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Fall 2015 in NYC: What’s not to love

23 Oct

Well, yes, I’ve been a bad girl.  I haven’t kept up my New Year’s resolution to be more faithful about posting in my blog.  Shame on me, but, I do have a busy life, and, it can be hard to find the time and energy to post.  Regardless, I am going to make more of an effort.  I know I say that every single time, but, I do mean it.  I just have to execute it!

As Meg Ryan says in “You’ve Got Mail” don’t you love Fall?  Actually the exact quote is “Don’t you love New York in the Fall?”  Gary and I have so much going on from what promises to be a fantastic Halloween party at our friend Amanda Cumming‘s place to getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and, New Year’s Eve.  Oh sure, some cynic out there will say the leaves in Central Park haven’t changed yet, and, the weather’s been too warm, but, it doesn’t change what time of year it is and that’s the part to focus on.  I mean, sure, I’d love to see more explosive Fall colors in the trees and foliage, but, and, admittedly, it is a bit bizarre to see people ice skating at Rockefeller Center with short sleeve shirts but, it is such a busy and fun time of year, I don’t know why I used to hate it so much.

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Maybe things will start feeling more like Fall next weekend.  After all, what’s Halloween without the crunch, crunch, crunch of leaves as you walk on the sidewalk?  And, with the opening of the Bryant Park Holiday Village next Friday (October 30th) and the New York Marathon on Sunday, November 1st.  Maybe the weather will catch up with the calendar and things will start to feel more like true Fall.

Shake Shack NYC

20 Nov

If there is one thing I love most about not modeling anymore is not having to watch every single bit of food that goes into my mouth.  Enter my place of guilty pleasureShake Shack!!   Now in my modeling days,  I dare not even look at food here – just looking at it will put on five pounds in a blink of an eye.  (This a a place where even veggie burgers carry a whopping 490 calories – you don’t know want to know what the calorie count is in “real” burgers here! :D)

shake shack

And, today… I treated myself to my favor burger, hand cut fries, and, my guiltiest of guilty pleasures – a root beer float. HEAVEN!!  And, no I didn’t eat all the food in the photo by myself… Gary (my husband) joined me in this greasy, calorie heavy but OH SO GOOD lunch treat!!

 

Turkey Time: 33 days to go and counting…

20 Oct

It’s a nondescript Sunday afternoon here in New York City.   Gary is working from home for a report due tomorrow, and, I really didn’t feel like doing anything specific.  Sometimes I simply enjoy some “down” time, and, I enjoy catching up on things like blogging.

I’m also a little shocked as I look at my date book.  EEEKKK!!!  November is creeping up really fast, and, both my family and Gary’s family are coming to NYC for Thanksgiving.  So, I guess my next chore — well it really isn’t a “chore” in the truest sense of the word, but, rather I mean get my act together, and, start making a menu and activity plan.

turkeyAirlines and hotels are in place.  Radio City Christmas show tickets are bought.  Menu… Well, obviously turkey (but I do need to order one from the butcher), additionally, I also need to think about sides and a vegan main dish.  (I’m thinking that something with Quinoa will be the way to go.)

I also need to think about decorating.  My family likes the Christmas tree up for Thanksgiving, so, I will be in a mad scramble trying to get ornaments and decorations.  We (meaning Gary and I) lost a lot of our Christmas things last year due to Superstorm Sandy (we had those things in our storage area of our building, and, we had to throw a lot (in fact most everything) away, and, since everyone else was in the same boat the pickings were slim last year.

So why am I sitting writing in my blog instead of getting my butt out the door to Macys?  Good question 🙂  Perhaps I should go see what I can find today.  In fact, I think I will…

 

Sunday in the City

28 Jul

Yes, I know I have been a bad girl and that I haven’t blogged in ages, and, I am taking advantage of the first Sunday in months that didn’t have me or Gary committed to doing something, and, I’m spending the day just doing things I’ve neglected.  For example, this morning, I want through my closet and purged it of items that I no longer use, have never used, or have simply done it’s job.   And, don’t worry, I don’t sell my old clothing on Ebay — I give it to charity and hopefully some one out there can benefit from it.

And, now I am catching up on correspondence.  Emails, my blog, and, I have to come up with a few fresh ideas for my Examiner.com column.  I hadn’t realized I have fallen into a deep slump of writing about Project Runway and nothing else. Shame on me!

I’m also using today to do some shopping online.  Yes, I realize this sounds comical to many since I live in the shopping capital of the world or at least the United States (NYC) but even in NYC you don’t always find what you are seeking.   And tradiocityhe last thing I’m doing with my free time today is lining up theater and other events that Gary and I enjoy doing together for the Fall, and, that includes ordering tickets for Radio City for the Christmas show for Thanksgiving weekend.  My family is coming here from Chicago so it will make Thanksgiving weekend that much more special.

 

So that’s a glimpse of my “super exciting” life (as a friend from Chicago once said to me about my life in NYC.)  After getting past the glitz and glam it really is just like living anywhere.  You work during the week, do your errands and chores and weekend, and, then on occasion, you get to do something fun or cultural like to go a museum or the theater.

And, yes, I agree.  I wouldn’t trade living here for anything.  Not even my sweet home Chicago.  There is only one NYC and I am thrilled to be part of it!

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

2 Jun

It’s been beastly hot here in NYC the past couple of days.  Spring doesn’t seem to really exist here.  For the couple of years I’ve been living here it seems like to goes from Winter to Summer without a noticeable Spring.  Anyhow, Gary and I were at our friend Kate Kelly’s birthday party last night, and, long story short.  Gary and I have a standing invitation to Southampton this summer.

southamptonAnd, of course, this triggered our famous debate: do we want a summer house or a winter house?  My vote is for the Winter house.  Just a cute little condo on a warm tropical island that we can use during the Winter and rent out the rest of the year.  Gary on the other hand loves the idea of being in the Hampton’s for the summer.  Basically because everyone from his office has a house out there.   However, I keep trying to knock some sense into him.

stbartsMy argument is that for the time it will take to drive or even take the train out to the Hamptons, we can be a warm, tropical destination in the Winter.  I just need that boost of warm air in Winter to help me pick up a bit.  I do suffer from SAD and that’s why I’d rather the islands.

Gary’s argument, and, it’s a good one is that you always have to be worried about hurricanes and your investment in the islands, and, unfortunately, hurricane season promises to be busy this year.  Again.

I wish we could afford both, and, even though we’re doing more than ok – we have to pick just one.  We’ll see who wins this one — I don’t think it will be me this time, but you never know…

We will just have to wait and sea  🙂   (Yes that IS intentional.)

Photos from 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

29 Nov

I had the pleasure of attending the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center last night.  As usual, it was EXTREMELY crowded, but, it was a fun atmosphere and we managed to arrive early enough to get some really good spots to watch the show.  I did manage to capture a few photos. I hope you enjoy them.

Radio City Rockettes at the 2012 Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on November 28, 2012

CeeLo Green with The Muppets at Rockefeller Center tree lighting 2012

Rod Stewart 2012 at Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting November 28, 2012

 

Almost wedding time… almost

29 Mar

For those of you who think I’ve fallen off the planet, sorry to disappoint you, but, I’m still very much alive and kicking.   I know it’s been months – since December, 2011 to be exact — since I’ve take a few minutes to blog, and, I do ask for your forgiveness if you’ve been a regular reader.   So far most of 2012 has consisted of me stopping modeling and undertaking a new work endeavor (more to be revealed later in the year), and, of course, my all-free-time-consuming wedding.  So that’s where I’ve been.

Don’t be sad about me not modeling anymore, I LOVED every minute of my time being a model and there are so many aspects of modeling that I am going to miss, but, it was time to move on.  My age is beginning to work against me in this ultra youth oriented business, and, I had a wonderful opportunity open up to me in another area of fashion that I just couldn’t let pass me by.

I’m still writing for Examiner.com, as a matter of fact, I just started writing for them again this past week.  I was asked back, so, I must have done something right!  Here’s my page if you’d like to subscribe:  http://www.examiner.com/fashion-in-new-york/rose-goodhall  But, I have to admit, it is great to be back writing at Examiner.com

I’ve made another new writing friend, T.R. Threston, and, if you’re into travel then you should subscribe to her Examiner.com column too, she does a wonderful job and has lots of great travel tips:  http://www.examiner.com/luxury-lifestyle-travel-in-new-york/t-r-threston

Now, let’s talk about my all consuming wedding.

It’s funny.  Gary and I started off that we wanted a small wedding — really small.  Close friends and family only.  Well, then it started…

Family members had hurt feelings they weren’t going to be invited and that upped the guest list, then the co-workers started asking about their invitations and the guest list went up again.  Then friends from college, high school, even grade school began coming out of the wood work!  The amazing part is that very few were deterred that the wedding is taking place in New York City and not in Chicago.  Go figure.

So our “small” wedding is now several hundred people — I’m doing my best to keep this from turning into a three ring circus.  I just want the wedding over and my life with Gary to begin.  I know it sounds unromantic, but, for me its about the life after the wedding, and, not just the wedding.

Finally we are at the point that everything is done.  My gown and bridesmaids dresses were ordered and fittings and final fittings are now taking place.  Gary and our groomsmen have all been fitted for tuxedos and they are on order and should be here shortly.  We have our church book, our musicians selected, our receptions venue under deposit with final payment coming up rapidly.  We are ready to walk down the aisle and say I do.

The big day?  Memorial Day Weekend.  Stay tuned for frantic updates from the bride (me).  Because with my luck… Who knows what will go wrong <Grin>

It’s the end of the year? ALREADY?!?

19 Dec

Geez, I hate to sound like an 80 year old, but, where did the time go?  This year absolutely flew by — I can’t believe Christmas is this weekend!!  Fortunately, I’m done shopping, my family is flying to NYC to see and my future hubby, and, the only thing I have to do is get the apartment  “Mom Inspection” clean, and, of course, start cooking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

I’m also thrilled that my KIVA team is just $50 of hitting our 2011 goal.  Ok, sure I did aim low this year because I formed the team so late in the year — it was almost July, nonetheless, at least we’re going to make the goal that I set so that is  wonderful all in itself.  It also makes the holiday season matter that much more — for the first time in my life I feel like I’m actually doing something real to help others who just need a helping hand up.  (And, KIVA allows people do just that – it’s a wonderful organization, and, I am proud to be part of it!)  If the giving mood happens to strike you while you’re reading this take a moment to join my team and donate to my team’s goal.  Here is the link:  http://www.kiva.org/team/rosegoodhallteamfashion  and hey that’s kind of neat… I just saw that I have 57 “recommends” for Facebook on my Kiva page — thanks for your support guys!!

As far as wedding news…  Well, I had a bit of a heartbreak today… No, no, it isn’t what you’re probably thinking.  Gary and I are still very much “on”.  No, this heartache is all due a wedding venue that I didn’t know was available until today…

It seems that Cunard is now offering weddings at sea… My heart dropped when I read this article this morning:  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1YPBrR

If I had only known sooner…

And, so with that my dear friends, family, fans and readers, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season, and, may all your dreams come true for you in 2012.  I thank each and everyone of you for being in my life – I love you all!

Happy Holidays!

 

Why I love Fall in NYC

19 Oct
New York City - Rockefeller Center

Image by myoldpostcards via Flickr

Ok, granted, I haven’t lived in NYC longto really proclaim this statement, but, I do love being in NYC in the Fall.  I can’t explain the mood, but, perhaps “pre-holiday happiness” would be the best way to describe it.

People are a bit friendlier (yes really!)  The leaves are beginning to fall and change, the tourists are really begin to fill the city streets — and believe it or not the department stores are beginning to show the first signs of the holidays to come — the holiday shops are beginning to pop up.

Add in the fact that Rockefeller Center Ice Rink has officially opened (well, ok, they didn’t open as planned due to the weather), but, still it is another sign that the holidays are approaching… (Happy sigh)

That means some of my favorite things will be coming up shortly… Like the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  And, of course, shopping!!

Most people are shocked to learn that I enjoy shopping for friends and family more than I enjoy shopping for myself.  I can’t explain it… There is just something VERY satisfying about finding the “perfect gift” for my loved ones.  It’s a high that I get the day I shop for it, and, then again when I wrap it, and, then finally the day it is given and opened.

And, then there are the things that really count… Like my Kiva team – we’re already 80% to our set fund raising goal for 2011.  This is a feeling of satisfaction that is actually very selfish — even though what we do is raise mirco-loans for others…  It feels soooo good when we help someone to help themselves… Knowing that we helped changed a life…  It’s just a feeling that is so positive and wonderful — it’s selfish 🙂   I’d like to double or even triple our fund raising goals with my Kiva Team in 2012 –  care to join us?  Here’s the link: http://www.kiva.org/team/rosegoodhallteamfashion

 

Well, off I go… in the rain (and I’m smiling…)

 

Another week just about gone…

24 Mar
The Plaza Hotel on Central Park South in New Y...

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I swear I’ve been so busy lately that the days and weeks are just blurring into one.  This is a good thing, because, in a few short weeks, I’m heading to Australia for my friend Elena’s wedding.  (The wedding is in May.)

I don’t have anything fun or interesting to really write about this week.  It’s been one of those “keeping the nose to the grindstone” weeks, and, unfortunately that makes for a dull blog entry.  I AM excited about my parents coming to NYC next weekend 🙂  They’re going to meet Gary’s parents for the first time, and, we’re all going to discuss wedding plans, and, just have some fun together.

Oh well, I guess, I DO have something to tell you…  If you’ve been following along, we have decided to book The Plaza Hotel for our wedding.  A few weeks ago I put up a poll on my Facebook page asking for friends, family, and, fans for their input, and, hands down the majority of people voted for The Plaza.  So that’s now a done deal.   If you’ve never seen The Plaza Hotel or haven’t seen it since it’s renovations, you can see photos on my Facebook page at:

And, yes, of course I’m excited!  But, the wedding is such a small part of the overall picture — if Gary I went to City Hall to be married, I’d be just as excited.  I’m just so happy when I am with Gary, we have so much in common, and, we’re always laughing, and, most importantly he makes me feel like the most special person in the world.  I can’t wait to be his wife, and, in a few years, start a family together.

Speaking of weddings, I will be in London during Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s wedding.  And, no, I wasn’t one of the lucky people invited, but, regardless, I do wish them luck and happiness together (even though I’ve never met either one of them.)  So, with all of this going on, I guess you can understand why I don’t have much to write about for this entry.  Then again, it is rather amazing how much I managed to ramble on about nothing so far 🙂

Well, I see the clock is ticking away, and, Gary and I are meeting Elena and Paul for dinner and a movie tonight.  So with that I will wish you all a pleasant weekend, and, I’ll check in with you again next week!

 

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