Just a few hours late….
These two pictures (I couldn’t pick!) were taken June 27, 2011 and June 28, 2011 in Paris. (P.S. Happy Belated Birthday Mom!)
This picture was taken on June 22, 2003. Eight years and one day ago. Wow. It was taken with my very first digital camera, my trusty Sony DSC-P32. Remember those? All itty bitty sensor and 3.2 mega pixels of them?
In all seriousness, I can’t believe this image was taken over 8 years ago; I remember that boat ride like it was just yesterday! I spent a month that summer in Paris with two of my very best friends. (One of whom just told me she’s having a baby, and I have to post this on my blog because I am SO excited!) Before I got to Paris I spent a week in Toronto getting to know the man who, six and a half years later, would become my husband. 2003 was clearly a big year.
On Sunday, the man who is now my husband and I are leaving for Paris. Though he’s been to something like 50 countries, he’s never been to Paris. I can’t wait to share it with him.
Travel Tuesday is going to get extra exciting for the three weeks… live posts from the road! I’m going to try to post an image from that very day. So, next week will be in Paris, the following week from our personal Chateau in the south of France (more details to come), and the final week from Barcelona. Yay!!
Hi from the cabin! We are in Edmonton this homemade long weekend to hang out with my brother, who is visiting my mom and dad from his home in Melbourne. So, in the spirit of travel I thought I would share with you some images from our not-so-recent trip to Boston. I know, I know, they are stale. But, just like when I posted Palm Springs images two months after I got back, it is actually really fun for me to post these Boston images now. I get to relive my super fun weekend break! And so do you!
On the flight from Toronto to Boston, the weather looked kind of yucky, but it turned around the moment we arrived and set off on the freedom trail!
The second day was pretty miserable; torrential downpours all day long. So, we spent the day tracking down iPads, eating breakfast, and working and lounging in cool Cambridge cafes. Our last day though, was probably the first day of spring! We went and wandered around Harvard, it was amazing.
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend break! I loved Boston. A lot. Maybe one day the hubs or I will go to MBA school in Boston and we can live there!
Awesome right? A more detailed step-by-step about my first foray into the wonderful world of mod podge is coming in a week or so. But I couldn’t wait to share. These are awesome! Now to get past the hump and actually put a drink on them, they are so pretty!
This photo was taken on September 2, 2008 just outside of Stellenbosh at Fairview Winery in South Africa. They have a goat tower there. It’s amazing. Of course it is amazing, it’s a goat tower! (Does anyone else like circular reasoning as much as me?!) Please do your part to support the goat tower by buying Fairview wines and Goats Do Roam wines. And know that at Fairview, the goats do indeed roam. And sort of look like princesses.
In August 2008 I quit coffee. Not only coffee, I actually quit most caffeine. When I mention this, everyone always asks “why”. And there were a lot of reasons, some of which include: I was on my way to Africa, where I was worried about only finding instant coffee; I was already going to have brutal jetlag so I would already be in wacky withdrawal land; I was a little worried about osteoporosis; and I wanted to see if I could do it.
It turns out I could do it. It was actually pretty easy. I didn’t miss it, I didn’t crave it. I had a few sips of the hubs’ coffee and didn’t even really like it. And for more than 2 years I identified myself as someone who didn’t drink caffeine.
About 6 months ago, mostly due to the fact that my office is cold and I was totally over herbal tea (there’s only so much mildly flavored hot water a girl can drink), I reintroduced caffeine. But only in the form of green and white (ok, and a bit of black) tea. I figured the anti-oxidants I was getting counteracted any of the “bad” effects of caffeine. (And to answer your question, yes, I blindly turned my mind from all of the studies espousing the caffeinated beverage, like this one or this one. For more than two years.)
So, I was plugging along quite well with my green and white (and sometimes black) tea. Lots and lots of this tea. Until April. In April I started dreaming about Americano Mistos. A lot. More than three times. (And to answer your question, no, I’m not pregnant). When I wasn’t dreaming about these delicious coffees, I was awake and thinking about them. For almost three weeks. Until I decided I wanted to give in.
The hubs wasn’t sure I should do this. Though he actually sort of wanted me to go back on the good stuff, so we could reprise our morning coffee ritual. But he thought that was pretty selfish, and he told me he wasn’t sure I should do it. Somehow, though, I knew it was time.
So, on May 7, 2011, almost exactly 2 years and 8 months after I went off coffee the hubs and I went to Starbucks and I ordered my very own tall Americano Misto. It was like the orchestra came out and started playing “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard.
Now, to be honest, this may or may not have been related to Glee’s (awesome) rendition the prior week…
To my credit, I did have Glenn Close’s version running through my mind. Especially the verse that goes:
Feel the early morning madness
Feel the magic in the making
Why, everything’s as if we never said goodbye
I’ve spent so many mornings just trying to resist you
I’m trembling now, you can’t know how I’ve missed you
Come. On. How Perfect?
And the song ran through my head for the last month. Every single morning I sing to my coffee. “I’m trembling now, you can’t know how I’ve missed you, Yes everything’s as if, we never said goodbye!” Sometimes it’s a little embarrassing – like in Montreal, where the hubs and I drank delicious coffee at L’Avenue. I don’t think the hubs was a fan of me serenading my mug.
So happy Sunday folks. I’ll be singing to my coffee.