My Word of the Year

Oh, hello there. Remember me? I’m the “Ohio” in this blog. Well, Brittany has been really carrying the site for awhile now and I apologize for that. I’ve been so focused on settling into the new job, the new city, the new place, I just kind of let a lot of things go.

I wasn’t eating as healthy as I’d like or working out very often. I wasn’t reading as much as I used to or taking time to do anything creative for me. Klaus and I weren’t exploring as much as we used to. Instead, we watched a lot of TV and ate a lot of fried food.

But as we approach a new year, now is a time for a fresh start. Over and over again I’ve made one giant resolution and quickly broken it (like most of America). Instead, this year I’ve decided to pick a word for the year and try to make smaller, actionable goals each month that ladder up to the word.

My word for 2016: Initiative

Despite being an outgoing introvert and a very hard worker, often I sit back and just let things happen.I make excuses – I’m tired, it’s cold, I’m settling in – and that has got to stop. So this year I will take initiative to better my life and the lives of those around me.

As for my January theme? Its all about my career. I had a really amazing meeting with Keith Speers right before Christmas and he told me that I have great ideas, but I need to stop being so timid about sharing them. I love my job and the company I work for, so its time to really take initiative and step it up. I’ve been handed this wonderful opportunity to take ownership of a practice area and its about time I act on it.

My goal is to check in at the beginning of each month to tell you a bit about how the previous month went and what my new theme will be.  In the meantime, I’ll try to commit to more regular updates here.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to a bright and shiny new year!

Finding Myself Again…

A few months ago, I was basically dumped for the first time ever. I won’t get into the messy details but one of my girlfriends asked when was the last time I went out and what happened to the fun Brittany who would go out and get drinks several nights a week. It was then I realized that over the past three years I had lost myself. For those wondering, it’s been two years since I went out and had a great time without a care in the world and I just cant hang multiple nights a week anymore. Sad I know.

Well these past couple of months, I’ve made it a mission to find me again. It’s definitely not something that I’ve accomplished 100% but any amount of me is good. Honestly, I’m not even sure where to begin but somewhere along the way, I started going to trivia nights with friends and even joined dating apps. So far I’ve matched with at least 20 guys on one of the apps and have had about 5 conversations. Not a bad ratio but seriously guys, why say you’re interested and not answer a message? (Serious question.)

This past week, I actually matched with someone who not only lives in my area of the city, but is really cute. (Rose agrees.) At first I just thought here goes another conversation that will go nowhere but he asked for my number! My best friend just happened to be over and she of course encouraged me to give it to him. So far, I haven’t received a text but it’s only been two day. Definitely having a Clueless moment a la “Christian said he’d call the next day, but in boy time that meant Thursday.”

Since this is a new venture in my life, I wanted to share all the deets and hopefully get some advice. It’s also pretty timely since my good friend, Jessica Lawlor, recently asked me to provide my insights into dating as a single woman living in such a large city. Definitely check out the post and if you have any suggestions for me as I enter the dating world again, please share!

So for now, here’s to…

Dating In NYC

Moving is Hard

My last month has been completely consumed with all things moving. From finding a place to live in Columbus and packing to saying goodbye to friends. Klaus and I officially moved to Columbus on Friday, July 10 and I feel like I still am floating in this weird middle space. Which is poView Postssibly the most nonsensical description I’ve ever used but it is the only word I have for it.

Our Bushwick apartment as we finished loading the truck

Our Bushwick apartment as we finished loading the truck

After several weeks of packing up, throwing out or donating everything we have accumulated over the last four years of living in our tiny Bushwick apartment and a few incredibly fun nights with friends (including a long weekend in Jim Thorpe, PA with two of my favorite people in the world), Klaus and I packed up a 10′ UHaul truck and hit the road. What should have been an 8.5-9.5 hour drive took us over 12 hours. Some of that was my fault for going a little slower than the speed limit, some if it had to do with the fact that we had to take turns in rest areas because one of us had to stay with the cat (because locking an animal in a hot truck in July is a huge no-no), some of it was traffic due to an accident on the Pennsylvania turnpike, and some of it was just the stress gods punishing me even more.

After that VERY long trip (in which Klaus was incredibly supportive) we unloaded the cat and a futon mattress and passed out.

And things have been pretty much go-go-go since then. We unloaded the truck on Saturday and my mom and my sister drove down my car, packed with some random things (a bookshelf my grandfather made, a very old thin desk, a lamp etc.) and we unloaded that. We did a Target run, we did a grocery staples run, we tried our hardest to start upacking and organizing. I started work on Monday.

We have a lot more work to do in the duplex, but it is fairly livable for now. We drive up to Cleveland next weekend in another UHaul to pick up more stuff from my mom – including a washer and dryer, a bed and a dining room table (that needs some sanding and staining).

I think the strangest thing, though, has been this weird unanchored feeling. I naively thought that we would arrive in Columbus and immediately feel at home. In reality, this city is a stranger to me and I to it. I don’t know the roads, the culture, the restaurants, the neighborhoods. And things are so different here – In a good way, don’t get me wrong – but it will require some major adjusting. I thought that, because these were changes I wanted (a car, a shorter commute, friendlier people), that I would immediately be thrilled and have no issues. That is turning out not to be the case.

Flights at Columbus Brewing Company restaurant

Flights at Columbus Brewing Company restaurant

I’m thrilled to be in my new home. And I know that Columbus has a ton to offer, but like with any relationship – it takes some time to really fall in love. But I know it will happen.

Until then, I’ll keep exploring and I’ll bring you all with me! As I explore my new city, keep an eye here for restaurant reviews, recipes featuring produce from my CSA, looks at how we decorate our new place and some DIY posts, especially as we get new old furniture!

Hi There, Remember Us?

Hi everyone!

We’re so sorry for the lack of updates. Rose is currently out in Ohio preparing for her move back home. Don’t leave NY!!! And me, well I’m completely consumed by the Stanley Cup Finals. Go Rangers!!

The weather is also getting better so I’ve definitely been enjoying the nice weather. If you didn’t know already, I’m a total summer girl. I LOVE the warm weather and the fact that I don’t have to wear pants. Rose loves the whole not wearing pants thing too.

As things start to settle down, we’ll have more posts coming your way very soon! I’m actually working on another book review and heading to Buffalo in two weeks for the first time.

Talk soon! – B