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NYC Day 1

We headed to NYC on the Thursday before Valentine’s Day. We were a bit concerned we would have trouble getting there, because they had been hit with a HUGE snowstorm the day before, but our travels were fairly uneventful. We were scheduled to leave Denver at 10:45 am and were delayed until 11:30, but otherwise it was smooth sailing. We arrived in NYC around 5 pm, gathered Jason’s bag and headed to our hotel! We took a taxi to our hotel, and I expected it would take forever since it was rush hour, but it only took about half an hour. It was a fun experience to take a NYC taxi!

This was our hotel, and it worked out great for us! It was just a few blocks to Times Square, the theater district and Rockefeller Center and on the same block as a subway station, plus it was reasonably priced (by NYC standards), clean and decent-sized room.

We arrived at our hotel around 6 pm and were ready to hit the down! The first thing we did is find some dinner! We walked to Times Square and had a slice of Famous Ray’s pizza–yum!

After dinner, we walked around Times Square, which was so awesome! So many lights and people and activity. We loved it!!

We then checked our Rockefeller Center! It was pretty awesome seeing all the sights you usually see on TV. I was especially excited to see the set of my favorite show, the Today show!!

We stopped for a drink at an Irish pub by our hotel (there were so many Irish pubs nearby!).

After our drink, we headed back to our hotel room. Once there, we said to ourselves,” Hey! We are in NYC, and it’s entirely too early to call it a night!!” After some research, we determined it was safe to ride the subway at night and headed out for our first subway adventure!

We went to Serendipity, the cute coffee shop in the Upper East Side shown in the movie by the same name. It was so cute and so yummy!

I had frozen peanut butter hot chocolate, and Jason had a really fudgy hot fudge sundae. So yummy!!

After our treats at Serendipity, we called it a night. We headed back on the subway to our hotel. It was a fun first day!!

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Update’s a comin’…….

I promise, I will update soon with pictures and stories from our weekend trip to NYC!! It was AWESOME! But right now, I am exhausted! Not only from our trip but also started my new job this week. Training and orientation is somewhat dull (not just this job, but everywhere), but I really think I am going to like it. My co-workers are awesome, my new office is great and my commute is ROCKSTAR (literally took me 7 minutes from my house to work this morning). And I get to work with patients again, which I am looking forward to. All around, I think it’s going to be a GREAT change!!

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New York, New York!

Just got home from a FABULOUS long weekend in NYC! I have so many stories, pictures and thoughts to share, but I am exhausted! Will share more later, but here are a few to get you started!

At the top of 30 Rock

And Daisy and Oscar sporting their new “I Heart NY” wear!

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day weekend. It’s off to bed for me–start my new job tomorrow!!

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Thank you!!!

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to get all the wonderful comments on my last entry. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot, and I so appreciate hearing all of your thoughts and opinions! I am so blessed to have each of you in my life! You are wonderful, fabulous, awesome, fantastic, amazing…….the list could go and on! Love you all!!

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As many of you know, I am currently between jobs. I quit my last job mid-January and will be starting my new job next week, mid-February. I have been off work for about three weeks.

I spent my first week off with my parents in Texas, and it was a much needed and wonderful break. I wasn’t able to see them at Christmas, but this trip was almost better than seeing them at Christmas, because we were really able to relax and enjoy each other’s company without the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We played games, watched movies and old TV shows, visited family and just had a good time being together.

The second week I was home in Denver and tackled some projects around the house, primarily organizing our office and cleaning out items we just didn’t need any longer. It was a great project for my time off and really needed to be done, and I felt good about doing it.

Something weird started happening, though, towards the end of the second week…..I began to get bored. I have NEVER been a person who gets bored easily, so it was a strange feeling. Sure, there were things that needed to be done, but I didn’t want to do any of them. I think I missed working. Never thought I’d say that.

It wasn’t any particular job I missed. I just missed feeling like I was a productive member of society. And this really made me start to think, which in and of itself is a little scary. I am generally not a thinker–I do not go through life pondering life’s mysteries just for the sake of pondering. I know people who really spend a lot of time thinking about things, which is all fine and good, but I am not one of those people. It gives me a headache. So when I started thinking, it freaked me out just a little.

And I can’t stop thinking. What am I thinking about? THE FUTURE. Scary right? Oh ya. The two things weighing most heavily on my mind: working and kids. Which topic to tackle first?

Working (maybe the easier of the two–maybe). I have come to the conclusion this week that I may always need to work. Maybe part-time in the future, but I really think it is something I need in my life, to feel like I am contributing something, to feel like I am making a difference. Have I had my “dream job” in the past? No. Will my new job be my “dream job?” Probably not. My dream job will take several more years of school and many more years of experience. But the thing I love about what I do is that I really get to help people. And I really love nutrition. I am passionate about it. I love teaching people about good food and good nutrition and how it can change their lives. I feel like I worked hard to get to where I am today, and I don’t want to give that up.

Plus, I just plain don’t like to cook and clean. Especially clean. I hope I can always at least make enough money to hire a housekeeper.

But in addition to that, I really feel like working is good for my relationship with Jason. It has always been important to me that we are equals in our relationship, that one of us is not dominating over the other. I am no die-hard liberal feminist (I still love it when he opens my car door), but I have a really hard time with the concept that the man is the head of the household. We often talk about other couples and who “wears the pants in the relationship,” and have often come to the conclusion that we “share the pants.” We both contribute financially, we both get input on decision making, we both have equal say in what happens in our household.

I know some of you don’t agree, that staying home with your kids is important to you and the right thing to do, and I completely respect that. You have to do what is best for you, for your family. I am just not sure that is best for me.

And the other topic–kids. I have honestly lost sleep over this topic this week, which is completely ridiculous, but I have. It is totally stressing me out. Why? Because it scares the daylights out of me to think of having kids. Because I am not even sure I want them (there! I said it). But maybe I do want them. I don’t know. AHHHH! It’s not like you can take one out for a test drive and give it back if you don’t like it. Once it’s done, it’s done. They’re yours. Forever. And I am not sure I can handle that. I really, really like my life now. I like being carefree. I like being able to pick up and go anywhere or do anything pretty much anytime. I love traveling. I love my puggy poos and don’t want that relationship to change. I don’t want to deal with teenagers.

One of the biggest questions in my mind: what is the point, why have kids? I realize to some of you that probably sounds harsh and uncaring, but to me, it’s a valid question. Why would we have kids? Last night, I was driving home from a monthly book club meeting with two girlfriends, and we were discussing this topic (yep, I brought it up). One said that people have kids because it’s the “societal norm”–you have kids because you are “supposed to,” because that’s “what everyone does.” Which I think is very, very true in many cases. But I don’t want to do it because I am “supposed to.” I want to want to do it.

Sigh. I have no answers, only more questions. See, this is what happens when you think too much!

The good news, though, is we have years to think about the kid-thing. Thank goodness.

What a long, wordy, boring post! But it feels good to get some of this stuff out of my brain and out into cyberspace. I would love any thoughts you have on this topic. Feel free to email me if you would rather share your thoughts that way.

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Zappos!

Today, I ordered some shoes from zappos.com (my FAVORITE shoe website!), and this picture popped up after my order!

Gotta love that!

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Visiting Josh

While I was in TX, we took a little roadtrip to OKC to visit my brother Josh. We met him at school and went to chapel with him, then went to lunch and ran errands, then ate cake in the student center with him and his friends.

Waiting for chapel

We had lunch at Ted’s Cafe Escondido, the BEST Mexican restaurant ever!!

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