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This and That

Hi Blog!

Here we are winding down another week already. This was a busy one, with a lot of commuting back and forth to NYC. The best part: I skipped my evening event last night and got home early. The worst part: The train was sooooo bumpy and sooooo crowded, I couldn’t cross stitch at all!

We started off the week with SNOW! Can you even believe that crazy business?

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Tom surprised me with new rugs for the basement to replace the ones that got flooded last year. Charlie approves!

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We got passport photos taken for the boys! Fun Summer trip booked!

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I’ve had the worst insomnia lately. Some nights I roam the house looking for a place to lull me to sleep. Good old Charlie follows me around. He has no trouble falling asleep no matter where we end up. Is it normal to be jealous of a cat?

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David Beckham embroidering. Insert all the heart eyes…

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And this cracked me up. Raise your hands if you can relate.

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Happy Thursday!

Bonjour mes amis!

Hi Friends!

I am back from Paris! I have so much to tell you!

The Northeast was hit with a big blizzard while I was away.

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Part of me was happy to avoid it, but the other part was sad to get pics from home and know that I was missing the excitement and sledding and cozying up indoors that blizzards bring. Shoveling – no. Hot cocoa by the fire – yes.

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As much as I was dreading the trip, I ended up (kinda) enjoying it. For once, we ended up with some free time for a little sightseeing.

I bought a selfie stick at the Eiffel Tower. So américaine of me! It was worth the 5 euros for the amount of laughs we got. Here is a photo of me saying “How the heck do you work this thing?” while it was snapping away at us. Most of the pictures were some variation on this theme.

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The sightseeing was whirlwind.

Of course, there was the Eiffel Tower…

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And a million pretty buildings…

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And statues…

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And the Seine…

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We took a stroll down the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and huffed and puffed all the way to the top.

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I thought I would die, but OH MAN(!), it was worth it! The sun was setting when we reached the top and it was nothing short of spectacular.

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There’s that tower again…

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Everything lit up after the sun set. It was breathtaking. They don’t call it the City of Lights for nothing.

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View from the top (gulp… that’s a lot of stairs).

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We walked and walked and walked… over the river and past the palaces and down the quais. It was quite an unexpected adventure for a country mouse like me.

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I logged 29,469 steps on my fitness tracker in one day, which has to be some kind of record! It made up for all of the cheese and wine and crepes. Maybe.

As fun as it was, it is sooooooo great to finally be home. Yay HOME! My bed! My cat! My boys! My Tom! My strange routines!

By the way, someone got a hold of my selfie stick and it’s his new favorite thing. As you can see, our technique still leaves some room for improvement.

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Cupcakes, Cats, & Cross stitch

Hi Blog.

I leave for Paris tomorrow. I realize it’s totally obnoxious to say, but I am dreading this trip big time. I get very anxious about traveling and being away from my family. It’s the worst.

We had such a great few days though. I will write a post and read it when I am homesick.

I have been keeping up with the Couch to 5K training, even though it’s not quite as fun anymore. On Saturday, the boys wanted to go to the playground, so I ran around the school while they played. It is much harder to run outside vs. on a treadmill!

Littlest practiced skateboarding while I ran. He has been determined to get good enough to go to the skatepark with the older kids. I admire his determination!

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It was a busy few days with indoor soccer and playdates and work. We were happy to stay home for a game night. Bingo!

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Of course, you know who got into the action.

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In other news, we finally got our first little bit of snow!

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Littlest got a snowboard for Christmas. He is dying to use it and has been trying all kinds of tricks to make it snow; including the snow dance (point your forefingers up like you’re saying #1 and dance), sleeping with a spoon under your pillow, and putting your clothes in the bathtub at night. Unfortunately, the snow wasn’t enough for actual snow boarding but the forecast is calling for a possible blizzard this weekend. His techniques may be working!

The boys have really been into that show “Cupcake Wars” on Netflix. On Monday we decided to have our own Cupcake War. I baked up a batch of cupcakes and they worked to develop flavors and decoration.

It was so much fun and I couldn’t believe how focused and creative they were.

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We had flavors such as S’mores, Peanut Butter & Banana, Apple & Maple, and Tropical Coconut.

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I thought that the results were quite beautiful.

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Biggest’s work:

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And Littlest’s:

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Of course, they deserted me when it was time to clean up the kitchen (but it was worth it).

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After the exhausting Cupcake Wars, we enjoyed some down time on the couch watching YouTube videos and cross stitching. I just noticed that we were watching cat videos while our cat was watching us!

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Someday I will learn to take better photos, but that someday isn’t today.

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

Jackpot

Hi Blog.

Today I found 2 grey hairs. They seem to be appearing with greater frequency. Is this the beginning of the end? Is 2016 the year? Sigh.

Life is going by so fast.  Yesterday I paid bills, and did expense reports, and filed old papers… those boring jobs that usually get put off week after week, month after month, until you realize that 6 months has passed, then a year.

I am going to Paris at the end of this month for work. It will be whirlwind as usual, but maybe I’ll get to wave to the Eiffel Tower when we drive past in a car. Last time, the driver was kind enough to slow down so I could take a blurry picture out the window, but I’m sure that he rolled his eyes at me and thought “annoying person”.

Tonight is the big Powerball lottery. We’ve never played before but it’s hard to resist taking a chance when the jackpot is for a bajillion dollars. We had a hilarious discussion at dinner the other night about what we would do if we won. Littlest said that he’d get a different limo for each day of the week. The Friday limo would have a hot tub in it and he’d invite his friends to ride around with him. I said that if he and his friends were riding around in the Friday limo, then I’d probably want to be in the Wednesday limo with my stitching and Charlie even if it was on a Friday. Biggest said that he’d put some money away for college and buy a penthouse next to Central Park. Tom and I agreed that we’d take everyone on a long vacation, then buy a little farm house and live a quiet life. Tom would probably still wear his 20 year old raggedy “Life is Good” tshirt and I’m OK with that. It doesn’t take too much to make us happy.

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Back at it!

I was super cranky and wanted to stay in for New Year’s Eve but Tom wanted to go out, so I did my makeup and put on pleather pants and we went to a friend’s house. Don’t say that I never take one for the team.

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On New Year’s Day, we headed to the beach house. The quiet and solitude was perfect after the busyness and overstimulation of the holidays and the city.

Sammy in the car. That dog knows how to work a scarf!

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Tom likes to get up super early and watch the sunrise. The boys and I prefer to stay in the warm comfort of our beds so he takes pictures of the sunrise to show us. It’s a win-win.

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The beach was relaxing. We went to the arcade, ate junk food, and did A LOT of walking. Good thing I got a new fitness tracker for Christmas, otherwise all of that walking would have been wasted! It doesn’t count unless you have proof.

Biggest took these terrific photos. I love the sun shining in the sky. If you believe in Spirit and the Universe and God and that stuff, that’s what it reminds me of.

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At long last, we finally went home… HOME(!)… i.e. the best place on Earth. I jumped right into a fit of domesticity, making elderberry syrup…

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And deodorant bars (I know… same boring mold shape for EVERYTHING. Snore.)

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Littlest decided that he wanted to write his life story. He worked really hard on it.

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My favorite is Chapter 2.

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There were sad parts too.

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But overall it’s been a pretty good 9 years.

And finally, in unbelievable stitching news, this one came back out!

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It feels good to be stitching again. Here’s to more stitching in 2016!

A Trip to the Big City

Hi Blog!

After Christmas, we packed up and went to New York City for a few days. I go there all the time for work, but the boys haven’t been since they were wee babies. It was fun to experience the city through their eyes. Everything is so big and busy and exciting.

We stayed at a hotel right in Times Square, so it was pretty much sensory overload all the time. We did as many touristy New Yorky things as we could manage, including:

Looking at the holiday window displays at Macy’s

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Seeing their cute mugs on the HUGE SCREENS in Times Square

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Visiting Rockefeller Center and getting our picture taken in front of the tree

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Eating SO … MUCH … FOOD, including wood fired pizza in an old church

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And Romantic Sushi for Two

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Funny aside… Tom and Biggest ordered the “Sushi for Two” at dinner one night and it ended up being a ROMANTIC sushi for two with dramatic lighting effects. Biggest was mortified. We were dying and now crack up and refer to everything as “Romantic (insert food item) for Two” such as,

Romantic milkshake for two

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We spent a day in Central Park. It was cold and dreary, but we had fun anyway.

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I wanted to ride the carriage being pulled by the horse wearing purple plumes because he looked the fanciest, but wouldn’t you know it that we didn’t get a single photo of the horse and his fancy plumes?! You’ll just have to imagine him.

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The highlight for Biggest was going into the Ferrari showroom on Park Ave. You can’t tell from his expression in this photo, but he was thrilled and bought a Ferrari model there with his very own money.

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We were walking by as they were testing the ball for New Years Eve. OMG 2016! 2015, where did you go?!

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We took the train, so I brought along my project and managed a few stitches. Hanging my head in shame that I only made it to Day 5 of the stitch-a-long…

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But how can you concentrate on stitching when you’re sitting next to this funny boy who waved at every single person we passed at every single station?

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Next up… The BEACH!

Help!

Work and life stuff have been crazy which means very little time for fun things… like blogging and stitching and lying around for hours mindlessly scrolling though Pinterest. Le sigh. What’s a girl to do?

This week I had to commute two days to NYC in the rain [equal parts boring (long train rides with dead cell phone battery) and stressful (meetings with angry people)], get a mammogram, AND go for my annual exam (if you know what I mean). It that isn’t the trifecta of an icky week, I don’t know what is. But enough complaining, let’s catch up on the fun stuff!

Thanksgiving was delicious. Tom’s parents do all of the hosting and cooking, so we just show up and eat. I used to mind this because I love hosting events, but have come to appreciate the benefits of this arrangement!

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Our elf on the shelf returned from the North Pole on Thanksgiving night.

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The boys were pretty excited, but Sammy wasn’t so impressed with his arrival.

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We spent a few days at the beach house. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny.

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We discovered this new-fangled version of Pac-Man on the boardwalk. Not to brag or anything, but I was kind of a Ms. Pac-Man legend in the day. Isn’t it funny that when people say “not to brag,” they are totally bragging. But since I’m already bragging, I will tell you that I once had the high score on TWO separate Ms. Pac-Man machines at the same time on the boardwalk. Does that make me cooler in your eyes?

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Tom made me DO WORK while we were away, so I took this picture to show how totally hardworking and techie I am (nothing could be further from the truth) with two computers going at once!

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We made it out for dinner one night at our favorite shore spot. We always go for the Early Bird special and I always “pretend” that I don’t realize there is an Early Bird special when the waiter tells us about it.

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When we got home, Littlest was determined to learn how to skate board.

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I didn’t stitch at all, which gave Charlie ample opportunity to really get comfortable in my stitching basket.

First he just sat in it.

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Then he napped in it.

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Then he cleaned his you-know-what in it. UGH! CHARLIE!!!

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We had a strange bird meeting on our patio. There were more birds, but I couldn’t get them all in the picture. So weird, right? Can someone who knows more about birds than I do, tell me what they are doing?

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And, oh happy day(!), I found some cool cross stitch stuff at the thrift store.

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What’s new with you? Happy Thursday!

Colonial Daze

Hi Friends! How are things?

We really enjoyed Williamsburg. I was pretty lazy about taking photos, so here is a random selection:

I think everyone who goes to Williamsburg has a picture like this. Littlest perfected his tortured look.

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Everything is so symmetrical! Squeeee!!! This house looks like it’s straight off of a cross stitch sampler.

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It is nearly impossible to get a photo of everyone smiling. When did these boys get so tall?!!!

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We all loved the ghost tour and I looooooved the house tours. It’s so interesting to hear how people lived back then.

Our tour guide was so cute. She was very enthusiastic!

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One house had cool needlework.

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And check it out! The chair! The wallpaper! And do you see the embroidery hoop?!!! I want to go back in time and be a colonial woman!

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Speaking of which, they had this event which I was BUMMED to miss.

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And, hellooooo…

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Aren’t these dresses great? I refrained from buying one though, as the boys would have been mortified for sure.

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The boys only had so much patience for Colonial Williamsburg, so we broke it up with visits to Busch Gardens…

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And Water Country USA. The waterpark was hands down their favorite part of the trip.

Of course it is always so great to get back home. We had a whole weekend to (slowly) catch up.

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I think that the animals missed us.

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Charlie hasn’t left my side (I’m OK with that).

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F is for Feather

Do you remember how upset I was last Friday? Things have resolved themselves and it is a big relief. Phew.

This will be a busy few days because we leave this weekend for Virginia! There is so much to wrap up at work as well as home, so of course it makes sense to ignore everything and write on my blog instead.

We are driving to Virginia. This will be a first for us to take such a long car ride with the boys. I checked out some books on CD from the library and am hoping that they will keep the gang entertained. I will pack snacks too, because what’s a road trip without snacks?

I have been enjoying my lunchtime walks lately. It has been very hot, but nice in the shade.

I have walked past this gate roughly 1,477,375 bajillion times and just yesterday noticed that it has an F on it!

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Lately I’ve started picking up feathers.

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I try to limit myself to one per day so if I pick up one and then see a better one, I have to swap it with the first and not take both. When I get back to my office, I put the feather in my drawer. I am building quite a collection. I bet that I’m the only person in the office with a feather collection in her desk.

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Last night was monumental…

I had to stop to let 3 fawns cross the road (one was too speedy for the pic)…

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These two (kinda) paid attention to each other…

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And Charlie and I took selfies.

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Oh happy day!

In the Colonies

Hi Blog! TGIF! Are you all as happy as I am that it’s Friday?

This has been a busy but unproductive week. Here are some tidbits.

I started reading “Quiet” on the train to NYC. It’s a good read so far. Totally relatable.

Yesterday was a glorious day outside, so I walked to the library at lunchtime. This town has the most beautiful library perched right on the river with a little park outside.

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I am probably the only person on Earth who has not read or seen Gone Girl, so I checked out the book. Let’s see what all the fuss was about.

We have been enjoying all sorts of summer activities around here…

Nerf gun battling…

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And scootering.

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We went to a concert in the park. The boys ate all of the snacks before the concert even got started and then got bored and made up games with tin foil balls.

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We also went to our neighborhood ice cream social. The boys loved eating ice cream (maybe I did too) and running around with their little friends and digging in the creek. Ahhhh summertime.

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We finally decided on our vacation which will be to…

Williamsburg, Virginia!

The boys are excited about Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Tom and I are excited about Colonial Williamsburg. This is right up our nerdy history-loving alley!

As we were talking about the trip, I realized that I have a Williamsburg pattern in my stash! I don’t even remember where or when I got it, but sure enough it was there!

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Maybe I should stitch Williamsburg while IN Williamsburg! Am I crazy fun, or what?!!

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