Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SEDONA, I LOVE YOU.

Like I mentioned before, my parents were visiting from Finland for two weeks and since they've seen NYC so many times they wanted to travel somewhere else for few days to explore. They had seen the photos of the trip I took with my sister last spring to Arizona and suggested we go see the Grand Canyon. So there we went.
 Last time we didn't have time to see Sedona so that was on my list of things to do. This time we also rented a car which created so much more possibilities to see different places, instead of relying on shuttle buses and their very limited schedules. We drove from Phoenix airport to Flagstaff through the breathtakingly gorgeous Sedona, which is conveniently located on the way to Flagstaff. Driving through Sedona we saw a sign for the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Since it was still sunny out and we were only about 40 minutes away from Flagstaff we stopped there to admire these views. Holy moly.
Imagine living here and waking up to this sight every morning. 
Uptown Sedona has many great restaurants, bars, cute little stores, spiritual businesses to have a photo of your aura taken, psychics and so on. And it's all surrounded by these beautiful views of the red rock formations.  
View from the Chapel of the Holy Cross. From here we continued to drive through the picturesque little roads of the Oak Creek Canyon towards Flagstaff which is only about 30 miles away. We had booked a hotel in Flagstaff for two nights because we wanted to stay somewhere away from the tourist traps around Grand Canyon. It's just 1,5hr drive to Grand Canyon and Flagstaff is really fun lively town to spend time between sightseeing. 
To be continued...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

WE SURVIVED IRENE!

 It rained all evening and all night so we expected there to be some flooding in the area. We hung out at my sister-in-law's house with her and her husband until midnight, had some wine and chatted, and then headed home down the street from them.
It wasn't windy at all at night, so we slept peacefully. In the morning we decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood and see if there were any damages. Nothing major, few tree branches down, big puddles and then this poor little park that was completely under the water. 
 We were also suppose to go to a vineyard wedding on a Saturday night, but couldn't make it because of the street closures in South Jersey. Felt so bad for the couple. Hopefully they managed to have a great wedding anyway. So let me introduce you the dress I was going to wear since there's no party photos to show. 
Dress: Anthropologie
 Purse choice number one.
Purse choice number two.
 Earrings my mother-in-law got me from London.
Tomorrow it is back to work for me, but it seems that the public transportation system is still not going be running normally in the morning. Have to keep checking I guess. Although wouldn't mind extending my weekend.

Friday, August 26, 2011

HAPPY WEEKEND!

We are preparing here for the extreme weather conditions as the hurricane Irene approaches us. Gotta stock up on some water and foods. Plus we got a wedding to go to tomorrow in a vineyard (let's see how that goes...) and I have nothing to wear. Have a wonderful weekend and be safe!

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'M BACK!

 My parents have been here for the past two weeks and we took a nice little trip out to west. They're leaving back to Finland today so I can share our journey with you soon. It's been great to have them around and I'll miss them, although going to visit them in a month or so when I head out that way.
Have a beautiful Monday!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

CAT NAPS AND SALADS


Here's an older picture from the beginning of the summer. Must have been my day off and I was just hanging out with the cats and taking it easy. 
This salad was delicious. It had finely chopped kale, carrots, cabbage, miso and vinegar. Topped with plenty of sunflower seeds and coconut oil fried sesame tempeh.
This is the good life.
We'll be off for few days adventuring on the other side of the country, but I'll be back after the weekend with full report and tons of pictures (of course). Can't wait! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BEE YUMMY SKIN FOOD AND SAGE SMUDGING

The other day I visited one of my favorite stores Live Live & Organic in the East Village. Remember my earlier posting about their Bee Yummy Skin Food? Of course you don't, so check it out here. That was back in December and I just recently ran out of it. So it is truly very lasting considering that I use it every single day. 
While at the store I also picked up some materials to cleanse our house from any negative energy and spirits that might be lurking here since we just recently moved in. We know that divorce happened here recently so don't want that bad energy around us. Smudging the house with sage, cedar and sweetgrass also attracts positive energy. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

ESCAPE TO THE LAKE

Hot and humid day in the forecast. That is not the weather to stay in the hustle and bustle of the city. Google Maps and GPS. Off we go. Driving. Driving some more. And there we are.  Just what we imagined. These views bring me such peace of mind.
After driving around for quite a while and getting lost (yes, Google Maps has some seriously wrong information...) we arrived at this silent sanctuary. No other people, just us and the nature. Serenity.

Friday, August 12, 2011

LUNCH AT PURE FOOD AND WINE

Hot, hot, hot day. Walking around the Village wearing a heavy navy blue business suit after job interview. And this is where I ended up. Corner table in the shade. Pure Food & Wine. Ice cold sangria and raw vegan zucchini and heirloom tomato lasagna. Ice cream for dessert. What more could I have asked. Nothing. Well, maybe some company to talk to about my frustration with recruiting agencies...

Friday, August 5, 2011

HAPPY AT NEW HOME

Today I carried the last boxes to the storage and three long weeks of moving is finally over. What a pain has it been. I've decided not to shop for a year at least, because we just have way too much stuff. And clothes. I wish I could go back to the amount of stuff we had when we lived in our one bedroom condo. That was nice. This move was a nightmare. I just couldn't believe how much useless stuff we had and the amount we gave away/ recycled/threw out. 
By the way, Craigslist and Freecycle are great sites to get rid of things that you think other people might like to have. I posted ad about one of our chairs and within 5 minutes had gotten already four responses from people willing to come and pick it up from our house. That was awesome. Because I hate throwing things in the garbage. It's such waste.
But now it's the time to relax and enjoy our new digs. I love walking to the town (3 minute walk!) and go get some vegan ice cream and go sit on the bench under a tree and watch all these artsy people walk by. Oh, and I just stopped by the animal shelter (one block from our house) and signed up to volunteer. Life is good.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

LUNCH AT FRANCHIA

Crispy "duck" salad
After yet another job interview in Midtown East I rewarded myself with healthy, but extremely delicious lunch. I used Happy Cow app on my cell phone to locate the closest vegan restaurant and  Franchia showed up first, just few blocks away. So that's where I headed. Franchia is casual Asian Fusion Restaurant and Cafe at Park Avenue and 34th St. The atmosphere was quite zen (classical Asian music), the space large and and service very welcoming.
Hot and Sweet soup
I was starving so I ordered little bit of everything; kimchi dumplings and salad that came with delicious sweet and hot soup. As well as refreshing iced Tealatta as soon as I walked in because it was one of the hottest days of the summer.
Fried Kimchi Dumplings
I warmly recommend Franchia. I've been dreaming about going back, but unfortunately this is nowhere near my job. It would be great place to bring a carnivore as well due to the faux meats on the menu. That crispy duck salad I ordered was so much better than real duck, because it didn't have that nasty fat duck meat tends to have. 
Sweet Darjeeling Chai Tealatta (with soy whipped cream)
And of course I was wearing all black on this steaming hot summer day...