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Joie Revisited

I have been absent on this blog for a very, very long time.  I’ve been busy, to say the least, but need to get back to regular posting.  I find it only fitting that I do so after a trip to the location of where I first spotted the painting that now serves as the “Joie de Vivre” header on this blog.

I spent the past 24 hours in Washington D.C. and stayed in the Georgetown section of the city.  After checking in at my hotel, I set out on what turned into a very long jaunt and walked from Georgetown to the White House to the Mall to the Smithsonian and back.  While walking down M Street (the main thoroughfare in Georgetown) on my way back to the hotel, I stumbled upon the Joie de Vivre painting.  I was really happy to find it again, because honestly, I couldn’t have told you the exact location of where I originally took the photo.  I knew it was in Georgetown, but that was it.

Now I know that the painting is at the corner of M and 30th street on the side of a Parisian style café and bakery called La Madelein.

Sometimes re-discovering something is even better than finding it the first time.  There are times when you learn a piece of information, or you find a great photo opportunity, but all the details don’t necessarily stay with you because you’re not ready for them.  Perhaps it’s because you’re too encased with other details to worry about.  Perhaps it’s because the details are too big to comprehend.  But then, you reach a point where the thing you discovered re-presents itself to you, and it clicks.  You notice the artist’s signature.  You notice the jagged crack cutting through the yellow at the top of the painting.  Ultimately, you just pay more attention.  Such was the case with me re-finding this painting on Sunday.

So, going back to the blog.  I hope that I don’t have another extended break like the one I’ve had the past three weeks.  Who knows what life will bring, but hopefully I can keep some semblance of recipes/travel/photos/life experiences coming to those of you who read.  To start you off, here are some photos from my walk. 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day…

…a day late! This no computer thing has put a bit of a damper on my posting abilities, but at least it allows me to extend the holiday for a bit longer.

Yesterday made me think about the word “green” for obvious reasons. Being the nerd that I am, I looked it up.  Dictionary.com gives a whopping total of 33 definitions!  That’s a substantial number, but I actually think there could be more.

“Green” was an apparent theme throughout my day yesterday, and thought it would be fun to share how many ways one word can mean a different thing based on the context.

 

For starters, I made sure to wear green clothing to show my spirit for the holiday.
Definition #1 – “Of the color of growing foliage.”


I ate my greens at lunch yesterday.
Definition #22b – “The leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or cabbage, used for food.”


After my training class ended, I went for a run and saw many bright greens filled with sunbathing, relaxed UNC students (yes, I ventured into enemy territory).
Definition #24 – “A piece of grassy ground constituting a town or village common”


I had my hair cut by a green stylist at a salon on the main drag in Chapel Hill.  He had only been on the salon’s floor cutting hair for a month but did a nice job!
Definition #7 – “untrained; inexperienced

 

I felt green when mid-shampoo, I was told to evacuate the salon because the fire alarm went off.  This led to almost 200 hair stylists and their clients flooding onto the main downtown thoroughfare in Chapel Hill in the middle of the afternoon.  While I could have been annoyed or embarrassed that I had sopping wet hair and a black gown on in public, the whole experience was hysterical to me and very enjoyable.
Definition #11- “full of life and vigor”

 

A good stylist checked his client's highlights while we were evacuated.

 

I think that last definition is the one of my favorites for the word “green.”  It goes along with joie de vivre quite nicely.

Hope you all enjoyed the holiday!  Let’s hope I get my computer back soon!

 

*All definitions from Dictionary.com.

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