Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oh hi!

I'm pretty sure that any followers I once had are long gone, but that's ok...I've been feeling the itch to write again so here I am.  Since I last wrote...a year and a half ago...I have moved to Alexandria, VA and started a new job at a missing and exploited children's nonprofit. 

Anyway, my cousin, Christie, tagged me in a blog game so I thought this was just as good a way as any to get back into writing here. 

The Rules
 
1. You must post the rules. 
2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post. 
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged. 
4. Tag eleven people and link them on your post. 
5. Let them know you've been tagged!
 
11 "Fun"(?) facts about me 

1. I can't do a cartwheel.  Or a somersault really.  It's pretty sad.
 
2. I grew up in Maine and lived in New England for 27 years, but last winter was my first time on skis.
 
3. My boyfriend has been brewing his own beer for a little over a year now and I'm loving helping him...especially when it comes to helping him drink it.
 
4. I am terrified of flying in airplanes. I'm not a big fan of being stuck in something I can't get out of.
 
5. I always wanted to be in a rock band, but I can't sing and have no musical ability so the chances of me getting any further than singing into my hairbrush when I'm alone are pretty slim. 
 
6. When we first got Bandit I was eating Raisin Bran and since I don't like raisins I picked them all out and gave them to him. As an afterthought I looked online to see if raisins are ok for dogs and found out they OMG ARE SO NOT. I spent the rest of the day hovering near him waiting for him to drop dead. He didn't.
 
7. I have never been a fan of young adult books, but had to read the Hunger Games after hearing so much about it.  LOVED the first book, liked the second, HATED the third. 
 
8. I love swimming, especially in the ocean.  Nothing is better than sitting on a beach and looking across the waves and realizing just how small we are.  I also love staring at the night sky for the same reason...I am in love with astronomy and love learning about all of the other worlds out there.
 
9. I've recently decided I would like to learn how to ride a motorcycle.  Anyone have an extra one they want to give me?

10. For Thanksgiving 2010 Geoff and I took a road trip from Rhode Island to Texas to visit friends and family.  We stopped in Nashville for my birthday on the way back.  It was one of the best weeks of my entire life.

11. Our car broke down when we went to get our tree this past Christmas.  We had to be towed home with a tree tied to the top of the car.  It was classy.

Now to answer Christie's questions...
 
1. Worst Habit?   Ugh, I'm pretty sure I have a lot of bad habits...probably the worst is hitting snooze way to many times every morning.

2. Where did you meet your spouse? I want details.  I'm not married, but I feel like I am so...Geoff and I met when we worked together at a nonprofit in the Summer of 2006.  A group of us would go out after work and as Geoff and I talked we realized that though we had never met, we went to the same college, had the same major and would have two classes together that upcoming fall semester.  We started hanging out a lot more and the rest is history!

3. If you could sit down and eat dinner with one person who would it be? They can be living or dead.  I always hate these questions because there are so many people I would choose.  Honestly, in this moment I would pick Mamie, my great grandmother who passed away almost nine years ago.  She was an amazing woman and I miss her terribly.  I have so many things I would want to ask her now that I'm older.

4. What's your favorite side dish at Thanksgiving?  Pumpkin pie!  Oh that's dessert not a side dish.  Ummm...probably the rolls or the mashed potatoes.  No wait...cranberry sauce.  I really like Thanksgiving dinner.
 
5. What's your dream vacation?  Three weeks in Italy.  One week to explore the cities, a second in the mountains, and the third on the beaches of the Mediterranean.

6. What book has influenced you most?  Many books have influenced me in different ways and I honestly can't think of a stand out. Some have opened my eyes to the tragedy in the world and have strengthened my resolve to change it.  Some have encouraged me to live more in the moment and to take risks.  Some have helped me to love deeper.

7. Why don't you like brussel sprouts? If you do like them, how do you prepare them? I refused to even eat a brussel sprout until a few years ago because I hated the look and smell.  I tried them finally because Geoff loves them and I baked them with olive oil, salt and pepper.  They actually weren't so bad!

8. What do you wish you would have spent more time doing 5 years ago?  Hanging out with my girlfriends in college and relishing the end of college more.
 
9. If you live to be 90 years old what will have been most important to you?
My relationships with my family and knowing that I'd done something in my life to make others' lives better

10. What's the first thing you do when you wake up? Groan and hit the snooze button

11. What's the last thing you do before you shut off the lights? Give the pup a pat and a hug and Geoff a hug and a kiss.

Now I'm going to break the rest of the rules, because while I'm still reading blogs, it's been so long since I've written here or commented elsewhere that I have no one to tag.  

Until next time!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oh. My. God.

No seriously...ohmygodohmygodohmygod. I want this IN MY HOUSE.

SELF-SERVE WINE TANKS COMING TO SUPERMARKETS

Friday, July 2, 2010

Where oh where have I been?

Oh bloggy buddies. I've been wanting to sit down and write to tell you about all of my adventures lately...but life has been so crazy!

In early June we did a lot of work on our veggie garden, lots of biking and hiking and having fun. The weekend of June 12th my best friend from high school married my best friend from college and I was a bridesmaid in the wedding. We went up to Manchester, NH for the bachelorette party on Thursday night, rehearsal dinner and party with the boys (my friends from college) at the hotel on Friday night, and wedding Saturday morning. Erin looked absolutely gorgeous. She was smiling, glowing, and radient all day, and I was so happy to see her so happy. I had a wonderful weekend with friends that I hadn't seen in months or even years.






The following weekend another of my best friends from high school and her husband came to visit. We showed them around Providence, grilled up some burgers for dinner, and spent a lot of Saturday night at Dave and Busters. They left the next morning and Geoff and I headed to a local lake for a couple of hours of swimming and sun.

Last weekend Geoff's cousin and her boyfriend came down to visit. They arrived Saturday morning and we went out to lunch before coming back to the apartment to relax for a good part of the day. We played several different card games and dominos, grilled up some chicken and hot dogs, then headed downtown for a beer and to catch the end of the Red Sox game before taking them to check out Waterfire.

Tonight we are heading up to Maine. We'll get there very late and crash at Geoff's mother's place because she's awesome and she loves us. Saturday we are going to a big party for a friend's 30th birthday. It starts at 1pm, there's a pool, a keg, and a bonfire, and we are all supposed to bring our tents to camp there for the night. Sunday we will probably visit Geoff's dad and I need to see my brother (the 21 year old Marine) who is home on leave as it's my last chance to see him before he gets deployed again. We come back to RI on Monday.

Erin and Patrick (the couple that got married and live in Texas now!) will be back up here this week and will be stopping by RI to see us on Tuesday, then I have another friend coming to visit us next weekend from Friday to Sunday.

Anyway, those are my excuses for not writing more. I do miss you all and hope you're doing well. I suppose I could be writing instead of watching marathons of The Hills on my Netflix player. (Oh my god I never watched that show, but I just got hooked and CAN'T. STOP. WATCHING. OHGODPLEASEHALP!!!).

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend. What are your plans?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dad

I miss you.

I miss the way things used to be. I miss being excited to tell you what was going on in my life. I miss being able to cry on your shoulder and know that your shoulder rubs and words could make everything feel better again. I miss joking with you about how crazy our family is. I miss seeing you in your "spot" on the sofa on Christmas morning. I miss picturing my wedding day without worrying if I should invite you or not. I miss having a solid foundation in my life. I miss long conversations with you when you weren't drunk. I miss long conversations with you where you didn't twist my words around later. I miss long conversations with you where I didn't realize halfway through that your brain doesn't really work anymore. I miss not having so much pain and worry in my heart when I think of you.

Today you are sitting in the same motel room that you have been living in for almost 6 months. As far as I know, you only leave once a week to deposit a check in mom's account and probably to buy booze. Alcoholism has broken your mind and you are too paranoid, depressed, and sick to live a normal life now. The you I remember from a few years ago and the person you are today are two completely different people. I never imagined that the strong man that I loved and depended on would end up being so weak and broken. I am heart broken that you've done this to yourself and to our family. I call you every now and then, but I end up regretting it half the time. I called this morning but kept it short and sweet, which I worry may have hurt your feelings and I hate that, because you break my heart every. single. day.

Happy father's day, Daddy. I hope that today was as good a day as it could be for you. I love you.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Soaked

Well...it's Thursday and I still haven't done my weekend recap...go me!

We had a really nice long weekend. Saturday we went out to breakfast at noon (what?) and then ventured to the East Side of Providence to get Geoffrey some new bike brakes at the bike shop. Somehow we did not know that Brown University's graduation was that day and that part of town was PACKED. We managed to find parking and walked around a little bit before being overcome by the crowd and the humidity. Once we got home we decided to take Bandit on a little hike. The weather said that there was a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms starting around 6pm, but we got to the trail at 4pm so we figured we were all set. You see where this is going, right? We got about 30 minutes into the woods and the skies openned up and sheets of rain came pouring down on us. Now, I actually like hiking in the rain, especially when it's as hot as it was this weekend. I do not like being in the middle of the woods while it's thundering and lightening. I may have been a little panicky. I may have almost cried a little at first. Geoff may have had to force me to stand under a tree for a few minutes waiting for the storm to pass to keep me from running in the other direction screaming. Anyway, we thought it would pass quickly because of how extremely hard it was raining. I mean...it almost hurt it was raining so hard! Alas, we started hiking back to the car and were poured on the entire way. Poor Bandit, who had been having so much fun on the way into the woods, was not happy that we were "forcing" him to stay outside in the rain. We made it to the car...all very wet.




After dinner, Geoff dropped me off at the Comedy Connection so that I could start "girl's night" with a friend, her friend, and her sister. I had been iffy about going as I was really tired and wasn't sure I would be up for going out, but after getting dressed up I was pumped and ready for the night. Unfortunately, the other girls had spent the day at the beach chasing 2 small children around and were wiped. After the show (9:30ish?) they wanted to go home and go to bed. LAME. I called Geoff and we went out for a drink before heading home for chips and guac and beer in our pajamas. The night turned out a little differently than I had planned, but it was still awesome.

Well that seems long enough for now, so I will fill you in on the rest of my weekend later.

How are you all doing? Anyone like hiking in thunderstorms? :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ready for the Weekend

Is it 4:30 yet?

That's when I get to go home and start my long weekend.

This week has been both fun and annoying.

FUN
Geoff's father was in town all week for a work training. He was staying in a hotel nearby and took us out to dinner on Tuesday night. We ate outside and enjoyed appetizers, salads, soup, and then a couple of bites of our dinners before we were too full. Wednesday he took us out to an Irish pub for some yummy beers. Both nights were very enjoyable, Wednesday especially. It was fun to see Geoff's dad get a little tipsy and I am always up for beer, good conversation, and laughs.

Last night was yummy as I made zucchini/bean/rice/other veggie burritos for Geoff and I...mmmm.

ANNOYING
Oh my god will this week end already??? It has been so looooong. I have gotten almost nothing done at work because I've spent all my time just wishing I was outside laying in the sun with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other.

Yesterday morning I got in my car to go to work and realized that I was almost out of gas. There isn't really a gas station on the way to work, so I have to go a little out of the way and I was already running late. Great. So I finish pumping the gas and as I'm putting the nozzle back on the pump I drip gas on my shoes. Not much...but still. Great, again. I get in the car and find a full water bottle and a napkin and start trying to clean my shoe off. It still smelled like gas so I took it off and set it on the seat next to me until I could get to work and figure something out. I put the full bottle of water in the cup holder, sans cap, and headed on my way. My next right hand turn WHOOOSH! The bottle tips over is pours water all over my work pants and feet, filling up the shoe that was still on. "Ahhhhh!" I almost went off the road. I righted the bottle then laughed at myself. I knew that I should have stayed home! Needless to say I got to work with wet pants and a shoe that smelled like gas. At least I didn't catch on fire, right?

Today is going much better. It's Friday, so that's a good start. I took a nice walk on my lunch break and sat by the pond on campus while chatting with an old friend that I haven't seen/talked to in forever. It was great.

This weekend I am going out on Saturday night with some girls for a 25th birthday celebration. Sunday I am shopping while Geoff helps a friend move. Those are my only two plans. I can't wait to see what else the weekend will bring.

What about you?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Haiku Monday

(Haiku Monday idea stolen from Jules)

Groundwork for new blog
Margaritas on my porch
Laughs with Geoff and friends

I will be back later this week with another vlog answering more of your questions!