Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Things have been busy. I have been slowly sorting and selling a bunch of our stuff. Our time in Burlington has been dwindling and there is so much to do! Traveled to Boston Sunday night, bought a roof rack for the car, and the M had a meeting in Manchester, NH the next day. I drove up back to VT in the van with Mom. It was fun and great to catch-up with her. Yesterday we went to M's company dinner at the Icehouse. It was a good time, we as good as that type of thing can go. :-)

This weekend the cousins are coming to Burlington for a few days. I'm borrowing mom's minivan and picking everyone up Friday afternoon. It is going to be nuts! There is a lot going on in the area so there will be many choices. Hopefully they won't mind all crowding in the living room! I'm hoping that it will be nice enough to go for a swim, tubing, or a hike.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

R.I.P. Nick

An amazing man with inspiring energy and heart.

Friday, June 6, 2008

NYC 08

Hit up NYC for a few days. Went by bus from Boston to NYC early in the am. We stayed at this funky hotel in Manhatten called The Pod. That day we went to see the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Awesome time and we barely made it in since there were so many people in line. Jon Stewart is hilarious and I was laughing the entire time. The guests were Scott McClellan (former Bush Press Secretary) and B-52s' Fred Schneider!

Besides that we did a ton of touristy stuff like visiting the Met:

On the rooftop there were some big, bright, and shiny sculptures by artist Jeff Koons:

We did a bunch of other things like walking through the city and spending time in central park. We also ate the biggest sandwich I have ever seen from the Carnegie Deli. Oh man, there was so much brisket on two tiny slices of bread. We had to eat it with a fork!

Cal and Steph came out with us one night for dinner and drinks at an Irish Pub. The trip was really fun and I am still in awe of the city!

p.s. We ate some really yummy cuban corn:

Had ILEHP graduation on May 29, 2008. It was a great day and Matt came at the end for the actual graduation celebration. The trainees also made up little 'role-cards' for each faculty member which were meant to be a funny play on the traditional ILEHP meeting roles. It was fun and I think everyone enjoyed the laugh! It was also an emotional day for me especially since this year started as such a challenge and became so rewarding throughout the months. Marty gave me a beautiful wine stopper with a river rock top and a silver bottom with a little engraved swirl. I love it! Also, they gave each trainee a notebook with cards, quotes, and well wishes from each of the faculty members. I will cherish this forever and I am still reading the pages!