New Year, New Everything

 

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last blog post!

For the past several years, September and October had been usually very busy times for me professionally, so I remember feeling so proud that I managed to blog consistently through most of that time.

Then the last week of October happened and BAM! My whole life went off the rails in the very best way. Continue reading →

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My Favorite Productivity Tools


October is quickly coming to an end, and if I haven’t mentioned it before, it’s usually one of my busiest months of the year. It’s when I most feel like I’m always rushing from one thing to the next and, unfortunately, this flurry of activity generally makes me feel like I’m losing the plot on my goals.

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Jersey Jaunts: Autumn in the Garden State

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Say what you want about New Jersey, but the relatively tiny state that seems to bear the brunt of so many jokes has a lot to offer. In case you didn’t know, I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood growing up in the Garden State, and the years I spent there were happy ones.

In what seems to be a surprising new tradition over the past two years, my mom and I have spent the second weekend in October traveling back to a special place that held so much meaning for us to do all of our favorite Jersey things.

Almost. It seemed like everyone else had the same idea too.

Battleview Orchards

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We’ve been going to Battleview Orchards for as long as I can remember. It’s the spot where I last went apple picking, but honestly, I really go for the hot apple cider doughnuts, fresh from the fryer and covered in cinnamon sugar. With a plethora of pumpkins and gourds and mums for the purchasing, it is perhaps the most fall-festooned place you’ll ever see.

New Jersey Botanical Gardens

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Welp, they don’t call it the Garden State for nothing. Located in the northern part of the state, near the border of New York, the New Jersey Botanical Gardens at Ringwood State Park are really lovely in the spring when everything is in bloom. Autumn, however, brings the fall festival with lots of food, family-friendly activities and vendors selling their fall-themed wares. This year’s festival attendance got a boost from good weather and our pursuit of a parking spot landed us near beautiful Shepherd Lake, a vista I’d never have discovered if it hadn’t been for the crowds. See–the silver lining is there if you look for it.

Alstede Farms

My mom’s favorite place in the world is in and around Chester, New Jersey, but unfortunately, we had to skip visiting Cliff’s Dairy Maid for a cone of her favorite ice cream. We did, however, attempt to pass by Alstede Farms, one of our favorite summer harvesting activities. In fall, however, Alstede’s gets really popular, with people and cars flooding the fields around the property. For the second time in as many years, we decided to take a hard pass on the crowds, vowing to return during a slower time of year.

And while I wasn’t able to check any of the items from my fall bucket list, it was still a wonderful few days in a place that retains a special place in my heart.

Why I Knit

Ask knitters ‘Why do you knit?’ and you’ll hear stories from people who love the challenge, those who enjoy creating something unique, or knitters who enjoy giving to people they love. But whatever our reasons, what unites us as knitters, is that we all go on a journey, and it’s in that journey that we find moments to contemplate, relax and feel at peace with ourselves.

— from “Knitting for Mindfulness,” LoveKnitting.com

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For the Record: September 2018

For the Record is a look back at the month that was: I share my current obsessions, future plans, and other snapshots from a life in progress.

Early fall is one of my busiest times of the year and September followed true to form. I spent the first post-Labor Day weekend away, the second and third weekends working, and the last weekend in bed, trying to recover from one of the most virulent colds I’ve had in a long time. Still side-eyeing the colleague who passed it on.

I’m on the mend, though, and ready to get back at it. Here’s what been happening, for the record: Continue reading →

8 Things I’m Excited to Do This Fall

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Happy fall, friends!

It’s no secret that autumn’s my favorite season. This time of the year is tailor-made for the wearing of your coziest sweaters, curling up in front of a roaring fire, and sipping on something hot (preferably hot chocolate or that seasonal standby the pumpkin spice latte). Throw in a few gray skies and a good book or craft project, and you have what I consider to be the plan for a perfect fall day. Continue reading →

Notes on Having Something to Look Forward To

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One of summer 2017’s highlights: a weekend of camping in British Columbia.

It’s been a pretty dry summer. I mean that literally–a nearly monthlong stretch of 90-plus degree days, anyone?–and figuratively. Usually at this point in the year, I’ve been on a couple of trips, with another trip or two lined up in the coming months, invariably spending my time vacillating between giddiness and anticipation. Continue reading →