May 31, 2013

May in Photos

18/52 :: Fried Everything
19/52 :: Cinco
20/52 :: Times Square
21/52 :: Classics

22/52 :: McKinney Bike the Bricks
May Adventures:
- Canton Trade Days (and Dairy Palace!) for mother's day with my parents
- New York fun with Maggie
- Aubrey Memorial Day Celebration and Gainesville Lavender Festival
- A busy weekend at a great training sponsored by Junior League on moving meetings forward
- Watching McKinney's fun bike race with college friends
- Completing our 100 days of real food challenge, woo hoo! Giving up processed food was really not that bad, I'm planning to continue only buying groceries that meet the rules, but adding in a little more flexibility when eating out so we can keep it up for the long run.
- I also finished two online classes as part of my 2013 goals, Internet History and The Challenges of Global Poverty (started back in February). Coursera is cool, but the courses were both just OK - mostly because it was tough to stay motivated to do work in a class "just for fun" without a real goal in mind. For people looking to branch out to a new field or grow in your career I think MOOCs are a great way to start learning something new.
[2013 Photos]

May 24, 2013

Big Apple Weekend


I had a great unexpected vacation this year. New York City was not on my list of places to visit soon, but when my sister's friend Jordan planned her bachelorette party in NYC (she's studying nearby at Yale, smarty pants) Maggie invited me to tag along for a sister getaway.
New York Highlights...
- Walking through Central Park for brunch at The Met
- Riding the Subway - and being treated to a talented breakdance show underground
9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero
- Walking Wall Street, viewing Federal Hall, the bull, Battery Park, and Trinity Church at the south end of town
- Lots of walks and people watching around Times Square and the theatre district from our base at the Milford Hotel
- Eating in Hell's Kitchen: Italian, brunch, bagel's - yum
- Watching Once, a musical set in in a Irish pub, on Broadway at a beautiful small theater
- Fun harbour cruise around the island
Rockerfeller Center and shopping on 5th Avenue - plus attending a beautiful Evensong boys choir service at Saint Thomas Church
- Dinner and delicious NY cheesecake at Junior's
- Browsing Bryant Park and the New York Public Library
- Feeling like a "real" New Yorker with a Shake Shack hot dog for lunch in artsy Madison Square Park
- Walking the Fashion District, Herald's Square, and Flatiron Area (busy, busy) before heading home
  
Freedom Tower :: 9/11 Memorial
:: Cruising (pretty sure we were the only Americans on the boat) ::
  
Trinity Church :: Rockefeller Plaza
  
Empire State Building :: Broadway!
  
Federal Hall :: Times Square
  
We had a great time and were definitely impressed. I'm usually more of an outdoor girl but NYC was better than I expected - clean, easy to navigate, and full of fun food and art. Great idea Mags - fun times! Where should we go next? ;)

May 12, 2013

Love ya Mom!

Wishing you a wonderful mother's day - straight from your daughters in NYC!

:: Uncle Mike, Mom, and Grammy on Rozan's 16th Birthday Trip ::