Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nothin' To Do Today But Smile

I get the news I need from the weather report. Oh, I gather all the news I need from the weather report. Hey, I've got nothing to do today but smile....

As we walked the Brooklyn Bridge on a bright, blue-sky day, Simon and Garfunkel's Only Living Boy In New York played on repeat in my head. Stunning days like that made it easy to understand why so many songs (and films, for that matter) are inspired by New York.   

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cozy In Brooklyn (Updated!)

After leaving a fantastic family time in Steel Country, we made our way to New York.  Brooklyn to be exact.  In Brooklyn we got cozy with my dear high school friend Rachel, and her (new!) husband Nathan. We just love visiting these two.

You know those marvelous dinners that just last hours, as you sit and chat and eat and drink and chat and laugh and eat and then order coffee and dessert and chat and laugh some more? That's what we did. Three nights in a row. 

We also took those marvelous walks through the chilly fall air.  Our hands in gloves, hats on our heads and scarves on our necks, we wandered around neighborhoods and spent early morning hours at the dog park. 

And your assumptions are park = dog. And oh, what a dog! Last time she saw Calli, she was months old and snugly and bite-y.  Now, Calli may just be the fastest dog in the East, leaving a vapor trail as she bolts after a tennis ball.  She's long and lanky, well-mannered and sweet.

Rachel and I met the first day of ninth grade and one Friday at a pep rally, I was struck by how cool her shimmery, bright green eye shadow was (hello 1997!). We started hanging out after school, jumping on a neighbors trampoline and became inseparable friends shortly thereafter. I love me some Rach and I'm so glad to finally be in the same timezone. 

I'd only ever spent one, brief night in Brooklyn, but was quickly smitten.  It's busy, but not too crazy, urban but not too gritty. It's just the right mix. Rach, Nath & Calzone: thanks for another incredibly wonderful, cozy visit.  Love, Meeg and Krev.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Say Thanks

Hope everyone had a special and love-filled Thanksgiving yesterday.  We're back in the Texas Hill Country and are cooking our big feast today.  Let's hear it for mac & cheese quinoa, pumpkin pie bread pudding with bourbon sauce, turkey, green bean casserole and gravy. That's what I'm talking about!!

So, the other day I found my self crying 2 seconds into this commercial, in classic Sappy Mags form.

The message is so good. Just tell someone. I love the holidays because everyone feels so much love and gratitude, but we have to remember to say it loud and say it proud. Of course, I also loved that it was a Hallmark commercial (my trailname was oh-so-fitting).  

Well, I've been a bit slow in the blogging department these past few weeks, but I'll be back with pictures and stories from our stops in Brooklyn and Wilmington (!!) and so much more. 

Thanks, y'all, for continuing to read this little blog and for following our adventures.  If I could send you all a thank you note, I would. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Steel Country

Just a few images from our annual Northeast visit. Stop one, Pittsburgh.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hill Country Ease

We've spent the last week in the Texas Hill Country. Canyon Lake has provided some incredible colors and a cozy backdrop for relaxing in fall weather. 

It's also a great place to play with your oldest friend (and your newest, littlest friend, too!). 

And with quick access to Austin, a visit with Mufasa (Sean) was a must. Mufasa is a PCT hiker bud and, as you may remember, a fantastic dancer. It was wonderful to sit down, catch up, talk Trail and the 'real life' readjustment.