What’s Up: April 2022

Hi friends, welcome back! This month I had a strong start to crossing off items on my NYC Spring Bucket List with a hike in the Hudson Valley and wandering through Central Park. My spring adventures were interrupted by Covid, but luckily we both had relatively mild cases and had The Masters to keep us entertained. I’m finishing up the month doing all the spring things because I’ll be gone most of May. This summer is going to be so busy, so it was nice to have April to get organized and rested.

On to my post 🙂 I’ve been linking up with my first and favorite blogger I ever read, Shay Shull, for my What’s Up posts. Each month I’m answering the following questions:

What I’m eating: due to our quarantine we didn’t eat out as much as we usually do, so we got our favorite takeout pizza and sushi. We’d been eating out so much this year that I missed our takeout spots. I’m going to do a combined April/May Foodie Friday post so stay tuned for that 🙂

What I’m reminiscing about: this May will mark four years of me living in NYC! The years have flown by and I never expected to embrace and love life in the city so much. I’ve mastered the subways, discovered my favorite spots, and always see something new when I venture outside. I know my time in the city isn’t forever, so I’m making the most of this chapter I’m in and enjoying every second of it 🙂  

What I’m loving: all the spring things! It seems NYC is really showing off its spring colors and I’m absolutely loving it. I went back a few days after I took pictures in Battery Park and it was even more stunning. I think fall is still my favorite time in NYC, but spring is a very close second. If you need some spring happiness you can check out my Battery Park tour, Central Park #1, Central Park #2, the Macy’s Flower Show, and the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden and more are coming!

Favorite post of the month: this was tough, but I’m picking my hiking post. It was the perfect day and so refreshing to get out of the city and be surrounded by nature. Hopefully we can go hiking more now that we have the logistics down.

What I’m Up to: I reached my 500th Peloton yoga and cycling class this month and I was very excited when the instructors called out my username (lyssyinthecity) and congratulated me during my classes. It can be very difficult to get a shout out, I’ve gotten a few during my yoga classes but never on the bike. I finally got one in the last minute of class and I smiled so big!

What I’m working on: I’m trying to get as many blog posts ready as I can before my trips. It will be good to keep me busy while I impatiently wait to start packing, and will give me some breathing room for when I get back.

What I’m excited about: so much travelling this summer! We added Montreal to the itinerary, Jon has to go this summer for work, and I’m excited to finally be able to tag along for a long weekend. We’re going in June so the weather should be perfect too.

What I’m watching/reading:

We finished Bridgerton season 2, The Masters, March Madness, and The Parisian Agency. We can’t quite figure out a new show to invest in but I think we will start the new season of Outlander soon.

Books I read:

  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Read (this is being made into a movie)
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren – this was my favorite of the month, it was a lighter chick-flick kind of book

What I’m doing this weekend: I have brunch and then I’m going to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to see the Cherry Blossoms 🙂

What I’m looking forward to next month: I’m starting the month hiking with my mom and sisters in Utah, and then Jon and I are spending our first wedding anniversary in Paris and London! It seems like I’ve been counting down to these trips for forever, and now they’re finally happening!

What are you looking forward to in May?

21 thoughts on “What’s Up: April 2022

  1. Ooh not long until you get to visit Paris and London now, the best way to spend your first wedding anniversary and how lovely to be going hiking in Utah. We visited some National Parks there a long while ago and would love to return. A great post as always Lyssy,

    1. Thank you! I am so excited for Paris and London! I’ve got most of the tours booked and a fun filled itinerary 🙂 In Utah we are going to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. I’m very excited for some hiking!

  2. Sounds like a busy time Lyssy. Sorry to hear you had Covid, but glad it was mild. I think we will all get it eventually. We still need to be careful and hope we do not get long haul symptoms. You will enjoy Montreal. It will be busy in June, but there is so much to see and do there. And an anniversary trip to Paris and London….who could ask for anything more? Stay well. Allan

    1. It started as a sore throat and headache, then congestion for a few days. Nothing dayquil/nyquil couldn’t take care of. The hardest part for me was staying home on the nice days. I also think everyone is going to get it, hopefully mild and not long haul, so it was nice at least for us to get it before our trips so we don’t have to worry as much. It’s going to be a fun summer of travels. Trying to see as much as we can before we start a family 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh — I want to come back to New York to see all the flowers now!!! Enjoy your travels — they sound really fun!

    1. Thank you!! I am very excited 😆 you’ll definitely have to visit NYC in the spring!

  4. Take me with you! Lol Sounds like a good trip ahead. We don’t have any on the books right now but hopefully this summer we can plan another trip somewhere. I am just glad we are able to do it again. I am sorry you both got Covid but so glad to hear you guys are better. Pizza and sushi are the best foodies! I am craving them now! Congratulations on living in NYC for four years. That’s so cool!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    1. We are so exciting to finally going abroad again! Plus with our extra antibodies we won’t have to worry as much. I hope you can go on a fun trip soon! Pizza and sushi are the best, it’s hard to pick which one to order ha! Thank you so much Maureen!!

  5. It sounds like you have some fun adventures ahead with Paris and London! I am excited to read your blogs about them! I am sorry that you guys got Covid, but at least now you are feeling better. New York looks so beautiful in the spring, and I love the colorful flower photos!

    1. It will be a very exciting month! Very lucky we had a minor case, we had avoided it for so long. This spring is especially beautiful in NYC!

    1. Thank you! I had sore throat, headache, and congestion so took it easy for a bit. Between the vaccines and natural immunity we should be ok for all our summer travels at least.

  6. “I know my time in the city isn’t forever” makes me realize – you need to start thinking of a name for your “new” blog for whenever you move. ( “Lyssy In The ???”) 🙂 Also, you & Jon are on the same wavelength as we are with what you’re watching. We’re about to start either the second season of Bridgerton or the latest season of Outlander (been waiting a long time for that one). We’d have watched both sooner but we just wrapped “Revenge”, which I may have mentioned before. Check it out. It’s from 2011 but we thought it was excellent. Be warned – it’s 4 seasons and 80+ episodes. We were totally hooked after the first few episodes.

    1. I do think about a rebrand, but nothing has sounded as good as LITC. If only they had real houses with yard in NYC, then I’d stay forever. The last season of Outlander freaked me out a bit with the bad guy that attacked them on the boat, I’m not good with gruesome. At least he’s dead now so I won’t have to worry. I actually watched Revenge in 2013, I started it on a drive form MI to Ft. Myers, FL (very long drive with 5 people!), but I can’t remember how far I got. I did really enjoy the show, especially the nice houses! I’m trying to convince Jon to watch Modern Family to wind down, I’ve seen quite a few episodes, but he hasn’t.

  7. Glad to hear that your Covid was mild and didn’t last too long. Other than that, April was good to you. Lots of spring blooms and other simple daily joys. Your travel plans are awesome, you two are going to have such great, memorable time in London and Paris. Hope May is off to a good start!

    1. We got lucky with some mild cases. It was nice to have the spring blooms to get some fresh air after quarantine! I am so excited for all my upcoming travels, I can’t believe they are coming up so soon! Hope you have a great May!

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