I took a day trip to New York City this week. It was my first time there in 20 years! And my first time for the holiday season. It was so beautiful and my I heart NYC obsession is in full effect. Most of my pictures came from this day trip (with one stolen from the archives).
Not the best picture, but it was so pretty. And so cold. "I'm stuck in colder weather..."
World Trade Center Memorial: a place of great calm now.
Today was a "mental health day" for Heather. Does anyone else suffer from extreme guilt when taking a day off of work? I do. I feel guilty that its a day when my students are learning. I feel guilty that someone else in the building may be acting as my substitute because we are either too cheap or its too hard to get a real substitute. It shouldn't be that way. I should be able to use the personal day that I am given to use in any way I see fit. I had fun. It's been 20 years since I have been to New York and I've been wanting to go back that whole two decades. By the way, when did I get old enough to say "it's been 20 years since I did that"? But, back to the topic, I rarely take days off, and have never called out sick in my five years at this school. Even when I had walking pneumonia and passed out in the shower. I'm dedicated and responsible and I don't like feeling like or being treated as though I'm not. The sad thing is that I think I'm the one making me feel guilty. Had to get that off my chest.
1. What is your favorite holiday season tradition?
I love the Christmas candle-light service at church. I've been to it at different churches and it is always beautiful and reverent. When the lights go down and the sanctuary is filled with tiny, flickering candles, and everyone is singing "Silent Night", that's when it feels like Christmas.
2. Do you have a certain holiday movie you watch more than others? What is it?
I mean, of course...
"SANTA!!! I KNOW HIM!!!"
3. Show us your favorite decoration or pinterest decoration you wish you could have.
4. Favorite holiday song?
Hard question! I guess I would pick "Oh Holy Night".
5. Favorite holiday dessert?
6. What is on your wish list this year?
Nothing really. I did agree that I need new pots and pans. I'm so old.
Look at me! TWO posts in one day! I'm like a real blogger!
1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life: My first job was at a dry cleaners (I went swimming through plastic-covered clothes to find the right numbers). In college, I had an all-too-long-and-awful summer cleaning hotel rooms. I spent a few months sitting in front of a computer doing brainless tasks that a computer could do at a mortgage titling company (at least I think that's what it was...who the hell knows?). My first real job was as a Child Care Consultant, which sounds so fancy, but really just put a lot of miles on my car.
2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over: Mean Girls, The Notebooks, Pirates of the Caribbean, Annie.
3. Name 4 places you have lived: Freedom, Pennsylvania (actually New Sewickley Township thankyouverymuch!); Ambridge, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Baltimore, Maryland
4. Name 4 of your favorite foods: PIZZA!! GRILLED CHEESE!! ENCHILADAS!! PASTA!!
I love food.
5. Name 4 things you always carry with you: iPhone, credit card, driver's license, chapstick
6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation: My favorites: Tuscany, Italy; San Francisco; New York City; Hilton Head
Usually I am not with it enough to participate in Scavenger Hunt Sunday, but yesterday I went out on a mini-adventure around Baltimore with my camera. When I looked at the items on the scavenger hunt, I was happy to see that I could make some of yesterday's photos fit right in! And, ok, one I had to swipe from my archives. Don't judge!
This art is from The Baltimore Love Project. The Baltimore Love Project "expresses love by connecting people and communities across Baltimore City through love themed murals". What a beautiful vision!
This one I had to raid my archives for, but when I read "strong" I immediately thought of military. I don't know this man, but he's a cutie!
So last winter the button popped off my favorite pair of jeans. I had no idea how to put a denim button (they don't have holes) back on so the jeans so I went out a bought a regular button with holes. It had to be big enough not to slip through the original hole and this sparkly one was the winning button! It is so not my style at all. Unfortunately, sewing a button on jeans was low on my priority list, so the jeans and button sat sadly in my closet for almost a full year. This past week, I missed my jeans and finally sewed the button on. Good thing I only wear longer shirts because this button is ridiculous.
Not my favorite picture. :(
5. Favorite Fruit:
I mean, I know I can't eat it, but Apple is by FAR my favorite fruit...