Flowers and Snowfalls

As of late life has been chock full of work, peppered with just a teeny bit of play.  The good thing about this is when the time has come to play I’ve had the most wonderful things to fill my time with!  I’ve one again been truly terrible at having my camera with me though so a few iPhone pics will have to do.

First there was a little reunion with these lovely ladies.

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Vintage photo comes courtesy of my Golden Birthday party.

Gracie was on Spring Break from student teaching so she, Allie, and Nicole made their way down to visit me.  After an exceptionally patience-testing couple of days of work the giggle-fest that ensued was much needed.  These girls have some truly amazing things in store in the next few months, and I cannot watch it all pan out!

After a quick visit they went on their way, but I followed them back up north the following weekend.  Even though I haven’t been able to spend as much time  on campus with all of them as I would have hoped there’s something comforting about knowing most of my Rome girls are in the same place.  With the school year winding down I know the remaining girls are about to scatter like the rest of us did last May.  Such a bittersweet thing!

In trying to make the most of the time before they graduate I spent my first night in town on our gorgeous campus.

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Sophia and I had an extravagant slumber party complete with mini tortes, pizza, and movies.  It’s almost like her spare room was made for me … I think I will make as many excuses as possible to sleep over between now and commencement.  I’m sure she won’t mind too terribly.

Bidding my sister from another mister adieu, it was time to grab my things and jet across town to see my real sister and her kiddos.  Recently our little midwest college town has really upped its game and we are more than happy to take advantage of the fun new things going on.  Tables of used books and flower carts lined the street …

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But what we really came for was the Easter activities.  Our little monkeys couldn’t wait to dive in and have some holiday fun – and I was more than happy to join in!

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Although recent snowfall is trying to put a damper on things, here’s to hoping more spring fun is on its way!  And fingers crossed I stop forgetting my camera all the time!

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Travel Eye Candy

Travel and Leisure magazine has this brilliant little deal where you sign up for their emails and each day they send you a little something called Travel Eye Candy.  For all of those with wanderlust like me it’s the perfect way to see shots of old familiar places or discover new places to add to the always growing travel wish list.

There’s something so great about starting your day with a stunningly beautiful photo of a far off place, so I thought I’d hop on board with a little Travel Eye Candy of my own.  What better to start with than some lovely snaps of the blog’s namesake, Rome.

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Happy Friday!!

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NY EATS

Realistically, we all know one of the most exciting things about traveling anywhere is exploring what kind of food a place has to offer.  I knew going to New York City would place the world at my fingertips as far as eating goes, but I didn’t take into consideration how overwhelming that would be!  How in the world is a girl supposed to choose what to eat when there are restaurants and cafes calling her name from every corner?

Thank goodness I was in the city for nearly two weeks and had plenty of time to make my way into lots of  bakeries, cafes, and bodegas (yes, that’s right) to get my hands on the truly delicious food!  I could go on for days, but instead decided to focus on the best of the best – the three stand out meals of the trip.

The Fiat Cafe

My first hotel  just so happened to be right by Little Italy, the perfect location for this Rome girl!  I saw the neon sign for the Fiat Cafe and couldn’t resist.  The whole menu looked incredible, but I went with a cappuccino, of course, and the Eggs Florentine.  The eggs were a smidge gooey for my liking, but the flavors were great and the capp … to die for.

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The cafe was the cutest little place and the staff was as kind and friendly as can be.  I only wish I had gone back one more time before heading home!

Petite Abeille 

Petite Abeille was conveniently right by my second hotel, in the lovely, lovely Tribeca (I think I have a dream neighborhood).  This cute little Belgian restaurant had a huge variety of enticing lunch dishes, but I ultimately decided on the Croque Monsieur.  From the bread they brought out as a starter, to the main dish, to the amazing foamy cappuccino I finished things off with, everything about Petite Abeille was perfect!

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Pinto

File this post under Worst Blogger In History.  I had one of the best meals ever at Pinto … conveniently that was the night I also forgot my camera.  To make matters worse, the lighting in the restaurant made decent iPhone photos nearly impossible.  So I got one – one lonely photo, which I actually stole from Kristen.  I guess that just means you will all have to make your way over to the West Village and try it for yourself … because let me tell you, the Pumpkin Curry Chicken dish is HEAVEN.  Plus, it can be made with tofu so vegetarians don’t have to miss out!

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Have your doubts?  Seriously, check out Pinto, you won’t regret it!

So there it is, the best of the best from my second trip to NYC.   Which one are you dying to try on your next trip to the city??

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Back to NYC

After a very quick month flew by, it was back to New York City for the week.  It was everything I could have dreamed of and then some.  There’s really no way to put into words what it feels like to have lifelong dreams come true, so instead a little photo recap will have to do … and lord knows I have a ton of photos to share!

So here’s a little sneak preview of my grainy iPhone snaps to get you through until I upload the rest. ;)

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New York, New York.  *sigh*  Isn’t she just gorgeous?

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