Saturday, July 28, 2007

What Good is Life if You can't Share it with Your Friends?

For the past month and a half (at least) I have been itching to get out of the city. New York is a great place and all, but it is nice to see grass, trees, clouds and stars every once in awhile. So just when I thought I was going to burst from being trapped in a world of cement a white knight came gallopping in upon his steed. Okay, well that might be a bit of an overstatement, but last week at the Shake Shack, when Courtnie leaned over to me and said,"Hey, want to go to Palmyra?" My whole being shouted "YES!" before she had even finished her question.

I have to take a moment to thank Courtnie to thank for this blessed event. If it wasn't for her starting up a conversation with a relative stranger this never would have happened!

So,Saturday morning at the crack of dawn we made our way down Wall St. and began our trip with a bang.


We weren't even two blocks down the road before I hit the pavement. Me, falling and shouting, "Don't stop! Turn around! Don't look at me! Keep walking!" while laughing hysterically pretty much set the tone for the rest of the trip.

After picking myself up off the ground and our car up from Penn Station NJ we hit the road.

Our first stop....

Burger King, Scranton PA!

After lunch we tried to take "The Office" tour of Scranton but we missed the bus.So we had to make our own tour. We found the old train station and Mifflin Ave.

We thought Dunder Mifflin had to be around there somewhere! :) But our search for The Office and the "Scranton Welcomes You" sign was to no avail.

We even stopped in a gas station thinking the citizens of Scranton could lead us in the right direction...we were wrong. No one had any clue what we were talking about. Apparently no one in Scranton watches The Office. I wonder if it is banned from the airwaves there...

From Scranton we made our way to Palmyra. We had a few hours to kill before the Pagent started so went to the Sacred Grove and the Palmyra temple. The peacefulness of these sites is like no where elses. Even in the midst of crowds the spirit can be felt there. It was so nice to take the time to wander and enjoy the beauty and the spirit of these sites.

Even after being at the Sacred Grove and the Temple for a couple of hours we still had time on our hands, so dinner was the next thing on the agenda. After driving around the thriving metroplolis of Palmyra/Manchester, New York we decided to place our bets on Buffalo Bills. It was good meal, fun times and I, I did my daddy proud! :)

The pagent was a very fun experience. There were definitely some very cool "special effects" but the best effects were the brilliant stars shining over head.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Catch up!

So I promised some posts a couple of weeks ago and I am just now living up to my word.

About a month ago I was a bit down, struggling to sort somethings out and not quite my normal happy self. But thankfully there were quite a few blessed events that helped pull me out of it and made my days brighter. The first was Target's Children's Day - a fun filled Saturday that culminated with a fantastic FIREWORK show at the South Street Seaport. That night, the thrill of seeing huge bursts of color in the sky was almost more than I could handle. I stood there, gazing in wonderment at the fantastic spectical giggling with joy, and thinking "can life get any better?"

It was especially great because I got to share the joy and joyness with my wonderful roommate Juleen!

The second great event, an adventurous trip to the Guggenheim, I also shared with Juleen. She and I got stuck walking up Fifth Ave in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. And really the highlight of the trip was sharing it with Juleen.

Third and lastly was spending a week touring around New York with my sister and her friend Heidi then spending a going week in Washington D.C. with my family

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Low Hi!

I have been terrible at blogging lately. I am fully aware of it. But anytime I go to blog I get this guilty feeling in my stomache, like I am wasting time, and turn to a book on William Merritt Chase instead.
So, in honor of things I am really bad at and thing I shouldn't be doing I am posting a fun little game my roommate Courtnie likes to play. Low High! But I am going to play it my way! Instead of giving one low and one high I am listing all my Lows and Highs for today.

High - waking to the sound of an intense rainstorm
High - eating McDonald's hotcakes in the middle of a rainstorm
High - reading Atlas Shrugged while eating hotcakes
Low - realizing my phone was missing
Low - searching for lost phone
High - phone call from Ashley Pinney with info about lost phone
High - getting my phone back
High - MapQuesting my upcoming trip to the Hill Cumorah!
Low - being unmotivated to work on my thesis
High - taking a hot shower in the middle of a rainy day