Thursday, June 13, 2013

Doing It For (Our)selves

My sister Jessy and I made plans earlier in the week to do something last night. Originally the plan was for us to go to the movies. We've been doing this as regularly as possible - going to the movies together. Jess and I have been "dating" whenever we get the chance - a dinner here, drinks there, going out to hear live music, saving each other spots in the hot yoga room. It's been so good for us both. We both went through painful separations at the same time, but Jessy took longer to make the final break. That happened last week, so we went out for drinks, stopped by a very cute business's anniversary party, and then walked up to the square for First Thursday and some live music. We enjoy our time like this together so much that we're starting to plan for it whenever our schedules align. I started thinking yesterday that maybe I didn't want to go to the movies, that maybe I wanted to enjoy a beautiful evening with my beautiful sister.

So we had a romantic sunset picnic.  We kept laughing that if a guy had gone to the effort we did (plastic champagne flutes, cheese board, homemade salads & hummus) he would be perfect, but most guys are not wired that way.  My sister and I decided we will have our own romantic dates that we wish guys would have the wherewithal and skills to organize.  We'll just meet our own needs in that department!

Let's start a revolution, ladies - quit expecting your guys to do these sorts of things for you.  If you want romance, create your own.

The hill on Mt. Sequoyah

Overlooking south Fayetteville

Post-yoga Jessy is as beautiful as ever
Nothing like that warm pre-sunset light

We stayed long enough to watch the moon rise

The end of a perfect evening

We both agreed that this would be a night we would remember for some time.  I'm so glad we didn't go to the movies. 

Friday, June 07, 2013

Photo Dump

The past few weeks, according to my phone:
Went to NYC for a superquick work trip.  Stayed at a hotel directly next to the UN (you see it there to your left) and the East River.  I'd never stayed in this part of NYC before.  Stunning views.

Looking out the other side of my hotel room

Walking to dinner from the hotel I stopped at a traffic light and looked up - directly up at my favorite skyscraper.  The Chrysler Building is so sexy.

through the Instagram filters

It POURED rain the next day.  I forgot my umbrella.  Typical.

Annual Memorial Day Weekend float trip with Stella, Chloe, Chloe's dad Kyle and his friends from Oklahoma.  I loved being on the river in a kayak but had a frustrating day and felt a smidge abandoned.  Tipped twice, sliced the bottom of my foot, bruised....again. 
I got two photos before we left...then Stella had my phone all day and I never saw her again.  The little green kayak down there was mine. 

Brought a bubble gun.  Inspired me to buy two more last week.  Bubbles for everyone!

Sunset out at Riverdream

Stella's friend Chloe who we've known since she was a baby.  Sweet girl.

Last night my sister and I went to First Thursday to spend time together as sisters and celebrate (?) her finalized divorce.  I think Jessy and I get closer and closer every year.  We were incredibly close as little girls and teenagers, then grew apart in our 20s.  It feels so good to be close again. 

Everything's rosier through IG filters

No filter, no editing.  Just lovely nature. 

Our pretty downtown square
The day after Stella's graduation party, the Carr family and I went up to Crystal Bridges for a few hours because, except for Carrie, none had been yet.  Turned out to be Museum Day and swamped with people.  We still found ways to enjoy it.  I love getting to spend time with my friends' kids.  Because I had Stella so young I had very few "mom friends" when she was younger.  Now that my friends are having kids I get to spend time with them and have the energy to play and have fun with their kids.  I love this Liam so much! 

You can see here what he'll look like as an adult, I think. 

In New York I had the pleasure of meeting the international partners that I've worked with for the past six years but never met in person.  I feel like I know these people so well, after spending years sending emails and talking on the phone regarding specific students.  It was such a joy to meet these people finally and put faces to names. 
Minh, our Vietnamese partner

Jaruwat, our Thai partner (and my boss too).

Anabella, the Guatemalan partner.  We already knew we were destined to be friends.  One day, sooner rather than later, I'll visit her in Guatemala and we can finally have those long discussions about social justice, feminism, popular culture - both of our favorite topics.