September 22, 2014

Weekend Basics

Good morning and happy Monday — we're checking in from NYC today, where we'll be spending the remainder of the week. Today we mostly wanted to share a few snaps from our Sunday walking around the city along with a few earlier highlights from the weekend if you'd like to see!

By now you probably know we love getting into the city early Sunday morning — it's a great way for us to spend a day hanging out together in the city and get some rest later in the day in prep for the busy work week ahead. What's always so funny to us is how the city is literally asleep between 9-10 on Sunday morning — I snapped that shot of Mary above at the nearly-empty Bedford Ave platform as we headed into the city.

We headed straight over to the Meatpacking District to walk around — Mary wanted to walk through Chelsea Market where we window shopped and grabbed a bite of breakfast (everything bagel with bacon cream cheese anyone?):

We were both excited to be within walking distance of the Apple Store, and were eager to check out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus in person. Every Apple store is unique, but the ones in NYC are pretty amazing. We stopped into the one on West 14th right near Chelsea Market and made our way up this spiral staircase entirely made of glass:

There were long lines for those that had pre-ordered a phone, but for folks like us that just wanted to pop in and take a look, the stores were open and well stocked with devices to play around with:

We both agreed that while the 6 plus is giant in size and somewhat ridiculous, it would still be the choice we'd go with given the way we currently use our phones. It was a lot of fun getting to take a look and ask questions in person. Speaking of upgrades, have you all seen the latest Verizon ad for trading up to the new phone? It's got us cracking up every time is comes on:

In our house, this scenario would most likely play out with Mary, since she uses Siri on a regular basis.

For lunch, we hit up one of my favorite spots I discovered during a past visit in the East Village — this Japanese ramen noodle brasserie called Ippudo NY. It's a small place that's always super busy and bustling:

We both loved the "no food takeaway" warning at the footer of each menu page — only in NYC! I can't make this stuff up.

Outside of spending Sunday in the city, we had time earlier in the weekend to spend a little quality time with Spiderman:

I mean, our nephew, Benjamin. Yeah, the one with permanent marker on his face, ha! Oh to be 4 years old again:

I also spent some quality time out in the garage working on our next project post — it involves a brick wall and a masonry bit. Can't wait to show you how this one turned out later in the week:

Finally, I couldn't pass up the chance to share a pic of our favorite new sweets (even though I'm not a huge sweets person). Earlier in the week, we stopped into Gearhart's Chocolates, our local specialty chocolate shop, and left with these "peanut butter pups:"

They're filled with local all natural peanut butter and come with a great story: Gearhart's donates 5% of sales to Companions for Heroes, an organization that matches rescue pets as companion animals to our nation's wounded veterans. These are definitely going on our go-to gift list from now on!

And with that, we wrap up our weekend adventures and will be exploring the city this week — as always, we thank you for taking the time to check in and hope you have a great week ahead.

P.S. Love peanut butter as much as we do? There's still time to enter our latest giveaway for a 6-pack assortment of Peanut Butter & Co flavors. 

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