It’s a new soundtrack
I could dance to this beat
The lights are so bright
But they never blind me
Welcome to New York
It’s been waiting for you– Taylor Swift
My blogging has gotten away from me in the past few weeks! July has come and will be gone very shortly. It’s been an exciting month nonetheless… Turning 18, preparing for Italy (I’ll be flying one month from today!!!), being in Florida, picking blueberries, going to Boston and New York (tomorrow). Eating delicious food. Here’s some recaps of this month…
My parents and I had a great night in Boston last weekend. We took a bus from Nashua, NH into the city (South Station) and stayed at a Marriott on Sunday night. It was a gorgeous day to celebrate a special birthday, and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it with anyone else. We relaxed on a lawn outside of our hotel, shopped on Newbury Street, and ate dinner at Piatinni. It seemed only fitting to enjoy an Italian dinner for my birthday! It was exquisite cuisine. We thoroughly loved each bite of mussels, shrimp scampi, lobster ravioli, and scallops (not to mention cupcakes)! On Monday, I had my highly anticipated appointment at the Italian Consulate. As my grandpa said, “I was quite wired.” Luckily, I had everything I needed, and my visa arrived! It came on Friday, four days after my appointment. I am officially going to Florence!
My mom came home on Friday, and we both picked my dad up from the bus stop. Afterwards we enjoyed a picnic on the Manchester Green. As you can tell, it was a healthy and delicious picnic! Naan bread, berries, carrots, and prosciutto. We were going to go to the Arlington Carnival; however, I got a call from Jacob that his dad had forgotten his car keys in Florida. So the two of us drove in his car to Albany and back. The trip to Five Guys for burgers and shakes made it worth it!
I ran my first 5K with Fayla this past Saturday. It was a warm day, but we ran early in the morning. I was proud to have finished in 30:50 minutes, despite having to slow down because Fayla’s legs started cramping! It was a great experience and for a good cause– Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Pre-run breakfast (resulting in no cramps):
- Berries (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
- 1 piece of naan
- 1 cup of water
Last night my grandparents, Jacob, and I took part in a longstanding family tradition- going out to a ball game. It was a wonderful night to watch the Valleycats take on the Lake Monsters. I found myself rooting for both teams, but the Valleycats pulled off the win during the bottom of the ninth inning. The game lasted a full 3 hours, but we still had time for ice cream at Moxie’s afterwards! I’ve loved going to the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium to watch these baseball games with my grandparents for as long as I can remember. I hope we can make it to another one before August 25 comes around.
In addition, I’ve been doing my freelance writing and working at the inn and my internship at MJG Interiors. Check out some of my recent work:
Several of my articles have been published on FlockU and SOCIETY19. Read about the upcoming season of “Bachelor in Paradise”, encouragement for going out to see a play this summer, my original must-know recipes, and thoughts we all have on the beach.
The fact that I only have one month left at home has hit me in different emotional waves. I’m excited. Nervous. Anxious. Those who spend a lot of time with me may describe me as ‘cranky’ too right now. There’s lots of change to come, and it’s challenging to cope with. However, it’s good change. I’m ready for something different, and my nine months in Florence will be unforgettable and life changing.
I met with my daycare person, Stacy, this morning for coffee, and we caught up on the past 18 years. She reminded me that life’s full of different chapters, and every adventure is a new chapter. Chapters end differently, and there are twists and turns. It’s important to embrace those.
I can’t fight the change that’s to come or make time slow down or speed up. I can, however, make the best of my time left at home. This means not stressing too much, packing gradually, and spending time with my closest friends and family. There will be tough goodbyes, but rejuvenating reunions to look forward to. I hope you can enjoy the last month of summer as much as I will. xo ~e.
Summer is wonderful. Too bad it goes by so quickly! I feel like I’ve lost control of my summer schedule. I went from working once a week to working 5 days a week! I can’t complain though because I am making money that I will need for Florence. My flight is officially booked for August 25! That means there are less than two months home. Two months to savor.
Since I’ve returned from Florida, I’ve caught up on my journaling, worked, and cooked. Saturday afternoon my mom and I went to my grandparents’ house to make them lunch; we threw together classic Vermont grilled cheeses and my delicious summer salad. They didn’t spit it out, so that’s a good sign!
Today and tomorrow my dad and I are visiting my mom at her apartment. Finally! We even brought Kiara and have enjoyed being away from home yet still in Vermont. My mom has an adorable one bedroom apartment. It’s a little tight for all four of us, but we’re making do. We love that we can walk to Price Chopper and Rite Aid. That’s unheard of in our neck of the woods! It’s nice that we can celebrate her birthday tomorrow together. That reminds me– I’ll be turning 18 on Sunday! Can’t wait to go to Boston with my parents and be a legal adult. Fingers crossed on the student visa!
It’s that time when I’m beginning my packing list for Florence. It’ll be hard to squeeze 9 months into three bags, but I’m carefully planning out my packing. Stay tuned!
Be sure to check out my articles that were published today. They made my dad laugh, so I hope they make you laugh too. xo ~e.
I’ve been in Jacksonville, Florida with my boyfriend and his parents for the past 9 days. We’ve been soaking up the sun, observing animals at the Jacksonville Zoo, grilling delicious food, and relaxing– that’s what vacation is all about! I knew Florida would be hot, but summer in Florida is a whole new ball game. It’s been 90 degrees + humidity every day, so it ends up feeling like 100+ degrees. It’ll feel refreshing to come home to Vermont tomorrow. I look forward to wearing sweatshirts and sweatpants at night.
Yesterday was America’s most celebrated holiday: Independence Day. Although this day is meant for proud Americans to honor their country’s independence, many find themselves drunk early in the day and partying throughout the night. I often ask myself Why does this holiday feel so revolved around partying? It’s a question I believe I’ll be asking for the rest of my life.
In retrospect, we enjoyed a fabulous & sober Fourth. We fried like over hard eggs on Jacksonville beach along with thousands of other people for a majority of the day then ate grilled steaks and veggies at our hotel. We returned to the beach later on in the evening to watch annual Fourth of July fireworks. I’ve never experience watching fireworks on the beach, and I quickly realized that it is magical. The beach itself is a haven, but watching fireworks while squeezing Jacob’s hand, listening to the waves of the ocean, and feeling the sand run between my fingers and toes is something else.
The fireworks were the best I’d ever seen. They lasted for a full 30 minutes and ended with a very grande finale. We were extremely close to the fireworks; they were set off on the pier that was a mere one hundred feet away from us (the pier itself was much longer). That’s the same pier where we watched fishermen haul a small shark out of the water earlier in the week.
Fireworks will always be exciting– no matter what age. Being so close to them last night brought me back to watching them as a young child at Willow Park in Bennington, Vermont. I was so terrified of them then, and I clearly remember sobbing while my mom carried me away from them. I’m glad I can enjoy them now, but that is a very vivid memory of my childhood I can appreciate.
Aside from watching fireworks and celebrating the day with friends, I thought about how far America has come in its history. There have been many battles fought in order for America to become its own country, and since then it has experienced constant change (for better & for worse). Something that will not change is that America will forever be my home; it’s where I grew up, where my family is from, and where I’ll always return to. We as a country have a long way to go in terms of learning. We certainly are not perfect, for we face many struggles and issues; however, there’s an abundance of aspects we can be grateful for as Americans. Freedom may be the most relevant one these days. xo ~e.