Friday Free-For-All – 02/16/18

Friday Free-For-All

Remember that commercial I shot a couple of weeks ago? It’s live! It’s been airing during the Olympics and I’ve had a bunch of friends texting me about it. It’s a SUPER quick segment (literally only 15 seconds long), but I had a lot of fun filming. If you’re interested, you can check it out by clicking here.

Ben and I did something unusual for Valentine’s Day. We bought each other a couch! We’ve never really been super into the forced celebration of Valentine’s Day, but we decided it would be fun to buy a real couch for our new house instead of spending money on junk we don’t need. We’ve been using an old, lumpy futon that we got free from his parents, and it was time to upgrade.  We ended up investing in a really nice Flexsteel sectional. They were having a 20% off sale and the frame comes with a lifetime warranty, so we feel really good about it. And there’s a CHAISE on one end! Helloooo, relaxation! Unfortunately, it may take up to 10 weeks to actually be delivered. Boo.

I went to prenatal yoga this week! Real talk: I haven’t been to CrossFit since December, and I haven’t run/walked/otherwise worked out since early January. Pregnancy is rough guys! But I’m starting to feel a bit gross, so I’m making a commitment to get my body moving more, and prenatal yoga is just the ticket! I’ve been experiencing a lot of round ligament pain, and things have been just a wee bit stressful lately, so it felt incredible to just relax and stretch out my body.

We celebrated my four year anniversary at work this week. Holy crap! I simply can’t believe it’s been that long! The customary anniversary gift is a nice bottle of wine, but since I’m preggo, I got a really fancy bottle of olive oil instead. This was super handy, as we didn’t have any cooking oil at the new house yet. Even though I’m really happy with my decision to stay home and raise our daughter after she’s born, I’m going to miss the heck out of my colleagues.

How long have you been at your job? Do they do anniversary celebrations?


Weekend Update – We Moved In!

Happy Monday, friends! It was a long, but oh-so-exciting weekend moving into the new house. Yay! We are now officially living there, which is beyond excellent. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

I headed home Friday night to do some packing, since we planned to move all of the stuff from my in-laws’ house throughout the day on Saturday. It’s amazing how much stuff you can cram into a 10 x 10 bedroom, ya’ll. We had it packed to the rafters, so we more than had our work cut out for us getting it ready to move.

First order of business was a big breakfast to a) stave off my nausea, and b) fuel ourselves for the long day ahead. I had some grits first to sort of pad out my stomach, then had a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich and some coffee. Perfection.

We had a surprisingly large amount of furniture at my in-laws’: a bed, two dressers, a desk, two bookcases, and a futon. Plus our summer tires, camping equipment, and LOTS of other miscellany. The day was sort of haphazard because we were still packing while trying to move, but we made it work.

With three vehicles and myself, Ben, and my father-in-law packing and cleaning, we made three trips to the house, which covered the majority of our stuff. We left behind a few bulky items, plus Thor the fish, for another day.

After the last trip, we ate a final supper with my in-laws, then headed home to do as much unpacking and settling as possible before an early bed time. I overdid it somewhat, and my right hip and back were letting me know. I took a long, hot shower and passed the eff out.

We were up and at ’em at 7:30 to get breakfast and ready ourselves. We hadn’t done any grocery shopping yet, so we headed to downtown Jeffersonville for coffee, breakfast sammies, and a donut from The Cupboard. Between locals getting their morning coffee and ski bums fueling up for the day, the place was jamming. We had a nice little conversation with a local guy who knew EXACTLY where our house was just based on a brief description. Damn I love our small town!

At 9, Ben headed out to meet our caravan of friends and trucks at our storage unit, while I headed off to pick up coffee, snacks, and beer for all of our helpers. You can’t ask people to help you move and then not feed them, amiright?

Shortly after I got home, our friends Nick and Nikki showed up with baby Kalamack in tow. Apparently we had so many hands that our entire storage unit was unloaded and packed into trucks in 20 minutes flat, so Nick and Nikki were there to help unload.

Guys, I can’t recommend highly enough the way we moved. We had close to a dozen people and about 8 trucks, and all of our stuff was into our house within 30 minutes of arrival! Since I overdid it on Saturday, I just directed traffic and chatted with our helpers. We are so, so grateful for all the help we had. I couldn’t really have done much more than I did without possibly hurting myself, so it worked out perfectly.

Our helpers all stayed to chat for a while once the load-in was done, and then by about 1:30, Ben and I were left alone to nest. I wish I’d taken pictures, because we did SO MUCH unpacking over the course of the afternoon and evening. We also took a break to grocery shop, of course, because the only thing that can make a new house better is FOOD. And we made our first supper and sat down at the table to eat together, which was really lovely. And then we were both in bed and passed out before 10 pm because DAMN that was a long, busy weekend!

So now it’s Monday and I’m at work, when all I really want to be doing is unpacking and settling into our new house. C’est la vie, non? We still have plenty of work to do, including a second coat of paint in the kitchen/dining/living rooms, painting closets, and ALL the unpacking, but we’re trying to just take it easy and remember that we have all the time in the world. This is our forever home, and we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.


Friday Free-For-All – 02/09/18

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Thanks so much for all of your well-wishes! The response to our news on the blog and Instagram has been overwhelming and so positive, and we’re very grateful for your kind words and support. As ridiculous as social media can be sometimes, it always feels nice to share good news and receive such an outpouring of love 🙂

We should be able to move into the house this weekend! It has seemed that things were just conspiring against us a bunch recently, what with the delayed closing, then travel right after closing, then Ben and I tag teaming illness, and then a giant snow storm on Wednesday, but I think the end is in sight! Ben and his dad did a ton of work last weekend removing the horrific wood paneling, patching, sanding, and priming while I was sick. Then my parents and father in law were absolute rock stars and painted the entire house yesterday while Ben and I were at work, so all we need to do now is haul all of our crap in. The plan for Saturday is to get all of our stuff that we’re currently living with at my in-laws’ into the house so we can start sleeping there. Then Sunday we will (hopefully) get a bunch of friends with trucks together to help us empty our storage unit. Wheeee!

My sister in law, Emily, is back! Emily got a temporary job for a few months to sort of test the “moving home” waters. She was able to keep her job in Prague as well, in case things don’t work out, so she’s pretty busy, but it’s great having her around. She’ll be looking for permanent full time work over the next couple of months, and if she gets a job, her boyfriend, Jirka, will move here too! Yay!

Decaf peppermint tea is a life-saver today. I’ve had a resurgence of morning sickness the last couple of days, and actually threw up this morning for the first time my entire pregnancy so far! I stopped at the grocery store on the way to work for some mint tea and it is giving me LIFE. Well, that and the ham and cheese scones my lovely coworker Marci made for the office. Carbs first thing will need to be a thing I do until this nausea passes.

All you mamas out there, did your morning sickness reappear around 20 weeks, or is it just me?


New Year, New Challenges

Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?

Baby Girl Drew due June 24, 2018!


Sorry for the terrible, cliche bathroom mirror selfie!

SURPRISE! You thought this was just a (spectacularly late) 2018 goals/resolutions post, didn’t you?

I’m betting that many of you may have already suspected this news based on my plethora of early bedtimes, the greatly reduced workout schedule, and the lack of alcohol references around here lately (this was also a dead giveaway to many friends and relatives!), but it was time to officially let the cat out of the bag.

I waited a long time to do any social media announcements for many reasons. First and foremost is the fact that I’m not planning to come back to work after the baby is born. I wanted to chose the time and manner of revealing my pregnancy and plans to my bosses very carefully. I am “friends” on Facebook and Instagram with a number of my colleagues, and I didn’t want the news to work its way through the grapevine. Thankfully, my bosses are very supportive of my decision, and I’m working with them to ensure business continuity after I leave.

Secondly, I was enjoying just being myself. Once people know you’re pregnant, it seems like that’s all anyone wants to talk about anymore, like it’s the only way people know how to relate to you. People start calling you “mama” and begin giving you all kinds of unsolicited advice and EVERYTHING is about the baby; you kind of lose your sense of self. I’ve already been feeling that with some of my friends and family, so it was nice to just be “Rae” to the online world for a while longer.

The last reason I was reluctant to share is that being pregnant is just plain terrifying. Joyful and exciting, yes, but also terrifying. Every second of every day I worry about that little baby in there. Any lessening or changing of pregnancy symptoms causes me to worry there might be something wrong. I didn’t start showing until pretty late and was worried that the baby wasn’t growing. Waiting for genetic testing results was excruciating. I haven’t definitively felt the baby move yet, which makes me nervous even though it’s totally normal. I was scared to share the good news and then possibly have to share bad news too if something happened. However, we had our big 20 week ultrasound and anatomy scan last night and everything looks great, so I finally felt comfortable sharing with a larger circle. It’s been REALLY hard keeping this secret from all of you, and I’m glad to finally be able to share!

There will likely be a lot of pregnancy posts around here going forward, but I don’t intend for this to become a “mommy blog.” This blog has always been a place to share what’s going on in my life, and my pregnancy and child will obviously feature largely in my life going forward. And of course I plan to continue sharing fitness adventures, particularly because staying active while pregnant/momming can be so challenging.

Before closing, I’d just like to briefly recognize that we are so, so fortunate that we succeeded in getting pregnant so quickly and easily. I know this is not the case for so many couples who want children, and my heart goes out to all those in the TTC community.


Weekend Update – Plague Part 2

Well, I didn’t mean to disappear for all of last week, but I was deathly ill from Wednesday until just yesterday, so there you have it.

I left work early on Wednesday afternoon with a terrible hacking cough, and a fever of 100.4. The fever peaked at 101.5 that night, then hung in around 100 until Saturday morning. I was out of work Thursday and Friday, and didn’t manage to get out of bed until yesterday. I was so congested in both my chest and head that I basically didn’t sleep for three straight days, and started hallucinating from exhaustion/anxiety on Friday night. It was a really great few days, let me tell ya. And now Ben is home sick. Oy.

So long story short, I’m even more behind on not just work work, but new house work AND blog stuff, so I’m not sure how much you’ll hear from me this week. I know I owe you a few trip recap posts and I’d love to update you on the house, but we’ll see. Right now, work work and house work need to come first. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to move in this coming weekend, but with Ben now ill, I’m not sure.

Quick Post-NYC Check In

Hi friends! I’m back from NYC and holy moly, I’m tired! We crammed SO MUCH into four short days and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. But first, I’ve got to get caught up on work and sleep. Oh yeah, and MOVE INTO OUR NEW HOUSE! AAAHHHHHH!

This week is going to be totally nuts, so don’t be surprised if I’m not around much. Priority number one is getting moved into the house. I will likely have several trip recap posts, and maybe a house progress post too, but like I said, we’ve gotta get INTO the house first. Wheeee!

I hope you all have a fabulous week, and I’ll be back when I can!

Off to BroadwayCon and HOUSE OMG!

Eeeeeee, guys I’m so excited! It’s finally time for BroadwayCon! First thing tomorrow, my friend Sarah and I will board the Amtrak Vermonter and take a nice, leisurely, Wi-Fi enabled train ride straight to Penn Station, and thus begin a weekend of ultimate Broadway nerdiness in NYC.

I will likely be doing a recap of our trip, possibly even a day-to-day sort of thing, because I want to remember every single detail, but I don’t plan to actually post while I’m gone. If you want to follow along in our adventures, I’m sure I’ll be posting plenty on Instagram!

In other news, we are scheduled to FINALLY CLOSE ON OUR HOUSE tonight. We had our final walk-through this morning, and barring any last-minute catastrophes, we should be good to go! While we are so, so excited and relieved that the day is finally here, the timing kind of stinks. I’m off to NYC and Ben is off to a cousin’s wedding, so we won’t even be able to start working on/moving into the house until next Tuesday. Obviously, this is small potatoes in comparison with the enormity of actually officially owning a house, but as you can imagine, we’re pretty anxious to get in there and start living on our own again. We’ve been living with my in-laws for 16 months now, which is quite long enough.

Thankfully, there’s not too much to do. Ideally, we’d like to paint (the bedroom is pink, people, PINK!), and there’s some pretty horrific wood paneling with ducks and deer and stuff that needs to either be ripped off or painted over. We’d also very much like to steam clean the carpets, cause god only knows the last time they were thoroughly cleaned. Otherwise, it’s move-in ready, which is such a relief.

I’m hoping we can be fully in by the end of next weekend, but I don’t want to put too hard a timeline on it. Painting and cleaning carpets will be much easier if the house isn’t occupied, and I don’t want to put that stuff off for “later” and then not get around to it for a couple of years.

So, after closing tonight, Ben and I will be going out to dinner to celebrate, and then heading to Lowe’s or Home Depot to scope out paint colors. And then swinging by the house so we can bask in the glory of being home owners 🙂

Weekend Update – Friends and Football

Happy Monday, friends! I’m staring down another short week before I take off for BroadwayCon, but I have plenty to do between now and then. Let’s take a look back at the weekend before I have to dive into work.

After work I FINALLY mailed the last of my Christmas presents (yes, I know, I’m a terrible friend and human being. Procrastination is in my DNA), and headed home to find that Ben had a by-week for broom ball, so he was home too. Yay! He’s rarely around on Friday nights, so this was a treat.

We started watching a show together after supper and he passed out halfway through, so it was an early night!

We were both up for the day around 8:30, and after breakfast, I started to tackle some tidying up. Ben headed outside to do a few things on the truck, and then after lunch, we headed out to do some errands.

Ben wanted to stop by the board shop and have his snowboard waxed and sharpened so he could hit the slopes on Sunday, and then we stopped at Smuggler’s Notch for him to get his updated RFID badge for the season.

After our little burst of productivity, we decided to head over to the rail trail and go for a walk, with the not-so-ulterior motive of sneaking a peak at our soon-to-be-house. We walked about 2 miles round trip, and had some wonderful discussions about our house and our future.

When we got home, I tackled something I’ve been meaning to do for years: I made a pie crust from scratch. Now, those of you who’ve done this before are probably scratching your heads as to why this was such an accomplishment. But for some reason, I had built it up in my head as this really difficult, fiddly thing that I couldn’t possibly be successful at. Lo and behold, making pie crust is dick simple, and I made delicious quiche for supper.

After supper, we headed over to our friends Merlin and Cat’s place for some drinks and chats, and we ended the evening watching a few episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Ben was up and out the door before I even woke up so he could beat the crowds at Smuggs. I spent my morning doing laundry and some more cleaning stuff, then spent most of the day lounging in bed reading. It was lovely!

A little before 3, we headed over to the Johnson’s to join a big group to watch the NFL playoffs. There was SO MUCH food, and it was a great gathering. We stayed for the whole Pats/Jaguars game, and through halftime of the Eagles/Vikings game before heading home to unwind a bit before bed.

This is a busy three day week before I take off to NYC. I’m shooting a local access commercial tomorrow night, then we close on the house on Wednesday (fingers crossed!), and then I’m out! So I probably won’t be around much the rest of the week, but we’ll see.

We you happy with how the AFC/NFC championships shook out?

Friday Free-For-All – 01/19/18

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Our house closing has been delayed, booooo. We sort of knew it would be a long shot to stay on schedule for closing yesterday (the seller’s lawyer is, to put it mildly, “difficult”), but we were hoping that things would work out anyway. Sadly, that was not the case, and our closing has been pushed back to next Wednesday afternoon. This is not ideal for several reasons, not the least of which is that Ben and I will both be out of town Thursday – Monday next week right after closing and therefore won’t be able to do any moving for almost a week. But I’m trying to focus on the positive, in that we ARE still scheduled to close. Which means…

it’s time to start packing. Ugh. Packing is the worst. Thankfully, most of our stuff is already packed up in our storage unit, but we do have a surprising amount of stuff spread out ALL OVER my in-law’s house. It should be quite a process collecting and packing it all. I may start in this weekend just to feel like I’m getting a jump on stuff.

Even though we didn’t close on the house, I kept my vacation day yesterday. In the morning, I had a commercial audition, went to yoga class, and ran errands. In the afternoon, my friends Krissy, Aimee and I had a shopping and coffee date. All in all, it was a delightful day, and I’m SO glad I didn’t go to work.

One week to Broadway Con! Technically, it’s less than a week until I leave, but the first day of the actual con is next Friday, and I couldn’t possibly be more excited. My friend Sarah and I are taking the Amtrak Vermonter from Essex Junction all the way to Penn station on Thursday next week, which should be an adventure. I can’t wait to see some shows and geek out about all things Broadway with a bunch of like-minded people. It also doesn’t hurt that next week is only a three-day work week, and the following week will be a four-day week. At that point I won’t have worked a full week for almost a month due to holidays and vacation days!

Do you have any vacations or trips coming up that you’re excited about?


Weekend Update – Lazy Long Weekend

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope some of you got a long weekend like I did. It was just what I needed. In short, it was a lazy weekend. In long…

After work, I headed to the house we were watching and Ben was already back as well. We hung out for a bit and had supper, then he took off to broom ball while I stayed home and watched movies with Shadow the dog. We all headed to bed when Ben got home around 10:30.


Saturday was a loooong, laaaazy day. Since Erik’s house is in the middle of construction and kind of in the middle of nowhere, there’s not a lot to do besides watch movies. So that’s what we did pretty much all day. And it was glorious.

Around 5, we rousted ourselves to drive out to Jeffersonville to have supper with Nick and Nikki. The roads weren’t that great, and there was even some flooding in places, but we made it out there safe and sound.

We had a delicious meal of pork chops, asparagus, salad, and biscuits, and then spent the rest of the evening playing with their adorable son Kalamack, and chatting. We had hoped to play some games, but with a seven month old in the mix, it just wasn’t in the cards. We headed back to Williston around 10 and crashed hard.


We got up relatively early and proceeded to watch another movie while cleaning up after ourselves at Erik’s. We headed for home around 1:30 and spent the rest of the afternoon at home settling back in, unpacking, and in Ben’s case, bracing for the start of another work week.

Our kitties were very happy to see us, and we were just as happy to see them and sleep in our own bed.


I had hoped to sleep in, but my eyes popped open at 8 am and that was that. I got up, made myself breakfast, and then proceeded to have another pretty lazy day. I did a lot of reading, updated my planner, journaled, and generally loafed around.

The only semi-productive thing I did all days was venture into town to look in on our friends Jaska and Penelope’s chickens. Penelope was home alone with the flu, so I fed and watered their chickens so she wouldn’t have to trudge out in the cold and snow.

When I got home, I started defrosting some chicken thighs and continued reading until it was time to actually cook supper. I made a pretty decent chicken curry, if I do say so myself. Then Ben was off to his first soccer game of the season (he just joined a league), and I spent some quality time planning my packing and to-do list for Broadway Con next week. I can’t believe it’s almost time!

So now it’s Tuesday, and a short week to boot. Not only did I have the holiday yesterday, but I’m taking Thursday off because (theoretically) we’re CLOSING ON THE HOUSE! I say theoretically because we’re still not 100% certain it’s going to happen on Thursday, but regardless, I’m taking the day off because my friend Krissy is in town from San Francisco. We’re gonna spend a day shopping and hitting all our old haunts downtown, which means I’m only working three days this week. Score!