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September 22, 2017

Today is the first day of autumn, and the forecast is calling for sunshine and high-70’s this weekend, but the past few days have been windy, dreary, and drizzly.

We’ve been getting back into the comfort food swing of things – picks of the week have included chicken pot pie, meat loaf, and pasta e fagioli.

So I thought I’d remind you that I have posted a bunch of my favorite recipes over on my recipe page. I get a lot of recipes from Pinterest and various blogs, as most people do, but these are my go-to recipes.

Have a great weekend!



September 11, 2017

On Saturday we drove north to the White Mountains. Destination: Lost River Gorge

Growing up we spent a lot of time in the Whites, skiing in winter and renting cottages in the summer. In my early twenties I was up there almost monthly, hiking and rock climbing. But somehow this was the boys’ first time up. I have only myself to blame.

However, what a way to introduce them to such a glorious place!

We spent a few happy hours walking along the planked path and scrambling in and out of the caves.


September 5, 2017

We had a pretty low-key long weekend. There were three days of school last week, four days this week, so next week is the first full week of school.

In some ways it’s a nice way to ease into the school-year routine. In other ways it’s still a little bit of a struggle.

We’ll figure it out.

Christmas knitting begins tonight – there are exactly 111 days to go. 🙂


August 29, 2017

The boys started school today.

Alistair is in sixth grade, which in our city means middle school. So for the first time in his educational career, he is catching a bus at 7:20am.

Larson is in first grade, so his re-entry was a little easier. Same time, same place as last year.

I can’t believe how big they are.


August 25, 2017

It’s Jimmy Fund season at the office again this year.  I’ve talked in the past about the ways our company is involved with charitable efforts, and how and why the Jimmy Fund is special to us.

Last year we participated in the 10k walkathon, and did a bunch of in-office events to fundraise alongside that effort.

This year we are walking again, although I can’t join. So I volunteered for one of the in-office events: Top Chef.

Each Wednesday in August and September, an employee volunteers to cater lunch for all takers. The volunteer donates the food and their time, the eaters pay $10 each and all of the money goes to the Jimmy Fund.

Here is the menu I came up with:

  • Mac and Cheese bites
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich Bar (barbecue-stewed carrots for the vegetarians)
  • Asian Broccoli Slaw
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Lemon Drop Cake

Our Creative Services department does a great job to make it all look professional.

And voila.

When all was said and done I raised $170 for a great cause, doing something I enjoy doing anyway.




August 22, 2017

You may have heard there was a solar eclipse yesterday. I swear it was hyped up more than the Superbowl!

Nonetheless, we were not going to miss out.  We met up with some friends up in the Fells for the occasion.

We got there a couple of hours early, so we had plenty of time to ramble around. For one thing, we stumbled across a labyrinth.

With four boys in tow, there was no way I was able to walk it as you are meant to, but I made a mental bookmark to come back alone.

We spent a good amount of time at the Panther Cave. The boys immediately went feral and scrambled in, around, and atop it.

Soon enough it was time for the show to begin.

We saw the pinnacle of the eclipse from the clearing around the Tower.

All in all, it was a great way to spend a summer afternoon, even without an astrological event.


August 17, 2017

I’m not one to wish the days away, for the most part; I really try to balance my deep and abiding love of listmaking and planning with a certain amount of living in the moment.

With that said, this summer has really zipped past.

The boys go back to school in less than two weeks, so there’s planning involved there – school supplies to buy, haircut appointments to make, and so forth. We need to get them back on the school-year bedtime and wake-up schedule, which is bound to be harder than I would like.

And once school starts, it’s another whirlwind couple of months until Thanksgiving and Christmas, so there’s longer-term planning involved there.

Namely, knitting.

I won’t start working on anything until the day after Labor Day, but I ordered the yarn for Christmas knitting this morning.

(It’s 130 days til Christmas, just so you know)