What’s Up: March 2023

Hi friends, welcome back! Not much is new this month. We’ve just been relaxing and going out to dinner or brunch with friends on the weekends. Once March Madness started I became one with the couch. We’re going to have another busy summer so it’s nice to just chill out. As much as we love to travel and go out to eat, we’re big homebodies.

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

What I’m eating: I’ll be posting my Foodie Friday this Friday. We’ve been cooking more at home lately and it’s been fun. I was on a stir-fry kick, then flank steak, but my favorite thing we ate this month was Jon’s homemade birria tacos. I asked him what recipe he used and he said I’d have to buy his cookbook to find out….

What I’m reminiscing about: March 2017 was when Jon first texted me and look at us now! Six years ago I was still in grad school and turned my phone off while I was taking an exam. When I turned my phone on after, I had a text from an unknown number, although I had memorized his sisters number and his is one different, so I had a good idea of who it was. As they say, the rest is history 🙂

What I’m loving: signs of spring are finally popping up around the city! I shared everything I’m looking forward to in my NYC Spring Bucket List here.

Favorite post of the month: my apartment tour! We just love our home and the extra space.

What I’m Up to: the same old things: going out to eat, exploring the city, and planning our trips

What I’m working on: a series about the history of Lower Manhattan. We walk by so many historic places every day so it’s been fun learning more about them and their historical significance. If you’ve seen Hamilton, we don’t live too far from “The Room Where it Happens”

What I’m excited about: my travel & food world collided this month. I worked with Monos, a suitcase company, on their collaboration with Magnolia Bakery. They made a limited-edition collection of suitcases in the colors of the purple and yellow Magnolia Bakery frosting. Now Jon and I can look like pros with our new suitcases.

What I’m watching/reading: we loved The Gilded Age on HBO and wish there was more than one season out. We also enjoyed Ginny & Georgia season 2, Daisy Jones and the Six, and Abbott Elementary has been really good lately. We’ve also been watching lots of golf and basketball. I’m very excited to watch The Masters next weekend and will be pulling for Rory.

Books I read this month:

  • Spare by Prince Harry
  • Nora Goes Off Script by – this book was very cute if you need a happy, quick read
  • Things We Never Get Over by Lucy Score
  • When in Rome by Sarah Adams

What I’m doing this weekend: watching the Final Four hopefully with some pizza

What I’m looking forward to next month: watching The Masters, spring blooms, and the Easter Bunny coming to visit – last year we had Covid so he had to skip our apartment.

What are you looking forward to next month?

36 thoughts on “What’s Up: March 2023

  1. When it comes to home decor projects, every single detail plays a crucial role, and the bookcase is no exception. I love how your bookcase turned out, it is such an easy way to add storage and style. I look forward to reading your series about the history of Lower Manhattan. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

    1. Thank you! We love the look of the bookcase too, it really makes the room feel complete. Have a great day Aiva!

  2. That is a good summary Lyssy. The tacos do look amazing. Good to reminisce about where and how it all began. Imagine our reminiscing after 45+ years. Looking forward to some posts on the history of Manhattan. Have a great day. Allan

    1. Jon is quite the chef, I lucked out! That is a lot of life milestones and trips to reminisce about, time sure goes by fast!

    1. Thank you! Jon does a great job cooking, he loves watching Youtube recipes and recreating them.

    1. I agree, now I have to rid my hibernating ways and get outside before it gets miserably hot.

    1. It’s such a fun color! I agree, especially now that we have extra room to store them.

      1. We have to go downstairs for mail, we all have little cubbies and then there is a concierge that receives all the packages and we pick them up from them. It’s like a hotel lobby basically. If we get a food delivery they will come up to our door 😊

    2. I “ditto” the two highlights from Little Miss Traveller. Jon is smart to hold back his taco recipe because there could be money there someday. My daughter would love the suitcase colors (even though she is all about white). We now live about 45 min from Augusta National so I’m very excited for the local pageantry of Masters Week, especially with the behind-the-scenes drama that may ensue with the return of the LIV players. You wouldn’t believe how much you can rent a bedroom for (or a car for) down here this week and next. But really, it’s all about the golf itself. Rory is the perfect spokesperson for the game. Let’s hope he gets the jacket this year and finally achieves the elusive career grand slam. He’s already having a great season.

  3. Love the new suitcase!! That is so fun. I would describe myself as a homebody that likes to travel too– though we don’t get to travel nearly as much as you do (my husband is a very reluctant traveler so I have to think more local).

    1. Thank you, it’s such a fun color! I think if I could travel every six weeks that would be the perfect amount, I don’t think I could do it full time. I convinced Jon we have to get in a lot of international travel before we have kids. It is nice to travel local sometimes so you don’t have to worry about logistics.

  4. Did you see the second season of Lily in Paris? I did not know for a long time that she was Phil Collins daughter. If you like satire, the watch “Bad Sisters” Irish humor

    1. Yes we really enjoy Emily in Paris! We’ll have to check out “Bad Sisters” one day, we’d probably like it.

  5. What a pretty suitcase! And The Gilded Age is so good! I’m actually planning a trip to Newport later in the summer because I was inspired by the show. So glad you had a good month!

    1. We visited Newport last summer and then heard about the show. You’ll love touring the mansions, they’re awesome!

  6. I love this time of the year when the spring buds and blossoms are just starting to emerge. Looking forward to reading your series about the history of Lower Manhattan. Love the purple suitcase by the way!

    1. I love this time too, especially when it’s warm but not too hot. The purple is so pretty, a nice change from all my boring black ones haha

  7. I love these monthly posts of yours! Daisy Jones and the Six has been on my list- hoping to start it in April. I love seeing the blooms pop up in NYC- Central Park must be so pretty at this time of year (as it is in every season haha). Enjoy your pizza and sports this weekend! 💕

    1. So glad you enjoy this series! Central Park is especially pretty this time of year, especially when the weather is nice. It’s nice seeing all the colors after a drab winter. Have a great weekend!

  8. Your homemade food looks great, especially the tacos. Looking forward to reading your posts on the Lower Manhattan area. Great early picture of you and Jon. We also love to reminisce about how it all started. Lovely suitcase.

    1. I’ve been thinking about those tacos ever since he made them. It is nice to reminisce, although it’s a bit concerning how fast the time goes by!!

  9. Seems like a great month of March! I hope you’ll manage to write a few posts about spring in NY! I’m also very excited for spring to finally come, though it is still quite cold here! Have a fantastic April!

  10. I’m a little late catching up on my What’s Up Wednesday reading. I just LOVE spring. And I love learning about local history — even if a lot of local NYC “local” history also has national significance.

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