An OCD Moment and Dinner at Penelope

Hi!  Happy Hump Day!  How’s your week coming along?  I have some good news to share on the apartment décor front—my area rug arrived yesterday!

This looks innocent enough, but upon closer examination, you’ll see this setup simply will not do.

Cue a frantic OCD reaction.

My inner perfectionist could not deal with the rug-rug pad nonalignment, so I spent a good 30 minutes fixing the non-slip pad, unrolling and rerolling the rug, and obsessively adjusting it.  I couldn’t figure out why I was struggling so much, but I realized the rug pad measured one foot longer than the area rug, which was why things weren’t matching up.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and the labor was totally worth it.



Last night, I made plans to meet up with my friend Sara for dinner at Penelope.  Sara and I go way back—we embarked on our Writing and Rhetoric Honors projects together, and we ran the Boilermaker 15-K this summer—so it was great catching up with her over a great meal.

Situated in Murray Hill, Penelope boasts a “refreshing twist on mom’s recipes.”  Ready to whet your whistle?

Did you spot the “seasonal sangria” on the board?  Once in our booth, Sara and I ordered two glasses of the harvest sangria, which contained apples, pears, and blueberries. (Sorry about the bad iPhone photos.)

For my meal, I went with “When Veggie Met Sally”—chopped greens with grilled veggie burger and green apple. (It also came with goat cheese, but I ordered it without.)

Whoops, such a fail; this picture doesn’t do it justice.  The fare was delicious, and it was great catching up with Sara.  Can’t wait to do it again!


Although I had an a.m. bike ride on the docket, rain and wind prompt me to postpone, so I ate my morning meal shortly after waking up.

Whole Foods didn’t have my standard Kashi waffles, so I picked up a box of Van’s Power Grains.  They definitely tasted grainy-er, and I topped them with almond butter and banana slices.

Time to start the day—have a good one, friends!

8 responses to “An OCD Moment and Dinner at Penelope

  1. I love “When Veggie Met Sally”!! An ode to my favorite movie of all time 🙂 Don’t worry about your OCD-the rug thing would’ve driven me crazy too!

  2. haha I would have been the same way, no shame there. I am totally ocd with stuff like that

  3. I really enjoy grainy things actually. LOL…that sounds really weird I know. I would be the same way about that as well. HA-nuts and I’m glad someone else is on my page.

  4. That restaurant looks so cute! I may have to suggest it as a breakfast place for our girls weekend this weekend 🙂

    P.S. I love your style!

    • I’ve been there for brunch too! (Last summer, I think, with my sister.) It was really good! Totally different atmosphere, though; during the daytime, it feels more like a cafe/bakery and less like a “restaurant” if that makes sense. You girls should definitely go! 🙂

  5. Your apartment is looking too cute! (just checked out your previous post with more pictures). I would’ve totally had the same OCD reaction to that rug, too funny! There’s nothing wrong with being a bit of a perfectionist.

    • Thanks, it’s coming together! Oh, and by the end of the whole ordeal, I was hot and sweaty, and it was definitely worth it. 🙂

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