Detroit Wedding in October 2013.

Upon arriving in the Midwest, Kraig and I drove to Zingerman’s to get a famous sandwich as seen in the movie The 5 Year Engagement.  I have to admit that after driving around for an hour to find a parking spot, waiting in a long line to order a sandwich, and then waiting a substantial amount of additional time to get our sandwiches, I was a little disappointed in what I got. The sandwich was good, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way for this place. It’s worth checking out if the crowds are under control when you’re in the area.

The next day we got to explore some of Detroit. We went to Green Dot Stables for lunch.  I found this place through internet stalking where Anthony Bourdain ate while he was in Detroit filming a show. The sliders, kale salad, fries, beers, and service were all awesome. Our waiter was super friendly and helpful with suggestions of places to check out as tourists with a few hours to spare before a wedding. We ended up viewing The Heidelberg Project which was a bittersweet experience.

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After checking out The Heidelberg Project, we got ready for a BEAUTIFUL wedding. There was wonderful food, friendly people, jaw-dropping flowers, and a live band! We had a blast and we’re so happy we got to have this awesome experience.

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Chicago and Wisconsin September 2013

Kraig’s cousin Gretchen got married in Milwaukee in September.  We had plans to fly into Chicago two days early, explore the city and catch up with a friend living in Chicago before we drove our rental car to Milwaukee. A bunch of flight delays resulted in less than 24 hours in Chicago with a brief drive through tour of the city.

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Lou’s Pizza looked good, but the taste was just okay. It didn’t meet my deep dish expectations for Chicago.

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We spent our time catching up with some old friends and then hit the road again the next day to visit our friend Vera in Madison, Wisconsin. Vera’s in veterinary school and we don’t get to see her much, so it was nice to see where she’s been living while she works hard to pursue her dream.

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We finally made it to Milwaukee on late Friday night. Saturday was the wedding. Here’s me with my future brother-in-law Kameron.

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The wedding venue in Milwaukee was at a nice restaurant and right near the water.

photoThe day after the wedding, the bride’s parents hosted a wonderful brunch at their house. We were able to enjoy beautiful views from their house and yard with the company of Kraig’s family before heading back to Boston.

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Steps to the beach.

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Clambake in the Cape Summer 2013, Engagement Parties, and some other randos.

My college friend Amelia’s family has a huge clambake every summer at their place in the Cape. This year’s theme was Country Music Awards, so most of the guests were dressed up in fun costumes. There was a band, fun decorations, and TONS of food.

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Amelia, Yola, my college roommate Liz, and me.

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My Frye cowboy boots really completed my costume, but I failed to take a picture including them.

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My other friends Steve and Rosie had an engagement party over the summer. It was a lot of fun and I got to spend some time with two of my bridesmaids Liz and Krissy.

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Kraig and I also had OUR engagement party over the summer, but most of the pictures we snapped are blurry/foggy. We were very lucky to have his parents throw us an engagement party and that my parents kindly hosted it at their place.

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People getting crazy in my parent’s back yard. ha.

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My future brother-in-law Kameron and friend Krissy.

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Chatham, MA – Cape Cod August 2013 Family Vacation

My family and I went on a beautiful Cape Cod family vacation last August in Chatham, MA. We spent our time eating meals at the rental house, drinking lots of wine, and going to the beach.

Here are a few pictures from our trip!

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Massachusetts is definitely a good place to be. 🙂

Burlington, VT Brewers Fest – July, 2013

*Warning* nothing in this post is healthy except the fact that I indulged in a weekend getaway.

Kraig and I had so much fun at the craft beer fest in Burlington the year before, so we decided to go again in 2013.

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After our drive up to VT on Friday, we grabbed burgers and beers at The Farm House in Burlington.

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Kraig and I stayed at the same bed and breakfast that we stayed at last year that has an amazing view of Lake Champlain in its back yard.

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I could stare at this view all day long.
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Kraig and I made sure to enjoy lunch from The Red Onion on Saturday. We loved it so much when we tried it the year before.  They have amazingly large and tasty sandwiches.

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We enjoyed some more beach time before getting ready to head over to the festival

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Next up, the fest! I love this festival because the location is so beautiful and makes the experience so much more enjoyable than a stuffy inside location.

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This is my best friend Liz and I at the Brewfest. We’ve been friends since she moved to our hometown in the 3rd grade!
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Here’s Kraig having fun with Liz’s fiance Dave. Kraig and I have actually known Dave since our freshman year of college at UMass-Amherst. We’re so happy that Liz and him met and are getting married this August! IMG_2176 Group pic at the fest.IMG_2173

I was sad when my  last day in Vermont came on Sunday. Kraig and I ended it with breakfast at the Penny Cluse Cafe.

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Cheers.

March 2013 Somerville 5k and another trip to Florida.

March 2013 came around and I was still looking for a full time job. I was “recovered” from my concussion and could participate in normal activities again.

I ran a St. Patrick’s Day themed 5k in Somerville with friends. IMG_1267

I also made some yummy cupcakes for us to enjoy post run and bars.

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Then I was on my way to Florida for the SECOND time this year. This was the trip I originally had planned with Kraig for 2013 before I lost my job.
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We enjoyed some Marriot Beachside Cocktails on St. Patty’s Day and then the day after on my birthday!IMG_1309 IMG_1292

It was so nice to get away from the cold NE weather AGAIN with the pleasant company of my parents, Buddy, and Kraig.

Valentine’s Day February 2013.

Kraig and I had a nice at home Valentine’s Day this past year.  It started out with heart shaped Sriracha on our morning breakfast egg.

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Our sunroom looked so cute with Valentine’s Day decorations and a fresh snowfall outside.

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Kraig left for work, so I began prepping our meal for dinner. First up, salted fudge brownies.
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Then I prepped Giada’s Champagne Rissotto for two and a salad with Joy The Baker’s Cheese Beet Hearts.

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Our first engaged Valentine’s Day together.

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Kraig was able to enjoy the champagne with our  meal, but I couldn’t drink with my concussion. I drank some sparkly water instead. Glug.

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For some reason, I’ve been sick the past two- maybe even three Valentine’s Day. I hoping 2014 brings a healthier Vday with all the reoverybits I take!

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Naples, Florida January 2013 recap. A concussion and getting laid off.

Last January started out with a bang. A concussion followed by getting laid off a week later was certainly an unpleasant way to start off the New Year. My Mom felt bad for my situation because all I could do was listen to books on tape in the miserable New England weather inside my tiny apartment. I’m very lucky that my generous parents flew me down to their place in Florida for some sun and relaxation time with them. I was only suppose to be there for 7 days, but Boston had two HUGE snowstorms, so I ended up staying down there for 10 wonderful sunny warm days due to flight cancellations.

My brother Brian sent me a picture of the snowstorm in Southie.

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Kraig sent me a picture he took from inside our apartment of a window completely covered in snow. Holy crap, I’m glad I missed this.

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Our neighbors made the snow look fun, until you look closely at all the people shoveling their cars out.

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An obese snowman snowwoman in Somerville. It’s Somerville, so I have to be PC.

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Davis Square covered in Snow.

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My sister Melissa sent me a picture of her two year old (at the time) daughter Kayla standing up next to the snow. How adorable! I remember how much fun it was as a kid growing up in New England being able to play in the deep snow. Perfect for sledding, making snow angels, snowball fights, and building forts.

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While I was getting bombarded with pictures of the snow, I made sure to take plenty of pictures of the weather I was experiencing in Florida.

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Buddy was a good little companion for me.

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My parents and I hit up one of our favorite spots in Florida. Roy’s is way better than your typical chain restaurant. The service is good and the food tastes high quality.

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You can’t go on a trip to Roy’s without ordering a molten dessert.
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Poor Buddy ended up getting sick while I was in Florida, so he had to go to the vet. He was a good little patient.

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My parents and I hit up the Marriot Beach on Marco Island, so I made sure to order Fish Tacos for lunch at Quinn’s on the Beach.

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IMG_0996While I was enjoying all the sun and relaxation, I was still experiencing light headedness and headaches daily. I was also feeling anxious about not having a job and having a hard time concentrating on searching for jobs because my brain got fuzzy every time I used the computer for a prolonged period of time of searching job ads.  I tried to talk myself into relaxing at the beach, but it was hard to do.

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Another favorite of mine in Naples is Bha Bha Persian Bistro.  The hummus plate appetizer is not to be missed. It’s so good that I couldn’t snap a decent picture of it before we started devouring it.
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The kabos are great here too.

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My parents having fun at dinner. I forced them to be in a picture.

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Homemade Bha Bha Persion ice cream.

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My last 24 hours in Florida was welcomed by the arrival of new visitors!! My sister Melissa and her family! I was so excited to see them in Florida and got to snap some adorable pictures of Kayla and David.

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IMG_1046_face0It was hard leaving Florida with two adorable kids there and horrible weather awaiting me in Massachusetts. I was excited to come home to my fiance and welcome the unknown of my future career. I was in for a long winter, but it actually flew by.