The One with the Puppy

We’ve officially been in our house for over a year now! It went by pretty fast, but we’ve made a lot of memories here already. But some say a house is not a home without a dog, so in February we got a puppy!

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Feldman, the cowboy corgi (part Pembroke Welsh corgi, part Australian cattle dog/blue heeler), was born in December of 2017. I believe he was about 12 weeks old when we got him. He’s 10 months now, and he’s quite the character. And yes, he does have his own instagram: @corgi_feldman_the_dog.

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Cheeeeeese

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Another year gone by

Has it really been almost a full year without a post from me? Eek! It was a busy one (as you’ll soon find out), so let me try to catch you up as we kick 2017 to the curb and welcome in 2018. 

I had dance competitions that I traveled for in January, February, June, and July, and I placed in most of those. I had a hairpiece snafu during the national competition, which cost me the win, but I knew it was my best performance yet (despite still recovering from a sprained ankle). 

A week later I attended dance camp and suffered infections and injuries to my toes, and have been out of dance ever since. Unfortunately it’s a long healing process, so we’ll see what the new year brings as far as a comeback. 

In April my boyfriend and I traveled to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys (my Christmas present), and continued on to Los Angeles after. The show was amazing! 

 

Our flight there was canceled after hours of delays, we got burnt on the beach, and Andrew got a cold while we were there, but we still managed to have a great time and make some more memories. 


Throughout the summer, we attended a hot air balloon festival, 

 a 1920s lawn party, 

spent a weekend away up near Lake Winnipesaukee, and went to the Deerfield Fair. 

 

If all of that wasn’t enough, we did something even bigger this year (but wait-there’s more!). Andrew and I bought our first house! It’s a condo in southern New Hampshire, and we absolutely love it. 

We even hosted our first party, a housewarming party, earlier this month. There was a pretty bad snowstorm that day, but other than that it went off without a hitch. 

We just celebrated three years together, and we’re excited to see what the new year brings us. Possibly another trip or two, but tons of memories and smiles along the way no matter what. Cheers to 2018!

“Oh my god, we’re back again”

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season like I did. It was busy, but worth it, as usual.

My boyfriend and I celebrated 2 years together in December. We’ve done so much together, it feels like its been way longer than that. We’ve traveled abroad, camped in a tipi, gone snowboarding, done bar crawls, and so much more. And it’s only going to continue.

I got spoiled again for Christmas, but my favorite gift were the Backstreet Boys tickets my boyfriend gave me. They’re playing in Las Vegas in March and June, so not only will I see the Backstreet Boys in concert, but I’ll see them in Vegas. It’s right before my birthday too, so it’s like two gifts in one. We haven’t figured out all the details yet, but we’ll probably spend a few days in Vegas and a few days elsewhere, maybe LA or the Grand Canyon or something out that way. Whatever we end up doing will be a blast though. I’m so excited for it. Feel free to make suggestions of things we should see or do while we’re there!

Right now we’re preparing for a weekend away in Vermont. I have a dance competition there, and I scored a great deal on a hotel (it even has a fireplace in the room!). I’m nervous for the competition, but I’m looking forward to a little getaway. I’ve never been to Vermont before either, so hopefully we can find something to do or see on Sunday before we come home.

Right now it’s snowing, and I’m enjoying it because I don’t have to drive in it. I’m curled up on the couch thinking about making some hot chocolate and popcorn in a little bit. Maybe we’ll start planning our trip to Las Vegas. Who knows. Until next time…

Don’t mess with the dress

After I advanced into novice in dance last month, I almost immediately bought a solo dress that I had had my eyes on. I also bought a new wig too (hair is almost as important as the dress).

I received it in time for my competition the first weekend in November and it fit perfectly. I didn’t need to alter it at all. And although I didn’t dance as well as I had hoped I would, I was excited just to dance in my new dress and wig. 

I look forward to dancing in my solo dress more and hopefully I’ll continue advancing as well. I also might be starting to dance en pointe soon too, so that’s kind of exciting. More to come next year!

The one with all the bragging

These last few days have been a whirlwind, but it’s been amazing. Almost two weeks ago I started waitressing at a Japanese restaurant, in addition to hostessing at another restaurant. Between the two jobs, dance class, and volunteering at an animal shelter, my week was pretty full. I also had a job interview and a wedding on Friday, followed by a dance competition in Connecticut on Sunday (I won one third place and three firsts, and now I moved up to novice so I can get a fancy solo dress!), and a women’s football clinic with Patriots player Julian Edelman on Monday that I had won tickets to (awesome time; pics below).

But wait— there’s more!

Unlike most of the other interviews I’ve been on, I heard back from this one, and promptly, too. I was offered the position, and I start in a few weeks. I’ll be working as an editorial assistant at a company that helps create textbooks. It’s only a temporary position, but I’m glad to have it. It’s been a long road from graduation till here, but it’s all been worth it. Frustrating and discouraging at times, but still worth it. I look forward to beginning this new chapter.

My boyfriend and I had planned on going to the Deerfield Fair last weekend but the rain kept us away, which really bummed me out. So since we both had Wednesday off, and the Topsfield Fair runs throughout the week, we went there yesterday. The weather was great— it was the perfect day for it.

So it’s been very go, go, go the last week or so, but I have nothing planned this weekend so I’m looking forward to relaxing and having some downtime (though I’m sure I might get bored at some point). I’m sure I’ll be trying to cram in as much stuff as I can before I go full time, but either way it’ll be great.

As promised, here are some pics from my various adventures over the last week.

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Disney and Thumper

So much for trying to post more often…

As always, I’ve been pretty busy. I’m down to just one part-time job now, hostessing at a restaurant, but I just recently began applying to big-girl full-time jobs in my field. I’ve had a few interviews so far, and I’m waiting to hear back from them. That’s always the worst part. I feel like they went well, but not hearing anything back–even when they tell you that you won’t hear from them for x-amount of time–is still nerve wracking. Time will tell I guess.

The weather had been hot and humid here the last few weeks, and our pets were struggling with it. I thought it was just the weather that was bothering him, but my Thumper passed away last Tuesday night. I knew he had trouble breathing with the heat and humidity, but it must’ve just been his time too. He was about 7 or 8 years old, which is about the average age of a house rabbit. I like to think that I gave him a happy life and a happy home, but of course I was still heartbroken. 

As upset as I was that he had died, I was relieved that I was there when it happened and had the chance to say goodbye to him. It was hard, but it would’ve been harder if he had died while I was away–three days later I left for Florida. 

My friend was moving to Florida for a fresh start, so we left Massachusetts by car Friday morning. Luckily we were able to stay with my boyfriend’s sister and her husband in Virginia that night, after roughly 12 hours on the road. The next day we headed for Georgia, then landed in central Florida on Sunday. We moved her into her apartment Monday, then Tuesday and Wednesday we had some fun–we went to Disney.

Tuesday afternoon we went to Epcot. We met Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, and we rode the new Frozen ride at the Norway pavilion. We lucked out and didn’t have to wait very long for anything, an hour at the most. 

Early Wednesday afternoon we headed to Magic Kingdom. Our day started off on a good note when the parking attendant waived the parking fee for us since we lived near where he was from. We explored Main Street and are lunch at Casey’s Corner. An old time piano player came out and started his set with Pomp and Circumstance because I was wearing my Class of 2015 Mickey ears.

We had fast passes for Buzz Light year’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain, so we headed over that way after lunch and that’s when it started pouring. Our rain ponchos saved us a little bit, but our sneakers were soaked through for the rest of the day.

We tried to wait out the rain by doing the Carousel of Progress (one of my favorites simply for the song; “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day. There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow just a dream away.”), and by the time we got off that the rain had let up. 

I saw two bunnies on the grass by Cinderella’s Castle, and a Thumper stuffed animal in one of the stores, both almost causing me to break down into tears. 

I somehow held it together, and ended up buying myself a Thumper stuffed animal as a souvenir. It seemed fitting that I saw bunnies in Disney, seeing that he was named after a Disney bunny character.

We rode the flying Dumbos, the teacups, and the Winnie the Pooh ride before we grabbed a light dinner and waited for the Electrical Parade and the Wishes fireworks display. It’d been 6 years or so since I was there last, but it’s still such a magical place.

I hate leaving Disney.

The next day I headed home (on a plane, not a car). I was exhausted from so much traveling, but glad to be home. 

Now I’m getting ready to head up to the beach with my boyfriend and his family. His parents have the place for the week, but the two of us will only be there for the weekend since he’s still in the academy. Only two more weeks to go though! 

I’m still trying to figure out what dance class I want to take this year, as that’ll be starting up again soon. I’m waiting to see if I get a full time job first, since that’ll impact what classes I’ll be able to go to. I’m sure everything will fall into place though. At least that’s what I’m hoping. Until next time, have a magical day 😉 

What if

The events that took place in Orlando early Sunday morning are tragic. 49 innocent people had their lives cut short, for reasons that we’ll never know.

Events like this are all too common. How can it be that these things keep happening and nothing is being done about it? What if it were different?

What if everything shut down whenever a shooting occurred? What if the number of days things were shut down was contingent upon the number of deaths from the shooting?
How would we get by? Stores, restaurants, airports, Sundays, buds stations, agencies, your job, were all closed. Nationwide. For 49 days. To mourn the lives lost. What if police, fire, and other emergency services were all suspended during that time too? And hospitals?

Maybe it seems crazy. But maybe it would finally show how often this happens and keeps happening. Maybe then it would incite change. Maybe it’s time to stop fighting and time to compromise. Maybe it’s time to stop offering prayers and condolences and time to reach across the aisle and discuss and consider potential options to stop or at least curb these killings.

Maybe.