Archive | July, 2012

Pinned it Tuesday: salsa fresca

31 Jul

I love salsa.  So, why not?

Salsa Fresca

  • 4-5 ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers
  • 6-10 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt

Finely chop tomatoes and onion.  Scoop out/remove seeds from jalapenos and finely chop.  Mince garlic and chop cilantro.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss.  Season well with salt.  Let chill for a few hours.

Two (painfully obvious) lessons learned:

1. Always wear gloves when removing seeds from jalapenos.  Needless to say, this is not the first time I’ve made this mistake.

2. When a recipe calls for 1 clove of garlic, don’t up it to 4 cloves just because “I like garlic!”  My taste buds still hurt.

(original recipe here)

Ha, amongst the other signs I’ll watch for in the future!

27 Jul

So things have been utterly insane at work these past two weeks with many things bleeding into the evening.  While it currently feels as though I am bouncing between posts about my summer bucket list and “Pinned it Tuesday” (hey, I’m committed!), I’m looking forward to changing things up a bit.  Including  a mental health day from the office on Tuesday.  Stay tuned, kids.  Oh, and happy Friday!

Those three little words

25 Jul

….you’re laughing if you’ve been along for this ride!

More importantly, happy first day of training camp y’all!

Pinned it Tuesday: lemon sugar scrub

24 Jul

Similar to when I actually (try to) cook, I pinned this particular scrub because it only has four ingredients. And they can all be found in your kitchen! Well, mine too after I go to the grocery store (oh come on, you know I didn’t have lemons, sugar, or coconut oil in my kitchen!)

Lemon Sugar Scrub

  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil

Stir all ingredient together until well blended.

This scrub smells divine. I only used it on my hands once (which I then had to refrain from licking…) but I’m looking forward to a little at-home pedi this weekend!

(original source here)

Na na nu nu nah nah, Na na nu nu nah nah….

22 Jul

A few weeks ago, the girls and I hopped on a (free) 10-minute ferry ride from Battery Maritime Building in downtown Manhattan to Governors Island and…you got it: rented bikes on Governors Island and visited the Interactive Sculpture Park (check!)

It wasn’t until we got to the actual bike rental location that we realized the type of bikes we’d be riding for the afternoon.  Think: cruiser bikes, one speed, back pedal to break, basket attached for your bag/belongings, bell on the handlebars (which we obviously weren’t obnoxious with at all…):

Anyway.

While two of the girls took off fast-and-furious-style (“Do they think this is a race?”), two of us took in the island at a more scenic speed (ie. we could chat and gossip).  No matter your speed though, the views from the island, and the water taxi we took home, were absolutely breathtaking!

Honestly, if you have never done this before, hurry up and get your ass to Governors Island!  It’s probably just the city girl in me who never gets to ride a bike but this was seriously such a fun afternoon.  It was also one of those rare opportunities in which you actually stop and think “Wow, I live here!”

We did agree though, when we sat down to take a break over a cold beer (hey, it was almost 100 degrees out that afternoon!), that we should have done a bit more research into the island which, based on the various site descriptions/plaques, has a very interesting history.  Here’s a very quick history of the island based on what I read following our visit (you’re welcome, mom):

Originally referred to as Pagganck, or “Nut Island” by the Native Americans of Manhattan because of its hickory, oak, and chestnut trees, it later privately belonged to Wouter Van Twiller for one year in 1637 before being taken over by the Dutch government.  After the British took over New Amsterdam, the island passed between Dutch and British ownership for a decade before finally being taken over by the English for “His Majesty’s Governors” in 1674.  It was officially named Governors Island in 1784. 

The island was used as a military facility by British and American armies for over 200 years until in 1966 it transferred to the Coast Guard and was used as a residential base for 3500 service men and women.  The Coast Guard cleared out in 1996 and in 2001 and 2002 the US government declared 22 acres the Governors Island National Monument (managed by the National Park Service) while simultaneously selling 150 acres of the island to the people of New York for $1 (managed by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation; the predecessor to The Trust for Governors Island). 

In opening the island to the public for the first time, the group’s goal was “to bring Governors Island back to life by increasing public access, stabilizing historic buildings and investing in Island infrastructure, executing a multi-phase, mixed  development policy for the Island and creating an extraordinary new park and public spaces.”  There are big plans for Governors Island in 2013 including a six-acre terrace with moveable seating and public art; a 10-acre grove with trees and hammocks, a 14 acre “play lawn” with fields; and a 34-acre historical district which will refresh the Island’s rich past (source).  Further plans are also in the works pending funding; there’s a great article one of the girls found about Governors Island here.

I do not have much to share about Figment but mostly because it was just too damn hot to walk around the exhibit space.  Despite the blazing temperature, we managed to snap a few pics of the girls posed with the Face of Liberty exhibit.  And then, because we’re such incredible friends, we text the pics to a girlfriend who is terrified of the Statue of Liberty.  And to quote her response: “You are all terrible people.”  Hehe – loooove you, sister.

(Also, go ahead and admit that you thought it.  Just for a second…Na na nu nu nah nah, Na na nu nu nah nah….)

Per our conversation

19 Jul

Dear Mom,

You are welcome for “announcing to the world” that you are reading 50 Shades of Grey.

Love, Me

Yeah, I got the memo

18 Jul

Apparently everyone has a comment on my personal life this week…

After double booking my evening last night, I had to make a call between conflicting events.  When a colleague found out which one I picked, her response was, well:

“Why would you pick this one? You do know you’re single, right?”

Yeah, thanks.  I got the memo for my manicurist last weekend…