If you know me – or have read my blog before – you know I love Autumn. I love the transition of humid, muggy Summer air into cool, crisp, colorful Fall. This time last year, Erik & I had tickets to see my favorite band, Jimmy Eat World, up in Port Chester, New York. After realizing that the concert would be a little far for a same day trip, we decided to stay for the weekend and explore Sleepy Hollow since I had always wanted to visit. We had such a great time taking the tours and learning the history of The Tarrytowns (Sleepy Hollow didn’t really exist when Washington Irving wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It was actually North Tarrytown up until 1996. It and it’s neighboring village, Tarrytown, were known simply as ‘The Tarrytowns.’) that we knew we had to go back this year.
This post will overlap a bit with my A Week In The Life post from last weekend because my “Week” ended on Saturday and this post is about my adventures from last weekend, which includes that same Saturday. It kind of works out though because I like to tell the story of my weekend through both words and photographs. With last weekend’s post being more of a photo-documentary approach, I didn’t get to put words with the imagery.
One of the most inconvenient things about having a compromised immune system (of which there are many) is probably that when you get sick, you really get sick. I’ve spent the last 10 days with strep throat. I had a really busy Labor Day Weekend and when it was time to get up for work on Tuesday morning, my throat was sore and I felt my tonsils swelling up. I’m someone who is very prone to tonsillitis ever since having my spleen removed back in 2006. When I was in college, it seemed like at the end of every semester I was stuck in bed for close to 2 weeks barely able to swallow anything let alone food and water. It’s awful. My doctors are hesitant to remove my tonsils due to the fact that they act as part of your immune system and I’m already missing my spleen, and also because the risk of bleeding through the sutures in post-op as an adult is a lot higher than that of a child. Since I have a blood disorder, it’s not something my doctors take lightly.
The end of Summer is always bittersweet to me. On one hand, I love “local summer” – when the tourists and the Bennies go back home for the summer and the Jersey Shore is returned to the locals. I also really love the anticipation of the cooler weather and all the festivities that come with the Autumn months. On the other hand… Winter is just around the corner and although I prefer to go on hikes and nature trails in the colder weather, I really just dread the freezing temperatures and the snow.
Hi there! Before I get into this week’s post, I want to apologize for being extremely tardy… To make a long story short, I keep all of my photographs on external hard drives so they don’t slow down my computers. While I do have back-ups of my all of the photos I take, only 1 drive has my current Lightroom catalog on it (which I use for all of my editing). Two days ago that 1 drive corrupted and I couldn’t edit anything until I transferred all 850GB of data off of the drive, reformatted it, and then transferred it all back. It was frightening, stressful, and time consuming (a total of 12 hours to be exact).