it’s been a little over 4 months since i’ve been here. over the course of those 4 months i’ve had a lot of time to self reflect – to focus on me and my physical, mental, and emotional well being. and, shit, it got real. i stripped down all these barriers [that i never knew i had] until i felt defenseless, vulnerable and naked. it wasn’t fun, nor easy. i’m not finished and, realistically, won’t ever be – self reflection and care is an ever evolving process that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
BUT let’s be real, it’s much easier to avoid those nagging little voices and jitters that can easily consume your entire day than face them head on. it’s easier to sweep things under the rug and forget about them. but when there’s no space under the rug, those forgotten “things” magically appear again while trying to hide the new things and it SUCKS. it can be a vicious cycle. it can consume your body, mind and entire being.
i’ve learned that during those times where you can’t quite get a freaking grip, you can rely on your people. find your people and stick to them like glue.
they’ll be there for you when it’s literally the most inconvenient time for them. if you want them to shut up and listen, they’ll do it. if you want them to give you advice, they’ll do it. and if you want to go to the bar and get drunk, they’ll do that too.
THANK YOU to my people. these past couple of months i’ve learned that life isn’t always that much better in the fast lane. and i wouldn’t have learned that without them.
as i’m mentally preparing for another year i’ve been scouring over pictures on my computer. new ones, old ones, good, and most certainly bad [admittedly overly self critical over here]. here are a few of my favorite memories from this past year:
marielle and loic’s dinner party was definitely one for the books. and the whole night was extra special because of the paper crowns.
my co-worker and great friend, jess, and i spent the day at the spa in stowe. massages and facials followed by some steam room and a dip in the pool. it was exactly what the doctor ordered – especially because it was mid week!
every time we go visit our sisters in california i think to myself, “that was one of the best trips out there, it’ll definitely be hard to beat.” and yet, every single time we go back, it get’s a little bit better. our trip this spring was amazing. meagan, was able to fully relax and unwind with baby #1 at home – perfect getaway before baby #2.
memorial day weekend was one of the most spontaneous and memory filled weekends of the year. spending a weekend at my friend, jess’, camp in charlotte is a luxury and it might be one of my all time favorite places in vermont. it’s so easy to unwind and not have a care in the world when you’re drinking wine on the porch watching the sunset.
one of the highlights of the summer was when my mom came to visit us in burlington. we hiked, we ate, we sat in the sun. we survived a monsoon and went to a show at shelburne museum all in one evening. we, also, wore hats.
tiffany turned 30. we had the best sister celebration at topnotch in stowe. after a morning of pampering, we took to the pool with cocktails.
we spent many a day on the lake. one of the most memorable afternoons was this one. hard to beat a day on the boat. great friends, tunes, and a beer or two will turn anyone’s day right around.
it will most certainly be hard to beat this day right here – day one of brenna’s bachelorette party at the palms resort in vegas. i think that’s probably all i should say about it…
ian and i hiked sterling pond this fall. we randomly saw friends halfway up, went for a dip at the top and took the long way home through stowe. it may have been the long way because of all our detours… doc ponds, cider mill, cabot.
twr – aka my dad – made an appearance in burlington this fall. lots of coffee, some exploring in montpelier, and a belly full of pizza rounded out this long weekend.
it’s warm and humid here today so what better way to spend it than with a chilled bottle of wine (or two) in the backyard?? although, weather like today can be hard to dress for – it’s hot but not. unless you’ve lived in the humidity, you don’t get it and it’s actually quite hard to explain [obviously].
here’s what i chose:
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madewell t-shirt // i honestly cannot find it anywhere online anymore, but it is the best shirt ever. it dries quick, and holds it’s shape really well.
havaiana flipflops // need i say more? if you don’t have them, just trust me.
bailey 44 skirt from jess boutique // this skirt is one that i grab when packing for most trips. it’s nice in that it’s super casual but can easily be dressed up for a night on the town.
nixon watch // i’ve had this watch for a couple years now and i honestly get a compliment about it nearly every day. the face is pretty, it’s super simple, and surprisingly light.
eenadee bracelet // this nugget bracelet is sterling silver and made with the same nylon that wind surfing boards are made of, so it’s perfectly durable for long days at the beach and in the sun.
hiiii everyone, i’ve missed you all. it’s been a bit since i’ve been here, and for that, i apologize. but, what better time than the present to jump right back into the swing of things?!
things in my life have been quite busy recently – been picking up some extra shifts at the hospital, helping plan a bridal shower, and trying to enjoy the last few bits of summer and sunshine before it’s gone! here are a few snippets into the last weeks….
some girlfriends and i were FINALLY able to get together after what had been far too long. summer travel, what feels like an endless wedding season and working every other weekend limits what free time you have to see friends!
we started our night at the bar juniper which is located in hotel vermont. after a couple drinks, we headed next door to hen of the wood.
summer in burlington isn’t complete without hitting up the champlain valley fair in essex. we devoured corn dogs, fried dough, and the best corn on the cob. we attempted to stomach some rides after inhaling all the food with little success. lots of people watching, a random game or two, and some dancing in the beer tent (only because tiffany makes me) to round out the night.
as a kid growing up in colorado, labor day signaled the end of summer – school has started and all the neighborhood pools close. in vermont, we have access to some of the best lakes, ponds and streams around – and lucky for us, they never close. this labor day, ian, and i hiked up to sterling pond. it was hot, humid and steep. the shaded trail along with the cold pond at the top made it a lovely hike.
a bit about sterling pond….
the trailhead is at the top of the notch road – aka 108 – in vermont. it’s closed from november to may due to the extreme winter conditions and the limited access to help bail cars out. we drove up through cambridge and through smuggler’s notch to the top and drove out past the stowe mountain resort through the town of stowe. it’s a great hike for families but keep in mind it’s especially wet and can be slick – and we even hiked on a dry day! although it’s steep, it was quick. we were done in 90 minutes and that’s even with swim at the top! a must do if you’re in the area and have an afternoon free!
back in burlington and after a quick shower, we dined at the kitchen table in richmond which just so happens to be one of my all time favorite restaurants. it’s a quick 15 minute drive south on i-89, located right next to the Cat business. it’s an amazing restaurant with the best food – sourced from the best local ingredients. it’s one of those restaurants where you can’t not have room for dessert.
the other night we packed up some take out, grabbed some booze and biked down to oakledge where we watched the last of the sun set and spent some time outside before the weather changes too much.
the past couple of days have been extra sunny so i’ve been soaking up as much as possible. a few days with a co-worker and a couple at the delta for some kiteboardng
i promise to come back later this week to show you all a new pair of booties i’m obsessed with. stay tuned….
this weekend was one for the record books. it was one of the best weekends i’ve had in quite some time. lots of friends, fun and sun in a little place called gay island. the island is right off of the small town, cushing, which is 90 minutes north of portland. my boyfriend’s family owns a house on the island and i’ve been lucky enough to partake in the festivities.
we rounded up our friends and hopped in the car thursday afternoon. cushing is about 6 hours from burlington and the island can [quite honestly] be a pain in the ass to get to at night. we decided to drive to portland, enjoy some amazing dinner at duckfat, crash for the night and finish the journey the following morning.
friday rolled around and we hit the road. honestly, the last part of the drive is my favorite – yea, i’m sure it doesn’t help that the end destination is beautiful and who doesn’t love vacation- but the drive is also the most scenic and the back roads of maine are drop.dead.gorgeous.
we loaded up the boat and full steam ahead to gay island. we couldn’t have been luckier when it came to the weather – 80s and sunny throughout the whole weekend.
the house on the island is quite simple, and quite amazing; no plumbing, no built in electricity, no wifi, no television. once you get to the house it’s easy to ‘unplug’ and really spend some time and appreciate your surroundings. the house sleeps up to 10 but just be sure not to invite people you can’t stand; it can feel small when you’re sitting at the kitchen table and you actually have to make conversation. 😀
when we got there we decided to take the ‘newbies’ exploring around the island. there are some loose woods behind the house, and lucky for us, no cars.
it might be an old wives tale in the andrew’s household, but i’ve heard there is a rogue camel on the island… i’ve yet to see said camel during any of my trips. 😀
friday night hit and we watched the most intense lightening storm from the porch. each strike of lightening was better than the previous lighting up the entire sky. it was INSANE. after that we had an epic battle of monopoly and hit the hay dreaming of camels.
saturday was spent fishing from the dock, attempting to dig clams on the beach at low tide, and cruising over to port clyde for some oysters and cocktails.
the biggest oysters!
after loading up on ice, cold beer and fresh lobsters, we MAY have hit a bit of rain on the way back to the island. just so happens that it was the only rain we saw all day – figures
the rest of the day was spent in a plethora of ways: lounging, reading in the sun, fishing, shell hunting, napping, you name it. after a delicious meal of fresh seafood the boys stepped up and did the dishes. it was too good to not capture.
sunday, reality sunk in as we had to head back to vermont. luckily none of us had to get back for anything in particular so we weren’t in a rush. plenty of breakfast, coffee, sunning, fishing, and more coffee was had. jumped off the dock a few times and we called it a wrap. cleaned up, loaded our gear back onto the boat and caravanned back to the 802.
i must’ve drawn the short straw…. or something? let’s just call it a moment of weakness… i rode in the dingy all the way back to the main land. comical.
clearly, it was one of the best weekends i’ve had in a while. thank you to everyone who was able to make it happen and i can’t wait until next time!
this past weekend, summer made it’s debut here in vermont. it was hot and humid and the sun was out and about. overall a weekend for the books.
[here is a sneak peek of the said something i’ve been working on….]
more where that came from in another post.
this memorial day weekend was spent sitting lakeside. my friend, jess and her family has the most amazing ‘camp’ in charlotte. [for those of you not familiar with an east coast, camp… it’s really just a house. on a lake. and hers is amazing.]
we first had coffee filled lazy mornings on the wrap-around porch followed by afternoons in the sun. evenings we spent chasing the sunset on her boat with a good cocktail, good food, and perhaps a night of skinny dipping. :O
it was really the best weekend. great friends, a gorgeous location, and amazing weather – i mean, what else could we ask for?!
huge thanks goes out to jess and her family for the amazing generosity!
once we left camp, it was a gradual return to reality. [thankfully!]
after a long run this morning i headed over to gardner’s supply. i’ve been searching for some large pots and plants to fill the front porch and i figured today was a good day to complete the task.
here are a few blog posts where i drew some inspiration:
happy belated labor day – a holiday for most that means three day weekends, sun, friends, family and lots of fun.
hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! i know i did!
i was supposed to work all weekend, but i actually ended up trading a day last week in order to get sunday off. so saturday after work i made the trek down to barre, to thunder road! in case you don’t know what thunder road is… please check it out here before you make the bold decision to attend. 🙂
one of my co-workers husbands races and when i told her i’d never been she was determined to get me down there. saturday night was spent playing redneck horseshoes, kan jam and corn hole, all while holding a bud light in one hand. then we “camped” (somehow i don’t consider sleeping in an RV camping, sorry lace.) we woke up on sunday at the crack of dawn to head to the pits. i can’t really explain it from here, i just will say you have to go see it for yourself. i’m so happy i went, it was actually super fun!
we wrapped up the weekend watching the final lake monster game of the whole season! it was hot and humid. so instead of sitting in our “assigned seats” we decided to be a bit rebellious and steal others which were conveniently located in the shade. 🙂 oops.
between laughing at things tiffany was doing, drinking, eating friend dough and watching the game, we pulled out this artsy pic. side note – see that amazing little phone case there?! i’m in love. found it at rifle paper co. go check em out, you won’t be disappointed.
Hope you all enjoyed the “last weekend of the summer” – go out and have fun in the warm weather while it lasts!