Pretty much any trip that starts off with a tiny baby in a polar bear snowsuit is going to be a good one.
This past Saturday, Josh and I had one of those rare and wonderful perfect days. This was before we got engaged so we were just chillin in with nothing to plan.
This movie changed my life.
I know, I know… you are thinking, “Maureen, it’s a chick flick. Simmer.” But seriously, I would say that this movie may have stolen number one spot from Titanic and that is saying something!
This week, I’m in Manhattan for three days of training to learn Final Cut Pro X for work. I’ve been seeing my friends and family while I’m here, and this morning as I was walking to the 2/3 train on the Upper West Side, I just felt really happy.
New York and I haven’t always gotten along. Let’s be honest, the day I moved out of the city a homeless man spit on me. ON ME. Inside of a Starbucks.
But today, I just couldn’t help but notice the beauty of everything. As I walked along W. 70th street the buildings seemed friendly. A old man eating a breakfast sandwich waved at a little baby girl in a stroller and she waved back. I had a delightful conversation about the weather in DC v. NY with two men on the subway.
I don’t know if NY has changed, or if I have changed but today there is joy. People are nice. Babies wave back. And the world is good.
Go see About Time and smile really big at the next person you see on the street. Because life is good.
Well, it’s been a few months since my last Throw Away 13 Things post, but I’m more than making up for it this month.
This month, my favorite month, I’m giving away 13 MILLION things. Ok, I’m giving away 57 things but the cool part is that they went directly to a girls orphanage in Peru at which I’ve volunteered at twice through CBC.
When I was cleaning out my closet with the girls in mind, it was easy to just say, “They will love this more than I do,” with an open heart.
Here’s what was donated:
- Costume hat for a work event
- Cubs t-shirt
- Silk polka dot pjs
- Toms bag
- Little Teddy
- Sweatpants (these were my brothers and I love them but it was time)
- Coin purse
- PJ pants (worn on both volunteer trips to Peru)
- Cell phone charger
- My first smart phone
- Screen protectors
- Black dress
- NYC sweatshirt. It’s a kid’s sweatshirt I bought on the street’s of New York for $5 when I was in high school and still in love with it. I wore this sweatshirt for YEARS. It looks like Flashdance on me. And it makes me really happy. But it is also not age-appropriate anymore. So I’m sending it to some little girls who will love it because it says New York.
- Leopard dress
- Hawaiian dress (loved this guy… not so age appropriate anymore though)
- Gold dress
- Prop shirt used for my karaoke team to look like Taylor Swift in this video
- Race shirt. Great to sleep in. Takes up too much room… onward!
- Sleep shirt
- NU Sailgate t-shirt (ohhhhh the memories with KJ)
- Extra shirt from making Peter’s moustache shirts when he came back from deployment
- Kennedy Center Opera in the Outfield T-shirt
- White tee
- Purple tee
- Karaoke Season 1 t-shirt (see #17)
- Lululemon tennis skirt that doesn’t fit. I don’t think it ever fit. Plus, why did I think it was ever a good idea to exercise in a skirt?!
- Long shorts wore to Peru on trip 1
30-41. Tank Tops. A few notes: these all still fit me, but I have too many of them. And the girls at the orphanage have barely enough clothing. ‘Nuff said. Except that #39 I wore in the one professional play I did before I started working for the man. 🙂
|I actually LOVE this picture of my brother. This is him at his happiest.|
|Mom was SUCH a good sport about taking pictures with me. 🙂|
|Kevin was not as helpful as Kathy in indulging my picture taking.|
|AHAHAHAHA Mom had just accidentally stepped on Kev’s foot.|
|Josh didn’t tell the rest of us he was ready…|
|You can already see Kevin trying to ruin the picture by shoving Kathy’s feet in my face|
|Annnnd success – He has his happy face on now!|
There is no better way to start the morning that with an everything bagel, toasted twice, and smothered in cream cheese. The end.
A few weeks ago when Josh and I were in Charlottesville, VA, we took Mark’s advice and headed out to hike up to the Humpback Rocks. While we love sitting around and watching movies, we also love hiking. Just to be outside and use your own body to climb a mountain is a miracle to me.
So after Josh surprised me with breakfast from Bodo’s Bagels, we headed out.
After a brief but very helpful stop at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center at Humpback Rocks, we began our climb up the mountain. We don’t look as hot or sweaty as we were. This was a quick but difficult hike and we should have brought more than one water bottle each. You need it!
We sat at the top of the mountain on the rocks for about half an hour and it was just stunning. The way up was hard but well worth it!
When we were in Charlottesville, VA a few weekends ago, Josh and I had the pleasure of visiting Chiles Peach Orchard. We dodged a few thunderstorms, but were able to grab so many delicious peaches. It was so fun to wander the orchard!
After the peaches, we decided to mosey over to Veritas Vineyard for an afternoon wine tasting. It was very crowded in the tasting room but the wine was delicious. My favorite was the Sauvignon Blanc.
After the tasting we ordered a giant cheese plate (well, I forced Josh to eat it with me) and sat outside, reading and drinking and eating. Heaven.
I wish I was at that picnic table RIGHT NOW!!!!