I don’t know what happened to me last week. Andy went out of town, and apparently I decided that meant I could do none of the things I usually do. I didn’t blog (though I did post an article here about a festival in my neighborhood), I didn’t exercise, and I hardly cooked. Then on Thursday night Andy and I met in Newark, NJ to continue our trip together into the weekend. So anyway, all that to say, here I am, and here are some pictures.
Outside the iconic New York Public Library at 5th Ave. and 42nd Street.
My friend Kaleigh, whose wedding is what brought us to the northeast. It was a fun, brightly colored affair that fit her personality to a T.
Congratulations to the bride and groom!!!
Back in NYC on Sunday. We met my step-grandmother for brunch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and checked out this rooftop art called Cloud City.
The rooftop affords beautiful views of the city!
We walked through Central Park and passed by the boat pond where Stuart Little valiantly raced.
And then we flew home, and I almost ran over this guy on the sidewalk with my rolling suitcase.
While our recent trip to Ireland was obviously not a pleasure trip and it had its somber times, our hotel was in a great location so as to be conducive to some sightseeing. We were within walking distance of most of the major attractions of Dublin, so amongst the planned family events we were able to slip out for some “touristy” action. I unfortunately didn’t start taking pictures until our second to last day, and these are all just with my iPhone, but they’ll get the point across!
Our hotel, across from Christ Church Cathedral.
The view from our hotel room…can’t complain about that!
The view up Dame Street (a pretty major drag that changes names about 5 times) from outside Trinity College.
The church where the funeral was, which is also where my in-laws got married.
Trinity College, where I went to see The Book of Kells and the amazing “long room” of the old library. (I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I bought a postcard!)
Outside the Guinness Storehouse, which used to be the active brewery. Arthur Guinness had such faith in his product that he signed a 9000 year lease on the building! It’s now a museum and has a circular bar at the top allowing for these spectacular views of the city.
We were incredibly blessed with unseasonably warm and sunny weather while we were there, allowing us to be really mobile in our sightseeing. We did a lot of just wandering around even the first day we landed! The trip was long enough that it didn’t feel like a whirlwind, but there is definitely more to see and do on a future trip to Dublin.
A couple of Fridays ago, we had our staff Christmas party (belated, because Christmas is the busiest season for a non-profit!) at a paint-your-own pottery place called Wired and Fired. I’ve always wanted to do one of those, and it was really fun! It was interesting to see everyone’s personality come out through the piece they chose, how they chose to approach decorating it, and their attitude while doing so.
Here’s the “individual chip and dip bowl” that I painted, though the proprietor encouraged us to be open minded in thinking about how to use it. I think this could also be a great catch-all for a dresser top!
The final result is food, microwave, and dishwasher safe…can’t ask for much more!
I purged a bunch of books from my shelf (so now I can buy more! haha) and took them our handy dandy neighborhood book donation bin this past rainy Sunday afternoon. Where will my books go? “Every book you drop off will be put to good use. Books are sold online to help raise funds for awesome non-profit literacy organizations changing the world through teaching kids, supporting families, building schools and filling libraries. In fact, 5% – 20% of the net sale price of every book goes to these great causes. Any books we can’t sell are either donated directly to one of our non-profit partners or recycled.” Check out Better World Books if you haven’t already! They’re a great place to buy used books and support a good cause simultaneously.
I finally sewed our Christmas stockings! They are definitely not perfect, but I like them because I made them.