An Impromptu New York Trip

I’m back from an impromptu trip! I’ve been in New York visiting Brendan’s family – his Dad had a very major brain surgery and we wanted to be there, so we found a way to make the trip happen at the last minute. Thankfully he’s doing as well as possible and should get to go home this week. We spent a lot of time in the rehabilitation facility checking out his physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions and it was really fascinating to see the types of tasks they have patients complete. The facility was absolutely incredible and I’m so glad to see firsthand that he’s in such a good hands.


He’s a trooper!

We even had some fun in his OT session! The therapist had him playing games, and one involved giving the whole family clues about a word on a card. There were a lot of laughs! Since there were about 9 of us we kind of took over the room. I’m sure the therapists were secretly glad to see us leave, although they couldn’t have been more welcoming.

It felt so great to be back in New York, although the wintery weather was a bit of a reality check. At first Brendan and I were loving the cool air, but after a day my skin was all dry and itchy and I was freezing and definitely felt as though I got my fill of winter. I did love seeing a little snow, though.

snowy patio

I LOVE when it’s snowing, but I hate when it’s sunny outside but there’s snow on the ground. #RandomFacts

New York City Skyline in Windows

All weekend I kept saying “I love New York” over and over and now I think the person who created those shirts is genius.

It felt so comforting to be surrounded by my (soon-to-be) family (although I missed my Mom and Dad!). It was the perfect trip because we just laid low and hung out with everyone either at home or the rehabilitation center. My stomach actually hurts from laughing so much after a a taco night to celebrate our friend Sam’s birthday + a game of Taboo, one of the fam’s favorites. (Andddd maybe a little from eating so much. I blame you, KATE, and your delicious cookies!) I’m so thankful for these people in my life and I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to be adding them to my family (officially!) in a few short months.


I love them all so much!

All in all, our trip couldn’t have gone more perfectly. Even the flights were fantastic. (The flight there only took 4 hours and 50 minutes! Yes I timed it because I’m cool like that.) JetBlue had FREE INTERNET which is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to me on a plane. Plus you get free cable so when flying on a Sunday you can watch multiple football games at once, especially when you have an entire row to yourself. While drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

travel life hacks for flying on plane

That trick worked on both flights! Naturally I laid down on the two seats and crunched up into a little ball and slept for a couple hours. When I was younger I always wondered how old I’d be when that became inappropriate, but it appears at 29 I still have no shame. (I really cannot sleep sitting up and when you have a 7:50 AM flight after 4 hours of sleep, you neeeeeeed sleep.)

jetblue free tv on flight


It’s always hard to get back into the swing of things after an amazing trip, so Monday was definitely a little tough mentally. I started to feel down because I remembered how much I miss the people in NY/NJ and my career – it’s emotionally challenging to not have a job and it literally affects every decision I make. However, I got an email on Monday afternoon that because someone is leaving, a bunch of shifts opened up at the yoga studio! Soooo now I’ll be working four days a week instead of just one, and I’m SO THRILLED. This is such good news and I’m super excited to continue moving forward with a health/fitness-related career.

Things are looking up over here!

Do you have any “life hacks” related to travel?

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  1. November 18, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    It looks like a great trip for an important guy! Family really is the best. I’m happy you got to see some snow and I’m happy you got to leave before you remembered how HORRIBLE snow can be- haha! I’m happy you have more days at the Studio and I know what not having a career is like. Hang in there you will find the perfect position right when you least expect it. Great Travel tip too!

    • November 20, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks my friend! I appreciate your sweet words :) Hope you’re doing okay in the snow!

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