Cappuccino Time #4

Grab a cappuccino or your favorite cup of coffee or tea, because it’s time to snuggle in for some internet reading and updates!

As I write this, it’s currently very rainy in NYC and I’ve just come off a very busy past week and a half. My older brother Andrew and his fiancee Veronica stayed with us for 8 days and I also had friends in town for a lovely baby shower last Sunday. I loved having so much company and excitement, but I’m also enjoying catching up with my regular routine and having some alone time to reset. I have noticed that the older I get, I seem to need more time to recover after trips or having visitors. Has this happened to you too?

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Baby Shower Celebrations with some dear NYC friends

I’m also in disbelief that it’s February. My baby boy will be here in less than 2 months, and now I’m really starting to feel the time fly. These days I’m alternating between total terror and excitement/curiosity about the delivery. I wonder how it will actually be when the time comes 🙂

Alright, let’s get to some reading and inspiration from around the web!

Links from around the internet that caught my eye:

-I appreciate this guide for the best restaurants and dining at JFK airport. I have had BAD experiences with buying food at airports. This right here was the worst ever. Want to guess how much I paid for this egg salad sandwich?

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$10.99!!!! When I opened up the package and saw this, I was equal parts furious and amused. Is this not the saddest sandwich you have EVER seen? And for $11? It pained me deeply that I didn’t have time to return it and complain. The sandwich was from CIBO Express by the way. DO NOT GO THERE. haha.

-I was intrigued by this merciless Per Se Review from the NY Times. I’ve eaten there and my experience wasn’t as bad as what Pete Wells recounted, but I also think that there are a lot of outrageous and not cost-worthy restaurants in NYC. And even though I enjoyed Per Se, I wouldn’t necessarily go again. I do think that Thomas Keller responded to the criticism with grace and class.

-Recipes I want to try soon: Magpie Cheddar Herb Biscuits, Alton Brown’s Waffle Recipe, Vanilla Bean Rice Krispies Cupcakes, and this insane Chocolate Chip Passionfruit Naked Cake.

Let yourself be sad. This was a very thought-provoking read for me, because I’m someone who doesn’t really let myself be sad.

-Can’t agree with this article more. There are a lot of people who sell this idea of how things can come easily with the right mindsets, but I don’t think this is 100% true. I think creating the life you want requires a lot of hard work, intention, and sometimes struggle. And I’m okay with that, because it feels real to me.

People confuse comfort for happiness. Mark Manson is one of my favorite writers, and I love what he talks about in #10 about how people often confuse comfort for happiness. I think this plays hugely into all of the stuff we buy and the marketing.

Most Americans are one paycheck away from the street. This is terrifying! Pete and I have always been very proactive about budgeting and saving, and I can’t imagine being in a place where I couldn’t find the money for a $500 emergency. In my mind, the two biggest practices that have helped us save money are 1) Eating mostly at home and 2) Plain old not buying stuff, unless we really, really want it or need it. You can get buy with a lot less stuff than you think. If you’re intrigued by the idea of minimalism and tidying, check out this book and this blog. Both were life-changing for me.

-I love to stretch, and I love this: 36 Pictures to See Which Muscle You’re Stretching

This home remodel is SO beautiful. Someday I dream of remodeling or designing a home!

That’s it for today, see you tomorrow with a new recipe (a breakfast/brunch one)!

xo Joanne

PS In case you missed them:

Cappuccino Time #1

Cappuccino Time #2

Cappuccino Time #3