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magnificent may

told you i wouldn’t slip up on my monthly recaps! let’s see what happened in may… aside from the fact that it flew by!

i spent a weekend in philly to celebrate my friend ashley’s graduation from temple med school. ash and i were best friends in middle school, but when she moved to pennsylvania after 7th grade, we didn’t let that stop us from family visits around the holidays, long stays in the summer and plenty of solo train rides for me to visit her in high school. we ended up going to BU together and were able to see each other all through college. i’m so lucky to have a really special friendship with her, where i can go a year without seeing her and then we can pick up right where we left off, as if no time has passed at all. we really have been through it all together and i couldn’t have been prouder of pennsylvania hospital’s newest MD! (also… sit tight for a recap of her uber-creative grad party!)

another one of my friends from junior high through high school, jane (i think that picture of us is from 10th grade?), recently moved back east for grad school in boston and i got to spend a bunch of time with her during her interim stay back home. we took a day trip to boston, chatted loads about healthy living (she just ran the burlington city marathon this past weekend!) and explored the fresh market together. as is the case with ashley, i love that jane and i area able to pick up right where we left off, too, and i’m so glad she’s not a plane ride away anymore!

i got to spend mother’s day with my best friend in the whole wide world, celebrating my mama! one of the perks of being back in connecticut is getting to see my family almost every day, but i’m always happy for an extra excuse to celebrate my mom. we headed to new haven to seebeauty & the beast(shocking, considering my love of disney and broadway, that i had never seen it before!). our close family friend, andrew, is the asst. company manager and is off traveling the country (and canada!) with the show. we’ve known his family since he was a teeny tiny tot (heck, so was i), and i haven’t seen him in ages. it’s crazy to think how much we’ve all grown up, but i’m so glad his show took a pit stop in CT :)

not that this has anything to do with me… but my parents celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary and 30th year together :) fun fact: my parents’ wedding was one year, to the day, after their first date. when you know, you know, right?

i went to see (probably) my last show at the bushnell until next fall. come fly away was just like twyla/billy joel’s movin’ out in that it was all sinatra’s music (with a live band) and choreography, with no dialogue. i can’t say that’s totally my jam (especially since i don’t know sinatra’s music as well as i know billy joel), but the dancing was amazing and the songs i knew were great. the rest of the show went by pretty quickly. overall, i’m happy i went, but it wasn’t my favorite.

last but not least, the old blog has gotten some new accessories and a bit of a makeover - i hope you like them :) in other big blog news, i was selected as one of foodbuzz’s top recipes of the day last week and couldn’t have been more excited. but i’m sure you already knew that because you probably heard me scream that from the rooftops! (in case not, though, there was my tomato - middle left!) i think i peaked at #4 for the day. considering that was out of almost 4500 recipes, though, i’ll take #4 any day of the week and twice on sunday.

other than that, may included far too much damage at (two trips!) to the outlets, seeing my friend brian & his fiancee chris at dinner after far too many months and surviving some super early shifts at work. now, it’s big plans for a weekend trip and fingers crossed for a great june with lots on the agenda!

**QUESTION: what’s exciting in your life right now? what are you grateful for?**

previous monthly recaps: august 2011 | september 2011 | october & november 2011 | december 2011 | january 2012 | february, march & april 2012



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jammin’ january

stupid adjective, i know… what’s another good j-word i could have used for the month?! eh… i’m not too concerned.

january absolutely flew by (but then again, i’m saying that all the time, aren’t i?). obviously it’s midway through february, already and i’m just getting to this! anyway, here were some of the highlights :)

1. a daytrip to foxwoods with mom to see the princess diana exhibit, diana: a celebration. this was such an amazing exhibit. even though it was in glass, i was inches away from her infamous wedding dress, got to see so many of her iconic dresses up close and even saw personal home videos from her childhood. everything was so tastefully done and i loved it!

fun piece of trivia… do you know i’ve met princess diana’s brother, charles spencer?! yes, the same one that gave that famous eulogy at her funeral. see, when i was an intern at a magazine the summer between my sophomore and junior years in college, we covered the unveiling of a home furnishing line called the althorp collection. it was designed by charles spencer to model the pieces at he and princess diana’s childhood home at althorp and there were some beautiful pieces. i know this is a crummy picture of a picture from my phone, but here i am with the brit!

he looks like a wax figure, don’t you think?! anywho… he did a great job helping to create the exhibit and i’m so glad i got a chance to see it while it was in connecticut.

2. the first weekend of the year, hockey east recreated its frozen fenway from 2010 and i got to enjoy some outdoor college hockey at america’s favorite ballpark :) i saw games between unh/maine and umass/vermont. both games went to OT and were so exciting! i also snuck in my first BU game of the year at agganis and it was nice to be “home.”

3. continuing my whirlwind of musical theater at the bushnell this season, we saw MEMPHIS in january and it was fantastic. i really didn’t know what to expect, but it was such a great story and fun cast. i think that wicked will always have my heart as my favorite for this season, but this was a pretty close second.

4. i spent a good chunk of time in boston last month (and this month!) seeing my amazingly strong friend whitney. she was in a terrible car accident and has been such a trooper during her healing process. we’re all so lucky it wasn’t worse and i’m so grateful i get to still visit her and she’s up and about these days - her strength is incredible!

5. i FINALLY got back to lowell to see my guys kick st. mikes’ butts in basketball and visit with some of my favorite former coworkers and friends. it was so nice to be back sharing nachos and laughs postgame and a completely different experience to be able to walk around socializing during the game instead of keeping stats and working hard!

6. i had lots of great catchup visits and even a special visitor (hi danielle!), but somehow neglected to take pictures of most of them… anywho, here’s a shot from dinner with my OTHER family :)

i hope you’re all having a fantastic february and that i don’t take forever to post next month’s recap! so far, this month has been filled with loads of work and will have lots of travel coming up (nyc! boston! lowell!). i need to start planning some trips outside of the northeast…



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