Thursday, August 29, 2013

Life Factory.

After lusting after these Life Factory glass water bottles for over a year, I finally took the plunge and bought myself one. It certainly was one of the weirdest $20 purchases I've ever held out on that long!

(This is the one -- Spring Green!)

I am really hoping that it will make an impact on my never-ending quest to drink more water! One thing I am especially excited to do is make infused water, like these three ideas from Joanna Goddard at  A Cup of Jo (one of my daily reads since about 2008). Blackberry Sage, Citrus, and Ginger Mint infused water sound delicious and oh so refreshing.

On another note, yesterday Leah and I moved out of our little Boston studio apartment (I'm missing it already) and I am back at home for a few days before the school year starts. What a hectic time! But these few days are serving as a little calm between the storms, as I've had a chance to finally catch up on emails (and TV shows... how I missed 30 Rock reruns!), do some bargain shopping at the nearby outlet mall, catch up with a few friends, and go on a long bike ride (at least that's what I have planned for tomorrow morning... we'll see how it goes!)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Snapshots from Maine.

Here are some snapshots of my family's last few days in Maine. I don't know if this is just me, but I like coming home from vacation thoroughly exhausted from the "leisurely" outdoor activities, like biking 23 miles up and down mountains today ;) Needless to say, I had dessert 4 separate times this afternoon. It's fine. I deserved it. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Be Easy

Today I've been inspired by a tweet from Demi Lovato. (embarrassing or fantastic?! Belting out Skyscraper at the top of my lungs is one of my greatest joys...) To summarize: there is still a little girl inside all of us, and we should treat that girl gently, with care and love and tenderness. So, next time you are getting down on yourself, remember that little lady inside of you, who needs kind thoughts and words to flourish.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blue Moon

After a long day of... well... mostly lounging around and reading J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith)'s new book, The Cuckoo's Calling (absolutely a must read--started it on Sunday and I am almost done!), I was about to get ready for bed when my dad announced that we were going to drive up the nearby mountain to get a good look at the moon. Begrudgingly (the unfortunate prevailing mood of the day) I got into the car with the rest of the family to make the 25-minute, windy drive up to the top of Cadillac Mountain. 

Though the driving experience rendered me mildly nauseous, the gentle night's breeze immediately began to nudge me out of the day's ennui (a result, I think, of the calm between the consecutive storms of a busy summer and a looming school year). From the top of Cadillac Mountain we could see out in every direction. Together we discussed the reflection of the moonlight on the distant ocean, pointed out distant specks of light, imagining lighthouses and small towns, and then laughingly rolled our eyes at my dad as he pointed out the obvious beauty of the night ("Wow! Look at that moon!" "... we already are, Dad... That's why we came.")

Ultimately though, the experience of looking down at the world--the massive expanse of water, land, and sky in every direction--was both awe-inspiring and incredibly humbling. When looking out at the world from atop a mountain, every petty problem of the day or week seems minuscule in comparison, while the greater themes become increasingly important. In a moment like that, love and family and friendship and the true search for happiness and contentment are able to be seen, quite obviously, as the most important things in life. Though they are often taken for granted in the moment, it is important to be reminded of the vastness of the earth and the little part we each play on it, made memorable only by the joy and love we encompass. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Greetings from Maine!

On Friday morning, after finishing up my summer internship the night before, Leah and I packed up the car (after realizing neither of us had small suitcases, we ended up packing entirely in many, many tote bags!) to head to Maine to meet my family. Luckily, we were traveling from the Boston area instead of the other end of the state with the fam, so we had the opportunity to enjoy our leisurely drive and meet up with one of our lovely friends for lunch in Portland  (boy, oh boy, what a hip little city! Leah and I may have discussed dropping everything to move to Maine to run a farm... Not sure how well that would actually go...)

Though sadly Leah left this afternoon to go back to Boston for one more week of work while I get to stay here and enjoy my vacation (oops!), the past weekend was amazing: almost mosquito-free (!!!), with beautiful, fresh ocean breezes, and absolutely stunning sunsets. We went kayaking, had delicious breakfasts, took a bike ride, ate popovers (the most delectable pastry in the world! or at least in Maine), and this morning even went paddle boarding, something that you MUST try. 

So Sunday night, Leah and I went for a little date so she could finally experience her Maine dreams: a lobster. Let me tell you, that lobster dinner was not a walk in the park for this life-long vegetarian. Though I watched Leah eat the entire lobster, my fascination resulted in me losing my appetite for my entire dinner. Luckily for me, it came back when the topic of fresh blueberry soft serve came up. 

We have also made time for quite a few long walks, lots of reading (especially this book, which is turning out to be even better than expected!), and some long chats about the state of the world. 

(note: I have a lot of trouble taking pictures in the sun, hence the hat)

Just one of the many perfect sunsets. For serious. These sunsets have been some of the BEST I've ever seen.

Leah and I rockin' it out before our bike ride. We're pretty hard core. It's ok. You can be jealous. 

So for the rest of the week I will be doing my best to a) get things done while I have internet and b) relax before another hectic chapter of my life. Next Wednesday Leah and I will be moving out of our little studio that we've come to looove and, after a weekend at our respective family's homes, we will be moving into a substantially bigger house with our friends back at school to begin the new year! 

Happy Monday!