commitments: december 2017

It’s the last month of the year…and my last commitments post! Here we go… Completing *I’ve completed (maybe) a living room refresh…new couches, rug, and coffee table. Certainly the possibility of a new end table, and ALWAYS the possibility of more plants! *a wonderful visit to Halifax for American Thanksgiving Creating *a whole lot of joy this month. Dan bought…

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two little words: shift & celebrate

As we head into a holiday week, I’ve got One Little Word on my mind. We’re traveling to Halifax to celebrate American Thanksgiving with Hope. We haven’t done a “traditional” Thanksgiving in a few years, so it doesn’t seem odd that we’ll likely be going out for sushi on what will be a “normal” Thursday in Canada. I guess that’s…

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#celebrating 6 months

Today is our 6 month wedding anniversary. At times, it seems like a lifetime ago that we said our vows with waves crashing behind us. Other times, the newness makes me stumble when trying to say my last name, and gets my attention when Dan refers to me as his wife. I’m so grateful to be creating this life with…

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commitments : november 2017

Photo by Alex Geerts on Unsplash Running a bit late on this month’s post – let’s blame travel & time change, shall we? completing *our first Littles visit in their other/new home town is complete. More thoughts on that in a future post. *a drawer/closet clean out that helped to refresh my thinking on a capsule wardrobe. Still not strictly following the practice, but…

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southern spirits : robert f. moss

A super over-due look at a book about…drinking! Drinking in the South, to be specific. Southern Spirits is a detailed look at the history of drinking in the South… What I loved: This book contains 40 recipes for classic (and a few unexpected) cocktails. all tied to chapters of the book. I spied this book on the back counter of…

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2017 project life : january – june

Early in the year, I decided that I’d do a digital version of Project Life and have a photo book printed at the end. I downloaded a template from Nettio Designs..and that’s about where my planning ended. Today, thanks to a cold & Dr. Dan’s orders to take it easy…I set up Smart Albums in iPhoto, and put together the…

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a living room refresh at #thepalace…

I’ve mentioned the possibility of new furniture in previous posts…and we’re finally doing something about it! I’d been wanting to replace my couch & loveseat for a few months. They’re in decent shape (and will be on craigslist soon for any locals that might be interested), but I’ve had them forever. Or at least it seems like it. At first,…

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the 2017 reading challenge fail + new books

Remember that time that my brother challenged me to read 100 books by the end of October 2017? Yeah, so that didn’t happen. As we sit squarely in the middle of October, I think my total is probably right around…12. I have lots of great reasons why I didn’t achieve the goal, but I won’t bore you with those. I…

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when in doubt, give thanks.

Photo by Takahiro Sakamoto on Unsplash I have Thanksgiving on my mind. The Bigs are both up north, so they’re celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving today. Maybe that’s why I’ve had gratitude on my mind. Maybe it’s simply that I’ve been returning to tried-and-true practices to help to ease the stress of transition. Regardless of the reason, gratitude has a certain magic. A few things…

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commitments : october 2017

Photo by Yulia Chinato on Unsplash September shook us to the core. We’ve been reflecting, replaying, and trying to make sense of it. It was just so much. I spent many, many minutes on my knees, sobbing, begging the universe/God/angels to please protect my family, and to please…for the love of it all…make the pain stop. We are just starting to catch our…

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parc safari : september 2017

On Saturday, we ventured across the border to check off one last item on our Summer Bucket List. It’s the first time that I’ve been back to Parc Safari since the Bigs were little! These two were very excited to see animals up close & personal. To be fair, Wilder was also really excited that we rented a minivan. He’s…

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commitments : september 2017

September is not being subtle. There’s a definite chill in the air, and I’ve already seen a bit of color in the trees. Vermont shows off in the summer, with tolerable temps & all.the.nature…but the fall is what the state is really known for. I’m certain (hopeful?) that we’ll have a few more surprisingly warm days…but the there’s no doubt…

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our wedding vows

When we first agreed to write our own ceremony, I thought “how hard can it be?“…turns out, it’s harder than it looks. After many months, a shared Google doc, multiple visits to offbeatbride.com, and (more than) a few bottles of wine, we drafted a ceremony that was, in a word (technically 1615 words), perfect. It captured the lightness & love…

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that time we got hitched in Hawaii…

Have I mentioned that we got married in Hawaii? 🙂 I wanted to do the whole “first look” thing, b/c why not?? I’m sure that some people have opinions about what you should or shouldn’t do in 3rd-for-me/2nd-for-him wedding…and fortunately, those people are not in our world. We did what we wanted…and that included me keeping my dress a secret…

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(re)start where you are.

Yesterday, I took a deep breath, and deleted my Typepad blog….the blog that I had maintained for more than a decade. All of the content still lives here at the new site, amidst the mess of broken links and perhaps a few missing images. I have visions of methodically going back through archives and updating, and I also recognize that…

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commitments : august 2017

We’ve had a slew of family & friends-who-are-family visiting over the past week, so as usual, my plan to actually blog has fallen by the wayside. Sigh. It’s August already! Completing *(virtual) piles of paperwork – name changes (still), university financial aid, student loan refinancing…not my favorite things, but they had to be done *a month of BUSY- mostly good…

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