30 September 2016

 I started posting these "view through my lens" posts to help recap each month as seen through the lends of my iPhone to help keep random snapshots saved and easy to find. They are, by far, my favorite posts to write and look back on, as I am able to relive each memory from the month.

 We started the month off playing in Acadia National Park with the family for a fun weekend of camping and hiking. 

Hanging out at the summit of Beehive Trail with the family!

We also all got together and hiked Mt. Washington for the second time mid September on the most beautiful day!

I tried my hand at a delicious marinara sauce that was shared with me. The secret... butter!
All I did was blanch a ton of tomatoes, cut an onion in fourths, and 5 tablespoons of butter.

There are turkey's everywhere here! There were a handful of these little buggers hanging out in our driveway the other day when I got home - so much wildlife!

...and what's a post without a snapshot of this little biscuit! Her favorite place in the house is the loft, which L and I lovingly refer to as the man-cy cave (Macy Cat + Man Cave).

Looking forward to what October has in store!

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Mount Washington 2.0

29 September 2016

Mount Washington, round two! Last year, my mom, dad and I spent the most beautiful day in October hiking up Boot Spurr trail to the summit of Mount Washington over Columbus day weekend. This year, (almost) the whole gang was able to go, so we spent the third weekend in September doing just that! We ended up staying at the Joe Dodge located at Pinkham Notch lot the night before in hopes of getting an earlier start than we did last year. The lodge was very cozy and accommodating for our party of 7, complete with a room full of a games, a library and a little living room. We enjoyed their buffet feast Friday night, and again early Saturday for our breakfast! 

We spent a good hour in the visitor's center Friday night staring at the huge 3D map of Mount Washington trying to decide what the best route would be. We eventually decided on the steepest route, Huntington Ravine! 

Being the super hikers that we are, we successfully did not bring a map and did feel a little unprepared when hikers hiking the same trail passed us with helmets and ropes? Naturally, we had neither of those. 

It was very steep! BUT, it is very "possible" if you are a mediocre hiker. All seven of us survived and we are by no means experts. It was best described to us as "similar to Precipice without the rungs and ladders."

We once again hit the weather jackpot on this one! Known as the most dangerous small mountain because of the drastic weather changes, we scored a beautiful clear day with comfortable temperatures. A little chilly at the summit (as expected), but nothing a fleece and rain jacket couldn't handle.

Staring at Wildcat mountain the entire hike up wasn't too bad either! The pictures from that linked post give you a good idea as to what we climbed this trip up.

We successfully made it to the summit 5 hours later, noshed on our amazing lunches that The cafeteria at the visior's center prepared for us, and then hiked Lion's Head down. All in all a great time! AND this time, we got back just before the sun went down, unlike last time! #greatsuccess

 ...and because making little vlogs of our adventures is my new favorite thing, I leave you with 6 exciting minutes from our hike!

Looking forward to next years annual hike!

October 2015 Mount Washington
March 2015 Mount Washington

Camping 2016 - Acadia National Park

28 September 2016

A couple months ago I began aching for a camping trip to try out some of our new gear, roast up some s'mores, feast on some pudgie pies and spend some time with family. We hadn't been camping in a loooong time, and living in the middle of the city with no vehicle or space to store gear didn't make it any easier. When my parents made plans to go camping as a family in Acadia National Park over Labor Day weekend, I nearly jumped out of my skin in excitement! Everyday I would tell L how excited I was to not only go camping, but also spend some time on breathtaking Mount Desert Island! We spent a good chunk of time there two years ago for my grandparents 50th anniversary and it was nothing short of a great time! I don't have as many pictures as last time, however I did compile a handful of short clips from our trip into a fun little vlog which I have put at the bottom of this post!

First and foremost... the car. L and I forgot how convenient it is to have a vehicle to throw all of our gear in and travel. After packing all of our "stuff" into totes and traveling via trains and ubers for so long, this is truly a treat. We are still adding to our camping collection, however I can say that these clear weathertight containers from the container store are a favorite! We don't go anywhere these days without one of these in the trunk... just in case we come across an adventure of some nature, you never know! 

We ended up staying in a cute campground right outside of Acadia and right on the shore of Somes Sound, Somes Sound View Campground. 

We glamped in two side by side cabins (Starfish and Barnacle) at Somes Sound View Campground which could sleep four people each, perfect for our party of eight! We finagled our parking spaces and moved our tables in-between the two cabins so that we could spend even MORE time together. The place was booked for the weekend (as expected) and offered great creature features! A quarry that you could take a little boat on, a heated pool, docks, etc.!

We played one of our favorite group games, telestrations, a mix of pictionary and telephone... just imagine the fun! I am proud to say that we successfully mastered a lighting setup by tying a rope from a tree to our car and hanging two Luci lights above our game playing table! #greatsuccess

We did get our butts up wicked early to witness the infamous sunrise from Cadillac Mountain. There's nothing quite like being one of the first (along with the other 400 people on Cadillac) in the country to watch the sunrise. Parking was insane, as anticipated, so as a helpful hint to you if you ever go, do not park on the side of the road. Don't do it... you will never be able to turn your vehicle around... find a spot in one of the two lots.  

We unfortunately didn't have enough time to hike the very steep Precipice trail, however we did play on another crowd favorite, Beehive trail... another fun but steep trail with rungs and ladders. 

The gang!

One of my favorite parts of camping is the campfire food. We got serious about our pudgie pies and s'mores this year. One of my favorites being a cinnamon graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate and nutella pudgie pie.

We can't go to MDI without paying a visit to our favorite soup kitchen, Common Good. Located in Southwest Harbor (they recently moved in town), Common Good is where you can get the most delicious popover and oatmeal breakfast on Mount Desert Island for whatever price feels right. Hopefully when you visit you are feeling generous, as that helps provide for people who may not be able to afford as much. They have a plethora of different jams and butters, as well as hot beverages, milk and juice. It is the perfect buffet of food for such a GREAT cause!

 We had such a wonderful time in Acadia and an even better time with the family. Looking forward to next year!

View Through My Lens: August

31 August 2016

I started posting these "view through my lens" post to help recap each month as seen through the lens of my iPhone to help keep random snapshots saved and easy to find. They are, by far, my favorite posts to write (and as of lately the only one I seem to be able to publish each month) and look back on, as I am able to relive each memory from the month.

L and I finally found some time to put together a little garden... in August. We don't expect anything to grow, however it was fun clearing a space in our yard for the future gardens to come. In the meantime, we are crossing our fingers and hoping one of these cucumber plants takes off!

We were very fortunate to have L's family visit us earlier in the month. 15+ hours in the car is definitely a trek, which makes their visits all the more special! We found ourselves doing a little bit of everything in New England, one of which was visiting the Basin in Franconia Notch.

My Dad's very place in the whole wide world would probably have to be Biddeford Pool in Maine. Don't be fooled though, when I say "pool" I am not referring to a waterpark or swimming pool... I'm referring to this quaint and quiet beach behind me. We always end up making a quick stop here if we happen to be in the area. 

After studying since March, L successfully took and passed the series 65! So very proud of him! He has many more milestones ahead of him career-wise, but having this one under his belt is very encouraging!

I spent the better part of August planning and organizing for our family camping trip on Mount Desert Island over Labor Day weekend. Acadia was amazing and I made a video to prove it! Hopefully I can get a recap post up soon!

 Looking forward to what September has in store for us!

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31 July 2016

I started posting these "view through my lens post" to help recap each month through my iPhone shots to keep random snapshots saved and easy to find. They are, by far, my favorite posts to write and look back on, as I am able to relive each and every memory from the month.

I started my new job on July 1st! After years of having a very flexible schedule and flexible income, I am now on a set schedule with a set income and I like it a lot! I feel as though I am being paid to learn which is the most rewarding part. 

We found this cat sized pool table in our house and Macy couldn't be any happier! Look at that face of excitement!

Moving out of Boston has been a little bit of a process, especially since we opted out of hiring a moving company. We figured that since we had a month of overlap we could make weekend trips up to slowly move everything over. My favorite part was camping in our bedroom! (:

I am truly so very sad to be leaving this place, it was such an amazing place to live!

I found this moose sleeper and put it on the cat. She hated it, I loved it.

Lake Winnipesaukee in all its glory from Mount Major.

We scored BIG TIME in the wild blueberry department! Bring on the pound cake!

...and then we found this on the hike down... #blairwitchproject?

I've been getting so lucky in the fresh produce department at the office, delicious! I love that people bring their veggies in for everyone! I can barely grow a flower.

L's been working hard at clearing some trees in the backyard. Rumor has it that in the wintertime, we might be able to see a mountain skyline from our loft!

I haven't been horseback riding in centuries! Mamacita and I took them out to a little pond where the Pony went crazy and my ride tried to roll me in the water. #greatsuccess

...but we rode through this adorable Christmas tree farm. I need to live on a Christmas tree farm!

L has set a test date for his series 65 do it has been nothing but studying around here. Even the cat is over it.

I see a fried chicken.

Fiddle leaf fig fail. Remember when I got it?

 Looking forward to what August has in store for us!


30 June 2016

I started posting these "view through my lens posts" to help recap each month through my iPhone shots to keep random snapshots saved and easy to find. They are, by far, my favorite posts to write and look back on, as I am able to relive each and every memory from the month. 

Sorry for the radio silence for the past couple weeks after we announced our move to New Hampshire! Even though we gave ourselves a month of overlap between our lease in Boston and our lease in New Hampshire, we are still finding ourselves a bit frazzled. Moving to a different state is fun, yet extremely chaotic at the same time. We have a never ending to do list that continues to get longer by the day and we are finding it more and more difficult to tackle as our schedules are still very full. To put it into perspective, I left the DMV crying this morning. But hey, June was still a ton of fun nonetheless, so let's get crackin'!

I dropped the ball in May by publishing my "view through the lens post" four days late, but kept my word by getting posts up regarding my very fun and impromptu 14 hour trip to vegas (video), graduation (video), and family road trip to Ohio and back. Score!

Thanks to the convenience of the city, where we worked, and where we lived, L and I haven't needed a vehicle to cruise around in for the past three years. Now that we no longer live within walking distance to anything (except for a swanky pool), L and I found it necessary to invest in a good, reliable, four-wheel drive car. While we still have good old faithful from high school, it will be nice having some newer, bigger, and a little more reliable.

Right after we moved into our new house, we ran off to play in the North Conway and Bar Harbor areas. L and I hiked up to Cathedral Ledge where we got engaged three months prior and found the tree that we carved in. You can barely read it!

While in Bar Harbor, we met up with my sister and found our way to the Beehive trail, a crowd favorite! We had to introduce L and his brother to the hiking "rungs and ladder" experience... they enjoyed!! I think the pictures below literally speak miles for the beauty that is Acadia National Park, so I won't go into too much detail. It is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, read my review of my trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia a couple summers ago, here!

The following weekend, we scooted over to Freeport Maine to play in L.L. Bean's many stores! We started out at Wolfe's Neck Woods State park and then worked our way over to the shopping.

House Goals. Naturally, it's the L.L. Bean Outdoor Center.

What a view!

We ALWAYS have to take an obligatory photo in front of the infamous boot. I believe this one was snapped right after the kind lady at L.L. Bean scolded the big kid sitting in the front (my father) for climbing it. ...and he was the first one to climb the boot all day, at 7pm... 

We didn't go too crazy in the shopping department, however we did tire the guys out when we hit the home store. When L.L. Bean designed this store, they clearly had the #boysclub in mind.

L started his first day of work the following Monday. This is such a different lifestyle for us. Our jobs in Boston, prior to the move, were very close to home making it easy to scoot home for a long lunch or to eat out. We are now grocery shopping and packing lunches! Exciting! But really, we love it! (:

I went back into Boston for a couple days where I was graciously blessed with a feast of a goodbye party by the kind ladies that I worked with. The picture below is JUST the dessert spread! JUST the desserts, people! I left very happy and very full. Can we take a second to talk about that delicious carrot cake. It is by far the best carrot cake I HAVE EVER HAD. I encourage everyone who is in the Boston area to buy a little slice of heaven from Modern Pastry located on Hanover Street in the North End. I will severely miss eating this cake 2 to 3 times a week! :(

While in Boston, I also worked my last couple shifts at the bar that I have worked at for the past three years. It was my first and last job in the city. As much as I may have huffed and puffed about it in the past (as all people in the industry do), I truly will miss it. When in season (Bruins and Celtics), it's a crazy, fast paced microbrew with an exciting vibe! It has always kept me grounded, and has always helped me make ends meet financially. The people that I worked with were very friendly, and the schedule was flexible. I know that I will secretly miss it. Thank you BBW! (:

We moved two vehicles full of our stuff out of the North End on Sunday, what fun that was. I cried a little. I will miss our beautiful home here so very much. We were so fortunate to have such a great apartment, a great location, and a phenomenal landlord. I feel as though I will always compare future homes to our wonderful, tiny house here.

Our new house is wonderful as well! It is an old ski chalet that comes with all of the charm. I feel as though I'm on vacation every time I'm there. I'm sure that will wear off after I start my new job tomorrow, start doing my household chores, and get into a daily grind. As mentioned above, we are desperately trying to get our lives back to ABC after our move, but we are hitting roadblocks every step of the way. The only "thing" we have really been able to get done thus far (in two weeks) is set up our electric. That's it. We have electric and that is all. Because of our new, and very remove location, we had to switch internet providers which has been a trip. Hopefully, that will be set up next week and I will no longer need to camp out in the library. We aren't completely sure which route we're going to take regarding the trash and recycling pickup which is another little "thing" we need to address... it's starting to build up. Because we just purchased a vehicle, we are looking to register it in NH, however, we need NH licenses to do so. We drove over a half hour to the DMV today with all of the required paperwork only to be turned away because they didn't like the format of the lease we signed and didn't want to use it for residency verification. I cried. I'm becoming frustrated over little things like that not getting done. We bought ourselves a little gift on the way back to make it worth the trip. After all, we will need it to help clean up the yard and were actively shopping for one. The list of things to get done continues to grown and not having internet makes it very difficult. Dang internet. I'm so excited to get settled though and enjoy our new space. It is truly a very unique place and will be a wonderful area to live.

Our view out the back is all trees. It's beautiful, peaceful, quiet, and nothing like Boston. I will miss the city noises at night, but also appreciate the silence that our new home has to offer. The shingle siding is my favorite part, along with the massive deck that wraps around two sides of the house. When we get more settled, I will be sure to share pictures. It is truly one of a kind!

 I'm happy to see that this little lady is enjoying the new house! We have slowly been letting Macy Cat out to explore and I don't think I like it. She likes to stay out anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour and a half, so imagine the worry wort that I become! She has been an indoor city cat for the past three years and has absolutely no street cred! 

I'm off to head home, my mom is visiting for the day and is only 15 minutes away! SO MUCH FUN! Maybe we'll bake cookies and hike? Enjoy your last day in June!

Looking forward to what July has in store for us!

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