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Cabin Fever.

I don’t think I’ve ever suffered from such terrible cabin fever. Every winter I deal with a bout with it. I think most New Englanders do. It’s cold. It’s snowy. There isn’t as much sunlight.

On the positive side, at least the sun is starting to set a bit later now. At least when it’s out it does.

But after being buried under over six feet of snow in just 2 weeks, I can officially say that my cabin fever has hit an all-time high.

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I’m not a snow bunny. I don’t enjoy skiing. I’ve never been snowboarding, but I’m guessing I’ll have the same feeling towards it as I do skiing. I don’t mind playing in the snow, but I don’t like getting wet and cold. The only thing I really like about snow is taking pictures in it.

I am thinking about buying snowshoes. Just to give something in the snow a try. Who knows. Maybe I’ll find a winter activity I’ll actually enjoy.

Needless to say, I’ve had enough of winter. I’m over the snow. I’m over the arctic cold that seems to follow every storm (can we say windchills below zero at least once a week?). I’m over wearing eight layers of clothes no matter where I go.

During yesterday’s storm, where we got another 18 inches, all I wanted to do was get in my car and drive somewhere. Now I know that would have been stupid, and not feasible, but that’s how bad my cabin fever was. So I continued to get some work done from home, all while trying to imagine being in a warmer climate.

Cabin fever can be an adventure in itself – think The Shining. Thankfully, I’m not at that point, nor would I ever, but I’m definitely to my breaking point with it. I’m trying to conquer it. I’m trying to get myself into a more consistent workout routine. I’m taking advantage and reading more (if that’s even possible). I’m trying to relax more.

Cabin fever just makes me cranky, with zero motivation. So the above tasks seem even harder than normal. I pretty much either want to:

a) Run around in the sunshine (clearly not happening anytime soon.)

or

b) Sleep until spring. Hibernation sounds like an excellent solution at this point. Now I know why bears do it.

But I’m definitely feeling the burn. And am anxiously awaiting the snow, and the cold, to stop. I don’t think it will be happening anytime soon though. We’re due for another storm on Thursday into Friday, with the potential for blizzard conditions.

Sigh. This is definitely the winter that won’t end. Can we please just have a break from the snow and cold? Like one sunny 40 degree day is all I’m asking for. That’s it!

Is anyone else suffering from horrible cabin fever this winter?

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Let’s Have Coffee and Chat! {1/20/15}

I’ve been doing a lot of just general writing on here. I’ve been trying to focus the blog more as a place to be creative and less about my daily life. But, since the purpose of this is to be a glimpse into my world, I figured I should do a coffee date post on occasion.

So grab a coffee, tea, water, whatever your drink of choice is (I’m drinking black coffee as I write this) and let’s chat!

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If we were having a coffee date I would tell you….

Wedding planning has begun. Well, it begun nearly two years ago as we tried to decide where we wanted to get married. Once we came to a decision, we had to wait until we had some extra money for traveling. Now with our trip to Las Vegas in just over 2 months (weeee!), we’ve been busy booking appointments to see venues. We’re super excited and can’t wait – both for booking our wedding, and spending a week in one of our favorite places!

I’m completely over the cold weather. I know, it’s winter. And I know last week, I wrote how it doesn’t feel like winter because we haven’t had any snow. But let me tell you. We certainly have had the cold temperatures. What have I realized? We can certainly have winter without snow. But having a bit of snow would be nicer, and make the cold a teeny bit more tolerable.

I bought a new camera (!!!). I hesitated to do it because it was a lot of money to spend, but I needed to do it for the business. I needed to upgrade to provide my clients with even better images and my Etsy shop with better images. I literally am counting down the days until it arrives. The shipping says it will arrive Thursday, January 22nd, so looks like I’ll be playing with a new camera this weekend!

I threw my back out this weekend. Again. It’s a bit better today, but still hurts to sit for too long or move a certain way. I’m more annoyed. Just as I’m getting back into an exercise routine, I hurt my back. I wasn’t even doing anything – just bending over.

And….

THE PATRIOTS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL I’m excited. You better be too (if you’re a Pats fan of course!)

Have a great Tuesday!

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It’s Sunny……

And if you’re a New Englander like me, then you know what a huge deal this is.

It literally rained for almost 3 days. Roads are flooded. Rivers are flooded. Parking lots are flooded. People’s yards and basements are flooded.

My car was not thrilled about driving through giant lakes in the road yesterday morning.

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But it’s sunny out. Just not slightly sunny. Like full out, no clouds in the sky, let’s get sunburned sunny.

Normally Tuesday would be a barn night for me. Unfortunately, I woke up with a very stiff and sore back. Ugh. Looks like tonight I’ll be doing some serious stretching. Also planning on taking a long walk outside and just enjoying the beautiful weather. My work is right next to a long rail trail in town and I’m thinking it would be perfect for tonight. I’d like to run a little bit too, but we shall see how the back holds up. I’m dying to hit the pavement with my running shoes instead of being on the treadmill. Let’s just say I’m ready for the heat wave outside.

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Okay, it’s not that hot out. But right now, 50 degrees will feel like a heat wave.

 

My Goal: Just to Have the Time of My Life

TGIF! Happy Friday all!

We’re finally getting some spring-like weather up here in New England (complete with what may be some early April showers monsoon type weather). And by early, I mean essentially the entire last few days of March. At least it will be in the 40s… except for Sunday. Which will be in the 30s. Have no fear, spring appears to be on it’s way!

All I can say is…we better have a LONG HOT SUMMER. I won’t even complain this year if we get multiple heat waves. I will bask in it. Seriously.

So with spring and summer finally on it’s way, it got me thinking about my goals for this year – the things I want to accomplish so I can look back and remind myself how the spring/summer/fall of 2014 will be one of the best years yet!

1. Learn to Paddleboard – I live by the ocean. I should at least learn to do something water related (besides swim of course. I’ve been able to do that since I was a kid!). Paddleboarding just looks like so much fun, while being a great workout, while enjoying the summer weather. Thankfully, Sierra works at a Paddleboarding place in the summer and said she will teach me. Hooray!

  1. Run a 5K – I’ve been saying this for probably 5 years now. Maybe even longer. But for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I can stick to training and learning how to run. I am totally getting a runner’s high when I run now. Even when I’m sucking wind after just a couple of minutes. After I’m done, I feel like a new person. And I can’t wait to do it again. This time, I’m sticking with it. Hopefully tonight, I’ll be hitting the road for the first time since it will be close to 50. Got to build up the stamina there since I can’t run a race on a treadmill!

A few spring/summer/fall options for 5K’s in the area are:

  • Flag Day 5K – Saturday, June 14th (It benefits the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldier Assistance Fund; I grew up with his family. It also falls 2 days before my birthday. Which would be an amazing experience to finally reach a goal before my birthday!)
  • The Nate Bibaud 5K – Saturday June 29th
  • Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K – Tuesday, July 29th (it’s during Yankee Homecoming, a Newburyport tradition)
  • 25th Annual Apple Harvest Race – Sunday, October 5th

Who knows! Maybe I’ll be so ready by June I can run all of them. However, I’m just going to go with the flow and know that I have at least 4 ahead of me that I could do! Just need to keep up the training!

  1. Travel – Last summer, we took a week off and basically just hung around and took in the sites close to home. This year, I want to travel. I hate flying, but I love visiting new places. We’ve already planned at July trip to Rota, Spain for 10 days to visit my best friend and her husband. A fall trip is also in the works so we can celebrate the other half’s birthday and start planning our wedding (HOORAY!!!). I’m also hoping we’ll get to do some fun weekend trips, as long as money allows!

  2. Enjoy Every Minute  – I feel like every summer goes by in the blink of an eye. Suddenly it’s September and I’m looking back wondering where the hell the summer. Come September this year, I don’t want to look back and wonder where it went.

  • I want to look back and say ‘That was the best summer ever.’ I want to spend time at the beach, or by the pool, and attempt to get a tan (I burn usually… I’m Irish).
  • I want to take long walks in the summer evenings, or the early mornings, before the humidity sets it.
  • I want to have campfires and gatherings, and endless nights that we will talk about for years to come.
  • I want to be outside as much as humanly possible.
  • I want to travel around with my camera and create a personal portfolio I will be oh so in love with.
  • I want to have the time of my life.

 

 

 

 

What’s On My Mind Wednesday [3.26.14]

We’re going to go right in to What’s On My Mind Wednesday today – hope you like the new graphic!

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  1. MH370 – It’s been on everyone’s minds recently. I’ve been watching the reports, and as much I knew in my heart that the plane went down, I hoped for the sake of all of those people and their loved ones that it would be found somewhere with all occupants alive. Sadly, it doesn’t appear to be the case. I hope for all those involved, the wreckage is found soon and they can get some answers about what happened. So sad.

  2. Running – My foot pain is nearly gone. I say nearly, because it’s been bothering me a bit the last couple of days. I’m assuming it’s because I’m back to normal activity, but either way, I’m not trying to let it get me down. Last night was the first time in nearly 7 months that I was able to run. I’ve never been a runner, but I’ve always aspired to be a runner. After having this ridiculous injury set me back, I’m more determined than EVER to become a runner.

After work, despite how nervous I was, I hopped on a treadmill and started to warm up. I battled that little voice in my head saying just to walk for 30 minutes, but I knew I had a goal in mind. I at least wanted to see if I could do it; make sure I could do something far more strenuous without pain. And I did it. I managed to run for 3.5 minutes. It was a slow. But I did it. This may have been the longest stretch of time I’ve run for since I attempted Couch to 5K last year. I was shocked that I could actually breathe. Normally when I start thinking to much about my breathing, I panic, thus sending me into full on hyperventilating mode.

I kept up a routine of walk at 3.5 and run at 4.4 the entire time. I think in total I only ran for like 9 minutes. BUT I did it. Even when I wanted to quit because my legs felt so heavy, I pushed myself to do another round.

My quick notes while working out.
My quick notes while working out.

Now to just keep this up and bring it to the streets when it gets nice out.

  1. Weather – Which brings me to the weather. It’s official. I am so sick of New England. Well, I guess just the winter. It’s essentially been winter since November. I’m over it. It’s March 26th and the cape is getting hammered by a blizzard and it’s currently 30 degrees out. I’m sick of wearing my Ugg Boots, and my giant winter jacket and having to warm my car up before I get in it. It’s spring. Warm weather needs to be here… immediately.
This is a river.... not an ocean. Contrary to what it looks like.
This is a river…. not an ocean. Contrary to what it looks like.
  1. Running Sneakers and Workout Clothes – After I injured my foot, I vowed that if I really become a runner, I would get fitted for running sneakers. I want to make sure I never get injured again, at least in terms of my footwear. I’m running in my Nike Pegasus’s right now. I know they don’t have the best support for running, but for what I’m doing right now, they are perfect. And comfortable. And that’s what matters to me. Hopefully by summer I will get fitted.

I also realized last night that while my ratty old ‘Washington DC’ t-shirt is perfect for walking and the elliptical, it sucks to run in. It was totally drenched in sweat, and I’m pretty sure it added 10 lbs on to my already heavy frame (essentially the 10 lbs I lost already!). Needless to say, tonight I’ll be trying one of my UnderArmour tops – hopefully that will help!

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  1. Thinspo and Social Media – A hot topic around the blogosphere right now. Eating disorders are so prevalant and even more so now with social media. #Thinspo and similar hashtags are common on Instagram, but Instagram makes sure to have a disclaimer up about eating disorders and how to get help. I’m very impressed that social media sites are now trying to help those who are battling this. This very idea is what helped come up with the ‘Growing Up Alex’ series. She has an amazing story to tell, and I wanted to be bring awareness to it. I’m proud of her for telling her story and I hope you check it out. Part 3 will be up on the blog tomorrow!

I guess that’s it! Not too much on my mind this week.

Happy Hump Day my friends!

Is winter over yet?

I’m just going to be brutally honest here.

I’m friggen done with the cold weather. DONE.

I know it’s still February, but March is right around the corner. It should be warmer. I blame the nearly 50 degrees we had last weekend for making me feel this way. If you’re not going to stick around, then don’t show up at all.

Maybe I’m over-reacting a bit. I live in New England. It’s cold in the winter. And we have long winters. But this year, it seems like it’s never going to end! I religiously check the 10 day forecast in hopes of a 50 degree day popping up, but now I’m ready to give up because it’s just too depressing.

I want warmth. I’m not asking for 80 degree warmth, just warm enough that I don’t have to wear 15 layers every time I want to go outside. I mean seriously, I’m done looking like Randy the from ‘A Christmas Story’.

This post from ‘Buzzfeed’ pretty much sums up everything I feel about this winter. Every phase I’ve gone through, and probably will go through.

All I can say is enough is enough.

Mother Nature, please be kind and bring us some warmer weather… for good.

Fall in New England

I’ve decided. Fall is in my favorite time of year in New England. There is just something about the change in the air, the beautiful colors and the fall foods. Pumpkin flavored everything (coffee, muffins and bread just to name a few), fresh apples and apple picking, hay rides and driving around aimlessly on a perfect Fall afternoon, camera in tow, capturing the feel and essence of what it is all about.

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I had every intention to go to a farm stand and take pictures of the gourds and pumpkins, along with anything else that reminded me of fall. Unfortunately, time (and a bad cold) got in my way. I ended up right near my home – at the Artichoke, which made for the perfect backdrop for an hour of photography. While the colors still aren’t a peak, it still provided that feeling of fall in New England.

Turkey Hill Farm BW

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