February 28, 2014

Problems... Everyone Has Them

#stephsworldproblems are real... for me.  In some people's opinions, this might be even more ridiculous than first world problems.  Here are a few that happened this week:

This happened on Twitter.

Yep, I distracted my husband with Cadbury Eggs and our favorite Pizza and IT WORKED.  But I also realized that it's a problem when I have to bribe my husband to not care about the frivolous purchases I have made this week.  Yep, I ordered a case of wine, a new pair of Tom's and possibly some other items we'll attempt to hide.

Another problem is twitter while I'm watching things I've recorded.  I love skipping commercials but it always makes me a little behind the people that are "live tweeting" things.  Shouldn't I just stay away from Twitter?  Yes.  Do I?  No.  Damn Survivor.

So, I got to go see JIMMY FALLON LIVE on Tuesday.  In case you missed that, read all about it.  Now, I see the tweets about his show and feel super left out.  That's crazy, but it's really happening to me.  Just call me, Jimmy.  I'm here waiting.

Sometimes my dog (Quincy) looks at me like I'm the most obnoxious and weird person on the planet.  He really knows how to make me feel horrible.  #rude

I'm ready for a new look for the blog... it's like a disease.  I need to win a free design or something because I can't keep changing my mind every month or so.  I know I'm not the only one with this problem.

I cracked my damn iPhone screen.  Well, I didn't just crack it... I demolished it.  New phone on the way.  I can't believe I made it this long and dropped it as often as I did, but when it happened (damn thing vibrated right off my desk onto the floor) I was shocked and horrified.

I ordered my unicorn shirt from the magical Whitney and I have to wait now.  I would like it now.

I need to get out and make some friends in this lovely corner of the world.  This whole adult friendship thing is soooo weird.  I feel like I'm dating again.  Uff da.  Makes me feel a little homesick and also a little pathetic.

So I'm actually a pretty positive person, but sometimes I feel the need to complain about ridiculous things.  Good news is that it is FRIDAY.  So, with all that negativity out of my system, let's jam.

Take your good vibrations and go visit Queen of Yoga Pants & Backing Azz Up, order a Unicorn shirt and jam out.  Enjoy your weekend.

February 27, 2014

A Little Quiz Action

I missed out on the last one of these that Erin did, so I'm happy to jump onboard today.  Also, I feel like I'm going to be shunned for never watching Sex & the City.  I just never really got into it... also, I'm cheap and I don't pay for HBO and never have.  Whoops.

I have someone wonderful joining me on the blog today.  Her name is Brooks and she blogs over at The Handey Way.  Back in October, I got the chance to chat with her about her wedding here.  Now that she's settling in to newlywed status, she's back on the blog today answering some questions.  I love hearing about other marriages and what makes them tick.  It's so interesting how different relationships can be from one couple to the next.  That would be my social sciences degree talking.

What is the perfect date for you and your hubby?

Brooks: Since I married a penny pincher, real dates are few and far between and only happen when I beg.  I've since become thrifty as to what we call dates.  Usually our favorite kind of date is picking up a good meal and watching our favorite shows.

I loved this answer because when I read her latest blog post (Good Wings), it is clear that it's something that helps them wind down even after a tough day.  I would say that dates are anything you do together that deviates even a little bit from the normal routine.  It's fun to get a little creative and surprise each other every once in a while.

Now that you've been married for a few months, what advice/warnings were you happy to receive before your wedding?

B:  We had a lot of advice before we were married, a lot of unsolicited advice that is.  But, I have to say our rector told us one piece of advice that I truly loved, "It seems as you two are a perfect balance for each other, and as you grow together, you will undoubtedly change.  That's not to say you won't be in balance anymore, but know you will have to fight for each other, everyday."  The key point I picked up on was to always fight for each other, no matter what.  Fight for our betterment, fight for our future.  Marriage isn't always seen through rose colored glasses, so to know that we both are willing to fight for it is why we are apart of each other's lives.

I think that's great advice to hear while you are heading into marriage.  Fight for each other is always important.  My advice is to pick your battles.  I bite my tongue sometimes and usually it was something so stupid that I've forgotten about it an hour later.  Those are wins in my book. 

Has life changed now that you're married?

B:  I get this question so often, and each time I laugh.  My reply is always, "Nothing has changed but last names and rings on fingers."  Because that's the truth.  We lived together before we were married, so we had an idea of what we were getting into.  The only thing that is different is the fact we are legally bound to each other.

I love that question and the next one too.  If you aren't married yet, prepare yourself to hear those weekly for the first year you're married.  My stock answer was "it keeps getting better and better."  

Do you get the "when are you going to have babies" question daily, weekly or monthly?

B:  Luckily, I make it pretty known that children, as of right now, are out of the question.  With our nomad lifestyle, I'm totally opposed to bringing another family member into this household until we are more settled.

I find it so interesting that people assume that your immediate next step is having children and that question always comes up.  We got it for at least 2-3 years and then people just gave up.  We haven't ruled out children, but we are having so much fun being married and I hate having to defend that decision.

Tell me something that marriage has taught you.

B:  Marriage has taught me to be more aware.  I have become more aware of myself, how I act and treat others, especially N.  There are some days where I can't help my feelings, especially during that time, but I am more aware of how I am.  Being married to N makes me want to be better, in all aspects of life, and in that I am more aware of who I am and how I want to change things.

See friends?  Isn't she the sweetest?  You can read more about her adventures around Texas, her addiction to technology (because let's be honest, most of us understand that) and 13 things you should know about her.  Plus, she also recently started designing for other blogs and you can check out her page called Two Oaks Design.  Go show Brooks some love.  

Also, please fill out the quiz above and link up.  I love reading other people's answers.

February 26, 2014

I've Fallen for Fallon

It happened.  It was better than I could have ever imagined.  I fell harder in love with Jimmy Fallon (and so did my husband.)

Let me go back to Friday afternoon of last week.  I checked the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon page like I have every day for the last few weeks to see if the April dates were available yet to make reservations.  I missed out on the first month & a half of shows and I did not want to miss April.

Quick side note: You can get standby tickets the day of the show, but if you know when you're going to be here or live near NYC, make reservations!!!!!!  Also, don't plan on taking any pictures or even having your phone out during the show.  

When I clicked on the calendar, I saw what I thought was a glitch because it was showing sold out on all dates except 2/25.  Now, I knew that this wasn't the case on Thursday when I checked.  I clicked on it and next thing I knew, I had 2 reservations for the show.

We quickly got ourselves the afternoon off for Tuesday and there was a lot of screaming and giggling happening.  Apparently when I get super excited, I do push-ups?  My husband was so confused.

Fast forward to today, we got done with work and left for the city around 1.  If you end up going to the show, go to the NBC experience store at 2 no matter what anything says.  We sat in the 3rd row and it was all because we got there at 2.  The line wasn't too bad, but be prepared to be standing around for a while.

Once you have your tickets, you are free to go until 4 so we got some food and dessert and did some people watching.  4:00 came and we found the gold escalator and were starting to really get excited.  We got inside and after another 1/2 hour standing in line, we were seated in the freaking 3rd row right in front of the Roots.

The show was amazing.  Jimmy Fallon is so fun to see in person.  The Roots are amazing.  Paul Rudd is freaking adorable and Shaq is the most gigantic human being I've ever seen.  The stand up comedian, Hannibal Buress, was hilarious.  My face hurt from laughing and my throat hurt from cheering.

We saw show #0007.  How cool is that?  Plus, they did the VERY FIRST LIP SYNC BATTLE on the Tonight show.  That is one of my favorite things he did on Late Night and we got to see it live.  So amazing.

Jimmy Fallon is a true professional and will have a great career in this business.  He seems genuine with all of his guests, his audience and his staff.  It was really fun to see the whole thing happen.  I would recommend this show to everyone.

All I have to say is that you are lucky I didn't get these tickets a month ago, because I would have talked about him every damn day.  I'm still floating around my apartment because it was the best day ever.  However, I am trying to deal with the fact that I don't have another date with Mr. Fallon lined up, but we did touch hands.  I guess taking it slow is best.

February 25, 2014

I Have Spring Fever

We did something amazing last weekend.  We became members of the New York Botanical Garden.  It was on the list of places to check out and once we got there and realized that the membership is the same price as two visits for us, we decided that it would be totally worth it.  I'll do anything to help cure my spring fever.

There is something magical about stepping into a conservatory in the middle of winter and being smacked in the face with the beautiful smells and the super humid air.  We went early on Sunday morning and we had the place to ourselves.  It was just what we needed to help deal with our spring fever.

The orchid show starts in a few weeks and I'm beyond excited to get back to see the lovely flowers.  If you live in the area, go check it out.  Hope you're all surviving the cold.  Spring is coming - I swear.

Also, reminder to watch Jimmy Fallon tonight.  I'm going to be there hanging out with my BFF J. Fall - aka, I will be dying of sheer happiness.

February 24, 2014

An Almost Perfect Weekend

I had a weekend that actually deserves a Monday morning recap.  Here is a list of all the things that made this weekend almost perfect:

1.  The weather.  50 degrees in February is perfection to me.  The sun was shining (don't worry, I had sunscreen on) and we spent as much time outdoors as we possibly could.  And the time spent inside included views like this one.

2.  I met Carly Rae Jepsen.  OK fine, I didn't meet her, but I did see her as Cinderella on Broadway and she did fantastic.  We also were lucky enough to see Fran Drescher perform as the stepmother.  Such a good date night.

3.  We took the dogs to a new dog park and Lola discovered a new love for playground equipment.

4.  We enjoyed beers (and there might have been a shot of fireball.)  OK, there was shots of fireball because we were celebrating our awesome weekend and we discovered that our shot glasses were different sizes which earned us an additional shot from our lovely bartender.

5.  We found a parking spot in Hoboken.  This is something we've been failing at since we moved here, so we were beyond excited yesterday when we actually found a spot on the street near our final destination.  

6.  I bought 2 new BBW candles for $22.  The apartment will smell like tropical places in no time.

7.  I actually ran this weekend.  Plus, I discovered that my buddies, Samantha and Nikki, are using the same app I am and we are all starting at the same time.  This means I have a much better chance at sticking with it.  Oh and whoever added fans to treadmills is my new best friend.

8.  We had a scheduled Saturday morning FaceTime date with one of our best friends back home.  I think living far away would be much harder if I wasn't able to see my friends weekly via my iPad.  Now, I just need to get them to all come and visit.

9.  We made an ice cream/candy run to CVS last night and I don't feel bad about it.

10.  I GOT TICKETS FOR JIMMY FALLON (well, kind of).  Yes, that happened on Friday afternoon.  I've been watching the website like a freak after losing my opportunity to get March tickets.  When I checked Friday, they were showing openings for this week!!!!!!!  I think we snatched up the only 2 spots that they had.  I have a 1/2 day Tuesday now so that I can wait in line and get myself a nice red chair to watch my favorite person LIVE in the flesh.  I will probably cry if they don't let me in, but I'm trying to prepare myself for that since they overbook the shows.  Wish us luck and set your DVR's.  I'm sure I'll be talking about it a lot more this week.

So, there you have it.  An almost perfect weekend.  Things that would have made it perfect include french toast, a family visit, the USA men's hockey team winning a medal, winning the lottery, world peace.  You know, the usual stuff.  Now, it's time to prepare for the cold that is coming back.

February 20, 2014

Just Life

That is my new favorite scarf.  Those are also the funny lines around my eyes when I'm cheesing out in front of the mirror.

I got my first Stitchfix.  That's a big deal for me because I have forever bought all my items from Old Navy, Target or Gap... maybe J Crew if I found something neutral and on sale.  Everything in my closet is black, tan or boring.  The idea of this website is brilliant (you can learn more about it here).

Clearly, you'll notice that the big issue is the whole taking pictures thing.  I'm no fashion blogger which means I don't know what to do about this.  I'll get better or I'll bribe my husband with sexual favors chocolate to take pictures for me.  In the meantime, here are the 3 things I kept and I'm in love.

Sorry, those pictures suck and I promise I'll get better.  But, aren't you proud that I'm posting non-iPhone pictures on my blog of random today?  You are welcome (even if the one above is a little blurry.)

In other news, we got our first plant for our apartment.  I kill almost everything, so we started with pot full of Cacti.  I love them and I really feel like this time I'm going to keep them alive and well.

My husband bought me this bathtub gadget from Target.  I think it's fantastic.  Candy, wine and magazines in a bathtub with Lush bath bombs exploding goodness everywhere.  I think I could get used to this every few weeks.  Also, I love the picture on the front of the box that shows some classic novel, cucumber slices and a tiny pour of wine.  Not quite my life.

I love that I saw rain outside my window, but I also hate being teased by spring.  I'm OK with another few weeks of winter, but I can't have the skies playing games with my heart.  None of that wishy-washy shit.  Go spring or go home.

And to end this most random of random posts.  Here is what Lola & Quincy have been doing this week.

Yep, she was in the middle of talking to me and so she looks possessed, but I love her lots and lots.  So that's life right now.  Tell me about your weather, your life or my favorite - tweet me a picture of your dogs right now - @stephgobviously

Happy Thursday.

February 19, 2014

I'm the kind of girl who...

I'm the kind of girl that didn't write a blog post last night because I was drinking wine for National Wine day and being awkward at Blogger Happy Hour with Whitney and Erin.  So, here is my lunch time contribution to my blog.

I'm the kind of girl who…

Takes ridiculous pictures because I have no idea what to do with my hands, my face, my legs.  And then I post these pictures for the world to see.  I'll never learn.  Also, it's clear in the picture above that I rarely put make up on or do my hair.  

Wears pajamas in public more often than I should.  I moved from a house with a yard to an apartment with a dog park.  I refuse to get dressed in normal clothes just to let my dogs out to poop.  I am phasing out my ridiculous, neon colored PJ pants so I don't draw as much attention to myself.

Cries while watching certain TV shows, but keeps it together in real life sad situations.  Seriously, Parenthood gets me every damn time.  Big old tears people.  It's bad.

Says stupidly awkward things the first time I meet people.  I get nervous and then I try to be funny and that usually just comes off as weird.


Has to use the same kind of pen all the time.  They are the best and I refuse to use anything else.  When I couldn't find them at Target anymore, I ordered them from Amazon.  Yes, I ordered pens online.

Thinks Disney World really is a magical place.  

Gets extremely animated when watching sports.  There is so much yelling and jumping up and down.  I try to stay away from most televised hockey games because it gets out of control.  The USA vs Russia hockey game last Saturday was so much fun to watch and at one point, I was standing on the couch.

Had no problem drinking a beer at 9 AM with my husband while watching that hockey game last Saturday.

Wonders what other people think of me often, but more because I'm curious, not because I have any intention on changing myself.  

What about you?  Do you think I'm weird?

February 18, 2014

Be Inspired

This weekend, I did a little Q&A over at one of my new favorite blogs, Avoiding Atrophy.  She asked me who/what inspired me.  Why is that question so difficult?  I could say something that I feel would be a little cliche like Gandhi - duh, he inspires everyone.  So instead, I answered "everyone." Well, I used more words than that, but that was the best answer I could come up with.

Once I hit send on my email to her, I thought about that answer and decided to spend my Friday morning taking notes on the things that inspired me in the Kansas City airport.  Literally, middle America at 5:30 AM the day after winter storm Pax cancelled nearly every flight in and out of the east coast.

I just sat and observed what was happening around me.

On the shuttle from the hotel, there was a dad that was desperate to get home to see his daughter's dance recital.  No complaints that those recitals are 85 hours long, he was just genuinely excited to see his daughter perform and take her out for pancakes on Saturday morning.  Engaged parents = inspiring.

In the security line, an elderly woman gets selected for random screening by TSA.  She's pretty confused on what is happening and I quietly watched the TSA agent explain the whole process to her and show her exactly what was going to happen and why they did that.  She was happy to do what they needed her to do once she understood.  Patient TSA agents = inspiring.

A middle aged woman sitting next to me in the terminal laughing super loud about her convention that week.  She had stayed at the big end of the meeting party until after midnight dancing the night away.  She said it's been a while since she let loose like that, but she can't wait to do it again.  Then she showed me the disco ball necklace she was still wearing.  Hungover dancing queen excited for round 2 = inspiring.

A 3rd grader going to New York City for his first time ever with this parents.  It sounded like he had memorized every trivia book about skyscrapers that you can find on the shelves.  He was most excited about getting to the top of the Empire State Building.  Smart, excited kids = inspiring.

I could go on for a while, but I'll get to my point.  When it came time to board my plane, I had such an awareness of the people surrounding me.  My flight was overbooked and they needed volunteers to give up their seats.  It was Valentine's Day and there weren't any other flight options open until 12 hours later.  Up at the ticket counter was a couple that looked frantic, but I wasn't sure the story.  I watched a solider head up to the counter and volunteer his seat.  The couple started to get really excited.

I couldn't just sit there, so I went up to the counter to see what the deal was.  In the end, I walked away with an airline voucher and a ticket on a different airline for that evening.  It turns out that couple had their flights cancelled the day before due to the storm and they were trying to get on a cruise ship to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary… and it was Valentine's Day.

The little tiny woman pretty much attacked me with a hug.  She was beyond excited that they would be able to get on this flight and hopefully make their connection in Philly to get to Florida to jump aboard the Love Boat cruise ship and sail away to happiness.

This whole series of events made my day so much better even though I was possibly sitting in the KC airport for 12 hours.  The couple celebrating 40 YEARS of marriage = inspiring.  The solider returning from deployment that gave up his seat to hang out in KC one more day = inspiring.  

The story ends really well because I ended up getting on a flight a few hours later thanks to standby and I made it home around the same time - voucher in hand.

I really feel like I challenged myself to be inspired by everyone and I walked away having one of the best days ever.  Coincidence?  Maybe, but I'm definitely going to do this more often.

What inspires you?

February 17, 2014

My New Addiction

These damn quizzes that are floating all over Facebook have sucked in so much of my time lately… but I don't hate it.  I love every second of it.  I feel like I'm learning all about myself.  Do these really even have anything to do with who I am as a person?  Let's take a look at some of the results I've received recently:
Take this quiz here
YES!!!  I've always wanted to be sassy and witty.  Truth is, I don't think I'm really all that "pro" at "throwing shade" but I appreciate someone at least recognizing my efforts.  I'm not really "SO over it" because clearly I can't stop and I won't stop…

Take this quiz here
OK, good looking?  I'll take it, but all the other stuff?  I guess I could own up to some of it.  I wasn't aware that a quiz asking me my favorite color would be able to tell me things about my chin that I had never noticed.  Don't mind me if I spend the next few minutes looking at my chin in the mirror.

Take this quiz here
 Damn!!!  Some how the internet has discovered that I'm actually not the most talented singer.  These quizzes are seriously impressive.  They've also figured out that my husband is as handsome as David Beckham.  It might be time to be afraid of how intelligent these websites are.  Until they are exposed, I'll put on my little black dress and flaunt my husband all over the place.  #bitchesunite

Take this quiz here

So, this probably shouldn't surprise anyone.  She is my favorite princess in all of the Disney world.  Clear goals?  Yes, I'm pretty sure I have those.  Hopefully, my heart is made of gold.  Fingers crossed on that one.

Take this quiz here
Well this answer makes me really happy that we are planning our April trip there, because according to this quiz, it should feel just like home.  So many of my friends are getting Minnesota as their state… shouldn't I get the same answer?

Take this quiz here
All I see on this answer is "ninja-Jedi moves" - sold.  This is totally me.  I'm starting to realize that these online quizzes are absolutely the most accurate things since the game of MASH.  I made my husband take this quiz and he received Ron Swanson and that is 10000000% accurate so there is more proof.

I conclude that I'm hard-working, married to David Beckham, good-looking, confident with a heart of gold.  I think that is pretty much right on.

I wanted to take one final test so I decided on this one.  I knew it couldn't be perfect.  Stupid Saved by the Bell.  I may be the boss, but this is just bullshit.

I'm over it though.  Take these quizzes and tell me who you got.  Also, please start calling me the "big bopper."  Belding Out.

February 14, 2014

All You Need is Love... and Lola

One of my favorite songs about love is the classic from the Beatles.  I listen to this song probably more than any other.  I love it on Valentine's Day because like I said yesterday, I love listening to everyone talk about love.  Vomit, puke, whatever - but it's true.  Not all the super romantic stuff, but the real life every day stuff that people love about each other.  I enjoy an awkward romantic comedy way more than a Nicholas Sparks movie (sorry, not sorry.)

And then I found this song a few weeks ago and obviously, I love this too.  You're welcome world.

But, more importantly than Valentine's Day, is Lola's birthday.  She shares a special day with the famous dog that lives with Queen Yoga Pants.  She is 8 years old today.  She is better than anyone in the world at cuddling.  She waits patiently every evening for Justin to sit a certain way on the couch (he has to put his legs in the shape of a 4) and then she climbs in and settles down and can sit there for hours.

She always sleeps under the blankets next to me.  We've had dog sitters that we forgot to warn and they were so confused when she stood next to their faces, stared at the blankets and cried until they figured out that she wanted in.

When we adopted her, we had no idea what she would be like when we got her home.  There had been signs of abuse and she seemed terrified of males.  She still has her moments with the barking and being protective of me now, but she is our amazing little 10 lb girl.

I can't wait to get home and kick it with her after a week of being away.

Hope you have a great Valentine's Day weekend and if you don't feel like celebrating a day of love, feel free to celebrate a day of Lola.

Venus Trapped in Mars

February 13, 2014

We're both Weird

Welcome to a big, fat LOVE fest about my partner in crime.  It's almost Valentine's Day, which doesn't really matter to me, but I do love all the talk about love happening in the world.  Oh hey bandwagon, don't mind if I catch a ride.

I love that every relationship is different.  I love being married.  He is my bestest friend.  So, why do we work?  Here's the first few things I think of:

Routines.  I love that we have certain routines that allow each of us independence and a little alone time.  Quiet weekend mornings in our household are heaven.

Challenge.  We are constantly bouncing ideas off each other (especially since we work together) and it is awesome to have someone give you honest feedback because they care about you... no other agenda.  Plus, there are so many things I have only tried because he was cheering me on.

Candy.  There is no such thing as buying a candy bar for yourself.  I always grab him Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and he always grabs me a Caramello.  This goes way beyond candy.  When one of us grabs a "treat yoself" gift, we grab one for the other person.  It's like Valentine's Day every day.

Boundaries.  We have the same ideas on what's appropriate in public (for us).  We aren't public kissers.  Doesn't really bug me when other people are extra affectionate, but I'm glad I didn't marry the guy that wants me to feed him and hold hands every minute.

Road Trips.  We have the most fun when we are in the car together.  We sing loud duets, play ridiculous car games and dream up all kinds of wonderful adventures.

Patience.  I'm not patient.  He's always patient.  He knows when to push and when to leave me be.  I probably don't tell him enough how much I appreciate that.

I think I could list another 20 things, but instead, I will sum it up with this quote which was featured on a Christmas gift from my brother & his girlfriend - they know us so well.  We're weird and it's amazing.
Now go read about other love affairs with Bonnie and Taylor.

February 11, 2014


This morning I cried in the car while getting on to the George Washington Bridge.  There was an ambulance pulled over near the toll booth and there was a man laying in the road.  It wasn't a car accident, but you couldn't really tell what happened.  He was moving, but not much.  There was cars honking and people getting frustrated in the morning traffic and there I was crying and hoping that someone would be able to meet him at the hospital and help take care of him.  I said a little prayer for that stranger this morning and we drove on.

It isn't too often that I talk about sad things or really serious things on the blog, but they happen every day. I'm a pretty positive person and I tend to look for the good in everything, but sometimes, you just have to be sad for a minute and accept the reality of a situation.

Sadness is a private thing for me and I'm sure I'm not alone.  That is why it's important to remember that everyone has a story and you never know what's going on behind the scenes.  If you are having a positive day, help pass that on to someone else.  Buy the coffee for the person behind you in line, smile at the person passing you on the street, hold the door for someone with their hands full.  To someone else, that could help make their day a little brighter and it didn't make yours any harder.

It is Random Acts of Kindness week.  If you've never been on their fantastic website, click here.  I get a daily dose of their ideas for a simple act of kindness via their Facebook page.  It's worth checking out.

I know the South is bracing for another storm tonight and I thought it was great that the website shared these heartwarming stories.  Be one of the good people today - you never know who in your path might need a little extra sunshine.

February 10, 2014

Lovermont (Smuggler's Notch Trip)

A few weeks ago, we learned that one of our best friends was heading out east for work and would have an open weekend to meet us somewhere.  Since my husband hasn't been able to break in his new snowboard yet, it made perfect sense that we plan a ski/snowboard trip.  We picked Smuggler's Notch, VT because it was ranked #1 in the east for resorts by Ski Magazine and we found a pretty good deal to stay at the resort.

We left on Thursday morning and other than the constant work emails/phone calls on our trip north, the drive was amazing.  Vermont is incredibly beautiful.  Another state we had never been to, but we will be sure to return soon.

We passed through some beautiful little towns and some rolling hills up to Burlington.  That is a really cool town.  We walked down by the lakefront before picking Katie at the Burlington airport and heading to the resort.

The resort itself was perfect.  The village included a few restaurants, a few bars/pubs and tons of activities going on.  The snow was perfect.  We had heard that the east coast snow would be similar to the Midwest, but that was far from the truth.  We had fantastic conditions when we hit the slopes on Friday.  My favorite run was Upper Chilcoot on Madonna Mountain.  The view at the peak was amazing and the run was long and windy and wide open (on Friday at least.)

We took a beer break (or two) and explored the world of #goggleselfie which is a great hashtag on Instagram - if you are missing mountain fun, check it out.

Other highlights of our trip included the fantastic craft beer that we were able to enjoy (and maybe a shot of fireball), the jam band that played at our resort that would go right from Ben Harper to Shaggy without a pause, my run in with a dog sled team on a nature walk Saturday morning, our Sunday morning breakfast in Burlington, Ben & Jerry's and our trip to the Vermont Flannel Company.

Before this trip, Vermont meant Green Mountains, covered bridges, Ben & Jerry's, Maple Syrup and Burton Snowboards.  Now, there aren't even words to describe my love for this little corner of New England.  I can't wait to get back.

Have you even been to Vermont?  Where are your favorite New England spots?