The 52 Lists Project: List of Things You Should Be Proud of

 

 

While I didn’t find my job completely on my own, I’m proud that I have a good job during a time when a lot of people are less fortunate

My husband and I have created a beautiful home along with the help of a number of others

Some people work their entire lives to live on the Cape…I managed to do it by the time I turned 26

After 5 years of jumping around and having a hard time finding a good fit, I finally got my bachelors degree from UMass Amherst

I performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when i was 17 years old and I will never stop bragging about it

Not only was I able to get a car loan by myself, but I paid it off early.

My cooking skills have improved leaps and bounds since I first started living away from my parent’s house

I try new foods all the time, which is a far cry from my infant-teenage years

I can almost always see the good in people, even though I can be pessimistic to a fault

I know how to forgive 

My anxiety of being around strangers and having to make conversation is (almost) gone

Some of the friends I still have today are friendships I’ve had since kindergarten 

I successfully drove through downtown Boston without getting into an accident, causing an accident, or having a heart attack. I probably won’t do it again if I don’t have to, though. 

I consider myself an adult

I know myself. 

 

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The 52 Lists Project: List Your Greatest Comforts

Cooking
Reading/watching Harry Potter 
Flannel sheets 
Looking at pictures of friends and family
Watching a good chick-flick with a snuggie
The smell of lilacs in the spring
The feeling of sand in my toes
Listening to my dad play around with the acoustic guitar
Hearing any of my “summer of 2003” songs
Wearing the mittens my mom makes for me
A nice tall glass of milk
cheese.
Christmas eve with my family and Christmas morning at home
North Pleasant Street in Amherst
Hearing my friends laugh 
Prince Edward Island
Holding hands
Having a dog on my lap
A nice warm scarf
Weekend mornings spent in bed
The smell of garlic and onions in a frying pan
Sugar cookies
“Fresh Cotton” scented candles
The 21st floor of the UMASS library, desks all the way on the right near the banking books
Friday afternoons at 4:45 pm
Upton, MA 
Pixar Movies and/or old Disney movies
Crafting & creating 
Listening to Jump! Little Children

The Honeymoon.

Ever since our wedding season ended (5 weddings in 3 months..), Andrew and I have been looking forward to our honeymoon. When we got married last June, it felt like March was never going to come. But now, we are mere month away from our tropical vacation in Punta Cana! After the winter we’ve been having, I can’t even put it into words how excited we are. This trip is special not only because its our honeymoon, but it also marks the first vacation we’ve ever taken together….EVER.

                 It took us awhile to choose where we were going to go. Ideally we would’ve gone somewhere in Europe, but there was no way we would’ve been able to scrape together enough cash for flights, hotels, cars, and food and still be able to pay our mortgage on the house. #firstworldproblems for sure. We then decided to look into Hawaii. However, with the time difference and the long plane ride, we would need at least 2 weeks of vacation time to use up and we just didn’t have that in our schedules. After 3284723987439 conversations , we settled on a beach vacation. 

                Researching Mexico and the Caribbean was both fun until you read a review that crushed your dreams into smithereens. Tripadvisor can either help or hurt you, depending on how you take the reviews. For every 5 positive ratings of a resort we found, there was one rating that made the place sound like hell on earth.  I really had my heart set on Mexico. I was willing to take my chances with the kidnappers and the dysentery because it would be a short flight. We knew a lot of people who had gone before and loved it. Plus, the hotels that we were looking at where inexpensive and had good reviews. Andrew didn’t want any part of it. “its MEXICO.” Oh, ok. 

                So, it was back to the drawing board. We looked at the usual suspects: British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Island, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Jamaica, the Caymen Islands, and about 7 other islands that I can’t remember. Each place either had scary reviews or seemed horribly overpriced. The Cayman Islands pretty much had the same description as Cape Cod: Beaches and ocean as far as the eye can see…great for older couples! The Cayman Islands immediately ended up on my “Not in a Million Years” list.  I’ll be the first one to admit that I am 27 going on 93, but still. I’m just not ready for a retirement community quite yet.

                Aruba was a contender, but it was very pricey. The British Virgin Islands was also very pricey and had terrible flights. It would’ve taken us 36 hours to get there and 22 to come back, or something insane like that. No round trip flights to be found. Since Mexico was out, I kept coming across Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. All of the resorts seemed to have great reviews and the flights didn’t seem that bad. I was all ready to book everything online through this borderline sketchy site (because what could happen?), but Andrew convinced me to wait until we met with AAA to see if we could get some deals. I am really glad we did.

                The thing is with AAA, they will not book a trip for you unless you have a valid passport. At the time, I had a valid passport, but it was under my maiden name. So, I filled out the necessary paperwork, got my picture taken at CVS, and sent everything off to get a new passport. The next day, the government shutdown. I mean, what are the odds? Honestly. I finally got my new passport back in mid-November & we were able to book our trip.

                AAA really knows their stuff. I felt like the travel agent left no stone unturned while she was booking our trip. She found us flights that were infinitely better than what I was looking at online and also MUCH cheaper. She had also stayed at the resort we had chosen (the Excellence!), so she knew the ins and outs of what to book us for.  

                We are SO excited. In a mere 15 days, we will be on our sweet way to paradise. Pray for clear weather for our departure…it can snow as much as it wants from there on after! 

The 52 Lists Project: List of Words That Touch Your Soul

love                    antique                    sometime
grace                  welcome                 simple
passion             breathe                    lock
family                sensational            praise
cozy                    music                       heart
sparkle              extraordinary      comfort
glitter                you                            see
romance          melt                           beach
embrace           bright                       modern
create                strength                   crisp
pages                 literature                warm
color                  soul                           nostalgia
travel                compassion            conduct
explore             forever                    opulent
print                  sun                             rhapsody
mellow             moon                         idyllic
safety                life                              lullaby
melody            unbreakable            faithful
epitome           album                        glitz
marriage         peace                          magic
flavor               photograph             fortune
ours                  shine                           marvel