Yesterday was the first day of March. After one hell of a February (can we say over 7 feet of snow and bitter cold?), seeing March 1 on the calendar was a welcome sight.
I waited for Sunday all week. That might sound silly, especially since it marks the end of the weekend. But it was supposed to be in the mid-thirties, and sunny. At least that’s what the weather apps and reporters were saying. They also were talking about more snow, but that was going to be overnight, not during the day.
What was supposed to be a sun-filled March day, turned into a gray, cold, this feels like January day. With snow flurries starting by mid-afternoon.
The last day of February felt more like an early spring day than the first day of March.
But like the quote above, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. I can only hope that this quote reigns true this year.
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Ah. Spring. It’s right around the corner. Right? I’m done with winter. I’ve talked about far too many times in the last few weeks (you can read those here and here), and I just don’t want to talk about it anymore. Thankfully, today I’m not going too.
Spring fever hit yesterday. No, we didn’t have temps in the 50s. But they reached a high of 38 in my area, the sun was shining and warm, and the mountains of snow had a little melt. For us New Englanders, after being buried under feet and feet of snow and dealing with single digit temps, 38 feels like a heat wave.
As we were out running errands yesterday, we turned the heat down and cracked the windows as the car filled with the warmth from the sun. The fresh air, while still crisp, was rejuvenating. It provided me with just the right amount of Vitamin D (besides the kind I have to take) to get me ready for the week ahead.
It may be cold today, but for the first time in weeks, we don’t have any snow storms in the forecast, just a snow shower here and there, and while we might have record cold tomorrow, temperatures are starting to rise about 20.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is coming.
I think we moved to the arctic when I wasn’t looking.
It’s cold. The temperature hasn’t been higher than 20 in weeks (okay, days… but still).
It’s dreary and I miss the sun. Like consistent days of just sun. We did have some sun yesterday. And it was warm. I was tempted to lay on the dog’s bed with him and sun myself.
There’s too much snow. We got another foot and a half on Sunday. We now have over 8 FEET of snow on the ground.
I have cabin fever. And I just want spring. Or at least 40 degree temperatures.
But it doesn’t look like winter is ending anytime soon. More snow today. And bitter cold this whole week. So instead of sitting here and complaining about it, I’m trying to focus on the things that are keeping me happy, and pushing forward to spring.
Doing a little local shopping!
I worked in Amesbury, MA for a couple of years. During that time, I never really had a chance to enjoy the shops. So, when I was there for an appointment I decided to stop in one of the newer ones, The Nest. Let’s just say this may have become my new favorite shop. So many incredible items. Including…. the next thing making me happy.
My adorable new carrying case.
My work bag is a disaster. It’s a bottomless pit. So when I saw this adorable case, not only did it make me insanely happy and remind me of spring, but it would be incredibly useful. Hello organization.
Getting my engagement ring cleaned.
It was starting to look a bit dingy! Have I told you guys how much I love my engagement ring? I’m obsessed with it. It’s been two years since we got engaged and nearly every day I catch myself staring at it. It’s so…. me. I just love it.
My Valentine’s Day flowers.
My love surprised me at work with them on Friday. They’ve been opening up and blooming since then, and are absolutely beautiful. Tulips make me think spring, so they are keeping me smiling!
Counting down the days until we leave for Las Vegas.
We’re right around 40 days. I’m so looking forward to warm weather! We’ve been twice before, in 2011 and then in 2012. Our 2012 trip was extra special since that was when we got got engaged. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, at night, overlooking the Bellagio Fountains. Perhaps I’ll write our engagement story one of these days! Needless to say, it’s been over 2 years since we’ve been and can’t wait to get back! I also can’t wait to take pictures with the new camera. The photographer in me can’t wait to play with the lights at night!
One last thing making me crazy happy. My new blog design. I found one I loved. I found one that will really versatile and exactly what I was looking for. There are still a few more changes to come, but at least the base design is done!
I hope you all like it too. I know many of you loved my previous design, but it just wasn’t me. This one is definitely me
Well, my friends, Friday is finally here. It’s been a busy, long week. More snow. The blog outage. The cold.
Let’s just say I’m ready for spring.
But before that happens, I’m going to enjoy the beauty of the snow. Because there is something magical about those big snowflakes falling from the sky and sticking. Unless it’s a blizzard. There isn’t anything pretty about a blizzard.
Let’s begin shall we…
My new camera had finally arrived. I couldn’t wait to get out there and play with it. Learn everything possible about it.
I was thrilled to hear snow was in the forecast for the next day. The first snow of the year. And I was going to be at my home away from home. The barn.
And it was on to seeing what I could capture.
I’ve always enjoyed the first snow of the year. Something about the way the snowflakes fly around and cover everything in a blanket of white. And this day was no exception. And I so happy to have my camera with me to capture it.
But let me be clear. I’m over winter. Just not the beauty of it.
My area is looking at 24+ inches of snow. I was okay with the 6 inches we got on Saturday. It was lovely, and I enjoyed playing with new camera in it. But over two feet of snow? That’s a lot of snow.
I won’t lie. Part of me is really excited. Just like I get a little excited when we get a hurricane or a bad thunderstorm (does anyone else get like this?). I don’t really like bad weather, but there is just something about getting a really large scale storm. But then the other part of me kicks in and reminds excited me that this storm is going to be nasty. Not something to be excited about.
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!
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.
THE PATRIOTS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL I’m excited. You better be too (if you’re a Pats fan of course!)
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I’m having a hard time believing it’s winter. You’re probably thinking “But it’s cold. Like really cold.”
But as much as I despise winter (and the cold), it doesn’t feel like winter because we haven’t gotten any snow. Okay, fine. We’ve gotten an inch here. An inch there. But usually by this time, we’ve gotten at least one major storm that’s dropped more than 8 inches on us. So far, nothing.
Now. Don’t take this as complaining. I’d really rather we don’t have a bad winter. I don’t like the snow. I don’t like the cold. I may be a “hardy New Englander” purely because I’ve lived here my whole life, but I’m definitely meant to be in a warmer climate.
But it’s not winter until we get a big storm. Yes, the clean-up is usually a mess. And sure, big storms can be dangerous. But there is something about being cooped up in your home, curled up on the couch with a good book and big cup of hot chocolate (or tea, or really whatever is your forte during snowstorms). And a heated blanket. Because you can’t go through a snowstorm without a heated blanket.
Another reason – if we don’t get snow, we’re definitely going to be in a drought come spring and summer. And that’s just bad.
So Mother Nature, if you’re reading this, and I can’t believe I’m asking this, but can you please give us a bit more snow? Just for a couple of weeks. By March, I want all the snow gone and the glorious spring like conditions coming in.
And just for the record, I’m only asking because I don’t want a drought this summer. I still really don’t like winter.
We’re going to go right in to What’s On My Mind Wednesday today – hope you like the new graphic!
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.
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.
Now to just keep this up and bring it to the streets when it gets nice out.
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.
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!
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.
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.
2012 has officially arrived. With the arrival of a new year, also means the arrival of new goals and resolutions, as well as new adventures. 2012 is bound to be a year filled with new experiences and I couldn’t be more excited. More on that down the road.
On Friday night, I had an early New Years celebration hanging out with three wonderful girls. It was a nice night, complete with makeovers, tutu’s and dance parties. Each of the girls had a custom-made tutu made by the talented Joanne from Custard Shoppe, and they were not your typical tutu. The colors were so vibrant and reflected each of the girls personalities perfectly. We danced, modeled and just had a fantastic evening.
With the arrival of the new year, I decided to take off on the beautiful 50 degree day and learn more about using my new camera. Today I focused on keeping my camera on manual at all times to have full control of how my pictures came out. While it was difficult and frustrating at times, I did manage to gather some fantastic shots. Needless to say, I was pleased with how the images turned out.
I also tried my hand out at HDR photography. It is tricky, and when done right, can create some surreal and unreal looking images. I was pleased with the result as well, and now know just how it needs to be done.
So bring on 2012 – its bound to be a year full of excitement!