Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Perfect Morning

 A delicious bowl of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios brightened by a glimpse of the sunrise.
 Homework time
I figured I'd keep my trend up by dressing hippie again.
The day after Halloween, I stayed home from school. And I was glad I did, because for once, I got to see and do the beautiful things I've been meaning to. I always wanted to have a simple life, where I would get up and see the beautiful sunrise shining through my window. Then I'd have a nice, healthy/yummy breakfast. Finally, I'd do the things that I've been meaning to do, whether that was for work or for fun. I think this day came very close to my vision. 
When I woke up, I stayed in bed a while, and I watched the Halloween episode of Bewitched on my iPod that I've been wanting to see. Then, when I officially got up, I went downstairs and poured myself a bowl of cereal and milk. I sat in my breezeway and stared up at the sun shining through the window. It was beautiful. For once, I could actually enjoy my morning. It was wonderful! I took a peak outside too and I could smell that distinct smell of the morning, with that crisp autumn smell mixed in. To me, it was perfection. 
Most mornings, during the week I rush to get ready and then am off to school. I just hate how there's never any time to go outside and appreciate nature. We're locked in school for too long, in my opinion. On the weekends, I'm usually sleeping in and don't ever get to experience the quiet hush the real early morning. But today, was different.
I got to take my time getting ready. I carefully picked out my outfit, and put a hippie band around my head, and I was ready for the day! The real reason I stayed home was to finish homework....I've never stayed home from school randomly my whole I guess today was the only exception. So the rest of the day, I worked on homework, and I read my book "The Help." 
I had a terrific day that was enjoyed thoroughly, and I wish I could have more of them.

Sock it to me!

 All the things needed to make my costume complete!
The y's on my leg were backwards so I had to fix them!
That's better.

 "Sock it to me" and "you bet your sweet bippy"
 "Peace" and "love"
This Halloween, I was Goldie Hawn from Laugh-In. I got a real groovy outfit from Ebay that reminded me of the joke wall they have on Laugh-In. I also got paint, false eyelashes, and a hippie band to complete my costume. It took me 1-2 hours to paint everything on my body, but that's nothing compared to the 4 hours Goldie had to sit while people were painting her body! I had a lot of fun dressing up as her, coming up with different sayings and designs to paint on my body. I drew daisies, peace signs, groovy style flowers, and a few sayings from the show.
This was the first year I didn't go trick or treating, but it was actually better in a way that I didn't. I wouldn't be freezing outside, and I could see all the neighborhood kid's costumes! I had fun passing out candy and having a few pieces of candy myself...especially the Baby Ruths! I hope everyone else had a great Halloween!

Monday, November 19, 2012

You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant!

 The Guthrie Center

 Me in front of the church.

I spot a peace sign!

 I took a peak in The Red Lion Inn. It smelled of that nice fire smell you smell in the fall/winter. It was very quaint and colonial style, which makes a perfect New England Inn.

Some posters inside the restaurant. 
A couple of weeks ago I took a ride over to Stockbridge, Mass. to visit Alice's Restaurant! The town was just lovely, and it was a perfect fall day to visit! It was cool to see the Church where Arlo Guthrie lived, and the restaurant his friend owned, both of which were featured in his famous movie "Alice's Restaurant." I even visited a shop that had a lot of neat things-old records, posters, and magazines! I got a Sonny and Cher Concert record, and listened to it shortly after I came home. At the restaurant, I had BBQ Chicken Pizza, and it was really delicious! Probably some of the best slices I've tasted yet! If you ask me, this was the perfect fall day to visit such a nostalgic area!

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

New Moccasins! 
Some treats for the road!
A peace flag.
Twiggy fashion.

A look inside the museum.

Inside the bus.

 The landscape was beautiful!

Amazing to know you're standing in the presence of a field where millions of hippies and famous musicians once roamed!
 Me with the Woodstock Plaque. 

A book a got, which was an autographed copy by the author, Roberta Price! Her photographs of hippie communes in the 60s and 70s were on display downstairs.

This was about a month ago, on Columbus Day actually, that I went to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a museum about the 60s located on the premises of where Woodstock was held! First, let me note that anyone who is interested in the 60s, or who wants to relive their past, needs to go to this museum! It's totally groovy and a lot of fun. 
The thing that really makes this museum stand out is the decorative ambiance the place had. It was filled with lots of colors and even had a car and a hippie bus (that you can go inside). 
They also have exhibits downstairs, and they change them periodically. This time, it happened to be a photo exhibit from a photographer named Roberta Price, who lived on a hippie commune in the 60s and 70s. I liked her pictures and story so much that I decided to buy her book called "Huerfano: A Memoir of Life In the Counterculture."
When you're done looking through the museum, you can walk or drive over the the plaque they have, which has all the performers names on it that played at Woodstock. In the background there is a beautiful view of where all the hippies must have stayed. To make it easier to describe, I'll quote myself on a picture I posted on Facebook:
  "I love seeing this land, it just makes me think about all the people that were actually there. When I stand there I think-wow, I am in the presence of a place where not only millions of hippies were, but also where some of the greatest musicians plays. Oh, how I love history."