29 June 2010
If I didn't love New York City so much, I would surely move to a place like this. This is a community in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil where the community was commissioned to help beautify the neighborhood by transforming the facade of 34 houses into a colorful art project to create pride and ownership for the residents. They were given a small salary and an education during the process of turning their neighborhood into a beautiful, bright, cheery rainbow! I love it.
27 June 2010
26 June 2010
I don't speak Italian at all, and I only speak a teeny bit of Spanish so I'm sure the title of this post is insanely butchered, (Anyone who wants to help- Anna? LA?- feel free to leave a comment...) but the main idea stands: this dress is completely beautiful and fabulous! And something that I would have possibly stolen from the museum had I seen it in person.
Anna sent me this picture from her travels abroad in Italy this summer. She said this is from the Roberto Capucci Museum in Florence. Until I can get there one day and see it with my own eyes, I'm going to be on the hunt for about a million different color silk fabrics to make my own version...
4 years and counting. That's how long I've been going to the Big Apple BBQ Festival in NYC. Katherine, Pamela, LA and I sealed the deal on our friendship in the summer of 2007 when we went to the festival for the first time together. We were four southern girls in the Big Apple and we missed pulled pork sandwiches and sweet tea. Now, I plan weeks in advance to make sure I don't miss this event and drag all my northern friends to Madison Square Park with me.
Brendan's two attempts (above and below) at capturing an artistic photo. We were also trying to portray how much we missed our 4th BBQ-goer, Katherine.
20 June 2010
If you're looking for a great restaurant in NYC, you should try Garage in Greenwich Village. Brendan took me here for dinner last week before I left the city and it was amazing! It had a great menu and nice atmosphere, and the best part was that there was a live jazz band playing the whole time. Nothing too loud or overwhelming, though, which made it enjoyable (I'm not a fan of having to scream to each other across the table at dinner). I also loved the design of the restaurant which had a slightly rustic feel while also being homey and comfortable. If you find yourself in this neighborhood and hungry, I give it a thumbs up!
Tate: Caow! Caow! [pronounced Cay-ow] I wuv you Caow.
Tate: Caow, come 'ere. Come 'ere. Hey Grampaw, 'ere's Caow.
Grampaw: Hey Cow. Gimme Five.
Cow: [Gives Five, Silence]
Cow: [Bends over to receive kiss, Silence]
Tate: I really wuv you caow.
19 June 2010
I won't lie. I was pretty nervous as I walked into the climbing gym. Especially when Marco, our instructor, told us that we should get at least one size smaller shoe size than we normally wear because the shoes should be uncomfortable and our toes should curl at the end. If I'm climbing high into the air, shouldn't my feet at least be free from misery? Somehow, though, Margaret and I survived and actually loved our rock climbing excursion!
I had a little trouble remembering how to tie the double-figure 8 knot. Luckily, I fixed that before I belayed on...
Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven in parables so that it will become more real to us and we can grasp it in our own terms: how we see beauty, wonder, splendor, and treasures since that is what Heaven will be. [Here are a few examples: Matthew 13:31, Matthew 13:44, Matthew 20:1] This is what I think heaven will look like for me:
The Magic Garden is an outdoor garden-like-house-structure with tunnels and grottos that is completely covered in mosaics. Walls, ceilings, floors- all mosaics with beautiful glass, tiles, bottles and other pieces of recycled material. Isaiah Zagar began this as an art project in a vacant lot in 1994. He completed it after 14 years of working on the installation, where it is now a beautiful work of art for residents of the neighborhood and visitors to enjoy. In 2002, when the lot was supposed to be sold to construct a parking garage, the residents of the community raised $300,000 to buy the lot and preserve the beautiful art! I'm glad they did.
18 June 2010
The first time that I visited Philly, I had one request: to see the Liberty Bell. But as we hopped on the train that night to head back to Manhattan, the one thing we hadn't seen was the Liberty Bell.
That changed with this trip. We walked right in with no line, no problems and snapped a few front row pics:
A few pictures of the beautiful Independence Hall, where the first US Capitol was located.
Lights of every kind.
Christmas. Red Hot Chili Pepper. Little basketballs.
Hanging down 2 feet from the ceiling.
Mirrors on the wall.
That is Panna 2.
I convinced Brendan and Allison to go to dinner there with me.
because I love this place so much.
And believe me.
It's well worth fighting through claustrophobia to enjoy a cheap Indian meal.
It's my favorite.
Just ask one of these two.
16 June 2010
15 June 2010
No one had any turkeys but I did bowl a strike! And I did beat a few people...
Brendan and I went bowling a few weekends ago with some friends in my small group, Monica and Kevin. (Or rather, Monica is in my small group and Kevin is her boyfriend.) We ventured over to Leisure Time Bowl in Port Authority, which (surprisingly) is a really nice bowling alley. We had a great time until we were kicked off our lane for the next incoming reservation. But, luckily, since the night was still young we decided to stroll through Times Square and act like tourists, hence the picture above of Monica pointing to the beautiful lights. This gave bowling a run for its money... Brendan suggested we ask a tourist for directions somewhere, but I couldn't stop laughing long enough to do it. Next time....