Stuff I Liked This Year


2012 is drawing to a close and while it was one of the better, if not best, year of my life- there are alot of things other than my engagement ring that I really liked:

1. Essie Nail Polish- Mightnight Cami

Maybe I have an obsession with navy blue. Maybe thats why I revolve my entire wardrobe AND my bridesmaid dresses around that particular color…even so, I wore this nail polish like, all the time. Not to mention, its Essie. HELLO! Best nail polish in a long time…dare I say ever? Maybe. Its way up there with OPI.

2. These Quiksilver Slip-ons

I am sort of weird about footwear. I’m not a sneaker person and I hate wearing socks with my shoes.

I only wear socks if they are giant, fluffy, and make my feet start sweating because they are so warm…and I can only wear socks by themselves. Its really hard to find shoes that aren’t sneakers, but also don’t look like I am getting ready to go to the prom. Flats are my shoe of choice. Last February at the wonderland that is DSW shoes, I found the PERFECT shoe. SO warm, SO comfy, SO water resistant. Best $40 I’ve spent in years.

K, I’m sounding too much like a girl right now. I need to dude it up a bit.

3. Cisco Brewery- Sankaty Light Lager (affectionately known as “Skanky Lighthouse Beer”

Drew and I are beer drinkers. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good bottle of wine; but, Drew and I bound over beer. Its not weird. When we were living in Amherst, we were surrounded by microbreweries and couldnt try enough beer. Now, we live on the cape. We consider Sam Adams “good” beer now Our amherst selves are kicking our ass constantly. We didn’t really “discover” this Nantucket based brewery this year, but we discovered its most tasty and lovely beer that they brew back in June when they did their “Summer of Lagers”. *drool* we were pumped to find out that it isn’t only a seasonal brew!

4. Downton Abbey

Ok. We were a little late to the game with this. WE KNOW. But. WE LOVE DOWNTON ABBEY. Like, more than anything in this world. Everyone had been telling us to watch this for months and for what ever reason, we didn’t listen..until one fateful night in September. We were scouring OnDemand/our movie collection/Netflix (using mom and dads account of course…hi guys!) and I put my foot down. “Ok. Downton Abbey keeps coming up on Netflix. Its on Instant TV…lets just try it.” We were hooked after 1 episode. I am counting the days until Season 3 and also considering sending the cast an invite to the wedding. Couldn’t hurt, right?! (Also, Hi Matthew Crawley, I love you a little bit/a lot).

5. Blog: Craftgawker.com

I am an avid pinterest user. I’ve spent probably spent a collective 3 solid months on that website alone and it has definitely taken over my life. However, I noticed that a lot of the stuff I had been pinning was from one website in particular: craftgawker.com. I think all of my ideas for halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas mantel decorations have come from that website. If you are looking to find a craft idea involving a mason jar, a piece of twine, some feathers, and a broken lightbulb- this is your website because I am sure it will have something right up everyone’s alley.

6. Blog: howsweeteats.com

Not only do I love all things crafty, but I love all things foodie too! I consider myself a very picky eater. I have gotten better in the past few years with trying new foods and what not, but I’m not the best. Jessica over at How Sweet it Is makes EVERYTHING look fantastic. There are certain things that I probably wouldnt touch with a thirty nine and a half foot pole (GRINCH!), but she could post a picture of a cow heart smothered in grape jelly and you would probably catch me licking my computer screen.

7. Our first home!

One of the biggest things that has happened to Drew and I in the past year is the purchase of our new home. When we first started looking at houses, I was incredibly terrified and intimidated by the thought. I still am, actually! “Free time” is now a thing of the past. There is always something to be cleaned or fixed or moved. Our “to-do” list seems to be never ending and I find myself lying awake at night trying to prioritize what needs to be done first and what can wait. Someday there will come a time when Andrew and I can sit on the couch all day and not feel the need to jump up and make ourselves seem useful, but we are realizing that it won’t be for a very very long time. Meanwhile, we are having fun making our house into a home.

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I would like everyone to note that I started this post on December 20th and it is now 3:04 on December 25th. It took me a REALLY long time to think about stuff that I liked this year…I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Andrew and I have finished opening our presents and are spending our first Christmas in our new home. A post about that is sure to come (hopefully soon!).

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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A house will become a home.

I know, I know…its been awhile since a real update. I’ve got an excuse though!

A few weekends ago, I did the unthinkable…I went dress shopping. The verdict? It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!
I had made an appointment at a boutique in Scituate called Meredith’s. I learned about it from a girl I work with, she bought her dress there a few years ago back when they were located in Mashpee Commons. I read some reviews online that raved about how fantastic the staff is, but that the dresses were a little pricey. Since I’m not willing to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars I’ll wear once for 6 hours, I got nervous and emailed them asking about their price range. I got a quick response back saying that they range from $300 to $3000. That sounded reasonable to me, so I wasn’t worried.

Saturday morning comes along and I am dead nervous. My mother and I set off to Scituate to meet my cousin/MOH Kate and my aunt Mary. I can feel my hands shaking and I couldn’t manage to eat anything for breakfast.

The daughter of the owner checked me in and walked me over to the wall of dresses…there were maybe 30 in total. She asked me about my budge, & I told her a little less than what I was willing to spend so I’d have some wiggle room. She looked at me and said “…we can’t reorder ANY dress for that amount. All dresses are $3200 and up” As it turns out, the less expensive dresses (ie: anything under $1500) were all dresses that had been bought and altered, but cancelled before they were worn. So that sucked. However, I was able to breathe a bit easier since I knew I wouldn’t be pressured to make a decision that day.

I told her what I was looking for in a dress (unsure about the cut, but MUST HAVE LACE). She got to work and pulled a few dresses for me and hung them up behind a curtain. I honestly couldn’t tell you what the first few dresses looked like, only that they were A-Lines and not too impressive. I tried on 2 dresses that I absolutely fell in love with. Both fit and flares, both lace, and both with trains. I didn’t think I’d care much about having a train, but after seeing one on, it’s a MUST HAVE now.

There are a handful of places I want to go before deciding…I know what I want now and I’m way less stressed about it. My only concern is actually finding the time to make some more appointments- which brings me to my next topic:

WE MOVED!!!

Yes, we officially have moved into our house. I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I will never ever pack up and move EVER again. The stress is just insane. For 2 weeks we committed every night to packing up a few boxes and driving them over to the house. We recruited a few of our friends for this past Sunday to help us move the big stuff (couch, bed, entertainment center, dressers, etc). Unfortunately, no one showed up (yes, I am still really bitter about it). This was beyond unfortunate because I had gone to a personal training session at my gym the day before and my arms were complete mush. It actually went better than expected…I didn’t cry at all which is a really amazing feat. Ever since then, we’ve been unpacking and trying to figure out what goes where and what we still need (registry- woo!). Andrew’s parents are helping us paint the bedrooms this weekend which I am excited for. The house is slowly starting to look like our home. I’m anxious for everything to be done…we’ve made a very long list of projects that we would like to do. When they will be done remains to be seen…