When I was a young girl, one of my favorite stories my mother would read to me was “The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse”, it’s actually one of Aesop’s Fables and so the story goes…
Town mouse goes to country to visit his country mouse cousin.
Country is beautiful. Town mouse is kind of a jerk.
Country mouse comes to visit town mouse and they eat like kings.
Town is invaded and country mouse is all “thanks but not thanks” and heads back to country prefering security to opulence or as the 13-century preacher Odo of Cheriton put it- “I’d rather gnaw a bean than be gnawed by continual fear”.
I never got that metaphor when I was 7. My thoughts ran as deep as wondering if there was any connection to the stripes on Toucan Sam’s nose and his favorite flavors of Fruit Loop rings. That’s deep though… My biggest takeaway from the book was that mice are different, people are different and people come from different places and these places influence who they are and who they will become. That parallel was a striking one to me… country and city. Simple and busy. Quiet and loud. Meager and rich. Or was it the other way around? And in what way? Regardless I saw that both mice had access to different pleasures in life because of geography. I wondered what it would be like to get to experience both?
This month I am departing to the country for a new adventure in my beauty career which I will share more details in another blog at another time. I will be a town mouse and a country mouse for the first time in my life and will be afforded with the opportunity to trasport from one location to the other and experience two very different worlds all while immersing myself in one very specific focus of work. It’s going to be interesting to see how I am inspired and educated by two strikingly different zip codes and cultures. This is a dream come true for me and I’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking into the area and meditating on approaching my next chapter with… let’s just call it… “grace” because while I honor the “town mouse” traits that only city life will give you, I really, really want to channel the student in me and embrace every part of my new surroundings with open arms so I can absorb and learn as much as humanly possible. That’s the great thing about major change, even with know-how, you get to be a student again and if you ask me there is no greater feeling in the city, in the country and in the world!
OK, so aside from the thinking and researching in preparation for my departure next week, I had to give myself a little break from online classes and text books and seek a little visual inspiration to get me excited so I started a “country mouse” inspired pinterest board and am sharing my snips with you below. Please continue to follow my blog for news from me and my pinterest board for what I hope will be filled with actual photos from my instagram account.
"Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl- stylish, slender, of course… worships the magazine. But so often, they turn out to be- I don’t know- disappointing and, um… stupid. So you, with that impressive résumé and the big speech about your so-called work ethic- I, um- I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl."
My friend Rene would say her blush is probably a little too high up but the circumfrence of it is great and I think it’s perfect. Really love everything about this picture of natural beauty and wish google image matching could tell me what gloss is. That’s the future, right? Also jealous of those freckles.
A tisket a tasket, shoes inspired by a farm basket. I fully intend to embrace the no sock look this Summer and these kicks are going on my wish list. Ventilation just isn’t considered as often as it should be.
That dusty, antique rose lip is going to draw you in here like it did me but don’t overlook the nails which bear a striking resemblence to my fav shade, Yummy Mummy by Butter London. With the closest manicure shop about 45 minutes away as opposed to 45 steps outside my brownstone, I’ll definitely be doing a lot of self manicures which I actually don’t mind. I’m trying to be smarter with how I spend my discretionary income and these mani pedis add up. I’ll have to call my friend Murphy at Butter and see if he can send me a stash. This nude is just easy.
From what I expect there is not going to be a lot of time to put my feet up and chill but when and if I do, I sure hope my moments look like this. Except I want lilacs!
I research the important stuff, like cafe proximity and humidity levels during the summer. Let’s just plan for a lot of frizz serum and thick braids.
Primary mode of transportation…
Primary mode of inspiration… nature & green!!!
Primary mode of fascination… I once read an article in The Harvard Business review about “soft fascination”— something that is described as a begiuling term for quiet contemlation which lends to productivity. Soft fascination is stimulated by exposure to natural settings (clean air, natural light) and it is a time during which attention is called upon and brain activity is reset to recharge overstretched resources. I am going to savor my afternoon walks and any single sun beam that hits my face.
The day-to-day uniform. This it IT!
This is not but I adore the naturally, uncoiffed imperfect hair.
When Sex and the City ended, I remember thinking, “How will HBO ever fill the fashion/beauty inspiration void that these 4 (errr maybe 3) characters are going to leave behind?”… I know I instantly just lost my male audience (if I ever had one) with that opening line. That’s OK. I don’t feel silly saying that I loved the show and that 50% of my interest was the storyline the other 50% was my affinity for what I feel was a most accurate depiction of how New York women dress and style their hair and makeup. At the time, the costumes, the top knots, the vintage accessories and simple makeup were all very aspirational and educational to me, being that I didn’t live in New York. I lived in a suburb outside of Boston so this show was sensory overload for me and it made me embrace my curly hair and kept me away from tanning beds and acrylic nails-all good things. It’s been a very long time since I have looked to a fictitious character for hair/makeup/styling inspiration. When did the show end again? Actually, it’s been a while since I’ve looked anywhere- including pinterest and my own blog (never a good sign). However!!!! I feel myself quickly getting back into "S"uper creative mode and lately I feel the urge to seek, explore and write and my most recent (and unexpected) muse energizing my spike in research, pinning, writing and shopping (shit…) just so happens to come from the geniuses at HBO yet again! I am flat out obsessed with Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen. I know, I know… she has hardly any costume changes (compared to Carrie B) and how many times can we see that milkmaid style braid and still get excited to try it ourselves? Many. It’s the color palette though really. That’s what it’s all about- that stark winter white mixed with ethereal glowiness and soft shades of beige. In all seriousness and with honest fear of sounding like a modern day “trekkie”, when not covered in soot, I really think the Mother of Dragons with her ethereal skin and silver spun platinum blonde hair contrasted with a heavy taupe brow (but not nearly as harsh as Cersei Lannisters to keep her from looking like the stone cold bitch thatshe is) is one of the most unique beauties on television right now. Like the show’s plotlines, it’s invading my thoughts (on beauty/fashion/hair) and has a serious influence on how I consume inspiration, products and clothing which sometimes works for me (ex: I’m wearing a lot less makeup these days) and sometimes doesn’t (my colorist Dana Ionato at Sally Hersherber refuses to turn me platinum in one sitting… that’s another good thing). Side note: Dana actually does the color for the one of the lead costumers on Game of Thrones and I totally geeked out in her chair when she told me. Back to Daenerys, there is not a whole lot there to work, meaning you’re not going to look to her each episode like she’s some chameleon to her environment and she’s going to give you a new bag of tricks every time but she may get you to embrace this rare edgy femininity she’s got going that works with her leather apolstery from head to toe thing and can work with a dark pair of skinny jeans and white tee or an airy white cotton dress. So if you have a fraction, like 0.00000005% of the imagination that Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has, you can channel “Dany” in so many unique ways with shades of stark winter white, a new makeup regime, insane levels of bleach and just about any DIY braid blog you can get your hands on, like I’ve been doing. Below are some snaps I’ve collected for my beauty inspiration boards on pinterest inspired by my new favorite femaile heroine.
You just know you are awesome when you look to medieval lit to find new color palette inspiration,
My bags are not packed and I’m nowhere near ready to go but vacation is happening this week so I’ve got to get a move on. Before I reach for my carry-on and dig back to the corner nook of my sock drawer for last season’s swimwear,there is something even more important that I have not prepared, perhaps the most crucial vaca essential of all in preparation for boarding— spotify! I have to have new music when I fly. Discovering new music is my consummate source for inspiration and relaxation so when I looked through my playlists today and saw that Ellie Goulding was my most recent addition (back in October!!!) I knew I had some seeking to do before departing with Jet Blue. In lieu of running around the Giant Apple for a new pair of flip flops, I went on mission to discover new melodies from some of my favorite music blogs and here is what I came up with.
Below is my “Jet Blue. Jet Happy” playlist to tune up to tune out immediately when the captain turns on the seatbelt sign. And of course, it’s also a breadcrumb for later. Looking forward to this trip.
FIVE ON FRIDAY: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS (question mark)
Lately, I’m no stranger to the saying “things are not always what they seem” and so I deemed that the theme of this particular Five on Friday. This is my 3rd Christmas in New York City and in years’ past, the Giant Apple (with its over-sized wreaths, sponsored skate parks and avenues lined with stores dripping in icicle lights) has seemed like Wonderland for people wanting to partake in the Christmas spirit. This year, it couldn’t be any less enchanting and the only explanation I can conjure up is that I felt like a tourist before and I really live here now. I (just) get the city now and have a much better understanding of its virtues (which I value) and vices (nearly impossible to see through the eyes of a tourist). It may be too late to preface this blog to say “I <3 NY” and let you know that I really believe “its virtues outweigh its vices” but I’d feel aloof if I didn’t acknowledge that upon closer introspection during the Holidays, this fast-moving mecca all dressed up for 12/25 bares an eerie resemblance (in more ways than one) to Las Vegas or a circus. "Ladies and Gentleman, step right up and see the greatest Christmas show on earth". Truly something to marvel at- it’s a spectacle, and watching what a season in the city will bring out in its inhabitants is fascinating.
Trust me when I write- there is a difference. There is a difference in how people act in the mornings on the subways (saw multiple punches thrown). There is a difference in how cab drivers drive down the street (or in my case the opposite side of the street trying to run another cab off the road -insert sign of cross there-). There is a difference in regard for others/manners that takes place (or doesn’t at all). And so I have to wonder… “Is the overwhelming reason for it all that people are just so busy making themselves busy”? This occurs in every city but I imagine is at its extreme in New York because of the sheer density of its population. I think about it…Density facilitates interaction and when it’s good (ex: intelligent ppl come together>incubator for good ideas >growth) it’s very good and when it’s bad (ex: more people>more stimuli>more people recede into themselves>more grumps) it’s New York during the Holidays. Quite the festive post, huh? Perhaps not what you expected of this particular blog (one whose title suggests a certain amount of parochialism) or NYC?
I, too, have higher expectations which is why I found that the way to enjoy Christmastime in New York has been not to avoid the tourists and the places they go, but to join em’. And I did this year. A guy….. insisted several times that I leave my cube so we could partake in some festive things that one would expect to find on an official tourist’s guide to NYC during the Holidays; none of which required shopping, reservation, my hair to be perfect, rushing, feeling obligated to do something I didn’t want to do, my dress to match my bag, etc;. So if you were to ask me what New York looks like around this time of the year, to me it looks like (and only like)….
a skating rink and on that rink is two tourists getting engaged
a full theater mesmerized by the talent of dancers who most likely trained their entire lives to dance on that stage
a cafe mocha at Le Moulin a Cafe
"A Christmas Story" FAIL
an impressive holiday spread at my best friend’s Brooklyn abode
a trip to Home Depot
at least 7 trays of stuffed mushrooms… over it
two cellophane bows
me in my snowflake long underwear, so happy
Home Alone style travel experience- every. single. time.
English breakfast (in honor of Kim’s 6 month wedding anniversary)
"nailing it" with a thoughtful & practical gift
Below is what it also looks like, or I imagined it would look like at the time when I shot for this post. Personally, I think my snowflake long johns would have made for a better blog but imagine it would have been a seemingly less attractive piece, on the surface at least. I feel lucky that I live in a house where the snowflake long johns (while not preferred) would be a perfectly acceptable Christmas outfit. After-all, my mother will tolerate just about anything on Christmas… except a lack of manners or regard for others.
neighborhood: Giant Apple
occasion: Dinner with Man with a Cam
maroon knit sweater: H&M, high waist black & gold pants: H&M, gold & jewel buckle open toe heels: vintage Manolo Blahnik
My gift guide is up on the tarte blog along with my mug. Here are my picks for making spirits (mine especially) bright.
tarte cheek stain in dollface; “This time a year, my skin starts to look a little dull from lack of exposure to warm sunshine. Just a little dab goes a long way and I love this soft cotton candy pink color for a naturally pretty look.”
Begley Whiskey Tortoise glasses; “It’s time for some new frames but since shopping for prescription glasses is so specific, this may just be a gift I give to myself this year. I know it would probably help with the 11 I am forming from squinting so much…maracuja oil can only do so much.”
Tata Harper Iritability treatment aromatherapy oil; “Like everyone, I have stressful moments. I feel silly having a product like this but it’s one that truly works for me. I rub a little maracuja oil on my skin first as a body oil then layer this over on my pulse points and temples for a relaxing treatment. Sometimes I play classical music while doing this… OK, now I’ve told you way too much.”
tarte pure maracuja oil; “This is the ultimate moisturizer but it’s also a decorative piece too. I love all things pretty for the home and this luxe glass bottle dresses up any vanity.”
Cotton candy cupcakes; “Someone sweet in my life likes (I like to think so at least) to bake sweet things for me. Cupcakes using this recipe from Real Simple would make me smile. SUBTLE HINT”
J. Crew cashmere sweater; ”You can’t go wrong with gifting a J. Crew cashmere sweater… especially during the Holidays. An easy staple that will last. At my house, we keep dress fairly casual during the Holidays so this is what I’d wear Christmas day with a pair skinny jeans and vintage riding boots. Simple and comfortable!”
Tarina Tarantino crystal flower earrings in aqua; “These crystal flower earrings are my trademark. They have sentimental value to me so they are the only earrings I ever wear. I have them in just about every color except silk which feel so festive to me. I’d love to find this pair in my stocking.”
Imagine by John Lehrer; “This book is on my Amazon wish list! Several friends have recommended it. Lehrer examines the science of creativity and shows the steps we can take to become more innovative in our daily lives. I’m constantly seeking inspiration and this is what I want to read on the bus when I travel to the Cape and back for the Holidays.”
Scented B-A-N-A-N-A-S wallpaper from Flavor Paper; “I am obsessed with their funky/fresh wallpaper designs and this wallpaper smells like banana runts. I’d love to do a creative focus wall in my office, and this could work… banana is a skinvig. I suppose I should add “an office” to this list. Hint, hint MK.
Hi, and welcome back to Five on Friday to you… & me. Thanks so much for checking back into Jenna and the Giant Apple. A lot has happened in New York since I last wrote, namely Hurricane Sandy, so before I get started on my post, I wanted to let any of my readers know that a great resource to those looking to make a contribution to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts is below.
And on to…
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m starting to pause and reflect for what I am supremely grateful for this year. Often I am my toughest critic but one of the things I really like about myself is that I frequently give thanks to God for the blessings I have in my life. I even have a gratitude app that prompts me to journal what I am thankful for each day, but that in no way shape or form mitigates the importance of Thanksgiving… if anything, it forces me to turn over every stone to explore what I might take for granted in my life. So… I’m searching and seeking this week but the #1 thing that will top my Thanks list is that I was unaffected by Hurricane Sandy. Truly a blessing!
The Upper East Side (where I reside) didn’t so much as lose electricity so my neighborhood was a safe haven to many New Yorkers and because I was out of the shuffle for a good week, it was also a place for me to recharge. I feel awful, guilty, horrendous for saying that but it’s honestly what happened during that time: I cooked, I researched, I worked out, I relaxed, I breathed, I laughed, I got weak in the knees around some guy I met 30k ft in the sky, I lived simply, I took things in stride, I explored, I slept, I got some closure I needed, I dressed up as a blue haired robot for Halloween, I steamed, I did a mask, I did laundry, I paid bills… I recharged. And while going through the motions of all these things, the week of Hurricane Sandy taught me 2 things:
1. It should not take natural disaster to reveal our natural disposition of empathy and love for another and to ourselves. As New Yorkers (and I feel I have earned the right to call myself one) I don’t think we do this nearly as often as we should.
2. How important it is to regularly remind ourselves to live simply and appreciate what we have and also how important it is know that out of all the things we have what is actually important.
Back to number 1, I think there are many things we can do to recharge another and ourselves all the time. So I started to think about those things and wanted to share them because I think efforts like these cultivate good energy that make people stronger, better, kinder for the times when we do weather storms together and give us (as individuals) stronger conviction that we can see minute daily issues (that may feel earth shattering, but are not) for what they truly are…silly distractions from feeling positive, feeling good, feeling electric…. electric feel.
how to feel more electric feel
1. Invite your friends over,cook for them, ask them questions about their day and then offer them a big glass of wine.
photo credit:Man with a Cam, and that’s one secret I’ll never tell.
In the wake of this natural disaster in the Northeast, I wanted to donate to Covenant House.The Covenant House Institute is a leader in social change, engaging communities in the many issues that affect homeless kids. Hurricane Sandy left people of all ages homeless and while many were fortunate enough to have family and friends to stay with and take them in, there are many young teens and adults that were left without shelter during the storm and there are many that are still homeless now. If you’d like to make a donation to Covenant House, you can visit them HERE>.
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Holiday gift guides are going up up up on tarte.com to help out those who are making a list and checking it twice but don’t have a clue what to get those who are near and dear to them. We asked the girls around the office to share what they’d love to give or get to inspire others this Holiday season with some really unique and glamorous gifts.
This guide was put together by one of the biggest beauty buffs in the office (and my boss) Candace. Love everything on her list. C’mon, those slippers… Swoon!
When the weather gets cold, I (more than most) have an incredibly hard time pulling myself out of my snuggly bed in the morning. One of the unfortunate side affects of staying under the covers is that it leaves me with hardly any time to get ready. Like almost all the women I know, the way I look leaving for work in the morning plays a big part in how I feel throughout the day and that’s not a foreign concept… it’s one of the reasons I and many of my friends have jobs working in beauty. And because I work in beauty, I’m usually quick to come up with little solutions to either fake sleep, hide a blemish, or dress up my hair so others can’t tell I didn’t so much as run a comb through it (it happens to the best of us).
My latest can’t get my bum out of my warm, cozy bed beauty solution is doing the milkmaid braid. I’m plain obsessed with this new do and wear my hair like this all the time because it takes about 5 minutes to do. Below is a gallery of the best of this braid as well as some step by step pics from fashion blogger Samii Ryan to show you how it’s done. Trust me, it’s so simple!
1. Start with 2 braids on each side of your head. Start from the lower part of your scalp so the braid does not bulk up by the ears.
2. Take each braid and pull it up from the side and stretch it over the head.
3. Press the side down so it lies flat on the part closest to the scalp. Secure the side that you’ve carried over with a bobby pin that matches your hair color.
4. She tied the end of her braid with an elastic. A bobby pin will usually suffice because if your hair isn’t long enough to carry over completely to the other side, this elastic will bulk up on the top of your head.
5. Time to pull the other side over….
6. Overlap the braid underneath so it looks like one large braid. When you get to the end of your braid, tuck the end under the braid underneath it and pin it in. I do my milkmaid braid the same way Samii does hers, with two pieces of hair framing the face in the front. Give those pieces a slight curl with a curling iron and give your whole head a mist of hair spray to lock it down. Try my my favorite, Shu Uemera Hair Lacquer for a great flex hold that smells AMAZING!
I miss this so. Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been gone.
I’ve pretty much put the kibosh on my blog since life has been so hectic (mainly work, some travel) and to my surprise that’s created quite a large void, leaving me feeling uninspired as of late. So what happened? Perhaps I ventured into this blogosphere the way I approach everything in life- voraciously… guns blazing… passionately… determined to make a mark and truthfully didn’t realize how hard it would be to juggle business and source of pleasure. My blog is not the only area suffering as of late. Fortunately, I report to myself here so there’s some leeway with deadlines and unfortunately I report to myself here so if nobody is harping on me for words, thoughts and prose… well sometimes, the blog just stops in its tracks. And it sucks.
Perhaps I am biased, but I love my blog. I love my blog because of what it will be 10 years from now (that’s me…always looking ahead)… a scrapbook of memories and cataloged events to serve as breadcrumbs should I ever wake up one day wondering “How the **** did I get here?” So while some features may have get put on hold from time to time (like Five on Friday…which is back THIS Friday), I still want to make a point to post anything, even if its a picture to remind me of what was happening now. And so this is just that… a collection of photos from the blur that has been the past few weeks. Where did it go?
The calm before the storm. Before leaving, Lindsey had me over for a glass of wine and the most amazing vegan dinner at her cozy West Village apartment. This is a regular thing… I come over, she cooks, I bring dessert, we drink wine… these are some of my favorite nights spent in NYC.
En route to JFK>LAX for a photoshoot. Ironically my trip to Los Angeles was also the 2 year anniversary of my move from LA to NYC and this was my first visit back to Southern California since leaving. On the way to the airport, I remember thinking “Gosh, I have been away for LA for so long when I get there I’m sure I will realize that I have missed it tremendously”. This never happened, not once. Sorry LA. You’re wonderful to visit though…
After arriving at LAX, I headed to the Southbay to visit my best friend Joanie and her husband at their new house in Redondo Beach then she drove me to Hollywood where I checked into the W for my stay… right down the street from my old studio apartment on Cherokee and Hollywood Blvd. Daniel was there waiting for me at the room.
We were up and rearing to go the next morning at 6AM with so much to do. We checked in to our other picturesque location in Los Feliz and started all the prep for our 2 day shoot.
First stop: flower mart in Downtown LA. How I have missed this place! 6 fresh floral arrangements later, we were on our way to the pre-styling.
Getting that hair in check at Salon Benjamin in WeHO. Amazing place with wonderful art everywhere you look. Seriously, so much awesome art. I would live in the shampoo room if they would have me.
Like this Tim Biskup print. Love!
And this awesome graffiti art wall installation made out of, you guessed it, weaves. How aprop for a salon.
Then there was this creeper… lurking…
Pit stop at MCafe (how I missed you so) for fast food. It’s not fast food, it’s macrobiotic but Daniel practically hopped the curb Clark Girswald style and sped into our parking space then we ran in and out in less than 5 minutes and chowed down on the car ride back to Los Feliz for our run thru. Klassy Cali drivers…
BTW, Kale lemonade and tempeh club sandwhich. Delish!
Set up everything at the location so we’re ready for the next day! Here’s a pic of one of the stations for our makeup artist, Erin.
Go back to hotel, square away last minute details in the bus center until the early hours of the AM then crash and wake up 4 hours later. 4 hours in this bed is equivalent to 8 in most other beds so I was up and feeling lively!
Coffee run… oh, but got distracted upon seeing this beauty under my feet. Good omen for a great shoot about to happen?
Crimmins in the house everybody! Jen was out for the shoot and I’m so thankful she was. Good energy is a must on every set and Jen brought it like I knew she would. One of my favorite people in the world, this girl…
We struck a pose… Oh haaaaay!
Lottie’s palette. Just awesome…
Joanie came back to Hollywood to assist with a secret photo on our shoot. Thanks girlfriend! xo!
That’s a wrap! Checking out but first a light brunch with my sweet friend (and mentor) Christina whom I worked with in LA. This was one of the highlights of my trip!
I’ll take an ice-blended for the road please.
Touch down in SF to visit Alissa. As you can see, I am OH-SO-FREAKING happy to have a mini vacation with her. We have a tradition every Fall, I come to visit her and we do the same things each year: sightsee, grab Strawberry drinks at Tipsy Pig, go to our favorite vegan restaurant in Santa Cruz and get massages at our favorite spa. I’m thankful to have a friend who understands me completely, loves me for who I am and makes me laugh till I cry. I am so thankful for this time I got to have with her. I love you liss.
This is the one… Strawberry drank at Tipsy Pig. Count em!…. Don’t.
On Sunday morning, I got meet her man for brunch at Foreign Cinema on Mission Street. Being with my googly-eyed lovebird friend over Bellinis, oysters, lobster omelettes and oven fresh strawberry pop-tarts will now be one of my favorite memories with her.
Returned back to NYC and was happy to be greeted by a guy I met 30k ft in the sky. I will say after being stuck at SFO for 8 hours (thank you American Airlines), I probably wasn’t the most graceful person to be around so he was kind enough to suggest getting caught up over my choice of a pizza and a glass of Barbera at Eataly the following night. I was so happy to be back… and be there… and be with him. Gosh, I really missed him!
Halloween shenanigans. I attended the Ronald McDonald charity masquerade ball with my friend Rachel. Tables and tables of masks to choose from and this was the one. It was so *freaky* looking, I had to have it! Such a fun night! #meowmeow
Frankenstorm hit NYC. Check back on Friday for my Five on Friday for my personal account. Prior to the storm hitting, I hit Cristedes for all the essentials… candy corn and confetti cake. Nice to know in the midst of disaster, nothing scares me… not even diabetes. Invincible!!!
Happy Halloween ya’ll from the wicked witch of the (Upper) East (Side)!
As if New Yorkers hadn’t experienced enough, Sandy’s chilly sister Athena gave us a visit… coating the city in the first blanket of snow we’ve seen this year.
Crimmins stayed over during the storm and ventured out in our finest long johns.
That brings us to current day: Veteran’s Day. While my schedule gets busy and in busy times like these I can (dare I say) wine about the demands and responsibilities I have, I can’t help but be humbled when I reflect this Veteran’s Day on the service and sacrifice so many (including my grandfather) make or have made as a part of their job and dedication to this country. Today, I am saying thanks to my Grandfather for what he did in his career and for watching over me in mine. Thank you for your strength, love and light.
"If you’re lucky you’ll remember a story you heard as a child, the trick of leaving a trail of breadcrumbs, the idea being that after whatever it is that is going to happen in those woods has happened, you can then retrace your steps, find your way back out." Rebecca Solnit