I am going to take a mini-break from blogging- not terribly long, but a little while.
I need a little break because I think a part of me broke last Friday- as I am sure was the same for all of you.
and lately I don't have much to say, 
and I don't feel like pretending I have a perfect life and showcasing photos of that which does not exist. 
I think I've always been fairly real on here and honest but I am lacking words lately.
and I don't want to force them.
so, with that said- see you soon and have a wonderful holiday. I hope every single day you have something to be thankful for, however small.



It's beginning to look a lot like...Thanksgiving?

I am so not Christmas-y this year.
As in...we have not even purchased our tree yet.
I have not hung a single light.
Our gingerbread house remains un-built.
No wreath adorns our door.

and so far, I am ok with that!

Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays.
Know what i don't like? Cleaning up after them.
Pine needles...
Finding random ornaments all year long...
Taking down annoying lights that took far too long to hang...

Do I sound like a grinch?
I guess I do, but oh well.
I am excited to go to my parent's house for the holiday and enjoy the Christmas-y atmosphere there.

In the meantime, we may buy a huge potted plant and decorate that....we'll see.


Etsy Monday- Trim Your Tree

Happy first Monday in December!
It is freakishly warm today and I can't quite wrap my mind around it since on Friday it was about 15 degrees. 
But today? 58.
Yeah, I don't get it either.

Warm weather or not, I'm starting to get into the holiday spirit and wanted to feature the most amazing ornaments for today's Etsy Monday!!

Happy tree trimming!! (or whatever else you may trim...)

Baby's first Christmas ornament!

tiny owl
this. is. hilarious.
needle felted santa
I couldn't NOT show you this ornament. The perv in me thinks this is the funniest thing. Also when I went to save the img file, I went to type P no spaces ornament and realized it made the word PORNAMENT- which is perfect for this. I think I coined a new word.


to juice or not to juice?

guys, I've been hearing a lot about juice cleanses. One of my good friends recently did one and raved about it, even though she was pretty much angry at the world for 5 days...
juiced up.

What is this new(ish) thing?

this is what some people say about juice cleanses:

my initial thoughts?
this is dumb.
I mean, not eating solid food for 3-5 days?
Cleansing your body?
I get the whole 'easier for your body to absorb' thing, that makes sense.
But I didn't (don't?) buy into the whole cleanse thing. 
Can't eating lots of salad and broccoli do the same thing?

Honestly I don't know if my body could survive on less than 1000 calories a day. And if I go running that day? Forget it. It seems like that would be starving myself. Plus, remember my post about sugar not too long ago? Aren't juices like...ALL sugar? Even natural sugar your body has a crazy reaction to. All that sugar going into your body makes your pancreas produce insulin, which then moves that sugar stuff which is now glucose- right directly into your cells. Sick.

and check this out:

After 30 minutes
As your cells suck up the glucose, your blood sugar level can start to plummet and you may feel dizzy.

Meanwhile, lacking enough calories, your body is operating off its supply of glycogen, a form of short-term energy stored in the liver and muscles.
After two days
With each shot of juice, your insulin levels skyrocket, then crash. Your glycogen stores are pretty much gone, leaving your tank on empty—and you feeling weak and listless.

Since you're getting only about half the calories you need, your body draws on two long-term power sources: triglycerides, a type of energy stored in fat cells (woo-hoo!), and protein, taken straight from your muscles (oops). You begin to lose muscle mass, even if you're still exercising every day.
After three days
Your brain is not happy. It enters into semi-starvation mode and gobbles ketones, fuel that comes from the breakdown of fat. Ketones work, but they're like low-grade gasoline; as a result, you may feel unfocused or irritable. (Any "mental clarity" is likely due to a strong placebo effect.)

Sans a fresh protein infusion, your brain is also lacking amino acids, the raw materials that neurotransmitters need to maintain your mood. If you're prone to depression, you may start feeling blue.
The proteins in your shrinking muscles break down into ammonia and uric acid, unwelcome chemicals that invade your bloodstream. Now your kidneys are busy detoxing your detox.
Stay near the bathroom: The juice's high carbohydrate load causes a surfeit of water to enter the intestines. That extra H2O in your gut means you're apt to get diarrhea.
After four days
With no food to digest, your small intestine feels ignored. Its villi—the rows of tiny fibers that move food elements into the blood—start to atrophy. Your diarrhea may get worse, leading to dehydration... and there goes your rosy glow.

On the eighth day
Solid food! But uh-oh—you've lost muscle. Even if you go back to your regular eating habits, you now have less muscle mass to burn those calories; instead, the calories are more likely to be turned into fat. (Hence, one reason yo-yo dieting makes it harder to lose weight: Your reduced muscle-to-fat ratio messes up your metabolism and makes calories much harder to work off.)

copied from Women's Health.

Losing muscle mass? What the what! I hardly have any of that to begin with, I don't want to lose it! and mmm being apt to get diarrhea? Sounds GREAT. Now, I understand that some of these cleanses that you order have protein packed drinks, but still. Probably not as much protein that you could get from, I don't know, SOLID food?!

And I also get it is a great source of vitamins, because who normally ingests a huge amount of vitamins on a daily basis? I certainly don't. But, that said- your body can only absorb certain amounts and types of vitamins- water soluble v's are pretty much flushed out when you pee. 

So far, from what I have read- the bad stuff outweighs the good with regards to a juice cleanse. What are your thoughts? Should I try a 3 day cleanse and report it back to you? Or should I just stick to eating healthy and eating clean? 


I'm back + it is cold

I'm back from glorious sunny California. 
My days were spent basking in the perfect 73 degree air and soaking up vitamin D.
I went running around cute neighborhoods where people have lemon trees in their yards (and gave me funny looks when I would pluck a few...)
I cuddled as much as I could with my niece, Ila, who is the cutest baby in the world.
I ate.
I antiqued.
I decided i needed to move to Southern California.


Well, 50% seriously.
Jeff said if my sister could find friends to live in our place (rent it out and cover the mortgage...) then we could move to California for a bit. Maybe 6 months. Maybe a year.
I would do it in a heartbeat.
So you never know, that may happen. Of course, probably not until after the wedding...

Don't get me wrong, I love Maine. I do. And I'll always want to live here, especially Portland. But, I make it no secret that I cannot stand snow or cold weather.
and weather in San Diego is perfect about 87% of the time. 
That is a percent I can jump on board with.

view from our friend's apartment (where we stayed the first night)

enjoying coffee + the sun

Jeff checking on Ila

La Jolla

Seals just taking a rest

Lemon trees were everywhere! 

itty bitty baby foot

Sangria on the deck

Oceanside Sunset


long plane rides

I have flown enough times in my 20 + 10 years to know that long plane rides kinda suck and there are certain things you definitely need.

well, that I definitely need.

and since we are leaving for California on Saturday, I thought I'd share with you what I wear when traveling and what I have in my carry-on!

  1. I always make sure I am wearing comfy pants- black leggings or jeggings are an easy way to be comfortable but not look sloppy.
  2. I don't know about you but my feet ALWAYS get cold on planes- so warm cozy socks are a must. As are shoes that are easy to get on and off so going through security isn't as big of a pain in the butt....
  3. LAYERS are my friend. Am I hot? Am I cold? You just never know with me- so a cozy wrap sweater over a soft t-shirt is a simple way to go. And, this may be TMI but I rock a comfy bra as well- Gap body bras are my friends. My comfy stretchy yet supportive friends.
  4. I might not start off the flight wearing a hat but, but by the end of a long flight my hair isn't all that glamorous so I always toss a hat in the carry-on to avoid plane-hair. Big sunglasses are needed if we took a red eye...plus, not gonna lie, they kind of make me feel all Hollywood.
  5. Hair elastics are a no brainer.
  6. The chunky scarf is always a good idea because it can be used to keep you warm, or bunched up as a little extra pillow!
  7. My carry-on bag is always big enough to carry my purse (btw, I hate the word purse. yuck. sounds so old lady), some snacks, a bottle of water, hand lotion/sanitizer (dry hands and germs...ew) my ipad and kindle (sick, I know) and some trashy magazines.

pretty simple stuff, yet covers all the bases. 
What do you travel with?


Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers

"see you later, see you soon"

On November 2nd, Jeff and I went to Boston to the Paradise Rock Club with some friends to see Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers on their final (for now) tour.

It was bittersweet.

I have been a die hard fan of Stephen Kellogg's music since I first heard him in 2002. That is 10 years folks. I was just a sophomore in college when he came to play at the St. A's coffee shop in October of 2002- I had never ever heard of him. But, my love of music (and coffee) had me there that cold night- I was probably one of 20 people. I was instantly blown away. Now, in 2002 I was deep in my Howie Day obsession phase- singer/songwriters were my drug. My then boyfriend was (stupidly) jealous of how infatuated I was with the rocker boys. But that night, seeing SK and hearing his music- it was a breath of fresh air for me. I had long loved Howie Day and his raspy voice- confusing lyrics and too cool stage persona. 
But when SK started to sing- his voice just...I don't have the words. He was funny on stage, warm, goofy. His lyrics were straight forward. He was singing what he felt, without trying to be difficult and edgy.
He was approachable. 
Yeah yeah, I know I'm sounding a little crazed fan/major crush right now- but I was 20 years old and I was hooked.

After that night, after buying cd's and downloading mp3s- after seeing him play whenever he was in a reasonable proximity- after having him come play on my radio show (!!!), after watching him go from a one man show, to a three man show, to a full band, after paying tribute to the band in a very permanent way on my body (I was young...but no regrets), after using the music to help me get through a very painful breakup, and listening to the music as I fell in love again, after Stephen Kellogg calling me on my 21st birthday to sing HBD to me, after graduating college and then law school, after seeing the band play their first show in Portland.....

After all these years and all these moments, I'm still the just as captured by this band, this man, this music. 

Seeing him on the stage at the Paradise during their final show in Boston was amazing and terribly sad. 

For those 3 hours of the show, I danced and sang and screamed until I lost my voice. I will admit I even got a little teary. Do you know what it is like to have music complete flow through your body? When you feel so immersed that you can't quite separate yourself from the sound? I remember telling myself that night, "don't forget this. Don't forget this feeling."

I won't. 

Somewhere east of that solo and a little bit west of the bridge

Was the singular kind of moment that you remember as long as you live


If you haven't yet listened to SK6, may I suggest:

Flower in Rain
Such a Way
You've Changed
Girlfriend as Pretty As You
Start the Day Early
Anthem of Our Discovery
4th of July
In Front of the World
Big Easy

...who am I kidding. Go listen to it all. Esp the early stuff... 


etsy monday

this year, Winter is creeping in around me.
I didn't notice it at first, but now when my car is covered in frost and the grass crunches beneath my feet, when my breath comes out in clouds, I am forced to.

I'm trying to avoid the winter blues by keeping super busy: 
The Key and Sparrow is really taking off (haha, get it?) and it has been somuchfun working on new jewelry lines and projects!
I'm also lining up great books to read...
Making a list of projects to complete around the house...
working on wedding stuff...
jumping into all that is cozy and warm.

therefore, there is the mess of items on etsy i love lately that embrace busy and cozy. 
hopefully I can survive until spring!

chunky knit throw

if $ wasn't an issue, I'd be all over this fisherman sweater.

oatmeal striped duvet cover in soft cotton
project planner

STD that I actually like...esp cause I know a 'kissing' one will gross out my friends.



Today is election day.
Part of me did not want to write anything on here about politics.
I don't want to alienate people who believe different things than I do-
regardless of what side of the spectrum you are on,
if you are 18+, 
you have ZERO excuse for not getting out there today and voting.
Well, unless you voted absentee. 

I will be the first to admit that I sometimes feel like I don't know enough about politics.
But that is no reason not to vote.
Don't be silly enough to think your vote doesn't count.
They always count.

Be awesome + go get your sticker that says "I VOTED". 

And remember, for those of you conservatives, Mitt Romney is spelled: B-A-R-A-K O-B-A-M-A


My obsession with B.Nut Squash

You can roast it.
You can toast it.
You can host it!

Ok, now I’m just rhyming for fun.

No, but seriously- I’m in love (and I'm just now noticing how phallic it is- sick!). Any way you cook this stuff, it is fan-freakin’-tastic. Over the past month, I have put it in stews, soups, made baked chips, mashed it…
But last night, I was slightly inspired.
I had time. I had wine. I had butternut squash.
And so, low and behold- I created: Butternut squash + goat cheese pie.


I am not a food blogger and therefore I didn't properly document or measure- but I figured it could give you the jist of it and you can try it if you like!

You will need:
Garlic (2 cloves, minced)
an Onion (a small one, diced)
A shallot (diced)
olive oil
Fresh Sage
Butternut squash (about 1 lb)
Goat cheese
White wine

First, get about a lb of bnutz squash (i was lazy and bought a package of the pre-cut stuff...NOT frozen). Put your oven to 400 and roast the shiz out of it on a baking sheet until it is tender and a pretty shade of yellowy-brown.

While that is roasting- make some savory pie crust!
I used this recipe, but doubled it.
 Form the dough into two balls (hehe), wrap in plastic and put in the fridge.

Then, over medium heat, pour a little olive oil in a skillet, let it get nice and toasty, then toss in your shallot, the onion and garlic. Cook that up with a little S&P until it is tender/smells amaze.
Take about an 1/8th of a cup of the white wine, take a sip, (JK) and then add to onion mix and cook until reduced. Toss in some fresh chopped sage.

Then, when the squash is done- throw it in a bowl with the onion mixture and mash the hell out of it. Toss in 1/2 cup of crumbled goat cheese and mix well.

Here is where I got lazy. Instead of making a real 'pie'- I just rolled out the dough into smallish circles- maybe 6 inches across or so, plopped some of the squash mix into the middle, then folded the circle over so they kind of looked like calzones, and sealed the edges with a fork. Don't forget to cut slits in the crust!

Then I baked the mini pies for 40ish minutes (until golden brown) at 375.

Then I inhaled them.

the end.

Are you obsessed with any food lately?


letters to myself: a rant on student loans

Dear Nicole at the age of 17 trying to decide what college to go to,

I understand the pressure in high school to get into a good college. I remember all too well the feeling of wanting to LEAVE Winslow and be something. I know you feel as though you absolutely have to go to a small liberal arts school because you don't want to go where everyone else goes and you care too much about what your diploma says. However, if you could listen to my advice, I would tell you, it isn't worth it. A state school is JUST as good if not better because you won't come out with thousands of dollars in loans. I promise no one will think less of you for going to UMO or USM. AND you really don't know what you want to do anyway so why spend $40,000 a year? I also promise that you will make new friends at these schools and won't necessarily get lumped in with who you went to high school with. Seriously, please just go to a state school for a year or two while you figure it out- or for all 4 years- it honestly does. not. matter. where you go to undergrad.

Nicole at age 30

Dear Nicole at the age of 23/24 about to head to law school,

don't go.
seriously- chalk up your application fee to a little financial hit that will save you thousands upon thousands in the future.
I know you THINK you want to be a lawyer.
But, reflect for a minute.
Do you want to go to law school to prove something?
Do you want to go to law school to show everyone that you can be smart and serious?
Are you ready to give 3 years of your life and sanity just to prove that you aren't some small town girl - but a strong woman with an education?

Guess what? Nobody is paying attention to that.
Guess what else? Everyone who matters already knows you're smart.
You love helping people right?
You love working with kids/young adults?

Here is an idea- go get your masters. I bet you would be an amazing counselor. Or teacher. And you know what? I bet you'd be happy.

If you go to law school, you'll spend 3 years feeling like it was a mistake that they let you in.
You will seriously feel like the dumbest person in the world.
You will develop serious anxiety and panic attack problems (sound like fun?).
The only good you will take from law school (besides several people you meet) will be the time you spent working at the Legal Clinic. And even with that, it will only reaffirm how much you like working with people, young adults, and helping people get their lives on track.

If you go to law school, you will come out owing more than some people have in a mortgage on a home.
You then won't be able to find a job.
You then will be seriously and scarily unemployed for a significant amount of time.
You then will discover you don't want to be a lawyer, but even with your pretty serious degree (JD is nothing to sneeze at, folks) you will find no jobs. Everyone will assume that you must want to be a lawyer. Everyone will tell you that you are overqualified.
Your self esteem will plummet.

So, don't go.
I promise you'll figure your life out without law school. I promise you'll be happier, have more money in your pocket, feel like YOU and be doing something you love.

just think about it.

Nicole at age 30


Hurricane aftermath and wedding dress wrap

Good morning from cloudy Maine post Sandy.
Watching the news makes me so sad- so many parts of New England were just trashed and are still under water. 
Maine wasn't hit as hard- we did lose power for a little while and our yard does look like trees exploded, but other than that- all is fine here.
If you're in any of the states that Sandy smashed, my thoughts are with you!!!

So, I found my wedding dress.
and it is wonderful and beautiful and everything I wanted.
but let me tell you, wedding dress shopping isn't what I thought it would be. At all.

My first destination for wedding dress fashion was David's Bridal. I was told by several people that it was a good place to start, get a rough idea of what is out there, what styles I would like, etc. Unfortunately it was a tad overwhelming. 
LOTS of people.
Not a lot of space.
Florescent lights.
Dresses that came only in size 2.

I felt....terrible. 
I didn't feel like a bride or fancy enough to be in the dresses. 
You know how everyone says when you find 'the dress' you'll just know? Yeah well, I just assumed after my DB experience that I wasn't going to be one of those people. 

But then I went to Andrea's Bridal in Portland. And there, they listen to you. They show you dresses in your budget. They bring you and your guests to a private area with seating and bottled water. They give you a fantastic corset bra that slims and lifts everything. They help you get into the dresses! It was just the most perfect experience. And where I found my dress. THE dress. the dress that makes me feel like a bride. the dress that makes me feel pretty!

Of course, my mom insisted that we go to other shops- where I had similar DB experiences and learned that when you find the one, you find the one. 
go with your gut.
and so, that is how I ended up with one stunner of a dress. 

you want to know what it looks like?
sorry, my lips are sealed:)


Pumpkin Crazy Weekend

yes, that is a real pumpkin on this man's head.

my pumpkin!

view from top of Mt. Monadnock

all mine, ladies.

This past weekend, we jumped in the car and headed to Keene, New Hampshire to meet up with some friends for Pumpkin Fest 2012.
On the way there, we also rescued a dog.
Well, not "rescued" per say, but we were driving along route 101 (which is windy) and all of the sudden cars were swerving all over the place and slowing down. We noticed it was because there was a dog running in the road! Poor guy! So, I SCREAMED for Jeff to pull over- and as he was doing so, I lept out of the moving vehicle and threw myself into traffic to stop the cars (seriously those a-holes weren't even pulling over or anything- just kept driving!). I some how managed to grab the dog by the collar and dragged him to the side of the road where we both stood trembling waiting for Jeff to park the car.
He didn't have a name on his tag- but there was a vet number, so we called the vet, told them what the dog's rabies ID number was and they told us his name is Charlie and they called his owners (who lived right up the street) and they came frantically to get Mr. Charlie, who had escaped his electric fence.
Pat us on the back for our good deed!

We made it to Keene.
We drank mimosas as we carved pumpkins.
we walked around the festival and admired pumpkin splendor.
we drank afternoon beers.
we played games.

Sunday, we hiked Mt. Monadnock- a fabulously long hike. 3 days later and I still can't walk. I blame my short legs for the soreness.

bt dubs, I LOVE carving pumpkins. I fully intend to carve more this weekend.

Did y'all carve any yet?!


engagement snaps

as I have mentioned on here, Jeff and I had engagement photos done.
now- I fully find engagement photos cheesy and silly.
however, i wanted some nicer pics of us for our wedding website AND my parents are super old fashion and want to do an engagement announcment in the paper.
therefore, engagement photos were needed.
oh yeah, and I wanted them for our STDs (hehe).

My sister-in-law's father graciously offered his talents as a gift and snapped our pictures on a beautiful fall day in Maine.
Here are a few of my favorites:


a list of things because I can't type cohearent paragraphs

--we had an earthquake last night. Yeah yeah people from Cali, I know you get them daily and I know a 4 on the earthquake scale is minute, but we DON'T get them in Maine and because of the rock ledge in the ground beneath us, earthquakes here feel different. Therefore, It was strange. I wasn't aware that they actually make noise. I thought our washing machine was exploding or the cat was doing something very naughty. 

--i found my wedding dress. i love it.

--if you don't watch Homeland, I suggest you drop what you are doing RIGHT now and go watch that shiz. It stresses me out. I yell at the tv. Claire Danes is AMAZING.

--i have over 1000 followers on Pinterest. What the what?! I can't even get 100 followers on my blog but Pinterest? le sigh.

--eating healthier has been the trend lately in my house and it is great. Jeff is on board (finally!) and we are all about local, organic produce and meats. I'm also trying to trick the guy into eating less meat and so far it is working. I made this soup last week with some great crusty whole wheat bread and it was AMAZING. You'd never know it was low in calories and fat. Plus it was super easy.

--I am an aunt! Jeff's brother and his wife Liz had their baby last Wednesday on 10/11/12 (how cool is that?). Baby Ila is just the most beautiful little girl I've ever seen. Can't wait to go to Cali and meet her!

--Finished reading "The Fault in Our Stars" earlier this week and lemme just tell you- this book will make you cry. Not just cry, sob. Loved it. It wasn't cheesy, it was real. Read it!

--This weekend we are going to Keene, New Hampshire for Pumpkin Fest and to hike. I need to come up with something good to carve into my pumpkin. Ideas anyone? Last year I just did all stars. It wasn't that exciting. But definitely more exciting then that one year Emily carved 3 triangles into her pumpkin.

--Last night I had a dream that my cat turned into a unicorn. I was pretty sad when I discovered that wasn't true this morning*.

--Why is dark chocolate and sea salt the best combination of flavor in the whole word?

--Another question for you- why is it SO expensive to rent dishes? And why can't someone just give me 150 plates? and while we're on this topic, why does Jeff laugh every time I try to get him to discuss our wedding budget?

--Did you know that pine nuts legit come from pine trees? You did? Why didn't I?

*no, I don't smoke crack.


I haven't posted all week and now I post on a Friday

what the what?
who posts on a Friday after taking serious blog vaca?
me, that is who.

busy week loves-
I had engagement photos done (cheesy, yes).
I worked.
I got up at 5am to go to the gym (ew.)
I talked to caterers.
I made delicious dinners.
I became an aunt (yay Dave & Liz and new baby Ila!)
and sadly, Jeff's grandma passed away.

I am tired.

but i love you all the same
and I'm trying on wedding dresses tomorrow
and I am a rando rambler.

(i got 2 hours of sleep last night soooo...)

have a happy weekend!


something sappy for your Friday

I saw parts of this video on GMA this morning.
and as soon as I got to work, had to look up and watch the whole thing.
and then I was crying in my office.
and everyone thinks I'm crazy.
but I DARE you not to tear up watching this!!!

Probably one of the sweetest most creative proposals I've EVER seen (except mine of course, that was the best).
but I digress.
Clearly this couple is over the moon for one another.
Check it out and happy Friday!

ps make sure you have tissues ready!


first dance

When it comes to planning this wedding- I am finding it funny the things I focus on.
I haven't even tried on a single dress yet- BUT have the photographer locked in.
Don't have a caterer, but the band is all signed up and ready to go!
and so, I'm not surprised that now my focus is on our first dance song.

Over the past several weeks- I've given pandora and spotify a real workout.
I've googled lyrics.
I've ruled out songs (even my favorites) because they don't quite feel right.

anyone that knows me shouldn't be surprised by this.
I am the kid that in jr high (and high school) would spend HOURS upon hours making mix tapes for people I cared about. Making sure the songs said what I needed to say. Making sure they were placed in the right order to perfectly compliment each other. I'd tediously clip words/pictures from magazines and make a collage for the front case- given whoever the tape was intended for a taste of what was to come.

so now here I am.
trying to choose a song for what may be the most special dance.
and it means so much to me.

for awhile I was stuck on "the Best Thing"- Ray Lamontange because I really feel for Jeff what Ray sings.
but now I feel like it is overdone.
and I don't necessarily need to be SUPER original- like, it is the first time all of my guests have ever heard this song played before as a first dance song....
because that isn't what it is about, but I really really really REALLY want the song to fit us.

and without being too cheesy (although my friends know that I am in fact a huge cheeseball and often make retching noises when I talk about Jeff or when they see his name in my phone as 'Jeff my Love'-- can I just say though that WAS not my doing? -- no? ok)
I love this guy.
like, I'm happy to see him all the time, still find him hilarious, still get swoony around him.
he brings out the best in me.
he keeps me grounded with how laid back he is.
his laugh is infections and I adore it.
we are a goofy, lovey, dorky couple.

SO where is the song that conveys this?
any thoughts?
I'll happily take suggestions.
But for now, my search continues!


The day-after-my-half-etsy-monday

so, I don't know what you did today-
but I ran 13.11 miles. 
in the rain. 
the pouring rain.
the pouring rain and 53 degree air.
it rained exactly like LAST year's half marathon, except it was about 7 degrees warmer.
still, ugh.
I did beat my time, however. We haven't gotten official results yet, but I think my time was 2 hours and 3 minutes.
basically, I ran faster (even though I've had knee issues this year) because the rain was miserable and I had a cinnamon bun waiting for me at home.

anyway, I knew I'd be tired and sloth like so I prepared most of this post earlier. Sometimes I am smart!

Last week we had book club (i am in an amazing B.C. by the way, and I don't care how dorky that sounds) and one of the girls told me she reads my blog and loves Etsy Monday. 
let me tell you, that just MADE my day.
here is some proof that my book club rocks:

all the ladies in B.C. are amazing hostesses and cooks- i mean LOOK at this spread above- that is mini mac and cheese, mulled cider and a spread of cake, cheese, soup. I know.

this Etsy Monday is for YOU Ms. Donna- enjoy the scarf theme!

love the soft colors and paisley print


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