Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Perfect Vermont Weekend with Molly

Can you believe we live across the street from this amazing swimming hole?

This weekend, Molly came up to visit! It was almost exactly a year since our first big trip to Vermont, so it was great to be able to think back on everything we've done since then! We had a lot to do around the house, so I'm hopeful that she had a good time and we balanced out all our arguing about tile in two separate trips to Home Depot with a few fun swimming holes and trips!

On Saturday, we got up pretty early and grabbed McWhits to enjoy at King Arthur Flour, where we explored all their incredible baking wares and got coffee.

Afterward, we made our way to Strafford to check out the meeting house and Old City Falls, a gorgeous waterfall and swimming hole that was previously the site of the main Strafford town when it was first chartered in 1761.

In the afternoon, we headed down the road to Sweetland Farm, where Literary North was hosting a great poetry reading at Poetry and Pie. I was worried when we moved here that we might not be able to find as much of a poetry community as I had in New York, but there's tons of interesting work happening here and wonderful people to share it with.

In the evening, we did more work around the house (filled up a whole dumpster!) and made a big dinner to share. While we were eating cheese outside, we kept hearing this strange noise in the distance, something I could only assume was a dragon. We didn't think much about it, but on Sunday morning, we woke up to the same sound and saw a hot air balloon landing in the field across the street! It was pretty incredible to wake up to.

On Sunday we checked out another swimming hole, right across from our house, and then did a fair amount of house work and hanging about. I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Blogs

Oh, I miss the days of wedding bloggers! I started reading them in 2009, when my friend Allison got married. She was the first of my friends to get engaged, and I fell in love with A Practical Wedding and the community of smart women I found over there. I'm still in near-daily contact with many of them. It's one of the great joys of my life to have found such a brilliant community all through the power of the internet.

Today, though, no one is wedding blogging but me. I'm sure that's a vast exaggeration, and of course I know A Practical Wedding is still going very strong, but I haven't been reading it much in the last few years, and of course the women I met in 2009 have little reason to blog about their weddings now, eight years on.

I've been re-reading some older entries about marriage and wedding planning from some of my favorite bloggers. They don't, of course, all apply to us (one of the nice things about being an "older bride" as one of my coworkers called me the other day, is that I'm able to let go of a lot of things I know would have caused me stress a few years ago), but they're wonderful and comforting and a little bit of a blast from the past.

If you'd like to join me in a walk down memory lane, here are some of my favorites:

Better In Real Life - Lauren has always told it like it is, and reading her back entries has been such a joy. Now, I really appreciate her being honest about the moment when, upon entering their own wedding, they weren't sure what they were supposed to do, and how awkward it felt. Describing how we got engaged (and frankly, getting engaged) felt so awkward to me, and it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who isn't always sure how to behave in real life sometimes.

The Culinary Couple - Emily recorded their wedding planning process in such precise detail, and managed to make every bit of it sound joyful. This has been one of my favorite blogs for years and years, and the wedding planning posts are a wonderful way to get introduced to this wonderful family.

HitchDied - Robin is hilarious and approached wedding planning with a beautiful mix of empathy and hilarity. She also reviewed wedding movies, which was incredible, and then moved to South Africa after getting married and podcasted from there. I wish she still blogged, but I'm so happy to have her archives!

Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore - E and J basically have my fantasy life, and reading about all the details of planning this incredible wedding was fantastic. I secretly dreamed that our wedding would look just like this. It won't, frankly, but I think I'm coming to terms with that. Life doesn't often look the way we want.

Elefantitas Alegres - Kate actually blogs over here, but she started that blog after recapping her wedding on EAD. It's another one of those beautiful weddings that look nothing like ours, and I appreciate how candid and fun she was about planning, and about their life post-marriage.

Hey Shaelyn - PSYCH! Shaelyn didn't blog about her wedding (that I know about...) but she had this amazing knack for blogging about the coolest stuff in the world. Read it even if you're not wedding planning!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Vermont - July 2016

I can't believe it was only a year ago that we were making our first steps toward moving to Vermont. We went camping for a week with Molly before James and Emily's wedding. I interviewed for my current job the day before the wedding, and then we all went to the beautiful sunset ceremony and learned they'd already been married for two years! It's so funny to look at these photos now and see places that are so familiar to us, because now they are home.

It was a whirlwind trip I never recorded here, but a beautiful one and a turning point in our lives, I think. Here are some photos from it.