Summer Reading

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water is a psychological suspense.  It was a decent novel but with as much hype as it got I thought it would be a little better. I give it 2/5.

American Assassin by Vince Flynn

I saw the trailer for American Assassin with Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien (the guy from The Maze Runner) earlier this summer and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to read the book beforehand which was a little surprising even to myself since manly action thriller novels aren’t usually my thing, but I’m glad I read it. It was an enjoyable read and like most books, it was better than the movie. I give it 3/5.

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

I really enjoyed White Fur which is a “gritty reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet.” Some of the scenes made me feel uncomfortable but I liked how raw and uncensored it felt, just like the main character Elise.  I would recommend this novel to others; I give it a 4/5.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of this Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is a collection of essays based on the thoughts and experiences of Scaachi Koul, who is also a writer for Buzzfeed. She touched on a lot of different topics from being Indian, racism, family, dating, alcoholism, growing up. It was a good collection of essays to read on my Kindle during my commute. Some parts were funny and/or interesting but there were definitely some points when I felt she was preaching a bit yet she is still ignorant about some things as well.

Overall, it was entertaining enough so I give it 3/5.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

This book is pretty slow going throughout the duration of the novel and I kept waiting for something big to happen which never did, but for whatever reason I still enjoyed it. True story–I literally read reviews afterward to see if I am in fact the idiot which is why I missed the point but then I read this article from NPR which confirmed that there really is no point because that’s Batuman’s style of fiction. I like how they described it as “a long wander, a vague rummage.” This is definitely not a novel for everyone, so I would only recommend it to my fellow book nerds. In my opinion it is a 3.5/5.


Final Girls by Riley Sager

This is another novel I read pretty quickly on my Kindle to and from work. I liked Final Girls better than Into the Water which were both compared to Gone Girl although I don’t think the guy who turned out to be the killer makes much sense. I give it a 2.5/5.


The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

I picked up The Sympathizer at The Strand bookstore in Union Square when I was in the spirit after having recently seen Miss Saigon on Broadway. I liked it for the most part. Some chapters I got really into but then it would be brought to a low, slow simmer. It was hard to get a sense of time too; one chapter the main character is going about his day-to-day life and the next he mentions in passing that X amount of months/years had passed.

The author was also very descriptive at some parts. For example, he described a vivid scene from his youth involving sexual things he performed with a squid which was very disturbing but imaginative nonetheless. Unfortunately it’s the perverted scenes like that that I’ll probably remember the longest. Overall I give it a 3/5.


Goodbye Summer ’17

This summer came and went quickly.  Things were busy at work all summer and we couldn’t really go anywhere, but we still had a great summer doing activities in the city. Below is a quick summer recap.

Summer is the time of baseballllll! I went to my first Mets game with my friend Kelly and I went to a Yankees game with Kev.

Kev and I ran the New York Road Runners Retro 5-Miler. We had fun dressing up for it too with our knee high socks and matching arm and head bands.

We took many many walks along the West Side River throughout the summer on our way to our favorite movie theater in Battery Park. It’s so pleasant walking by the Hudson River in the summer when it’s not cold and windy.

As I mentioned, my summer was busy with work. We had a National Television Sales team softball game one Friday afternoon and I also went to our Chicago office for the first time for some meetings. Luckily I was able to stay with my friend Tiffany while I was there. We went on an architecture boat tour, walked around the city, and had an awesome brunch in the Chicago Restoration Hardware.

I got a preview of the Penthouse in our building which was amazing.

I had a fair share of desserts including ice cream from Taiyaki and cough dough from DO.

Kev and I discovered our favorite place for burgers, Saxon & Parole, which carries the Impossible vegan burger.

I finally made my way to Gilligan’s to try their frozen watermelon margarita.

I went to my first professional soccer game which was a lot of fun. We watched the New York Red Bulls play the NYC Football Club. I will definitely go to another game.

We celebrated our friends Jim & Kristin’s wedding at Meadowood in Napa Valley.

I volunteered through Disney VoluntEars. They partnered with the Central Park Conservancy and I helped weed in Central Park. It was the perfect day to be outside and do some good.

There was a Smorgasboard market close to our apartment. My favorite thing there was a churro ice cream sandwich.

(Okay, now I’m realizing why I lost zero weight over the summer even though I was physically active–literally half of my pictures are of me with dessert….)

Of course what better way to close out Summer and welcome Fall with the start of football season…kind of. I am trying to become more active with the University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York, so we’re starting to watch Michigan games at Barleycorn in Tribeca. Go Blue!


Labor Day 2017

Labor Day came upon us quickly this year, so Kev and I didn’t have a trip planned. We were actually looking forward to staying in the city though because we had both been busy with work and stuff and just wanted to relax. We had a great weekend though and ended up doing quite a few activities. Below are the highlights:

Friday – I got out of work early so Kev scheduled a personal boxing session at Overthrow in the late afternoon. We had a good workout and learned some cool new combinations. Then I dragged Kevin to the movies to see a scary movie, Temple. As you can see from the reviews, the movie wasn’t that good.

Saturday– On Saturday Kev and I had a spa morning at Aire Ancient Baths. It was the coolest experience ever. There were six thermal baths (a hot bath, ice and cold plunges, a warm pool, a flotarium– salt water pool, and the jet pool) as well as a steam room with aromatherapy infused with eucalyptus aroma. After an hour of relaxing in the different baths, Kev and I had an hour couples massage, and then got to hang out in the baths for another half hour. My favorite bath was by far the flotarium and my second favorite was the eucalyptus aromatherapy steam room.

After our relaxing morning, we then got dressed and went to Barleycorn’s to watch the Michigan vs. University of Florida game. From there we went to the movies and I made Kev see another scary movie with me, Annabelle. Luckily Annabelle was better than Temple.

Sunday – On Sunday Morning Kev and I ran a few miles at Mile High Run Club. We had lunch at Smorgasboard Market which is conveniently close to our apartment. We got an array of items to share including an authentic spinach mushroom quesadilla with homemade tortilla, edamame dumplings, and  a tofu sticky bun. To top it off I had a unicorn ice cream churro sandwich. It was a great combo of options to try.

 Later that evening we went to the US Open. We saw Petra Kvitová vs. Garbiñe Muguruza and Sam Querrey vs. Mischa Zverev. It was a lot of fun to watch and of course I had to get a Grey Goose Honey Deuce.

Monday – On Monday morning Kev and I went to 60 minute Bikram then took our time walking home and stopped by our favorite Brooklyn Bagels on the way back. We relaxed and read outside (literally the first time we’ve used our building’s mezzanine all summer) for a bit before going to the movies. We saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard with Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds which was pretty funny. When we got home I got a second wind and did some end-of-summer cleaning and got rid of a ton of clothes and shoes. I’m ready for you Fall!