1. First and most importantly, my weekend trip to NYC over the weekend was filled with adventure of all sorts. Morgan and I stayed in Chinatown in a sweet little Best Western and left a footprint through most of Manhatten. Some highlights are pictured below:
Our walk in Central Park – posing in front of the same statue as 2010. #awww
An evening walk on the Brooklyn Bridge.
A truly delightful dinner at a cozy Italian restaurant where the Facebook post about the cheese platter took place. Nothing like eating gobs of bread and expecting Ritz crackers with a cheese plate.
On Sunday we made it to the World Trade Memorial Center. Wow. It was time very well spent and incredibly moving. The picture below represents how people remember what the sky looked like on 9/11. Each square represents a life that was lost. Read more about it here – I loved this piece.
Sky view of Des Moines… it was so neat to fly over the neighborhoods I work in, see friends’ homes and simply know so much about our location above ground. #desmoineslifer
Obviously many more highlights were a part of this trip, but the pictures above are some of my favorites. 🙂
2. Coming home from a fairly intense weekend (ain’t no beaches to lounge and read books where we stayed) made me a bit frazzled upon arrival back to Des Moines. Not to mention my cats had some “sanitary” issues while I was away. Sigh. Here’s Bella post-bath from the vet.
3. Life is also a little more dull… or rather will be because my best friend just left for Scotland Tuesday morning. We said our goodbyes Monday evening at Zombie Burger and off she goes to grad school. It’s one of the more exciting things I can now stalk on social media, but ummm hello, no more sleepovers (yes, we still do that more than you’d think), morning coffees or extremely late nights out. I will say that she left me in good hands…with a Blonde Fatale, one of my new favorite Iowa beers from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
4. Whenever I fly or travel, I find the most inspiration. From seeing murals to reading a freakin’ awesome book, The Compound Effect, I dove right into my Evernote app (seriously the best) and started adding to my vision for vibrant communities and a meaningful life. So although the trip didn’t allow for much down time, I did come back feeling some rejuvenation. Holla.
5. Speaking of apps above, do you get theSkimm? It’s one of my new favorite ways to stay connected to the news without paging through the newspaper, which I really do enjoy doing many mornings.