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 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 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: