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2018 Adventures

June: Ogunquit with All the parents!

Yes, you read that correctly. We went away for the weekend with my parents and my husbands parents. We stayed for three nights, they each stayed two nights, and we had one night overlapping where we all hung out together. It was fun! Seriously, we had a lovely time.

plaque made by my talented father-in-law

view from our room

walking the beach

July: Metfern Cemetery

There is a cemetery sort-of hidden in the woods behind my husband’s great uncle’s house, and we look for it with my mother-in-law during the July 4th cookout. Last year, we just got lost in the woods. But this year, we found it! It’s a collection of numbered graves from residents of the Metropolitan State Hospital and the Fernald School. There’s actually been an ongoing project to give names to all the numbers, and you can read about it here.

view of the cemetery as we emerged from the woods

July: Winery

Sometimes we go to the winery with my cousin, Julie and our friend, Lily and they always want to take a picture and they always looks amazing and I always look like this:

I don’t know why I can’t look normal

August: Sullivan Sibling Summit

My mother-in-law has a million siblings (just kidding, she has 9 siblings) and this year they planned a reunion and it was AMAZING! As a family, we rented an entire hotel on this golf course in New Hampshire. My husband’s uncle showed us around an abandoned train station in the woods at night. We found a great fabric store just down the street. 10/10, would go again.

our room had this cool fire exit / back entrance

the whole family minus one cousin

August: Clark’s Trading Post

We popped in for a quick visit on the way home from the family reunion to relive growing up.

the bear was not amused

September: Cousin’s Wedding

My cousin got married! I don’t know why I didn’t take any pictures of her or with her, but I did take these other pictures so that’s what I have to share.

just some tree

Norm & Kerry: wedding dates for life

me & a different cousin, with guest appearances by: another cousin and my aunt!

October: Disney 2018

Because we went at the very end of October, we got to see and celebrate Halloween, enjoy Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, and saw the start of Christmas. We figured out that if I take a nap every afternoon, I don’t turn into a zombie at 8 pm. And we went on Soarin’ 4 times! Because the line was very short!

obligatory People Mover selfie

Candy corn ice cream!

I eat a lot of ice cream

found my sister-in-law

always making friends with the ducks

2018 had it’s trash moments, but we had some fun times. See you tomorrow, 2019!

2013: a Review.

I started 2013 with a fantastic list of resolutions, and  it turned out to accurately describe my year. OOPS! So for my only post this December, I’m going to reflect on those “goals” and offer up a year-end review.

1) Eat More, Exercise Less.
-I didn’t run or roller blade or bike ride or promise to partake in a 5k and I spent almost no time at the beach this summer even though I bought a beach sticker. I did walk a lot with Stephanie but only until it got chilly outside aha. Then she tried to convince me to join a gym with her and I responded with a sad face and hoped she wouldn’t bring it up again. I ate so many hot pockets that I hot-pocketed myself out. I ate a lot of pizza and a lot of mac&cheese. Om nom nom. SO GOOD!

2) Don’t leave Massachusetts.
-While I didn’t make it to California or NYC (as I secretly aspired), I did visit Vermont a half dozen times. So many times, in fact, that I made new friends (multiple), on top of one of my very best friends (acquired at college. Read: go to college, make best friends).

3) Reading Goal for 2013: 1 Book.
-I finished 3. So while I tripled my goal, it was a pretty pathetic goal and nothing to be proud of.

4) Drink more Soda.
-I think I drank about the same amount of soda. Although my dental hygienist did suggest I cut down drastically, or limit soda to meals instead of for a breakfast snack, for the sake of my teeth. Yeah, I didn’t do that.

5) Run Desert Sand into the Ground.
-She died. And allegedly went to the car graveyard down the street from my house but I’m going to check into that. Her replacement, Green Car, has no problems to report (yet). And because I was determined not to be swindled, I made out very well when purchasing her. I’m not saying my actual salesman loved me, but I left happy and that matters more. To me.

6) Continue to Live with my Parents.
-Success! The only child, and oldest child, still bunkered down at home. Yes, my brothers make fun of me. Yes, it makes it hard to bring random men home since I’m not allowed to have boys in my bed. And yes, I’m basically obligated to watch Panda whenever my parents go out. But at least the rent is cheap? (SO CHEAP!)

7) Spend Frivolously.
-I started aggressively saving this year. Then my car needed replacing and my savings went with her. Then it took me a couple of months to get back on track, with insurance and excise tax and all that jazz. But I’m back on track, and only a dozen new dresses later!

8) Neglect The Tragic Whale: Blog & Shop.
-So, this happened. I shut my shop down during the winter, spring, and summer. I haven’t blogged, really blogged, in months. This was never my intent. My sincerest apologies to any readers left.

9) Dress Down, Every Day.
-Uhm, so there was a span of time where I wore the same pair of jeans for 3 weeks without washing them, and with visible food and smutz on them. Coupled with sweatshirts I pulled out of the bottom of my laundry basket, AKA the place I hide my sweatshirts from myself when they really, really, REALLY need to be cleaned. Because they have spaghetti sauce or chocolate or salsa down the front. It was a rough year.

10) Allow the World to Crush Me.
– Success! I already said it was a rough year (see above sentence). And for a while it literally felt like a great pressure was pushing down on my shoulders, which made it hard to breathe and then sleep and then think. But with my world-class crew of doctors I was able to get everything in check! Even though I was being pushed down, I pushed back. So I guess, in the end, I won.

BAM! In your face, 2013!


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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