As a follow-up from yesterday’s heavy post, I did want to thank those of you who reached out. I really appreciate all of the warm thoughts and prayers you guys are offering up on behalf of Kourtney’s family and friends, and know others share that gratitude as well.
Today, I definitely felt the urge to lighten the mood, so I’ll move forward with that coffee shop review I mentioned yesterday… A while back, my friend and I met for espresso at Cafe Grumpy: a local coffee shop in Chelsea that’s been around for a few years. Lena Dunham’s Girls’ character works (did work? I’m not caught up) at the Green Point location. Since I’m nowhere near cool enough for Brooklyn, I decided to see what my work neighborhood’s location had to offer.
I didn’t photograph the latte art or take any fancy shots of the chill ambiance because I am the worst ever, but the feeling of “cool” definitely plagued the air. Maybe that was because we got seats by the ill-shutting door and it was eight degrees outside? I’d settle for an even mix of both.
The latte was strong, the coffee was smooth, and I ordered something titled a “jalapeño cheddar biscuit” that was the size of my extended hand (because how could you not?) that absolutely changed my life. Other than that, I think it’s simultaneously cool and sort of silly that they don’t have wifi. Cool for fostering an un-plugged atmosphere of socialization and relaxation/uncool for the obvious reason that the wiffy (Nick Miller’s pronunciation, heyyyy New Girl fans) being kind of THE thing niche coffee shops have going for them.
I’m kind of a sucker for a fine selection of coffees and freshly baked pastries, so the fact each Cafe Grumpy location offers both is huge. Overall, it was nice experience, and I’d go back for more of those jalapeño cheddar pieces of heaven alone.
Posted in Food, Life, NYC
Tagged cafe, Cafe Grumpy, Cafe Grumpy Chelsea, Chelsea, coffee, coffee shop, coffee shop review, nyc, NYC restaurant, NYC restaurant review, restaurant, restaurant review
I didn’t know that I could experience so many ranges of emotion with such fervor in a 36 hour window. From my anxiety and excitement for the move (which couldn’t have gone smoother) to working a busy day capped off with the most elegant event of my young adult life, to paralyzing nervousness for my improv performance (which was surprisingly so much fun), to experiencing a very unexpected and unwelcome phone call just as I was settling down Sunday evening.
Losing someone you love is tough. Grieving is tough. There is no right or wrong way to mourn, but no matter how you slice it, it always feels like there’s more you could or should be doing. To honor. To cope. To remember.
My friend Kourtney was a very special person. Not special in the way all moms tell you their kid is, but an honest-to-God, very unique and wonderful human. She was honest and genuine, a truly beautiful soul with a flare for adventure and an incredible and authentic sense of style to match. I was privileged to spend what turned out to be her last birthday with her last summer; we spent the night dancing and club-hopping until the sun came up. That was the latest (earliest?) I’ve been out on the town since. She was a few years older than me, but her spirit was youthful: full of energy and a passion for living, which I guess is irony in the worst and most awful sense.
People say a lot of nice things about you after you’re gone. It’s really too bad because all of these things I would have loved to tell Kourtney in person. Not to directly quote Wicked here, but I really do think that knowing her made me a better person. I’m happy and lucky to have called her a friend and wish there was still time to spend with her.
This wasn’t the way I wanted to kick off my week, but glazing over this huge thing and posting a coffee shop review would feel entirely inappropriate today. Especially knowing how many of my friends are also living this somber state of confusion and hurt. So if you can, whether you knew Kourtney or not, try not to take anything for granted this week. Really relish the time you are here and spend it with people you love, doing things you love. Hug your loved ones a little closer and maybe a little too long, because you never know what’s going to happen or what kind of demons they are carrying with them. Rest in peace, my dear friend. The world is already dimmer in your absence.
Posted in Life, Home, NYC
Tagged nyc, Moving, Upper East Side, UES, moving in NYC, Central Park, movie theatre, The District, Third Avenue Ale House, Manny's on Second, pain in the butt, neighborhood favorites, thrift store
Hi hi hi! Happy Monday from an insane person. Why insane, you ask? Well, some part of my brain thought it was an excellent idea to schedule my first improv performance, my first Winter Ball, my second move to the Heights all within three days of each other. Also in the mix: working my regular (crazy) work hours, wrapping up all the loose ends that I don’t want to take with me to my new (old) apartment and attempting to maintain some sort of overarching normalcy. In other words, it’s going to be quite the week.
In a ways, I’m sad to leave my current apartment. It was my baby…my baby that got way out of hand and unmanageable and unnecessarily inconvenient and at times infested with bugs…but my baby, nonetheless. Moving in to a situation that may fit my lifestyle better is a change I’m welcoming, but I’d be lying if I said there weren’t going to be aspects I’m going to miss about my Upper East Side abode. It boasted the largest bedroom I’ll likely ever have (complete with chandelier and fireplace), built-in storage, a dishwasher, and we had the world’s sweetest landlord. These are all things I’ll look back on with fond memories. The cockroaches from the 2nd Ave. construction and stress-inducing commute to my job on the West side, good riddance.
Posted in Home, NYC, Photography
Tagged apartment, busy, Monday, Moving, moving in NYC, nyc, personal post, UES, UES apartment, Upper East Side
I hope all of you 9-to-5ers spent your Presidents’ Day (the extra day off you just had) the right way:
day-drinking thinking about our country’s fine leaders. Like always, I spent my weekend working and avoiding any and all possible contact with the outside world. In case you haven’t read any newspapers, turned on a television, peered out a window (much less exited your home) or talked to any other human in the past 3 months, IT’S COLD OUT THERE FOLKS. Here are some supporting images. Also, this is the only weather-related post that I’ll likely ever do (never say never), but I’m so done experiencing/discussing the season’s snowfall and record-breaking windchill or whatever with strangers day in and day out. Let spring be sprung already. If for no other reason, I need some new smalltalk M.O.
^This is a pun on the phrase “Go Away” but directed toward the snow. Not to be confused with harboring encouragement for the snow to continue falling and thus tormenting us.
But really, ^^^^ looks like a band of giant clowns threw up all over the Northeast. CAN WE BE DONE WITH THIS YET?
I know, I’m the worst. I’ve spent the past week being the laziest bum, catching up on Scandal, watching The Fosters in its entirety and generally being an awful slug of a human obsessed with hiding under the cozy and confined blankets of my bed. It’s a hard pattern to break, especially with the fourth (fifth?) snowpocalypse of the season still looming. So instead of giving you actual content, I’m going to end my week of laze (abbrev. for laziness) with an unoriginal post of laze — links, links, and more links.
Feel free to tune back in next week, where I either will or will not have some better posting habits. Enjoy your weekend and have a Happy Valentines/Singles Awareness day!
Posted in Entertainment, Links, News, NYC, Television
Tagged Buzzfeed, current events, entertainment news, links, links of the week, Pop Culture, television news
Ugh, it’s definitely a Friday. AmIright?! Here’s your delivery of this week’s lusty links. Enjoy your weekend!
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Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Life, Links, Lists, Loves, NYC
Tagged BK Novak, Harry Potter, links, links of the week, lists, Mean Girls, Mindy Kaling, New York, NY coffee shops, nyc, NYC neighborhoods, Pop Culture, weekly links