Last weekend, I went upstate to help my parents start the process of cleaning out the "house upstate," a ski house that my dad bought with a friend in the 70s, and which we stopped visiting in 1991. Needless to say, it's a real mess: graffiti on the walls, broken windows, junk strewn about floors that are collapsing. It needs a lot of work before they can sell it, and we started that work, in the tiniest way, by bagging up some of the garbage on Saturday. We'll see what happens from here. It could be a long process.
After a few hours of hard work, we decided to call it a day, and grabbed sandwiches at a local deli to enjoy while we took in the view from a pullover. It was pretty spectacular view, even though the day was a bit hazy. It's a beautiful part of New York.
We stopped for cider donuts on the way home. The whole trip was a nice way to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall.
On Sunday, Roger and I headed to New Jersey to celebrate the wedding of my friends and former co-workers, Christina and Jason. They had the wedding at The Ryland Inn, a beautiful restaurant and event space in Whitehouse Station.
It was a beautiful wedding. The ceremony was so "Christina and Jason," with plenty of funny moments (I think they must have high-fived about twenty times!) and even more moments filled with real love and affection. Their rabbi was a blast (I seriously want to be her friend now) and everyone was so happy to be there.
The food was SO good - from the pork belly and applesauce skewers right down to their red velvet wedding cake, and Christina kept telling everyone to eat more as she came around from table to table. (And anyone who knows Christina knows she's a true Italian food pusher!) The band was fantastic, and played tons of great dance music, from oldies to new hits. We had a blast dancing and celebrating, and it was
wonderful to spend some of the evening relaxing outside and catching up
with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for this awesome couple, from the sunny afternoon ceremony right until the cool evening as we all said goodbye.
Congratulations on your
marriage, Christina and Jason, and thank you for letting us share in the celebration with you! Enjoy your honeymoon in Hawaii!