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Fall Fashion Wishlist

Let me point out right away that I am by no means a fashion blogger. I’m not really a fashion anything, unless shopper counts? The things I am about to show you probably went out of style before I was even born (if they were ever “in style”?), but these are the things that I’m searching the malls for lately.

Fall Fashion Wishlist

[one] – I need me a cargo vest. I’m not sure why, but I’m dying to wear it over a striped shirt with some cognac boots. I’ve seen these all over blogs lately and yet I can’t find one in the stores that I like, so I’m cursing all of you who caught onto this one before I did and snatched them up!

[two] – I’ve also been on the hunt for a cute graphic tee. I think they are a good alternative to a neutral t-shirt when you want to add some interest to your look. I could wear this under a cardigan, with a vest, or on its own with some colored jeans or a skirt.

[three] – If only I had saved ALL my plaid, flannel shirts from the 90s. Sadly, most of those were probably a little boyish and not trendy at all, so this time around I want one with some pinks or purples and more of a modern flair to it.

[four] – This leopard cardigan is practically a neutral and I feel like I could wear it with so many things! It would look great over a graphic tee, with my olive green skinnies, or dressed up for work with a black skirt.

[five] – New obsession. I want colored pants in ALL the colors. I’ve started a collection with olive green, burgundy, and cobalt pairs, but I want them all, especially the mustard and the red! I seriously wear these more than my plain denim now.

[six] – Really searching for a cute dress that I can wear with some tights, boots, and a cardigan for fall, but still get some use out of in the spring and summer as well. This one would be perfect!

[seven] – Puffer vests are my go-to fall thing when I don’t want to wear a jacket yet. I already own a white and a silver, but I would like one in a darker color like this navy pinstripe one. So cute!

[eight] – I was SO excited that ankle boots were becoming a thing this year because I’ve had a pair in my closet for years that never got much use. Unfortunately, I think mine were a chew toy for my cat because pieces of them were hanging off in shreds when I pulled them out to wear to work this week. Embarrassing confession? I wore them anyway and hoped no one looked too closely! I just had to get one last wear out of them before adding them to the list of things I need this year. Yes, need.

I love how most things on this list will pair will the other things, or with items I already own. The leopard cardi over the dress? Awesome! Black booties with a graphic tee and vest? Yes!

Wait, what was that noise? Did my closet just moan?

Fall 2014 Bucket List

Well. August was a rough month. In some ways I feel like August didn’t even happen and I jumped right from enjoying my summer into mild, fall-like temps and I’m still pouting a bit. Between a family emergency that meant several nights away from home (everyone is doing well now!), an ongoing battle with bronchitis, and not too many warm, sunny weekends, my Summer Bucket List definitely suffered. Since I can’t really request a do-over, I’ve decided to save the few things that I didn’t get to and make sure they get back on the list next year.

In the midst of kicking and screaming about the end of summer (I’m not dramatic at all. Really.) I managed to stir up some excitement for fall things, like leaf-peeping, the Patriots, and my favorite month-long holiday – Halloween!

Halloween 2010 - Popeye  Facebook  - Olive Oyl made an appearance on a different night
Halloween 2010 – Popeye and Facebook – Olive Oyl made an appearance on a different night

Instead of the 40 items that I had added to my Summer Bucket List, I decided to be a bit more realistic this time around and ended up with 19 fun things to do this fall. Without further ado…

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I’m jumping right in on this Fall Bucket List and can’t wait to stuff my face with cider donuts and pumpkin EVERYTHING. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin toothpaste. What? It would be awesome, I promise.

Road Trip Recap! Part II – Hershey, PA

As promised, I’m back to tell you about the sweetest part of our recent road trip vacation (pun shamelessly intended, of course).


How cute are those street lights? On the way there, Dan jokingly asked me if everything would be edible, like the roads and buildings, and sadly, they’re not, but when they open THAT theme park, I will gladly be there for the opening ceremony. And every day after that one.


I had been to Hershey as a kid, but since my brother and I were about 2 and 10 at the time, we skipped the amusement park. Since Dan and I are both roller coaster fans, we were excited to read about the 12 different coasters at Hersheypark.


For a sunny-ish, warm, weekend day in July, we were really expecting a crowd, but the lines, both for parking and rides were next to nothing! I don’t know if it was the threat of showers that day, or maybe we just got lucky, but we never waited in a line for more than 30 minutes, and most were far less. While in line for the first coaster, we decided to employ the “go big or go home” strategy and waited in a separate queue for the front seat. This was the longest we waited and it was still only about 30 minutes and completely worth it!


Both of us are used to being at amusement parks with other non-riders who will hold our phones and wallets while we flip upside-down and sideways on all the coasters. This time was a little different, and after a couple of near losses, we headed back to the car to get rid of our important things. Unfortunately, this included my phone, so I have no pictures from the rest of our day at Hersheypark, including the adorable little black bear in the zoo.

We made it through five or six coasters (we skipped the wooden ones and the kiddish ones) and thought we were done, but on our way out of the park we discovered one more that we hadn’t already tackled. All of the spinning around had gotten to us both, though, so we decided we were happy with what we had accomplished so far and that it was time to head over to Chocolate World.

You don’t have to tell me twice.


The first thing we did here was the tour. The ride runs continuously through a makeshift factory showing you how all the different types of chocolate are made. This was the one thing that I had done before when I visited years ago and I still had a really strong memory of the smell of chocolate at a certain point in the tour. I got that weird, nostalgia-like, deja-vu feeling midway through the ride when I smelled it EXACTLY the same as I remembered.


After the tour, we had booked a chocolate tasting. Yes, it’s even more awesome than it sounds. You’re given several sample-sized pieces of chocolate, some that I never tried before, and told to absolutely NOT chew them. You let the chocolate melt in your mouth so that you can really enjoy the flavors and pick out the different notes in each one. That was equal parts difficult and eye-opening for me. Everyone’s taste buds pick up flavors differently, but it was really neat to notice the fruity and earthy flavors in a piece of dark chocolate.


After that, we put on some really flattering glasses and watched a 4D movie that was clearly intended for kids, but enjoyed by us just the same. There was a motion-capture effect that kept Dan interested and the smell of chocolate and Jolly Ranchers that did it for me. There will never be a time where I complain I’m bored while pieces of 3D chocolate are flying towards my face, even if they’re simulated.


If you promise not to judge, I’ll tell you that we hit the gift shop afterwards, even though we already were stuffed full of free samples. Ok, fine, I had a sundae too. Vacation!


If you can resist that, we can’t be friends. Unless you give me your piece.

I definitely think we saved the best for last with our road trip vacation. I enjoyed D.C. and most of the things we did, but I feel like it’s more of a place that you visit once or twice just to be able to say you’ve done so, whereas Hershey I would love to visit again in the near future. There were a few other things, both at Hersheypark and in Hershey itself, that we didn’t have time to check out, and I can always find more to do in the gift shop (wink, wink).

Drive six hours for chocolate? Piece of cake. With ice cream.

Road Trip Recap! Part I – Washington, D.C.

Hey guys!

We just got back from a little road trip to Washington, D.C. & Hershey, PA and I thought I would share some of the details. I’m going to try to summarize here because we did a LOT of things. I’m the kind of vacationer where I want to plan everything out and try to see & do as much as possible, which ends up wearing me out and I’m so ready to go home and relax by the time vacation is over. I realize that is the complete opposite of a vacation, but that’s just how I am. Every time I say that I want to leave just one day for relaxing by a beach or pool, but I know I would be bored with that in a matter of hours, as would Dan, so…. it never happens. Lots of walking, early mornings, jam-packed days – we’re nuts. But we had a lot of fun and took over 1300 photos, so let’s get started.


We left on Wednesday morning and drove straight through, with the exception of one stop for gas, food, and bathrooms, so we got there just before dinner time. I’m like an impatient road trip Nazi and I really, really hate to make any stops along the way, I just want to GET there. Luckily, neither of us needed to stop more than once each way, and we didn’t hit any traffic coming or going, except for a 25-minute or so annoyance over the GW Bridge, so I would definitely recommend leaving around 9am on a weekday if you’re planning a similar trip.


We booked a couple of tours through our Senator’s office and the Capitol tour was by far our favorite. I have so many photos of the Capitol building from every angle, it’s ridiculous. It’s just such a massive building, and the architecture, just as with every other building in the city, is incredible.




The inside was gorgeous as well and we learned a few little anecdotes about the rooms, paintings, and history of the Capitol building.


From the Capitol there is an underground tunnel to the Library of Congress, which is hands down the most beautiful building we managed to get into. I highly recommend checking it out if you end up nearby.



We toured The Bureau of Engraving and Printing where we learned how money is made. Unfortunately, there were no free samples, but they do sell some in their gift shop as shredded up insides of Christmas ornaments, pens, and cards.


At the last minute (the night before we left!) we found out that we got to take a tour of The Pentagon. I was beyond excited for this, but it ends up that we were a little underwhelmed because you don’t really see much except for the hallways and some memorabilia that you pass by quickly. This is the only photo we were allowed inside the Pentagon.


We weren’t able to get a tour of the White House, so this was as close as we got to it. I was really hoping to meet Bo, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.


We climbed the Washington Monument (by elevator!) and looked out over the city from all directions.



We checked out the Smithsonian American History, Natural History, and Air & Space museums. For as excited as I was about the American History museum, I expected a lot more pop culture and found that I was a little bored with what we saw.


The Natural History museum, however, ended up being better than I expected. I’m not sure what I thought it would be like, but it reminded me a lot of the Museum of Science in Boston.


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The Air & Space museum was full of gigantic planes and shuttles to photograph and walk through. This was another museum that I ended up liking more than I expected. We even came back the next night to see a show in the planetarium.



One thing I was REALLY unimpressed with was the Holocaust Museum. We had heard from several people that it’s a really emotional place and very moving. Maybe we’re cold-hearted jerks, but all we saw was an exhibit for children that was pretty unimpressive and lots of empty space, so we left shortly after we arrived. Maybe we missed something? It was actually kind of bizarre walking from empty room to empty hallway, so I’m thinking we did?


What we didn’t miss was a pretty crazy thunderstorm. Of course, while this storm was occurring, we weren’t indoors, but in a wide open expanse of land known as Arlington National Cemetery. At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to be exact. In case you ever wondered, those guards do stay out in inclement weather even when lightning is flashing not far away and the rain is pouring down on their very heavy-looking military uniform. To top it all off, we got kicked out in the middle of the storm because the park was closing immediately after the final changing of the guard ceremony, so we walked back to the Metro with my camera wrapped in Dan’s shirt, hoping not to get struck by lightning.


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Speaking of the Metro? SO much nicer than the T in Boston. It’s pretty easy to follow, as once your inside the city you can take almost any train to the main tourist attractions, and we were blown away by how neat and clean it was. And air-conditioned!


Of course we visited several of the monuments. The Iwo Jima statue was roughly about 8x larger than I expected. It’s monstrous.




When we got tired of tours, monuments, and historical museums, we visited Madame Tussaud’s!




By far, the best place we ate at was Capitol City Brewing Company. In fact, it was the only place we visited off of the list I had made beforehand, since we spent most of the time at our hotel restaurant or grabbing snacks and fast food while wandering around.


Definitely glad Capitol City Brewing was the place we chose to check out because my black bean burger with avocado aioli, cilanto rice, and soft pretzel “dinner roll” (omg.) were all great!


We crammed a lot into three days and our feet were definitely feeling it, but our wallets certainly didn’t. I still can’t believe that most of the museums and tours are free, so if you’re looking for an inexpensive summer trip, this is a great option. AND! People are obscenely nice there! Cars were letting us cross the street, people were asking if we needed help finding something, and no one huffed and puffed if we slowed them down by a millisecond while trying to figure out where we were headed. I love me some Boston, but this was a welcome change.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Part II involves lots of chocolate, so I hope you come back for that also. 😉

Just Grazing on Some Snacks

It’s no secret around here that I really like food, especially snacks, but I also really enjoy getting mail. Somehow those little targeted Facebook ads figured out as much and invited me to try Graze, a subscription snack box service, and my first box would be free! Free things? Food? Delivered directly to my lazy self? Sign me up!

This is the first Facebook ad that I’ve fallen for so far, but I am so glad that I was such a marketer’s dream that day because my first snack box was just delivered and I can’t shut up about it.


I often have a hard time choosing snacks because I want something that isn’t going to make me feel guilty, but I don’t want to sacrifice my cravings (usually sweet or salty). That’s what got me about Graze – each box contains four different healthy choices that are also really unique and flavorful. Each snack has a benefit, whether it’s being a daily serving of fruit or under 100 calories, but with options like Wholegrain Banana Caramel Dippers and Tomato & Basil Pizza, you don’t have to feel like you’re being good.


The nutritional facts of each item are included, as well as the “best by” date. You can also choose whether you want a regular box or one with only low-calorie (under 150) snacks.


If you visit their website, you can learn more about each snack. Once you sign up, you can choose which ones you would like to try, or exclude any that you don’t want. I decided not to try a few of the spicier options, and after receiving my first box, I rated my favorites to make sure I will get them again (or similar flavors) in the future.

Once my box had shipped, I figured out (somewhat accidentally) that I could view its contents online. What a lesson in self-control this week has been! I managed to only sneak a peek at one of my four snacks and was hoping to be pleasantly surprised by the rest! Here’s what I received:


This was the first treat I taste-tested and I declared it my favorite right away. As I continued on I had to accept that it was okay to have several favorites, but this one is VERY tasty if you like savory snacks.


Next up were the Mississippi BBQ Pistachios.


This one was actually my least favorite of the bunch, only because I tend to want to stuff my face with the sweet and salty snacks. These are not spicy by any means, and for someone who is into BBQ chips and flavors, I’m sure they would be a nice change from ordinary pistachios.


This next snack is going right into my oatmeal tomorrow morning.


I don’t buy dried fruit often enough, but I really should. These taste great, even if they look like shriveled, odd versions of their original selves. The strawberries are my favorite and I rated this snack as one I would like to try again.


And finally, here is my other favorite:


These are so good that my only complaint is I wish there were more of them! I’m already planning on bathing in any of that leftover toffee dip.


Each item comes sealed in it’s own little package, so they would all be great for snacking on-the-go. I’ve already taped mine back up and am currently ignoring the gravitational force that wants me to rip them all back open instead of waiting to pack them in my lunch bag tomorrow.


If you want to try your first Graze box for free also, just use this link! Not only will your first box be free, but your 5th one will be also. Delivery is always free, so at $6 per box, I think the price-point is great. When you factor in all of the promotions, you will get 5 snack boxes for just $18 – less than $1 per snack! You can choose to get weekly or bi-weekly deliveries, but you also have the option of postponing them if you want to skip a week. You can cancel at any time, but honestly, I don’t see myself getting tired of these any time soon!

At least not until I’ve tried the Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie. Whaaaaaaat?!

[[This is not a sponsored post and I did not receive any type of compensation from Graze for sharing my review. All opinions are my own. Referral code used above.]]

The Soundtrack of My Summer

Happy First Day of Summer! This rivals Christmas and Halloween as one of my most favorite days of the year. I think I’ve told you about my (over the top) love for all things summer, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I’ve already completed 12 things on my Summer Bucket List since kicking it off on Memorial Day weekend. 10481940_10152521936454708_3613769227301481222_n Go Sox! Oh, p.s. Did anyone realize I wrote “go to a baseball game” twice on my bucket list? Oops. Guess I still have one more to go to! 😉 One of the things I wanted to do this season was to make the ultimate summer playlist. I planned to do this early on so that I could blast it in the car when we take our road trip to DC and Hershey, PA next month. There are a few things you need to know about this list before we begin:

  • It started as a list of 20 songs because I wanted to make sure it fit on a CD (how archaic of me), but quickly grew to 25, then to 30, then to 33 before I cut it back down to 31, which drives me insane because it’s an odd number. Clearly I have some issues? But really, could you cut just one of these songs?
  • While some of them are part of a “summer” playlist for obvious reasons (#1, 5, 9, and 16 for example), others were a strange coincidence (#6), songs that remind me of summers in high school and college (#4, 19, 23), summer holiday themed (#24), or songs that Dan and I like to sing shout along to which remind us of all the summers we’ve shared together (#3, 12, 17, 31).
  • While making this playlist, I asked Facebook for suggestions and now I feel the need to make several other playlists with everyone’s suggestions that didn’t make this list. And also a Mariah Carey list because, man, I forgot how many epic songs that girl has.
  • Yes, I am embarrassed by close to half of these choices.

Without further ado:

  1. “Summer of 69” – Bryan Adams
  2. “This is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan
  3. “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
  4. “One Way Ticket” – LeAnn Rimes
  5. “Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  6. “She Looks So Perfect” – 5 Seconds of Summer
  7. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line
  8. “Love Shack” – B-52s
  9. “Summer Girls” – LFO
  10. “We Are Tonight” – Billy Currington
  11. “Heartbreaker” – Mariah Carey/JayZ
  12. “Thunder” – Boys Like Girls
  13. “This is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line/Luke Bryan
  14. “The Boys of Summer” – Don Henley or The Ataris ( ← like this one better)
  15. “I Made It” – Kevin Rudolph, Jay Sean, Birdman, Lil Wayne
  16. “Summer Nights” – Grease
  17. “Take You There” – Sean Kingston
  18. “All Summer Long” – Kid Rock
  19. “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” – Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg
  20. “Fantasy” – Mariah Carey
  21. “Kokomo” – Beach Boys
  22. “Weightless” – All Time Low
  23. “Sometimes” – Britney Spears
  24. “God Bless the USA” – Lee Greenwood
  25. “Paradise City” – Guns n’ Roses
  26. “Down” – Jay Sean, Lil Wayne
  27. “Summer’s Coming” – Clint Black
  28. “California Love” – TuPac/Dr. Dre
  29. “Escapade” – Janet Jackson
  30. “The Lazy Song” – Bruno Mars
  31. “Dammit” – Blink 182

There it is! Now I’m off to find every excuse to be outside. What songs would be on your list?

Visiting A NEWburyport Place

See what I did there? Kind of.

One of the things on my Summer Bucket List is to have drinks outside on the water. Last weekend provided the perfect weather, combined with a free Saturday afternoon, which is a rarity this summer, so we decided to jump on the opportunity to knock a few things off the bucket list.

I took to Facebook to find the best place to go and ended up with a long list full of places to visit this summer when we’re feeling thirsty. We decided on Newburyport since it’s not a very long drive and we could also spend some time wandering around all of the little shops. A friend had suggested Michael’s Harborside and after walking over to check it out, we were quickly convinced this was just what we were looking for! Drinks with a view!


There are several outdoor areas – an upper deck, a lower deck, and a covered lower deck. We chose the upper deck for maximum sunshine and were told to seat ourselves. We chose a table right near the side so we could really take advantage of that view. Seriously, that view! I want to color my whole life the shade of that sky.


First up were the drink orders. Dan chose a Blue Crush which was a mixture of blue curacao, lemonade, flavored vodka, and Sprite. I decided on a berry lemonade because it seemed like the perfect alcoholic summer beverage.


We eventually went for round 2 which involved another Blue Crush and sangria. We enjoyed all three and I really honestly can’t pick a favorite.


Next, we ordered some food. Dan had a burger and I had a salad that pretended to be healthy, but was topped with fried butternut squash ravioli and candied walnuts. My kinda disguise.


Neither of us had any complaints about our drinks or meals, except that they were a little on the expensive side. Actually, I would say they were just slightly on the side of expensive, like with one foot on that side and the other at your average chain restaurant. I’m also really cheap, so take that however you will. That being said, I would have no problem paying the same price again because the meals were flavorful, unique (ravioli in my salad!), and came with a great view worth every penny.


We head up to Newburyport pretty frequently, so Michael’s will definitely be on our radar next time we’re enjoying a nice day by the water. Which, coincidentally, is how I would like to spend every single day of my life ever.

Have a great weekend!

Beauty Faves

I follow a whole bunch of beauty bloggers and YouTubers (official term?), and one of the things I always look forward to are their monthly favorites posts. While I’ve never taken the time to do one of my own, I think about it whenever I’m getting ready in the morning and decided it was time to share a few favorites.


I definitely don’t have the space or the budget to buy a whole bunch of new hair and makeup supplies each month (although my collection suggests that I think I do), but there are a few things that I consistently reach for.


I first got this Benefit Porefessional primer as a sample over a year ago. I’ve tried a few other primers, but this was always the one I came back to, so I eventually caved and bought a full-sized tube. It’s not greasy, slimy, or sticky like some of the others, and when I put it on my face I can actually see it making my pores disappear. Sold.

The Neutrogena foundation was somewhat of a happy accident. I ran out of one of my other foundations and my spare was still a bit too dark for me (I switch between two for summer/winter). When I went to buy a new one, they were out of my shade, so I grabbed this one instead and I couldn’t be happier with it. The first time I put this on my face, I immediately followed it with powder and then was all “hey, wait a minute, I didn’t even put concealer on.” This has NEVER happened to me. I ALWAYS use concealer to cover any dark spots or hyperpigmentation, but this covers my face so perfectly that I’ve been able to skip that step about 75% of the time. Surprisingly, it’s not that heavy on your face even though it’s definitely a full-coverage foundation for me. Love it.


On to eye things. This is always my favorite part! I own so many of these Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows, but my favorite is definitely Bad to the Bronze. It’s the well-loved one that you see open in the photo above. I use it several times a week, both as a base and by itself. These are all just so creamy and stay put better than a lot of my powder shadows.

Everyone always raves about the Urban Decay 24/7 liners, but I get irritated with anything that I have to sharpen (lazy.) so these Stila Smudge Sticks are perfect for me. They’re the same price as the Urban Decay liners, but they twist to sharpen and come in a ton of different colors. My favorite is Lionfish – the coppery-colored one in the photo above.


This Too Faced Chocolate Bar is the holy grail of eyeshadow palettes. I splurged on it last month after reading so many good reviews about it and hooooooomygawd it smells like chocolate. I spend as much time sniffing it as I do putting it on my face. The color payoff is great and you can create lots of different looks with this since it has some neutral colors as well as some pink and purple shades. Some are matte, some are shimmery, all are delicious amazing.


While I have yet to find anything that will take care of my dark circles completely, this Garnier roller comes pretty close. The cool, metal tip feels great on my eyes, and the color is just enough to conceal any darkness without looking too bright or yellowy on my face. I’ve gone through so many of these.

Almost done with eye things, I swear. This L’Oreal mascara is a recent fave, but after it’s gone, I will definitely be buying it again and again. It lengthens without clumping, and the curvy shape to the wand makes it so that I can get to the outer corners of my lashes without poking myself in the eye. I reach for this almost every day.

I don’t wear color on my lips very often. I’m much more likely to grab a nude-toned gloss or even some Carmex (fancy, huh?), but this Julep gloss in Charming has been on my mouth a lot lately. It’s just pigmented enough to make it look like you tried, but still definitely a neutral. It’s not sticky at all – I actually find it pretty moisturizing.


Time for two non-makeup favorites. The Tresemme Keratin spray is intended to be for flat-iron protection, but I use it whenever I heat style my hair. I find that I don’t even have to use a flat iron after blow drying if I use this spray first.

This last favorite was another accident. I ran out of the Bath & Body Works cream that I use religiously and decided to try this Bodycology one as an emergency alternative while I was in Walmart one day. I didn’t expect much, but I liked the smell and it was inexpensive, so I bought it. It smells incredible. It’s sweet and a little bit fruity, which wasn’t really what I expected given the flower on the package. I love it almost as much as my B&BW lotion, so on the months when I’m feeling cheap, I will definitely be trying more of these.

That’s my list! What are some of your go-to beauty products? Do you love some of the same things, or is there anything new I should try? My bank account is dyyyyying to know.

Things & Stuff | Weekly Favorites

I think it may say a lot about my week that my favorite thing was getting out of work at 3:30 today. It sort of prorates the hours of my day so that when I go to sleep at 8pm tonight, I can claim it felt like 9:30. Is 9:30 still uncool on a Friday? I can’t keep up.

I am equally excited about the following things:

(1) This guy in San Francisco hiding envelopes of cash around the city. Why can’t that happen in Boston? I love a good scavenger hunt and there’s no better prize than cash. Not only is this guy super cool for paying it forward, but so are all of the people who found and shared the money with someone else. Except that one self-absorbed woman who bought copies of her own book and should really feel like a tool now.

(2) I kind of accidentally bought this book on Amazon, if by “accidentally” we mean spontaneously and excitedly. I haven’t done a good DIY project in a while and I’m feeling the urge.


(3) Oh, hey. I’m hooked on another smartphone game. You can play online too (use your arrow keys), but I didn’t know that until I just linked it here. There goes 8 more hours of my day.

(4) Remember when I had a mint green obsession? That’s still going strong, but I’m also wanting everything in cobalt blue now. It started with a dress that I wore to a wedding this past weekend, but I think my wardrobe will soon closely resemble Dan’s, who only wears grey, blue, and black, as evidenced in this photo (and that’s the dress!):


(5) Last week I finished Cheryl Strayed’s book Tiny Beautiful Things and I loved it so much that I might buy a copy for myself to keep around when I need some good advice. Then I went to the library and picked up Wild, her memoir about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail alone at 26 years old, and loved that one also. At 26 I think I was hanging out at sports bars and freaking out over the final Harry Potter book, so….yeah. Perspective.

What things are you excited for this week/weekend?

Summer 2014 Bucket List

I am actually jittery with excitement about this.

I had planned to start my summer bucket list on the first day of of the season, but I’ve been working on it for a few weeks now and I just can’t hold back any longer. I joked on my Facebook page a few weeks ago that I have some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder where instead of getting really bummed in the winter, I get overly excited in the summer, and I actually don’t think I’m joking. Seriously. Manic. Besides, everyone knows that Memorial Day is the REAL start of summer, so what better time to begin than this weekend!

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I will continue with my spring bucket list through the middle of June, just as I planned, but I’m so over the three days of spring that we’ve had and I’m already in full on summer mode. I’ve already sat by the pool in a tank and shorts, I have neon pink toenails, and every candle in my apartment smells like a beach or a fruit. My only question is, do I continue this list until the start of fall, or through the REAL end of summer – Labor Day?

Oh, who am I kidding? They’ll be done by next week.