Happy Friday

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For today’s “Flashback Friday” I’m taking a look back at April-June. There was a whole lot of traveling in this little chunk of 2014: Philly, Richmond, Washington DC, San Diego, plus I did a show (Messiah Complex), saw a show (Bullets on Broadway) and started rehearsals for another show (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). I celebrated my Aunt Cynthia’s new position as Deputy Attorney General of Virginia, went to a sonogram appointment with Jassmine, supported my friend Jenna on her new web series, treated my cousin to brunch to toast her first PR job in the city, had an amazing reunion with Mississippi folks in town, went to the opera, enjoyed the sun and sand of San Diego, had a Mother/Daughter weekend in DC, and spent quality time with my friends as I rang in my 25th birthday. Enjoy the pictures below, some are old and some have never been published, and of course you can click the month’s in the menu on the left and relive these moments with me!

Ciao 🙂

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Wandering Wednesday

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Where on earth have I been? Taking a mini-break from the blog that’s where! I admit I fell off the blog-o-sphere for two weeks there, but with good reason. Sometimes I just need to stop recording everything that’s happening to me and instead fully experience what’s happening to me. This has been a spectacularly busy month for me, and there are still two days to go! This week’s Wandering Wednesday features pictures from my walk up 6th Avenue from Herald Square to Bryant Park, photos taken in the Financial District, and a few shots from my trip to Philadelphia. Hope you enjoy!

Ciao 🙂

Greetings/Escape From New York

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Greetings from Philly! I am breaking my radio silence this morning with a picture from the City of Brotherly Love! My third trip this year, was prompted by the arrival of Jassmine’s little one, my mom is currently in town on business, and to reunite with an old friend from home. It’s going to be a busy weekend 🙂

Ciao

Weekend Adventures-Philly Edition

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This weekend was a lot of fun for me! I got to watch my roommate Alicia, do her dancer thang in a run through of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” going up at Bucks County Playhouse this month, spending time with her and Erin shopping around Manhattan, and watching some of my Adler Outreach students and peers perform original work in a workshop presentation.

But THE highlight was surprising Jassmine at her baby shower in Philadelphia on Saturday!!! Nia, Bloo, and I got on a Bolt Bus Saturday afternoon and were accosted by screams and hugs by the mom-to-be when we walked through the door. It has been so long since the four of us were able to meet up and be together (we even have a running joke going that Nia and Jass are, in fact, the same person). I took so many photos throughout the day and of course they are included below.

Ciao 🙂

A Quick Trip to Philly

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So this past Friday I had the day off from my classes on Rikers Island, and decided to be a little spontaneous. So I bought a bus ticket bound for Philadelphia to see my girl, Jassmine!

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Jassmine and I met during Obama:At the Table and has been featured on the blog numerous times. Since her move back to the City of Brotherly Love, it had been a while since I’d seen her and talked to her in person (especially after she told me I was going to be an auntie a few months ago!), so an impromptu visit to see her felt like a great way to spend my time off.

I have to admit that since living in NYC, my aversions to certain modes of transportation have quickly dissipated, and on Friday morning I boarded a Bolt bus bound for Pennsylvania. The trip was quick, and I was able to read the April Vogue issue from cover to cover before arriving at the bus station.

I can’t tell you how great it was to see Miss Jassmine waiting for me when I got off the bus. To hug her and see her smile was already a great start to the visit, plus it was a nice springy day, and she looked amazing at almost 4 months along!!

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We made our way onto the train and to her house in Germantown, where I got to see her mom before shuttling off to her doctor’s appointment. Hearing her daughter’s heartbeat brought a few tears to my eyes as I realized that a beautiful little person was preparing for they world debut a few months from now. Chatting, laughing, listening and filling her in on everything happening with me and vice versa for herself, it was reassuring that we were able to fall back into our familiar pattern (keep in mind that in addition to the show, which we put up three separate times, we also worked side by side all of last summer).

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The trip was over almost before it started, but I was able to reconnect with Jass, Derrick, her mom, and her sister. Whenever I interact with close friends, I realize how lucky I am to have them in my life, and to understand their value in shaping the woman that I am. Jassmine has a huge heart, a fierce sense of pride, self-esteem and self-worth, and a humility that is inspiring. After reading that you’d take a bus ride to see her too, wouldn’t ya?

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Ciao