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9.18.2017

weekend.


{ one of the many cheese varieties consumed this weekend }
Oh Monday, you sneak up on us so fast.

This weekend was a good one, but busy (and so, so uncomfortably humid). On Friday I had sushi and went to bed early since last week kicked my butt. Saturday called for a trip to the mall, and while I had grandiose ideas of going on a rather large shopping spree I ended up buying just a few things, including these leggings that I love (although I recognize I'm super late to the party and people have been talking about how great they are forever) and these candles, because...fall.

On Sunday I took a barre class, did a frenzied deep clean of my house and then worked for a couple of hours. I had a delicious seafood dinner at my parents house and we savored some of the last bites of this summer's batch of lavender honey ice cream. And that was it.

This week is going to be a doozy.  

9.14.2017

this or that: office chair.

Now that work has picked up and I'm actually utilizing my home office (instead of the couch) I've recently realized that I absolutely despise my office chair. I have a knockoff of the Herman Miller Eames Management Chair and while it looks good it's super uncomfortable...which might be the result of buying a cheap knockoff. I spotted the Elowen chair in the latest Anthropologie home catalog and I love it. It looks super luxe and while it's probably really unpractical and Olive will shed all over it, I think I'm adding it to my wishlist.

Which would you choose?


9.12.2017

life lately.



{ boats at the buffalo yacht club }



{ cozy nights in with the cooler temps }

{ someone found a comfortable spot while I'm working in my office }

Hello! And here we are, in September...it's been seemingly unseasonably cool around these parts as of late, and while I'm glad to see the humidity go, I'm so bummed that summer is over. I know time goes by faster as you get older, but this is absurd.

Things have been pretty quiet around here--I went to a wedding in Buffalo, NY in the middle of August that was a blast but otherwise I've been laying low on the weekends. Pure Barre has been a part of my recent routine and I can already tell a difference (also, I love the new Empower class). I started reading My Absolute Darling and while it's a bit disturbing I love the writing. I've been reading fluff thrillers for months, and although they have their own value, I'm thoroughly enjoying reading something with more depth.

And that's pretty much it. I have felt like I've been living in limbo for the past couple of months which has been frustrating. Work has been really, really busy which I like but I'm trying to get some other things lined up in my personal life and they haven't been happening as quickly as I would like. I have to constantly remind myself to take a deep breath and there are certain things I can control and others I can't (sometimes that works...sometimes it doesn't). I'm not known for being particularly patient.

Happy Tuesday!


8.14.2017

weekend in pics.

BBQ and brews on Saturday.
Much needed latte.

Kitchen companion enjoying some sun.

Cooling off with some pool time.
And suddenly, we're back on a Monday. This weekend I was able to accomplish everything I wanted, which was a whole lot of nothing. After a long day on Friday, I made cauliflower pizza (using Trader Joe's cauliflower crust) and went to bed early.

Saturday I took my sloth-like ways to a level that surprised even me, but I managed to get my act together and meet my brother and his family at Carter and Stevens Farm for BBQ and beers. It was a lot of fun: the food and beer were delicious, and while it was super crowded it was definitely a fun summer night.

On Sunday I had lunch with my mom and then proceeded to get toasty at the pool--the weather was absolutely perfect. I made a pesto pasta salad with mushrooms, spinach and chicken for dinner and continued reading Hello Sunshine (it's been okay so far, but not my absolute favorite--I think I much prefer Laura Dave's other novel, Eight Hundred Grapes). I'm trying to soak up as much as the remaining weeks of summer that I can--I can't believe we're halfway through August.

Here's hoping the work week goes by quickly!



8.09.2017

weekend things.


a successful sushi lunch

I'm a little late on the weekend recap, but as my favorite saying goes, better late than never.

On Friday my family and I celebrated the life of my grandfather. We had a lovely church service and reception followed by the burial and gathering at my uncle's house--it was hard, but at the same time it was the perfect celebration of a truly wonderful man. The dichotomy between the relief of having a loved one no longer suffer and the feeling of loss is stark, but being surrounded by family (some whom I haven't seen in years) provided a lot of comfort.

On Saturday I ran some errands with my mom and sister and then had a delicious sushi/mai-tai lunch...which led to a nap while Sleepless in Seattle played in the background. I was finally able to pull myself together to make Ina's turkey lasagna (sans goat cheese) and it was perfect.

Sunday was a pretty low-key day, but the highlight was celebrating my niece's 3rd birthday. I love that her personality is really coming out--she is an absolute riot.

And in other news, I was promoted at work a couple of weeks ago, which has been a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I'm so appreciative that I was recognized as being the right person for the additional responsibilities (I mean, who doesn't like that???) but on the other, the timing isn't great and it means a lot more time on the road. This entire month is going to be filled with a lot of training, and I'm already super exhausted by the time I get home. It's going to be a (hopefully good), serious adjustment.

TGIW--I'm looking forward to a sleep-filled weekend. 

8.01.2017

hello, august.



I can't believe it's the first of August--time is seriously flying by. Truth be told, this summer has been a pretty rough one for my family and we've been most recently dealing with the death of my sweet grandfather who passed away last week. I'm so lucky that I have such an amazing support system and we're able to lean on each other, but I also hope we can catch a bit of a break soon.

I've been able to make it up to Maine for a few long weekends which has been great, and this past Saturday I saw The Head and the Heart with my sister in Boston at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (such a cool venue). The band was so good and I'm hoping to go to their show in Portland in September.

Other than that, I'm plugging along. I have some things in motion that will hopefully come to fruition in the fall but I need to constantly remind myself not to get stressed out over the stuff that's beyond my control (something I really, really struggle with).

So...deep breaths. I'm using the start of a new month as a clean slate and fingers crossed there are good things to come.


6.22.2017

this or that: bicycle edition.


this or that: bicycle edition.

shinola / schwinn

It's no secret to those who know me that my cycling skills leave a lot to be desired. I'm rather uncoordinated and unbalanced, so the combination of me + a bicycle often ends in disastrous results. This lack of coordination, however, hasn't been a deterrent: last weekend my dad and I ordered takeout and instead of driving to our little downtown eatery I hopped on my mom's bike and picked up our dinner in her wicker bicycle basket. I loved it.

So, now I want a new bike--I currently have a very fun vintage Schwinn that is great to look at but isn't super practical due to it being a one-speed. I need gear options while navigating the hills of my New England town.

I absolutely love Shinola's Bixby, but I'm having heart palpations from the sticker shock (the beauty in maroon above is almost $2,000)--I think I will ultimately go with a new (but vintage-looking) Schwinn Sprite. I'm willing to shell out a respectable $350 and you can't go wrong with the classic red. Throw on a basket and I'll be in environmentally friendly business.

Which would you choose?