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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

reunited and it feels so good



This weekend I flew to New York to reunite with my JVC roommates.  We lived for a year together in Syracuse, New York, from 2007-2008, working at area non-profits, having lots of adventures, and learning to live the JVC values of community, simple living, social justice, and spirituality.  This was our 5th annual reunion, and we decided to go back where it all started.  We were missing our roommate Devin, but she was definitely there with us in spirit!  This weekend I... 


was picked up by this lovely lady in New York City after spending a six hour layover in the Milwaukee airport.  We started our adventure with a taxi, train, and car ride to get to Syracuse. ... 


met Kara's new dog Miller ... 


missed my days working with refugee families while attending the Syracuse World Refugee Day celebration ...




had a delicious ice cream at Gannon's, THE place to go for ice cream in Syracuse (check out those crazy tables!)  ...


helped Brian finish his Snickers Explosion (it was too much for him to handle since it was an explosion - not a "controlled demolition" as he pointed out)...


took pictures at our old JVC house...


took a pilgrimage to my favorite grocery store of all time (also the site of mine and Paul's first date - we were JVs without any money when we started dating)...


spent the rest of the weekend in Kara's beautiful lake house off Lake Ontario...


read through our old predictions for where we would be now - everyone writes three predictions for each roommate and includes a few fun ones too (Brian confused fun with morbid.  Why would anyone want to predict that Sean Connery would be dead?  At least he included a sad face)...


busted out "the whipped cream trick," the one where you throw whipped cream in the air and catch it in your mouth.  I can provide a tutorial if anyone is interested... 


found interesting tree decorations...


took pictures of the super moon...


and met up with our fantastic support person Beth in her hometown of Oswego.  Gotta love timed pictures in the middle of restaurants. 

This weekend was so amazing.  Having spent a year together finding simple ways to entertain ourselves, we've been able to keep our reunions very basic and inexpensive.  We spent the majority of our time just relaxing and catching up, and the time together felt so meaningful.  Thanks JVC!

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