What’s Up: May 2023

Hi friends, welcome back! Jon and I are home from Italy and it was everything we dreamed of and so worth the wait. We already miss our almost daily gelato, the peacefulness of Positano, the charm of Florence, and the amazing sites in Rome. We didn’t want to leave, but it’s always good to be home and get back into our routine (and do laundry!). The in-flight entertainment didn’t work on the way home, so that gave me plenty of time to start clicking away on my blog posts and I can’t wait to share all about our trip soon!

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: our Rome hotel was right above the famous gelato shop Giolitti, so we went there four or five times on our trip. My favorite was the salted caramel and dark chocolate (it tasted like brownie batter) with a little cream on top. Jon liked the Nutella the best.

Now that we’re back I’ve been loving my fruit salads. Luckily my watermelons have been good so far because it’s a lot of work to carry a big watermelon home.

What I’m reminiscing about: I moved to NYC in May 2018, so I’ve officially been here for 5 years! Time sure has flown by.

What I’m loving: being able to travel internationally and cross off places that have been on our bucket list for years.

Favorite post of the month: Ciao from Italy!

What I’m Up to: getting back into a routine.

What I’m working on: my Italy series. I was even better prepared this trip and did an outline of all the must see pieces in museums, significance, and history before our trip, so hopefully that will speed along the blog writing process.

What I’m excited about: going through all the pictures on my memory card from Italy! (The pictures in the post today are all unedited iPhone pics)

What I’m watching/reading: we finished Succession and I didn’t love the ending, but I’m glad we caught up in time to not have it spoiled. We’re also watching Working Moms, Barry, and are just starting Queen Charlotte.

Books I read this month:

  • Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins
  • The Layover by Lacie Waldon

What I’m doing this weekend: we have no plans at the moment, probably going out to eat

What I’m looking forward to next month: we’re seeing Ed Sheeran in concert. We went to his last concert in 2018 and he was amazing live!

What are you looking forward to in June?

25 thoughts on “What’s Up: May 2023

    1. I’m excited to blog about the trip, especially after taking a little blogging break. Hope the bring back some good memories for you!

  1. The pics from Italy look like you had an amazing time – looking forward to reading more. I used to live right outside of NYC in Westchester and loved traveling into the city almost every weekend. I went to grad school at Fordham in Lincoln Center, such amazing memories. Enjoy the city! Happy Wednesday – have a great week!
    -Morgan @ mommyaboveall.com

    1. It was such an incredible vacation! How fun! We sometimes talk about moving to Westchester next, it’s a nice area! Hope you have a great week too 🙂

  2. Your sun hat in the first photo somehow looks Italian to me. And your mention of Giolitti makes me really look forward to your blog series on Italy. When I spent my junior year at Notre Dame in Rome (1983-84), we lived and studied very close to the Pantheon (but in the opposite direction of Giolitti – closer to Piazza Navona). Giolitti (and Tre Scalini with its famous Tartufo dessert) was a great place for gelato but honestly, it seemed you couldn’t go wrong no matter where you’d find gelato in Rome. Glad to hear you took a lot of photos!

    1. The hat is nice because it’s packable, but my scalp got burned.. That’s a nice area to stay. When we checked in it was very loud in the room so I looked out the window and that’s when I saw all the people in line for gelato. Luckily we didn’t have any issues at night. Hard to find good gelato back home sadly.

  3. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Italy. In June we have a couple of short trips to new places and my god-children are coming to visit (with their parents).

    1. It was such a great trip! Italian ice cream is the best, I have yet to find a place as good in NYC.

  4. Italy is such a beautiful country to visit, and as spectacular as it needs to be to provide material for a blog. I can’t wait to read your take.

  5. Hi Lyssy, I enjoyed meeting you and Jon on the Italy food tour; I want to go on another! It was the first day of our 14 day trip, just got home and I already miss the food in Italy. We toured the Puglia region, just beautiful! We’re so lucky to have these experiences! Best of luck to you and I’ll be sure to follow.

    1. Hi Betty! It was so great meeting you and your sister too, that was such a fun and delicious tour! Jon and I went back to Da Enzo (the first stop with the artichoke) for dinner the last night of the trip and had some delicious pasta! You guys are real troopers for making it through the tour on the first day. So glad you guys had a great rest of your trip and that you found my blog 🙂

  6. I know what you mean about not wanting to come home but needing to do laundry (and sleep in my own bed again!). I was feeling torn between the two on Tuesday when it was time to head home from Maine. I can’t wait to read/see more from your Italy trip. These pictures look wonderful.

    1. I feel like the weather is always the nicest when you have to leave making it even harder! I suppose I’d rather not be ready to leave a trip than be looking forward to going home haha.

    1. You’d love Italy! It’s amazing how everywhere you look there is something historic. They have a hard time building new things because as soon as they dig, they find something historic and have to stop and wait for the archeologists.

    1. Thank you!! The gelato was so amazing, wish I could find an equivalent in nyc!

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