Thursday, July 13, 2017

What I've Learned About "Home."

In case you didn't know, Ryan and I had been house sitting at my parents' place while they visited my sister in Europe. Well, we are finally back into our humble little abode after two weeks of "living in luxury" complete with our own pool, grill, and even horses in the backyard...and we miss house living already. Even though it took a couple of days to get adjusted to our new routines (horses fed and let out, check the radar to make sure the horses wouldn't be caught in a bad storm during a Target run, bringing the horses back in for dinner before eating our own, staying up until 11 to feed them again), I think we both really enjoyed spending time there. So much so, that I didn't even really miss our apartment at all. And I love our little apartment.

For some reason, I kept thinking about how that could be. Even when I visit my parents back at home, after a day or two, I'm itching to get back to the familiarity of our place, back into our routine. So why wasn't that the case now?

That's when I had a bit of an "a-ha!" moment - it's true what everyone says: "home isn't a place, it's a feeling, it's who you're with." Our apartment might be where we live, but my home is wherever I am with Ryan and our fruit loop pooches. I didn't miss our apartment because everything I needed to feel "at home" was already with me. It's wherever we can set up shop with our nightly television shows, or cook dinner together, or talk about our plans for the future, or scratch our dogs above the tail (their fave). 

I can't sit here and pretend that I know everything about life and relationships, but I think it's safe to say that if you ever have that feeling, where it be with your boyfriend or girlfriend or friend or cat or goldfish, you're on the right track. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

This Summer Looks Like...

This summer looks a lot like double rainbows after a hellacious thunderstorm; blonde hair tinted green because going swimming just isn’t any fun without getting your hair wet; sweat dripping down my back after being outside for two minutes because living in Florida is comparable to living in Satan’s underpants (hot & humid AF); 22 oz. mimosas and avocado shrimp toast two days in a row; late night swims and underwater handstand competitions; cheddar cheeseburgers and Publix garlic butter mussels and Philly Swirl ice pops; breweries and endless games of crazy 8’s; leaving schoolwork until the last minute because sometimes making proper summer memories has to take priority, you know?

 What does your summer look like so far?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Simple Moments | June 2017.

1- My first official ramen bowl with my sweet friend Jen. It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and we didn’t have an umbrella. We both drank water and ordered the same duck bowl and talked about love, change, friendships, and where our lives were going.

 2- I spent that same Saturday night tweaking my resume with wine and hummus as I began to apply for hospital externships. Externships don’t always guarantee a Clinical Fellowship Year offer (A.K.A. my first job out of graduate school), but I tried to think of each application as a potential job opportunity…color me stressed.

 3- My good friend Kaitlin moved back home to Rhode Island this month, so one (again, rainy) Sunday afternoon, we drank margaritas with breakfast items at Green Lemon, jumped in and out of local boutiques, ate gourmet popsicles, and continued the margarita fest at bartaco. On this day, I let myself forget about all responsibilities back at home and just enjoyed my last outing with one of my favorite partners in crime.

 4- Lighting up one of my new mason jar twinkly lights courtesy of Costco on yet another rainy morning. Rainy summer mornings are the best mornings.

 5- Einstein drinking one too many beers after a ruff day.

6- A perfect St. Petersburg sunset after taking a brew bus around Tampa Bay.

 7- Whilst on a hunt for the perfect pair of denim shorts, I finally tried on the infamous white Madewell v-neck…and it didn’t disappoint. Having said that, I still didn’t buy it because I’m cheap and I like my $6 v-necks from Target. In this moment, I also really appreciated my hair and all it was doing (for once).

8- A quick photo opp with my mom & Ryan’s mom before the whole fam went out for dinner one Saturday night. I’m so lucky to have both of these strong, beautiful women in my life (and it helps that they absolutely adore each other!). 

 9- A quiet moment after dinner on our first evening of vacation.

 10- A 6:30 a.m. sunrise on the East coast…

 11- Followed by a sunset walk, although does the sun really even set on the East coast?

 12- Our first dinner together while house sitting at my parents, complete with a Porterhouse steak, Caprese salad made with fresh basil picked from my mom’s gorgeous plant, and my favorite 90-second rice.

What were some of your favorite simple moments in June?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saying Goodbye to 25 | What I Know, What I Don't, and What I'm Still Figuring Out.

I'm finishing up this blog post from the crisp white bedsheets of the hotel room we'll be spending the next three nights in over on the East coast of Florida in Jupiter. I've spent the last week super stressed out trying to get all the school things/work things/life things done prior to Thursday morning so I could truly relax and enjoy our little mini trip for my birthday (on Saturday!) and I have the breakouts and eye twitches to show for it. Really.

As difficult as it is to unwind in the middle of the summer semester, I'm going to do my best to unplug a bit, forget about school (mostly), and enjoy some time off. In the spirit of turning 26 on Saturday, I've been doing a tad bit of reflecting on where I'm at now vs. where I was last year (or the year before, or the year before that).  As I say goodbye to 25, I thought I'd share a tid bit here about what I still don't know how to do (no shame), what I'm still figuring out, and what I think I've got a good handle on:

Things I Still Don’t Know How to Do

How to change a tire. I mean, how do you even really learn this if you’re not in the dire situation of actually having a flat tire? RIGHT?
Vacuum. (Ryan said this one – I 100% know how to vacuum, but my skills are clearly not up to his standards).
How to drink enough water. My S’Well bottle is helping, but I’m pretty sure that I’m dehydrated about 90% of my life. Not something I’m bragging about – just something that is still a thing for me, even at 25.

Things I’m Still Figuring Out

When to quit while I’m ahead. In conversations, in school, in everyday situations.
How to take everything one day at a time. Being a human is kind of weird. We tend to overthink things – to worry and stress out about the future, something that we truly cannot predict. I still find myself hopping on to a mental hamster wheel, wondering what my next move will be, how to prepare for it, how I’ll feel about it in five years or twenty. Sometimes I wonder when this is going to change, or if it ever will.
My own personal style. Why can’t stretchy shorts, bralettes, and loose fitting t-shirts be appropriate attire for literally everything? I donut get it.

Things I’ve got a handle on

Knowing that it’s impossible to be friends with everybody. There are some people in life that you will just never connect with on a legitimate friendship level, whether they’re coworkers or friends of friends, and that’s perfectly fine.
Understanding that love is something worth fighting for, but you shouldn’t have to often. In fact, you should hardly have to at all. I’ve had several long term relationships, and while I’m a firm believer in “to each their own,” I’ve come to find that I thrive the most in relationships that don’t harp on conflict.
How to keep a straight face whilst negotiating. Whether I’m buying a car, dealing with overages on a hotel bill, or just plain ol’ trying to get my way (ha! It happens…), I think I’ve finally mastered the art of the raised eyebrows and neutral yet stern “NOT TA-DAY” voice and matching facial expressions.
Picking my battles wisely.How to get on Ryan’s nerves (another “cute” comment from the peanut gallery).
Making a bomb dot com margarita at home.
Planning vacations.
Knowing what I want to do as a career. Kinda…still have to narrow down the setting, population, etc. But you knowww, we’ll get there.
 Hard to believe I’ll be 26 in just a few days, but I’m not all that worried about getting older. Beats the alternative, doesn’t it?

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