Get Ready…Get Set


So the biggest thing going on right now is planning my trip to NYC.  For a first time visitor of Gotham a.k.a. The Big Apple this is a very daunting task, much more so than I really expected.  When the hubbs and I went to Savannah awhile back it was just so relaxed.

 I didn’t really do anymore planning other than find place to stay and tool around online looking at some cool stuff to do.  We had such a good time though on our lazy vacation and Savannah is the perfect place for just that.  I’m finding there is a lot of organization and time management needed for this NYC trip.

I’m not someone who typically travels with everything but the kitchen sink so to speak but I’m not a light traveler either.  This NYC trip will be a lesson in packing light for sure!  We are going by train and we are not allowed checked baggage.  This was a MAJOR bummer for me at first.  How am I supposed to fit all my clothes, 6 pairs of shoes, my whole make up kit (which is impressive) and my favorite pillow into a carry on bag!!  However, I am looking forward to the challenge of lightening the load.  I packed far too much on the Caribbean cruise we took and hauled lots of extras to Savannah because, well, we drove and if it fit in the car I packed it.

We bought some new luggage and packing cubes off of Ebags.com and if you don’t know the site – hop on over it’s great. I’m going to love those packing cubes!!  My goal is four days worth of stuff into these carry on bags that have backpack straps.  They are really nice bags and I think being able to just strap them on like a pack will be so much easier than trailing wheeled luggage.  I know we can cab it everywhere but after a long train ride I think a nice walk in the city from Penn Station to our hotel will be great.

From the Stacks:

I finished Bittersweet, a novel from Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.  A great read!!  Thanks to Crown Publishing for the advanced review copy.

Author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore brings us the cryptic and secretive Winslow family in her novel Bittersweet. A twisty tale of a perfect summer vacation on a family estate that proves that not all is what it seems to be.

The rundown is two college roommate girls,who are not exactly BFF’s, find some common ground and a way to be friends in light of one of the girls sad family event.  The story has lots of layers and sub-plot which keeps it interesting – lots of moments you didn’t see coming.

Mabel is the girl kind  of from the wrong side of the tracks and Ev is a classic, beautiful rich girl.  The two end up setting out to spend the summer at Ev’s family’s summer estate in Vermont.  Mabel is interested in the family history and ends up unearthing dark family secrets. She finds herself more entangled with the Winslow family than she ever imagined.
Hit the link to my Goodreads page for a full review and check out the book due out mid May.
Happy reading and enjoy some spring weather, if you’re getting any where you are!
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