Dog friendly vacations – Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island NY

Ah vacation: beaches, friends, relaxation, and spending a whole lot of money on everything/nothing. This past week Andy and I were invited by good friend and colleague to spend 5 days with his 10 friends in a beautiful house 1 hour outside of New York City; the best part is there is no cars allowed anywhere on the island (minus 1 cop car I saw).  We spent every day waking up thinking “beach” or “bike ride” or “both!”; the only way to really escape is to not have anything to do. The downfall of the trip was how expensive the local markets were (6 pack of Amstel was $15.99!), but between so many great cooks in the house it really turned out to be worthwhile eating in every night, which made the meal varieties so diverse and delicious (and very vegetarian friendly, thanks guys!). The dogs got a little sun sick, Andy fought a ceiling fan and lost, and we had to put out a few grease fires but nothing beats laying in a large kiddie pool while drinking a daiquiri after taking an outdoor shower, 5 days in a row.  On second thought, the gay section of Fire Island (Cherry Grove and the Pines) kind of beats it.

I’ve gotten my Flickr up and running, so for more photos you can click here.

Food balance

I am a pescitarian (the practice of a diet that includes seafood, and excludes other animals – wikipedia) and have been for about 6 years now, although I haven’t eaten pig or cow since 16.  Normally I refuse to label my diet as a group because I feel it often boxes people in when we should be thinking outside the box, however for the purpose of time/ranting let’s stick me in this category.  My boyfriend is 100% a carnivore, and in fact when we first started dating he informed me that dating a vegetarian is more often than not a deal breaker for him. “They’re too needy”, “they don’t enjoy food”, and “I can’t take them anywhere without having obnoxious requests”  are things I hear often from coming from people such as my him.  Now I’m not going to make this blog post “Meat vs No Meat”, however something struck me the wrong way during a conversation I had with him earlier.  We are going to Jackson Heights with his mom (both are from Taiwan) for traditional Chinese dinner which always contains high amounts of meat and oil that give little to no nutrients, so I had prepared a quick bowl of cereal (Kashi) with some fixin’s: wheat germ, fresh blueberries and bananas, and rice milk.  Hoping to get some vitamins in both of us before the feast you know what he says? “I know my body and if I eat this now I’m not going to be hungry in a 2 hours for dinner if I eat this all now.”  Sure this may sound right at first, but if you take a step back and think about it, the whole point of me getting him to fill up on something healthy now is so he would eat a little less of the unhealthy stuff later, not skip the vitamins and gorge on oyster egg pancakes.

This really is our only struggle, however now a days he gloats about eating less meat and trying the concoctions I come up with and we both know for sure he has never eaten so well in his whole life.  I’m not going to be a hypocrite and say I never eat bad (because I LOVE cheese), but I always try to balance out the bad with a lot of good and I think if more people did this in every day to day habits, not just eating, the world would have a better equilibrium.

And for those of you wondering, yes I’m making that pineapple and banana my breakfast in the morning.

Holy crap, I’m here!

I think I’ve tried to start this blog about 8 times in the past month wanting to make a grand introduction to my life, however I think I’m just going to throw myself to the wolves and dive right in.  This is my quest for love, happiness, and the chase of living life to the fullest.  I present:

The Pursuit of Happiness

The JaiDee Valentine Sensation Collective

…and friends!

Young Life in Brooklyn

Is this thing on?  Hello?  Oh hey there. Obviously I have a lot of progress to make on this blog, but I promise you this will soon be filled with cute pictures of dogs, my friends doing silly things, travel photos, delicious recipes (and photos of me eating it), New York City happenings, articles I find stimulating online, and anything else I can take a picture of.  By creating this space for me to upload my life, I hope to find out more about myself and also discover new things about a city that can feel so small.  I guess the most appropriate first post should be a little bit about what makes me tick, so let’s start with me.

The JaiDee Valentine Sensation Collective which is made up of all things myself past, present, and whatever comes next.

And then there’s my wonderful boyfriend, Andy, who is the apple of my eye.  He runs his own business in marketing and promotion (which I also work for) and works really hard around the clock, so usually you will catch him like this checking his phone.  Other passions of his include: motorcycles and everything to do with them, our two dogs, traveling, and laughing.  Since we work together in our home office most of the day, it’s really a relief to have someone around who can make light of any situation; he has more shenanigans than Carrot Top.

There’s Elvis, 3 years old, who I’m convinced is a pig dressed as a dog. He loves all things boy: balls, sticks, eating, drooling, and eating puppies.

Thea is our older Boston Terrier who is definitely the princess in the family. We call her “See ya, Thea” because she is constantly taking off trying to find pillows or couches to rest on.

Then there’s a few crazy best friends whom I’ve been through hell and high water with and would (and have!) given up the shirt off my own back to.



That’s a good start.  Oh, and I bought the domain name for a year, so I have a lot of work to do!