April was such a crazy month for me, so I simply have been really bad at publishing posts. Sorry, I guess. It is now May 7, and this is weekend is the first downtime I’ve honestly had in like a good month. This month was rife with new experiences, new places, new responsibilities, new people,one of my craziest months yet as far as work and how busy I was, and it was gratifying. I plan on (maybe) writing a separate post on the entirety of April and some key takeaways, so stay tuned for that, amigos!
Actually, so that you have a sense of how busy I was, here is a screenshot of my calendar from the month of April (Had to strike out some private client details from work):
Anyway, here is a new segment I’m going to be working on every month, just to show some love to things and places that I’m indulging in and appreciating in the hopes that y’all can appreciate them too! Or that it inspires you to experience similar things in your neck of the woods, especially you international folks! 🙂 I love a lot of things, here are just a few.
Without further ado let’s jump into it! (These are in no particular order)
Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery – In the month of April, I paid a visit to the Pittsford Dairy with my friends at least three to five times. Lord, if you’re in the Rochester area and looking for some good ice cream, this is where you should go! The taste of the soft serve here is so creamy, full and honestly it may be the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I also experienced Pittsford Dairy’s chocolate milk in April and I’m not even a huge chocolate milk drinker, like at all, but this was something special. It’s every bit as good as the soft serve, and it’s a bit pricey, but totally worth it. The entire place is adorable, really. It’s like a brewery for milk, there’s all kinds of homemade goods and I can already tell, it’s going to become a regular spot for me this summer!
Avocado Toast and Bagels – I like guac. Like a lot. So this month, I discovered the Rochester Public Market (More on that below) and $1 avocados. So a quick and easy breakfast this month came from some bagels from Panera that I got from my mom when I was home the one weekend and an avocado spread. The specific bagel I used was Asiago Parmesan, and I mashed the avocado on top and spread it. Then I added some olive oil, some Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and just a pinch of salt and pepper. Quick, easy, five minute breakfast that is relatively cheap and full of nutrients that are good for you.
The Search for Everything by John Mayer – John Mayer’s new album dropped in April and it’s fantastic! It’s so soothing and lovely and great and I listened to the whole thing the morning it dropped, and then I listened to it again. Do yourself a favor and listen to it and thank me later. It’s really very good.
Volleyball at Hot Shots Volleyball Club – Every Tuesday I play volleyball at a local indoor beach volleyball bar called Hot Shots, it’s a great way to break a sweat, and hang with work friends. I play in a league and am going into my third season, it’s a team of myself and a bunch of my Rochester friends who also happen to be co-workers. I love it because the bar is HUGE, there’s real sand on each of the beach courts so it feels like you’re actually playing at the beach and the people there are generally really nice. It’s really fun although we rarely win. 🙂
The Chain by Fleetwood Mac – I never heard this song until the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer dropped, see here:
Then something strange happened. You ever hear a song and then it’s like the only song that’s stuck in your head forever? For me, this happens all the time. For a while, it was ‘Death of a Bachelor’ by Panic! at the Disco and now it’s tied between this song and ‘War of Hearts’ by Ruelle. ‘The Chain’ just hypes me up and honestly having just seen Guardians Vol. 2 where it was used TWICE, and in what I consider to be the best part of the film, in the the most badass way, I was on cloud nine.
Himalayan Salt Lamps – I did a ton of research into salt lamps including reading this article by Natural Living Ideas before deciding to head on over to Amazon and buy one. The good news was that I found a deal where you got two for the price of one. Basically, not only do salt lamps look sweet, but they’re great for cleaning/deodorizing the air when lit and I’m all about a clean living space due to my hatred of being sick. (I’m serious, I have a natural oil diffuser going and multiple plants for higher fresh oxygen levels.)
The Record Archive – My absolute new favorite place in Rochester. Of course until I find my next gem. So, in April I made a move I’d been thinking about for a while and bought a turntable. A Victrola turntable to be precise. It was a great buy, and it doubles as a bluetooth speaker which is fantastic. However, I realized I hadn’t any records to play on my new turntable and that’s when I discovered The Record Archive. This lovely place is like a giant flea market of cool shit. There’s memorabilia and knick knacks everywhere. There’s movies and music and posters and all the best things for sale. There’s a bar and venue in the back. The venue is decorated like a punk rock/classic music/timeless palace. It’s beautiful. And they carry $1 records.
The To-Do List – Guys, The To-Do List is one of my favorite movies ever. Definitely in my Top 5, and like nobody knows about it. It’s Aubrey Plaza, (one of my ladyloves) at her best and it’s raunchy and hilarious and dumb and takes place in ’93 so there’s all kinds of 90’s humor. I bought it on Amazon for $7. Here’s the trailer (I know it looks kind of lame, it’s really not, just watch it, OK?):
Rochester Public Market – Every Saturday morning, the City of Rochester hosts the Rochester Public Market. Keep in mind, I already love farmers market, but this is a whole different ballgame folks. It’s massive, and there are vendors EVERYWHERE. There’s a sense of community there, and very cheap produce. You can also buy your meats there, and things like toothpaste and goats. Yes, you can buy baby goats there. I don’t know either. Pay it a visit if you’re in the area on a Saturday morning, it is amazing. Fresh food and cheap prices, what else do you want??
The Fate of the Furious – I don’t care what the haters say! I will always love the Fast and Furious franchise and the eighth installment is no different, this movie kicks ass, man. It was totally different feeling than any of the seven before this, and I think a lot of that had to do with this being the first film without Paul Walker (RIP). The narrative was darker, the stakes higher and believable and the cast was on point. I loved it. Plus Jason Statham. Also, the Rock had a beefier role than he did in Fast 7 and it was a breath of fresh air. There’s one scene where the Rock and Statham are fighting in a prison and it made me so giddy with the background music and the fight choreography and it was BADASS. Cannot wait for Fast 8 to arrive on Blu-ray followed by an obligatory “Fastathon.” GO SEE IT IF YOU HAVEN’T AND GET PUMPED FOR FAST 9 & 10!!!
Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy – Anyone who knows me, knows I am a freaking fangirl for any of the Shadowhunters books by Cassandra Clare. There are multiple series under the Shadowhunters umbrella with the latest book coming out May 23rd! I own every single one, some in both digital and hard copy formats. I just love the world that Cassie has built and the mythology and the books allow me to feel things. Her writing moves me. I get invested in her characters. I realized that when I first started reading her novels that I hadn’t been this attached to fictional characters in literature since Harry Potter when I was a kid. The Show/Movie attempt ain’t so good though. Don’t let that make or break these for you! Anyway, Cassie and some other others compiled a series of short stories from that world in digital format and it was released in hard copy and I bought a copy and once I got into it couldn’t stop, Tales was so good.
So there you are! 11 things I was lovin’ in April and will continue lovin’. I feel like April was really the month I decided to stop leaving Rochester so much and kind of appreciate what I have here. I was driving to Buffalo like every weekend in April, it’s exhausting. I mean, really, this is a city I’ve yet to conquer holistically and I plan on doing so. Just take a look at my Instagram posts lately and tell me you don’t want to come experience the ROC! Would be happy to experience it alongside any one of y’all.
Now I am going to take my Joy tea by Tazo, (courtesy of a bunch of bags my mom gave me, and thank goodness, I’m fiending for caffeine, but don’t want (another) coffee) and continue my read-through of And Yet They Were Happy by Helen Phillips, before diving back into The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. (I read 100 pages and then quit. Not because it was bad, it’s actually quite good, but it was on my way to New York and then I kind of forgot I was reading it, whoops.) Maybe with some Stanley Cup playoffs in the background?
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