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Lately Around Here: Snow + Ski

Lately Around here

I took a little vacation last week with Chris to waaaaay up north Vermont.  He’s an avid skier and I’m always up for an adventure, so off we went!  The scenery was breathtaking on the way up.  Snow covered every tree and branch–it was a beautiful winter wonderland.  And the views!  The views…

Ski Bums in Vermont

I don’t know why I was surprised, but there were animals everywhere outside!  I felt so sorry for them because the average temperature at mid-day was about 14 degrees (F) but I guess they were used to it.  This was a particularly rugged pony but most of them had their own coats to keep them cozy.

Ski Bums in Vermont

We found this little loft on airbnb, which had a full kitchen so Chris whipped us up some amazing meals during our stay.  It was nestled in the woods not too far from the mountain we were going to ski at, Jay Peak.

Ski Bums in Vermont
Ski Bums in Vermont

Jay Peak is known for the jay cloud which is what the locals call the wind that blows into the mountain ridge, and lifts the air to create snow.  It happens regularly, even when there’s no storm system around (pretty cool, right?)

It’s a unique set of circumstances because of the way the mountains are set up–it also means 400 inches of snow per season, which is a crap load of snow!  Needless to say, it’s the coldest place in the East to ski.  Not exactly music to this warm-weather-lover girl’s ears.

Here is our first day at Jay.  On the left you can see the gondola that takes you to the tippy top of the mountain if you want to skip the other lower, shorter lifts. We didn’t waste any time and jumped on it right away while there were no lines.

Ski Bums in Vermont

Ski Bums in Vermont

Check out this peek from the top–and again, those views!  Chris was in his nature loving heaven.  I loved it too, but I was somewhat distracted about staying warm.  The gear that is needed for this type of trip is amazing: I’m talking every single spot of your body needs to be covered multiple times in order to avoid frostbite.  Whoa.

Ski Bums in Vermont

Ski Bums in Vermont

This was one of my favorite trails:

Ski Bums in Vermont

And at the end of the day, this is usually what I felt like–celebrating still being in one piece and psyched for a hot fire.

Ski Bums in Vermont

Eventually it all caught up to me. I like to think I’m pretty tough, but the third day in a row of skiing kicked my butt! So instead of fighting my way through the shakey and tired feeling, I chose happiness and retired by the fire in the lodge early. Sometimes giving up is winning too.

Ski Bums in Vermont

And it gave me a little time to doodle with my traveling art kit.

art supplies

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Lately Around Here: Adventures In The City + Nature

Lately Around here

Life is moving so fast lately, yet moving slow at the same time.  Have you ever felt that way?  It feels like my life as a whole is speeding by, but the day-to-day is going at a snail’s pace.  Which at times can be good–it really makes me appreciate the little things and the beauty of everyday life.  I enjoy everyday life and I want to dig in more the the nuances of living because that’s where I find comfort and happiness.  The big sparkly events are great, but I love  simple life happenings–a hot shower, inspiring conversations + a good book, to name a few.  It’s so easy to forget that the everyday gestures are what makes my life special, not the once in a while grand events.

Grand events are good too, though.  Liv + I went to the city to see Idina Menzel in If/Then.  The day before the show, we found out Idina’s understudy would be performing instead of her.  Womp womp.  Turns out, the understudy sounded exactly like her and we were far enough away that we couldn’t see every facial detail so it didn’t even matter!  Total win, you guys.   The singing was amazing and it was a fun adventure night out–and we even got to meet my brother for a bite before, at the famous Shake Shack.

Me + my peeps

Shake Shack

If/Then Stage

In the northeast, we’ve had some amazing weather lately–Fall is taking hold, but at a sweet + slow pace, and this past weekend was perfect weather for a hike.  There’s something about nature that calms me in a way nothing else does.   You too?  Maybe it’s the quietness of the trees or getting away from being busy, but it lulls me into an easy space where I feel more grounded and centered.  Nature reminds me not to try so hard, but just to be.

Snake

View of Hike

Foliage

Me + Chris

After the hike, we headed over to the lighthouse for some majestic views.

View from Lighthouse

Another little day trip I went on lately was to Princeton University.  That place always blows my mind!  The buildings + the scenery + the whole vibe is steeped in such long-standing tradition.  (And to be honest, I feel like I get a little smarter when I visit. Ha!)

Princeton

Trees changing

You are beautiful sticker

I’ve been replenishing my book stack lately and these are some of the goodies I found.  I love, love, LOVE to read, but I’m usually in the middle of 2 or 3 books at a time and that causes me to be a bit slow on finishing them.  I’m on a creative/build your business kick lately so I’m into the self-help genre but I’m due for a good juicy novel soon.  Too much self-improvement can make me a little batty.

Books I'm reading

And of course, I’m still working on my Etsy shop!  I have my printer all set up and ready to go, so this weekend I’m going to scan my heart out and post some new goodies for you to enjoy.

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Link Love + A Hike

Lately Around here

I feel like a different person lately since the weather has started to warm up. You too? There are signs of Spring everywhere and it makes me so incredibly happy to see those colorful blooms peeking through. I felt like winter would never end and alas, I think it finally has.

This weekend C and I went for an awesome hike in Hartshorne Woods. It was like we were in a different world–parts of the trail brought us deep into the brush and all we heard were birds chirping away. It was so relaxing and rejuvenating, even when the woodpecker went to town. It reminded me that I need to get out in nature more— connecting with the trees and the birds and the earth beneath my feet makes me feel so grounded. It just revives my heart and lulls me into a calm space. Here are some pictures from the day…

sign + us

Evidence that Spring has sprung!

Me + buds

How cute are those hearts?  I loved seeing that on the trail.

Hearts + trail

Want to join me on the hike?  Here’s about 20 seconds worth:

Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

I just finished reading this book–it was truly one of the best books I’ve read in a while!  The Language of Flowers.

Need some motivation for your creativity?  The answer may be to simplify:  Here’s How The World’s Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days.

What would happen if you only said yes when you really want to?

I’m always fascinated with food hacks.  Who knew those lines on the solo cup meant something?!

Have you ever wanted to travel around the world on a yacht?  I have!  And now we can.

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Link Love and Camping

My inner girl scout made an appearance this past week.  C and I went to see the Black Crowes in Cooperstown, NY and after the concert, we camped out on the brewery grounds.  I had so much fun being out in nature!  It’s amazing how quiet it is out there among the trees and open sky.  I just loved it.

camping

The second night of camping was a little further up the road at Glimmerglass State Park.  This scenery was even better than the first!

lake

An historic covered bridge on the grounds.

bridge

After a 4.5 hour scenic drive home and a hot shower (yes!), it was time for my cousin Seth’s fundraiser/art show, “High Seas, Open Roads“.  He convinced Bell Motorcycles to donate 13 helmets for various artists to decorate and auction off for charity.  The money was going to Waves for Water.  I thought it was such a creative idea!

seth

Link Love

Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida, has 3 nuggets of life wisdom for you.

When seasons change, it’s a great time to do a cleanse.

Talk about a serious antique roadshow find…

Happy Birthday to all of you Virgos!

I’m a big fan of Mike Rowe and his Dirty Jobs.

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