David

So Thankful For…

…my wonderful husband, who has put up with my crazy mood swings and still thinks I look beautiful. 🙂

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…my family and in-laws who have always been, and continue to be, so supportive and loving.

…a job that allows me to grow and bring my own special touch to the position (I just had my yearly review and I exceed expectations! :-))

…the fact that our latest ultrasound has highlighted that our baby is looking healthy, and growing. Oh, and the it? It’s a GIRL. 🙂

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I think she has my head-shape and nose. 😉

Thanksgiving this year was quite low key. My parents had their annual Soupsgiving the weekend prior, and Thanksgiving dinner was spent with the in-laws. I have yet to put up our tree, and I think this year I’ll just light it but not deal with ornaments. I’m saving my energy for when Christmas will involve the little lady above. 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! What are you most thankful for?

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill

In 2012, David and I had the chance to visit B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Connecticut, but unfortunately it was late in the season and there was minimal cider to be purchased. It was always in the back of our minds that we would visit again, and we were finally able to a few weeks ago.

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The cider mill is steam powered (operating since 1881), and they have cider pressing demonstrations on the weekends. We tried to go the weekend after Columbus Day but the line was to the street! A couple of weeks went by and thankfully this day was far less crowded (still crowded, as their season is pretty short).

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We went to the earliest demonstration, and we were able to watch them press all of the juice out of the apples. You can imagine that it smelled heavenly.

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After watching that for about 15 minutes, we went on a search for some hard cider. David tried a few samples and purchased some of their original and a few flavored ciders. I enjoyed a cup of mulled cider and a cider doughnut. They also had a few vendors there selling jerky, maple syrup, and kettle corn. It was a lovely afternoon, one that I am so glad we were able to experience right in the middle of their season.

Have you ever been to a cider mill? Ever gone somewhere that was so busy you just drove right on past it?

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill
129 N. Stonington Rd.
Old Mystic, CT 06355

Our Latest Project

Hello everyone! Anyone still out there reading this little ol’ blog of mine? I’ve kind of disappeared for a few months but all with good reason.

Work has been pretty busy, and David and I finally finished our garage! And I finally took a vacation last week (after not having one since July 2015); I was able to relax, breathe, and get a lot done around the house. We also took a night to go up to Bar Harbor, Acadia, and Bangor in Maine. It was just what I needed to feel refreshed and return back to work.

And now that the garage is done, we’ve begun work on our newest project (well, it’s been in the works for the past few months and it’s mostly me doing the work):

WE’RE HAVING A BABY!

We’ve been planning this since the beginning of the year and luckily I was able to get pregnant the second time we tried. I’m due at the end of April, and we’re both very excited! My first few months (I just hit the second trimester) haven’t been great since I dealt with a lot of all-day nausea, but luckily I only really got sick once, and it hasn’t really impacted my day to day (except that I was exhausted by the time I got home). I’m still a bit nauseous if I don’t have something in my stomach but my energy is coming back.

I’ve done zero running since we started trying, and I’m hoping to get back into it once I feel better. We have a treadmill so I can get some miles in without worrying about the cold weather and the snow.

And that’s really about it right now! I have been out and about seeing shows (Jersey Boys, Cinderella, Mel Brooks), and David and I finally took down our old garage on the property, but otherwise I’ve been laying low. I can’t wait for the holiday season, though. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!

What have you been up to lately? 

Life Lately

I guess that’s the generic title for those posts that are just a mish-mosh of things going on in my life. 

It’s all been same ol’, same ol’ around here. Work, garage, work, garage. Thankfully a(n) (somewhat) end is in sight since we’ve been working on getting the garage ready for our BBQ this weekend. That means go-go-go for the past couple of weekends.

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First step was to grind down the concrete so that it was more level. Then we vacuumed and mopped up all of the remaining dust.

I was in charge of getting the epoxy on the edges of the floor, then David followed me around with the roller. All told it took about 3 hours of painting, with a full day to let everything dry.

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And it looks fantastic! The weather is looking a bit dreary (80% chance of thunderstorms) so thankfully we have the space inside for our guests.

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And this is under the overhang! The pavers are on back order so we may have to make due (do?). 🙂

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Thankfully the weather was gorgeous all weekend!

CELEBRATIONS

As you may have read online, or seen on the news, Marriott International has acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts…the company that I work for. So in a few weeks time, I will be a Marriott employee. It’s exciting, but a bit saddened to see Starwood disappear. Before the acquisition goes through, hotels were encourage to show that they were #StarwoodProud. We had a few days of department decorating, ice cream trucking, and having the executive committee serve lunch and dinner in the cafeteria.

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Make sure to check out Sheraton Boston on Facebook to see our awesome video!

Aside from the garage work, we were able to go to a friends house for a BBQ and pool party. Unfortunately the pool was too cold, but we did enjoy the food and company. I contributed Janae’s delicious s’mores bars again. Always a hit! 🙂

And that’s our life up until this point! I can’t wait for the party this weekend; should be a great time!

How were your Fourth of July festivities?

The Garage Work Continues

This past weekend David and I finally had nothing on our schedules. It was time to start getting supplies for our party next weekend, as well as work on some more of the outside garage work.

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So many beverages! And on a side note, I love Costco. I don’t love the crowds on the weekends, but I love the samples and their selections.

We ended up making a trip on both Saturday and Sunday, and the rest of the time was working on leveling the area under the overhang. We’re having some pavers installed (eventually) so we had to work on making sure the shape was right and that it was all level. David worked the tamping machine while I watered everything.

We also had someone grade the front yard and ramp up the driveway so that it was a gradual incline into the garage.

I love how everything is turning out! Can’t wait to get that old garage out of the way, and we’ll have some more land to work with.

And a peek into the (almost) finished garage!

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David is so proud of himself; as he should be. 🙂

Do you have any fun plans for Fourth of July? We’ll be heading to our friend’s house who hold a party every year. Weather is looking good for this weekend!

The Last of the Craziness

For now at least. 🙂

Between the reunion on June 4th and the wedding on June 10th our weekends have been jam packed. And this past weekend was no exception. Thankfully things will be quiet until Fourth of July festivities. And I totally just realized that the holiday is two weeks away! The months are flying by.

Friday

Before the end of the work day my boss asked if I wanted tickets to the Red Sox game courtesy of the visiting team. I called up David and he was willing to come in to the city if it meant so much to me. 😉

We were four rows from the field and right next to the Mariners dugout. Very cool! Unfortunately they lost, but it was still a fun time. Especially Big Papi’s 2-run home run!

Saturday

No-picture day but still quite busy. I worked on cleaning the house in the morning before we went over to David’s parent’s house to celebrate birthdays and holidays in May and June. Lunch was pizza and meatball subs with a frosted chocolate chip bundt cake that I made for dessert.

We hung out for a few hours before heading home. I took a 20 minute nap before we headed back out towards Boston to see a friend of mine in a play in Jamaica Plain. It was The Sisters Rosensweig at the Footlight Club; celebrating its 139th season! My friend John was excellent in it. The dialogue could get a bit bogged down with simple conversation, but he was able to bring some fun and laughter to the scenes. It was such a pleasure getting to see him perform! Makes me want to get back on to the stage. 😉

Sunday

Allll day was spent putting up the remaining walls in the garage. Thankfully it’s all done! Now we wait for the electrician. And we have an excavator coming this week to grade the yard; time to bring everything in to the garage!

And a Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad, Mark. 🙂

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How was your weekend?? Any fun plans for July 4th?

 

Insulating a Garage

Last weekend David and I were able to work on insulating the garage! To some that might not seem like the most exciting way to spend the day, but given that we were so close to finishing, we wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous day.

As of this past weekend we finally finished!

To give you all an idea of the magnitude of this project, our garage is bigger than our house. It’s about 44′ x 28′. It’ll house the two cars and David’s workshop. Of course, David loves a project and this was no exception. Because of David’s connections, we were able to obtain a good 150 or so bags (I could be underestimating) of cellulose insulation to dense pack in to the walls. This will allow the garage to remain at a comfortable temperature and to keep out road and train noises.

My job during the installation process was to man the hopper (blue machine). I had to open the bags of insulation and drop into the machine as it churns and dispenses it out a tube.

Inside, David was dense packing the cavities. (They were webbed to allow for control of the product.)

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Now that it’s done, it’s so quiet and cool in there. All that’s left is for David to put up the OSB sheathing, finish the electrical, and epoxy the garage floor. It’ll be nice to finally park in there! 🙂

And a close-up of the product. This is also what’s in our house. It’s made up of recycled material, safe to the touch, and made with boric acid which kills any pests that try to get in there.

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I don’t think I can recommend this product high enough. If you have new construction, or issues with your current comfort levels in your house, dense packed cellulose is the way to go!

Do you enjoy working on house/garage projects? Once this is done, we’ll be working on tearing down the old garage and hopefully get some nice landscaping.