TGIF & travel plans.

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I'm quite excited to say that I'm going to Vienna at the end of March. My dear family friends invited me to spend the week with them and I jumped at the chance to go--I've never been there before and I'm looking forward to experiencing the Easter markets and hopefully going to the Spanish Riding School. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

In other news, I was so exhausted this week--I know it was a short one with the Monday holiday, but it was so crazy busy and yesterday morning it felt like I had to peel my eyes open when my alarm went off (gross, but true). The weather, however, has been amazing--I had the windows of my house open yesterday and the fresh air has (somewhat) revitalized me. I know it's not going to last, but at this point, I'll take what I can get. It might have even inspired me to get a head start on some spring cleaning this weekend...or maybe I'll just catch up on sleep. We shall see.

Have a great weekend.  


valentine's day.

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I don't think I've sent Valentine's Day cards since 1993, but these postcards from Rifle Paper Co. made me revisit what might become a new tradition. Check your mailbox, and Happy Valentine's Day!



Hello from snow city. I can't believe we went from the mid-40's on Wednesday to the crazy amount of snow we have now. We were dumped with a foot and half on Thursday, four inches Saturday and woke up to another foot and a half-ish this morning. It's crazy, but it comes with the joy of New England living. I've been a shoveling machine and I've had to constantly fight Olive to go outside (I shovel her a little path and put her jacket on, but she hasn't been having it -- I can't really blame her).

This weekend was very family-centric -- after lunch and movies with my mom during the afternoon, I had my parents over for dinner on Saturday night and made this pasta carbonara recipe which was super comforting and delicious (the leftovers have been especially tasty with a fried egg on top). On Sunday my sister and I did an early Pure Barre class that kicked my butt and then we stocked up for the week at Trader Joe's. After bagels and Bloody Mary's at my parents' house on Sunday I came home, got cozy and made this granola that I plan on having with yogurt allll week. I also started watching The Killing -- I needed a new show to binge watch, and so far, I'm loving it.

I'm hoping we get a break from the precipitation this week--my arms need a rest.


this or that (or both)?




Since the dawn of the new year I've been feeling like I need a refresh on my specs. Warby Parker is such a great resource for glasses--I currently rock the Downing, which I love, but I've always been a big fan of the dark, giant nerdy glasses like the Ella...given the price point, I'm tempted to get another pair.

Do you have a preference? Tell me!


maine weekend in pics.

pretty view while walking the dogs.

empty dock.

an accurate sign in portsmouth.

fried clams at robert's.

cozy fires every night.

I was able to get away this past weekend for a quick trip up to Maine with my parents, and it was great. We went on long walks with the dogs, did a little shopping and a lot of eating. I'm so lucky to have this little retreat so close--I need to take advantage of it more.

This week has been busy (work has been crazy and I thought I posted this on Tuesday but clearly never hit publish) but I'm really trying get my act together and set up a healthier routine. I feel like I say that every week but this time it's going to be different.



some thoughts.

So, I haven't really discussed politics here--not because I'm worried about ruffling feathers, but because I haven't felt super confident that I would be able to clearly articulate what I'm feeling. Quite frankly, I've had a pit in my stomach since the election and that pit slowly might be turning into a sinkhole.

At this point, my primary feeling is fear. The executive orders that have been issued within the first week of Trump's presidency are beyond concerning. I'm worried about the future of our environment, our citizens who have relied upon affordable healthcare, the reproductive rights of women and our immigrants and refugees--immigrants are the foundation of this nation and the blatant discrimination via the latest order is chock full of hypocrisy.

And although I've been in a state of quasi-depression over recent events, I've also been incredibly inspired: from the women's march to the support all over social media to the most recent protests at airports throughout the country, it's clear that people are willing to stand up and mobilize against a truly scary administration.

I'm trying take action of my own: I plan on donating to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, reaching out to my state representatives and voicing my opinions (I know my girl Elizabeth Warren has my back), and continuing to be informed by reading and supporting publications/news organizations like the NY Times and NPR.

I love this country, and I'm proud to be one of its citizens, but I'm not going to sit idle through the next four years. And I know this was heavy for a Friday, but I haven't felt right posting about my weekends and snacks without addressing this first. Happy weekend!