|Amtrak’s Northeast Regional. Photo by Hawes Spencer.|
A post by Garance Doré called “Summer Recap,” about different things she did this summer, made me think about my own activities during the season, especially now that it’s officially fall! Garance had quite a summer, breaking up with longtime boyfriend Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. They really were the First Couple of Fashion Blogging so I can imagine how tough it was to do a post—they each did one—announcing their break-up. As if breaking up isn’t hard enough as it is!
While I didn’t have a summer as dramatic as Garance’s, I, like she, did a couple of new things. I have a tendency to stick to habit so I’m glad I stepped out of my usual comfort zone this summer and tried new experiences. Such as...
Took an Amtrak train from Penn Station in New York City to Newport News, Virginia.
I know this doesn’t sound particularly earth-shattering but I haven’t been on an Amtrak train since I took the Northeast Regional to Penn Station from Virginia back in 1996 when I was moving to Manhattan. I had not-great memories of a cramped and packed train car, a tiring ride that took forever, and confusing chaos once I arrived at Penn. So I was not excited to be doing this trip, in reverse, with two kids, and no other adult to help with bags.
I’m happy to say it was better than expected!
I decided to spring for business class seats and I’m so glad I did. It made all the difference—less people, free drinks, and a ton of room. The kids watched movies and played video games, I got to sit down for hours at a time (this never ever happens in my regular daily life), with a magazine and a cup of coffee. Or with my notebook, a pen, and my thoughts. What a treat! With airline and sometimes even car travel being so stressful these days, I highly recommend the comfort and space of the train!
|The perfect bag for a train ride: A New York tote by Sylvia Steininger.|
I carried the Sylvia Steininger New York tote and let me tell you, that is the tote you want to have on a long journey—stylish, sturdy, with a ton of room and comfortable shoulder straps.
|My son watching a game on the practice courts at the US Open, August 2014.|
Attended the US Open in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
This was a wonderful first-time experience too. Headings to Queens from Brooklyn via the subway always feels like going to another planet, or at least it does to me, so I hardly ever travel to that borough. My son was really pushing for us to attend the US Open though, and I thought, If not now, when? So I bought tickets at the last minute on StubHub and we had a great time! I haven’t attended a sporting event in awhile but this crowd is definitely my style—well-dressed (including ladies wearing extremely high heels and beautiful jewelry!) polite, lovers of champagne and tennis. It was a great bonding time for my son and me and we will be going again next year!
|Oh the humanity! Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open, August 29, 2014. That spot on the court is Roger Federer!|
|Stewie agrees: Have fun in summer! He also says, “Open the door and let me out!”|
Realized nothing gets done during summer.
I have tended to look at summer as a time to get to all the stuff I didn’t get to during the year—writing projects, paperwork throw-out, house cleaning, etc. This summer I realized that never happens, it never did and it never will, so I allowed myself to just let that stuff go and I found the season more relaxing than in previous years because of this new outlook. From now on I will save the projects and paperwork toss until September and try to focus instead on having fun with my kids, visiting with dogs and cats that make me laugh, and admiring the roses!
|Forget the To-Do List, focus on the flowers! Princess Grace roses.|
Did you do something new this summer? Tell me all about it!