Side Projects

I’ve taken on some side projects that include turning my apartment into a jungle, growing my own herbs and eating enormous amounts of vegetables.

After getting an herb container garden last summer from Aunt Barb, I’ve started collecting plants. It got to the point where I was getting a new one almost every week. There’s probably some addicts meeting for this…

This past weekend as I was walking out of church there is a farmers market that comes around every Sunday so I stopped by to check it out. And came home with 3 new plants. I KNOW, I’m working on my problem.. Next week.

But then I needed soil to plant my new plants. Plus new pots. So I dragged Jon along. And then I ended up buying arugula seeds and he got some plants of his own. Between us, we’d have a jungle. Finally got all of my plants into their new homes and I’ve obsessively been checking my seeds for any signs of growth (there are none).

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New herb plants means fresh basil and parsley on my pasta for dinner. Yum!

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And spring means an awesome selection of vegetables at the CSA I belong to through work. I’ve been bringing home huge quantities of veggies each Wednesday and coming up with all sorts of new ways to use them. Most recently I tried Swiss Chard wraps. The inside was couscous with caramelized onions, garlic, dried cranberries and feta. I wrapped each one up like a little burrito and then baked them. Super tasty and something I’d definitely try again. I’ll post more pictures of it once I get those from Jon. He approved and even asked to eat the leftovers the next day so I think it was a success!

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Tomorrow is Wednesday which means I have a whole new selection of veggies coming my way. This week includes spinach, boston lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, tomatos and ramps! I have a recipe in mind for those so stay tuned!


Metro North

Ever since I moved to NYC there has been a running to-do list. Actually it was created before I moved here. Hello, my name is Emily and I have a problem with overplanning.

But one of the items on it said “Metro North.” No exact details along with it just the fact that we would hop a metro north train and head, well… north.

We’ve been waiting all winter for it to finally get warm enough to spend an entire day outdoors. It actually almost didn’t even happen because Jon got called into work. And then that got switched to Sunday.

So on Saturday morning we made it! Woke up early and packed a picnic lunch before heading off to Grand Central Station. It took about 10 minutes of looking at google maps to pick which train stop had the biggest green space within walking distance of it and we bought tickets to head there. Ended up picking Croton-Harmon, Jon would like credit for being the one to spot it. It turned out to be perfect!

It was a quick 30 minute walk from the train station into the main part of the park (405 acres of woods, grass and nature!)

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Gorgeous sunny day and even though it was a bit chilly it was nothing that jackets and a fleece picnic blanket couldn’t fix. Spent some time under a tree overlooking the Hudson eating lunch.

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Then packed up and wandering further into the park where we found a nature center & nature trails that wound their way through the woods. Absolutely stunning views all around, the pictures don’t do it justice.

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Finally settled in a spot along the other side of the park in the grass to fit in some New York Times reading and laying around. Such a fantastic, relaxing way to spend a Saturday. It will definitely be a reoccurring trip. Neither one of us was ready to pack up and leave when the time rolled around but we had dinner plans.

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Made it back into the city after a quick 40 minute train ride and headed down to the Lower East Side for dinner with a bunch of RIT friends. A few friends were in town visiting so it was an excuse to all get together to hang out. Ended up having the most amazing veggie burger – probably top on my list if not number 1. It was almost like eating a falafel on a bun with tzatziki sauce, onions, sprouts and tomatoes. So incredible good and good company along with it! A much, much needed Saturday. Finally ended the night with a walk through Soho with Jon before heading to the subway. I was more than ready to crawl in bed by the time I got home.

Finding a Place

Early Sunday morning I woke up, got some coffee ready and wandered out the door with a heaping basket of laundry in hand. As I threw it in the washing machine to head off on a run through Prospect Park I realized just how far life has come since I moved here 8 months ago. No longer am I dragging wet laundry down the street because I couldn’t make the 7pm cut off time. Now I just need to work on successfully entering my apartment while unlocking the door, holding the basket, squeezing through the door and dropping everything or looking like an idiot. One thing at a time…

I’m far from establishing anything that resembles routine around here but we’re getting there. Realizing just how comfortable I am on these streets in my neighborhood is a good feeling. It’s not the first or second time I’m wandering down them but somewhere in the hundreds and I’m still able to find interesting things to see.

How lucky that this is my backyard? A three minute walk out the door and I forget that I’m living in a city with 8 million other people.

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So incredibly thankful for the way that things have fallen into place over the last year or so. It’s almost been a year since I graduated from RIT, weird right?

It’s starting to feel a little more like my very own city (that I happen to share with a lot of other people…) every time I leave and come back. No matter how many times I’ve reentered the city after a quick trip away, I’m always shocked by the energy in this place.

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Two weekends ago I headed home with Jon to Hershey to attend his best friend’s wedding. It was super nice to get out and experience nature and quiet for a bit. Jon was actually pretty busy all weekend as he was the best man so I got some quality time hanging out with his parents. My only regret of the weekend? Not asking to see embarrassing photos of Jon growing up. Had so many opportunities with him out of the house and still missed out. Next time…

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The tiny church was located just a mile or so away from Three Mile Island, the nuclear power plant, which was slightly unnerving. But the views were gorgeous and the church was right out of some movie (The Notebook?).

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Bride & Groom (+best man and matron of honor) rode away on a John Deere tractor. We’re not in NYC anymore!

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Topped off the weekend with an absolutely gorgeous sunset over the Susquehanna River during the wedding reception. An early wake up on Monday morning (4:00am) meant that we were rolling into NYC just in time for me to make it to work on time. Jarring experience going from this sunset to busy Penn Station during morning rush hour but it was good to be back!

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All Kinds of Busy

I’m back! Kind of.

Life has spiraled into all kinds of busy. Staying later at work, freelancing during any open night hours, traveling places on the weekends, attending sweet after work events. Busy! It’s been good but my room and plants are begging for a bit more attention.

These pictures are so old now (2+ weeks) so I won’t even try to date them. Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to:

Working on a project that required an early morning walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Project won’t launch for a while so I can’t share just yet but it’s exciting! And pretty awesome that we can just hop on the bridge in less than a 10 minute walk from the office.

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Attended a friend’s performance at a little bar/restaurant in Astoria a few weeks back. Fun to have an entire place filled with people that I knew! photo 2-3


Sunday morning brunch date with Jon at Omonia cafe – the makers of the My Big Fat Greek Wedding cake.

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Walk through Central Park on one of the first warm days of spring! Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to wander back through now that more flowers/leaves are out.

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Espresso & cappuccino date with Jon. Weekend tradition. We pretend to be fancy.

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Ride on the East River Ferry from LIC to DUMBO to attend the first Smorgasbord (food festival) of the season! photo 5-1


First lunch outside with a bunch of Carrots. Seriously this view is a 3 minute walk from the office!!photo 2

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Food from the above mentioned Smorgasbord festival. Tofu taco.

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And delicious teriyaki balls which Jon and I split.

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We had a pretty major leak in the bathroom. Which was discovered at 7 am. And wasn’t fixed for three days. There’s always something!photo 3


View of my walk to work – complete with giant inflatable rats that are protesting something (asbestos). photo 4


Cauliflower soup that I made one night when Jon came over (his request!) along with parmesan crisps. We were inspired by that soup that I had on our anniversary.

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Views from the East River Ferry.



Took an after work run down to the lake in Prospect Park on one of the first warm days. Such a good way to end the day! photo 5


There have been many more things since then so I’ll attempt to catch up to speed this week and hopefully get back into the blogging groove. This past weekend I was in Hershey, PA with Jon for his best friend’s wedding. So nice to escape the city for a bit, even if it was only 2 days. Took the 5am train back yesterday morning (which meant a 4 am wake up for us all, oops!). I made it to work on time but it made for a very, very sleepy me by the time 4pm rolled around. Luckily this week has been insanely busy so far with new projects and meetings so I have no time to be tired. Thank you caffeine!

Easter & Springtime In Brooklyn

Started off Easter morning with a four mile loop around prospect park. Loving the warm (or relatively warm) spring weather lately.



Headed off for Easter Sunday at the park slope church a few blocks away. It’s actually only my second time there despite having attended the life group with some girls from there for a few weeks now. Definitely like meeting more people who live in my immediate area. Went out to brunch afterwards with some friends around Atlantic ave which rounded out the walking for the day to 8 miles. Yikes! My feet were more than ready for a break when I got back.


Jon got back from North Carolina on Monday so I headed to queens on Monday night to see him! (& his roommates cat max)


Other events this week have included freelance design work, enjoying sunny walks home from work, after work welcome drinks for new coworkers, and cooking delicious and random dinners (big kid spaghetti with canned tomatoes, homegrown basil & goat cheese).



Seriously cannot believe that tomorrow is Friday. Keeping pretty busy at work which makes the days fly by. I’ve been working on one big project for the past month or so, can’t wait to finally release more information about it sometime soon!

Apologies for the updates that have been few and far between. Still finding the balance between work, freelance, exploring NYC and staying sane!