I have been such a bad blogger lately — not posting daily, skipping my regular features like My DC and three beautiful things… I’ll blame the dog days of summer, and make up for it by having four beautiful things this week. Is that OK?
1. On our way home from Binghamton on Tuesday, we stopped to visit our cousin and her family in Pennsylvania. We had a lovely afternoon hanging out with them, and got to be the first guests to see their completed renovation, which is absolutely outstanding. (And, wearing my preservationist hat, is also proof that it isn’t necessary to tear down a ranch house or build an addition entirely out of scale with the neighborhood in order to double the liveable space in a house.)
2. My friends Charles & Jordi got married on Saturday night, with a ceremony and reception that was just perfect, and so “them” — heartfelt, classy, and fun. Though I could tell they were both off the market the first time I saw them together, I couldn’t be happier for them, and was so glad to be a part of the celebration.
3. I realize this pales in the face of a lovely wedding, but the fact that, despite waiting until the morning of said event, I found the perfect dress at a reasonable price at the first store I went to, also rates as a beautiful thing.
And a bonus item: honorable mention to Michael Phelps for providing the athletic beauty of the week, not just for winning the eight golds, but also for appearing to be a real team player. Despite every interviewer wanting to make it all about him, he continually mentioned the importance of his teammates and how he couldn’t have done it without them. Speed, skill, and sportsmanship — beautiful!