Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Downtown Funk

Do you ever get into a funk? Where you feel like a zombie. Do the exact same thing over and over again? Like really. Wake up. Brush teeth. Shampoo the same amount into you hair. Blow hair dry. Race out the door without eating breakfast. Drive the same way to work. Buy coffee to perk you up. Work. Work. Work. Come home. And sit. Sit. Sit. Sit. Sit? And somehow after work, at home, five hours have flown by and your laundry is still dirty, dishes are still in the sink and you go to bed to start all over again the next day.  Does this happen to everyone? One recent morning I woke up before the sunrise and took a little stroll. All I needed was a new perspective to snap the fuck out of it.

I am a member of the church of paying attention. However, I wasn't paying attention while in this downtown funk. I was letting the world pass me by. It could have been sea oat withdrawal from a recent time at the beach. In any case, I needed to do something new.

The cool part is that this wake up moment came during the time when the sun aligns itself in Hampden perfectly from east to west. The fall solstice. 

The trash truck was pulling up to The Charmery it was so early. I imagined the night prior, with lines out the door, laughter from little and big kids. If I had taken this shot in time I would have submitted it to the American Moment contest at the Phillips Collection. 

I grabbed a bagel and noticed the new chalk at Common Grounds. They had painted it the previous evening. Everything looked new and fresh to me.

Later that same week I caught the sun setting down 32nd street. It's a time when people make their pilgrimages, fast and write plans for the year in multiple religious denominations. I love how the church calendar was designed around the solar calendar. It's as if God is making things brighter to wake us up.

It's a very good time of year to realign yourself, and if needed, snap the fuck out of your funk. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

K+T Welcome Party

We ran into some of our favorite Baltimore friends in Philly on the way to the welcome party for Katie and Tony's wedding weekend (a thousand weeks ago...I've been busy). We spotted them a mile away from their way cool jackets.

The welcome gathering was at the Colonial Dames club in Philadelphia. I stole this photo from the Wedding Party App. I think it's Sandy's. (Again channeling Katie and her stealing of FB photos.)

Texas girls

It was a perfect night for an outdoor reception.

We were welcomed with yards of candy, sweets and macaroons. I did fill a bag with the strawberry chocolate dipped pretzels. Sounds awful but they were awfully good the morning after the wedding.

I've said it before, but I love that all of our friends are friends. Kevin and Carla were part of the reason we moved to Baltimore from DC 8 years ago.

Milkshakes were passed with tiny sugar cookies. Such a bad picture, but such a great passed item.

Vinnie, Michelle and Scott did a whole secret photo tour of the house that showed up on the App. I think this was taken in the ladies lounge. Laugh out loud hilarious.

Linda and I admired the flowers. You can see her in the mirror if you look really closely.

Toby wanted to make sure our George was photographed with George George.

Three-chins-in fun!

The after party was at some place called the Black Sheep Irish Pub. Scott had a custom jacket on with little sheep on the inside. When I told the owner he said, straight faced and dull as dirt, "Neat." Despite the bland response, the place worked out perfectly for 50 friends to descend on, all at once. There was an upstairs bar and we took over the joint.

Linda selfie. I am now blind and need glasses all day because I can't see my food or my phone without them. I love my glasses but never imagined needing them. Thank you over 40.

We didn't go that crazy, knowing we had a big fun day ahead of us.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bridal Luncheon & Toast to Lifelong Friends

E and I drove up to Philly in time for a drop off at the Art Alliance to have lunch with the bride and her dear friends over the wedding weekend (many weeks ago, I know). They hosted it at La Cherie, a Georges Perrier restaurant. 

I'm a bit of a freak for chandeliers and there were so many to love at the art space.

We walked through the restaurant to get to a private room in the back behind the curtain.

Linda, Katie's incredible mother (and clone), and Katie hosted the luncheon.

The invite.

Linda is a talented paper artist. She made all of the guests monogrammed note cards as a gift.

We mingled and hugged while wine was passed. We were watermelon sisters.

Linenless tables are all the rage. I just love this trend in entertaining.

The flowers were in a great cork container. Such a cool texture contrast with the flowers.

Lucia told everyone about the Wedding Party App. What a fun, private way to share photos. We all signed up and Tony's sister-in-law and I jokingly said we were bridesmaids. She only had her brothers in the wedding. Smartest friend I know to take the drama out of potential bridesmaid issues.

If you haven't begun to watch the Chef's Table series on Netflix, get ye to the sofa and start binge-ing. I choose the ravioli after dreaming of hand rolled pasta for days. 

The Salade Lyonnaise was another first course choice.

There were emotional words shared and a few tears.

The crab cake was ordered by most of my table. I had a glorious halibut.

The flower girl and Katie's gorgeous SIL.

The ring bearer.

The happy couple. Tony also got the watermelon memo.

Texas girls.

Thank you Linda and Katie for such a gorgeous luncheon.

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