They sent me to Binghamton

I've always wanted to be on the east coast, and the universe responded…by sending me to Binghamton, NY. Oh you've never heard of it? Neither had I, but I do so love adventures and that's how I choose to view this. Let the adventures begin!

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When the leaves start to bud…

… you clean your patio set and enjoy the sunshine!


Then you take out your spring clothes and sashay around in them with gusto!


And then you let the kitties out to soak in the sunshine!


This is my second spring here in the Northeast and it still amazes me how one day the trees are bare and the next the leaves are budding. You really cannot take the weather for granted around here. Not to say it was always sunny days and blue skies in California but the good definitely outweighs the bad when it comes to weather over there, and until you experience otherwise you don’t realize how easy it is to take it for granted. For instance, Facebook so kindly brought up a post I had made a few years back where I said something along the lines of, “California has such moody weather. One day it’s sunny and the next it’s all rainy.” I wanted to smack my past self in the back of the head. Moody? Please. Last weekend I was soaking up the sun in a bikini but the weekend before that it snowed. Now THAT’S moody.

In any case, I will continue celebrating this beautiful weather by eating ice cream. That and reading up on Spain because I’m leaving for Madrid, Barcelona, and possibly Toledo in a few days. Woohoo!


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A walk amongst the cherry blossoms

I was surprised to find that I had Good Friday off and so me being the adventure-loving person that I am, I decided to take advantage of this unexpected 3 day weekend and visit some friends in Washington D.C. It turns out my timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Cherry blossoms usually don’t bloom until April but since DC knew I was coming, the cherry blossom trees decided to bloom early this year. Just for me. 😉


Surrounded by beauty, I couldn’t help but pose amongst the beautiful cherry blossom trees while the wind gently blew through my hair.


It was also a delightfully sunny day, something I totally took for granted when I lived in California but have since learned to love and appreciate.


Other adventures of that weekend included a visit to the Smithsonian Space and Air Museum,


eating and shopping at the Eastern Market,


and my favorite part, trying to find the entrance to this Speak Easy bar that I will not name, not because there’s a specific rule to only spread by word of mouth, but because my memory sucks and I can’t remember what it’s called. My friend knew where the entrance was so she made me look for it. She was pretty good about not giving me any hints, until I asked her if the entrance was through a dark alley. Apparently risking our safety for a little bit of fun at my expense was where she drew the line.



It turns out there was a really cool bar behind that unassuming looking door. It was a cozy bar with low lighting and was surprisingly quiet, as in we didn’t have to shout to have a conversation. We ordered fancy drinks, caught up on each other’s lives, and played the “I wonder where we’ll be in one year” game (only one year as opposed to five because I can’t even think beyond a year anymore lol).

It was a wonderful trip, especially because I was able to catch up with two friends who I haven’t seen in at least four years, if not more. I am not bffs with either of these two friends but we do have the type of friendship where we could go years without seeing each other and pick up right where we left off. I’m glad I was finally able to see them now that I am also on the east coast.

Well, DC, it’s been fun. Until next time!