Tuesday, January 21, 2014


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Feeling: Grateful for our friends. Chris and I just returned from a weekend trip to Rochester, NY where we met up with Jen and her sister Amy, Kev, and the girls. It blows my mind that we've known each other for six years already, and Chris and I are so thankful to have them in our lives. We realized that Rochester is almost exactly in the middle of Pittsburgh and Albany, and it's a relatively easy drive for us (relatively, only because we can't seem to go anywhere without having some sort of issue - this time our windshield washer fluid froze up, the car's hood wouldn't stay latched, and we almost hit an already-dead deer. Ridiculous). We explored Rochester a bit, ate good food, and worked on a special project together. The perfect weekend. I'm really excited to share the photos soon!

Excited about: Taking more weekend trips. One of our shared goals this year to is really take advantage of where we're living. We've explored outside of Pittsburgh a little bit, but not nearly as much as we should. I'm itching to get to Canada this summer, especially. I haven't been since high school. I'd love to see Niagara Falls and visit Toronto. And I want to explore West Virginia and Pennsylvania more, too.

Dreaming of: Summer. In a big way. And not just because this winter has been especially brutal. After going home for the holidays, Chris and I have been scheming of taking a longer trip back to this summer and maybe renting a beach house (and bringing the cat! because nothing goes better together than water and cats!). I can't stop fantasizing about walking barefoot down a sunny dirt road on my way to the ocean.

Anticipating: The next few weeks. We've had a relatively quiet and slow start to to the year, which I've loved, but I'm ready for a little more action. I finally dragged myself back to the gym this week (and learned my lesson: taking a month and a half off hurts), and this weekend is the post-holiday party at my job. I can't believe that January is almost over, but I'm feeling really good about how this month has gone.

Working on: Going to bed earlier.

Failing at: Going to bed earlier.