The wedding is over and my best friend is married! It was great to see all of the planning and preparations for this celebration finally realized. Lisa looked absolutely beautiful and so happy, exactly as a woman should be when she's marrying the love of her life. There was a lot of dancing and a lot of delicious food including plates and plates of homemade Italian cookies. The best part was to see Lisa surrounded by her family and friends, each one of them incredibly happy to support and welcome her and her new husband into the next chapter of their lives.
I'm in Ohio for my best friend's wedding. I get to spend some much needed time with my parents and then party with some of my oldest and closest friends to celebrate Lisa's marriage. Lisa is Sicilian-American so this wedding is going to be a HUGE and crazy Italian affair. I can't wait!
You can't tell from this picture but I'm feeling crazy nervous. But you can tell that I'm chomping on some gum.
Well, I did it. I had my first story telling experience complete with a packed audience which included a group of my amazing friends. Jon had rearranged his travel schedule so that he could be there as well. After I was finished he told me how proud he was. That was pretty awesome.
The experience was GREAT and the other stories were truly entertaining and hilarious. My nerves completely disappeared as soon as I was on stage to tell my story because the bright lights totally turn the audience into a big black blob. I am completely smitten with The Story Collider and with the show's hosts, Ben and Erin. They are taking the month of August off for a little break but the monthly story-telling series will be back in September. I'll definitely make a point to attend.
My favorite summer snack - berries and almond butter.
I think I've mentioned before how I'm not one who cooks all that much. I have the tendency to throw things together that are quick and easy and when the summer heat sets in I'm even less likely to spend any more time that I have to in a hot kitchen. When Jon's in Brooklyn I enjoy cooking for the two of us but when it's just me I don't feel like it's worth the time or effort. Awful, I know. (I do have to mention that my eating habits have gotten much better over the years. I used to joke about how I ate like a frat boy - bowls of cereal for dinner would be a pretty normal occurrence.) I'm so thankful for the fresh produce that's available to me in the summer months because it makes this whole business of feeding myself so much easier. I keep telling myself that I should spend more time on cooking at home and learning more about cooking but really I would rather spend my time doing something else. I know I'm a good cook and I have a decent handle on the basics but until I have another mouth (or mouths... oh boy, that's a whole other thread) to feed I'm not going to stress out about it. On the plus side my salads are tremendous and it keeps the dirty dishes that I have to wash at a minimum.
Jon's back this weekend after a long trip in the Netherlands and I'm happy to say that we'll be cooking together. It's always more fun for me when I get to cook with someone. Is it that way with you?
Saturday was glorious. I biked to meet up with friends and we headed out on the East River Ferry from Williamsburg to Governors Island. The ride on the ferry is just as amazing as visiting Governors Island. For only $4 you get some amazing views of Manhattan and the bridges. Definitely recommended.
Saturday I'm meeting up with some friends to catch the ferry to Governors Island. The last time I was there was about a year ago. Jon and I dressed up for the Jazz Age Lawn Party and hung out on the great lawn feeling like we had stepped into scene from The Great Gatsby. We didn't have much time to explore but I'm making up for that missed opportunity tomorrow. I'll have my bike with me along with my camera to capture the art installations and field day shenanigans that are scheduled for the afternoon. Hello summer. I'm ready to play!
The new work schedule is kicking my ass just a bit. The longer hours make for less free time (obvious, I know) and that makes me appreciate the time I can be home relaxing and recovering before the next marathon day. I haven't done nearly everything that I've wanted to since the summer started but that's okay. I am allowing myself to ease into the flurry of activity that comes with every summer because I know that if I let loose I will burn out and whatever balance I have right now will come crashing down around me. I don't know if it's a symptom of getting older or being focused on work and the wedding but I'm feeling content with being a little bit of a homebody lately. It may also have to do something with the fact that the heat and humidity absolutely destroy me.
I've made up my mind to do something different every weekend, whether it be going to a museum I haven't been to yet or to take a day trip outside of the city. I don't want to regret not taking advantage of the city this summer because I was stressing over the wedding and crafting into oblivion. Although let's be honest - the crafting into oblivion thing is going to happen more than just a few times this summer.
To my surprise and delight M&J Trimming has my ombre star garlands up on their blog today as one of their Top 5 DIY Garlands! M&J Trimming is a crafting institution and have done tons of collaborations with bloggers to create and showcase creative and awesome DIY projects. Thank you M&J Trimming for featuring my little project! There's definitely more to come.
A few of my friends will be vacationing in NYC this month and I'm SOOOOOO excited to see them. So excited! I'm looking forward to taking them around to some of my favorite spots and to have them experience the city during the summer. It also is a reminder for myself that I need to take a trip out of the city as soon as I can. Even a day trip upstate would be a welcome change. I love living here but I've been craving a change of scenery. I think everyone needs a little reprieve from their normal environment every now and again. Nearly all of my travel in the last two years has been devoted to visits back to Ohio to see Jon and my family. I'm not at all complaining. I'm thankful that I've been able to go back as often as I have because obviously time with the people I love is very important to me. I would like a quick trip out of my normal environment to make me feel recharged and energized, ready for the coming months that will undoubtedly be filled with making big plans for the wedding and my future married life. Any recommendations for a quick escape?