Sunday, December 15, 2013


Nicholas gets free tickets to MOMA through work, so we had the pleasure of going there a few weeks ago. I FINALLY got to see Edward Hopper’s work in person- something I have been wanting to see for years now. I studied his pieces in my first year English class at OSU and wrote stories based off a couple of his most known pieces. It was such a cool moment to see them!

Modern Art is one of my favorite genres. Most people (read: everyone I have ever gone to a modern art museum) always say the same thing- Yeah, it’s cool. Yeah, it’s sort of interesting, but is it really art??

I would argue, that yes, it really is art. When you study art history and learn how we got from different periods up to modern art, it is fascinating. I would love to join the museum, take some more classes or go on guided tours to learn even more.

Some of the pieces were not only art but also functional- one was a globe made out of what looked like large plungers. This piece was used to detonate land mines. Another looked like a large, golden cube. This one was a home for the homeless that could go over a grate that would blow air into it and inflate it, while keeping whoever was inside warm.

One piece that I ADORED was an experiential piece. The physical part was a wooden box and then playing over a speaker (on a 3-hour loop) was the full recording of the studio where the artist worked on the piece. So you could hear the sounds that were captured while the piece was created. So cool. Nicholas did not agree. He fits in the category above. He likes modern art to a degree, but then when it gets to “borderline” art, he is over it.

He was an awesome person to go to the museum with, as we have such different tastes we would drag each other to parts that we otherwise might not have gone to.

Cannot wait to go back!

Thanksgiving in CT

Gorgeous, happy couple

I had my doubts whether or not an immigrant could pull off an entirely American tradition, but when that immigrant is Giulio and the tradition involves food- there should never be a doubt! Giulio created the most delicious turkey that he roasted and then smoked on the grill.

My past thanksgivings abroad have either been in Switzerland with Ashley and her madness of hosting 30+ folks in her apt, or alone in Mexico City eating a turkey sandwich from Starbucks. I have not been in the US for one for over 4 years, so was really looking forward to the meal and customs surrounding it. Like, actually being able to watch football or grocery shopping for all the ingredients at one store and actually being able to find them.

We had a blast with G and Meg with many rounds of Pinochle, our game of choice, lots of late nights catching up and generally eating too much delicious food.
Double Pinochle!  
I cannot believe that I am going to be “neighbors” with Megan- just a short train ride away!!

So much to be thankful for!

Chicago Family Weekend!

Last weekend Nicholas and I jumped on a flight to Chicago to spend time together with the family for the holidays. With a several hour delayed flight, we arrived quite late on Friday, but half of the family was still up and we got a chance to have a few drinks and chat. Saturday morning, I finally got to see the kids! Carter and I played and then we headed out to the neighborhood restaurant for lunch.
Carter and I being silly
During naptime,  Mom (aka Grandma) and I went to the store to pick up some items for that night’s dinner and to make gingerbread cookies. When we got back Carter was ready to get started and he and I, with some help from Grandma, got a few dozen gingerbread-men and women baked. Of course, Carter had his own ideas on how we were going to produce these cookies, including dipping his hands in flour and putting his little paw prints all over my black outfit (yep, obvious bad choice). We laughed and created some of the silliest looking gingerbread cookies- but they tasted delicious.

That night, after 10+ hours of smoking pork, Tony and Rachel presented their pulled pork meal. It was spectacular! I am still dreaming about those sandwiches and sauce they made.
She's mine, ALL mine! 

Sunday, we had brunch at one of their favorite places and Carter and Lyla opened up some gifts that we had brought from our travels around the globe. I hogged Lyla the whole day, holding her and feeding her and generally not allowing anyone else near her. I was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but with a new address in the US in January, it is going to be much easier to keep in touch. I see a lot more playdates with Carter and Lyla in my future!

Play 60

Second week on the job and I am already meeting a Super Bowl champ. I had the honor of representing the NFL Network and the work they are doing with the NFL called Play 60 at one of their Super Schools. They presented a $10,000 check to the selected school to help buy equipment for physical education. I normally wouldn’t work on this team, but it is definitely something I believe in, so I filled in for a colleague and got a chance to go to balmy MN :) 

I got to meet Joe Berger and Super Bowl Champ Charlie Johnson, a couple of cheerleaders and Viktor the mascot.  The Viking entourage, led by Brad a 23 year veteran of the organization, did an amazing job. The first half of the morning was an assembly where the players, phys ed teacher and the affiliate from Comcast all spoke to the students about the importance of staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle. From there, the players led the students in a super phys ed class and we ended the morning with group shots and some interviews with the local media.

Stay tuned for more fun and exciting adventures on the job! 

I'll be home for the holidays

See you next year, New York! 
Home is lightly used here. For me, my home is wherever Nicholas is, so indeed, I will be home. I head back to Korea today and will be in Asia until the first of January. New Year's day, I fly back to my new "home", used even more loosely, as Nicholas most likely will be in some far flung region of the world, for at least a few more months if not longer.

Also, this will be the last time I fly back to Korea when Seoul is still my primary residence. Starting in January, I will have an apartment in NYC.

Soo looking forward to seeing our friends in Seoul, taking intensive Korean classes, eating as much kimchi as possible and being in my own bed, for the first time in a long time.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Start of a new chapter

This past Thanksgiving, I had a lot to be thankful for. I had just accepted a position with a firm in NYC where one of my best friends (from my very first job in DC works) works and was spending the holiday with some of my favorite people.
David and I in 2005, shortly after we met and became friends
After four years almost to the day that I left NYC, I started my new job. Funny how life works. You just never know where it will take you. And life has taken me to so many places these past few years. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that I have had and so blessed to have such a loving and supportive husband that not only brought me along on all of his adventures, but then gave me the wings to fly on my own.
Thanksgiving in CT
2014 is sure to be a year full of fun, adventure and surprises, and I would have it no other way. The only thing that still needs to be figured out is when and how Nicholas will join me. For now, we will be a super-long-distance couple, emphasis on super (have you met us ;). How funny it is to think back on what a struggle I thought it was to be between DC and NYC for a few years- just a short amtrak ride away. Now we will be bi-continental and a mere 14+ hr flight apart. But with the years also comes new perspective. And surprisingly, I don't view our upcoming living arrangements as a struggle but as another adventure. Residents of two countries! Why not!