Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mt. Willard and Diana's Bath

Day 2 of vacation had a nice mix of relaxing and adventure. We vegged out at the B&B, fueled up with a delicious breakfast, and then set out for a hike. 

We set our sites on Mt. Willard, in the White Mountains and in an area called Crawford Notch. It was an old carriage way apparently, but I can't imagine a carriage getting up this mountain! 
It was a great climb, not too steep, but challenging enough, with lots of rocks and boulders to climb over. It took an hour or so to reach the summit of Mr. Willard at around 3,000 feet.
The views were amazing. There was a massive stone outlook at the top where we just sat and hung out taking in the views. The view always makes the hard work of climbing the mountain seem like a piece of cake!

Going back down was another fun adventure and then we set off for another shorter hike that led to a set of falls called Diana's Bath. It's an amazing set of falls and pools in the lush forest. People actually go there to swim, it was gorgeous!
We didn't have swimming gear, but that didn't stop me from dipping my toes in the frigid water! It felt so great after the hike we had just finished.
It was a really fun adventurous day - I love relaxing on vacation, but also love exploring and recharging in nature and this was the perfect balance of that. Needless to say, I slept well that night!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Song-osity: Landslide

I climbed a mountain and I turned around...
And I saw my reflection in the {water covered} hills...

I spent the weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with a friend. We both needed a get-away and a recharge and headed north for some adventures and r&r.

Our first stop after our drive north, was the Lost River Gorge, a series of caves and boulders that were left after a massive glacier melted away millions of years ago. The air was crisp and refreshing, the woods quiet save for the sound of rushing water, and the cell service nonexistent.

As the waters rushed around us, I felt myself relaxing, it was a truly perfect start to a fantastic weekend away surrounded by nature.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 33

The Good:
Supermoon anyone? Just so gorgeous!

The Random:
This hilarious mug arrived in the mail this week from Avi. She thought a teacher did need just one more mug, especially if it was this mug! 

The Fun:
Heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? It was started by a former Boston College baseball player who has the horrid disease. He challenged some friends to dump ice water over their heads or donate to his charity, then pass on the challenge. It's really going viral, especially up here. A former student challenged me and...
I did it - and donated! Will you take the challenge (blanket challenge here!) or donate - donations have surged and maybe all the cold water will help find a cure!


   

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Finding Neverland

A few weeks ago, my friend Amanda told me that a musical version of the film "Finding Neverland" was testing up in Cambridge, ahead of a possible Broadway debut. I loved that movie and jumped at the chance to see it while it tested here. So we had a girls night out last week and saw it.
It felt good to get all dressed up, because let's face it, summer has meant gym clothes and lots of shorts and t's.
We had a lovely dinner out before the show, good food, good wine, great restaurant, and then drinks after the show - summer living, folks! 
The show was amazing. They did a great job of bringing the movie to the musical stage and since it's still in testing we were all chatting about what may get cut if it makes it to the Great White Way. But overall, such a strong show. The four boys were marvelous and so adorable!
Even cooler was that the choreographer was Mia Michaels (of So You Think You Can Dance fame), she was sitting in the house, a few rows behind us! She did a great job, the choreo was amazing.

I really hope this makes it to Broadway - it was so great, great songs, great actings, just gorgeous!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Song-osity: Like me?

Do you like you?
You don't have to change a thing? 


Over the past year, I've grown into my own. 
I have felt my confidence rise, I trust myself, I like who I am. 
I am working on not being (too) hard on how I look or how I feel. 
26 has been a good year so far for learning to love who I am. 
I actually took pictures of myself and liked how 95% of them turned out and never once thought "uch I look _______" once. For me, that is huge. 

Trying to learn to love who I am hasn't been easy, but I am happy I am working at it. 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 32

The Good:
I recently found a new gf bread that I like even more than Udi's (I know!) and I finally tried the Daiya slices - which means the most epic grilled cheese I have had in ages. SO good.

The Random:
I am slightly obsessed with the late summer evening light at the moment. I walked into the kitchen this week and saw this - um. wow. Every night now I wait anxiously for the sun to set to see if I can catch a cool flare. 

The Fun:
I was able to see my best friend from the good old college days this week. Lucas was up in the area visiting family before moving west for a PhD program and we grabbed lunch. We met 8 years ago when we started AU and it was SO good to get a chance to catch up in person, finally!


   

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Scav Hunt Sunday: Jumps and Bolts

Selfie:
Not a bathroom selfie, but a hallway-getting-dressed-selfie. Let's call that good!

Jump:
An attempt at jumping with the self-timer. At least I had fun?

Creative Angle:
We had dreary weather Sunday am, I loved the water droplets on my windshield with the lush greenery behind it. 

Package:
Watermelons, they come with their own packaging... 

Unfocused:
Some (unfocused) bolts.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

August Randoms v. 1

berry massacre...evening light...great film
cheap sidewalk...sea turtle...found nemo
water ice...wild flowers...puddle shadow
storm sky...the birdcage...new microwave
ikea catalogue...looking back...frame shop
street art...new tires...zaftigs brunch
school prep...gloomy morning...bridget jones
grilled cheese...classroom before...evening light
so close...watermelon snack...outside lunch

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blended Ice Coffee

It's summer time, it's warm, and that means it's iced season. My mom came up with this a bunch of years ago and it's part of my summer morning routine to this day.

Since this is my first summer with my Keurig and it was super easy to adapt the "recipe" to use with a k-cup!
 Each evening, I brew my choice of coffee. I brew a more concentrated amount (so when I add ice I don't dilute it!). On the Keurig I use the middle option, I think it's around 6 oz. If you brew coffee another way, just prepare a more concentrated amount.
 The next morning, my coffee is nice and cold and ready to blend! This is where you need to play around a few time; it all depends on the size of your ice cubes (and desired slushiness). I have a standard ice cube tray and use 3 cubes - perfect amount of ice for me.
I then add a little more water and some almond milk to fill up my Magic Bullet cup. I also put some vanilla extract and cinnamon in. If you like sugar go ahead and put it in now, I prefer mine with no sweetener.
I then blend it in my Magic Bullet. You can use any blender type devise (Nutribullet, Braun, Vitamix, etc).
Then, you have a lovely iced coffee. I love it because there is no ice diluting my coffee like at the big name coffee shops. A friend recently declared "if given the option of free Dunkin' or Starbucks or your iced coffee, I'd still choose yours!"

Enjoy!
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