October 20, 2014

Fear of the Unknown

There are things in this world that I'm afraid of.  Silly things like spiders and subway rats, but also big things.  Uncertainty and things out of my control are scary.

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Last year, we made a big decision to leave the motherland for a new adventure far away from home.  We have had the greatest year and I'm afraid of what will happen next.  Will we return home and settle down like people want us to?  Will we continue to have this amazing adventure?  There is so much uncertainty in our future and that is scary.

The biggest lesson that I've learned in the last year is that you can only plan so much, sometimes you just have to let life happen.  When you do that, sometimes it can lead to the greatest things.  So every morning I wake up and just face the fact that the future is uncertain.  I'm learning little by little to embrace spontaneous moments when I can.  I still keep lists upon lists of to-do's and plans, but I'm learning that life isn't always going to do what you expect and that isn't always something to be afraid of.

Happy Monday everyone.  Get out there and be a little weird today.  Live on the edge.  I might eat ice cream for dinner tonight and just be a little spontaneous.

Helene in Between Blogtober

October 19, 2014

Mountains Make Me Happy - Northern Vemont

There is a long list of things in the world that make me happy.  I love dogs, my husband, my friends, my family, food, and the list goes on and on.  I'm only going to focus on one thing today.  Mountain vacations.


The mountains are so amazing and beautiful.  I covered our adventures through southern Vermont in this post from last week, but today I've got more mountain pictures to show you from the second day in Vermont.



Our first step was to Killington.  We wanted to check out the ski resort and the surrounding area.  It was sort of a scouting trip for our winter ski vacations this year.  We took the gondola to the top and hiked a short way to the summit.  The views were amazing.  Green Mountains as far as you could see.


After leaving that pit stop, we drove up Route 100 for a few hours.  That was such a beautiful drive following the river north.  We stopped to buy maple syrup from a roadside stand.  We stopped to take in beautiful waterfalls.  We passed through so many quaint little New England towns.




Our final destination of the day was Stowe, VT.  Obviously we had to take a quick detour to the Ben & Jerry's factory.  We visited their flavor graveyard and the gift shop - we did not do the entire tour.  We also stopped for a snack at the Trapp Family Lodge on the other side of the hill from our resort.


We stayed at the beautiful Stowe Mountain Lodge that night.  It was a gorgeous hotel and we were upgraded to a gorgeous suite.  We will be back there in the winter at some point.  I wouldn't mind a longer trip in the summer as well.  So much beautiful scenery to take in and enjoy.



The Green Mountains were beautiful and quaint.  The little towns we explored were lovely.  This was our second time for Vermont and were not disappointed.  My dad had told us that he loved Vermont and would describe everything as "quaint" and he was correct.  It just felt like New England is supposed to feel (whatever that means.)

We woke up and headed to New Hampshire next and that was by far the most beautiful part of the trip.  I'll get those pictures up soon.  In the meantime, I'll just be dreaming about the mountains and plotting my return.

Helene in Between Blogtober

October 18, 2014

A Secret about Lobster

I love secrets when they are happy secrets - like surprise engagements or babies.  I don't love secrets when they will eventually hurt someone.  I would rather not be involved if it has to be a bad secret.  I have a secret to share with you today.  It's really more of a confession, but I feel weird telling anyone.  I'm not sure why because it's perfectly normal.

I did one of the things on my 30 before 30 list and didn't love it.  I thought everything on that list would bring me so much joy and happiness - even the things I was a little afraid of.  Not this one.  

On our recent road trip up north, I ate Lobster in a nice restaurant right on a little harbor in Camden, Maine.  I've had Lobster rolls before and bites of Justin's fresh Lobster in Boston (but I was a little tipsy and didn't remember if I liked it.)  Turns out, I didn't love the texture, I didn't love the butter, I definitely didn't love or even really like the tail.  The claws were good, but I didn't love them.


What a silly thing to keep a secret, right?  I feel like I'm doing a disservice to the northeast by not being Lobster's biggest fan.  

Now that that is off my chest, I will share with you my favorite meal of the entire trip.  I tried a Fried Clam Sandwich thanks to the recommendation of the old man sitting next to me in a bar in Portland.  Justin ordered a Lobster Roll (that was amazing by the way.)  It was from a little food stand in Kennebunkport.  We will be back there.  It was the best food we had all week.


Also, my apologies if you were looking for something a little juicier today.  I don't really have too many secrets :)  But you can go see what other people linked up for "share a secret" day.

Helene in Between Blogtober

October 17, 2014

Favorites on Friday

It is Friday and I have a lot of favorite things today, so I'm linking up with Amanda to share them.

Favorite Read - I'm a little behind in my blog reading, but I saw this post from Steph about Ways to Define a Day and I loved it.  I love taking a second at the end of each day to reflect a little and these questions are perfect.

Also, I have to say that I've been loving catching up on the Blogtober posts.  There have been a few days that I haven't stuck with the prompts (like today), but I love the different takes on some of the questions.

Favorite Picture - One week ago, we were enjoying the last morning of our vacation with a sunrise over the ocean.


Favorite Song - Shut up and Dance

Favorite Recipe - this Corn Chowdah Mac & Cheese.  We ate it a few days this week because it made a ton and we all know that mac & cheese is so good as leftovers.

Favorite Moments - We love when people come to NYC for work because it means we can usually squeeze in a happy hour date with them.  We had one with our newlywed friend Lacey on Wednesday at the Bryant Park Grill.  It was so fun to catch up and hear all about their wedding.

One of our good friends bought his plane tickets to come and visit us the week after his birthday which means we get to celebrate with him for a whole weekend.

I had a 2 hour long FaceTime with one of my best friends last night.  She just got back from a 19 day European adventure and I was so excited to hear all about it.  I'm also glad I convinced her to send me all 800 pictures she took because that will give me some entertainment later today.

Favorite Purchase - A little surprise for a friend far away that should be delivering next week.  Also, we are shipping some thank you packages to our fathers for helping us get through all of our house drama last month.

Hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend.  We will be taking in another Broadway play with our friend, Jen, and possibly a day trip up the Hudson Valley to do some hiking or exploring since the weather is supposed to be warm and beautiful.

October 16, 2014

That One Time I Posted about Fashion

As much as I love dresses because they are the easiest thing in the world to throw on, I'm excited to get the colder weather clothes out.  Hats, boots, sweaters and leggings mean not having to shave your legs, paint your toe nails and be careful of what colors look weird with your pale skin.

I'm hopeful that my next Stitchfix includes some maroons and dark blues because those are great fall colors.  But after I looked through my pictures from our vacation last week, I realized that gray is probably my number one color for the colder weather.  It's as good as black but adds a little variety in - plus it looks good with every single color of the rainbow.  Plus, I have a small white dog that sheds and gray hides those little white hairs better than black.

What's your go to color for fall?