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!

Friday, May 21, 2010

My first vlog!

Hey readers!

It's my first vlog! I decided to finally get around to answering some of those questions that you asked me awhile back, and I thought it would be more fun to do it vlog style!

I apologize ahead of time. This is my first vlog and I know the sound sucks. Any helpful hints for future vlogs will be greatly appreciated!

Vlog #1 from lifelove'n'wine on Vimeo.



So there you have it! Look for more vlogs as I work my way through your questions in future posts.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Big 1-0-0

Sorry! Again...

I know, I know. I've become a failure as a blogger. I hope that someone is still out there reading.

This is my 100th post guys! The pressure was just too much I guess.

Actually, I have been very busy again. April is one of my busiest months at work so I was putting in extra time there. The weekend of April 16th we had friends come down from Friday-Sunday night. The following weekend my youngest brother, Grady, came down from Friday-Sunday.

Meanwhile, I had been planning my mother's 50th birthday party which was held in Maine the weekend after my brother came down to see me. It was a success and even though I had been stressed about it for weeks, everything ran smoothly and we had a great time. We stayed at Geoff's Mom's new place (which is located on a fairground in Maine by the horse stables...neat!) and the party was held at my uncle's. We had a nice family bbq and my mom was very surprised when she arrived. She even cried a little. As the group gift, we got her a nice digital camera since she was the last person on the planet without one and she always harrassed everyone else to email pics to her :). For the party I made a yummy 7 layer dip, a pasta salad, and a chocolate cake with strawberry frosting. Oh my god you guys...the cake was to die for. Here is the link to the recipe I used for the cake: http://www.joyofbaking.com/ChocolateButterCake.html and here is the link for the frosting: http://southernfood.about.com/od/icingrecipes/r/r70225c.htm. I got a lot of compliments on it, and I have to say I gave myself a big ol' pat on the back for this. It came out so decadent and delicious.

Last Thursday, Geoff and I went to the Red Sox v. Angels game and got to be on the Green Monster!!! For those of you who are not Sox fans, you might not understand the awesomeness of this...but the rest of you know. We had Standing Room Only tickets for up there, which is still awesome because for a fifth of the price of the Green Monster seats you get almost the same view, a big shelf to lean on and set your food drinks, etc, your own concessions and bathroom. The people sitting in front of us left during the 6th inning and we took their seats. It was amazing. The Sox won 11-6, the view was great, and we were so happy to be up there. I hope I never forget how much fun I had that night.




We were literally standing next to the concessions...no lines or missing the game when we needed another beer or hot dog!

I've missed you all. And will have the answers to all the questions you asked in my next post. If you'd like to add any questions...feel free to leave them here!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What do you want to know?

Ello, lovely (and handsome?) readers.

I have bravely decided to hand the reigns over to you. I know I've been a lazy, bloggy girl lately only sharing weekend updates and Friday Fill-In stuff. So I want to know...

What do you want to know???


Ask me anything, and I promise to answer you honestly. Come on...you must have some questions. Right? I mean...you totally spend your down time wondering about me and my life.
Don't you?

Well don't you???

I thought so.

Ask away in the comments...the questions can be funny, serious, whatever your little heart desires.

(I'm scared.)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Remembering Maddie

I first heard about Madeline Spohr last April.

I wish I had heard of her sooner.

Maddie left this world on April 7, 2009.

From the little bit that I knew about the Spohr family, I knew I wanted to learn more. I started reading Maddie's mother, Heather's, blog and her father, Mike's, blog...both from the very beginning.

Poor little Maddie had it tough from the start. Heather was only 29 weeks along when Maddie was born, and the little baby spent the first two months of her life in the NICU. She was poked and prodded with needles, underwent medical procedures, and had rock hard abs because she had to fight for every breath. But that little girl was tougher than most adults I know today. I know she was stronger than I am. She made it home from the hospital, and started a wonderful life with her parents.

Maddie had a few scares after that, and at one point had to be on oxygen at home. But she fought every battle she faced with a brave face and a smile, and always came out on top. I loved reading about her life and the funny stories that Heather and Mike would share. As I went through the blogs I found myself laughing and smiling thinking of Maddie. But as I neared April 2009, each laugh I had for her ended with sadness. I already knew how her story ended.

But the truth is, Maddie's story didn't end on April 7, 2009. She was only a year and a half old when she was taken, but she has inspired more people in her little life than most people could hope to in 100 years. Maddie has thousands and thousands...possibly millions...of fans around the world. She has taught us all to be stronger, to be braver, to enjoy our loved ones just a little more. I mean if a tiny baby can go through so much pain and still smile at her nurses...I'm pretty sure that I can handle whatever life throws at me.

Though we would all give anything to have Maddie back, her little life has served to help so many other babies and their families. Thousands and thousands of people have marched and donated money to the March of Dimes in Maddie's name. She has given other babies a better chance at survival. Her parents have started a non-profit organization called Friends of Maddie, that helps parents who have babies in the NICU. Heather and Mike are just as amazing as Maddie; not many people are able to turn such horrible pain into something that can help others.

I know we all lead busy lives. I know you don't know the Spohrs. But please today, just take one moment to remember Maddie. We can all learn something from her.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bliss

I had the most glorious weekend. I know it will probably sound like the same old same old to all of you, but I just felt so happy the whole time, Geoff and I felt blissful together, and the whole thing was just perfect.

Friday night we rented Julie & Julia (on the condition that next week we rent Ninja Assassin...la sigh) and I thought it was so cute! I mean it was by no means a wonderfully made movie or anything, but I really liked the story and it put me in a good mood before bed.

Saturday morning I slept in, then did Yoga while Geoff went to the library to get me Julie & Julia to read. Why did I send him? Well you might remember my little problem with "borrowing" books and movies from places. Long story short, I owe the library $14, that I swear I'll pay back some day...but for now I just have Geoff use his fee free card. STOP JUDGING ME! Anyway, I'm already halfway through the book and I really like it! It's very different from the movie, a quick fun read, and it makes me happy.

After my yoga session and Geoff's trip to the library we enjoyed a nice brunch (weekends we have breakfast between 11 and 12:30 so I guess it's considered brunch by then) while lying in the sun on the porch. It was SO WARM. Hot even! I had a tank top on and shorts and I didn't feel even the slightest chill. It was fabulous.

In the early afternoon we took Bandit up to the park and let him run around while we played some frisbee. I knew it had to be hot because our normally energetic and crazy dog spent his time rolling in the grass then lying still in a shady spot. I brought water for him but it didn't seem to give him any of his usual spunk...poor guy. After lunch Geoff and I grabbed our bikes and rode downtown. We took lots of back roads, stopped to check out a little carnival we saw, and rode along a river for a little while to check out the flood damage. It was crazy.

We ended up at a mexican place and split a pitcher of margaritas at a table outside. We walked our bikes for a little while after that before riding again...by then it was early evening and the air was a teeny bit cooler and oh so refreshing as I sped along wind in my face. Amazing.

When we got home we fired up the grill for the first time this year (woohoo!) and enjoyed some burgers and asparagus for dinner. That night we did some more reading and relaxing and Geoff hit the hay early after our long bike ride.

Sunday morning was much like Saturday, but Geoff did yoga with me! He was better at it too...ass. My arms aren't very strong so anything that requires me to hold myself up that way is almost impossible for me at this point...but he did great at all of it. We had brunch on the porch in the sun again, and then headed to Home Depot for gardening supplies. We needed a shovel and seeds. Once we got home we spent almost 2 hours in the garden redigging the whole thing up plus more of the yard as we are going bigger this year. It was hard work...so many rocks to pull out! Our plan is to have tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers again this year along with zucchini, onions, and peppers. We will have to wait until later this month to plant as New England weather is iffy this time of year.

We finished in the early evening and were dirty, sore, and tired. After a quick shower we were ready for our Easter dinner: a pot roast and veggies that I had tossed in the crock pot earlier. It was delish. After dinner I enjoyed some more sun on the porch with my book, then cleaned the apartment...it had been pretty neglected this weekend. That night we enjoyed some chips and guacamole while listening to the Red Sox beat the Yankees on the radio.

It was all pure bliss. Thank you Geoffrey, for a perfect weekend.

How are all of you?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins and Floods

1. All you need is love, sunshine, and wine.

2. My favorite shows, my friends, my doggy, my boyfriend, and my nieces fill(s) me with laughter.

3. Each generation, as it grows up, must face the problems left to them by generations before, and must do their best to leave less problems for generations of the future. Unfortunately, that last part rarely happens...

4. My father's disappearance, and my youngest brother's increasing pain is something I have a hard time dealing with.

5. A trip to anywhere else (preferably Jamaica, Europe, or South America) is what I need.

6. When you give your time and love to others, you will feel the happiness it brings to you and you get back.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to yoga, a sunshiney afternoon, and relaxing with Geoff, tomorrow my plans include hitting the library, relaxing on the sunny porch, working in the garden, going for a bike ride, enjoying some margaritas and Sunday, I want to repeat parts of Saturday and then watch the Red Sox kick some ass!

I know, it's such a cop-out. Sorry! It has been a relatively uneventful week here. Rhode Island has had major flooding issues, but we are very lucky and were unaffected. I feel so bad for all of the people who's homes and businesses were damaged though. This state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and now even more businesses (including a mall with untold amount of retail workers) will be shut down until they can get the funds to repair the damage. It's sad to see people who are already struggling have to struggle even more, and it makes me thankful for the luck that Geoff and I have had.

Are you on the east coast? Did you get any flooding? What are your plans for the weekend?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Of Yoga and Booze

It's been awhile so here is one of those bulleted posts:

  • Our weekend in Maine was great. Friday I had a nice lunch with my mom, then went grocery shopping for the party, picked up decorations, went to Home Depot for plywood for the beer pong/beer die tables, then went to our friend's house (where the party was to be held) to help clean up/set up the basement. Saturday Geoff left early to go snowboarding with his friends. It was a perfect day with temps between 60 and 70 and they all had a blast. I spent the day in his mom's kitchen making food. I prepared 7-layer dip, crockpot meatballs, sausage stuffed jalapenos, chex mix, veggies, chips, dips, etc. At about 4:30 I was pretty stressed because I still had to pack the jeep (we borrowed it from Geoff's dad) with all of the food, party supplies, sleepover supplies, etc and go pick up the keg. His mom helped me load everything up, I got the keg without a problem, and arrived to the party house at about 5:30. Everything was set up without a problem and people started to arrive around 7. We had a great night. Lots of games, drinking, eating, laughing, and fun. Geoff's brother, B, came and I was so happy to see him having a good time. I got lots of compliments on the food which made my night as I had worked so hard to set everything up. About 10 of us spent the night and all went to brunch in the morning. Delicious! I was also amazed and relieved at my lack of a hangover as I had a lot of cleaning up, packing up, and driving to do that day. We got back to RI that night and I have been exhausted all week.
  • Work has been crazy and stressful lately. I am so sick of all of the drama that people there stir up every. single. day. I really need to try harder to just stick my nose to the grindstone and get my work done without letting all of the gossip/ridiculousness stress me out. Some days are easier than others.
  • I haven't been doing very good at keeping myself healthy. I haven't run since February and while I eat pretty healthy I do tend to have pig out sessions at night. I got a great idea from Life in Pink to do a 30 day yoga challenge. I have been attending my yoga class at work once a week, but it seems more like a meditation class than a yoga class...which is fine, but I wanted something a little more challenging. Also, it's hard to train myself to meditate if I'm only doing it once a week. She mentioned a website called yogadownload.com that is great! You can download free 20 minute yoga classes! I have been wanting to sign up for a more traditional yoga class, but they are all way out of my price range (i.e. they cost money). This is a great solution for me right now. So, on Thursday after a horrid, drama filled day at work I stopped at TJ Maxx and bought a yoga mat (I also bought some cranberry juice and vodka on the way home but that is beside the point). I downloaded my first "class" and did it yesterday and this morning. My goal is to do it everyday for 30 days for strength, flexibility, meditation, and my overall well-being. Wish me luck!
Sorry for the long post. What have you all been up to?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

He's 30

Today is Geoff's 30th birthday.

Last night I made him a boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. YUCK. But, it was out of love...what can I say?

I am leaving work today at noon to meet him for a birthday brunch, and then while he is at work for the afternoon I can bake his cake (Guinness Chocolate Stout Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting...I will post the recipe if it comes out yummy!), and pack for our trip to Maine. We will leave tonight after dinner and stay at his dad's. In the morning we will borrow his dad's jeep and leave our Bandit behind for the weekend. I will meet my mom for lunch in Portland, go grocery shopping for the bday party, drop our stuff off at Geoff's mom's, meet a friend at Home Depot to buy boards for the Beer Pong and Beer Die tables, and head to the house where the party will be held to drop off some stuff and help clean the basement. On Saturday I will cook/prep food, pick up the keg, and bring everything to the "party house". At 7pm the party will start and I'm hoping it all goes well! We have about 25 friends coming so it should be a good time!

Sunday we will have breakfast with everyone who has spent the night, then clean up, head to Portland to pick up stuff from Geoff's mom's, drive to his dad's to drop off the jeep and get Bandit, and then head back ti RI. I will be very tired at work on Monday...but it will be worth it!

Geoffrey, happy birthday. I love you more than you could know, and I look forward to many more years of adventures and fun with you.

What has been your favorite birthday so far?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins: Sorry!

Sorry that this post is kind of a cop out, but things are pretty crazy right now! Here's a Friday Fill-In:

1. I am so looking forward to our trip to Maine for Geoff's birthday celebration next week.

2. I am going to try to rent Up in the Air from the Red Box later.

3. When you get some time to yourself, it's a great time to relax and destress.

4. My family is a big part of my life.

5. If you need anything, like someone to talk to, I am always here.

6. I am really antsy to start planning/working towards a trip.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a movie night with Geoff, tomorrow my plans include finishing up the planning for Geoff's party, having friends over for burrito night, and going out for a drink, and Sunday, I want to relax and read my book!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Does anyone have any plans?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

True? I think so.

I saw this quote while surfing the internet today, and it made me smile...then laugh. I'm not sure of the original source, but I thought I would share it anyway:

"Whatever you give a woman, she's going to multiply. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her crap, you're gonna get a bucket full of shit."

Monday, March 8, 2010

Basking in the Sun Always Puts Me in the Margarita Mood

I am in such a good mood today. Finally, the sun and warm weather (ok warm for March...low to mid-50s) have come to New England. Geoff, Bandit, and I had a wonderful weekend enjoying it.

On Saturday, I got up and made pumpkin bread for breakfast. I know that it is more of a fall/winter thing, but I had a craving, a can of pumpkin, and it is so easy to make. Geoff woke up around 11 and made coffee and we took our mugs and bread out to the porch to bask in the sun. We hadn't been out there since fall, and as my long time readers know, sitting on my porch in the sun with a coffee is one of my favorite things to do.

We chatted about our plans for the day and relaxed in the warmth before taking Bandit for a walk. We brought him over to a nearby cemetary where he can run free after squirrels and sticks. He enjoyed that...until I caught him eating another dogs...um...droppings and had to hall him away. Dogs are pretty gross.

When we got back we took off for the mall. I have an event at work this week and needed to buy a nicer blazer and skirt. Geoff needed a new bike tire so after dropping me off at the mall he headed to a bike shop. I actually had a really good time trying on clothes...I so rarely go clothes shopping. I was very successful and got a skirt and blazer that look really cute...exciting! By then Geoff had dropped off his bike and walked the mile back to the mall to get me (he'd left the car up there). We walked back to pick up the bike and after we had it in the car we walked to a nearby restaurant for some margaritas to celebrate the warm weather. We ended up splitting a pitcher of them along with some chips and guacomole. Delicious and wonderful.

After the pitcher, we both had a pretty good buzz and had to walk it off before driving home. We walked back to the mall so I could try to find a top to go with my new suit. I was unsuccessful and so we walked back to the car. By then it was dark, but still warm...it was so nice walking around with no jackets. That night we watched Gran Torino (from the Red Box!) and made chicken fried rice for dinner.

Sunday morning went much like Saturday. We lazed on the porch reading with our coffees and pumpkin bread. When we were ready we leashed Bandit and walked down to Stop & Shop to return the movie and then took a walk on the bike path. It was so warm and sunny out again and I was in heaven. I couldn't stop smiling and just felt giddy from the Spring weather. By the time we got home it had been a couple of hours and about 4-5 miles and we were hungry again. We made eggs and toast, I read some more, and then we headed to Kohl's where I finally got a cheap top (hey, I'm poor) to go with my suit. When we got home I went back out to the porch with my book to enjoy the remainder of the day's sun. That night we enjoyed a mexican casserole and lounged around the living room. Great weekend:)

The sun is still shining and rumor has it that it plans to stick around for a couple more days. I couldn't be happier. :)

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Caleb

Today is one of my favorite people's birthday.

His name is Caleb. I first met him my junior year of college when he became roommates with another of my best friends and my ex. I liked him right away. He's one of those laid back, hippy-type guys and is one of the nicest people I know. He can always make me laugh. He's easy to talk to, and I find myself unintentionally being more honest with him than I am with most people in my life. He writes music and I love listening to him sing and play. He wrote a song for me once...part of it involved my love for wine...it made me smile.

One of my favorite memories of Caleb was when my ex, his roommate, broke up with me for someone else. I was so sad and really needed my friends to help cheer me up. I was also worried because I was still friends with his roommates and didn't want to stop hanging out with the great people I'd met in that dorm. Caleb would invite me over to watch My Name is Earl on his computer...I'd never seen it and would laugh so hard. Once when we were watching it we heard my ex and his new person come in...I think my face fell because the last thing I needed was to hear them laughing together. Caleb looked at me and slammed the door to his room shut and I laughed as I turned back to the show. For some reason that silly thing meant a lot to me and it makes me smile to think of it.

We also used to turn on some B-52s and dance like crazy with friends in the dorm. The group of us would flip between dancing and jumping like crazy and doing corny dance moves like the "shopping cart". Laughing and dancing and B-52s are some of my favorite things.

I have a lot of good memories of Caleb. I am so thankful that we're friends.

Basically what I'm saying is, Caleb is one kickass mother fucker. Also? When he's a famous musician I'll get to say I knew him when. Maybe I'll even score some free concert tickets...

Happy birthday, Caleb. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you, but you can be sure I'll be sitting in my apartment chugging red wine for you tonight. Ok, mostly for me, but some for you too.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

If only I could carry a pen in my boobs...

It's Thursday and I haven't done a weekend update yet!

This weekend was great! Friday night I got the movie Inglorious Basterds from the Red Box at the grocery store. Geoff and I never watch recent movies. We really just can't afford a night at the movie theater (this may have something to do with my NEED to have a big bag of movie popcorn) and renting movies doesn't make for a cheap date either. The last movie we saw in theaters was The Dark Knight, and like I said...we never rent. We just watch whatevers available to download on our Netflix player which is mostly tv shows and indie movies or older movies. Anyway, $1 movie from Red Box = Joy! It was a good, albeit gruesome, movie. I heart Quentin Tarantino's style.

On Saturday, Geoff and I went to the Chili Festival at the Rhode Island Convention Center. We got to sample LOTS of chili, see a chili pepper eating contest, and met up with some friends. After about four hours of chili eating I just couldn't take any more, so we headed to a local bar with our friends Mark and Jennie.

After a couple of drinks, somehow the topic of Hooters (the restaurant) came up. I mentioned that I had never been to one before and so the other three decided that we must go. It was in Warwick which was only about 15 minutes away. I was really excited because everyone talks about their wings all the time...but I ended up being pretty disappointed. The place was packed (Saturday night...oops!), but we got a table right away and ordered our food. It left a lot to be desired...their wings weren't disgusting...but they weren't that good either. Oh well, we got a cheap pitcher of beer and our waitress carried her pen in her boobs so at least there was that. As Geoff said, "It's not about the food, it's about the scenery."

On the way home we stopped to return Inglorious Basterds to a Red Box and ended up getting The Hangover too. We watched that on Sunday...SO FUNNY! I kind of want to see it again...

Sunday was great. We had no plans at all so I was able to tidy up the apartment and then laze around all day. After we watched the movie we turned on the Olympic hockey game, but I just surfed the interwebs instead of paying attention. It was so nice to just relax and enjoy each others company this weekend instead of having visitors or visiting others. Yay!

What have you all been up to? Any fun Hooters experiences? Seen any good movies lately?

P.S. Don't forget to vote.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How They Find Me - Take 2

It's time for another installment of "How They Find Me"! Here, we take a look at what some people enter into their Google Search bar that brings them to my site. Be afraid.

has been keeping me up for days - What has? A scary movie? The fact that the US lost to Canada in hockey? Global warming? This is in no way a complete thought, and it's pretty rude of you to make Google's job that much harder.

wine fills a glass of love - While this doesn't really make sense, I will still agree with you because "wine", "love", and "fills a glass" are all in the same sentence.

persnickety people commercial - I believe that this post brought this person to me. Also, I hate the word persnickety.

gag wine - Wine is never a joke people!!! I mean is there a more cruel prank to pull on someone than "gag wine"? You sir, are an asshole.

red wine burrito - Hey, I'll try anything once. Where can I find one of these?

difference between yogurt and cake - Are there really still people out there who don't understand this? I thought I covered it in the post linked above, but apparently there are some lost souls out there. Let me make it clear one more time: The difference between yogurt and cake? Is EVERYTHING!!!

cook oat bran in microwave - I don't recommend it.

Oat Bran Fart - That. Is. Disgusting. And why do you need to google this?

no! those pants are ridiculous, this is just weird - What's weird is you having a conversation about clothes with Google. It doesn't wear pants...it's a search engine.

the morning after costume - Ah, the morning after costume. I'd say it looks like smeared mascara, a flushed face, a torn dress, ripped stockings, and stilletos that weren't meant for walking home hungover in. Not recommended for women with any self respect, but probably inevitable for most women at some point in your life.

no pants sit on glass table tops - EWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Why why why why would anyone do that? Why???? Oh, I see...hahahaha. But still ew and not ok. Tables are for setting your wine glass on, not for sitting on naked.

i'm gonna make you gag - If you're the same person who googled the above item, you already did. Either way, what the hell?

That's all I have for today, but I think that's enough...don't you?

Also, don't forget to go here and vote once a day for the Game Changers project! It's a program that Geoff works for that helps teach kids about nonviolence and healthy relationships. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Favor?

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well...I promise to do a real post later today or tomorrow, but for now I have a favor to ask. It'll just take 2 seconds of your time and I would really appreciate it.

Geoff works for a non-profit called the Sojourner House. They seeks to end violence through grassroots approaches that address the root causes of abuse. The program he works with helps to teach teens and their parents about healthy relationships. One of the main things they are working on right now is "The Game Changers Project" which is a partnership with a software developer and a youth group to find innovative, youth-driven ways to build safe and peaceable communities. This non-profit and especially this particular program are short on funds, but we can help! All you have to do is vote for them here:

http://www.refresheverything.com/gamechangers

to give them the opportunity to win a lot of money to make this project bigger and better. You can vote everyday through the end of the month. Let's help kids make this a more peaceful world, shall we?

Thank you in advance! I love you all!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh, HI!

Hello?

Hellooooo?

Is anybody still out there?

WAIT! Turn back! Don't go! I know I've kept you waiting for a long time...but look! Here I am! Please don't leave!

Sorry bloggy buddies...if you're still out there. I don't know what has gotten into me!

Because it's been so long since I've written, I will do this post with bullet points of what I've been up to lately...then you'll be mostly caught up on my life.

*I started taking a yoga class the first week of this month. It's offered free to employees at the college I work at, and it meets every Tuesday night. I really like it! It's very meditative and relaxing and I am so glad that I am doing it. The first night of yoga I went back to the faculty/staff locker room after class to grab my coat, etc. A professor was in my class and she was changing and was talking to me while I got ready to leave. Now I for one do not feel comfortable changing in front of people that I work with...I use one of the stalls. Well this woman has no fear! We're chatting away and then WHOOSH! Off comes the bra and out come the boobs while I was STANDING THERE LOOKING AT AND TALKING TO HER! I tried not to react, but I was pretty surprised I have to say. Good luck getting that image out of my head...

*We had a long weekend over Valentine's weekend, and it was the beginning of my 14 yo brother, Grady's, vacation so we had him come for a visit! It was his first time coming down and his first time travelling alone. I picked him up in Boston at South Station so that he wouldn't have to transfer buses. Geoff, Grady and I wandered around Boston for a while and got some lunch, then headed home and went to Dave 'n' Busters that night. On Sunday we wandered around different parts of Providence to show Grady the town, but it was very windy and cold so that didn't go as planned. That night we went to the pool hall down the street to play some pool and darts, and on Monday we dropped him back off in Boston to catch a bus home. Geoff and I ended up heading into China Town that afternoon for lunch...yum!

*Since starting yoga, I've been trying to get back into being healthy (as far as exercise) again. I started trying to run again, but have only gone twice...it's cold out there! I'm hoping I can increase my workouts as the days get longer. I hate going to the gym...I love doing the outdoor thing!

*Geoff turns 30 next month! I know, right? He's so old! Haha, I love teasing him about it. I'm planning a big party for him up in Maine for the weekend after his b-day. It's not a surprise since he would have guessed anyway when we planned to go up there for the weekend. One of his friends offered up their house and there will be a keg, games, LOTS OF FOOD, friends, and fun. I am really looking forward to it! Partly because I hate planning parties so it will be nice to just have the day get here already!

*We went to Maine this past weekend so that Geoff could go snowboarding. We arrived Friday night (late) and left Sunday night. Saturday was such a beautiful day, and we went to the dog park with Bandit. It was so nice out that I didn't have to wear a coat! We walked around in sweatshirts...in Maine...in February! Glorious. Bandit had fun too...he rolled and ran all around the open field. Unfortunately, this resulted in him getting dozens of little burrs wrapped all in his fur and Geoff had to cut them out...good think it was just his tail and belly because it is a choppy looking haircut. Geoff's nieces ended up coming over to his mom's where we were staying so we got to play with them for awhile...so cute! That night our friends hosted a "family fun night" with mexican food and drinks in honor of our visit. It was so much fun! Sunday I met up with a friend for tea/coffee and then relaxed while Geoff was up snowboarding. We both had fun!

I guess that that is enough of an update for now...there is more, but I'll save it for a later entry. I will work very hard to make sure that happens sooner rather than later. I miss you all! What have you been up to?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Short. But spicy.

Geoff is feeling better!

This is good not only because I love him and don't want him to be sick, but because now I don't have to freeze my ass off walking the dog in subzero temperatures. You see, I love walking the dog...when it's warm out; when the wind doesn't whip through your clothes and sting your skin and make you wonder if your frozen body will be found in the street in the morning. It's Geoff's job to walk Bandit on winter nights. But being the loving, amazing, sweet, gorgeous...oh sorry...girlfriend that I am, I have been walking Bandit for every walk of the day during Geoff's cold serious illness.

Anywho, after a weekend hiding indoors beneath a blanket of tissues we are ready for a fun night out! We are heading to a local brewery for yummy beer and 30 cent wings (they have these nuclear wings that are painful, but oh so delish) after work tonight...can I get a hell yeah?

HELL YEAH!

In my experience, beer and wings can always cure a case of the Mondays. How are you recovering from your Monday?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Winter Un-Blues

Poor Geoff is sick. He is sitting next to me on the couch, sniffling and coughing away as he reads. It's one thing I hate about this time of year...all the coughing and sneezing that everyone does. It makes me edgy. People at work are sick, Geoff is sick, and I'm exhausted. I'm pretty sure my body is in an all out war with billions of little germs. Hopefully it wins.

Though this time of year is far from my favorite, this winter has been much better than last year. Last winter was very hard on me. We had just moved to RI in the fall, and we were flat broke. We were behind on all of our bills (something that bothers me to no end...I always pay them on time!), we didn't know anyone, and we had no money to go out anyway. Right after Christmas I came down with a stomach bug that lasted 12 miserable days. I had no sick days or insurance so I had to go to work anyway for the last half of it. There was no way I could afford to miss that much work. The very day that I finally felt better I slipped in the hallway at work (I was one of 4 to fall that day. They waxed the floors when it was snowy outside so we had wet shoes and waxy floors...) and sprained my foot. It was a pretty bad sprain, and it took a whole week for me to get through all the red tape to have it x-rayed what with the no insurance thing. It was so stressful and awful. I spent most of the winter in our apartment feeling anxious and depressed.

This year so far there are no major illnesses or injuries. I've gotten a grip on my anxiety issues, we know more people down here now, and have been caught up on bills for quite some time. We even have money to go out and have fun from time to time.

Life is never perfect. Things with my dad are still not going well, and I woke up from a horrible dream about it last night and started to cry uncontrollably. I'd say that reaction is from lack of sleep lately and possible PMS. Yes, things are far from perfect, but I am in a much better place than this time last year. I feel happier. I am able to look at life differently than I could then. I am more in love with Geoff everyday. Life is hard, but life is good.

Still...I sure can't wait for Spring to visit again!

How are all of you faring this winter?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Beer and Boston!

I had a wonderful long weekend with Geoffrey. Saturday we went to the Boston Winter Jubilee Beer Festival. I had gotten him tickets for Christmas, and it was a great gift for both of us! We took the train up from Providence which I was a little worried about, but it turned out fine. The ride was very quick and I had my new ipod to keep me occupied.

We arrived in Boston a little over an hour before the festival started, which turned out to be a good thing as we weren't really sure where we were going. We finally found the place about 15 minutes before the doors opened and ended up being pretty close to the front of the line. Once inside we hit the coat check then headed straight for the Gritty's table. I ended up going back there twice more before we left. Oh my gosh you guys, it was so much fun! There were UNLIMITED samples, a 2-man band playing everyone's favorites, food, and 52 breweries! I ended up getting buzzed very quickly and had to hit the food table about 3 samples in, haha. Silly me going to a beer festival on an empty stomach!

(Excuse the poor quality photos...took them with the cell phone!)

Oh no! Empty cup!

Going for a walk in the park...a leeetle drunk...after the festival


Even though it was crowded, the lines were extremely short. I think the longest line I stood in had 3 people in front of me...awesome! I can't remember all of the breweries I sampled from, but I know had had some from Gritty's, Sebago Brewing Company, Shipyard, Long Trail, Geary's, Kennebec River, Redhook, Widmer, and Union Station. Delicious!

After the festival we took a stroll in a nearby park before hitting a burrito joint. We were STARVING! We then grabbed some Dunkin' Donuts coffee and hit the bar at South Station to watch some football and have another beer while waiting for the train. Ok...Geoff had another beer...I was done. It was such a fun day, though. We love Boston and talked again about moving there. It's expensive, but such a great city. I don't know why we don't visit more often!

Sunday I made some delicious Chex Mix which the two of us finished off throughout the day...holy crap...so much food. We watched the football games Saturday night and Sunday as well and all of them (except for the NYJ v San Diego game) ended predictably. It's not as much fun without the Pats still in it. I also watched the Golden Globes on my laptop while watching the San Diego game on tv...ah, lazy Sunday.

Monday I actually motivated myself to do some dishes and clean the apartment before breakfast. We lounged around more after that before taking Bandit on a loooong walk that we all needed. It was pretty chilly out, but the crisp, fresh air felt so good. I made chicken curry for dinner as well as some pasta sauce for our dinner tonight and then hung out on the couch for more tv for the rest of the evening.
All in all, it was a great weekend. Geoff and I really enjoyed each other's company and I smiled to myself last night while falling asleep because, man...being in love is awesome.


(I know...gag...deal with it!)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Fill-ins: The honesty edition

1. The lesson I learned yesterday was sometimes ignorance is bliss. My boss made an awful comment about the Haiti tragedy that I'm glad I didn't hear. A lot of my coworkers were upset by it, and I haven't asked and don't want to know what she said.

2. I have found that here in RI, Twin Oaks is where friends and family meet.

3. All these years I have wanted to travel and never have. Geoff and I made a plan last night. We're working towards saving enough money for at least a month of travel in South America for next year. It has to happen.

4. I had to stop for gas this morning and was late for work. I was a little worried about this, but only 2 other people were here when I arrived.

5. The truth is my father is an alcoholic. He was sober from 1995-2006, but has been drinking since then. My parents divorced that fall, he doesn't work anymore, and he's a mess. He's my daddy, I love him...but he's caused a lot of problems for our family in the past few years, mostly in the past month. It's hard feeling so sad and angry toward someone you love so much. It's hard worrying about someone over the age of 50 because there is nothing you can do to change him. It's just heartbreaking sometimes.

6. Geoff and I went to an outdoor wedding on one of the hottest days in August 2009. Stopping at a lake, stripping off our dressy clothes, and jumping into the water is what I remember most from that day.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include going to a beer festival in Boston (YAY!!!) and Sunday, I want to stay in my pjs and watch football!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Geoff's nieces: