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Winter Weight

winter weight

Winter weight. The struggle is real, y’all.  As I mentioned yesterday, I’m heading out to Texas in a few days and that means I need to pack. This also means that I need to pull out my warm weather clothes.  (For the record, today it’s over 70, but tomorrow it’s supposed to “lightly snow” overnight. It’s safe to say that my sweaters are still in constant rotation here in NEPA.) I think it’s also safe to say that my body seems a little different than this time last year.

Things I’ve been enjoying this winter:

  • hot chocolate
  • ice cream
  • large family style pasta meals
  • movie marathons
  • Netflix binge-watching

Things that currently don’t fit/ I don’t feel comfortable in:

  • shorts
  • my favorite tanks
  • bathing suits

Whoops! I mean, I’ve eaten so poorly this winter that I’m at the point where I’m craving greens. I’m thankful that I’m so excited to get healthy again, but this current in-between state is hard. I mean I still really want that ice cream! And I still have more movies to get through on Netflix! But in the end I really just want to feel comfortable in my body.

I was always told that my blog posts should come to some kind of educational ending. All of the blogging articles say people like how-to’s and knowledgable lists, but this post isn’t really educational – it’s just the truth. It’s just a little note marking the start of some positive changes.

Sooooo….What time is your next exercise class, Dean?

PS- 5 ways to get excited about the gym.


photo via


the right moment

I’m all about the small moments lately.

I usually find myself living for the future, always thinking 10 steps ahead. But lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to take life as it comes and I can literally feel my body relax a little. This new and refreshed way of being has allowed me to look at things in the form of little moments or short clips of my present life. It’s incredibly refreshing to not be constantly worried about tomorrow and sometimes I can’t help but sink into my thoughts and feel content.

Have you ever had one of those moments where the right song comes on at just the right time and you feel like you’re in a movie?  Like when the right song hits the radio right while I’m driving and I can’t help but smile. Or new light is coming in the window in the perfect way and I picture my view as a postcard. Or you’re walking outside with the sun on your face and as a light breeze passes you notice it smells like spring. These are great feelings.

Yesterday I was sitting on Facebook and I came across a memorial page from a college friend who passed away last year. I had just started looking through the posts when Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah started playing on my Pandora. Jen’s brother + friends  played a version of that song at a benefit in her name last year. Before I knew it, memories came flooding back and the tears started to fall.  It’s almost as if someone’s giving a little tug on your heartstrings and they pull you right into the moment that you’re supposed to be in.

Sometimes things like that just happen, you know what I mean?






wedding fun

wedding photos


Congratulations Amy & Clark. Thanks for the wedding fun!
PS-You may remember these girls from this post.

Hoptron Brewtique- Patchogue, NY
Amityville Horror House

Following through with my “enjoying work travel goal” and visiting the Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue, NY and the Amityville Horror House.

birthday ideas: a byob painting class


Recent musings with friends.

gap, jcrew, converse

kate spade

work wear

Travel shopping
(jacket, tank, scarf & belts from Gap outlet // shirt from JCrew Factory,
shoes from converse outlet, bag from Kate Spade Outlet, blazer from F21,
shirt & pants from Loft, watch from Fossil)

Recent life has been a bit busy- and cold. (For a reference point, I just drove through snow and slush- SNOW and SLUSH! I also have on winter boots and I’m a bit upset about it. )

Anyway, beyond the snow I’ve been celebrating birthdays (& buying myself presents), attending local and non-local work events, booking flights, picking up my dad from the airport, and going to a wedding. I also got sick, which should have been expected, because spoiler alert: this is too much excitement for a girl stuck in a perpetual winter.

On top of being sick, my computer hit a little snafu and left me blog-less for a few days last week. While I was mad about this at first, it ended up being a pretty nice break from my every day online reality. The only issue is that now I have a TON of homework to catch up on. Good thing I just had that break, huh? What have you been up to?

25 while 25 Recap


I know you all have been waiting on this- the final installment of my “25 while 25” post from my last birthday. I did a quick check in on my half birthday, but let’s do one final one, shall we?

1- Go on a real vacation  We did a beach trip over the summer with Dean’s family, and then we did a road trip to Florida in December to see some of my family! It’s the best we’ve got.
2- Put together our apartment to a point that I can be truly excited to sit at home. I definitely made a solid dent on this. Although I’d love to hang some more pictures up, the living room is but together. My lady’s cave is a nice sanctuary. Our bedroom…. isn’t great. But we did buy a new duvet and sheet set which makes things feel pretty new. The bathroom is great and the kitchen is good enough for the first year.
3- Stop procrastinating. Maybe next year?
4- Read at least 7 books.  I really wish I had been writing these down for you, because I can’t remember what I read in the first half of my year. In the recent weeks I’ve read Bossypants, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, & Cinderella Ate my Daughter. I’m currently reading BJ Novak’s new book and Lean In. (and a textbook)
5- Learn more about the proper use of social media  I do all of the social media pieces at my day job, so it’s been a great push to do some research! While I’m far from an expert, I do think I’ve done a lot better with paying attention to social media changes and expectations.
6- Create a spending budget – FAIL!
7- Visit a new country - Again, my summer trip to El Salvador covered this one.
8- Teach Allegra to stop jumping on visitors - While Allegra has gotten a lot better, she’s still not great with this. She just wants to be friends with everyone! But we did get the name and number of a new trainer to try, so there is hope yet!
9- Eat at 5 new restaurants - 2 in Scranton: Girabaldis, Vincenzo’s, 1 in NJ: Pinky’s, 1 in NY- Spiceys, a bunch in El Salvador, and a few in Florida.
10- Be brave - As I said 6 months ago, I think this is something that will forever be evolving.
11- Make more things! Thank you knitting obsession!
12- Treat my business travel time more like leisure travel time  This one has proven to be one of my favorites this year. New restaurants, new fun activities, new sight-seeing adventures- what’s not to love!
13- Be a go-getter- Same stock answer as no. 10.
14- Make it to at least 1 new state- While I did a lot of traveling this year, unfortunately I don’t think this one happened for me. However, I’m heading to Ohio for the first time in a few weeks! I’ll take what I can get.
15- Do more activities! I’ve made a big effort this year to get more involved, to see more friends, and to have more fun!
16- Be a better communicator- same as no. 10 & 13. I picked a few life long growth options here.
17- See an outdoor play-Man. This is something I still really want to do!
18- Be healthy
19- Go to more concerts & festivals- While I think I could have done a lot more, I did make it to a bunch of new festivals, events, markets, and other fun things in my local area.
20- Stay in better contact with friends and family While I’m still far from perfect, as I said in another goal, I’ve been a lot better with keeping up with my friends. If I was to do another goal list, planning semi-annual friend events would be at the top of my list!
21- Graduate (well. get pretty darn close) -Guys. I only have 6 more credits to finish up and 3 of them will be complete in just 4 weeks! I’ll be done before July!
22-Go skydiving (NESE- I’m already nervous!)- whyyyy didn’t this happen?
23-Get ahead in blog posts and stay ahead!- this is almost laughable. Actually, every few weeks I’d do a really good job with writing ahead of time… but then there are Sunday night’s like tonight, where I’m finishing up my homework, watching revenge, and writing a post to go live in ~8 hours.
24- Attend some kind of blogging event- I’ve been to a few local wordpress meetings which I think counts.
25- Do 25 random acts of kindness  While I’d like to do a blog post involving random acts of kindness in the future, I’ve been pretty proud of myself over the past year. I’ve volunteered with our local soup kitchen. I’ve worked with students on local service events. I spread (and received) a lot of kindness in El Salvador. Plus some other, smaller things here and there. Even though this wasn’t my original goal for this one, I still think I can count it.


So all together it looks like I got 13/25 complete. While building this list was a great reminder of who I want to be, I definitely found it difficult to constantly keep up with all 25 things. Have you ever made a list of goals like this? How did it work out for you?