I’m a bit behind in blogging right now, so thank you for checking back and bearing with me. I did try to blog with my iPad when I was stuck in my hotel room, but couldn’t get on. So what did you do for the end of the summer? For the first time in many years, I took a two-week vacation from work and went on vacation the end of August. I actually packed a suitcase and got on a plane this time. The week I was gone both an earthquake hit the East Coast and then Hurricane Irene. You could say I picked a good week to be away but then I then got stuck in Phoenix for an extra three days due to Hurricane Irene.
I can hear you asking, what was I doing in Phoenix in August with temperatures of 115 degrees and a cool 90 degrees at 9 p.m. at night? Several months ago, two of my friends from my monthly crop group and I decided to go to Creative Escapes 2011, since this was going to be the last one. I couldn’t believe it was in Phoenix in August, where it averaged 100+ a day that month, but we were so excited to go. I will be sharing some of the inspiration that I got at the workshop in future posts.
Before heading to Phoenix though, I went to California to visit my father. It had been several years since I’ve been back to Pasadena and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Gave me pause, to think. Hmm, cold, freezing winters with piles of snow and hot, humid summers or the warm, sunny skies of California. Food for thought, if I was ever to decide to leave New England (given I’ve been here for 25 years, it’s not likely I will). I was only there for a couple of days and wished I could have stayed a little longer, but it was nice to visit with my dad and a chance to catch up. I also went to lunch one day with my mother’s really good friend and her daughter.
While in Pasadena, I was able to have brunch with two of my high school classmates that I had reconnected via Facebook over the last year or two. It was so much fun to see them and catch up on the last 20 plus years of our lives. We had brunch at Green Street Restaurant in Pasadena and then did a little shopping in Old Town Pasadena. I was staying with my dad, and he made dinner that night, a nice way to end a Sunday.
While there, I stopped by and saw the house were my family lived for over 10 years and it had changed or maybe I had changed? I think it was a bit of both. I drove by my old high school, which ironically, is around the corner from where my father lives now. It too had changed from when I went there years ago. So, when was the last time you went on a vacation or trip and gone down memory lane? Are things the way you remember them or not? I think that as we get older, memories mellow and you feel a bit more nostalgic, don’t you agree?
Okay, so that’s part one of my vacation. Stay tuned for part two this week.
Fun stuff going on with A Muse Studio right now as well. A Muse A Palooza is in full swing right now through the end of September. More fun, inspiration on that later this week and please come back on Saturday when I’ll be participating in an inspiring Inky Fingers team a muse | studio fall blog hop with lots of fall inspiration. In the meantime, please feel free to visit my A Muse Studio web site for inspiration and to order. Feel free to contact me with any questions or information.
Remember, do something creative this week.