Sunday, July 31, 2016

I feel like we nailed the food in NYC

NYC ballerina

I got to visit a real NYC ballet studio.  Leah's friend is an instructor.  #gingerballerina #inevertookadanceclass #untilcollege #anditwassocialdance #episbackinthebigapple2016

Grand Central Station

I haven't been to Grand Central Station in over 20 years so I really wanted to stop by this trip.  Lucky for us there was a Shake Shack and Magnolia Bakery.  I enjoyed burgers and banana pudding!  #episbackinthebigapple2016

The Manhattan Temple

I got close to the church.  #doesthatcount #manhattantemple #episbackinthebigapple2016


I've been wanting to take the tram to Roosevelt Island for years and finally did it today!  It was $2.75 each way (using a Metro Card) and so cool!  Next I want to explore the island.  #episbackinthebigapple2016 #iamenlargingthisphotoforsure

Church substitute

I felt the spirit at PurlSoHo so basically I'm counting it as church.  #purlsohofirstward #episbackinthebigspple2016

The High Line is always a highlight

192 Books

This was part of the Children's section.  #192books #episbackinthebigapple2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Jason Bourne

I paid $15.99 to see the Jason Bourne movie in Times Square.  For that price Matt Damon should have been sitting next to me.  Oh wait; I already met him.  #jasonbourneisbadass #episbackinthebigapple2016

This is NYC

I'm a sucker for Muji pens


We arrived!

It took forever to get here (an extra hour due to traffic) but we've checked in the hotel, dumped off our bags, and are ready to see New York City!

On my way on another trip!

My friend Leah and I are heading to New York City for the weekend!  #episbackinthebigapple2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lots o'fortunes

The twins like the oatmeal cookies I made

#hsiehtwinsapproved #fakeaunt #ihaventseentheminforever

Thursday, July 28, 2016

One wish

I asked my friend what her one wish was and she said a clean fridge.  Wish granted.  #whyisthatlightout #goodthingitcamebackon #shesaidfridgenotfridgeandfreezer #nowishouldcleanmyownfridge

Like I said; obsessed

This is a 24x36 poster of my favorite photo I took in the Bahamas.  #areyoutiredofit #imnot #vistaprintfortenbucks #plusshipping

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Arlington Ward youth

I love being in the Temple with the Arlington Ward youth.  #arlingtonwardyouthareawesome #bostontemple #theyaremormon #thisisprobablyonethirdofthem

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My newest friend

This is Enelyn.  She moved to Boston from Southern California just like me.  I hope she lands in the Arlington ward.  #ilovevisitingnewpeople

Monday, July 25, 2016

My lucky day - seeing the French Furrs

My friend Susannah Furr (who lives in Paris) emailed me this morning that they were in town and going to be looking at MIT today (her daughter Lizzy is interested in MIT) so we met up and I showed them around.  I feel so lucky; I haven't seen Susannah since they moved away from Boston in 2002.  She's so so so cool.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My dinner guests

I'm so happy the LaPierres are home.  #ilovethelapierres #allofthem #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

My favorite pioneers!

Happy Pioneer Day!

The Pauls are in town!

And their dog Hazelnut.  I love when Arlington Ward friends come back to visit.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Vacation jars

Tonight I unpacked my suitcase and made vacation jars.  #epgonebahamian2016 #iwishiwasstillthere #itonlytook6days #thebottleideacamefrommartha

Friday, July 22, 2016


I'm totally obsessed with this old observatory that I saw when Carolyn and I were out on the jet skis.  We went back the next day to get as close as we could and I took more photos with my "big camera".  I'm so curious about this building and I think it's so cool.  I've ordered a 24x36 poster for my living room wall.

Comfort food

I asked my chauffeur driving me home (Becky Rebentisch) if we could stop at Lyndell's Bakery (6 small chocolate eclairs for me and six for her) and La Victoria for a steak and cheese torta and soda.  I'm starving!  They didn't mention any after-colonoscopy food restrictions (there are plenty before) but to go home and rest and not take care of anyone but me.  #notaproblem #perkofbeingsingle #lookingoutfor#1


Maybe my brother Robes was looking over me.  My favorite part is when I woke up and they asked if I wanted apple or cranberry juice and graham crackers or saltines.  Gah.  Cranberry juice and graham crackers please.  #generalanesthesiaisok #sleepEPsleep #robespatton

My chauffeur to an appointment

The lovely Mary Staples dropped me off at MGH.  #teddyinthebackseat #colonoscopy #nottakingthebusandsubway #ifyouknowwhatimean #readyornot #ready #idrankallthestuff

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My 12th typewriter

I love when friends think of me when they are looking for a new home for their old typewriter.  Thank you @twogoofies #icollecttypewriters #nowihave12 #greenkeys #asdf;lkj

TBT: last week in the Bahamas

Happy Birthday to Carolyn today!  That's her in the green shirt looking for shells.  She's an amazing, inspiring, interesting, wonderful friend.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #ilovethisphoto

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

YW Activity

Tonight was a lesson on family history.  #arlingtonwardyoungwomenareawesome #mormoncarpet

Three generations

Well, two and a doll.  #amyandbostynanddoll

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My tall friends

That's Ian Burnett on the left, his cousin Audrey in the middle and Kimberly (Ian's mom) on the right.  Audrey's dad is Kimberly's twin.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A hot day in the U.S.A.

Pat's King of Steaks

Was I more excited about seeing the Temple or getting a cheesesteak?!?  The cab driver waited for me and I got a cheesesteak "wiz wit".  This hit the spot.  I can't be in Philly and not get a cheesesteak.

The Philly Temple

I had a 6+ hour layover in Philly so took a train into the city and a cab to the Temple.  It's beautiful.  I can't wait to go back for the open house in a few weeks.

Mr. hospitality

This nice man was greeting everyone and thanking them for visiting the Bahamas.  #epgonebahamian2016 #bahamiansaresofriendly #bahamaslovetourists

One last photo of the Sipherds

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Bahamas grocery store

Some things are expensive and some things aren't.

Grocery store

We stopped at the grocery store tonight and this cute kid brought our cart to the car.  Apparently these kids only get paid in tips.  #epgonebahamian2016