BAR NIBBLES.

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Silly me! I didn’t mention what I ate over the weekend. Well, I started the weekend with an I’m-going-to-stay-home-and-read-and-clean attitude because I was away last weekend in the city that never sleeps and I’m trying to finish The Goldfinch, but ended up going out both nights in Burlington. The nights started out with I’m-just-going-to-drink-water but ended with cheese platters, fries with ketchup (very important!), wine, and whiskey. HA! Peer pressure. And I had the absolute best of intentions. Alas, that cheese plate had one of my new favorites: Spring Brook Farm’s Tarentaise Vermont Alpine Cheese! I highly highly highly recommend it.

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MY FIRST BIKE RIDE OF 2014!

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This weekend I got my bike out and went on my first bike ride of 2014. FELT SO GOOD! I biked down to Burlington’s waterfront, which was packed with people enjoying the sunny afternoon, and then went to a 90-min yoga flow class, before biking back home. Later that night I ate chocolate chip cookies and watched The Little Mermaid with friends. I haven’t seen that Disney flick in forever and the music is too cute in it. But we realized that all the Disney movie characters have the biggest eyes, and last night we found this Buzzfeed article “If Disney Princesses Had Normal-Sized Eyes.” HILARIOUS.

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PIZZA BUNK BEDS!

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I was out at Barrio Bakery in Burlington tonight for pizza with friends, and the singer-songwriter who was performing called the stands “pizza bunk beds”! I cracked up and snapped a picture. I also like the shape (logs?) of the pizzas at Barrio. And I never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting pizza’d out. I’ve eaten it for THREE other meals this week AND I’m having it tomorrow for a student lunch. Yikes.

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JAZZ FEST WEEKEND: 15 highlights from Louisiana!

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It took forever to fly down there and I forgot my headphones, but I had the 800-page Goldfinch to keep me company. I’m only about a quarter of the way through it. (I found 60 percent off Bose noise-canceling headphones at Target in Baton Rouge for the flight home….mind blown….I love them! So I listened to music – Arcade Fire – instead of reading all the way home.) The beginning is so good, yet so sad though. Be forewarned.

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Per usual, Louisiana did not disappoint in terms of good times, good friends, good food, good weather, and good music. I’m going to attempt (hopefully, but unlikely….) to get up in a few hours for sunrise yoga, but wanted to share some highlights from my AMAZING weekend.

1. I flew into Baton Rouge and got to immediately see Laney and BABY ALICE for the first time! She’s 4-months old and such a peach, like a real life Cabbage Patch doll!

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2. Then we headed to New Orleans for the weekend for Jazz Fest. I was reunited with my favorite balcony ever. I could come to New Orleans and just sit here all week!

Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
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3. Arcade Fire – LIVE – incredible. That band was on my concert bucket list and did NOT disappoint. We also saw Bruce Springsteen on Saturday night, but we were so far away that the sound wasn’t great.

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Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014

4. The Gospel, Jazz and Blues tents at Jazz Fest. Totally awe-inspiring.

Jazz Fest 2014

5. Jazz Fest food did not disappoint. I tried crawfish monica, crawfish strudel, crawfish bread, chocolate ice cream, and rose mint tea. Mmmm!

Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014

6. Cute and funky Jazz Fest neighborhood photo booth signs.

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7. Angelo Brocatto. I love this little place in the French Quarter. We’d pick up almond croissants and coffee in the morning, but they also make the cutest pastries.

Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014

8. Bacchanal, essentially a backyard turned wine and music venue.

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(Although, I don’t recommend trying to use self-tanner post wine & cheese! Ooof!)

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9. The Green Goddess. Tiny, funky restaurant tucked in an alley with fabulous food.

Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Citrus salad with candied pecans.

Jazz Fest 2014
Excuse the crazy brightness – we were sitting outside soaking up the rays. Acadian Country Breakfast! Two sweet potato biscuits stuffed with pan fried boudin patties served with a side of truffle grits, house made pepper jelly and Steen’s cane syrup.

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Brandied apple compote and chèvre stuffed inside a Dong Phuong roll topped with bruléed red wine sugar, served with a red wine syrup.

10. Real street musicians.

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11. Sleeping cats in store windows.

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12. New Orleans city views.

Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014
Jazz Fest 2014

13. Blue skies, no clouds. Yes, please.

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14. Bikes! Everyone cycles around the city.

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15. Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain. Laney and I both tried out Lovesick and it stayed on at festivals and all day flights. A keeper!

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Great weekend –> can’t wait to plan my next trip down South:)

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SUNSHINE HERE I COME.

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So happy:)

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APRIL IN VERMONT.

Extreme snowshoeing.❄️⛄️
Snow wall meets ☀️
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“One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in.”

-Thoreau

I feel the same about living up in Vermont. I remember reading Walden in college, but it didn’t make quite as much sense  – I didn’t “get it” – until I moved to the Northeast, where things are really frozen for months and months. I happen to call this season The Slow Melt. I get impatient with it at times, but it’s finally happening and so exciting to witness.

Unlike Thoreau, my journal is Instagram (woo!). Which, dear readers, let’s ponder: if Thoreau embraced an iPhone in the woods, would he be like the sh*t on Instagram? I think it could be a real possibility. He’d probably be the guy with 30K followers taking the same photo at the same time for a year or something crazy like that…

P.S. I am still eagerly awaiting wildflowers.

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A BAKE-OFF WEEKEND: On a sugar high.

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On Friday, some students organized a bake-off in the building. There were TABLES of desserts. I made Kate’s cookies, and despite my flashy sign and cool cake-stand display, I shockingly (ha!) did not win, but it was a lot of fun. A lemon brownie took the prize for best baked good, but I was on a sugar high for the rest of the weekend.

Otherwise, my weekend was pretty low-key. It’s the last official weekend of the semester before finals, and I helped out with a student event on Saturday. I got henna for the first time! Very cool. It’s made me slightly obsessed with looking at my left hand.

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On Sunday, I did some laundry, a bit of yoga, and then had a London Pre-Trip meeting with my students. We’re going for two-weeks at the end of July, but wanted to touch base before everyone left for the summer. I’m verrrrrrry excited to get to see London, aka my favorite city on the planet, again. I should reread my Jane Austen books, but instead, I plowed through a library version of this cheesy, yet entertaining historical romance book set in London.

What else? Oh, I’m headed to New Orleans, my second favorite city, at the end of the week to visit friends and check out Jazz Fest. I’ve been playing a lot of Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen in anticipation, and I’ve been trying to start packing. I think it might be warm but rainy….dresses and rain boots?

 

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