100 Happy Days

I don’t remember where or how I first came across the 100 Happy Days hashtag, but whatever I saw had me intrigued enough to look into it and discover the site behind it. I had been planning to do some kind of “photo a day” project over the winter, and coming across 100 Happy days mid-January fit perfectly…so I dove in. I ended up with 96 photos, two videos, and two days missed. Honestly, I’m shocked that I only missed two days!!

If we’re friends on Instagram you’ve already seen these over the last few months. For the rest of you (or if you want to see them as a collection/in order) I pulled the photos into an album on Flickr so head over there to see all of my 100 Happy Days in the same place, and check out some of my favorites below!

 

100 Happy Days Snapshot

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

(Kind of like my occasional Currently posts)

Can’t stop won’t stop…

…watching The Good Wife. Three seasons down in about a month? Great cold weather binge watching!

…listening to Frank Turner. This is the song that he opened his show with when we saw him at House of Blues a few weeks ago, and it’s been in my head ever since. If you have ~15 minutes, watch his NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (and enjoy those dimples).  The song below might be my fav of his (and was included in the London Olympics opening ceremony).

…reading the Divergent series. I’ve had this series on my “read those!” list for a long time now, but seeing the trailer for the first movie before Catching Fire prompted me to do so STAT. I have been reading in every free moment since (well…every free moment that isn’t taken up by Good Wife, haha).

…eating mac and cheese (specifically: Annie’s shells & white cheddar). At least once a week. Usually the entire box by myself (don’t judge), but occasionally I share with Pete. Sometimes I throw in frozen peas, because adding veggies makes it healthy.

…plotting and planning for 2014. This year has flown past and been so awesome and so not awesome in so many different ways. I’m excited to see what next year will bring, and finding it harder than usual to enjoy the good stuff that’s happening right now instead of thinking about the next thing.

…looking forward to my upcoming vacation (and Christmas and New Years)! T-minus 6 days until I fly to Virginia, and Boss Lady flat out told me to take an extra two days off instead of bringing my computer with me to work remotely (have I ever mentioned that I have a great Boss Lady?). I can’t wait to hug a whole bunch of my favorite people!

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Fall 2013, Number 2: The City of Sisterly Love

That’s what they call it, right? The City of Sisterly Love?

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So the goal, as it relates to my Fall To Do List, was to “Spend an awesome weekend in Philly with my sisters” and I think it’s safe to say that I crushed this goal. 

Because I’ve put off blogging about this long enough, I’m going to stick with the “things I don’t want to forget” format I’ve been falling back on for recent travels (see here and here) while pointing you to my photos over here. Without further ado, here’s my list:

– Free sangria upon arriving in the hotel lobby? Don’t mind if I do!

– We ate really well! Dinners at Alma de Cuba and The Dandelion, lunch from Melt Kraft in the Reading Terminal Market, brunch at Schlesingers.

– On Saturday morning I was wide awake at the usual hour but Emily and Jennifer, without children to wake them, slept in. I ended up catching the tail end of the sunrise from our hotel balcony, then heading out for a walk to get Starbucks and explore the neighborhood. Much to my surprise, there were streams of 3 Day walkers passing by when I walked out of the hotel! I gave high fives, told them they were awesome, and chatted with a few walkers that I bumped into at Starbucks. It brought back a lot of awesome memories (you can read about those here if you have the desire…and a lot of free time)!

– Oh, Reading Terminal Market! You get me every time with your delicious food and overwhelming amounts of…everything.

– Saturday night we were up way past my bedtime. I ended up overtired and having giggle fits while trying to fall asleep. Obviously it was Emily and Jennifer’s fault, so I made sure they knew that I didn’t appreciate them keeping me up so late…and sympathizing with how their children feel when they are driven to overtired-ness.

– On Sunday morning I had a long run (seven miles) to get in. Luckily, one of my running peeps went to school in Philly and was quick to give me an easy running route, which also happened to be scenic. First mile: Museum Mile, culminating at the Rocky Statue and Stairs! Follow that with 6 miles out and back along the river whose name no one can properly pronounce, complete with great views of Boathouse Row. Also views of some wildlife (I think it was a groundhog), people on elliptical bike contraptions, and a team of rollerbladers skating blading in formation like Olympic speed skaters.

I think Sister Weekend in Philly needs to become an annual affair.

(Almost) Seventy

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What do you do for someone who is turning seventy and has everything he wants? You tell him that one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, one daughter, one son-in-law, two granddaughters, and one grandson are coming to visit. And then when you show up, there are actually three daughters, three granddaughters, two son-in-laws (sons-in-law?), one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, one son, and one grandson. Plus some fancy Scotch, a delicious homemade olive oil and grapefruit cake, and tasty Italian pastries.

Thanks for being born, Dad, and thanks for being an amazing person and a great father!

Claire

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This is one of my favorite pictures from this vacation.