Friday Free-For-All – 01/05/18

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Things are still moving forward on the house. We were thrown yet another curveball this week, but I think we’re still on track. At worst, we may have to push back closing a few days, which is not the end of the world. Keep those fingers crossed!

In spite of the crazy snowstorm and cold temps, I braved a night out with some friends last night. Stacy moved to Albany this past spring, but she was in town for work, so she, Abbie and I got together at the little “bistro” at the hotel where Stacy was staying. It was SO GOOD to see my friends, even if my drive home was a little hairy.

After all the holidays and visitors we’ve had, I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend. Of course, having Emily, Leah, and Jirka home for the holidays was awesome, but it meant we had a VERY full house and not a lot of quiet time. I want to sleep in and do lots of relaxing.

This week, I received one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten. My aunt Lisa (dad’s sister) put together a beautiful binder of family recipes. From her, my Aunt Sherri, my Grammy, and my Great Grammy. Some of the recipes are even photo copies of hand-written originals straight from Grammy’s kitchen! Almost every essential is in there, from bread to pie crust to fudge and beyond. I can’t wait until we have our own kitchen again so I can get cooking!

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?

Weekend Update – Happy New Year!

Dang, I love long weekends! Three days off in a row is wonderful, but only having a four day work week after is the icing on the cake 🙂 I had a low-key but still super fun holiday weekend. Let’s look back at it, shall we?

After work, I headed to the gym for a little treadmill action, then went to my friends Nick and Nikki’s new house to check it out. They just closed today and were in the middle of a painting spree, so it was a bit chaotic, but I’m so excited for them! These are the friends who lost everything in St. John after Hurricane Maria, so I’m ecstatic that they get to put down some roots and have stability again. The best part is, their new house is in the same town as the house we’re (hopefully) buying, so we’ll still be super close. Yay!

After that, I headed back home for some family time. Emily and Jirka were scheduled to leave on Saturday, so we wanted to cram in more Catan and hanging out.

Emily and Jirka left for the airport around 9:30, which was a huge downer, but I’m very glad they got to be here for almost a month. After saying our goodbyes, we headed to our vet’s office to pick up Rocket’s prescription food, and then helped Nick and Nikki move for a few hours. It was a pretty streamlined process, and when we were done, they fed us pizza, which was awesome.

We got home around 2:30 and spent the afternoon napping, reading, and otherwise relaxing. After supper, an intense game of Catan took place, and then everyone was up late drinking and hanging out. It was a late night, and Ben fell asleep on the couch and didn’t get into bed until almost 5 am!

We all slept in late and had a leisurely breakfast. Around 11, mom, dad, and Leah headed into town to visit Grammie, who’s in the hospital with pneumonia, while Ben and I hung out for a bit longer before heading into town to do some errands before visiting Grammie.

Our visit at the hospital was short, but Grammie seems to be on the mend and eager to get back to her room at Sterling House, which is a good sign. At home, we had a simple supper of sandwiches and chips, then had a super low-key NYE. There was some Catan, but mostly lots of relaxing, and nobody made it to midnight. Leah had a 6 am flight back to DC, so we all went to bed relatively early. NYE in my 30’s is very, very different from NYE in my 20’s, haha!


Leah was already long gone by the time we rolled out of bed. I ate a quick breakfast and got right down to business. I put all my laundry away, made our bed, cleaned up our room, and vacuumed the whole downstairs. It always feels good to start the week off with things all put away and tidy.

Ben’s truck hadn’t been starting due to the cold lately (the highest temp we’ve seen in a week is 13!) so when we were able to start it today, we decided a little scenic drive would be a good idea to get the engine all warmed up. We drove by our house and saw that there’s a big dumpster outside, so it looks like cleaning and moving is going ahead there. Yay!

On the way home we stopped at our friends Norm and Jennifer’s house for a cup of tea and a cozy chat by the fire before heading home to lunch. I spent the rest of the afternoon continuing to get caught up on life stuff, mostly reading blogs and typing this post up, as well as giving myself a manicure.


Ben made a nice roasted chicken supper, and we were in bed pretty early, both of us dreading heading back to work today. At least it’s a short week!

This will be a busy week for me as I have at least one commitment every single evening after work, and today will be one of my busiest days of the quarter at work. But hey, at least it makes the days go by!

How did you ring in the new year?

Weekend Update – Friends and Family

Hi friends! Since I’m no longer training for anything in particular, training logs are out, and Weekend Update is in!

Friday was a bit of a whirlwind. I ended up leaving work early to go look at a house with Ben (another big fat “no”), then met my friend Stacy at Burlington Bay Market for dinner before seeing the show. We ended up getting creemees and a bottle of whiskey (for after the show) as well 🙂

Ripcord was AWESOME. Laugh out loud funny and poignant too. The cast was phenomenal and the direction by our friend Abbie was spot-on. After the show, we headed to our accommodations for the evening: the Starlight Inn. It’s a delightful little motel that is Hollywood themed, and we stayed in the Elvis Presley room. So fun!

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After a late night of laughing, talking, and drinking, we were up relatively early for breakfast at the Guilty Plate Diner right across the street. I had the most delicious breakfast burrito I’ve ever had, and then we parted ways.

I headed home to quickly re-pack my overnight bag for a trip to my parents’ house, and Ben and I were on the road by 10:30 am. We arrived in Quechee right around noon, and commenced a super lazy weekend. We had unseasonably warm weather this weekend, so we spent a lot of time lounging on the deck, talking and eating snacks.

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My dad made a heavenly dinner of pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes, and a cheesy, spicy corn dish. We stuffed ourselves, then watched playoff baseball until I called it an early night around 9:30.

I slept for almost 12 hours, which I needed after Friday night’s exertions. Dad whipped up a big breakfast, and then he and mom went off to a couple of yard sales, while Ben and I made a quick trip to the NH Liqour Outlet (no taxes!), then went for a long walk around the neighborhood.

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My folks were home by the time we got back, and we had another lazy afternoon of football watching and snack eating. Dad made an early dinner of grilled burgers with potato chips, and then Ben and I headed for home.

We unpacked all our stuff, watched one episode of a TV show, and were in bed by 10. Perfection.

Have you ever stayed at a themed hotel (other than Disney)?