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zero-attitude gratitude

2019 has been a rollercoaster. Between unexpected (and unwanted) changes in my professional and personal lives, it’s been a challenging year. But there have still been a lot of joyful moments! I traveled a lot. I’m about to celebrate two years with my boyfriend. I got a new job (and a raise). I ate a lot of pizza. And I made a conscious effort to be grateful.

When life get particularly shitty, I think about all of the good things. I close my eyes and acknowledge how lucky I am. Sometimes I call my mom. Sometimes I call Tim. I remember that I’m loved. That I’m valued. That I’m healthy. That nothing is permanent.

So this Thanksgiving, like every other Thanksgiving, I’m taking an extra-long moment to be grateful. For…

a passport that lets me go anywhere in the world

my endlessly supportive parents

being an older sister

libraries

the candle aisle at Home Goods

dog-friendly breweries

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Jeopardy! and Alex Trebek

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things that are still good about america

I read this piece on Man Repeller last summer, and was inspired to do my own version in honor of Independence Day 2018…especially since it’s getting increasingly harder to love America.

Beer.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a frosty Heineken…but there’s something about cracking open a tallboy of PBR or Narragansett that feels so freakin’ American.

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National parks.

I spent A LOT of my time growing up going on family vacations to America’s national parks. Places like the Grand Canyon and Arches National Park are great reminders of how unique the USA is, and they make me feel lucky to live here.

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Libraries.

I think this quote sums it up.

“It was my 2nd week in America and I was nervous when I was checking out 4 books at the local public library. I love libraries and where I come from you can normally checkout 3 books. I thought this being America I could try my luck and add another book. The nice checkout girl proceeded my order, out of curiosity I asked her how many books could I checkout in one go. Her answer: 75. This to me symbolized what America stood for.”


Planned Parenthood.

It’s pretty cool to me that even if you don’t have health insurance or any money you can go to PP for everything from a routine physical to a pregnancy test. I think it’s still pretty crazy that it’s 2018 and people are unable to afford basic medical care, so I’m glad that organizations like Planned Parenthood provide literally any health service a woman would need. P.S. Did you know that men are welcome, too?

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State slogans.

Idk about you, but I think it’s pretty cute that every state in America has their own thing going on. I especially enjoy the state slogans on license plates. Like Florida, the “Sunshine State.” Wyoming, “Forever West.” Montana, “Big Sky Country.” Something that’s really great about the US of A is that different parts of the country are SO different, whether in terms of climate, terrain, language, or cuisine. Frozen custard? Give it to me in Wisconsin or not at all. King crab? Not Alaskan, not going in my belly.

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my wish list this year

Last month, I wrote about why gift-giving is so important to me. I enjoy exchanging gifts with my family and friends, and every year I send my parents a list of gift ideas (I promise, they appreciate the suggestions) to be used for Christmas or my birthday- which is in January! So, I thought I’d share a few of the things I asked for this year in case you need an incredibly last minute idea for the lucky lady in your life.

a new calendar.

I ask for a new calendar from Rifle Paper Co. almost every year. It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up in the morning, and the charming illustrations and quaint text always bring a smile to my face. I especially love the travel ones.

pajamas.

In line with my ongoing quest for improved sleep quality, I requested a pretty pajama set for Christmas this year. I picked out a pair at Marshalls that I liked, but the offerings from Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, and Hill House Home (below) are particularly cute.

shoes.

I ask for shoes every year, and never get any…probably because on a scale of 1-10, I have a Carrie Bradshaw amount of shoes in my closet. Anyway, I’ve been lusting after pairs from Mansur Gavriel, Dear Frances, and Brother Vellies (below).

 

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why i take gift-giving so seriously

Christmas constantly gets a bad rap for being a superficial shopping-fueled holiday – and sure, this is when retailers (big box stores and small businesses alike) do most of their annual sales. But giving someone a gift, for Christmas or their birthday or anniversary or whatever, is more than materialistic.

It’s a gesture that demonstrates your understanding of who they are. It shows that you remembered when your friend mentioned passively that she misses those cookies she ate during study abroad. That you paid attention when your mom complained about her malfunctioning headphones at the gym. That you enjoyed watching The Pianist as much as your dad did, so why not give him the CD soundtrack?

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I’ve been known to be less-than-enthusiastic upon receiving money or gift cards. Sure, those things are handy and cash $$ is king, but it demonstrates to me that the gift-giver falls into one of two categories: 1) they put off their holiday shopping and couldn’t locate a more thoughtful gift; or 2) they have no understanding of who I am as a person and what my interests are. Ok, maybe that’s a little bit dramatic, but hopefully you get the point. If you don’t, I’ll still accept cash.

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another year, another 3 resolutions

Well…2016 is finally coming to an end. I think a lot of people have mixed feelings about this past year–for me, it was definitely a rollercoaster. SO much has changed in the last twelve months. I graduated from college, got a 9-5 job, and moved twice. It’s kind of crazy how unprepared I felt for it all, and how many added responsibilities I now have.

2016 coming to an end has me thinking about where I’ll be this time next year. There are still a lot of things I want to do, like get a Master’s degree and live abroad (maybe I can combine these two…), so who knows if either of those will become a reality over the next twelve months.

This time of year is always overwhelming, between Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s eve, and my birthday (it’s a busy two months!), but I wanted to take time to make a list of my resolutions for 2017.

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1. Have dates with myself. I’ve found myself wistfully scrolling through Instagram and seeing cool gallery exhibits, pop-up eateries, and outdoor installations, yet never actually go to these things–even though tons of them are right here in NYC! I want to make more of an effort to actually go to these kinds of things, even if I can’t find someone else who wants to tag along.

2. Get my finances in order. I started working on this a few months ago when I realized that I have to pay taxes (yay, freelancing!). But I definitely want to get my expenses in order so I can invest and save the rest.

3. STOP CARING ABOUT BOYS! I literally sound like a broken record but I am so sick of spending time and energy on dead-end relationships. I promise to work on this so I can stop whining about it…

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pin-spiration: easter brunch

I can’t believe Easter is this Sunday! Like Thanksgiving, this is one of my favorite holidays because it’s mostly food-based. No buying or wrapping gifts, just spending the day with your family and eating chocolate. For this week’s pin-spiration installment, I thought I’d share some of my favorite brunch pins. Easter Sunday is the most brunch-able day of the year, so you’d better be indulging!

1. This tasty (and healthy!) egg white frittata. How festive are all those fresh greens?!

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2. Having a crowd? Set up a mimosa bar so people can pour their own bubbly. Put out fresh fruit & different juices for custom cocktails!

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3. Serve these Brown Butter Bruleed Doughnut Holes while they’re still hot! Get the recipe from Joy the Baker.

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4. This handy template for setting an informal table is perfect for brunch.

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5. Every brunch (especially an Easter brunch!) should have plenty of beautiful, springtime flowers. Tulips & hydrangeas are my favorites!

Happy Easter, everyone!

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holidazed & confused

The holiday season is quickly approaching (my bank account is terrified), and Christmas decorations sprung up around the city before Halloween had even passed. In theory, I love the holidays. I love the idea of spending time with your loved ones, relaxing and rejuvenating, and enjoying holiday traditions. In reality, holidays are often stressful, expensive, and uncomfortable, especially if you hate the cold.

We have an artificial Christmas tree every year, instead of an authentic, New England-grown pine. Many of my childhood friends have family traditions of hunting for the perfect tree, chopping it down together, and tying it to the roof of their Volvos. My family has often used the Christmas season as an excuse to go on vacation…we conveniently snuck away to Honolulu several times, and most recently roadtripped to Key West. This year, we’re off to Cancun, though not until after the new year.

I definitely prefer Thanksgiving to Christmas. There’s none of the pressure that comes with exchanging gifts, and instead all you have to do is eat a ton of food and take a nap. As a college student, T’giving is kind of crappy though because we only get a couple of days off from classes, and then are pretty much thrown into finals as soon as we get back. After working at Delish all semester, I’m pretty excited to try out some of the recipes I’ve been writing about/tasting/testing with my mom, and fall is always crazy beautiful in New England. Instagrams to come.

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