It's been a tough week. On Tuesday we had to say goodbye to our family dog, Koda. He was fourteen and a half years old and just the fluffiest, most loving pup you could ever imagine. I was able to go to my parents' house and spend the night with him on Monday. I just laid on the floor with him and brushed him and soaked up our last time together. It was sad, but I'm so glad I went.
I am with my parents, headed to New York, for my cousin's college graduation. We started our drive on Wednesday (just past DC) then drove to New York City yesterday so that we could see Come From Away on Broadway (more on that below, but spoiler alert — it was sensational). Now we are en route to Poughkeepsie. This weekend will be the perfect antidote to the melancholy of the week. I love spending time with my extended family, and I'm eagerly anticipating the copious amounts of hugs and wine the weekend holds.
Another great thing the weekend holds? THE ROYAL WEDDING! That is another huge thing getting me through this week. I didn't think I could be any more excited for the wedding, and then last Saturday they announced that the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, will be giving the sermon. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! Michael Curry is honestly one of my favorite people in the world. Before he was the presiding bishop, he was the bishop of North Carolina for 15 years, so I grew up with him. He is the most amazing speaker I've ever heard; I don't even pretend to know how to define the Holy Spirit, but the only time I come close is when he's preaching. His words will be so inspiring and loving and healing. Harry and Meghan are very lucky folk to have him and are very gracious to be sharing him with the world.
I am reading The Wedding Date, which isn't totally dissimilar to the movie of the same name. AKA it's a romcom set up, but this time it's the guy who needs a date to a wedding he doesn't want to go solo to! He invites a woman he meets when they get stuck in an elevator together (if that's not a meet-cute than I don't know what is), and romance ensues. I’ll probably finish it today before we get to Marist. It's easy and cute. Perfect read for a car ride to New York.
My parents and I saw Come From Away on Broadway last night, and we all loved it. It's the (true!) story of Gander, Newfoundland, a tiny town (about 7,000 people) that welcomed 6,700 people from 38 flights that were grounded there when the American airspace was closed on 9/11. They came together and took care of all the passengers, and this show is the musical retelling of that week. The ensemble cast of 12 people plays all the roles, townspeople and passengers; the staging is simple but effective; the MUSIC!!! The music is joyful and as Newfie as can be, with fiddles and accordions and Celtic flutes and ugly sticks. Being about 9/11, it of course has its sad moments, but it was so much funnier than I anticipated and completely moving. I loved it and would a thousand percent recommend seeing it if you're able to.
I am introducing my dad to Desert Island Discs on this road trip, and I'm loving the chance to dive back into this podcast. Because it's not super timely, I tend to phase in and out of it. It's so interesting to see the differences between how certain people choose their discs. Some pick based on memories, some pick based on musicality, some are totally random. I love it. One of my favorite eps, without a doubt, is Tom Hanks's episode. He is a national treasure and deserves only good things, and I would very much love to be his best friend.
This week, the May wellness goals kind of went out the window. I am definitely an emotional eater, so I went hard on a Digornio's pizza and Ben & Jerry's ice cream when I learned about Koda. It was delicious and exactly what I needed, and I don't feel one single spot of guilt in it.
Koda, flowers from friends, going to SoulCycle, Newfoundland folk music, Rent the Runway unlimited, dinner with Claire and her parents, steak, Digornio's, the city skyline from the Hoboken pier.