Monday, December 5, 2016

We're Engaged!

It's official! Roger and I got engaged on November 13th!

We've had a lot of really perfect weekends lately, with beautiful hiking and leaf peeping and meals out, so I think it's pretty funny that before getting engaged, we spent an otherwise completely normal weekend together. Saturday was all about running errands, and on Sunday, we went up to Northfield for the Darn Tough sample sale and brunch with James and Emily and some of their friends. In the afternoon, we went to our first meeting of the West Fairlee Community Club, a social club we joined after moving here.

In the evening after dinner, we started talking about how now might be the right time to get engaged. We've been talking about it for ages (I really wanted to get engaged last winter in India, and we picked out the ring together this summer), and after talking about it this weekend, the timing felt perfect. Roger asked what my favorite memory of our relationship was, and I talked about the shooting star we saw when we first starting dating back in 2004. It was so bright and fiery, and although we were in a little group at the time, no one saw it but us, and it's something I've often thought back on since then. Sunday was the night before the supermoon, so we'd spent some time gazing at the moon on our drive that evening, and it felt like a sign from the stars.

Since then, we've been slowly telling our family and friends, in person when we can, and it's been so nice to see how excited they all are for us, even if they expect us to have the whole wedding planned out already. When we finally announced it on Facebook a few days ago, the outpouring of love from everyone there was overwhelming! Although by this point we've been together for a substantial portion of our lives, I'm so excited to finally be marrying this person I've loved so deeply for so long. This feels like the exact right next step, and I can't wait for it, and for all the happy memories to come afterward.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hiking in Holderness

On Halloween weekend this year, Dave came up from Boston and stayed at our place so we could catch up and try a little bit of hiking in New Hampshire. We (incorrectly) expected him to be late, so we ended up being the late ones to meet him, since we spent most of that Saturday running errands and finishing up the last of our storage trips. So, Saturday was a little shorter than it could have been, but we enjoyed a nice meal at Harpoon Brewery and then Roger and Dave played a board game while I literally dozed off at the table.

On Sunday morning, we took a longer drive out to Holderness, NH to do a little bit of hiking on Squam Lake. The first trail we took, the Old Bridle Path up West Rattlesnake Mountain, was super short and had a really gorgeous pay off at the top:

It was a pretty ideal hike for anyone who wants a fast, relatively easy hike to start off with, and would be a nice spot for a picnic, if perhaps a little crowded at the top.

Since it was such a quick hike, we ended up walking down the other side of the mountain via the Pasture Trail and then did the Five Fingers Point loop before taking the Undercut Path back to the parking lot.

After the hike, we had a late lunch at Walter's Basin, which we thought was going to be a real dive bar, but which turned out to be a pretty nice and very tasty restaurant. After that, Dave made his way back to Boston, and we headed out on back roads to get home.

Definitely one of my favorite weekends since moving to Vermont! I can't wait to explore more trails this winter!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dartmouth Homecoming 2016

Do you know that I have a serious love for tradition? It's true, even though I went to a decidedly untraditional school. You can read my laments about Sarah Lawrence not having enough campus tradition from 2007 me here.

So, one of the things that most appealed to me about coming to work at Dartmouth was their love of tradition, and I was quickly able to participate in that history during Homecoming this year, which was a delight. On Friday and Saturday mornings, I staffed the Baker Tower tour group, and helped bring alumni and their families up and down to see the newly renovated clock tower, and it's incredible view.

And, it was pretty neat to see the backs of the clock faces. All of the material for the restoration was sourced in the United States, and much of the work was done by hand. It's a pretty incredible thing to have witnessed, and I'm really glad to be able to see the copper before it oxidizes!

It was also really cool to see the bonfire being built during the days before Homecoming. It's really quite the feat of engineering that it's able to safely burn so tall!

And of course, seeing the first years running around the bonfire was a blast. It was so warm even outside their circle that I have no idea how they managed to do it for those 20 laps. Troopers, all of them.

I'm so glad to have celebrated my first Homecoming (even if we lost our football game to Harvard), and I can't wait for many, many more!

Monday, November 28, 2016

1966: Truman Capote's Black and White Ball

I've been mildly obsessed with Truman Capote's black and white ball since I first started reading Capote, back before high school. It's 50 years ago today, and so it makes sense, I suppose, that Roger and I are planning our first major party: our wedding. Makes sense, too, I suppose, that I fawned over Nothing Left Unsaid and The Crown this month, wanted to buy a mansion.

Happy 50th anniversary, Truman. I suppose all your prayers were answered.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hearty Thanksgiving Greetings

I've been looking over some of my older holiday posts, and I realized how deeply similar all my holidays have been for most of my life, and what a great comfort I derive from that. Cases in point: I've dressed up as Amelia Earhart every Halloween since 2007. Thanksgiving without Friendsgiving feels just a little more dull. And my Christmas Eve dinner has hardly changed in three decades. Especially since things are changing now at what feels like a breakneck pace, these touchstones help make the years feel coherent. They tie a bow on the year, bringing it to a close.

This year, like last, I'm looking forward to spending this last, dark month of December in gratitude. I hope you'll join me.