30 Things I’m Grateful For in July

Why is it that the summer months fly by?! I can’t believe that it’s almost August. But with every month that goes by I always think about milestones – like that it’s almost three years that I’ve lived in Connecticut; it’s been almost a year and a half working for Snyder & Pritchard Homes; almost a year working at the restaurant; and one more month closer to turning 28 (EW).

The last week of July, my boyfriend and I went on a road trip to Cleveland (last year we went on a road trip to Omaha – I think road tripping to mediocre Midwestern cities might be our yearly tradition), which was definitely the highlight of this month. Check out 30 more things I’m grateful for.

  • Having central air
  • My boyfriend’s and my new tradition of going somewhere cool to take motorcycle pictures and getting a late lunch after
  • Getting an electric toothbrush
  • New summer dresses from Kohl’s
  • A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
  • My boyfriend’s mom taking care of the batcat while we went on vacation
  • Any time I get Kiehls products in my Birchbox
  • Margaritas at Geronimo’s with my new work friend
  • New cheap booties from Goodwill
  • Renting a car that got really good gas mileage
  • And for my boyfriend who drove the whole way to Ohio and back
  • Crabfries at Chickies and Pete’s
  • Checking out one of the cooler places I’ve been to on the East Coast, Grounds For Sculpture
  • Sheetz sandwiches
  • Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater on a beautiful day
  • Spending the day exploring Pittsburgh, including:
  • Mount Washington overlook
  • Randyland
  • Bicycle Heaven
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Stopping by Lowbrow Customs
  • Stumbling upon the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
  • And getting a new comfy motorcycle shirt from Mothership Moto
  • Exploring Cleveland (a city that reminds me a lot of Milwaukee!)
  • And stopping by the house from A Christmas Story
  • Watching motorcycles, choppers and dirtbikes race (and crash) at Flat Out Friday
  • Walking around Fuel Cleveland and checking out some really cool bikes and meeting some pretty cool people
  • Listening to some great postcasts like Limetown and Stuff You Should Know
  • The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris
  • Chai tea lattes

30 Things I’m Grateful For in June

I feel like June flew by! That’s always how summer goes, isn’t it? This month was pretty great, filled with good food, time spent with friends, and rediscovering a hobby – playing the piano! I scored an electric piano on sale at Guitar Center. I took lessons for about 7 years when I was younger but stopped in college. I’m so grateful I have the finances to pay for a piano, the space in my own apartment, and a boyfriend who helped me put it together. I’m still a little rusty but it’s been so fun re-learning it.

  • Getting a package from my mom in the mail from her recent trip to Europe
  • A fun, much-needed dinner and wine with my old coworker/mentor/good friend at my favorite Southport restaurant, The Grey Goose
  • Iced macchiatos
  • The Affair marathon on TV
  • Being tipped by a customer for simply being a hostess
  • Getting discounted food at the restaurant I work at
  • Chicken and waffles at Rainbow Gardens in Milford
  • A fun game of mini golf with my boyfriend’s family
  • Sea salt caramel truffle ice cream at Wells Hollow Creamery in Shelton
  • Rotten on Netflix
  • Not being allergic to anything
  • When people ask about my tattoos
  • A new arrow ring from The Paper Store
  • First Aid Kit’s new album, Ruins
  • e.l.f. makeup products
  • Sleeping in on the weekends
  • Gnocchi
  • Getting gifts from Thailand from my best friend
  • My new piano
  • And my new beautiful piano bench, made entirely by my boyfriend
  • Leaning to play songs from La La Land
  • Fresh fish and dinner made by the boyfriend
  • Dinner and froze at Bonfire Grille with friends
  • The Staircase on Netflix
  • Rediscovering my love for hummus
  • Orzo salad
  • That my boss had a beautiful, healthy baby girl (who I’m so excited to meet!)
  • The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage
  • And getting my boyfriend to read it
  • Creating a budget for the first time in my life (and actually enjoying keeping up with it)

30 Things I’m Grateful For in May

May was the month of many compliments… I was told that my makeup is flawless, that I have the body of a ballerina, that I’m gorgeous and cute – but more importantly, I got some great work compliments – I was called a wizard and superstar from my boss’s boss, and that I’m good at my job and do things the correct way. I try and stay away from cliches, but this month the mantra that has been going through my head has been “work hard, stay humble,” and in both of my jobs I can feel myself thinking that during certain situations. I’m on the up and up in a small way, and life has never looked better.

  • Getting a package from my best friend that included a sweet leather jacket
  • Having a ceiling fan in my bedroom
  • Going on a motorcycle ride on my boyfriend’s new motorcycle through Lordship
  • Visiting the Colorblends House & Spring Garden
  • Seeing my old acquaintance Tim
  • And repping my favorite flower company via my new favorite shirt (Thanks, Tim!)
  • Checking out the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market
  • And wandering through Garden of Ideas in Ridgefield
  • Milkcraft sea salt caramel ice cream
  • And Haagen Dazs honey salted caramel almond ice cream
  • Sundress season
  • Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Bruns
  • A surprise brownie
  • Hanging out with my girlfriend one last time before she moves back to California
  • And celebrating with red wine, Pepe’s pizza and board games
  • Laughing so hard my stomach hurts
  • Feeling more financially secure than I was this time last year
  • Dinner at Katz deli
  • Celebrating at my boss’s baby shower
  • Having the confidence and not being afraid or nervous to ask for what I want
  • Watching and following The Great American Read on PBS
  • Finding the perfect long mustard-colored sweater at Target
  • Spending a few much-needed hours at my secret beach on a 90 degree day
  • And getting somewhat tan
  • Training and forming friendships with the new girls at both of my jobs
  • Watching Stratford’s Memorial Day parade from my front porch
  • Drawing my boyfriend a funny new motorcycle picture
  • Evil Genius on Netflix
  • Getting out of work early
  • Calypso by David Sedaris

30 Things I’m Grateful For in April

April was so. busy. I have never been this busy! I barely had time to spend quality time with my one and only…. my cat. Ha ha. This month it was my one year anniversary of working for Snyder & Pritchard Homes! I celebrated it by getting so overworked and burnt out that I had to take a two day sabbatical. What a way to ring in a work anniversary. I’m thankful for my bosses for their understanding, as well as these 30 things.

  • Spending Easter eating lobster rolls with my girlfriend…
  • And hanging out on East Rock Park
  • Watching some pretty interesting documentary dramas like I, Tonya
  • Wild, Wild Country
  • Trump: An American Dream
  • Reese’s peanut butter eggs
  • A yummy Easter dinner
  • CVS coupons
  • Writing a blog post for work
  • Avocado toast
  • Hersheys Gold and Lindt fudge swirl truffles
  • Sleeping with the windows open
  • Seeing Isle of Dogs in theaters
  • Taking pictures of my boyfriend and his sweet motorcycle
  • My pretty new red dress (thanks, Amazon!)
  • Growing my bookshelf with my favorite books
  • A new cute cat pin
  • 70 degree days
  • Taking a couple much needed personal days
  • Having a front porch to sit on
  • Seeing tulips and daffodils everywhere
  • Planning a road trip to the Midwest in July
  • My boyfriend not dying from pneumonia
  • Walks in Longbrook Park and getting my vitamin D fix
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Face Rejuvenator
  • A nice date night at Maxwell’s
  • Pretty yellow flowers from my bosses for Administrative Professionals Day
  • Dinner with my girlfriend at Marnicks
  • Good hair days
  • Finding E.L.F.’s $6 BB cream (that works just as well as the $35 BB cream I had been using)


30 Things I’m Grateful For in March

March is such a blah month, you know? It’s cold and dreary, but this year I got to get out of Connecticut to some warmer weather – the highlight of my month was spending a few days in Arizona with my family. It was good to see them since I only go home once a year at Christmas. My parents flew from Wisconsin, my sister flew in from Texas and I flew from Connecticut and we spent a long weekend in the desert sun, and it was perfect and much needed, especially since I’ve been so busy at work. Here are 30 more things I’m grateful for this month.

  • Chocolate sea salt and chocolate almonds
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • Kohls cash
  • Scoring a Levi’s jean jacket for $20…and proceeding to cut the sleeves off, sew patches on and make it into a motorcycle vest
  • Getting a Harley shirt from my boyfriend (at this rate I’m going I’m on track to get a Harley next)
  • Seeing friends at a bridal shower hosted at the restaurant I work at
  • Ice cream cake
  • The feeling of not being in any rush while running errands
  • Being able to work from home on a snow day
  • Iced coffee
  • Fishtail braids
  • Listening to podcasts like Criminal, the Mortified Podcast, and 99% Invisible on the flights to Arizona
  • A free drink on the flight because it was delayed 2 hours
  • Lunch at Beyond Bread
  • Checking out the Pima Air & Space Museum
  • And wandering through Old Tucson
  • Making friends in odd places
  • Walking through the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on the most beautiful day
  • Hole in the Rock at Papago Park
  • Driving through Saguaro National Park
  • Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing Taliesin West with my sister
  • My boyfriend for taking care of the kitty while I was gone
  • Shamrock Shakes
  • Sending and receiving postcards
  • The Affair
  • Lobster rolls for lunch
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • Pulled pork and mac and cheese
  • Touring one of our newest listings 
  • Rifle Paper Co’s cute pins

30 Things I’m Grateful For in February

Let me tell you – February was a doozy. I have never been so busy! On top of working three part-time jobs and only having 3 days off this entire month, I moved apartments in the beginning of the month and got sick at the end of the month. But I’m still happy and satisfied with my life, despite being so busy.

  • Watching Waco
  • Making apple crisp
  • Cream soda
  • Watching the Super Bowl and eating wings
  • Moving into my sunny, renovated new apartment
  • And publishing a house tour of my old place
  • Having a brand new washer and dryer
  • And having a dishwasher
  • And TONS of cabinet/storage space
  • My pretty bay window
  • That my apartment heats up way fast
  • Getting a delicious meal my first night in my new place
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Starting to hostess at the restaurant
  • A Valentine’s Day package from my friend Rose
  • And Valentine’s Day cookies in the mail from my mom
  • Gray Malin at the Parker photo series
  • Whoever keeps leaving chocolates and pretzels in the break room at work
  • Target’s Threshold collection
  • A pretty cool Wisconsin pennant from my boyfriend
  • My boyfriend for putting up bookshelves, curtain rods, and pictures
  • And getting a cute little Polaroid of us
  • Sweet rolls
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year with my boyfriend’s family
  • Getting busy at work with Spring Market gearing up
  • Scoring the coziest Ralph Lauren sweatpants on sale at Marshalls
  • A surprise Donut Crazy coffee
  • Chicken and waffles
  • Pretty great weather… for February
  • Discovering Mandolin Orange

Apartment Tour: Tour a Unique, Orange Hobbit Hole

I moved apartments last week, and I wanted to write something to commemorate my first apartment I’ve had in Connecticut. I’ve spent over two years in this apartment, and for someone who spends a lot of time inside, this apartment meant so much to me. It came completely furnished (!!), and with a washer and dryer, private entrance and free parking. So the furniture is obviously not my first choice, but it did the job while I lived there. I got to keep it when I moved apartments, but I sold most of it.

I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found this apartment. The real estate agent was so nice, and my landlord and his daughter were so sweet and welcoming.

I didn’t have people over often, but when I did, they always commented on how unique and spacious the apartment is. I love that there’s not an apartment quite like this out there. I love that it’s not standard cookie-cutter.

Inspired by Apartment Therapy’s House Tours, here’s a tour of my first apartment in Connecticut. Welcome to my crib. Or, hobbit hole, as my mom affectionately refers to it.

Location: Stratford, CT
Years lived in: 2 years, 4 months, renting
Size: 800 square feet

Make sure you click the “pause” button otherwise the slideshow will only give you 3 seconds on each picture and I wrote captions. Take your time and enjoy the tour!

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