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.

home

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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Loss and Gain.

The past few weeks have had some very high highs and very low lows.

Two weeks ago we found out that our good friend has passed away suddenly. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the reality of it all. It came as such a shock and it was such a freak accident that it hasn’t fully sunk in yet (here is the link to the article about him).

I’ve known people who have died before. Friends, family, acquaintances…but this one was different for me. The only other funeral I can remember going to where something of this magnitude had happened was when I was a freshman in high school and a classmate took his own life. I think I understood what had happened only on the very surface. But, I was too young and disconnected from it all to understand the reality of it. Now that I’m older, I get it. Or, at least I am GETTING it. Trying to.

Its hard to believe that Chad isn’t physically in this world anymore. I am heartbroken that he won’t be at our wedding to celebrate our big day with us. His spirit will be there, for sure.

I found out about his death via ap hone call from my friend on Thursday July 19th. I had addressed his and his girlfriend’s Save The Date the previous night. It’s still sitting in the pile waiting to be sent out…I can’t bear the thought of taking it out. There is stays for now.

The good thing to come out of all of this is how much love and appreciation I realized I had for my dear group of friends. I think they can all agree. I hate that it took a death for su all to come together and realize this, but I am so happy that we could be there for each other over the past few weeks, whether it be sitting next to each other or over the phone. Drew and I have always found it frustrating that we live so far away from everyone (ok, we know its not THAT far away, but ask any other cape cod year-rounder who loves to go over the bridge. Go ahead). I hate getting emails or texts saying that people are meeting up on a Wednesday night for Ethiopian food and knowing that we aren’t able to go with everyone. However, we are going to try harder now. The love that has come out of this situation is absolutely staggering and I want to spread it around as much as I can.

Whats the “high” of this past week? We. Are. Officially. Homeowners. We have a house. Like, to live in. And its ours. Last Thursday morning, July 26th2012, we passed papers and got our keys. We are beyond excited and terrified at the same time. We have a long road of fixing and projects ahead of us, but it will be worth it. I will be happy when the manual labor ends because it’s the WORST. The ladies I work with gave us a bottle of champagne and a gurgling cod pitcher (Cape house- gotta have one!). Because of  Chad’s funeral, Drew working overtime, and friend time-spending, we didn’t have time to be at the house together until this past Monday evening. After ripping up carpets and pulling staples out of the stairs for 2 hours, Drew and I sat on our back porch and passed the champagne bottle back and forth. I can’t wait to make the house our home.