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Monday’s Inner Peace:Keukenhof, Holland

I have wanted to be in Holland in the spring time FOREVER, to be able to see the tulips in bloom. And because they had an early spring, a lot of the fields had already been cut.  But!  That was ok, because I still got to see some of them in bloom, and I went to the Keukenhof with my relatives, Marianne & Jan.  The Keukenhof (which means Kitchen Garden, as it used to be the herb garden for a large estate there) is an open air flower exhibition.  It’s open for about 2 months out of the year, from end of March to the end of May.

image Such a crappy pic of me, but Marianne wanted me to take a picture of this “maid” character.  I’m glad I did though.  🙂
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imageSo peaceful and lush!
imageHaha!  Another winning picture! See what you get when you ask for pics of me! This organ was playing songs like, Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.  It’s amazing that I actually got a picture with no one else in it, because it was really popular.
imageNow for all the flower pics…I have SO many, it was really gorgeous, I couldn’t stop.
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imageTree Hugger!
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imageWindmill where you can go up and look out over the fields of tulips.
imageMy view from up top.  See how they have already pretty much been cut. 
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imageDid you know that tulips have a sort of christening ceremony when they are named? I didn’t, but it’s a big deal in terms of who gets to name them.  This variety is named after the future king of the Netherlands.
imageGet out of my picture lady!
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imageI liked the wild, free-spirited ones too!
imageSee the darker ones below that are sort of laying over.  Those were called Lady of the Night.  I really liked them, mostly for their color, but also maybe a little because of their name.  Anyway, almost all of them around the Keukenhof were laying over like this.  Marianne explained that there was something wrong with the breeding and that’s why they were doing it. I think the lady of the night was just a little too tired during the day and needed a rest. (Yea, I’m a dork.)
imageAgain, total dork…but really you’d do it too…
imageWhat are you looking at, Swan?
imageSeriously, how magical is this place!
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To the end of my employment at The Salvation Army and the opportunities it has afforded me!

To the beginning of new travels, and a deeper understanding and appreciation of life!

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Monday’s Inner Peace

I’m sticking with the 90’s nostalgia theme from yesterday, in all its cheesy goodness.  There’s even a unicorn!

Monday’s Inner Peace

Springtime in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark courtesy of this blog.

I’m feeling my usual Monday crazy this morning, sprinkled with extra nutz! I am on the home stretch at work; my replacement (that sounds weird) started today so I am training her; we have an event next week so I’m going into high-energy event mode, and then I have to wrap everything else up.  On a personal level I am trying to visit with everyone before I go, and then still get all my travel plans together, not to mention make sure all my home affairs are in order while I am away.  It feels a little unreal because when I come back I won’t have a job, and will be starting law school. All of this is really awesome, I know. As my friend and co-worker Max says, “You just need to embrace change!”

So that’s why this Monday’s Inner Peace comes from an email my best friend Rosy sent last week.  The subject was What awaits youAnd wa-la!… pictures of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam (which is very close to the hostel I’m staying at)!

Again, all pictures are from Allison Gryski’s blog

It made me happy then, and it still makes me happy today! Spring is a time of change and I do just need to welcome it with arms wide open.

Monday’s Inner Peace

Not a lot of explanation needed today. Enjoy!

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Monday’s Inner Peace

Not happening.

Yes, we made it back to the city today, not last night.  But today is totally crazy, period.

My best shot right now for relaxing will be if I get to lay on the couch later with a hot pad (my back is totally f@%ked from sitting in the car and shoveling all weekend) and putting in a “feel good” movie…maybe Pretty in Pink or something.

 via.

High Anxiety

Oh, man. What a world! It’s bad enough I’m feeling a little off from my St. Patty’s fun last night, but add that to everything in the news and a crazy rain storm thrown in, and it’s enough to give me a panic attack!

Here’s a roundup of some stuff to try to ease the anxiety, lighten the load, and help get through the day (you may have seen some of it before, but some are worth repeating).

{An attempt at humor}(image)

{Tulips I received today from one of my best friends}

{My sis and I on our Dad’s run at Sugar Bowl last year}

{Love and Innocence}

This song.

Last but not least…Charlie Sheen (No, I can’t let it go)