First Flowers

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The weather has been unusually warm this year, so the flowers have come out earlier than usual! I was annoyed at the lack of winter this year, but once I saw the flowers popping up everywhere, it was hard to stay mad.

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Hyacinths are one of my favorites. I planted many more last fall and was excited to see all the new colors come up this spring.

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Another one of my favorites are these white and orange daffodils. I was happy to see so many of them in my yard this year, especially since I don’t really remember planting them. What a surprise!

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Every day more and more plants seem to begin to poke up through the ground.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a free ride between Manhattan and Staten Island in New York City, and has some great city views, so we couldn’t pass it up!

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This was my first real glimpse at Manhattan. It’s hard to tell just how tall the buildings are when you’re standing right next to them, but it was pretty incredible to see them from afar!

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It was a dark and cold winter’s day. About 30 degrees without the windchill, so who knows how cold it really was out on the water. But my camera and I braved the cold and stood out on the top deck to scope out the best views.

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The ferry takes about 20 minutes each way, and has great views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and Brooklyn. And it’s completely free!  It has space inside and out, so it’s great any time of the year.  I definitely recommend it if you ever find yourself in NYC.

Night Snow

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Most of the snow fell at night during the big snow storm that come by last month. I love snow so much, I couldn’t help but race around outside late at night, taking pictures of the pretty snow.

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I purposely left the Christmas lights up, in case of snow. I love the way Christmas lights look in the snow, but it almost never snows here before Christmas.

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I love snow. I feel like winter has no meaning unless there is snow on the ground. It’s such a magical sight.

Lately

I seem to have taken another inadvertent break from my blog over the past few weeks. Here is a little bit of what has been keeping me busy!

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We have been hard at work remodeling the cat’s bedroom; turning it into a laundry room/office/cat fun room. I can’t wait to set up and organize my new desk.

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My veggies have sprouted and are growing fast. They’ll be in the ground before long!

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I went back to New York with my best friend and my new camera.  We walked 36 miles in three days and I took 998 pictures.

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My latest project is this temperature blanket. Every day I crochet one row that represents the day’s high temperature.

Stay turned! I can’t wait to share more pictures of everything I have been up to!

Snow Day

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They had been predicting  it for over a week, and it actually happened. A big snow storm!

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I love snow so much, but since I live in North Carolina, I don’t really get too see it as often as I would like. Luckily it does snow here a few times each winter. Sometimes we only see a few inches, other times we get nearly a foot, which was the case here!

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All these photos were taken in my Mom’s yard. I love how magical and different the snow makes everything look. I love wandering along usual streets, that seem to look unfamiliar in the snow. I wish I lived in a colder climate. I was born in Detroit Michigan, so I feel like I am meant to be living in the north. But I least I am not so far deep in the south that I never see snow, that would be a sad life for me.

New York City

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I’d never spent much time thinking about New York City. But a few years ago I got the idea that I wanted to visit during Christmas time. And as the years went by, my desire to visit this city grew and grew until the next thing I knew, I was buying plane tickets this past November, to visit the city just a few weeks later.

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The last time I had flown on a plane, I was four years old. All I remember is eating fig newtons and being in a cloud the whole time. For years I had convinced myself that I was afraid of flying, and vowed to never set foot on a plane. But eventually I realized that was silly because I love traveling and there are so many places I want to go. It’s been years since got over my fear, but still hadn’t actually flown anywhere, so it was time.

When the plane finally took off, after driving around on the runway for what felt like an inordinate amount of time, I was so freaked that I couldn’t bring myself to look out the window for at least half an hour! It was such a tiny plane, smaller than a train car, and when it turned all you could see was the ground. But I was so excited to go to NYC it helped to cancel out how freaked I was. We were only in the air a little over an hour before we landed, I couldn’t believe how fast we got there!

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The next adventure was getting our subway pass at the airport, figuring out what bus to take to get to the subway, and then figuring how to navigate the subway to get to our hotel.

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After the long subway ride from Laguardia to Canal street in lower Manhattan, we climbed up the steps and found ourselves directly across from our hotel. Success! I hadn’t gotten us lost.  I was pretty proud of myself for successfully navigating the way there, by car, plane, bus, train and foot!

We didn’t have any major plans when we got there; just to wander around and explore.

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Our hotel was on the edge of Chinatown, which was a blast to explore.

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We walked on the High Line, which had some great city views.

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I got to see all the Christmas sights I had dreamed about, including the giant Christmas tree!

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I finally got to try an authentic NY bagel that I’m still dreaming about. Also, our hotel was conveniently located close to a pizza place that sold $1 cheese slices, which I forgot to take a picture of. We tried out a few pizza places during our stay, but the $1 place called Joey Pepperoni was the best.  I looked it up a few nights ago when I was craving a slice, and it’s only an 8.5 hour drive from the house 🙂 WORTH IT.

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We visited the World Trade Center and saw the memorial, plus this insane structure.

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We saw all kinds of crazy skyscrapers, including this giant cube which is the tallest residential building in the world, and full of billionaires.

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And we went to the top of 30 Rockefeller Center for a 360 degree view of the city.

I never expected NYC to be so much fun, and I am already dreaming of going back! My favorite part about the city is that you never know what your are going to see. Almost every time you turn a street corner you see something new, crazy or unexpected.

It’s a crazy city and I definitely recommend visiting it at least once in your life. I want to visit as many times as I can.

 

Weekly Journal #67

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Saturday morning breakfast. I love my Waffle House mug.

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My latest project.

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SNOW!!!!  It snowed for the first time this winter, and it was a lot!

It’s time to get back in the habit of my Weekly Journal posts, and back into the habit of doing things in general. It feels like I was in some weird time warp these last few months and didn’t accomplish anything. I am looking forward to getting back to normal.

This week will have an interesting start because I have to go into work at 1:00 AM tonight in order to have one of our products finished on time. It will be an adventure because of all the snow on the road and also it is going to be about 5 degrees out, which is the coldest it’s been here since as long as I can remember. I’ve never been to work at such a strange hour before, and I am not a night person so hopefully it all goes okay. And if not.. Well I’ll blame whoever was in charge of making this horrendous schedule.

Have a good week!