Without any further rambling, here is this week’s addition of Friday Gratitude, which I’m sort of stretching into what’s good, what’s positive, what’s noteworthy. You get the gist.
Friday Gratitude: What’s Good This Week
1. Andy’s Ice Boat Photography! Yesterday, Andy headed to the other side of the Hudson River to Red Hook to see these historic ice boats up close. Ice yachting is an old sport that’s been getting a bit of local attention recently, since the conditions have been perfect on the river. Such a crazy thing to walk across the Hudson! And these yachts are so unique, and the light was gorgeous yesterday, and honestly, these photos speak for themselves.2. Books on CD. Am I stuck in the 90’s? I don’t have an e-reader, although I’m certainly not against them. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, but lately I have been borrowing books on CD from the library and it’s such an easy way to ‘read’ while I’m driving all over Ulster County several times a week. Two I finished recently are Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island (funny, and especially enjoyable to listen to with Andy) and Alice Munro’s Dear Life: Stories (my first by her, must read more!), and right now I’m wrapped up in the lives of JFK Jr and Carolyn Bissette Kennedy as told by his assistant in Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss by RoseMarie Terenzio. 3. Movies. You know when you watch a film and you get that fantastic combination of impeccable acting, nostalgia, sweetness, and humor? That’s what Saving Mr. Banks was for me. Emma Thompson may not be as widely revered or as much of a ‘celebrity’ as Meryl Streep, but she has the ability to turn herself into a character just as well. I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did watching this. Plus, it’s the story behind Mary Poppins. Automatic win for me! Have you seen any great films lately? 4. Gabrielle Blair, AKA Design Mom, wrote a great post opening up about her experience with mental illness. I’d been looking forward to this one for a while, since she mentioned that she was having trouble adjusting to a big move over the summer. I love how she handles so many topics with open-mindedness, sincerity, and genuine interest. She has a way of responding to her readers with grace and diplomacy, and I knew her post about mental health would be no different. She joins the list of bloggers that have opened up about depression after I started following them, which just goes to show I must have found these people for a reason. Thank you, Gabrielle! 5. Women’s Travel Fest!! I will have a full report next week, but suffice it to say I am hugely excited to attend this event tomorrow in NYC. I will be surrounded by women in the travel industry, travel bloggers, and hundreds of other women who love travel as much as I do. Plus, the event space is stunning. Hurray for doing something that feeds my soul!
Your turn, friends! What’s going on for you right now? What are you grateful for, what are you excited about, what plans could you make in order to turn things around if you’re not feeling so great?
[P.S. As stated above, all photos in this post are courtesy of my husband, Andy Milford. If you are interested in any of these photos or would like to see more, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and or visit the ice boat Facebook album here.]
I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls. –Anais Nin