As much as fall has been a whirlwind, I was predicting that to be the case, and therefore I’ve been able to (as much as humanly possible!) stop and — to paraphrase — smell the changing leaves ;)
Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to in the past couple (crazy/insane/amazing) weeks …
^^ Snooze with some Aussie visitors before I left for my east coast adventure.
^^ Checking out the Colorado State Capitol as part of an expert (not) tour while our friends were in town.
^^ Hitting up the Peekskill Brewery for dinner the first night I was home.
^^ We rented a lake house in Ithaca for my sister’s bachelorette a few weekends ago, and it was the definition of heavenly.
^^ Cayuga Lake in all its glory.
^^ Stopping at the Finger Lakes Cider House on our winery tour.
^^ I headed into the city for a couple days last week for a press event and to visit some friends. This pic was taken during a walk along the river in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
^^ One of my all-time most favorite places in the entire world — Bryant Park. This little slice of heaven lives amidst all the crazy hustle and bustle of Manhattan, and it really is something special. I appreciate it even more now that I don’t live in NYC anymore …
^^ My press event last Thursday took place on the rooftop bar of 230 Fifth. This place is pricey, but in my opinion it’s absolutely worth it for this view …
^^ A friend and I walked through Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Sunday before I headed home. Coming back to visit this city — and all the people I love who still live here — is bittersweet now. Still, this was the first time back since we’ve moved away that I thought, “I’m actually okay that I don’t live here.” As much as I adore New York — and I do! — this place can also be exhausting and stressful. Who knows where my life will bring me in the future, but it was a good feeling this trip back to be able to say that for now, I think we made the right decision leaving. Leaving the people there, of course, is a whole other thing …
^^ This Aussie cousin of ours is amazing. When he found out a trip he had already planned to New York was happening just days after my sister’s wedding, he rescheduled to be able to attend. Then he found out about our other cousin’s wedding that took place this past Saturday, and he rescheduled again! What a trooper.
^^ Sunday was frustrating to me, with an unscheduled, unplanned and thoroughly annoying last-minute trip to an Urgent Care Center. The drive out there, however, was splendid in all its fall loveliness, so I rewarded myself with a stop directly in the middle of the road to take this photo.
And that’s been it so far, my friends! I’m off to the Poconos with a friend this Thursday, and I’m sure there will be plenty more to share with you in the coming weeks – so stay tuned.