I Hang Out with People Too on Occasion

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When I’m not taking myself on tours of the city based on books I’ve read set in NYC, “dates” with myself, as I call them…I do sometimes go out and hang out with people. Shocker, I know!

It’s been pretty cool discovering the city in a whole new way, through the eyes of the characters I read about in my NYC books. Check out my Breakfast at Tiffany’s tour or my Reconstructing Amelia tour if you haven’t already. I plan on taking myself on more tours!

As awesome as that is, social interaction is important in life so if you’re interested, I’ll do a little show and tell of what I’ve been up to since my last tour.

Ready?

I’ll spare you the picture of my couch, but don’t you worry, it’s gotten plenty of love and attention.

I got off my couch and met up with a good friend who was back in town. We went to Erv’s on Beekman.

Erv’s on Beekman

The cocktails were delicious!

On another night we went to Franchia’s.

Franchia Vegan Cafe

Franchia’s is a yummy vegan Asian fusion restaurant. Not too shabby!

With other friends, I went to Radio City to see the Garden of Dreams talent show. Awesome night!

Strolled through the lovely, serene Times Square.

Times Square
This guy is looking at me like, “Ugh…tourist.” Stop! I’m not the tourist! You are! Now get out of my way.

I’ve been on two dates! Two dates with two different guys and there won’t be any second dates. That’s my dating life in a nutshell!

Bachelor #1 took me here:

Mimi’s Hummus
Oh look! A cute dog!

This guy bragged about taking me out to dinner and insisting I take the leftovers home. He boasted, “Pretty good deal, right!?” He was trying to soften the blow of never asking me out again. It’s okay I still enjoyed the leftovers.

Bachelor #2:

Sycamore Flower Shop + Bar

Bachelor #2 didn’t like the low tables at this bar. Not to worry though because we found tables more to his liking at another section of the establishment. He was a nice guy but just not the right guy for me. It’s okay…I enjoyed the knock off Blue Moon beer.

Back to swiping!

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I’ll take these two little pug butts!

Streets of NYC
Strong woman in NYC
TV/Pizza Night
Every Friday night is TV/Pizza night with my brother and his gf (not my messy apartment)
Office view
Stunning view from my office that we’re moving out of. 😢

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My friends and I ate at Basil Brick Oven Pizza in Astoria, Queens. We got together to say goodbye to our friend who is moving away! So many of my good friends have moved out of this city. Can’t really blame them when it’s so expensive here.

Gnocchi
Gnocchi, yum!
Greek Church in Astoria, Queens
Cool looking Greek Church in Astoria
Neptune Diner
One day I’ll have to go to Neptune Diner
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We went to this little slice of heaven

It was jam packed! So packed that while we waited for a table, we had to keep shuffling around to get out of the way of people coming at us from all different angles.

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Do I have to pick just one?
Chocolate lava cake
I washed this down with a chocolate peanut butter shake. Don’t judge.

I always forget how eating a warm cake or brownie with ice cream stresses me out. It’s a race to eat it all before all the ice cream melts! It’s a lot of pressure.

Strand Bookstore
My friend bought this for me. Isn’t it the best!?

That’s all folks!

My next tour will be soon!

Currently reading Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart New York.

 

Book Review: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson

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I love Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so I wanted to read more about her. This seemed like the perfect book for me since I love learning behind the scenes tidbits in movies. This book explores all the people involved in the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Even more, it gives you their history and how they ended up involved in this classic film. It’s very cool reading about Truman Capote, how he was raised, and the women who became his inspiration for Holly Golightly. Apparently, even though he liked Audrey Hepburn on a personal level, he thought she was horribly miscast as Holly. Truman wanted Marilyn Monroe. The producers, however, went in their own direction, and pursued Audrey for the iconic role. I’m glad they did!

Learning more about Audrey Hepburn in this book made her seem more relatable to me. Here is this gorgeous and talented actress, however, I was surprised to learn that she was riddled with self-doubt about her talent. According to her, in her past roles, she had to rely on her charm. In her Oscar nominated role, The Nun’s Story, she said her performance was due to the editing and not her talent. “That wasn’t acting, it was a magic trick.” She believed the part of Holly was out of her range.

It is awesome that even though she had all these doubts and thought it was a part she wasn’t talented enough for, she still took it on. That’s strength. Makes me feel better about having my own insecurities. It’s human. Yes, we all have many great attributes, but we also all have insecurities and that’s okay. It makes us who we are and more complex human beings. We have to accept all parts of ourselves. Find the strength within us no matter the obstacles. And be kind. Audrey Hepburn was very well-known for her kindness to everyone. Next I plan on reading more about all her humanitarian work. She’s definitely someone to look up to!

Although I started this blog as a “dating” blog, I also wrote some book reviews since I love chick lit books and thought that would tie in nicely. Reading this book gave me the idea to take myself out on a “date” in NYC. I visited Breakfast at Tiffany’s filming sites and other places I felt like going, but all inspired by this book and the movie.

Why not take myself out right? I know what I like! I think? Here’s a sneak peak of my “Date in the City” with myself:

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The Roosevelt Island Tramway
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Pastries! Yum!
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Central Park
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Hot Dog Stand
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Don Filippo Pizzaria, I’m a cheap date. 😉 Decent nyc pizza and comfy seating.

Check out my “date” in the city here!

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Currently reading: A Trial of Shorts by Juliette Hyland