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Current Pinterest Inspiration

30 Jul

If you’ve read this before, you know that I absolutely love Pinterest. I mean, how could you not? Here are a few pinterest posts that are resonating with my mood lately:

(1) How-To fruit simple syrups. I’m dying to make some to spruce up everyday cocktails (2) Although I’m not a Lobster eater, I am dying to go back to Maine, and still haven’t checked that one off my Summer Checklist (3) Plum Galette. As plum prices go down, my consumption goes up (basic supply & demand)… but eating them like apples has gotten a little boring, so I’m excited to try a new recipe to really highlight their versatility (4) Little succulents. I was home last weekend and my mom had an adorable succulent display–so clearly now I’m trying to figure out a creative way to insert these into our apartment (5) Glittery Champagne. Need I say more?

Summer Checklist

23 Jun

SUMMER CHECKLIST

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Every summer, I make a check list. This should not be surprising to you, if you’ve read this blog before. I’m really into check lists, mostly because I live for the feeling of crossing a to-do list item off. Such completion and finality. I just can’t get enough. In 2011, when I started this blog, I would frequently post check lists (like here, here, here and here). And because it is currently 93 degrees outside, and the sun won’t be setting for another three hours (bless you, summer!)–I figured it was about time, I get cracking on another summer list. And this summer, unlike every summer prior, I am going to make realistic goals that won’t overwhelm me:

1. Learn to can. What a weird summer goal, I know. I probably just miss Maine so much that I want to make enough blueberry jam to last me a lifetime.

2. Go on a camping trip… again, I think I miss Maine.

3. Make flavor-infused vodkas like this, this and this for the perfect summer cocktails

4. Make a photo album of my trip to Barcelona & Lisbon

5. One red sox game

6. Two visits to cities outside of New England

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Six items to do before labor day. Wish me luck.

Winter In Boston

11 Dec

Winters in Boston (until now) have been all together a foreign concept to me. Until now, I have only spent summers here–in the scorching heat. But now, I see the whole other side. The side of this mushy-rain-snow and busy sidewalks. Waiting for the T outside in the cold after forgetting my hat and gloves because I was rushing out the door. This is my life in Winter. And I guess I cannot complain really, because really it’s been a joke of a winter thus far. I mean I had iced coffee today so it really can’t be that bad.

Anyways, this is what my winter has looked like this far:

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(1) Night out in Cambridge to see Harvard’s modern rendition of Macbeth (2) Two of our newest ornaments: a Maine Lobster and a Driedel (3) Wine list at Tory Row (4) Followed by a delicious Downeast Cider brought to you by three Bates alumni (5) Prepping my chicken sausage, kale, and white bean stew (6) Said stew brewing (6) Stew again…but this time at work.

Needless to say, my winter thus far has been filled with crisp nights, cold brews and lots and lots of soups and stews.

My recipe came from a combination of a few I’ve seen online:

A Christmas Tree

27 Nov

We finally started decorating. I love how it looks from outside.

…now if only I could find all those Maine ornaments I bought this past weekend…

 

Move Over, Thanksgiving

25 Nov

And just like that Thanksgiving is over. It always happens so quickly. The only remnants of Thursday I have left are the pumpkin bread on my counter and this amazingly thoughtful postcard from one of our friends out west.

Doesn’t San Francisco sound so much better than Boston right now? I cannot believe I am even saying this. Anyways, as I mentioned in my previous post–the BF and I are currently living the holiday season to the fullest. And as well as Hanukkah and eight nights of present has treated me, there is something so fun about celebrating Christmas–especially since this is the first time ever that I am celebrating it on my own. Before the BF and I left New Hampshire this afternoon, we stopped by a local farm to pick up a tree… and brought her home. If only I was talking about a puppy instead of a pine…

Things I have learned about Christmas thus far

1. It is not “normal” to name your tree…

2. The name of the red flower things: Poinsettias (and now we have TWO)

3. Pine needles make a mess in a small apartment and should be kept away from carpet if you have a bad vacuum

4. The smaller, cuter trees are not “good enough” for BFs who are very particular about their Christmas trees

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But don’t fret, Hanukkah, you still hold a very special place in my heart. Below are pictures of my new Menorah and my top-secret letter from my mom regarding my “mysterious maccabee.”

Although, Mom, after getting a tree of my own I am finally understanding why my you insisted on having a “Hanukkah Bush” for so long…

Life Lately According to my iPhone

21 Nov

Sorry for the little hiatus.

It’s been a crazy few weeks. But I promise this won’t last. I’m back for good, people.

So this might be a little overload, but I got a ton to catch you all up on

(1) Dinner for two at Toro in the South End with the BF where we ended up seated two tables away from Rob Gronkowski, nbd (2) My stay at the Chandler hotel while in NYC for work (3) Nothing quite like that work/fun balance riding in Acela first class on the way home from NY (4) Company outing at Del Friscos in the Seaport (5) Rosemary and garlic Red Bliss Potatoes on a cool winter night (7) Eating at an authentic Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. Thanks for the adventure, Cal but I think I’ll stick with PF Changs from here on out (8) My fortune. It came true nearly 18 hours later! (9) Fashion show at the Liberty Hotel in Beacon Hill after an alumni function (10) Saturday morning stroll with my BF through the Common on the most perfect winter day (11) Homegoods on Sunday morning: this is my life in a multi-faith relationship… but boy am I excited to have a Christmas Tree of my own! (12) My new Menorah that we picked up at Homegoods along with new ornaments, a pine scented candle and a tree skirt (13) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake from Paula Dean so you know it’s gotta be good

Life has been totally crazy these past few weeks. Its so nice to see it all down in one place. We’re heading up to New Hampshire tonight to spend Thanksgiving at the BF’s house. Pictures and updates to come!

Return To January

8 Oct

I really love lists. Making lists. Checking off little boxes. The whole thing. Really, it’s easily one of my favorite things to do. It’s like a little habit of mine. Oh, my car needs an oil change? I should write it down somewhere and create a perfectly symmetrical box next to it so I can check it when I’m done. Okay, so it’s a little (a lot) compulsive, but at least I have some way to keep me honest, right?

Anyways, I was going to make a list of all the things I’m excited to do this fall–or type out my really agressive lists of things to do during the weekends…which are never completed because somehow I manage to squeeze in three hour naps every afternoon, and find myself preferring the warmth of my bed to a morning run or bike ride. So instead of making an ambitious list for this fall, I figured I would return to an old list I made to see how far I’ve really come…

Posted on January 24th, 2012

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I was planning on posting about all the exciting events coming up in 2012 after new years… but as you might have noticed, that didn’t happen. Whoops. However I’m probably more excited for the upcoming months more now than I was 24 days ago. I know I technically shouldn’t be excited for graduation–and soon enough I will be joining the majority of the population that yearns for their college days… but I. Just. Can’t. Help. It.

Anyways, here is a working list of all the things I’m excited for in 2012 in no particular order:

1.Finishing MockingJay (Check!)

2. Going on a four-night Bahamas cruise with the BF in February (already counting down…) (Check!)

3. Snorkeling in the Bahama (Check!)

4. Graduating (Check!)

5. Finally moving to Boston (Check!)

6. Never having to Sublet an apartment again (full-year lease, baby!) (Check!)

7. The 2012 Oscars–where Owen Wilson will take it all for Midnight in Paris (Check…well Owen didn’t win)

8. Family vacation to South Africa in July (with BF) (Check!)

9. Never having to do Homework again (Check!)

10. Buying a real sofa (Check!)

11. Becoming more environmentally friendly (…still working on my recycling habit)

12. Road races with the BF–which he doesn’t yet know about (surprise!) (Oh yeah… forgot about this one)

13. Reaching my one year blogging anniversary (Check!)

14. …and turning dormstyler into apartmentstyler (sorta Check!)

15. Trying out hundreds of new recipes and as many new restaurants as I can possibly afford (Check!)

16. Turning 22 (Check!)

17. Visiting all my college friends wherever they end up (need to start planning, asap!)

There is just so much to look forward this year. But without a doubt, I’ll miss being surrounded by my best friends 24/7 the most. Giving them up really makes this list seem so much less fun. Looks like everyone should move to Boston, huh?

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So it looks like I still have some work to do.

And yes, life not surrounded by my best friends 24/7 has definitely been the hardest part. I miss those family dinners at commons and staying up late having pillow talk with my roomies. But then again, 4 of my 5 roomies are ending up in Boston (we miss you, Erika!) and I see my college friends on a weekly basis. So all in all, graduating and beginning the real world wasn’t that bad.