Friday, November 17, 2017

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loving that it's my partner in crime's birthday tomorrow. Cinthia, happy birthday! ♥

craving apple cider donuts.

needing to unpack my suitcase from Vegas. I am so organized when it comes to everything but unpacking my suitcase. I’m not sure why I have to have it sit in the middle of our room for weeks until the urge to unpack finally hits me.

thankful for Sean! We had the best weekend, last weekend, celebrating our 8th anniversary. I really married such an amazing person and I am incredibly grateful for his love, support and kindness.

wanting it to be 10:45am already. I have a half day today!

loving The Office. I know, I know. I’m so late but y'all, I did not know what I was missing out on. My little sister, Maryanna, recommended that I watch it months ago and I just didn’t think it would be something I would be interested in. Well, one day out of the blue, I just decided to watch the pilot and I am obsessed. It is hilarious, so ridiculous and I just love it. I haven’t laughed so much watching a show in a while and it feels kinda good.

missing my mom every single day.

wearing a royal blue cardigan, black dress and black booties.

thinking about whether I should have Chinese for lunch or not, especially since I have a healthy lunch waiting for me at home. Resist, Faith, resist. You get a cheat meal tomorrow.

looking forward to putting our Christmas tree up this weekend! Sean has always been a firm believer of not putting up any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving but this year he didn't get much of a choice (thanks Amazon!). His work schedule this year will not allow us to put up our Christmas décor after Thanksgiving, so since we both enjoy getting our Christmas decorations out and up together he had no choice but to change his tune. I'm not mad about it one bit since I feel that we'll get to enjoy the happiest time of the year even longer. Of course, he has reminded me that it is just this one time. Ok, babe, sure babe.

feeling pretty OK with how 2017 has gone so far. Although, I still feel that I didn’t get nearly as much accomplished as I wanted, I still feel that 2017 went better than I expected. It was actually the first year in a long while that overall I felt lighthearted and good which is odd since this year was pretty rough with our political climate, heartbreaking devastation due to hurricanes and fires, mass shootings, etc. And yes, there were many days that were personally harder than others but I have no choice but to push through the sadness and get to the other side. I think I just truly did not have much expectations for this year since the last three have been so difficult that maybe I just was preparing myself for worst that way I wouldn't be surprised or feel like my entire life had just been stripped from me. Not really sure. I do know that I sure prayed a lot. Anyway, with less than two months of the year left, I’m making it even more of a priority to live with intentions. The type of intentions that will get me closer to personal goals and achievements.

I hope you all have wonderful weekends! ♥

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Slow Mornings

I’ve always been a morning person. My mom knew it and because of that I was always the first person she would wake in the morning. I was that child that would just jump right out of bed without any resistance. Since I can remember, I’ve always welcomed a new morning. There is just something about all the possibilities that a brand new day brings. Almost like starting fresh daily.

Even now, as an adult, I am not a snoozer. My alarm goes off and I get up immediately. However, weekend mornings are my favorite because you can really relish it. I usually only drink coffee on Saturday or Sunday but it is so nice to begin the day with a mug of coffee either hot or cold depending on the season. I also enjoy spending more time making breakfast and this particular morning called for chocolate chip pancakes with bacon. Sean on bacon duty and me on pancake duty.

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Some weekend mornings, when I'm not really in the mood to make a big breakfast, it's all about the bagels from our favorite local bagel shop. They have the best bagels in our area even better than some spots I know in the city. My go-to is a sesame bagel with butter while Sean swears by their everything bagel with eggs, bacon and cheese.

Sean & I take a seat in our dining area. In the background you can hear Alexa providing a news recap upon request, usually requested by Sean. If it were up to me, Alexa would only play music. It is usually around this time that we start planning our day if we don't already have plans. Some weekends it’s a Netflix & chill weekend (often rare) and some weekends it’s a road trip to see friends or family. Either way, when we can, we try to make it a point to start the morning nice and slow that way we can welcome and be prepared for the hectic that may come later on in the day. Slow mornings, on the weekend, will always be a favorite.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Birthday fun in the fall

The night before my birthday, Sean and a few of his co-workers had plans to go to the city to have some good ole fun at Dave & Busters. Sean asked for me to come along and I of course did not say no. We took the train into the city and I had a good time getting to know Sean’s co-workers during the train ride. We had dinner and then spent the next several hours playing games, running around like kids and getting as many tickets as we could. Sean and I ended up giving all our "earned" tickets to a little girl who excitedly exclaimed that it was her birthday. Of course, I told her that all the best girls are born in October ;). It was seriously such a good time and something I wish we did more of.

When it was time to head back to the train, the clock had already struck midnight which meant that it was my birthday. I could not think of a better place to spend my last day as a 34 year old and my first day as a 35 year old. There is truly no place like home and no matter where I go; I truly believe that the city is my home. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up back here one day.

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A few weeks, prior to my birthday, Sean asked me what I wanted to do on my birthday and my response was to take pictures of some foliage. You see, I don’t ask for much ;). So we agreed that we’d do the short drive to Jim Thorpe. Initially, I wanted to do their fall festival after Laura suggested it in her comment on this post but the days it fell on did not work for us. I still decided that I wanted to do the drive even though we couldn't be there for their festival. Sadly, due to the unseasonably warm weather the leaves were still muted and not as vibrant as I would have liked but I still had a great time and couldn’t be happier or feel more blessed to welcome another year of life.

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He always looks so serious.

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We ended my birthday with dinner at Molly MaGuire's. My crab dip was mediocre but our dinner was pretty good.

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Overall, it was a great way to bring in my 35th year and I'm really thankful that I was given another year.
I hope you all had great weekends and have wonderful weeks! ♥

Friday, November 10, 2017

Local Arts Festival

A few weekends ago, the city that Cinthia lives in, held their annual arts festival. It was a pretty neat experience to be able to see so many local artists in our area. I’m always so amazed by artists/creatives. Their ability to create something just on thought alone is mindboggling to me. I often imagine creating things but man, I can never do it without some major guidance. It’s always why I’m so impressed and can just stare at artwork for hours and wonder about how this artist’s brain works.

We saw graffiti, clothing, artwork, jewelry, etc and we strolled for several hours talking to many of the artists and checking out their work. It also didn’t hurt that the festival was held in a beautiful location so it wasn't difficult staying longer than we thought we would. I especially liked the graffiti but I think that's because of the Bronx girl in me.

I didn’t need anything (although I saw many things I wanted) but Cinthia ended up purchasing gorgeous artwork for her home. There were also a few food trucks which is always a plus so I ordered two empanadas (I had to go back a second time they were so good!) and also got a taste of Cinthia’s bacalaitos which was a first for me and not surprisingly, delicious.

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Overall, it was a really good time and I’m looking forward to next year’s art festival.