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SoHo and Subways

29 Feb

Pick a card.

Car parks.  They lift and stack the cars.

Cupcake carts… yum!

Shnazzy chandeliers.

Fiona’s new shopping cart for all the SoHo shopping 🙂

Delightful window displays.

Thee best pizza I had in the few short days I was there.  Seriously delicious.

Seriously, YUM.

All sorts of goodies.

It was packed and everyone was in such a good mood.  It was such a fun lunch time with Fiona and Shannon : )

Hi.

Some Subways were not so obvious.

Others were very obvious.

I found horses in one of the most populated areas in the country… Times Square!

Lots of sparkle.

The concrete jungle is even bigger than I could have imagined

27 Feb

The photos just don’t stop from New York.  I took so many that I think are worthy of sharing so I’ll just continue sharing : )  I hope that everybody had a great weekend!

The new World Trade Center.

A lot of these sky scrapers were close to 100 years old!  Pretty remarkable.

This was swinging over the packed streets.  Urban construction seems so dangerous!

Infamous.

The Statue of Liberty.

Texture.

Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge.

Many of my photos were shot zooming past land marks but I LOVE these arches.  The curved stone is really something else.

Birds everywhere.

Murals everywhere.

City sunsets.

The one great thing, cabs are actually pretty inexpensive!  Our average fare was about $10 total for what in SF would be $30-$40!  Something to keep in mind when visiting.

Another suggestion of things to do that I experienced in NY, go to the restaurant Beauty & Essex…  It was a speakeasy and one of the best meals I’ve ever had.  It’s undercover though.  It appears to be a pawn shop that you enter and proceed to the back and tell the guard you are actually there for dinner.  He then opens part of the wall and it’s like you are Alice in Winterland who’s just been opened the door to another world.  You enter a huge, beautiful and extraordinary place.  Here are a few photos I pulled from the website.  It was an expensive meal but well worth the food, specialty drink and most importantly the experience with friends!

Outside view.

Pawn shop… or is it?

The other side… UNREAL.

Check out their site for more photos and the menu, etc.  I would highly recommend this and just going to see New York!

New York, New York

24 Feb

I have hundreds of photos from my East Coast trip that I’ve been trying to sort through and lots of great things to come this weekend.  For now, I’ve managed to get through sorting some of my New York photos and here they are.  Enjoy!

There are people just pushing these carts down the middle of the street everywhere.  It’s pretty funny.

The park by the statue of liberty.

Hop on, hop off.

I absolutely love street art like this.

Eyes in the sky.

Shannon and I at Carrie Bradshaw’s house in the village.

I love arch-ways in architecture.

More filming.

Old cars and taxis for the movie or show they were filming!

We stayed in the Garment District where there were all kinds of fabric stores everywhere for all of the fashion/art students.

This was really special.  They were hand made tiles in memory of the 9/11 victims attached to a car lot fence.

I love my friends so much.

Brunch downtown at a cozy diner.

They are so cute : )

Press.

Something I’ve realize over the past few weeks is the importance of friends, family and time.  Time is the best gift you can give somebody because you will never be able to get it back.  Make sure you give it to the right people.

And with that said, don’t take any moment of your healthy life for granted.  Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you do something well worth your time : )!

Reflections and Grand Central (part 2)

23 Feb

Jumping back into work after a pretty rough week hasn’t been the easiest.  This past weekend, we lost a very treasured co-worker and someone I considered a very special mentor.  She approved my hire when I first began in San Francisco radio in 2008 and showed me how to be confident in my skills I was gaining along the way.  She also showed me how to go after what I wanted and I attribute my forever gratitude to her for pushing me to go after what I wanted in this industry.  I really owe her my two promotions because whenever I wanted something, I’d go to her office and she would ask me if I got the next promotion, then what would I be looking at next.  She had me always striving for the next best thing because that would make me who I am in what I do.  I can’t be more thankful for that.  Not to mention she was very funny and amazing at what she did.  Although her special light has gone out, it won’t leave us forever.  Every big event she has pulled off over the years will continue to scream her name and no one could ever forget her.

I’m going to continue to post photos from New York as I get the energy to.  It was a really great trip despite coming home to not the best news.  I do want to share it with you all and I am so thankful for anyone who even read this post 🙂

Man walking in the windows of Grand Central Terminal.

I swear NY is one big filming set.  Everywhere we went we saw things being filmed!  We even saw what we think was Boardwalk Empire being filmed in the Village.

The marble was insanely gorgeous.

Besides feeling like I was being eaten by sky scrapers in the downtown area, I loved the reflections of the other sky scrapers in downtown NY and had a fascination with taking photos of just reflections.

I love this one.

This was actually my first picture the I took in NY.

You really can’t escape these huge buildings.  It’s definitely an extraordinary sight to see.

Grand Central Terminal (Part 1)

21 Feb

My absolute favorite stop in New York was Grand Central Terminal.  Even with all of the hustle and bustle going on around me, I felt at peace in this very moment.  If I lived in New York, I would probably visit Grand Central Terminal at least once a week.  Here are the first half of my Grand Central Terminal photos.  Enjoy!

Tahoe is the best

10 Feb

OK, here are the last of my photos from last weekend.  Onto a new weekend we go!  Happy Friday 🙂

Watson Lake laps!

Getting wild.

Donuts on the Phazer.  This thing is awesome.

Custom paint job.

Taking turns making hot laps on the Phazer.

Gorgeous Day.

We were on top of a lke that was slowly melting.  Will a real winter hit us this year?  Or are we just in an off season because last year was SO good?

Blue skies all weekend long.

Matt and Clark having a moment.

Me and B having a moment HAHA!

One of my favorite Mexican eateries on the North Shore, El Sancho!  Not only is it delicious but the views are pretty great, too.

View from El Sancho.

Bus stop.

The moon started filling up and it was gorgeous.

Sunset driving home.

I think I love sunsets so much because they remind me to reflect on the things that I’ve accomplished in that day.  Did I do something fun?  Did I accomplish anything I’d wanted to?  Was it the best day I could have made it given the circumstances?  And they are simply beautiful.

I can’t wait to get back there.  It’s a place that can have all the snow in the world or none at all and I’ll just love it no matter what.  I didn’t get on my snowboard at all but maybe next time.  I had so much fun snowmobiling with Emily and Matt and was sore for days.  Like sore to sit down even.  It was awesome and I can’t wait to do it again.  Our next reunion will be for a Monstor Truck show coming up which I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to.  They just seem so American, how can you pass up a chance to see these machines in person?  I won’t forget ear plugs though.  I hear those are essentials!

Have a great weekend!

The top of a beautiful blue world

7 Feb

While spending the weekend with Emily and Matt in Tahoe, they were nice enough to take me out on their snowmobiles which is always a good time!  I love getting to go snowmobiling with them because it’s one of their true passions and they are both so good at it.  It’s also so liberating flying through the woods with the wind in your face and the Lake by your side.  One of the stops we made was at Watson Peak and it was incredibly beautiful.  I really had the best time enjoying the outdoors this weekend with these two.

There hasn’t been fresh snow in a while but it got very chilly at night.  They need a new snow very badly but they’ve got the temperatures at night for it.  During the day was too warm but it sure was beautiful.

We took the sleds up to the top peak of Northstar to enjoy a drink and some food and of course the nice day.

Toys.  Emily and Matt have the most fun garage of anyone I know.

I just love her!

I’ve missed my friends!

From Northstar we headed to Watson Peak which was just unreal.  I used to live where I could see this lake everyday and I can’t believe I don’t anymore.  It’s so incredibly beautiful and my opinion of that never changes no matter what the weather or angle I’m looking at it.

Em and Matt’s friend Ryan came along with us for the day, too!  His girlfriend, Kim, was working for the day so what better way to kill time than go for this beautiful snowmobile ride and he has quite the sled.  I’ll be sharing that in one of my next few posts.

One of the most fun days I’ve had in a while.  I have so much more to share from this weekend so I’ll continue to post more photos throughout the week.  Until then, enjoy!

I had missed this place too much

6 Feb

Over the past weekend I had the chance to spend some quality time with two of my favorite people, Emily and Matt.  We had so much fun taking in the outdoors and relaxing while catching up.  Quality time with good friends has seemed to be the perfect medicine lately 🙂

Venice Beach in the winter

23 Jan

Here’s the other half of my Venice Beach photos from my trip to Southern California.  I really couldn’t believe this was their January weather!

I love this!

Street performer flipping over the line of people.

Street performer.

Crowds gather for street performers.

You can buy all sorts of “souvenirs”

Trying on sunnies with two of my best friends 🙂

sand scuplt

Aluminum prom dress

Venice Beach, thanks for the memories!

The return of Travel Thursdays with Venice Beach!

19 Jan

I stopped doing Travel Thursdays for a while because although I’ve seen a some cool places, a lot of my photos are so old!  I’ll continue to write about ones that are must-sees and current places though.  Here’s a post about my trip to the world famous Venice Beach last Sunday.  I had always heard just how extraordinary it was and I’d always seen it on TV and in movies so I figured I couldn’t miss seeing it.  It was truly something else.  I had to split this into two posts as well because there were so many interesting things to see in Venice Beach.  Here’s the first batch of photos, enjoy!

The art in Venice was one of my favorite things about the place.  Almost every building or wall is painted.

It was so cool, all you have to do is give the city a copy of your driver’s license and you can go tag the Venice walls in this beach area.  I loved watching people tag the walls and I LOVE the colors of good graffiti.

Hey I found my initials, at least I think 🙂

So much paint.

Even the trees?

Oh yeah and there’s an awesome skate park on the beach.  So cool to watch all the amazing skaters from toddlers to old guys hand planting.  Yes, that happened!

So cute!

A moment of calm.