photo by Livia Meneghin

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Welcome to my blog. I'm spending a year capturing happiness, and I invite you to come along as I journey toward a more joyful living. I also write about travel, food, and matters of the spirit. Hope you enjoy!

Catching Up

Catching Up

Sundays are a great day to catch up with friends.

Today, I was able to catch up with my friend Jen after weeks of trying to find a time when we were both in town / without other obligations / not sick. We planned this date at least two weeks ago, and I'm so happy to say we FINALLY got to hang out. 

The Jens

The Jens

Jen and I met at the gym, when I was teaching Step aerobics and had jokingly-not-jokingly announced to the class I needed to make friends to go to the beach with me. Jen came up afterwards and said she loved the beach and we should totally go sometime, and thus a friendship was born. Only after that did we realize we'd been working in the same office building together for five months--and we were in the same department. (She even runs the stats for the research project that I collect data for.) I think that says something about the cubicle culture...but nevertheless, my first beach trip of 2014 was with Jen, and we've been great friends ever since. 

Round One

Round One

Today we decided to check out Newport Vineyards, which is a bit of a misnomer because it's not in Newport, but in Middletown, RI. I'd never been, and Jen's last experience there had been for yoga, so we were excited to do a wine tasting. It wasn't quite what I expected.

First of all, the space is huge. There is a big square bar in the middle of an even bigger square of space. Concrete floors, brightly finished wood-paneled walls. And we were lucky to find a spot around the perimeter of the bar. I remember the first time in an hour when I turned around to view the room (I'd been angled toward Jen and looking at the back wall): the entire cavernous abyss had flooded with long tables full of people. "When did all of these people get here?" I wondered aloud. I think that just goes to show how easily I got caught up in, well, catching up.

It was SO GREAT to have such unadulterated time to tell stories and fill in all the gaps we've missed in the last couple of months. Nurturing friendships is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon, and the wine just happened to be a nice bonus. :)

So, cheers to another three (and many more) years, Jen!

Cheers! And kudos to our great photographer and bartender, Brendan

Cheers! And kudos to our great photographer and bartender, Brendan

Cooking

Cooking

Conversation and Brunch

Conversation and Brunch