Love and marriage

Over Columbus Day weekend, two ¬†of my favorite people in the world finally got hitched! Ben and Sarah have been together since high school, and I think I can speak for all of our mutual friends when I say that we’ve all been anticipating the actual ceremony since they got engaged three years ago. I had a GREAT time. The pictures can speak for themselves.

My attempt to take pictures of the bridal party

Morgan and I showed up in the same dress…she’s lucky she’s awesome. ūüôā

 

Amy, Alysha, and me! And Darren being a jerk and ruining a good picture with bunny ears.

 

His and hers gnome cake toppers

 

 

 

Catching up

Well, the last few weeks went by really quickly. Welp. I kept meaning to blog…but also kept putting it off.

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In the middle of July I finished work at OPP and transferred to the New Haven Education project. The folks at OPP sent Jacqui and me off right. They even framed our end of service certificates and letters from President Obama for us in really classy frames. I definitely miss all of my OPP coworkers, especially the ones I shared an office with. I don’t think I went a day with out laughing. My year of service with OPP had its ups and downs, and leaving early was definitely bittersweet, but now I can look back with my first AmeriCorps year with pride.

When I transferred to New Haven Education, I hadn’t yet finished a full year of service. To be a VISTA Leader, you need to have successfully completed a full service year. As a result, I worked as a Leader Apprentice of sorts, working on planning out my Leader year. In addition to my Leader duties, I’m handling some of the communications duties for the project.

I also got to visit all of our sites and meet the group of VISTAs. We definitely have a great group for this next year!

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Then came my birthday.  Unfortunately, I had to work, but my coworkers bought me a plant for my desk and threw me a little birthday bash.

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My supervisor also brought me flowers! My friends also treated me right with a surprise birthday, featuring more flowers, cake, and copious amounts of alcohol. Basically, I’m stocked for the next year.

My good friend Carrie also came home from England! ¬†I was so excited to see her after 8 long months. ¬†I hadn’t seen her since New Year’s! Carrie will also be serving as an Episcopalian Service Corps member in New Haven! I love just knowing that Carrie is back in Connecticut. Basically, seeing Carrie was my favorite birthday present!

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I spent the last couple weeks watching the Olympics nonstop (I am in love with Nathan Adrian and Ryan Lochte. And also obsessed with the McKayla Maroney is not impressed meme, but I digress). I also officially started my second term of service as a VISTA Leader last Monday.  I ran my first on site orientation for three incoming VISTAs and I think it went pretty well!

I have also developed a falafel addiction. If you’re ever in New Haven, stop by Mamoun’s on Howe Street. The falafel is to die for. It’s also really cheap. And open to 3:00am. You seriously will not regret it.

TL:DR Life is good and I’m so excited for this next year of service!

I’m going back to the start

So I’m back from a great weekend! My wonderful friend Tina was on the East Coast this weekend, so Sarah, Meghan, and I all met up with her in Worcester! We spent some time hanging out on the Holy Cross campus and¬†reminiscing about our HC days.

There have been so many changes on campus in the year since we graduated! HC got rid of a set of rickety old stairs that my friends and I dubbed “the creepy stairs” and replaced them with a classy cement (I think) staircase complete with benches. The Hogan quad also got a major upgrade.

Say what you will, but Holy Cross has probably the most beautiful campus I’ve ever seen.

¬†I didn’t really take too many pictures of the campus after graduation, so I aggressively Instagrammed the hell out of everything I saw. ¬†I just love showing off my alma mater!

Afterwords, we got Vietnamese! I had pho for the first time, and now I’m obsessed. Luckily for me, ¬†Wallingford recently got a Vietnamese restaurant!

Finally, ¬†only a few days after our visit, Father Brooks, the President Emeritus of the College, passed away. Father Brooks was instrumental in shaping Holy Cross into the school it is today. ¬†He led the way in integrating the school when many other voices were against him, and played a huge part in the school going coed. ¬†Journalist Diane Brady even wrote Fraternity¬†about several black men Father Brooks personally recruited and mentored at Holy Cross, including Clarence Thomas, ¬†Stanley Grayson, Ted Wells, Ed Jones, and Eddie Jenkins. The book is a great read even if you’re not a Holy Cross alum, because Brady showed the school for what it was back in the day, warts and all.

Without Father Brooks,  many of my classmates definitely would not have had the experience we had at Holy Cross.  I never had the pleasure of meeting or taking a class with Father Brooks, but he played a huge role in developing Holy Cross into the amazing Jesuit liberal arts college it is today.

back to the real world

So vacation is over and I’m back to the office!

All in all, last week was a much needed break. I got to spend some time with my friends from home, which was awesome because I’m usually too tired/cranky to hang out after work.

On the Saturday before Memorial Day my friend Alysha had a meat party at her house. We cooked all types of meat over an open flame and enjoyed some brews.  Nothing beats good friends and a warm fire.

This past weekend I went camping FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME on Cape Cod with some of my friends from Holy Cross/the HCGTMB. ¬†I’ve decided that I’m not much of a wilderness/camping kind of girl, but I had a great time hanging out with some wonderful people that I hadn’t seen in awhile. ¬†I met up with my friends Lindsey and Meghan in Harvard, Mass, and then we drove up to BC to pick up our friend Brian.

Johan Santana got the first no hitter in Mets history, after 50 years and over 8,000 games! Unfortunately for me, I was camping with no TV access, and surrounded by Red Sox fans who didn’t understand how exciting this was for a poor old Mets fan like me. I’m so happy that Johan was the one who finally got it! He’s a true class act and an awesome Met.

Unfortunately, we got hit by a huge rain storm on Saturday. We made the best of it by going candle pin bowling. ¬†I was a little disappointed that we didn’t encounter the Cape Cod Bear¬†(the black bear that swam across the Cape Cod canal and has been wandering around the Cape ever since), but all in all, I had fun.

I also got a bit of reading and pool time in last week

Now, back to reality…

Free at last!

  1. I’m officially on vacation for the next week! Well, technically it’s mostly a staycation for me since I’m only going away for a couple days. I had saved up my personal time to use at the end of my service term for job interviews and whatnot. Once I got my VISTA Leader position, I didn’t need to use that time anymore, so I decided to take this whole week off! I’m going to the Cape with a couple of my good friends from Holy Cross from June 1st to June 3rd. I’ll spend the rest of the week running some errands, renewing my license, and generally decompressing. I haven’t had a whole week off since last August, so this week is totally welcome to me.¬†
  2. I’m getting a head start on my summer reading list (translation: finally reading all the paperbacks I bought years ago and never got the chance to use). Right now I’m reading¬†Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live,¬†and a YA novel about beauty pageant contestants stranded on a desert island a-la Lord of the Flies called¬†Beauty Queens.¬† Both are pretty good so far! I’m open to any suggestions! (Sidenote: you can add me on Goodreads if you’re into that kind of thing)
  3. Speaking of books, I love reading on my Nook!  I have both the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Color, but the reading experience on the NST is overwhelmingly better, at least in my opinion. I was an e-reader doubter until I got one myself, and I would totally recommend a Nook to anyone looking for an e-reader.  Plus, I can read in the sun on the Nook. 
  4. I did a 2-hour Zumbathon to benefit my friends’ Relay for Life team on Monday. When I first started doing Zumba, I never thought I would be able to keep it going for this long. I had a lot of fun. I also sweated more than I ever have in my life. And that’s including wearing a marching band uniform in Florida or during the Memorial Day Parade.¬†
  5. David Wright is still being awesome! D-Wright has always been my favorite player since he came up, so it’s great seeing him play so well. He is currently batting .405 and leading the team in other categories. All with a broken pinkie. Well, maybe the pinkie has healed itself. ¬†And Fred Wilpon said David Wright wasn’t a superstar?¬†

Friday Five: How Sweep it is edition

  1. A couple of my friends and I went out to Los Mariachis, a Mexican¬†restaurant¬†in Wallingford, for Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, Los Mariachis is also the ONLY Mexican¬†restaurant¬†in Wallingford. Usually the food and service are great, but because everyone else in town had the same idea as us, the place was packed. We waited 2 hours for a table (I’m pretty sure the host forgot about us). The margarita I had was excellent though. Afterwards a few of us went over my friend Amy’s for more drinks. ¬†We watched the Muppet Movie: I saw it for the first time, and I loved it.¬†
  2. The Mets swept the Phillies in Philadelphia for the first time since 2006! I love when the Mets actually pull off a sweep, and I love it even more when they pull it off against the Phillies! Yes, I know the Phils are without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley right now, but the beating them just feels so good. ¬†Plus, the Mets finally broke out of that rut they were in against the Rockies and the Dbacks. ¬†I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about the rest of this season. Yes, it’s only May. Honestly, I’ll be happy if the Mets play .500 baseball for the rest of the season.
  3. On another note, one of the game highlights on my MLB At Bat app was the Philly Phanatic holding a baby. ¬†First of all, the Philly Phanatic is not deserving of having one of the game highlights. If I was that baby I’d be screaming my ass off. The Philly Phanatic is creepy and is also my least favorite mascot in sports. ¬†He looks like a chicken mated with a creepy green alien. ¬†Mr. Met is a family man. I’d trust him with my kid. ¬†The Philly Phanatic…not so much. Besides being scary, he’s always causing trouble.
  4. I am officially obsessed with Smart Art! I’m writing a couple manuals for work right now, and I’ve been shamelessly using Smart Art as much as I can. ¬†The shapes make everything look way more professional and classy, and they’re just fun.¬†
  5. So I’m finally in the market for a new computer (well, once I get reimbursed my deposit for my wisdom teeth and start my VISTA Leader position). I’m thinking of getting a refurbished MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (depending on what’s available/cheapest at the time). I really don’t need a laptop for much beyond word processing and surfing the web. I also love the Mac OS and the¬†aesthetics¬†of both the Air and the Pro. ¬†And any computer, even refurbished, is better than the one I have now. I’m waiting until July, when my next service term starts, to buy anything anyway (my stipend will be bigger than the one I have now).¬†

thanksgiving eve

Oh blog, it has been far too long since I’ve last posted. In the interim I have made two trips up to Holy Cross (two football games, two wins, and one major traffic jam) and have spent most of my time working, sleeping, going to Zumba classes (!!!), and reading (read: pretending I’m in college still by reading books about Russian history).

Since my last post, I finally ditched my decrepit BlackBerry and joined the iPhone world. I got an iPhone 4 (I’m too broke for the 4S), and I absolutely love it (all the pictures in this post are courtesy of my iPhone). Plus it has come in handy since my laptop is on its deathbed once more–more about that later.

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Two weekends ago my former roommate and good friend Rebecca made a road trip up to HC for the band senior day game. We met up with some other fabulous 2011 alums (Sarah, and my fellow band alums Michelle, Lindsey, and Meghan).

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Holy Cross won, the band sounded great, and I got to hang with some of my best friends. Honestly, I didn’t really pay much attention to the game because I was so excited to see my friends again. At homecoming, I didn’t really get to talk to them as much because I was reliving my glory days playing with the band.

My laptop also met its tragic end yesterday. Well, technically it is only the screen that is broken. ¬†I can use it with an external monitor. I could pay to have it fixed, but I don’t see the point in fixing something up just to have it break down on me again. The computer is four years old–I’d rather spend like 300 bucks on a netbook that has just as much functionality instead of paying just as much in repairs.

Anyway, I am pumped for the next couple days off work. I could use a breather. Unfortunately I missed the powderpuff game today (probably the ONLY thing I miss about high school) because I had to work, but I also got out of work early today which was a total plus.  I may or may not be going on the Wallingford bar crawl tonight, depending on whether or not  I want to see the jerks I went to high school with.

Have a great Thanksgiving, ya’ll!