Sunday, August 14, 2022

Scav Hunt Sunday: Bridge and Blossom

Fav Time of Day:
Sunset views never get old. 

Pastel:
We've had so many days of sub-tropical temps the hibiscus plants are living their best lives!

Trail:
Been so good to be back out running on the trails in White Plains, so many great paths.

Slanted:
Some awesome angles at the East Portrait Gallery in DC. 

Big:
A huge window on the Upper East Side!

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Monuments and Metro

No trip to DC is complete without a tour of the monuments and some time riding the Metro. I lucked out with a perfect weather day on Saturday to walk from the Lincoln Memorial down to the Washington Monument; hot but not humid, a super rare event in late July in DC! The monuments are always such a treat and powerful reminders of our nation's history.
Despite it's flaws, I actually like the metro! When it's running smoothly you can get from A to B pretty efficiently and it's air conditioned, which is a huge plus in the summer. The long escalator rides in and out of the stations continue to be a mix of thrilling and intimidating, too!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

National Cathedral

During college, the National Catherdral became one of my favorite places to go. It was about 3/4 of a mile from campus and back then free to the public (they now charge a nominal fee to help cover the repair costs from the 2011 earthquake) and it was just so peaceful to walk around the building and grounds. Now, every trip back to DC includes a trip here too! Once again, within seconds of walking into the main sanctuary, I was at peace taking in the towering space.
It's incredible how these massive cathedrals can still feel so spiritual and intimate. Something about the sweeping arches, stained glass, and high ceilings just feels right. The crypt was open this trip and it was nice to explore down there again. There are little chapels and spaces for private contemplation and prayer everywhere. One chapel had a prayer to end gun violence posted and invited everyone from all faiths to light a candle in honor of those who have lost their lives. It was a touching reminder that all faiths can be united for a common prayer.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 31

The Good: 
Sooooooo....huge life news....I'm a homeowner! It's been in the works since March and the deal was inked this week! It's still in White Plains and is an adorable townhouse in this sweet condo complex. It's two floors, amazing little details, and just so perfect!

The Random:
They shrink-wrapped my Peloton! I couldn't stop laughing when I saw how they prepped it. 

The Fun:
My moving day buddy. We had a blast with the movers who were awesome (even more so given the near 100ยบ temps!) and made quite the team!

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Scav Hunt Sunday: Tunnel and Triangle

Park:
A little pocket park by Columbus Circle that sure looks refreshing in this heat!

Triangle:
Fun staircase at the Guggenheim.

Purple:
Pretty purple flower at the garden store.

Vibrant:
Colors galore at the garden shop.

Industrial:
A cool tunnel beneath the North White Plains station.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

American University: Revisted

A trip to DC isn't complete without a trip to AU! I hadn't been on campus in 5 years and it's always amazing to be back and see what's changed. I forgot how gorgeous the campus is, especially in summer with flowers everywhere. It's crazy to think that it's been 16 years since I started as a freshman and 12 since I graduated!

 I explored a few of the new buildings that have been built in the last few years and just meandered around. One fun change was the lower level of the bookstore is now a hip cafe. It was the actual textbook part, I guess no one uses 100lb textbooks anymore...? The new science building is just stunning, a far cry from the former science hall that was built in 1896! It's always good to be back, as we say once an Eagle, always an Eagle!

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