Jake calls me Mrs. MaGoo. Why? Well, because I've pushed off getting glasses for the past three years by skirting the issue and being too busy. Yes, just too damn busy. Instead I have developed a sophisticated system of leans and squints that help me get the job done. But recently even I've given up. I can't see. (I currently have the font size set to JUMBO on my computer). I've had issues with reading glasses in the past, they always feel too small for my face or squeeze the bridge of my nose. If they're uncomfortable I am not going to wear them. Then I found these bad boys in Italy. Well actually a very nice Italian shop owner did after he watched me try on and discard no less than a dozen pairs. They are actually Dolce & Gabanna sunglasses that can be fit with lenses. Perfetto!
Now about scheduling that eye doctor appointment… it's on my to-do list. I swear.
Took the test on Lens Crafter to see what my style is … they were pretty spot on: Glamourous.
HELLO friends! After a six month hiatus from blogging and a new year on the calendar I am practically bursting with thoughts and words and you know, stuff to say. Ha. But seriously, I've got a bunch of great posts lined up for you all.
First off - Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be a good one, I can feel it. Every year come January 1st I make these grand resolutions to reinvent myself and my life. Some stick, but most are forgotten before I flip the page to February. This year, I'm keeping it simple.
To me, these are the keys to a successful personal and professional life. I feel that kindness is highly underrated in our society and a virtue that we so often forget when we are stressed or tired. Not this year. I am going to make a conscious effort to display kindness to everyone; my husband, my family, my friends, my colleagues and strangers. I've found in just a few days that intentional displays of kindness lead to joy and emotional fulfillment in my life. It's the definition of a win-win scenario.
Working hard is my M.O., and it always has been. But sometimes my focus narrows and I work extremely diligently on just one area of my life while other aspects are neglected. This year I plan to work hard on my relationships, my career, my teaching, and my hobbies. For example, I've wanted to learn Italian well enough to have a conversation with people over the age of 2 years old for the past six+ years (gulp). This year I'm going to work hard at conquering this goal. I will work hard at being the best wife, daughter, sister and friend that I can possibly be.
This year being healthy isn't just about a number on the scale. It also isn't about fad diets, deprivation or marathon workouts. It is, however, about cooking with fresh, organic foods, about stretching and long walks through the park, about laughing and it is most definitely about getting more sleep.
Here's to being the best version of ourselves all year long! Cheers to 2014!
Last week while Jake was in Italy and I was lonely Alison hopped the bus from PA to NYC to spend the day with me, wander around The Metropolitan Museum of Art and take in the city's summer sights.
The moment I first arrived in New York I fell in love, hard. The kind of love that can't be defined. A devotional, passionate, irrational, loyal and sometimes unrequited love. I knew I had found home. I knew I could never leave. I knew I was in deep.
Alison, however, hasn't been as easy. New York has had to woo her. New York has had to work for her affection. And still, she strings my darling city along. Showing up for days at a time, smiling, wearing flirty dresses and then running off to Boston's quieter (and she claims, cleaner) streets.
I'm not offended. I'm not even defeated. Because I know little by little this city will make a New Yorker of her. It may take years, but just you wait one day she'll wake up with her heart in her throat and she'll know the only cure is to drive, bus or run her way back to this hustle and bustle. And an inexplicable calm will settle in her soul as cabs whiz by her and people push pass and buildings scrape the sky. Just you wait Alison Victoria, it will happen. How? you ask. Well, because New York City is magic.
^^The sculptures are always my favorite. Always^^
^^It started to drizzle while we were on the rooftop garden^^
^^We stumbled upon some wings of The Met I had never explored before that day^^
If you know my Dad then you know one of his favorite foods is... hotdogs. Yes, hotdogs. He can tell you where the best hotdogs can be found practically anywhere in the tri-state area. So when we stopped by for a post-hike, cool-down at Rita's Italian Ice we noticed a hotdog place had opened right next door called, wait for it... Snoop's Dogs.
Jake and my Dad both approved. There has even been talk of starting an annual Lehigh Valley Hotdog Crawl/Bike. Just sayin' - you should probably get on board.
After Rita's and Snoop's we swung by a local farmer's market to pick up some juicy watermelon and oogle the beautiful scenery and the delicious baked goods. Sometimes I forget how rural PA is. I guess when I think of PA I usually think about my house and my neighborhood and forget about the huge open fields and farmland. It's pretty glorious.
^^Nature at her finest^^
^^We had a cookout with... you guessed it - hotdogs, hamburgers and all the fixings for Dad's birthday dinner!^^
^^Sugar-free vanilla cake and sugar-free chocolate frosting for Daddy!^^
^^Cake topped off with whipped cream and strawberries!^^
^^Chopped off over six inches of hair - feels incredible!^^
This past weekend Jake and I hopped the bus home to B-Town, PA to celebrate my Dad's 56th birthday. The day dawned hot, sunny and humid. After powering up with a hearty eggs, bacon, bagel and fruit breakfast feast we headed to Jacobsburg State Park for a hike through the woods in attempt to burn off future birthday cake-calories and of course, be one with nature.
We spent the morning hiking, skipping rocks, embracing the cool shade of the forest and soaking in some quality family time. It was a wonderful day!
^^Dad's impressive bacon, egg, cheese, tomato and cream cheese bagel^^
^^Cute little sister^^
^^Jake is an expert rock skipper. He can make a smooth, flat stone jump across the water five or six times! I am still working on three! There were a lot of great stones to practice with on the shore^^
^^I am happiest when I am hiking in the woods with my husband - who would have thought?!^^
^^Sisters rocking race-back tanks and Holy Cross drawstring backpacks! ha!^^
^^Mom and the birthday boy!^^
^^The boy can get some serious air while clicking his heels.^^