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Falling for Fall…

It’s been forever…

Everything has been very grand! I haven’t posted since my vacation. It was busy and awesome summer! Em and Conor’s wedding was awesome! It was awesome to have the whole family together. We had a family trip to Lake George and that was a blast also. I saw the Yankees with people from work and took a limo to get there. It was awesome to have everything paid for! We had a huge party for my mom’s 60th Birthday. September was mostly low-key. Had my 28th Birthday, it hit me that this really is the end of my 20’s. I want to make sure I live it up between now and 30. This weekend is my Nana’s 90th Birthday and we have a whole day planned for that. Kelsey and Andrew’s wedding is next week. Halloween, hayrides, cornmazes, applepicking, hiking, pumpkin picking and carving, fall beer all need to happen! I know I left a lot out, but this summer was definitely one of those golden perfect summers! This Fall is starting off in a great way too!

Bridge Park in Ireland Amazing.

Let’s get married Fall…

Love these bitches! (Some aren’t pictured)

Almost mid July? Ummm…

So my vacation has kind of just flown by. I can’t complain I have 3 days left and I’ll have had 10 days off. It’s been amazing to just sleep in a little later and not worry about work. Started the vacation out by going out to Mexican Radio on the 4th with my parents and Dan and then went to Dan’s family’s bbq, which was really fun. We then shot fireworks off back at his parents. It was a great 4th of July. Saturday was low-key and Sunday we left for LBI. I’d say I got my beach fix, although our last fun wasn’t great for the beach. I was so excited to stay at this hotel and go to the tiki bar all the time that they had and I have to say in the end the tiki bar may have been my least favorite part of the trip. It was a always packed by the pool and bar, it was overpriced and the service wasn’t great. The beach was hands down my favorite part, it always is. I’m a beach and ocean kind of person I’ve realized, every summer I need to get my fix! The island had changed a bit since Sandy and I realized this time how much it’s changed in the last 10-20 years. We had a great time bumming around beach haven. I feel like all we did was lay around on the beach, in our room and go out to eat and try to catch live music wherever it was, but it was relaxing that’s for sure!

Sunday I’m finishing up vacation by going to see Queens of the Stone Age at the Palace, it should be a blast.

I honestly am so happy to be home and to have more than a hotel room to move around in, eat normal food and not go out and eat rich food every night! Dan and I both agree after this trip we want to work on saving money again. We both spent too much I’d say. It’s crazy how often you’re paying for something on vacation. I’m not a fan of doing the hotel thing. I like renting a house or condo where you can buy food at the store and keep it in there to eat for meals. Anyways….

Summer

So we are at the prime time of summer. I always really like the 4th of July because it’s sort of like a halfway point from Christmas, the days are long, you can wear almost nothing and not be cold and everyone is all excited to eat a lot of bbq and drink beer and shooting fireworks for three days straight is acceptable. I had a good fourth this year. It was my first full day of vacation and I slept until noon. I stopped at my parents and visited with them, went for a walk, then Dan and I met back up with them at Mexican Radio and had a few appetizers and drinks. Their food was so good! The place is awesome on the inside! I want to go back! We then went to Dan’s aunts house, which was actually pretty fun. Afterwards we went to his parents to watch the next door neighbor who doesn’t care what anyone thinks, launch fireworks above the cemetery. He ended up giving Dan tons of fireworks and more were launched from his parents back yard than the neighbors. It was an awesome end to a day where I had no set plans.

I recently had my sister’s bachelorette and shower. I can’t believe both have already happened. This summer is flying by, but I think when it’s all done it will be one where I look back and truly think of it as one of the best ever!The bachelorette was fun, we went to her friend Joann’s house which was really nice and was able to sleep like 12 of us. We basically got drunk on a boat. It was awesome and then went out for food and went back and hungout by the pool and hot tub all evening. It was fun hanging out with all of her friends. Some of them were hilarious and really cool. The shower was also really nice! I loved what my mom had created with the room! We met Conor’s sister who was really nice! It will be cool because they will be visiting here a lot between now and the wedding, which is just over a month away! I need to get some shoes, help Dan find an outfit, etc.

We’ve had some fun friend gatherings this last month. Christine was home for her Birthday. We had Melissa’s Birthday. Both were a lot of fun! We also went out for the fireworks and in general it’s been a really fun month. Sometimes lately though I feel like some of my friends aren’t getting along much anymore and I feel like people are sort of not wanting to hangout with one another as much anymore. To be completely honest It’s really frustrating and I wish they could all just get along. Times change though and sometimes people change and don’t enjoy each other’s company anymore. It’s just hard to be that middle man who still is cool to hangout with everyone and doesn’t really give a fuck.

It’s too stressful to go on vacation! I’ve been so stressed for the last 6 weeks at work that I actually think I was making myself feel sick. I’ve been having these intense stomachaches and I’m not sure what causes them. The doctor said I have IBS lol and acid reflux. I’ve known this for a while. I went to the doctors again recently because these stomachaches have not gone away. He gave me meds for when it acts up and wants me to come back in a few weeks after my vacation because he thinks it could be stress and that I need to go on some kind of anti anxiety med. I do feel like my stress levels lately have reached a new peak and that maybe I really do need something to chill out. I thought about starting to do yoga to chill out more too. Anyways, that and I’ve been wicked congested and coughing, losing my voice for weeks, but I don’t think I’m really sick sick. Work has made me feel so negative and I just think I’m long overdue for a break. It’s been two years since I had a vacation and I’m hoping in my ten days off I can relax, be revived and can enjoy the things in life I truly enjoy doing.

Leaving for LBI tomorrow. I’ve told people I’m going and I think they’re like oh yeah like that will be that fun. It’s not some fancy vacation, but this is where I grew up going. I spent weeks of my summer here for many years and I’ve pretty much gone to LBI every summer of my life. It’s like a second home to me and I absolutely love it there. I would definitely love to start a business there and live there, if it wasn’t for the fact that their main season is the summer and the winter it’s a ghost town. I can’t wait to go boogie boarding, go to the fudge shop, get drinks at the tiki bar, get my beach fix, go to tuckers for dinner, get barry’s do me a flavor ice cream, go mini golfing, get some lbi attire, walk on the beach and have that tired feeling after being on the beach all day. I cannot wait!

Friday is the most glorious time of the week!!

Ugh one of those weeks I just can’t seem to get out of work because I keep remembering something I need to finish…but every single thing was done before I left work. I like that feeling. Work finally feels a lot better lately. We finally have a solid staff and we all have a good routine and work well together. Makes life so much easier when work runs smoothly.

I finally booked our vacation plans. So excited to spend a few days at the shore at a fun resort. I think we’ll probably do another small trip on that week off, plus the fourth will fall on that day so we can do something fun then too! I feel like I want to plan something for Memorial Day weekend too.

I’m excited for Mother’s Day Brunch, mainly because of the sausage egg bake that’s so delicious and it will be nice to see everyone in my family again.

Ugh the manager lady for our apartments called me the other day about other people in the building and told me they are moving out (because they are too disruptive). They are really picky here with people in the buildings, none of these people really bother me at all. She also asked me if I was Rachel McCullough( implying I’m married to Dan). I said I was Rachel Bradley and then she said “oh well someone told me that they thought you two had gotten married.” Maybe someone told her about Sarah over a year ago…. I just feel like she is really nosy and trying to pry into everyone’s lives in the buildings and see what’s going on. Some people should really mind their own business.

I went to a library program of my mom’s last night. I really liked it. The girl is an author from this area and is writing a historical fiction series about a girl who is caught amidst the rise of Nazi Germany. I got a copy of the book and can’t wait to start it. I feel like I should go to more of these book programs. When it’s a subject you’re interested in or a book you like, then it’s a really fun thing to do.

Yesterday I went to food tasting at one of our food vendors. Oh mg God there was so much food there. I’ve never been to one like that. We just went around to all these tables and they described each item and we sampled them. It was awesome! We tried everything from vegan “meat” items, vegan desserts, regular desserts, whole grain baked goods, steaks. Yup!

Dan and I saw The Other Woman last weekend and we both thought it was really funny. I’d definitely recommend seeing it if you’re in the mood for a chick flick.

Ok Friday night can begin.

Spring is in the air!

Oh Hey,

I’ve had such a good day off. I feel like the last few weekends I’ve had something going on everyday that I haven’t had a day to randomly do whatever I feel like.

Last night I went shopping for summery dresses and such. It made me realize I’ve been a hermit lately and I need to get out more. I wore sweatpants shopping and all these girls were all dolled up to go shopping. It made me feel older, like they’re all getting an outfit to go out on a Friday and I’m going to go home and watch Gossip Girl on netflix. I probably feel like a hermit this week though because I had a nasty cold all week. It’s still lingering.

I ate gluten free for the last two weeks. I really thought that gluten sensitivity was the source of these severe stomachaches that I’ve had over the last few weeks. I had a doctor’s appt yesterday with gastro doctor and he thinks it’s more just being really conscious of what you put in your body, but if no gluten does help then it’s up to me if I want to make a huge life change like that. I don’t know if I’m going to. After doing no gluten for two weeks, this week I’m going to go back to gluten and see if the nasty symptoms come back. I did a lot better without it, but is it really worth it. Gluten free bread taste like stale, flavorless bread. It’s weird how as a girl you worry about eating right to maintain a figure, but now I’m more concerned with what’s going to give me stomachache. I need to not really drink though, that always ends with a two day severe stomachache now….sorry I’m rambling about this, but it’s been an annoying factor in my life lately.

I’m excited for the summer. We still haven’t planned out our vacation week. I think we’re going to go to the shore for a few days. My sister’s Bachelorette is in Boston, in June and her shower the following weekend. I’m excited for those festivities. I said the other night the things I really want to do this summer are hiking, camping and go to an amusement park and maybe some other small weekend trip.

Hmm, what else. My grandmother is out of the hospital finally. I can’t believe what a turnaround she made. A month ago I thought it was the end and now she’s living in her own apartment at the new assisted living facility we got her into. My cousin Colette visited two weeks ago. I felt like it was nice to visit with her, we don’t always get  chance. She’s almost like a younger sister, but half the time she acts more mature than I do. Melissa and I visited Mel a few weeks ago, that was a ton of fun! I want to go back to the city and hangout. Two weeks ago a bunch of the girls went to Peckhams. It was fun, but I got way too wasted and I always feel like I was annoying at the end of the night because I got too drunk. I hate when I get to that stage where I’ll talk about anything and taking shots doesn’t make me cringe anymore.

I can’t wait until Mexican Radio opens!

Spring please!!!!

It feels like forever since I was able to be on my computer bullshitting. It’s sort of sad how much I love jumping on my computer to look up stuff. I missed self diagnosing my problems and illnesses, trying to look up ways to get rid of cellulite, wasting time on pinterest, planning a vacation or mini trips, printing pictures whenever I wanted to, etc.

Anyways, my life is pretty much the same. I just finished eating a piece of heath bar cheesecake. It’s been frozen in the freezer since my Birthday. Today is my half Birthday. That’s not why I ate the cheesecake though. I ate it because I have raging periodness right now. It’s that during your period where it’s really heavy, you have nagging cramps, your sweet tooth cravings are uncontrollable and you might kill someone. I actually thought I was going to pass out in the store because I felt sooo shitty and lightheaded.

So really a lot has happened since I last posted. Well the big events are that my sister, aunt and dan’s sister got engaged.

Emily, I’m really excited for her wedding. It’s going to be this like 3 days affair. There will be a small ceremony on Lake George and we’re all staying at the Sagamore. (love that place now), the next day will be a day on the lake for all of us, then the next day is all the extended family going to the track for the day and then going to the Mabee farm for a casual celebration for Em and Conor. I so can’t wait! I have so many dresses to buy this season.

Aunt Chris, excited for her! She went throught so much after losing John. Andy is very different than my uncle was, but Chris is the happiest I’ve seen her in a long time. She also gains a whole family because he has four kids and 1 grandchild. I gain four first cousins I guess. They may be doing a Fall wedding. I get the vibe that my mom isn’t totally enthused by them getting married, which I find annoying. I feel like at some point if she doesn’t start being more supportive of her sister I’m going to snap at her!

Erin, I’m excited for her and Joel. It seems like there relationship has come a long way and they have the kids together and it will be good for them all to settle down as a family. I almost forgot how long they’d been together. Erin asked me the other day to be a bridesmaid. Should be fun to help her plan the wedding stuff out and plan a bridal/bachelorette party. I think they are doing something at Joel’s dads for the wedding itself in August.

Work has been super frustrating. I feel like I don’t get a lot of support from the upper management in my company. The one cook left. We had one week without him, last week, and that was one of the most tiring weeks I can remember! We got one new guy in, only to have to fire him two days later because he had a really bad attitude at work. We finally have a new person who I think will work. It finally hit me today that things may begin to settle down soon. I hope it will all work out and I can plan my vacation soon. I have a week requested, but I haven’t planned anything since I didn’t know if I would have someone reliable to cover it. Dan and I are talking about going to LBI for a few days and staying at this hotel right on the beach that has a tiki bar and pool. We also talked about Florida and Harry Potter Theme Park and Disney, but LBI would probably be a lot cheaper.

I cannot wait at this point for it to get warm! I like winter, but at this point it’s just too much. I want to get out and walk. I’m sick of being inside! I want to go camping and go outside on warm days and have a drink. I want to not have to wear my winter coat and gloves everywhere still.

This past weekend Dan and I went to Boston and we stayed with my aunt and uncle. I’m so glad we went! I hadn’t visited them since 2007. It was nice catching up. My aunt is really into cheesemaking, so she took us to her favorite cheeseshop and this great winter market. We went to the Gardner Musuem, which was this awesome art collection in this amazing old building that made you feel like you were in Europe. It was beautiful and it’s definitely a place I would really like to go back to. My aunt and uncle stayed in on Saturday and Dan and I were on our own. We ended up just hanging out in this one cool bar the whole night. We also went to the FMA art museum and that was really amazing too. They had all this ancient Egyptian artwork and you could spend an entire week in that place. It’s good getting away!! The weekend after this one Melissa and I are going to Brooklyn to visit! Should be fun!

Our apartment is a mess. Most people wouldn’t say it’s that messy, but it is and I don’t feel like cleaning! Grr I just want winter to be done. It’s putting me into such a slump!

Marzipan

I just ate some chocolate covered marzipan from my Christmas chocolate stash. I always got to have a stash of chocolate. Always. It was very satisfying.

I started watching Gossip Girl on netflix while I use the bike. I’m hooked on the show and feel really dorky…well dorky might be the right word for being hooked on gossip girls. I have to make up for the fact that I finished Downton Abbey Season 4 in a week! Walking Dead starts up on Sunday, then Game of Thrones will follow. Happy Dance!!

It’s Friday. I love Thursday, Friday and Saturday and it’s love/hate thing with Sunday.

I’m so excited for next weekend! Dan and I are going to the Sagamore for the night, for Valentine’s Day. We did the package, which includes dinner, breakfast and a $100 spa credit. I think I’m gonna get a massage the following morning. I’m so damn excited to go. It’s also the Winter Carnival at Lake George, so we might check that out.

My computer has been flaky again lately. I was convinced when I got it fixed that it was fixed for good, but it seems to be acting up again. :(

I always come up with fun artsy, creative things I want to work on and then once I get working I always figure Ill do it on the weekend. It never seems to happen though. I should make it happen, maybe tonight!

Oh hey!

I’ve been bullshitting on this computer since I woke up. I did not sleep well. It could probably be because I got really sick last night. Dan was away for a few days in Washington for his uncle’s retirement and as soon as he walks in the door I’m crouched by the toilet throwing up. Diarrhea and throw-up…sorry. It was bad, must have been something from that restaurant last night. So I’m guessing that’s why I didn’t sleep well, my body feels angry and dehydrated.

I’m baking a spice cake for my dad’s Birthday party later. It smells so damn delicious! It will be fun to have a family occasion with so many people from both sides of the family there later.

It’s weird that it’s 2014. So many times I find myself being like oh that was 10 years ago this happened and 2009 was five years ago. Life is happening so fast lately!

I’m so happy this past work week is over. It was busy as shit! Waking up at 3:30am sucks and then working 12 hours beyond that is annoying too!

I have had hardcore cabin fever lately. I just want to curl up on the couch with movies or shows and not go anywheres!

My back hurts, upper back. I figured the weekend would help it go away.

Dan and I are going to see American Hustle! I’m really excited lol. I’m a dork

We are having din din at my parents later. Hungarian Goulash, one of my all time favorites. I saw my parents recently, but sometimes I miss them and home so I’m looking forward to going.

I think Dan and I will watch the Grammys later. Next week will be superbowl Sunday. I said we should wicked lazy bums and make a kickass nacho platter, make frozen mixed drinks and lay around in our pajamas watching!

Last night I hungout with Natasha and some of her friends. It was pretty fun, we played this confusing board game that was a cross between Magic and D&D. I thought I would definitely get it, but I more got bored of it because I just didn’t have the energy for something I needed to be with it for.

I’ve been tired constantly lately!

I don’t get it..Last night I had two beers, one shot and two mixed drinks. May seem like a lot to some people, but it wasn’t too much. I was having a fun time, until my stomach hurt so bad. I couldn’t stop throwing up. Between that and my New Years night, I feel like my body is telling me to not really drink alcohol much anymore. I feel a little freaked out that while I kept puking last night, my stomach just continued to keep hurting and was still of at first this morning. I feel like I have less of a hangover because I got the alcohol out of my system. I’ve never been a puker when it comes to drinking, so why now. Whatever, I’m overthinking it, but it was frustrating because I was having a blast and then that happened and the whole night was cut short. Bailey and I came back here and watched Now and Then, that was a fun throw back. The night was still fun.

I think it’s high time Daniel gets up! I’m hungry!