Derek’s 33rd

This photo is not from D’s birthday celebration. I failed on capturing those memories. But I did capture his moment of fame after he took the first place prize at my Aunt & Uncle’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Party. Check out that awesome Frankenpumpkin (and the boy holding it is pretty great too :)).

Yesterday was Derek’s 33rd birthday. And for the second year in a row, the celebration was cramped by a major storm. But I tried to make the day special as best I could. I ended up working from home so at least we were able to spend most of the day together.

I made him his all-time favorite meal, veggie pot pie, followed by pumpkin pie for dessert. We never lost power, so when he took study breaks, we caught up on some of our favorite shows. I wanted to give him a fish as his present, but I wasn’t able to get a pet store so we’ll have to go together this weekend.

It was a low-key celebration. But I think that’s what Derek wanted anyways–he spend most of the day grading papers and reading history books because he’s such a dedicated student (even on his birthday).

Here’s to hoping that the weather is more cooperative on his next birthday so we can party like the rockstars we really are.

Happy Birthday boyfriend! You’re my favorite person to wait out a storm with. I love you this much.

p.s. In the grand scheme of things, the hurricane didn’t treat us so bad. Our ceiling started to leak last night but that’s nothing compared to the damage in other places. All my friends and family on the east coast were, thankfully, unharmed. My heart goes to out to those who were not as lucky.


A Photoless Update

Hello and happy fall my friends. The weather in New England has cooled off, the leaves are changing and it’s prime time for all things cozy–my favorite time of the year. It’s startling how fast the days go by even though they are fairly routine. I really don’t have anything new or exciting to report, but I figured it was time to check in.

D and I are settling into a routine in our apartment (although I’m sufficiently jealous of his routine since he only has to set an alarm two days a week). The space suits us nicely and we’ve started to do some exploring around the neighborhood by way of weekly date nights. I wish I was home a little more–my commute consumes almost two hours each day. But I’m trying to make the best of it. I know that I promised a more complete photo tour awhile ago but the truth is, we’re still not done. After the initial rush of buying new stuff and setting up the apartment passed, we’ve lost our motivation and budget to finish up the last few details. If we ever finish, I will post a tour.

Work is pretty much the same. We’re trying to hire a part-time marketing/graphic design assistant to help out the marketing department. If we find the right person it will be great. I could definitely use the help. Plus, I’m scheduled to do some traveling for events next year so I’ll need to have someone back at the office to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Derek is hard at work studying for his comp exams. He’s also prepping to speak at conference this weekend and making plans to teach a food history course in January. He’s a busy little smarty pants–I’m so proud of him and his dedication. But also a little jealous of the books he spends so much time with. 🙂 We’ve discussed taking a short vacation after he passes his exam–any suggestions of where to go? I’m voting Italy but I don’t think D’s on board financially.

Everything else is good. I miss my friends and family back home, but I’m very excited that Doug and Mego will be spending Thanksgiving in Boston with us. (I’ve already started mentally planning the vegan menu and it’s gonna be good.)

Much love to you all,


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