Saturday
Oct042014

Goodbye trill summer

After my sister's wedding I got to hang out with my godson Brody while staying at Kiersten's house. I am cutting up mangoes for him like a true Jamaican auntie.

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Big ups to Caitlin Turpel always holding it down with the freshest hair cuts

girltalk and mani/pedi with bae

Minnie is heading to Florida for retirement.. this was animal party #1

Animal party #2 was for Jeff's birthday.... HBD CAT

San Francisco Giants came to NYC for a series with the Mets. I BOUGHT TIX FOR 3 of the 4 GAMES. (the 4th game was on Monday at 12pm :( had to #work)

We were SURROUNDED by Mets Fans... that doesn't stop me from clapping for every run! and hollaring at my boyz

Jackie gave Joe Jonas kisses before Giants Game 2

I was stalking stubhub for weeks looking for good seats for all the games. I had a different view each night.

Hotdogs and baseball = AMERICA

Firework show after the game? Thanks Duane Reade!

Ross was DOWN for that hotdog selfie.

Ross grew up in NY and has friends who are Mets fans.. I told him that's not allowed today, he has to be a Giants fan. He threatened to wear blue a couple times... I knew he wouldn't do it.

I kept blowing kisses to Hunter Pence and THIS guy kept intercepting them.

Jackie and I went to see One Direction. This girl cried for the entire show. CAN YOU BLAME HER?

One Direction and pyrotechnics? THAT WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL

The Jeff Koon Exhibit is at the Whitney Museum right now.

I first saw Jeff Koon at the LACMA, with the blue balloon dog!

Jackie got Yankees tix thru work! I love me a photo souvenir. 

I don't remember who the yanks were playing, I just remember eating these bomb nachos.

Thanks for the tix bae.. I love going to sports events with you <333333

Seriously tho, who wore it better?

I love my coworkers! We are the office milennials.

This September Elena and I split ways from our apartment. Thank you to my sweet Elena for letting me crash with her when I first moved to NYC. We had great times in our apartment together. On to new things!

Is this internet dating?

HOLLOW BOYS came to Brooklyn!!

I've known Monica for 10 years from the internet!! Internet friend becomes IRL friend :) 

Sandy came to NYC to visit Ileana -- I was soooo happy to eat a Venezuelan dinner with these sisters. 

Andrew texted me about his rooftop parties but I couldn't go before because I lived in Astoria and the commute was terrible.. but I moved to Brooklyn and can drink 40s at all the rooftop parties now!

Jackie helped me pick out a couch for my new place. We must have tested 10 couches at IKEA until we found "the One".

My sister came to NYC, we went to Chinatown for some groceries.

She doesn't have snapchat, but likes to use mine.

Jackie is soOooOoooo underground

Protagonist played in Brooklyn, and this time JOHN was there. 

Martha Stewart's new book is called ONE POT about cooking in ONE POT... I am lazy and like to cook using ONE POT so this book has great recipes for me!

How many opportunities will I ever have to take a Martha Stewart selfie?

Senses Fail 10th Anniversary Tour of Let It Enfold You -- I only recognized Buddy .. where did the band go? Jackie and I traveled down memorly lane during this show.

Kristen and Leonard came to NYC to visit me! 

Kristen is moving to Europe to teach kids how to speak English!!!

This was Leonard's first time in New York City!

We rode the Staten Island Ferry so Leonard could see the Statue of Liberty. Also because I like to visit the Staten Island dump this time of year. 

I wanted Leonard to have the full Times Square experience. So I asked this guy to paint him like one of his french girls.

When you stay at Chateau de Felicia (my apt) I give you the finest linen.

Tandem biking in central park is a feat.

Uphill was THE STRUGGLE. I felt like we were training for the olympics.

Wednesday
Aug272014

My Sister got married!

I don't know how my sister planned a wedding.. I planned her bridal shower with my aunt and it was STRESSFUL

Rejani found a place in South Florida that caters Mexican Street Corn!!! Everything on the Bridal shower menu was mona's favorite stuff. It included potato salad, pasta salad, sangria, Publix Fried Chicken! 

My cousin Leah and I after getting wedding hair and make up done

Felicia's House of Nails - my clientele is always stoked, they also never pay

Father of the Bride

Mr. and Mrs. 

Bride and Maid of Honor

I got the chicken and beef (with potato souffle and asparagus) 

Someone gave the kids moustaches

Eunice!!

cousins!

I SIGNED A LEGAL DOCUMENT. THE MARRIAGE IS OFFICIAL --- I HAD ONE JOB

The bridesmaids got to pick the song we walk out to. I picked Lil Wayne A MILLI for Best Man Ronnie and I!

You know how my Maid of Honor speech went? A poem and then crying. CONGRATS YALL

Congratulations Monalisa and Ron Matty. I love you guys <3

Sunday
Jul202014

Summer Birthdays - Atlantic City and Kickball

When I was 14 and first getting into the Aquabats, they never toured in Florida and then every time I lived somewhere else something happened and I missed them play. Once I saw 20th anniversary tour dates and NYC was on the list I bought a ticket IMMEDIATELY. They opened up with Martian Girl and my head exploded. woah woah woah woah woah

Waited over 10 years to dance to Pizza Day! THE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK!


My coworker couldn't make it to a yanks game, so he gave me his tix, it had an hour rain delay and then a beautiful rainbow appeared in the Bronx.

Jackie was my Yankee date. I'm a San Francisco Giants fan, but a lover of all baseball so any opportunity to go to the ball park I get, I take it! I never saw the Oakland A's when I was in the bay area so it was cool to see them play the Yanks.

I can smuggle a cheeseburger any where. Jeter is up!

Jackie has been wanting to go to Guy Fieri's restaurant for a long time and I refused to go with her. But it was her birthday... and I love birthdays, so we went. This is the only picture that will ever exist. Yes the food was terrible.

The Spicy Beef Roll at Gowasabi in Astoria is soo good. And I get that beef in a roll is odd, but with the seaweed salad inside it just works. PLEASE BELIEVE ME

We went to Atlantic City for Jackie's birthday! Her secret admirer sent choco strawberries and champagne!

Yay casino buffets!!

Channing Tatum got fat and works for Caesars AC now.

Gambling is fun! We put in $5!

Gambling is fun until it's not.

Extra heavy makeup for atlantic city! 

So many good casino games!!

Birthday Benihana time, u already kno

I got a call from Bank of America fraud team and they said that someone in Arizona tried using my debit card to buy a $100 giftcard at Walmart. He asked me how this could have happened, I said that I had just came back from Mexico and all my friend's got fraudulent charges. BOA DON'T PLAY!

I went to Boston to visit my cousins and Megan looks just like this card! Such a cute pregnant lady!

My cousin Nick posted up by some sweet segways. We did a segway tour of Boston! 

Nick got in trouble after taking this pic, the tour guide said we weren't allowed to use our phones while riding lol.

Check out this Motley Crue

Good to see my cousins in Boston! Thanks for the blueberry tart!

Happy Birthday Veronica!

Happy Birthday Ileana!

Happy Birthday Jeff!

Jeff lookin like a G in Benihana

I went thru the NY Parks and Recs Dept to get a 'special events' permit for my kickball birthday! I got headbands for everyone and at this moment I looked up and saw a bunch of cool kids eating pizza prepping for a good ole fashioned kickball game. I was stoked on everyone being stoked!!

Jessica brought her dog Minni, she became our mascot!

There was a bunt and I was stoked to grab it and peg Jackie, then I tripped and ate shit. We all had injuries after the game, things are different when you play kickball as a child vs 20something.

MY BIRTHDAY KICKBALL CREW. Love all yall

Jeff asked me if I remember Pizza Face.. I sure do Jeff. #AllThat

I had Capri Suns on deck!!!

Jackie was the other team captain!

We went to Hooters afterwards for drinks (it's close to central park, has outdoor seating, and their buffalo shrimp is so good!) Anyway this guy was on his laptop getting down on so many crab legs.

Thanks for the love Greg and Alex <3333

My sweet darling Janine came to NYC from Portland on my birthday weekend!

We had punch brunch at Front Toward Enemy in Astoria. It's unlimited punch as long as you have food to eat on your plate. I got the Full English Breakfast and it really came with a full vine tomato! I ordered the gin punch (versus the tequila punch) and was drunk after 3 bad boys (or was it 4?) and a belly full of yum yums.

We went to Madam Tussauds!!!! This is the 3rd Madam I've been to with Janine. We went to Vegas MT when Kiersten got married and San Francisco MT when I lived out there.

Jackie was reading with Hellen Keller

Yao Ming is a big dude

Jackie got me this for my birthday...I love 1 D... Insane 4 zayn

I got Jackie tix to Late Night with Seth Meyers show taping for her bday. 

Snuck this in before the show started. We were literally in the 1st row, luck of the draw! Seth is pretty chill in person.

My coworker Reegs is a Mets fan so we went to a game vs Texas Rangers. It was a last minute decision so we went to the first scalpers we saw. These dudes said they had seats behind home plate $40 for 2 tix and they just wanted to go in cuz they got these tix from a friend.. 2 good 2 be true? WELP IT WAS TRUE. We walked in right after them and were straight up 15th row behind home plate.

We ordered Shake Shack and beer from our seats and they delivered it so fast. CitiField is great!!

Friday
Jun062014

Monalisa's Cabo Bachelorette Party


The ME hotel lover's robes were so soft.

First dinner was at THE OFFICE! Thursday night is a dinner show with cultural dancers, mariachi band, overall too much fun.

100 Pesos = $10 USD

Besos from Mexico

OLE' MONALISA!

We rode the banana boat! Fun/terrifying.. this picture was taken right  when the driver took a sharp left turn and threw us off the banana at the end of our ride.

My sister is getting married!!

At one club I looked over and saw Jackie playing tic tac toe with the Jello Shot girl.

Welp.... mexico

The weather was perfect for the snorkel excursion.

The Arch of Cabo San Lucas!

After we snorkeled we jumped off the boat! 


La Golondrina is a very romantic restaurant. A man kept buying us songs from the mariachi band. One song is cool, but we were literally serenaded for 6 songs.

Mi amigo Da-veed saw my tattoo and started drawing it, telling me about his exgirlfriend and how he once lived in Wisconsin.

I had to go to McDonalds in Mexico. I'm all about that international menu.

Just experiencing Mexican culture

So happy to go on vacation with Eunice!!!

Why are we behind the bar?? #cabo

2 things: 1 Sammy Hagar has a band called Chickenfoot, 2 they went gold

Burger King Mexico!

Mexico passport stamp!

Lots of great memories were made in Cabo San Lucas Mexico.

Sunday
Apr272014

Gladfiseeyu Jamaica

It's been about 7 years since my last trip to the motherland, and this was the saddest.

We miss you Grandma G!

This is the first thing you see after going through immigration. Smiles were on our faces.

NORMAN MANLEY AIRPORT

This was the first time I was at Grandma's house with my little cousins who are now taller than me! Uncle Steve was showing us how to make necklaces from the flowers off Grandma's property.

We hit up Linstead Market for some spices.

Purple scotch bonnets? YIKES

This is Jamar. His grandmudda sold us corn. 

The KFC in Jamaica is so good. It might seem odd, but this is usually a request to go to when we are on the island.

$500 JA = $5 USD

$1000 JA = $10 USD

Lengi has worked for my grandma for over 15 years, if you need a coconut, he'll cut it for you (with a machete) ASAP.

On the day of my Grandma's funeral I found out she has 4 peacocks on the property! 

My little cousins were feeding dog food to the peacocks.

Sugar cane selfie! 

My Dad loves ice cream! There were 16 orders of ice cream cones, Dad was the first to get served, I was one of the last. 

Pretty cool to see Usain Bolt at the airport running to his gate just like the rest of us.

Mona and I were stoked to go to the supermarket in Jamaica and bring home JA snacks from our childhood back to America.

For Easter weekend I drove up to the Boston area with my cousin and his family. We were very close to running out of gas. This was a victory picture.

We saw lots of reenactments since Patriot's Day was right around the corner.

We stayed at my cousin-in-law's Mom's house, her name is Grammie! at one point Grammie parked the car as I was with the older girls, I got a phone call -- "Hi Grammie, where are you?".. "I'm on the side where the British are retreating" .. "Okay, I'll see you soon"

Just hanging out in a Boston bar with my cousin and this gnome

The gnome was saying the right things 

I got in trouble for having my phone out when it was time to eat. It's hard to explain my need to instagram this delicious crab benedict to an 8 year old.

My cousin's kids are sweetie pies!

I hid the Easter eggs around the yard and it was the youngest daughter to find the eggs on the beamer doors!

Brandon said I could drive the porsche. It was a little fun, but mostly terrifying. 

Jackie got us tickets to the American Comedy Awards. We saw Amy Poehler take a selfie with the cast of HBO’s VEEP. Hannibal Buress was schmoozing with Bill Hader. Key & Peele were so handsome in their suit and ties. Sir Patrick Stewart is hysterical and loves viral videos as much as we do.

Chris Rock presented Bill Cosby with the Johnny Carson Award. Craig Robinson was the music director and kept us dancing in our black tie dress code.

Jackie texted me about a STREET FAIR by her apt!

I just love any excuse to eat corn. 

I had a candy apple for the first time! I was raised by Jamaicans, there are a lot of American things I am still JUST experiencing. Anyways it tasted like candy..and an apple.. I get it.

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