August 8, 2012

Welcome to the Big Apple!

Cue up some Frank Sinatra, because this little blog (and its owners) have moved to New York, New York!!!  That's right folks, a brand new city, a brand new APT, and the same old RyGuy and me.

I told you all about the area we were moving into in the last post, but you guys have been waiting all summer long to see our home for the next three years.  So without further ado, I present to you our NYC digs:

Ain't it beautiferous???

We've got almost 600 square feet of space, a whopping 50% more space than our itty bitty Philly APT.  I know what you're all thinking...aren't NYC apartments supposed to be smaller than everywhere else? Well, like I mentioned in the last post, we were incredibly lucky to get housing through Columbia University and even luckier to be assigned this big and beautiful apartment!  (The happy dances haven't stopped for months.)  While it isn't cheap, it's definitely a lot less than you would normally pay in NYC for an apartment like this, and we're very thankful that we have the option to stay for all three years without moving out during summers or switching apartments.

The floor plan isn't 100% accurate, but it gives you a pretty good idea of the space we're working with.

You know what would give you an even better idea of the space we're working with?


Woohoo!  Now you've all been inside our apartment.  What did you think???  Let me just say right now that you are not allowed to comment on my acting skills, the random boxes lying everywhere, or the fact that I stole the entire closet in the bedroom.  Just kidding, tell me everything.  Did you love it?  (Or, gasp....did you hate it?)  Is it bigger than you thought?  How awesome is our couch?  What's the first thing you would change? (I already know my answer....and it has to do with paint.)  Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

May 11, 2012

Big News. Big. HUGE.

There have been a lot of crazy transitions in our lives recently.  I graduated from my nursing program in December and RyGuy's finishing up his master's in English this month.  In the meantime, Ryan's been applying to law schools while I tried my best to guess where he'd end up so that I could look there for a nursing job.  And on top of all that, we got engaged!

So we figured, with all that going on, why not add a little more chaos to the mix?  Hence our big news . . .


That's right, we're leaving Philly to tackle Manhattan in all its big city glory.  The good news? We can't wait to explore a new city and really take in the NYC experience.  The bad news?  We have to leave Philadelphia, where our love for city living was really cultivated.  We are terribly sad to have to say goodbye to good friends, great restaurants, and a wonderful little APT that we've called home for two years now.  But, in the end, we're glad that we're leaving on a high note and we couldn't be more excited about what's ahead of us.

Ryan will be attending Columbia Law School in the fall, and we just got official confirmation that we'll be living in graduate housing at Columbia next year.  Law students at Columbia are guaranteed three years of on-campus housing, and we are incredibly lucky that we qualify for couple's housing (since we've already lived together and have a joint bank account).  We received our housing assignment yesterday and are BEYOND excited about it (we did the happy dance probably about twenty times).  We'll share all the deets when it's all official and we've sent in our deposit, but until then, here's a little teaser about where we'll be living:

We'll be living in the Morningside Heights area, which is right above Manhattan's Upper West Side.  We're less than ten minutes away from Central Park, and we have easy access to the Hudson River Greenway, a running trail that extends more than 11 miles along Manhattan.  More importantly, we've got a Pinkberry and a Starbucks in the neighborhood (Pinkberry for me, Starbucks for the RyGuy).  Ryan will be close to the law school, and I'll be close to the subway, which will make it easy for me to get to and from my nursing job (when I finally get one...keep your fingers crossed for me).

We've actually already started the process of moving out of our current APT.  It's bittersweet to see the place emptying out as all of our stuff gets packed up in boxes, especially since this was our very first apartment together.

We're trying to cram in as much Philly time as we can before leaving, and we'd like to share a farewell Philly post that talks about all our favorite things in the city.  Keep an eye out for that post, and for the big NYC APT reveal!  (We've got a floorplannnnnnnnn!)  In the meantime, if anyone has any helpful hints or advice for us about moving or about living in NYC, we'd love to hear from you!  Leave a comment!

May 1, 2012

Bring on the Challenge - Part 2

This weekend, Ryan and I will be partaking in the North Face Endurance Challenge for the second year in a row – not just because we think it’s fun to trek up three miles up Bear Mountain and three miles back down, but because we'll be running on behalf of Flying Kites!
For those of you who don't know what Flying Kites is, it's worth taking a couple minutes to go back and read my blog post from last year.  Flying Kites is a very special organization to us, and we've been involved through a fellow BC '09er, Juli Morrall, since just after we graduated.  We're part of a group that sponsors a little girl named Martha:
Martha sends us letters and pictures from time to time, and she always asks us to come visit.  While that isn't possible for most of us, what IS possible is showing her our love and support through other means.
Last year, we were fundraising for supplies for the school, but this year we are supporting a new initiative – the Flying Kites Farming + Feeding Program.  With our support, the Farming + Feeding Program will be able to provide over 170 nutritious meals a day to children who need it most.  The plan is to grow beans, sweet potatoes, cabbages, carrots, kale, spinach, and avocado in their own crop fields, and with some help from neighbors and friends.

This is where YOU come in.  Donate what you can, if you can – any amount helps.
Then keep your fingers crossed for us on Sunday that we actually make it to the finish line without RyGuy twisting his ankle.

If you want to know more about Flying Kites, visit their website at and check out this video that tells their story better than I ever could.