Tuesday, September 23, 2014

lunch dates

My mother has taken a liking to putting some of Norby's friends in my lunchbox to eat lunch with me at work. I actually find it funny that the Little People Grammy showed up one day, and then Ernie decided to make a visit to work as well the next day.  Both toys were mine when I was a kid, and Ernie is the best looking one of the Sesame Street play set that my family still has (Bert has no more pain on him, and one of the dogs ate Big Bird at some point). Here's hoping someone else makes it to work for a lunch date soon.

Friday, September 19, 2014

letters to Norby #25

Dear Norby-

It's been a while since I wrote to you, but you haven't stopped amazing me lately. You've become such an interesting little person, who love trucks and trains. It's ever so sweet when you play with your little red engine and say in the quietest little voice "choo-choo". My favorite thing to do with you is read "Little Blue Truck", we've spent so much time reading that book that I can recite the opening page on cue. Reading with you is so nice, you snuggle into a grownup lap with the book you've chosen and point out your favorite characters. You know all your barnyard animals, as well as all kinds of trucks.

Thank you for being my sweet little nephew. I am so happy I get to see you more often now and that our time together is so much fun.

See you tomorrow...

Love your favorite auntie

It's been a while since I've written you a dear letter my sweet little boy. You are turning into such a smart, nice child. My favorite thing that you do is bring books to me, and then snuggle in my lap while I read out loud

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Oops, due to not some so stealth instagram stalking, I definitely tried to follow someone that I was only trying to view pictures on. Yep, definitely busted because that's not something you can take back. I am totally embarrassed that I know I am caught, bonus is I've probably provided this person some serious discussion points for their friends this coming week. Hope you all enjoy gossiping about my flub - what can I say, I was nosy about an event - and it couldn't be helped. I'll have to keep my instagram stalking down a bit for a few weeks.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Can we flash back to 5PM on Friday? No, okay - I just thought I'd check to see if there was any possibility of going back and getting another weekend. This weekend I did feel accomplished, I got a lot of random things done off the to do lists - always a good feeling.

I did a massive Walmart haul for all good things needed to move into the new place in less than two weeks (yay!., I definitely have the essentials covered for a bit, but that's more than helpful for move in day, otherwise I'd have some anxieties about not having paper towels and that would just be annoying.

I finally saw Boyhood, such a good movie. For a movie that was almost 3 hours long I definitely didn't feel like I had sat that long. Such an interesting concept to shoot a movie over 12 years. Is it wrong to secretly hope that there will be a sequel in 12 more years? I think it would still be interesting, although probably harder to keep the storyline as adult lives shift so much more (kids live with their families so easier continuity). Anyway, think about it or make my dreams come true.

Completed the book, Hidden by Catherine McKenzie. This was a good read - definitely not what I expected to happen, I couldn't put this down.

I also packed up my summer clothes that I've had at my parents' house, since it's now in the 40's in the morning I am not going to be wearing summer layers anymore. I miss you summer, see you next year (or maybe a round of Indian Summer in a week or two?).

Hope you had a nice weekend.

Friday, September 12, 2014


I am extra excited for Friday this week (can I get a Friday cheer please?). It's been a very long work week and after today, deadline number one for the fall will come and go. I've been living at my office, but that's okay. I actually managed to get through this week feeling good, unlike last year which was an emotional roller coaster. It's great what another year can bring for you.  I am not out of the woods yet for being totally zen, but it's good not to be super frazzled yet.

The major plan for this weekend is to make a massive trip to Walmart for like the 900 things needed to move into my new place. Yay for a new place, boo for needing things like paper towels and dish soap - my to purchase list is a bit frightening. I also need to drop in and make the final payment for my new couch (who's coming to visit?), so it can be delivered the week after I move in. So much to do so little time. I'll also do another HomeGoods trip - why is there so much cute stuff there? To say I am excited about my move is a complete understatement.

In other news, I am really hoping for a better football performance this week, I am currently in last place in my pool and I was knocked out of the survivor pool week one (thanks Bears, you rock!). Last year I won that survivor pool, so I was hoping to make it at least to week two before it was all over. Anyway the silver lining is I am currently leading my fantasy league - thanks to my male co-workers who picked my team while I was on vacation. I promised one guy lunch if the season continues to go well - because I never would have done that well otherwise.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Do something new.

(quote via mint sprinkles)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I love items with my initials on them - what can I say it's the narcissist in me.  I was just taking a peak at Mark and Graham's clothing collection (pretty much because you can monogram everything - it's a New England girl's dream, I tell you), when I stumbled along this adorable cap.  All I can think about is what could I pair this with and justify the purchase? Also, would you go first initial or last initial here? I love the J, but would the Y make my day?

Clearly, I have some shopping to think about.

(images from Mark & Graham)

Monday, September 8, 2014


Oh two weeks of vacation is glorious. I’ve been back for a week, but getting back into the blogsphere this week.  I thought I’d do one of those lately posts before I start the recap of the vacation weeks.

Watching: Friday Night Lights from the beginning. iTunes had the first three seasons at $10 each, I jumped to be able to watch something while on vacation that I didn’t have to stream. I am back to swooning over Matt Saracen and wanting a marriage like Coach and Tami.  This show also makes me cry like crazy – it was so good.

Reading: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I devoured two of her other books while on vacation, Eleanor and Park, and Attachments. I may have found a new author to read regularly.

Eating: Lunch from home as much as possible. Oh back to making lunch, mmm turkey on gluten free whole grain.

Buying: a backpack for commuting. My shoulder that carries my bag hurts, time to spread the love to hopefully make this better.

Missing: cooler temperatures that felt like fall while in Belgium. It was magical I tell you, sweaters, jeans, jackets – the only thing missing was a pumpkin spice latte in my hand.

Listening: Stay with Me by Sam Smith. I could sing that baby all day long.

Anticipating: my move. Only 3 weeks to go.

Looking forward to: apple picking. I want to eat fresh apples all fall long.