Thursday, July 28, 2016

New, Fresh Decade

 
I spent the last week of my 20s seeing friends, laughing, and sharing stories (also pizza).

I returned to Jurassic Park:






I celebrated my brother's birthday with the friends we all grew up with and a huge order of Greek takeout and this Legend of Zelda cake:



I caught a sliver of rainbow over New Brunswick, NJ:




My actual birthday was a little chaotic--I'm moving from one apartment to another, but staying in the same city.

Part of me can't help but see the poetic justice in being in-between leases at the end of my 20s.

I spent my 20th birthday volunteering at an AIDS orphanage outside Cape Town. I knew my childhood was over that day. I vowed to make the life ahead of me one of service, at the expense of any and all creature comforts. (This was before the froyo explosion.)

Ten years later I woke up early to help instruct a few classes of kiddies in concepts like harvesting, the life cycle, and composting.

In a literal sense, it was a Dirty 30--I got dirt underneath my fingernails, all right.



I've moved almost yearly throughout my 20s. But I also sought to be a part of communities and care for people. There's always more I can learn. Still, moments like this feel good:


Because I am home, because I am where I came from, I did the most Jersey Girl thing I could think to do: I got a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee and went to the beach.


Then out to eat with family during my hometown's Restaurant Week.

Life is good, I'm excited for a fresh decade.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A World of Pure Imagination


It's probably the best set-up ever, to feel like you've gone far away but stayed within your home state.

I just can't repeat this enough: this is not a theme park. This is my friend's backyard:






First birthday of the King:


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mountain Air



Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer. I spend my life along the Raritan River without air conditioning at home or in my car, (usually) without complaint. Gardens are growing, the sun out is till 9 p.m., I take walks, I feed and turn compost, I swat away mosquitoes and I sleep deeply.

This weekend the chance to escape to some fresh mountain air came my way. I took it.




It was the right call. Any chance to see a friend and explore a new region, take walks, sing along to Florence + the Machine on the road, and try out new tasty yet healthy snacks is the right call.









Reading a book in the sun while snuggling a sweet puppy is also the right call:


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fun Summer Weekend


How to have a fun weekend? Start with a Friday Night Funfetti Massacre:


Add a Beer fest!

Greetings from Asbury Park:








 Sangria

Happy birthday, Alicia!






All this fun, very little sleep. Need beach nap:


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A bright month.




June is a bright month.

Especially when a forager friend makes you a beautiful brunch:

Honeysuckle sorbet


Or when you get to witness kitten naps:


When your porch is in bloom:

On a weekend adventure to Montclair, then farther north.

But first, Veggie Heaven:






And also actual cheesecake NOT from Veggie Heaven!




DONUTS!!!!



New Paltz, NY:









Woodstock Farm Sanctuary:



Rosdendale:








The Rail Trail:














Minnewaska State Park Preserve:











This trip ends with KOMBUCHA ON TAP!!