Thankful Thursday #5


Exciting news all around:

We are officially on the road trip of our lives! DJ is picking me up at work and we will be driving to DC and staying overnight to get some much needed rest. Then, up an at em bright and early on Friday to make the 8 hour trip to the ATL. It’s still surreal…

Secondly, I want to thank Tyler from Thrive in 1455 for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award! Being new to the blogging world, this is a huge excitement for me and I’m just so thankful that people may actually enjoy reading about my life!.


A little info about the award:

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.

  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.

  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself

  • Nominate 10 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I am adopted but people always comment how I resemble my mother and father at times. Nature vs Nurture at hand!
  2. I’m from Boston, Drew is from Chicago and he lived in CT when we met in Boston….now we are moving to Atlanta together!
  3. I love the Patriots, but I’ve never been a Brady fan…weird right?
  4. I am an Aquarius which is completely appropriate because of my love of the water and mermaids!
  5. I hate imitation flavored Watermelon and Strawberry anything!
  6. I have at least 1 cup o’Joe everyday.
  7. Despite being from Boston, I don’t have much of any accent.

10 Bloggers

  1. Thrive in 1455
  2. Oh My Veggies
  3. Camo and Lipstick
  4. Blonde Ambition
  5. The Nectar Collective
  6. Crystal Michelle’s Mess
  7. Postcards from Rachel
  8. Living in Yellow
  9. Cupcake and Cashmere
  10. A Girl, A Style

Definitely check out these bloggers!

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Thankful Thursday #4


Today’s Thankful Thursday is being linked up with Charlene @ From Bisons to Buckeyes. What a cute name!

Just a rainy Thursday in good olde CT, making it hard to be motivated to do much today. Alas, I am currently in all modes MOVE at the moment.
Finding a mover. Finding boxes. Packing said boxes. Hosting a yard sale this weekend – parting ways with my yard sale goods 😦 Ahhhh the stress!! Must manage to find thankfulness!!!!!

Today is my mom’s 60th birthday! I chose this comical pic because it reminds me of  a restaurant we’d frequent in college. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE would go to this little Mexican joint, Monterrey’s, in Burlington, NC, on their birthday. They would make you wear a ridiculous sombrero while serenading you in a lovely version of a Spanish happy birthday. All followed up with a shot of tequila! Man, I miss that!

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I wish I could be there to celebrate, but with the move and tying things up at work, I can’t. However, I will be there at the end of October! Save me some cake!!!

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DJ and I treated ourselves to some Southern cooking last night going to Black-Eyed Sally’s, a BBQ and Blues joint in downtown Hartford, CT.  We started with the Burnt Endz – crispy chunks of beef with BBQ sauce. A favorite in this house. For dinner I had the Salmon with a honey BBQ glaze. It was served with garlicky green beans and collard greens. Definitely tasty, definitely needed a mint afterwards. My favorite part of dinner was the dessert! We had the Peach and Berry Pie served in a mason jar and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. YUM-O!!

I am soooo happy that it’s Thursday aka Baby Friday to DJ. I’ve been a powerhouse or productivity this week, trying to tie up loose ends and plan for this move in oh, 15 days, 19 hours and 4 minutes. I feel the panic attack coming on. It will be OK though. DJ is going to FL this weekend so it will give me time to really focus on packing and purging. Two things that will really make me feel better in the long run. There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of crap everywhere.

Thursday also means FOOTBAAAWWW!!!!!! I sported my Bears jacket on Monday night in support of my love, however please note that I am and always will be a Pats fan.

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Please excuse the packing mess behind me!

One more day til Friday my dears….you can do it!

Peace, love & spanks

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Thankful Thursday #3 – The Big News!!!

thankful-thursday2Sorry for the lack of writing this week. I’ve managed to come down with a crazy double ear infection that has also caused me to have vertigo! I pity (the fool ha!) anyone who has vertigo on a regular basis because this spinning, dizzy, nauseous feeling is no bueno! I feel like I’m buzzed and walk like a drunk, bumping into walls and stumbling over my own two feet. Sheesh! Maybe a drink will make me straighten out???


It’s Thankful Thursday again and I have a lot to be thankful about this week….Ready for the BIG NEWS??

Drew and I are moving to Atlanta as of October 11!!!atl

DJ recently accepted a new job in Atlanta and finalized the paperwork as of Monday. It’s all becoming real because we are headed down to Atlanta to search for apartments this weekend. I am so thankful for him with all his hard work and his positive outlook during this process.

Side note: If you ever want to see how strong your relationship is, throw in a huge stress ball mixed together with a move to a different state and see if you survive. If you do, you are good to go!

It’s crazy to think that in 552 hrs (3 weeks and 2 days) I will be living in Atlanta, Georgia. Never did I think that I would be back living in the South (I went to Elon University in North Carolina and my parents live in Myrtle Beach, SC,) but I can’t wait to be back in the warm weather. I love the South!

I’m thankful that DJ and I get to explore a whole new city together. Finding our people, our places and our things to do. Atlanta will be OUR place. OUR first apartment. OUR chance to grow our lives together. We are really excited!

I am also thankful for my boss who is very happy for me. She took the news (today) quite well and was just as excited for me to be taking on this new stage in life as I am. She was so supportive, wishing me well and offering her help and guidance if needed. I’m so lucky!

I’m hopeful in finding a job once I’m there. I’ve started to look on the job sites and it looks like there’s a great market in Atlanta, so I’m not super worried, however, any connections, please let me know!

Last but not least, I’m thankful for all of those free moving boxes I hope to come across soon…


II’ll try to post some of the apartments we find this weekend so keep in touch! And as always….

Peace, love and spanks!

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Thankful Thursday #2

We all know what twin_towers1day it is. September 11, 2014. A day to be very thankful for many things. Things that we often take for granted. 13 years ago when our world was rocked, I was only 16 years old and I had it all. An amazing family, a cute, popular boyfriend, a great education and a bright future. I hate to think that I took those things for granted, but I’m sure on some level I did.

Luckily, I was blessed not to know anyone who died in the attacks, but for anyone who experienced that day, we will all be forever changed. If you read my post about my NYC adventure, seeing the 9/11 memorial pools was a very emotional experience and I definitely recommend that being a stop on your NYC trip.

Today, at the ripe ole age of 29, September 11 will always make me say an extra I love you to my nearest and dearest. Don’t take anyone for granted.


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Thankful Thursdays #1


In early 2013 I decided that I was going to change my life…I needed an upgrade. I wanted to turn myself in to my local service provider in return for the newest model …so, I quit my job, moved from Boston to CT, lost about 10 lbs, got a new job and focused on myself…you know, nothing drastic. This is what I’d like to call the beginning of my Life Upgrade.

Along the way I recruited some friends to join my new mantra and a few jumped on board the SS Upgrade. We decided that for a healthy upgrade it would be fun to complete the Spartan Trifecta. A 3 race competition that must be completed within the 2014 calendar year. Each race gets progressively longer and the obstacles get harder. We completed the first of 3, the Spartan Sprint 5 miler, in June. It was hosted at Mohegan Sun Casino and was coincidentally DJ’s 30th bday so we worked out hard and partied hard. It was a blast!

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This weekend in New Jersey, we are all competing in the 2nd Race, the Spartan Super, aka 8+ miles of hills, obstacles and mud. Hopefully no one kills me after all the complaining I’ll prob do as this will be the furthest I’ve ever run. Next up is the Spartan Beast which is in Myrtle Beach and is 13 miles of torture. Again, I paid for this?? Alas, I am thankful that I’ve been given this opportunity to improve my health and overall athletic abilities, all while enjoying it with my friends!

I am thankful for my momma. Shout out to Ann who is having gallbladder surgery today.

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My pups, Duggan (Dug) and Emma. These 2 little bundles of joy have been the light of my life for 4 and 5 years now. They are truly my fur babies and I would jump in front of oncoming traffic for them.

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Last but not least, can errbody say FOOTBAAWWWW – If you’re ready for some football (or not), the season, both real and Fantasy, starts today. If you don’t have a Fantasy team, you’ll be hearing a lot about it anyway. If you do, and you managed to snag running back Marshawn Lynch (Marshawn, Marshawn, Marshawn) get excited for tonight because the Seattle Seahawks will be putting him to work against Green Bay’s weak sauce defense.

Peace, Love & Spanks

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Baby Friday a.k.a Thursday

Happy Baby Friday!!!!

Lots of changes are pending and I think anxiety is rearing it’s ugly head. For example, these vivid dreams in which I’ll skip a class (please note my last college class was over 7 years ago) and then freak out that I’m going to #fail at life and end up the next wanted homeless VMA award acceptance chica…oh Miley.

Normally, I’m the Type A personality, a little annoying thing that likes her day planned out with exact times and places. Something about that timeline just puts a smile on my face. Friends embrace it (I think) especially during bar crawls like the Beer Marathon in Boston. The greatest bar crawl of all time!!! No joke, seriously, when else can you wear a glowing-horned Viking helmet and traverse the mean streets of Boston all while wreaking havoc in 26 bars?? #myliverhatesthisday

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I digress…supposedly things will firm up on Tuesday so until then, let the mind-F continue.

My next Spartan race in the grand Trifecta is happening next weekend. I can’t say that I’m thrilled to be running 8+ miles (in New Jersey nonetheless) all while hauling myself over and under walls of spikes and muddiness…but alas, I paid for it, so imma do it. #wavingthesouthernfinger

Just someone please remind me that Happy Hour the night before makes for a not so happy 2 hours of torture the next…yuuuuup.

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