Chocolate Bunnies, Marathons and Floral Arrangements…

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My Family’s Dessert Table – Easter, 2017

For as long as I can remember, Easter has never particularly been a holiday of significant importance to me. I can understand it’s value to those who recognize or honor it’s religious meaning- but once I was old enough to learn the Easter Bunny was just my mom or dad hiding plastic eggs filled with candy or money around the yard and not really the work of a seven foot tall rabbit- I stopped paying attention to anything more than Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and how itchy and uncomfortable the Spring dresses my mom would make me wear as a little kid to the day’s family functions/get-togethers were.

I digress. Every year, without fail- my family continues that time-honored tradition of gathering for a Thanksgiving-level feast at my mom’s house that starts in the early afternoon and doesn’t usually wrap up until much later on at night. We’re all usually catching up with one another (and there’s a lot of us, you best believe!) or watching sports between bites- and it’s always such a good time. This year was no exception. It was wonderful seeing my brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and my niece after a few long weeks or working non-stop.

Admittedly, this time of the year can also be a little tough for me now and then. I think of my dad a lot during time spent with my immediate and extended family- and how much fun we had when he was still here with us- and it was right around this time last year that things started falling apart with my ex, whom I actually saw and spent some time with a couple of weeks ago. We got along just fine (much to my amazement.)

But to distract myself from what I’ve dubbed the “Pre-Blossom Blues” (still waiting on the trees and flowers to catch up with the rest of the warm weather!) I’ve thrown myself into work and planning an impromptu trip to Vegas and San Diego next month to visit friends and enjoy some In-N-Out Burger during an extended cheat day from my diet. I’m really excited!

On Monday, following my food-coma wearing off- I did what most everyone in Boston was doing and jumped right into the Patriot’s Day celebrations and watching the Boston Marathon from the comfort of my air conditioned office with some take-out in hand with a few of my co-workers. Prior to the actual race, I was able to check out the course over the weekend when I headed down to Boylston Street in the dead of the night. There were a few other people walking the final stretch, as well- but the area was mostly filled with watchful police officers and crew setting up the last of the barricades along the runner’s route.

One of the officers was actually high-fiving people who were crossing the finish line. He gave me a supportive cheer as I leisurely crossed the line- throwing my arms up in victory as I did so- which is just one of the reasons why I love Boston as much as I do. Nearly everyone here just has such a fun sense of humor and buzzes with excitement and enthusiasm for events happening in or around the city.

I did it! In ripped jeans and impractical shoes at 11:30 p.m.- no less!

Someday I’ll run the marathon. Someday…

… Just kidding- but kudos to everyone who musters up the strength and the courage and trains their asses off to do it every year!

But for now, I’ve got some non-marathon-related work to get to!

On Friday, I’m going to be sharing my April POPSUGAR “Must-Have” Box (spoiler alert: it’s another good one!) and next week I’ll finally be posting a pretty cute and easy dessert recipe I picked up recently, reviewing some uh-may-zing hair care products, and going through my favorites for the month of April before I wrap it up and we head straight into May!

Have a great day, everyone!


March 2016: In a Nutshell.

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Easter Sunday! 3/27/16

Good Morning, everyone! It’s almost Friday (and unfortunately it’s also almost April Fools Day, too. Work should be interesting tomorrow.)

But before I get into surviving a day full of pranks and what I have planned in the coming weeks- I have to bid farewell to the month of March- which was both busy and chaotic (in a good way) as I began my search for a new apartment, planned out a series of day trips and adventures for my days off from work, enjoyed a wonderful Easter dinner with my family at my mom’s house this past weekend- and got promoted to a new unit/position at my job! That’s right- my preliminary 90-day trial period is over and I’ve made the cut. I’m very excited to be moving into a new part of the office later on today and working with a whole new team- although I’m going to miss my daily geek-outs with my current crew!

Sure, they’re only a three-minute walk away from where I’m going to be- but it just won’t be the same!

While I get adjusted to my new office area and wait to hear back about the apartment I think I may have found (and fallen head over heels for) the other day- I’m preparing for an equally busy April. Next week, I’m making a 6+ hour drive to Washington D.C. and Alexandria (my ‘Walking Dead’ fanatic side is freaking out right now) to attend a wedding and spend the weekend with my dearest friend Duncan from San Diego- who is flying in on Friday night. I also have a couple of scheduled trips to NYC and Vermont coming up in April- so expect plenty of photos!

If all goes according to plan, I’ll have a few more recipe posts in April, too- and my first ‘Closet Crushes’ post in nearly a year! I’ll also have my yearly wrap-up of this season of ‘The Walking Dead’ following the finale this coming Sunday (NEGAAAAANNNN!) and some details on a giveaway I’m planning to celebrate the warmer seasons!

Here’s to March being the prelude to some amazing changes and adventures in April!

Easter Sunday. 3/27/16

Easter Sunday. 3/27/16 – Fruit Arrangement!

3/27/16. Easter Sunday! The PEEPS cake my niece made!

3/27/16. Easter Sunday! The PEEPS cake my niece made!


March 2013: In a Nutshell.

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[Photos 1 & 2 – The floral arrangement I put together for Easter.]

[Photos 3 & 4 – Peeps Sunflower Cake, an actual thing that exists, courtesy of my Aunt.]

Happy Easter, everyone. I spent the afternoon at my mom’s house with cousins, aunts, and uncles, having dinner and hoarding chocolate bunnies like it’s my job. Now I’m settling in for the night to enjoy (see: scream and cry at) the season 3 finale of “The Walking Dead” (how can it be over already?!), getting ready for opening day of the 2013 Red Sox season, and bracing myself for the work week ahead.

March was a blast. Between a wild St. Patrick’s Day Weekend to closing out the month with an equally wild trip to San Diego- it seems I was going non-stop, and loved every minute of it. With the seasons changing, I also experienced a bit of a personal transformation in terms of re-evaluating and reflecting on myself, my friendships/relationships, and my future: including re-discovering my aspiration to eventually make the move out to the West Coast once and for all after I had put it on the back-burner for nearly two years.

April will hopefully be as lovely and as busy as March was. I have a couple of mini-road trips planned for early on this coming month, which should be fun now that it’s nearly warm enough where I can drive with the windows down and my music playing nice and loud.