Year Three, Month Eight. (32 of 192)

I can not stop listening to Niki & The Dove. The first time I heard Tomorrow I felt impregnated by it, there was no stopping it, it was my new baby daddy. I often become disappointed when I fall hard for a single track only to discover the album is no good (cough, Lana Del Rey, cough). I had the album for quite some time before I braved it, gladly, it was awesome. It may end up being one of my favorite albums of the year, or in the least the Summer.

Niki & The Dove, Tomorrow

I honestly couldn’t decided which song I wanted to use for this, it’s kind of what took me so long to put this up. Here are the reasons why…

The Fox
DJ, Ease My Mind
The Drummer

I’m clearly enamored. I hope you will be too… if you’re not already.

Riley’s Soundtrack, Year 3.
October | Intro
November | Take Care
December | Montreal
January | I Belong In Your Arms
February | Oblivion
March | The House That Heaven Built
April | Krokodil
May | Tomorrow

Summer in a glass.

A few weeks ago during Terrence’s parents Memorial Day BBQ, I was introduced to the perfect Summer beverage. It took me some time but I managed to remember to ask Terrence’s dad how to make it. Last Sunday we concocted this amazingly fruity beverage for our weekly ladies night… and it was heavenly.

It’s pretty simple, here’s what you’ll need.

  • Ice
  • Lemonade
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Its optional whether or not you want to add the ice to the blender beforehand, its also optional if you wish to make the lemonade from scratch… I’m lazy and bought mine. How much of each ingredient you add is subjective, I eyeballed it and corrected the balance after a quick taste test. In case you’re curious to know… I added about 1/2 of my raspberries and 3/4 of my strawberries, once I was done throwing in the fruit I filled the blender nearly to the top with lemonade and then blended.

You definitely want to make sure to have a lot of ice on hand for this drink, it’s at its most delicious when its as cold as can be. So even though we added ice to the blender we also added loads of it to the glass after.

We have lots of fun making homemade treats for each of our ladies nights, its a fun way to tie the evening together and make it more involved. Its good to mix it up so we don’t spend the entire night just talking about boys.

Try it, you’ll like it.

Destination, lourve.

I fell in love with Terrence before I met him. I remember waking up every morning and rushing to my computer, knowing there would be a new email or instant messages waiting for me, for weeks Christmas came daily. Once we finally hung out it got harder to appear sane and fight the urge to blurt out my feelings. It took me several months to reveal them, and ever since its been kind of awesome. I knew I wanted to marry him pretty early on as well, everything about our relationship moved quickly, I think it all relates back to our email acquaintanceship. I love to listen to Terrence ramble on, I love his company and seeing his adorable face everyday. He is everything to me and I’m pretty psyched to be contractually bound to him.

This weekend we went out to test run these unsightly glasses for Terrence’s job. He had to take them out for a few different activities, one of my favorites being a bike ride. Usually when Terrence and I go out for bike rides we like to swing by the same couple of spots, one of which being the beautiful Alice Austen House, the location where we will being getting married next Fall.

Being there is kind of magical, it fills the both of us with this spark and excitement. I wish planning weddings were a bit easier, I’d marry him tomorrow if it were simpler. I would get married at City Hall if I could but I know my mother, she would give me the silent treatment for about a decade. I didn’t have a sweet sixteen or go to my high school prom, my mother needs to see me in a puffy dress. I wouldn’t mind it either, I could use a good puffy dress day.

We intend to have the ceremony either on the front lawn or along the bushes on the waterfront pictured above. These details are dependent on the weather. If it rains the front lawn will have to be dominated by a big circus tent. Either way our plan is to have the water and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as the backdrop.

I’ll keep you guys posted on the details as they unfold… not too many though, I’ve gotta keep some of the mystique for the big day.

We had a lot of fun on our bicycle adventure this weekend, here are a few pictures from along the way.


(This landmark was supposed to become the National Lighthouse Museum… until funding fell through and it was left to just fall apart. The location is one of my favorite spots on the island, sadly it remains undone and closed off.)


(Odd that we came across this Maxx Moses, a street artisit from CA, piece just chilling on the side of Edgewater)


(I’ve determined that these glasses are ugly to distract you from the built in camera capturing your every move)

Ana is wearing: Shirt/H&M, Jeans/Delias, Shoes/Seychelles, Necklace/A Beautiful Mess for Modcloth. Terrence is wearing: Shirt/American Apparel, Pants/Levi’s, Shoes/PF Flyers.

Give me down to there hair, Pt 12: The Finale.

(Warning, photo heavy post)

So here we are, it’s finally over. One whole year of growing, complaining and celebrating has come to an end. I avoided getting my annual haircut, even though I desperately needed one, just to be able to show off my length. I hope it’s paid off. I need one more haircut to finish fixing the original issues from last years chop job, and also my bangs are stabbing my eyes. I’ve been wearing my hair curly this last week so I wouldn’t notice as much, its working.

I didn’t really have any new milestones this month. One thing I noticed was how irritating it is to have hair clutching to your neck in humid weather. Summer is usually when I forgo my bang trims because I can’t tolerate having hair sticking to my forehead. Damn heat. I’m going to try to such it up this year though.

I’m starting to guesstimate how long my hair will be by the end of next summer. I want at least 4-5 inches more in time for the wedding. Oh the pressure.

My hurr in its many stages of undress. But if that doesn’t show off how far we’ve come… lets try some side by sides.

May 18, 2011 and May 20, 2012

August 17, 2011 and May 5, 2012

August 18, 2011 and May 17, 2012

It really does put things into perspective.

Things I’m still enjoying, feeling my hair plastered and wet on my back, pulling it out from my shirt and when it gets in my way and I have to pull it up into a pony tail… priceless.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me, I certainly will miss keeping you posted… but I’ll check in from time to time.

And now… a look back at our (me and all my many strands of hair) progress.

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Part One.
Part Two.
Part Three.
Part Four.
Part Six.
Part Seven & Eight.
Part Nine.
Part Ten.
Part Eleven.