Monday, May 27, 2024

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 21

The Good:
Judah's father and step-mother took us out to a celebratory dinner in the city this week. We went to a swanky vegan, kosher restaurant in Chelsea and it was divine!

The Random:
Was I influenced into buying this simply from the packaging....yep....was it good...ehhhh

The Fun:
The teachers who work in my division gifted me these as a mazal tov been so fun to be showered with so many sweet congratulatory nods right now!


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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Scav Hunt Sunday: Button and Building

Black and White:
Art deco stairs in Midtown.

Walkway:
Out for a walk in Brooklyn enjoying the new architecture. 

Storefront:
Felina Coffee in the Village. 

Yellow: 
The new and improved Button in the Fashion District.

Wander:
A rare, calm moment, strolling in NYC.


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Thursday, May 23, 2024

I Said Yes!

In Judaism, there is the concept of you beshert (fated). The idea is that each of us is a half and we are destined to meet our literal, other half, or our beshert. Well....I realized pretty quickly after meeting Judah that he in fact is mine.

For prosperity, I want to start at the beginning and write down our "first chapter" as we embark on a new chapter and plan our wedding! 

Finding "my person" didn't unfold in the traditional timeline, especially in my Jewish community where you usually have 2 kids in school by your mid thirties. I knew my beshert was out there, but I would be lying if I didn't say I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find them. It was in December, when I basically told myself "it will be what it will be." Just a few weeks later I matched with Judah on Hinge and very quickly realized this was the real deal!
One Friday night in late December, I remember seeing Judah's profile. I had never been super attracted to bald guys before (insert awkward emoji...) but I distinctly remember that his smile was just so inviting and kind and that he seemed genuine and fun. I sent the like and within an hour I had a notification that we matched and nearly immediately after that he sent me a message via the app! I had a picture from snowboarding in NH as one of my profile pictures and he used Google image search to figure out where it was and used that as a launching point. We messaged back and forth for hours and knew we wanted to meet BUT he was about to head to Florida for a week so we agreed to talk on the phone and take it from there.
So on Sunday December 17th, we spoke via phone....for FOUR hours. We never had a lull in our conversation, it was so natural and comfortable, and we didn't just chat about the superficial stuff but deep things too! We had 2 more 4-hour long phone chats while he was in Florida and planned to have our first in person date when he got back to NJ/NY. I had talked to other guys for a bit before meeting in person, but this time I really felt like this could go somewhere. Friends already saw me smiling more at work and not just because winter vacation was around the corner!
Our first day was truly an instant connection. I admit I had big nerves before I went into the restaurant but the second we sat down I felt so at ease and hopeful. We had dinner at an Indian restaurant then drove to another place for desert. We shut that place down and ended up taking a nice walk along the Hudson River talking more. We had our first kiss out there in the frigid December air and as we just stood at the water Judah said "where have you been?" swoon 
We saw each other again a few days later, but were already talking on the phone every night and texting all day. We had brunch, hung out, and went to the botanical garden light show and dinner. The next day was New Year's Eve and he asked me to go with him to a friend's party and I countered with "so does that mean I am your girlfriend?" After that we were pretty much inseparable and seeing each other a few days a week and spending the whole weekend together. 
One weekend, in mid-January, we went to the city for the day and as we got into Grand Central Station's giant atrium he spun me around and said "one day soon, I am going to ask you to marry me" After that things really started to move quickly. But, when you are 36 and 42 you know when you know! I had a few friends who were a bit doubtful of the speed but I really knew that my single years were over. 
By mid-February we had met each others parents and spent the weekend with his sister's family in Massachusetts. We were planning long term, talking timeline, and introducing each other to more friends. By early March we were looking at rings and took our first big trip together to Florida! He moved in with me in March also and works remotely so he is there when I leave and come home. WFH also means the laundry is always caught up, bed is always made, and dishes always done. In April, we really started talking timeline for proposal and wedding. I only asked that he propose before the school year is over and he had no issue with that! 
I had a general idea of what his plan was and knew he had hired a photographer and was planning to ask me at one of my favorite area gardens. He proposed at Untermeyer Gardens at the the Temple of Love, at the top a waterfall with the Hudson River down below us. My legs were literally jello from excited nerves and it was surreal to put the ring on. I have never been a "ring type of girl" so it's still very new to me to have it on (but it is a built in fidget now...). After we had a moment at the Temple of Love to savor what just happened we walked around the garden and took so many amazing pictures and just reveled in the beginning of our second chapter together! 
We started to call and text family and friends and bring others into our shared joy. We joked we broke the internet with the sheer number of likes, messages, and comments we were getting in rapid succession! We then drove to his mom's house for a l'chaim (a toast) with close family and celebrate this joyous occasion! I was so filled with adrenaline, I had to lean on Judah for support and he kept forgetting and walking away and I would tip over (core memory there!). 
We are working quickly on a late summer wedding, while one of his sisters is in America with her family. To some, this timeline is a sprint. To us, in our world, it is average as in sects of Judaism the time from meeting, to engagement, to marriage can be quite quick!! Neither of us are as observant as we were raised but we are so excited to start a Jewish home together and continue our lineage! 

Photos by the amazingly talented Seth Pellum Photography

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Blooms on 5th 2024

A true sign spring is fully underway and that summer is around the corner has arrived in Manhattan. Fifth Avenue has been transformed into a floral oasis once again! The Fifth Avenue Association and jewelry store Van Cleef & Arpels partnered to bring gorgeous massive floral centerpieces to the famed shopping avenue.  I went downtown early on a weekend morning to take advantage of a quieter 5th Avenue which paid off majorally!
I really loved this year's designs. There is a cartoon nature to them and they are so beautiful; each one was so different and had so many great views from every side. Lots of blues and greens with orange and yellow flowers. They complement the city architecture so well and bring a fun pop of greenery and color to midtown!



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Monday, May 20, 2024

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 20

The Good:
Sooooo.....I got engaged yesterday!! Judah asked me to marry him and I said "yes!" Nothing much better than that!

The Fun:
We had a little l'chaim (toast) after he proposed with out families. My cousin got this shot of us walking in to the yard!

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