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A Brief Catch-Up Post: Vacations, Birthdays and Tattoos

Hello all! It has been awhile since I posted, and that is because I was on vacation. Long story short, my boyfriend Matt and I visited his mom in Nyack, New York. It is probably THE most adorable town in the entire world, full of little shops, darling restaurants, and absolutely gorgeous homes. And it’s right on the Hudson River. So there was that too.

We did a lot of fun things, including a lot of eating, which is always a plus. We went to Bear Mountain:


So that was fun. We also, obviously, went into New York City for a day. After an adventure on the subway, Matt and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw a fabulous exhibit called Shiarparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibit featured clothes, hats, and shoes from the two designers, matched up by style and theme. It was amazing to see the parallels in their designs, most of which were fifty or more years removed from each other.

The really neat thing about the exhibit, though, was the short films that went along with each section. They were directed by Baz Luhrmann, of Moulin Rouge fame, and starred Miuccia Prada as herself and Judy Davis as Elsa Shiarparelli. Shiaraparelli’s dialogue was extracted from her memoirs and paraphrased as part of a casual conversation.

Basically, it was really cool.

Eventually, of course, I had to come home, but I was okay with that because I had a very exciting appointment yesterday: I got my second tattoo!


It’s on my right arm (my phone flipped the image) and I absolutely love it. I got my first tattoo two years ago:


And yes, in case you’re wondering, it IS the Leaf of Lorien from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies.

Ever since I got that tattoo, I have had the itch to get another one. I finally settled on the skeletal-tree-of-life concept about eight months ago. My birthday was this month (oh yeah, did I mention that I turned twenty-three?) so I decided to go ahead and go for the new tattoo!

I am totally thrilled that I did.

10 thoughts on “A Brief Catch-Up Post: Vacations, Birthdays and Tattoos

  1. You guys are such a cute couple! One of my dream destinations is the Hudson River. What’s cool, though, is that I crossed one destination off the list when I visited the White House last week!

    1. Aww, thanks! The Hudson is definitely beautiful. I hope you get to go!

  2. That’s soooo pretty! And what a gorgeous picture of the two of you.

    I have one little tiny tattoo and keep thinking about getting another but can’t decide what or where, so I guess I should wait a while! Yours is just gorgeous, though, and so unusual 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yeah, I’ve gone through several ideas, but I’m pretty certain about my next three, haha. I like to print out the possibilities and tape them to my mirror or above my desk so that I see them every day, and if I still like them just as much after a couple of months I approve them for the next step. Getting a tattoo is just so exciting that it’s hard to be patient sometimes!

  3. He’s a lucky guy! Please, however, no more tatoos after this. The two you have are very nice, but covering a perfectly nice body with tatoos may ruin the original art. Glad you have had a good vacation.

    1. Haha thanks; I’m lucky to have him too. Sorry to break it to you, but I really love tattoos and I do have a few more planned. I like to think of them as externalizations of my personality.

      1. I suppose I am just an old godger who finds tatoos mostly uninteresting. I will agree the two you have are very artitistic and I am certain meaningful to you. My granddaughter has all kinds of tatoos on her and I have a difficult time with them. I just don’t see he need. But, I am open-minded enough to let people have their own life without interference. This is true in all areas of personal preferences for me. Anyway, after seeing the photo of you and your boyfriend together on the banks of the Hudson River, I think you do not need to add any more adornments. He is to be congratulated for having such a good woman to care for.

        1. Caitlin’s tattoos don’t “cover” her beauty, they’re a part of it. Every tattoo she gets is an expression of her personality, and nothing is more beautiful than her personality.

          You seem like a friendly and thoughtful “old godger,” so I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to the intent behind your last sentence — it seems to be a compliment to Caitlin unfortunately veiled by an emphasis on traditional gender relationships. Thanks, though, for thinking that we’re lucky to be together. With that, I couldn’t agree more 🙂

          1. Didn’t mean to imply that Caitlin cannot take care of herself. From what I have read of her work, she comes across as an independent and strong woman, which I admire. My intention was to indicate that Matt is fortunate to find such a lovely and strong woman; no intention that he should take over her life and run it or become the ruler of the coupling. It was intended to compliment you both. I suppose I am just an “Old Codger” still living in a make believe world.

          2. Thanks!

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