An OKay Life Update: November 2016

I can’t believe we’ve been married for four months and living in NYC for more than three. If anything, life has felt completely unfamiliar these past few weeks. Getting used to a new city, making new friends…it seriously has been a challenge. However, seeing Oliver create music and do what he loves at school makes the adventure all the more worth it.

A lot has happened in the world this month…like the Cubs winning the world series!! We don’t have cable in our place, so I was watching via social media as best I could, then stayed up a few hours more watching pictures and videos of my friends celebrating in Wrigleyville. I have to admit, it was not easy to watch because I desperately wanted to be there. But it was still fun to route for my favorite city from afar.

On the bright side Oliver and I discovered our FAVORITE PIZZA PLACE OF ALL TIME. There’s this amazing hole-in-the-wall place called Wheated less than a 10 minute walk from our apartment. The pizzas are a decent size, but still small enough for the two of us to put one pie down each. They serve the pies with homemade siracha along with a hot honey. I know it sounds crazy…but trust us, both incredibly underrated ingredients on a pizza. We’ve already gone a second time since discovering it.

Date nights are hard on a budget, so we usually go out with gift cards from friends and family. Luckily this month we were able to swing two date nights. It felt decadent.

Then, of course, the election happened. No matter what side you sit on, I felt there was only one response the day after: to send people some love. So I wrote out some cards to my favorite humans, filled with encouragements and verses and words of affirmation and love. I think we need a little bit more of that in our world…no matter if we’re red or blue. We can’t function unless we listen, empathize, and love one another.

On another fun note, living closer to my parents means frequent city visits with them! They love to come in and take us out to dinner. This was actually with a few friends at a place called The Harold, which borders the edge of Harold Square in Manhattan. Mom and Dad invited us to Princeton this weekend (where they live) to celebrate Christmas early. Oliver and I will be celebrating on our own in NYC this year šŸ™‚

Then, of course,Ā Thanksgiving.Ā My parents are absolutely crazy and invited everyone from both sides of their family…which ended up being 33 people under one roof. They rented a tent and set it up in the driveway with a few heaters, which made it way more spacious then being cramped inside. It was incredible getting to see family and talk to them for more than 30 seconds. Last time I saw everyone it was our wedding, and I was barely able to catch up. Also, Oliver did very well for his first Thanksgiving as a family member. You would all be so proud.

More from Thanksgiving. We also had Aaron join us for the day, who’s my best friend from high school. I mean, Aaron is basically a part of the family anyways. I have to admit, anytime I saw Oliver and Aaron bonding I took pictures šŸ™‚

To end this OKay Update, I have to admit something. Being married never guarantees that things will stay the same. Oliver and I are finding out that we enjoy new things together, and that sometimes old traditions that worked while we are dating don’t seem to have the same charm while we are married. We are also learning that having alone time really is powerful in our relationship, because it means getting time to be refreshed and treat each other with better care.

Until next month! – O + K

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