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Time To Recharge

 

This weekend I finally got a little me-time, with my bike, the road, and a few thousand New Yorkers.  I did the 30 mile (with hills!!) Hudson Valley Bike Tour with Bike NY.  I had been looking forward to this for weeks.  Excited to have a little me-time, and that does not mean a trip to the grocery store alone or running errands after my husband gets home to babysit or reading a book in another room.  This was something I really wanted to do.  Something I planned for and set a date.  Something I waited for with anticipation.  Something I knew would give me the 3 things I needed the most to recharge: exercise, being outside, and getting out of the city.  Woohoo!

Don’t think I just stopped there…I ‘ordered’ a few more things for my much needed me-time.  Let me show you how a bike tour recharges and helps me become a better mother, wife and woman… It might just help you find your recharger!

First, the amazing views from the different locations on the bike trail.  Here, I am cycling over a wide footbridge…you can see it at the top of this page.  An area of solitude, just what I ordered, and reminds me of the beauty outside my small world.

Here I am looking north over the Hudson River. It was so very hot and all I could think about, at that moment, was how much I wanted to leap over the rail and go for a swim, right up the Hudson!  Especially, after cycling over all those hills!!!  Wow, I ordered some exercise and boy, did I get it.

Is this God’s country or what? We rode through areas of tree covered paths and rode under small arched bridges. Third order, relaxation!

I know you don’t see very many bikers, but trust me, I really was on a bike tour!!  At times, I rode into areas where there were none or very few bikers, and I felt like I had the whole tour to myself.  Peacefulness, something else I ordered!

One of my favorite parts of the ride, through the back roads of upstate NY, was watching the sun peak through the foliage. Oh, the beauty of nature.  Which leads me to my last orders, to be surrounded by nature, only hearing the rubber from my tires move along the pavement, and to have a goal just for myself, and to complete it.  Sunday’s ride might not have been an Olympian ride, but I sure felt like I had won the gold after crossing the finish line!  And my Closing Ceremony on Sunday, you ask? Celebrating with my hubby and daughter over dinner, I inhaled :-)   That me-time is more powerful than we think.  We all need it, whether we realize it or not, and it makes us a better and happier person in our everyday lives.

What is something you do special for yourself and it helps you recharge? Please share! I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

Dreaming of Outdoor Space

It’s a hot one today and all I can think about is how nice it would be to have some outdoor space.  In our building we have a common rooftop with a few tables and chairs, but I’m dreaming of private spaces, cozy cushions, summer colors, and lots and lots of greenery!!  These are some amazing rooftops and terraces I found in the city…dreaming away…

So many beautiful cushions!  Love love how the greenery makes the lounge feel hidden.  I see myself sprawled out with a couple magazines, a mimosa or two, and my computer.

Love the pop of color on the white cushions and around the terrace!  Looks fresh, summery, and inviting.  I’m envisioning someone pouring me that wine on the coffee table with my feet up, sunglasses on, and reading 50 Shades of Gray!

What a view from this terrace!  Love the large cushions and touches of greenery throughout.  No matter how high in the sky, the city sounds can always be heard, but from here, all I hear are my sips of sangria and laughter with girlfriends!!  Still dreaming!

A Chelsea oasis!  1,600 sq ft of rooftop space, which is larger than our apartment!  Could this be Heaven?  I see myself tucked away in the corner lounge, curled up, and ordering in!

How romantic!  I see date night here!!!

A vacation spot or a hidden treasure in the city?  Love the green and white pillows and how it feels so intimate.  If it wasn’t for the Lipstick Building in the background I would think this was a European destination!

Shot this from our building’s common outdoor space.  Not too bad, right?  Has potential!  Maybe someday we’ll have a private space that I can decorate with lots of cushions, colors, and greenery, but until then, I’ll have fun dreaming!

Do you have an outdoor area you enjoy spending time in?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Keep dreaming everyone!

Until next ride,

Amy

“Manners” by Kate Spade

Started reading May 27th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished June 20th!!!

When I first saw this book on the bookshelf, I thought, is Kate Spade an expert when it comes to manners?  I know she has gorgeous accessories, I am a fan of her latest flame red Maise handbag, and I wore a pair of her beautiful bowtie peep toe shoes on my wedding day, but are these the signs of an etiquette specialist?  Maybe so!

At a glance the book cover is sleek and bright, each page has colorful chic pictures, and the topics are short and to the point.  Ms. Kate covers everyday situations from social flops and gracious recoveries, the power of written letters and artful conversations, travel tips, handling the cell phone era, embarrassing maneuvers, dress etiquette and disasters, and being a “good sport”.  I found the book, on everyday manners, to be things I already knew, but a good reminder to see in print.  It’s an entertaining whimsical read with witty humor along the way.  It’s no Emily Post or Judith Martin when it comes to etiquette teaching, but if you are looking to brush up on a few manners or just curious, I’m a little of both, then on one of these hot summer days, this whimsy informative read might just be for you!

Kate Spade has three lifestyle books “Manners”, “Style” and “Occasions”.  I’ve just purchased the “Occasions” book!   Probably need to brush up on my entertaining skills and I’m sure my style needs a little help too.  If you want to buy it, click on the book above!

Do you have an etiquette faux pas?  My public cell phone manners definitely need some special attention!  What about you?  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

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