for 3 exams, write a paper and write my thesis proposal but I don’t want to be a downer right now so let’s ignore those little details of my fabulous month at home.

So cheerio London and HELLO NEW YORK!!


How To Start Your Week

Starting your week with a laugh is the best way to get it right.

If anyone missed SNL on Saturday please watch this and just laugh.

I know I know I’m a bad blogger.  I’ve been very busy traveling (to Paris) and entertaining (Lindsey, Jamie & Jen were in town)!  Updates to come this week….promise.

Exploring London

Wendy is a fellow expat living in Notting Hill and when I first moved here I emailed her about 53892058920352 questions and she was so helpful with every single one.  She really knew London and I trusted her recommendations.

It’s quite fitting that she has just started her own company called…….

London In A Day

It’s a private tour guide company that will show you London in 6 hours or less without getting lost, using  map or getting stressed.

Check out her blog as well as her company!

American TV

American TV Is amazing.  I don’t care if people say it’s trashy or wrong.  I love it.  Having been in the UK for 4 months now I’m really missing Bravo, Food Network, Cooking, ABC, NBC, TLC, and Style.  The list could go on and on and on. I haven’t even watched OWN yet!

Well we have found the answer.  I’m actually sitting in my living room in London watching Live with Regis & Kelly right now.  How you ask…..

SLINGBOX!

We set it up on a TV in NJ and we watch it though our computer.  Now you’re probably thinking “but it’s a 5 hour different so you aren’t going to stay awake until 1am just to watch primetime TV”.  Well that’s where DVR comes in.

We are happy campers now!  American TV in our London flat…GENIUS!

Rachael Ray’s on…gotta go. 

The State of Pennsylvania

I found some photos on my phone from our trip to the states.  For the past 3 years we have gone to the Winter Classic for New Years. First year was in Chicago then Boston and this past one was in Pittsburgh.  Not as exciting as the other two places but we still had so much fun.  We go with a group of people so there is never a dull moment.  The best part of going to Pitt for it was that we decided to drive and we had to drive through PENN STATE!!! I loved showing Jon around and made me a little teary eyed pointing out each spot that had an amazing memory attached.

The Tour:

As you drive on Park Ave you see Beaver Stadium and it’s just beautiful (not really…we are in the middle of nowhere but the stadium makes everyone happy)!

Closer view of the stadium:

Shulze Hall: Sororities in PA can’t have houses so we lived on the sorority floor Freshman-Junior year.

McLanahan’s was our go-to place for breakfast, sandwiches, food, drinks, PSU clothing, etc.

The Waffle Shop!!!!! It’s really called the Original Waffle Shop but no one calls it there.  It’s like IHOP but BETTER!

We ate at The Waffle Shop for brunch. So delicious.

G-Man: aka Gingerbread Man – our Tuesday night spot and THE place to be and drink Hurricanes

Sidenote: There used to be a movie theater next to it….not a Chipotle!

CedarLofts #2 – Where I lived Senior year.  Our guy friends had 3 apartments in the “building” and we had 3 also so it was just craziness for 10 months straight.

After our pitstop at Penn State we headed out to Pittsburgh.  We ate at Primanti Bros and then enjoyed the Winter Classic.

Have you been to Primanti Brothers before?  I don’t even know how to explain it.  THe line was out of door (literally) and the menu is on the wall.  The sandwiches all have cole slaw (vinegar based, no mayo), tomatos and french fries.  If you asked them to hold the slaw they will probably spit in your food.  They don’t take change very well there. I ordered the cheese combo (swiss, american & provolone).

Look at it!!

We explored Pittsburgh and then headed to the game.

The next morning we woke up early to hit the road and after 5.5 hours we made it to back home to enjoy the last couple of days we had until our flights back to London.

Home Sweet Home.

A & J’s Big Adventure – Part 2

Days 2 & 3 were spent in Disneyland Park. I never thought I’d be at Disney in the cold or snow but I guess this proves you can never say never.

The first ride we went on was It’s A Small World!

We took the train around the park.

Saw cute Mickey shaped bread.

Again we went on all of the rides (even the little kiddie rides) and we never had to wait more than 30 minutes which was great! The park is smaller than Disney World and they didn’t have the turkey legs that Jon was so excited for.

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How pretty is the castle at night?

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