SWEET SUMMER TIME

Happy Summer! I know it just started, but it goes by way too fast, not that I’m complaining. (I’m the most basic white girl when it comes to Fall – I live for it.)  But I do love Summer, and so far, I’ve been having a blast.

My boss gave me Red Sox tickets, so Saul & I went to Fenway to watch the Red Sox play Toronto, which happened to fall on the first day of Summer.  My boss did tell me he had great seats, but I underestimated how great these seats actually were.  I felt like I was on the field! I could see the players up close.  I’m not a huge baseball fan, but the ambience was great and it’s always fun to head into Boston.

The next day was a Saturday, and Saul and I had booked a mini weekend getaway to Vermont.  I hadn’t been to Vermont since I was a teenager, so I don’t even count that trip.  My friend’s parents had a timeshare and we were bored and went to Smuggler’s Notch off season.  We never left the resort, unless you count going to Big Lots and the grocery store. We weren’t of age, so we couldn’t really go anywhere.

We went to Stowe and stayed at The Golden Eagle Resort.  Vermont is so pretty.  Everything is so green and lush.  We had a lot of fun trying new restaurants and breweries.  We loved Cold Hollow Cider Mill – amazing cider.  We also tried Idletyme Brewing Company, but we weren’t impressed.  We had dinner there, but they were super disorganized and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

We went to The Ben & Jerry Factory and took a tour – that was probably my favorite part of the trip.  It was so fun!  They had a “Flavor Graveyard” of all of the old ice creams that they’ve gotten rid of, it was really cute.

We also ended up on a scenic route, which was scary AF but fun.  I wish I didn’t delete the videos I took while we were driving on it.  There were boulders everywhere and you couldn’t really see around the bend.  There were also no middle lines in the road.

All in all it was a fun trip, and I would definitely go back to Vermont.

Me and Saul decided last minute we should have a cookout for the fourth of July, so we had some friends come over.  I got to see my nieces, and my nephew, which I’m always super excited about.  And my cousin Melissa came, which was shocking.  (LMAO I love you Mel!!!!) We got this blow up pool, that has a filter, so we had it all set up and it was such a hit. (With the kids, and the adults.)  It’s nothing crazy, but the fourth of July was so hot so it was nice to be able to cool off.  I was literally melting.  I wish I had taken more pictures, but we were sweating, so besides pictures of the babies, pictures were a hard no. I had a lot of fun, but probably had too many White Claws.

On Saturday I went up to Maine with my BFF Jena.  Her mom, Patty, has a house there, and we stayed with her for the weekend.  I absolutely love going to Maine.  I always have a blast with Patty and Jena, and Maine overall is just gorgeous.  I feel so calm and relaxed when I’m there.  We chilled poolside all day Saturday, and then Saturday night we went to Inn On The Blues.  They had a live band playing (The Nate Bash Band) and they were so good! I love live music, it’s so entertaining.  Again, I drank too many White Claws (actually, this time, I think I was drinking Truly), and we went to bed super late, so Sunday we had a lazy day in Maine and just relaxed.  I had a great weekend.

Now it’s Monday, and unfortunately I’m back at work.  I’m looking forward to more fun Summer Days and Nights though – in August, I’m going to Maine for a week with Saul, his brother, sister-in-law, and my niece, Ellie.  I cannot wait.  We rented a house and I know that will be fun.  Jena’s birthday is in August, so that will be a fun celebration.  And I’m planning on hopefully having some more cookouts and get-togethers.  Maybe another weekend away?  Who knows.  I also have some adult things to do – a phone call with our wedding planner at the end of July, and I need to get my Save The Dates out! It feels like our wedding is so far away, but I know it will be here before I know it.

How’s everyone’s Summer so far, and what’re your plans? What’re you looking forward to? Leave me a comment!

Talk soon!

 

 

Vacation Recap

As you know,  I was off this past week from work.  I had such a nice, relaxing, fun week.  It was exactly what I needed.  Rest, relaxation, sun, and some adventure.  I couldn’t have asked for a better week!

 

North Conway

Saul & I went to North Conway on Monday, and stayed over for the night.  I know I mentioned this, and I also mentioned how we were staying at Merrill Farm Inn, which I thought looked “cute & cozy” after reading Google reviews.  For anyone considering a trip to North Conway, do not stay there!!  There was nothing cute and cozy about it.  It was super creepy, actually.  It was an old barn, and I’m pretty sure it was haunted.  When we checked in, the guy at the desk hands us over our key to room 223, and says, “There is something I need to tell you about this room.”  I looked at Saul, my eyes wide.  I honestly thought he was going to tell me someone was murdered in that room.  He didn’t.  But he did tell us that Room 223 had no windows, and if we wanted a room with windows it would be a hassle because they didn’t have any more rooms with king sized beds.  Um, really?  When I booked this room, do you think I would choose a windowless room?  If we were staying any more than one night, I would have demanded a new room, a discount, or I would have gone elsewhere.  But since we were only there for the night, I sucked it up.  The room bugged me out immediately.  I seriously felt like I was at the Hotel Cortez in American Horror Story.  I pictured hands coming up out of the bed at any given moment. Of course, Saul thought I was being dramatic, as usual.  But, I knew he felt the same way when we got back from dinner that night.  When we had arrived, it was like a ghost town.  When we got home from dinner, around 10:30 PM, there were lots of cars in the parking lot.  “I’m glad more people are here,” I said to Saul.  “It’s less creepy.”  Saul agreed, so I know he felt the same way.

Besides staying in a Haunted Barn though, I had a lot of fun in North Conway.  We went to Horsefeather’s for lunch, and then walked around and went to some of the little shops in the center.  I love those stores, they always have the cutest little trinkets.  Penny Lane’s Boutique is my favorite, they have everything.  Sister Crows Native American is also a really cool store.  They had very pretty home made dream catchers.  (I was too cheap to buy one, seeing that they one I loved was $26.  I’d rather make my own.)  But they had a lot of unique stuff, it was interesting.  For dinner, we went to Vito Marcello’s, which was amazing.  It’s a really cute restaurant, and they have wonderful Italian food.  They also make a fantastic espresso martini.

I did not go on the Conway Scenic Railroad, like I had thought I wanted to.  After being in the car for three hours, the last thing I wanted to do was hop on a train for another two hours.  I also did not really research my surroundings that well before we got there.  I had no idea that the White Mountain attraction area, where I had wanted to go, was an entire hour away from where I was staying.  So we decided against that, too.  We did do some exploring, though.  I’m not really a nature girl, but I will admit that it was very pretty.  Would I go back to North Conway?  Definitely in the winter.  I had a blast at Adventure Suites.  But for the summer, I would not.  I like Maine better!  I still had a fun time with Saully, though.

Nantasket Beach

I love Nantasket Beach.  Saul and I went on Wednesday.  Neither of us wanted to drive far, so Nantasket is perfect, because it’s only about 45 minutes away.  We tanned/swam all day.  I got burnt of course.  But it was really nice and relaxing.  I love the ocean.  I just feel so calm and serene when I’m there.

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
E.E. Cummings, 100 Selected Poems

 

 

Ogunquit Beach, Maine

I went to visit Patty in Ogunquit on Friday with Jena and Amaritta, which was a blast.  I hadn’t seen Patty in a while, so it was so nice to see her!  I missed her.  (Patty is Jena’s mom, FYI.)  I also met Patty’s boyfriend, JJ, which was really nice as well!  I got to see the motel they run, and it’s adorable.  Her house is adorable, too.  Patty and Jena need to start an interior decorating business together, they do such an amazing job!  We had brunch at Splash, and it was really relaxing sipping a Mimosa while overlooking the beach/ocean.  Jena got a Bloody Mary to cure her hangover, and Amaritta was “Tanned Girl Wasted” off of her spiked iced coffee.  (LOL, inside joke.) I really had such a great time.  It was the perfect beach day.  I love being with my girlfriends, we always have fun being so silly together.  I cannot wait to go back!

Splash

Now my vacation is slowly, but surely, coming to an end.  I’m not ready!  I want one more week.  I know I have to get back to reality though.  And I don’t think I could afford another week off – I spend way too much when I have so much free time on my hands.  In between my travels I obviously went shopping.  I always buy the most useless stuff at Target.  I browsed the Square One Mall one day (gross, I know), but I did get three dresses for $50, which is a steal.  And I can wear two of them to work/in the fall, so I’m okay with that purchase, it was worth it.  I’m also excited to get back to Weight Watchers.  This was a bad week eating wise, and I’m so ready to restart my healthy eating!  I also missed Kirsten so much! It was so weird not seeing her for a week! I can’t wait to catch up.

Hope you all had a lovely week! 

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