Monday, September 28, 2015

TWTW - the one where vacation ended

Friday we drug our tired asses around Jackson Hole to close out our fifth anniversary vacation. We did a little shopping, ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant (Merry Piglets) owned by a woman from Philly, and had our last huckleberry ice cream of the trip at Moo's Gourmet Ice Cream. After this vacation, I am obsessed with huckleberry. Jackson is a picturesque little town - as you can see below, even their utility stuff is pretty.We also encountered Ben Franklin outside of a gallery. Our anniversary dinner was a convenience store feast in a hotel room that my stomach is still recovering from - too tired to go out. First world problems.
A very nice send off from Jackson Hole at the crack of dawn Saturday and awesome skies on the way to Denver. 
We got home at 5 and immediately visited Wawa and DD before settling in on the couches with the dogs and the Pope on TV.
Sunday morning I dropped the Pope posse at the train station then did back to reality things like grocery shopping and $5.50 flower procuring. Produce Junction, ladies. Get some. 
I did a little food prep: scrambled eggs with spinach/green onion/cheese for breakfasts; and quinoa with yellow Campari tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and green onion for lunches. Dinners are baked Parmesan garlic wings with roasted baby bliss potatoes and steamed cauliflower and grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and rice. I just didn't have it in me to do them Sunday. I missed cooking and home cooked food. 
I went to a surprise 60th wedding anniversary lunch for my grandparents at Lamberti's Cucina in Feasterville. You can't go wrong with clams in white sauce. 
I meant to do more when I got home but I am not feeling well so I took a two hour nap and watched the Pope. Later I picked my Pope posse back up and Debbie, MFD and I ate pizza and naughty things at 9:30. MFD was over the moon to be in the presence of the Pope, his Mass pass and medals are below.
I am not a religious person but I absolutely love Pope Francis. He doesn't only speak about love and kindness, he embodies them. I cried four times on Saturday watching him walk the walk. I hope we all catch his kindness and spread it like wildfire. If you have the opportunity to help someone, just do it instead of convincing yourself of why you shouldn't. I'm proud of my city for hosting this wonderful event. Well done, Philly. 

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Easing back in today as my company is working from home while Philly cleans up from the Pope's visit. I'll be sharing some posts about our trip in the upcoming weeks, broken down by national park, amid other normal posts.

I love to travel, but I'm happy to be home. Just waiting anxiously on the arrival of my niece or nephew now! Come on baby! 

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending

32 comments:

  1. So glad you had a great time. I am sure the pups are glad to have you back. I forgot what it was like to meal prep but it makes the week so much easier. Jealous you are working from home, hope you feel better.

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  2. I always have a hard time entering reality again after vacay. Hope you feel better soon!

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  3. I loved following your trip on IG. Your photos were fabulous. You visited an area of the country I have been wanting to visit my whole life. It's on our road trip itinerary. Thanks so much for the preview! :-D

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  4. I'm sure the new niece or nephew will come soon now that you are home. We definitely did the convenience store feast our last night in Ireland... too many adventures. As for the pope, I'm with you. He gets it right. I have all kinds of thoughts about popes, but this one gets my vote for good works. On to the next special guest in Philly?

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  5. i completely agree - while i'm not religious at all, i am certainly loving what Pope F stands for and who he is.

    your trip was insane and i kept showing M your pics on IG saying OMG LOOK AT THESE PICTURES!!

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  6. Pope Francis- keep spreading the love and the lights. Never can have too much of that.
    That is what a religious figure is supposed to do. So happy Mike Doyle and the girls got to go to the mass.
    We were there in spirit. I do like the ritual of the mass but many times did not agree with the homilies.
    Continued Godspeed to Pope Francis and all of us to spread the love.

    Love, Your Momma

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  7. Glad you had a wonderful vacation, such great pictures. I too love Pope Francis. That was so fab that MFD go to go the Mass. I too watched him all weekend long. I cried when he stopped his car to go bless the little boy in the wheelchair. He is just a wonderful wonderful person. The world needs more people like him and we totally need more kindness.

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  8. I LOVE The Pope, not only is he kind but he's open minded and truly forgiving. The guy is a religious rock star in my non-religious book.

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  9. This pope is something! Maybe he can bring some much needed peace.

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  10. The pope posse! Hilarious! Looks like a productive (but nice!) weekend!

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  11. I watched a bit of the Pope's service yesterday (napped during most of the homily because #cheermomproblems) but after seeing the rest and watching his speech to the UN and all, I have to say he's a pretty awesome dude. Which I'm pretty sure is the exact description the Pope is going for. And Philly, you impressed me with your handling of the whole thing. Well done.

    I need to dig out my pictures of Jackson Hole because it was beautiful. I think that's where I tried rollerblading and failed to the point I never tried it again. Also, your trip? I want to copy the entire itinerary.

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  12. haha Pope posse?! loves it - and he is so cool - yes I used cool to describe the pope. Your vacation looked fabulous via instagram and its awesome that you were able to meal prep any after that.

    PS congrats to your granparents on 60 years. Mine were married for 72 when my grandmum died.

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  13. i love your wall hangings with the flowers- that's so gorgeous! from your pictures alone it looked like a fantastic vacation! the pope is awesome.

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  14. Good you had the weekend to help you ease back into your routine and working for home helps too! Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.

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  15. I also am not a very religious person, but I love the Pope! It's been amazing seeing him inspire some many people on his jaunt through the US. I'm very jealous of your work at home day. And also impressed by all the meal prep you did after just getting home! If it were me I'd have done absolutely nothing but relax once I made it back.

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  16. I'm not into the Catholic religion, but Pope Francis is AMAZING!!!! Its so good to see a man who represents such good & love has so many people who adore him.
    Mass Pass is the best :)

    Yippee for home cooking!!!

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  17. I can't believe you did all of that on a weekend you just got back from vacation! That's a FEAT. Well done you.

    Agree about the Pope. He brings tears to my eyes. I love him and the example he sets.

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  18. Loved all your instagram photos from you vacay. My OCD loves that you still meal prepped after getting back as well.

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  19. Looks like a great vacay and you still managed a productive weekend back home too! I love a good convenience store feast and also always regret it later!

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  20. Welcome home from such an amazing trip! And yay for having a weekend to rest and get ready to get back into the routine - so important!

    Green Fashionista

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  21. Welcome home... loved all your pics on IG of your vacation!!

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  22. Post vacay blues are the worsttttt...hope today is nice to you!

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  23. What a busy weekend! Hope you have a great week ahead
    I agree, this world needs much more kindness and love

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  24. I hated having to work last week when all this Pope business was going down, I agree with what you said about appreciating that he not only speaks of love and kindness....but shows it. I bet those dogs missed you guys terribly when you were gone on your trip! I always like to take a day off after I get back to chill out before easing back in to work. What is huckleberry ice cream? Sounds amazing! Hope you have a great week!

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  25. Welcome back! Do the dogs go crazy when yo uget home? :) I can't wait to see more photos from your trip- I was loving everything on Instagram!!!

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  26. Bahahah... convenience store feast! IT SOUNDS SO MAGICAL!
    I have to say, Pope Francis is a game changer for me in terms of how I look at those who lead organized religion. He is an example that everyone could learn from in many aspects.

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  27. I have never had huckleberry, and I pretty much like all berries, so I need to seek out some huckleberry sometime.

    Although there are valid reasons to criticize the Catholic Church, I still find the power of the Church fascinating and respect their faithful. (I'm not Catholic) I attended Midnight Mass at the Vatican December 2007 and a Good Friday service at the Vatican too. (That previous 10 year relationship I talked about previously, he was Catholic)

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  28. I alwaysalways miss cooking when I'm traveling or moving. Eating out is fun, but can take a toll on you.
    Glad you had a memorable trip! Good luck easing back into reality...

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  29. I'm not Catholic at all but I do love the Pope as well. Just everything I hear about him just makes me love him even more. He's real and walks what he talks and that's so important.

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  30. I love that you had snacks in a hotel room on your anniversary. Sounds exactly like something Jacob and I would do. I'm not religious either, but definitely love the Pope. How cool that he visited your city. Seattle was turned upside down last week by the Chinese president. I wish we got the Pope instead. Haha!

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  31. i am not a religious person either, but i think the pope is pretty awesome and i absolutely respect him. i totally agree about being nice and kind rather than thinking why you shouldn't. meanwhile, your vacation looks amazing, as does all that food. yum!

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  32. I'm not religious, but I have so much respect for Pope Francis. I think you are so right, he walks the walk. He gives me hope for organized religion and is a breath of fresh air. I could go for some good clams in white sauce. Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

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