Fall in New England

This year I’ve really been taking advantage of the awesomeness that is fall in New England. The perfect weather, gorgeous leaves and seasonal events *almost* make up for the bitterly cold winter we’re headed towards.

fallThere has been apple picking, wine drinking, pumpkin festivals, and a beautiful 5k run (I set a PR!). There were three birthday celebrations for people I love, sunshiny afternoon walks, Seahawk Sundays, and a shopping date in New Hampshire. Plus, I spent a day with my grandparents in Connecticut–Gram and I crossed a few things off the wedding to-do list. 🙂

fall 2Oh man has it been a good season. So fun and so festive!

I’m really looking forward to the holidays this year too. Derek and I plan to cook our own little Thanksgiving day feast and then meet up with friends for football that evening. And we’re roadtripping with Gram and Gramps to visit Aunty Sharon and Uncle B for Christmas. There will be lots of eating, drinking and laughing. I can’t wait!

We Ran, We Drank, We Napped

ImageSpring has finally arrived in Boston and we were treated to spectacular weather over the weekend. Well, mostly. Our weekend started earlier than usual with a morning 5k along the Boston North Shore. It poured for most of the drive but the rain slowed to a drizzle just before the race started. It was a little chilly, a little foggy, and a lot humid–but we survived. Our running time was 33 minutes, which is a little slower then I thought we’d do, but that’s ok.

We came home, cleaned ourselves off and promptly fell back to sleep. The sun was shining when we woke up so we decided to walk to a new-to-us bar and have brunch. We were able to enjoy the perfect weather in their hidden outdoor patio. The beer was delicious, the food was satisfying and the company was adorable.

ImageWe weren’t ready to go home yet, so after brunch we hopped over to another bar and sampled a few more beers. We got in touch with some friends who decided to come meet us in a few hours, so we (wisely) went home to nap, shower and eat before going back out. Once the crew was gathered, we enjoyed ourselves at our two favorite neighborhood bars and then ended the night with a few episodes of The Inbetweeners (do yourself a favor and check it out).

Sunday got off to a slow start due to the aforementioned all-day drinking, but we managed to tackle a few overdue chores, go for a walk in the sunshine, call our moms and take yet another nap. I mean, that’s what Sundays are for, right?

The weather is even better today, making this Monday quite enjoyable. Add to that the fact that we’ve got a short week at home and you might say this Monday is actually a good one. We leave on Wednesday afternoon for our road trip to Cleveland (for my work); Erie, PA (for D’s conference); and Niagara Falls (for fun!).

Love,

A

Oh hi….

Remember when I used to blog? Well, I’m ready to get back into it. I’m gonna start this off with a speedy-quick recap of the last nine months. Sound good?

September and October

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  • Lauren’s beautiful wedding
  • A visit from D’s parents
  • Electric Run 5K
  • Meeting my precious nephew
  • Not pictured: An overnight trip to Salem with my ladies

November and December

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  • A trip to NYC
  • Home for Christmas
  • We’re engaged!
  • SEA-HAWKS (Thanks for the awesome tickets Dad)
  • Not pictured: Thanksgiving, Ugly Sweater 5K

January and February

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  • Ringing in the new year with my favorite people (and celebrating 5 years with D)
  • Seahawks win the Superbowl
  • Aunty Sharon and Uncle B move to Tennessee 😦
  • Surprise engagement party for D and I
  • Not pictured: Tubing with friends

March and April

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  • Work trip to Mexico…not so bad, right?
  • Rebecca visited!
  • Pentatonix
  • New shoes, new habits
  • Not pictured: Easter with Gram and Gramps

I’m a little bummed that I took such a long break from blogging. As you can see, some really amazing things happened since last summer and they definitely deserve more than a bullet point. But at least it’s better than nothing.

May’s shaping up to be a great month. I’ve got a road trip, an epic concert and a visit from my cousin to look forward to over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Mego’s Bachelorette

Thursday morning I returned home from a month-long trip to the West Coast. Oh man was it a blast. I’ve got a lot to catch up on, so I’m going to break it down into a few posts. The primary purpose of the trip was to see my brother marry his sweetheart–so I’ll start with this first wedding activity: the bachelorette party.

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We may have been a small group, but it was still a really great night. We started at Mego’s apartment with some drinks and primping. Then we headed downtown for dinner, more drinks and dancing. The night started a little late, so our first choice restaurant didn’t work out. Since we were all starving, we went to the next closest place open. I don’t even remember what it was called, but I do remember that the Seattle Police Pipes and Drums band came into the restaurant and played two (or three?) songs. And then a little while later, the restaurant was invaded by clowns. I wish I was kidding.

After scarfing down our food, we started walking towards the dance club that Megan had chosen. Along the way, we saw a bar with a sign for half-price drinks so naturally we had to stop. Since it was two-for-one, we each had two shots and then continued our walk. We got to the dance club two minutes before 11pm–which is when the free cover ended. The woman at the door tried to say that the cover charge began at 10:30pm, but I sweet talked us in for free. 🙂

The club ended up being really small–and mostly full of men who weren’t into dancing–but we still had a good time. We had a champagne toast, did another shot and danced for a little while. When we had all had enough, we headed back to Megan’s favorite neighborhood bar for some karaoke.

At that point, I was exhausted. I wish I could blame it on the time difference, but at that point, I had been on the West Coast for two weeks. The truth is, I’m getting old.

After Megan sang, I convinced the group that walking up the enormous hill to her apartment was a terrible idea so we grabbed a cab to take us home. We got home just as Doug was getting off work, so Megan told him all about our night while the rest of us got ready for bed. The night ended with a 2am showing of Pitch Perfect but, in my usual fashion, I only stayed awake for about 10 minutes.

The next morning, Megan, her sister Tess and I went into Ballard for manis and pedis. The women at the salon were super sweet and it was a really relaxing morning/early afternoon. We finished up our girl-time with some sandwiches and a quick walk through the Farmer’s Market before parting ways. It was the perfect ending to her bachelorette.

Stay tuned, the wedding recap is coming next. 🙂

An Overdue Update

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Hi friends, It’s been too long. Since I last wrote many exciting things have happened including:

– a visit from Chantha

– a girl’s night trip to a Connecticut casino

– a job interview

– many date nights

– the start of a running routine

– a job resignation and a job acceptance

– a Duck Tour around Boston

– a lovely Memorial Day weekend at my Aunt’s lakehouse

– a fun dinner party with some (former) co-workers

For the sake of brevity, I won’t go into all the details. But I do want to tell you a little more about my new job! About a month ago I started working for a new company. It is in the same industry (that would be print and promotional products), but the company is much larger than my previous place of employment. My position is fairly similar to what I have been doing since moving to Boston, managing the marketing efforts of the company.

This new company is based out of Cleveland…but I’m not moving there. I was fortunate to take the position as a remote office–which means I primarly work out of my tiny Boston apartment with the occasional trip to the Cleveland office. That means Derek and I spend a lot of time together at home. 🙂 And the best news is that I have more flexibility in my schedule so I’ll be in Washington for almost a month this summer! Working, of course, but still–I’ll have time to see you all.

It’s been an adjustment, but so far I’m really happy with my decision. I’m thankful that I no longer have an hour commute each way to work. It’s a teeny bit lonely without the social aspect of an office, but I’m getting to know my new colleagues and making lots of plans with the friends I made at my last job. The pros definitely outweigh the cons.

So that’s my big news. What’s new in your life?

xo,
A

Snapshots

photo (2)Life has been good lately. It’s been a very snowy February and early March, but with pretzels, craft nights, amazing concerts and plenty of celebrations with D, I haven’t let the winter weather keep me down.

The best thing that happened in February was Derek passing his comp exam. He read hundreds of books and spent (what felt like) thousands of hours preparing and I couldn’t be more proud–and relieved–that it’s over. I threw him a little surprise party to mark the accomplishment but I was too busy having a great time with everyone that I forgot to take any pictures. You’ll just have to take my word for it that it was a success. 🙂

And March has more good things in store. Tomorrow D and are headed to Northampton for a weekend trip. He’s speaking at a conference but we’re spending the night so we can have a date day in a new city on Sunday. At the end of the month I have my Grandpa’s birthday and an Easter celebration with the family to look forward to. I’m also hoping that the snow melts away and that we start to see the sun again, but we’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out.

I hope 2013 is treating you right so far. There are so many great things happening to the people I love that I can’t help but think it is going to be one amazing year.

Love to you all,

A

Top Twelve of 2012

12. Finally joining the iPhone club (December)

11. Planning and executing a huge work event without any major problems (June)

10. My 1st Veganniversary (September)

9. Spending time with Chris before he moved far, far away (January)

8. Girl’s night out at Foxwoods with Laurie, Lauren, Lisa and Ashley (November)

7. Birthday trip to the beach (July)

6. A promotion at work (May)

5. Katie’s wedding (September)

4. Visiting NOLA (January)

3. Doug and Megan’s Thanksgiving visit (November)

2. Watching my sister’s graduation speech (June)

1. Moving in with Derek (July)

Over the Weekend

There was:

  • dog-sitting
  • Chinese food
  • Skipbo
  • date night
  • my best ever banana bread

Plus some sleeping in, some cuddling and some 30 Rock. Even though I don’t have tomorrow off, and even though Derek is already on his way back to New Hampshire, I’m calling it a win.

Hope your weekend is treating you well!

A Quarter Century

Disclaimer: This is a crazy long post. But it’s the last one from my trip to Washington. And this time there are corresponding photos thanks to Katie K. Enjoy. Or don’t. I won’t tell you what to do.

I had no expectations for my 25th birthday celebration. In fact, I was so excited about planning my vacation home that I sort of forgot about my birthday. But I have great people in my life, so I should have known that 25 would bring great things.

The timing of my trip dictated that if I wanted to celebrate in Seattle, I’d have to do it Sunday night- the day before my birthday. Doug gave me a little slack about starting the party a day early, but it really worked out well.

Derek and I met Rebecca and Katie K. at Doug and Mego’s. We started with a little pre-funking and then I opened my gifts from Katie. She brought me a delicious carrot cupcake from my favorite Portland bakery and gifted a cookbook that I instantly fell in love with and a wire whisk that goes with an inside joke from grad school.

Then we walked to a sushi restaurant not far from the apartment. It ended up being the perfect dinner spot because even though they only had 2 beers on tap, one of them was Kilt Lifter—my favorite. We ordered way too much food and beer and ate family-style. Derek may have spilled a drink on me, but he’d be embarrassed if I told you, so I won’t.

p.s. That necklace was my present from D. And he picked it out all by himself. Isn't he great?

After the meal, the boys headed straight to the bar while the girls headed straight to gelato. Yum yum yum. When I got to the bar, Mike D. had already arrived and someone had already told the bartender that it was my birthday. So I accepted my free beer and then bear hugged Mike. A few minutes later, Mikey Van Fleet showed up and the crew was complete. Some people played pool, I played shuffleboard and we all played songs on the jukebox (which, for some reason, I kept calling a music maker). There were shots for the July birthdays (Doug, Mike D., Katie and I) and then a bar regular named Heavy insisted on buying me a birthday drink.

Rebecca, Mike D. and Mego had to leave earlier than the rest of us, but I think it was at least midnight when they left. Derek, Katie, Mikey, Doug and I stayed until the bar closed. Derek may have spilled another drink on me. But again, I won’t embarrass him by telling you. On the way home, we accidentally split up. Derek and Mikey walked to Chevron for beer and scratch tickets. Doug, Katie and I walked to QFC for beer, Gatorade and snacks. And then we all met up at the apartment.

My snack. I'm not really sad- that's just a pose for the photo.

The boys stayed up even later drinking and talking outside. Katie and I crashed on the air mattress and didn’t wake up again until Mikey woke us all with a night terror that caused him to scream and kick. And then something funny must have happened because he started laughing in his sleep.

Katie and I had a quick breakfast at a place around the corner before she had to return to Oregon for work. When I got back to the apartment, Derek and Doug were starting to wake up. After watching some youth track races, Derek and I headed to the Ave for a little shopping (where I bought myself my newest favorite skirt), Jimmy John’s and then headed south for my mom’s house.

In Rainier, we hung with the family for a little while before Rebecca, Doug and Megan joined us all for dinner. Apparently my mom had planned a surprise party but I had inadvertently ruined it by inviting everyone over myself. No matter. We ate tasty lasagna and then my mom pulled out the crème brulee I’d requested. It was so good. We ended the evening my watching Jaime’s soccer team kick butt in their last game of the season.

All in all, it was a perfect birthday: easy and full of good food and great friends.

Here’s to hoping that 25 is my best year yet!

Belated Weekend Recap

Last weekend was wonderful and fabulous and perfect. I can’t believe I forgot to write about it. Hey- it’s not just my fault, you didn’t ask…

Saturday morning started with a trip to the post office. Mom sent me a Valentine’s care package complete with chocolate (!) and Tillamook cheese (!!). Then I drove to Boston to meet up with Katie and her friends Sarah and Kari. We took a train into the downtown area and had a delicious lunch at the first open restaurant we could find (ladies were hungry). After that we did a little walking, a little shopping and indulged in girl talk.

The best part of the little trip, though, was the dueling piano bar we went to for dinner, drinks and dancing. I ended up leaving fairly early in the night, but even the few hours I was there, I had a blast. Katie and I got there right as the place opened for the night so we had the best seat in the house. There were some good drink specials and the pianists were awesome. Seriously, so good. I definitely want to go back again soon.

Have I told you lately that I love Boston? Well I do. And this little trip only made me want to visit more often. It’s only 40 minutes from my house! That’s not far at all.

Anyways… the reason I left the piano bar early was because I was driving to NH to see Derek. I got in around 10pm and you know what Derek did? He baked cookies for my arrival! Sometimes he’s just so sweet. We cuddled on the couch until I fell asleep (which probably wasn’t long).

On Sunday, we spent the whole day together. We shopped; I was looking for a table to put in my entry way (no luck). We ate; He took me to Redhook for a little date. And we watched a movie; Salt- I fell asleep before it was over.

I was a happy happy girl as I went to bed, content with my perfect weekend. At least until my alarm went off at 5am Monday morning and I realized I would have to spend five days at work until I could have another amazing weekend. But that’s life.

Until next time,

A

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