fallin’ around bvt

fall has come and not gone.

it has NOT cooled off here, and it most definitely does NOT feel like christmas is only 25 days away.

[insert buddy the elf – youtube screaming here]

 we have had the random few flurries. and that is it. i’m severely disappointed in mother nature these days……

please, please PLEASE do your best snow dance. even if it’s just for a hot second. if you play any of adele’s new songs, you’ll want to dance for longer than one second. OR if you listen to this 4 minute mashup of ALL of her songs on the 25 album. this guy can sing.

 bates, ian’s cousin, got married. it was in his parent’s backyard in burlington. not a shabby place to spend an evening. the weather was amazing, the food was good, but the people were the best there ever was. IMG_1079


one of my best friends from college, natalie, and her boyfriend, jimmy, came to town. we had a housewarming party in october and they made the trek down. lots of food, plenty of booze and some late night dancing made the party a success.

we’re already planning the next one. 😀

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this girl. ❤

the weekend after our housewarming party, tiffany and i flew to superior, wisconsin to meet our parents, and hang with our grandma for a long weekend. we spent the weekend getting our hands dirty outside. we helped get her GINORMOUS garden ready for the winter.

when my grandpa was still alive, the two of them, with the help of my aunt, used to do it all. let’s just say, the 5 of us worked for at least 4 hours 3 days straight – i don’t know how the three of them handled it all before!!


before we knew it, halloween was just a few days away. don’t get me wrong, i love halloween. what i don’t like about it, is the madness that occurs a few days before, trying to figure out what to be. this happens literally every year and i tell myself (as soon as halloween weekend is over), “okay, next year, i’ll definitely plan ahead. i mean, look at all these great ideas i have now!”

this year, i was thinking troll doll. you know, the little naked creatures with crazy colored hair. easy, right?? well then i was out looking for a wig. instead, i found this amazingly awesome (and i mean amazing) super tall bright pink afro. i couldn’t not.

so then i changed things up a bit.

night one – disco queen:


night two – candy land (was originally just going to be a gumball machine, but i couldn’t not wear the wig again so i altered it a bit):


it was another year for the books. couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. i’m already planning my costumes for next year. 😀

a few weekends later, tiffany, took me to NYC (for the first time ever).

best birthday surprise ever!

it was UNREAL.

literally the best trip. we left early friday morning, and flew back late sunday night. we did a ton of research prior to leaving so we knew all the hot spots.

[okay, she did the research, and thank god for that girl!!! the trip would’ve been a failure without her.]

we were too busy having fun that we couldn’t take more than 2 blog worthy pictures.

where we dined:

seamore’s – amazing little seafood place. it was totally happenin’. i wish i lived closer. it would definitely be my go-to. would be so fun to go with a huge group! they’ve got great large tables just for that! definitely a louder environment – tell dad to wear his hearing aids! (;

the meatball shop – ironically owned by the same guy who owns seamore’s. let’s just say, this guy knows how to do it. too bad they don’t deliver to burlington….. the concept is meatballs. it’s the way they are prepared and served that make it amazing. great casual ambience for the whole family. OR for a hot first date.

jacks’ wife freda  – this was our first stop once we got off the plane. being a newbie to the city, i was ready to be massively overwhelmed but this joint was a great segway into the big apple. small little space, with super friendly staff!

bouchon bakery – we went to bouchon right outside of central park one afternoon. our older sister, meagan, used to work for thomas keller, so we had to give it a try. AMAZING food. and the baked goods – to.die.for. next time, i might just have to eat from the bakery.

where we slept:

the jane hotel – in the west village and it was perfect! such a cute place, with a great concept! bunk style rooms with a shared bathroom.

i know what you’re thinking – “weird, shared bathroom, no thanks.” but hear me out. it was good! there were 4 showers, 4 sinks, and 4 toilets on each floor. when you walked into the bathroom the sinks were straight ahead, the toilets to the right and showers to the left. the floor to ceiling doors to both the shower and toilet made it feel a bit more private. we never had to wait to shower OR use the bathroom. just trust me on this one.

where we drank:


and then we shopped:


it was such a great weekend. we were talking about going back next year, but we’ll wait until after thanksgiving when the tree is up in central park. a little kick off to the christmas season!

i spent this thanksgiving working, again and it was surprisingly busy this year. typically, it can be slower and we’re overstaffed but not this year!

i woke up, and read this article. in a vulnerable moment, it will make you tear up. it put a different kind of spin on walking into work thanksgiving morning.

me, jamie and lacey in our thanksgiving best.

how ’bout that bronco game sunday?!


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