Our home teachers made us dinner last night, and guys, the whole evening was a riot. Suffice it to say that Courtney's youth in Wyoming is absolutely nothing like mine in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. And Leah's grandfather? Absolutely nuts, and in the absolutely best possible way. A giant shout out to Marc for cooking everything from scratch, including a separate dairy-free dinner just for me.
How darling is that apron? I think it's Eve's, and maybe I wore it as a giant bib while eating.
Loving the new J.Crew location in GTown. It's just a block up from where it used to be, but now the men's shop is a more distinct room. Looks like we know where I'll be going to pick up some hottiezzzz.
I knew it would be a boy and I'm betting that one of his four names will be Spencer. Just you watch. When I'm right, I win a prize from all of you. (Update: I wrote this last night before he had been named, thinking I'd have up to a month--side eye Queen Elizabeth. Oh well!)
Stephanie and I celebrated by eating at a French cafe (Paul)! Nothing can quite compare to those Anglo-Franco relations. At the very least we did have English candy!
We're going to ignore how jealous I am that Saj shares a birthday with the new Royal He-ness (saw that on the metro newspaper, how I wish I had made it up), and instead talk about how wonderful she is!
Saj and I have been mates since Cambridge, and she's been teaching me about being yourself and not caring what others think and being smart and hysterical ever since. Meanwhile, I've been trying to teach her that going for a 2-hour run in 90 degree heat is, like, just not ok.
And if you know Saj, then you know that that sailboat shirt she's wearing is *!$@#^* perfect.
I don't know if she actually sails, but she does do some things like a sailor.
I am confident, but I am not invincible. I am not a stranger to feelings of inadequacy and doubt.
Everyone I associate with is incredible. I can say, with perhaps a little too much sincerity, that I am obsessed with my friends and acquaintances. How could I not be? They are all attractive, poised, successful, funny, intelligent, wise, composed, and so much more. I know that they are not perfect, but to me it's so easy to see the beautiful good in them all. There are moments here and there where I look around me, and all I see is what I'm not. Moments where I feel that I am not as physically, emotionally, or spiritually developed as my peers. I had an epiphany this week. These wonderful, wonderful people are my friends. And if all 200+ of them are this polished, chances are that I'm not just this random person who doesn't belong. Logic tells me that I have to be more like those around me than I realize. Most of the time I see that. I believe it and I live it. But other times, that's hard for me to see and to feel. This epiphany helps. I trust in the love I feel from these people, these friends of mine.
I've worked really hard to develop confidence. I'd venture so far as to say it might be the hardest thing I've ever worked at. Nothing gives me greater joy than helping others to develop a deep, residing love of self. This is where I'd love to get your advice. What are some things that you do for others or that others have done for you to help you to discover self-worth and confidence? Let's make the world a better place.
/via/ And yes, this epiphany came while I was getting a pedicure, so basically now I have the perfect excuse to go get my nails did whenever I want.
Just writing the title of this post made me feel sooooo coool!!
If you're ever in Shenandoah, go to that one trailhead that Trent knows about, hike down exactly 2 or 3 miles, and on your left you will find these natural rock water slides. If you're like me and were thinking "sliding on rocks sounds like it could be painful," let me reassure you that it's only painful that one time you go down in a train and you get a sliding start on dry rock. So yeah, it might be time to retire that bathing suit soon. The whole experience was perfect.
And for good measure, here we are looking all fierce at some overlook pre-sliding
So, camping was amazing. Those natural water slides were incredible. We ate a delicioushome-cookin' dinner. The trip could not get any better. Ok, so I wasn't feeling super well (dehydration+pms = nausea and headache), but that's just a minor detail.
At 6:00, just as we were hitting the halfway mark back home (80 miles outside of D.C.), my.car.started.smoking. Adam pulled the car over, and surmised that the radiator fluid was leaking (I thought my car was bleeding, but apparently that's not like a thing). All the car rental places were closed, and I was not going to have the car towed all the way back to D.C. Our phone batteries were all well under 10%. After many phone calls, Brad was the one who was able to come get us. As in he got dropped off, then hopped in his car to drive the hour and a half back to come get us from the side of Route 29 in Culpeper, VA. What a stud.
The next 3 hours were quality. We partied on the side of the highway. We hung the hammock up under the road sign and relaxed. We sat on the tarp on the hill and enjoyed a lightening storm on our right (D.C. side) and a fireworks show on our left (VA side). Amazing. And in the end, we were safe and we were saved. Thank you, Brad!
And maybe we were all like super in the spotlight at church on Sunday, which is obviously my favourite thing.
Guys, this weekend. I will definitely not forget it. Especially Saturday. There was lots of fun and adventure.
We camped on Friday night. The Boy Scouts next door weren't too happy to be next to several 20-somethings, and informed us that the bridge was the barrier. So we stayed up late and reveled in the fire we were actually able to start (better luck next time with that flint).
Thanks, ma and pa, for giving me tents. And also to Trent for the tent he brought.
Saturday we went into Shenandoah. Guyyyyyssss Skyline Driiive. Can we even talk about how gorgeous it is? Because it is so so beautiful. I die.
^Last time I was behind the wheel...
Our car met up with the other car again at a beautiful overlook.
^We took this while, unbeknownst to us, a group shot was also being taken. Can't wait to see that evidence of my vanity!
Ah, these were simpler times. Before the natural water slide (photos coming...). Before that amazing diner dinner. Before our adventure on the side of US29. Just wait. You'll see.