After spending a summer in Harriman State Park, I’ve gotta say, the area is wrongly overlooked. Far more accessible than the Catskills or the Adirondacks, Harriman and the surrounding areas boast comparable hikes and views only an hour outside of New York City. Within and nearby the park there are ample options for all sorts of lodging and activities, from upscale resorts and skiing to backcountry camping and swimming. The Appalachian Trail runs through the park, providing plenty of opportunities to hop on it for a day hike or just leave behind some trail magic for thru-hikers. Driving through the area gives you a taste of the gorgeous views and scenery that populate the region and shows you that you’re never very far from natural splendor around here.
So it’s been a while!
One of the perks of going to school on Long Island is the proximity to New York City. Since September, I’ve gotten a (loose) grasp on public transportation and can get from school to train to city pretty easily. I even took on buses last semester to visit a friend in New Jersey.
Last weekend, that same friend and I met up in the city and had such a great day that I can’t shut up about it.
I recently listened to an episode of The Healthy Maven podcast that featured Pheobe Lapine. To find balance in life with an autoimmune disease, Pheobe committed herself to what she called The Wellness project. She spent each month of a year focused on a different aspect of wellness. For example, she spent January without alcohol, caffeine, or sugar, May concentrating on the health of her posture and back, and September focused on sleep.
I got to read so much more this summer than I have in the past few years, and it’s been glorious. I feel like I’m constantly learning when I read every day. Thought provoking phrases and ideas have appeared in both the fiction and non-fiction I’ve tackled, so here are the notes I made.
I take back what I said in tenth-grade chemistry: I don’t hate science.
I hate chemistry class and the feeling of being so far behind I’d never catch up and the pages and pages of equations.
But not science. Science is really cool.
So it is with a respectful nod to science that I present to you my experience making geodes.
A few years of trying out Pinterest recipes has left me with a) a few tried-and-true favorites, and b) some “interesting” cooking stories. Here are my flops and favorites, so that you can bypass the more questionable ones and enjoy the best.
Today I take on another long-time Pinterest project: Wire floral crowns, complete with suspended nail polish coloring.
I wasn’t going to buy the woodburner. Really, I wasn’t.
I’ve seen tutorials for projects like this all over Pinterest for years, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. I love the simplicity of the process and the gorgeous finished product.