taking stock // march

taking stock


M A K I N G: A cake bunting for our wedding. Well, I’m not making it yet but I plan to soon– with the help of this pretty inspiration here.  Going all white though, of course!

D R I N K I N G: Coconut Water. I picked some up at Costco last time I was there and I am loving it. I bring one to school with me each day and drink it at some point when I’m feeling dehydrated. I never drink enough water while I’m teaching and I need to work on that.

W A N T I N G: This Brooklyn apartment. Oh my heavens. Maybe in my next life!

W A T C H I N G: House of Cards. And also, we started Alias and at first I don’t think either of us were very into it, but I feel like it’s starting to get good.

R E A D I N G: I just picked up this book about Venice from the library the other day and I’m excited to start reading. Also working my way through Yes Please and enjoying it very much.

L I S T E N I N G  T O: A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. In the car I’ve been flipping through channels lately but at home I like to play WGBH radio. Listening to classical right now and they’ve got a great celtic radio series on Saturdays at 3:00 if you’re into that sort of thing. Turns out, I’ve recently discovered, that I totally am.

E A T I N G: Lots of soup. It’s still cold as ever here. My favorite this winter has been a simple butternut squash recipe. I make it almost every week and take it with me a few days for lunch. So good and easy: peel and cut a smallish butternut squash {I often get the pre-cut!}. Roast at about 400 degrees until soft {about 45 min- 1 hour or so}. Add squash to large pot {a lot of times I just throw it into the Vitamix!} and add one can of coconut milk and 1 apple then stir til smooth with a hand blender– we have this one. Salt and pepper to taste then enjoy!

W I S H I N G: Spring would hurry up and come soon. Daylight savings is this weekend so at least that’s a start!

E N J O Y I N G: The moon tonight. Have you seen it? It’s straight out of a storybook.

H O P I N G: We can get to Croatia for our honeymoon this summer. The planning seems daunting at this point, but also so exciting. I swear I could spend HOURS each night (and quite often do) googling/pinteresting “CROATIA” and sometimes I feel like I’ve made progress and a lot of time I feel like I haven’t. I tried to send out a call for help on instagram last night and got some great ideas so hopefully we’ll make some strides soon!

N E E D I N G: To find bridesmaid dresses that I love. I want each dress to be different which you think would be easy, but is actually proving to be harder than I thought! And I only need three! Looking for ivory and beautiful so if you come across anything like that send it my way!

F O L L O W I N G: elephantine // I have been reading Rachel’s blog for a little over a year now and love the simplicity throughout it all. She has wonderful book reveiws, gorgeous photography, and such a calm peaceful way about her. I am always so happy to see a post from her– sometimes her entries are only a couple of photos or a single sentence, but I enjoy them every time.

F E E L I N G: Tired. Such a long week! And March has no days off or long weekends so I guess I better get used to it– or train myself to get more sleep {I’m a night owl lately!}.

W E A R I N G: Still these boots all day eryday. I don’t think I’ve ever been so dedicated to a pair of shoes in my life. 

B O O K M A R K I N G: This post. Forever and ever amen.

L O V I N G: THE WEEKEND! Cheers, everyone!

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these days.

anna's home {dear friend blog}

Today is the start of my February vacation and I could not be more pleased about it if I tried. Teaching is wonderful, but free time is my love language– even if the winter snow is doing a fine job of keeping me indoors!

These days have been filled with lots of wedding planning and LOTS OF SNOW. We’ve had 4 snow days and two delays just in the month of February. I cannot believe how much snow we’ve gotten in such a short period of time. It’s CRAZY! Yesterday I was scrolling through my instagram feed and one of my Boston friends {I forget who!} wrote “and on Sunday, it snows.” which is just the honest to goodness truth. Once a week we get a blizzard!

So far we’ve nailed down all the important stuff as far as our wedding goes. We’ve got the venue, the photographer, the band, my dress (!!), I sent out our Save-the-Dates and this past weekend we went home to Syracuse and met with our caterer. I made a wedding website with info for our family and friends, too, which might have been the most fun of all. You can view it here if you’d like. :)

Today I’ve spent the day drinking coffee, listening to Pandora through our kitchen speakers, moving the laundry along, and packing for my 4-day trip to Florida, which conveniently starts tomorrow— just as I was feeling the snow start to weigh me down. I’m going to visit my friend Caroline who lives in Tampa and just had her first baby. Little Henry! I can’t wait to meet him!

What are you up to this week? Is it snowy in your neck of the woods?

{I am going to try to bring some warmer rays back from the sunshine state if I can!}

the story of us.

engagement !

Zan and I have been together for almost 9 years. 9 years is a long long time, but somehow for us, the timing’s been just right. We met in college my senior year, his junior, a few months after I’d broken up with my college boyfriend. I was in that sweet spot in time, where I’d just started to get over the boy, and was really having the time of my life with my friends. That senior-year, out-every-night, singing-and-dancing-all-the-time-with-your-girls kind of fun. The dreamiest senior spring I could ever imagine. The good old days and then some.

Zan liked me straightaway, and I thought he was kind and good looking, but the timing at that point just wasn’t right for me. We went on a date, we hung out a few times on weekends, but I did not want a boyfriend, simple as that — my heart was just not in it.

I graduated, came to Boston, and for awhile that was that.

engagement !

Two of my closest friends from college were one year younger than I, so the next spring I took a trip back to school to visit them. We danced and sang and clinked our cans like most college seniors and newly graduated people do and then one night while I was there I ran into Zan downtown at the bar. Did I remember him? Oh yes, I remembered him. And suddenly, instantly, just like that, he was someone I was excited to see.

But the real question is, did he remember me?

{Oh, he definitely remembered me.}

engagement !

The lucky part of this story besides meeting each other again, is that Zan is from Boston, and I was living in Boston. A place I wasn’t originally from, but a place I really wanted to be.

Lucky me, lucky us.

As soon as he graduated and moved back home we started hanging out all the time. Nights and weekends and so much of the in between.

The rest is kind of history. It’s a lot of years, so there are a lot of memories. We’ve traveled together and spent summers together, we know each others families and each others friends. We fit together in the best way we know how and being each others person has just always made sense.

engagement !

A lot of the time, especially in more recent years, there’s been the never ending question:


Dear Lord, if I never hear that question again, then getting married is reason enough. {KIDDING!} I was never anxious, but other people got me feeling that way at times. It only ever bugged me because other people were thinking it, saying it, asking it. My close friends were always gracious—God bless them until the end, but last summer there was one week I got that question from different people almost every single day. {I know the intentions are all well and good, but it’s a fairly annoying question to those of you out there wondering.}

I knew Zan was it for me, and worrying was something I just didn’t have in me to do. “You do you” I always say. And I’ll do me and we’ll do us.

Plus, Zan is my person. Always has been. Always will be.

engagement !

On New Year’s Eve we decided to throw our usual small get-together. For the past few years we’ve ditched the whole “going out” idea and truly embraced the “staying in”. We take a drive into Boston and walk the city for First Night. We make lots of food. We drink lots of drinks. We celebrate another year.

This year’s NYE went down just like always. We went to Wegmans during the day to get all the food and we cleaned the house like mad. Then, as we got ready to go out in the cold I said to Zan, “We can stay in if you want.” to which he replied, “Oh, no, I want to drive in to the city.”

Well, okay sure! I thought. Let’s do it.

I honestly didn’t think twice about anything, not even when we were crossing the bridge in the Public Garden and Zan turned around and said he wanted to go take a walk down by the Swan Pond {“Oh there’s nothing down there,” I said}. So when he got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever my heart stopped for a good minute {and went to heaven I’m pretty sure} before I could take a breath and say YES. {also, I asked “Is this real??” a total of TWO times before I un-blacked out and came to. :) }

engagement !

We walked the city hand in hand after that. Talking about everything and how it all came to be. We told our families and they cheered, we stopped by my sister’s and she cried, and the party we had at our house that night was filled with the most joyous people on earth. HAPPY 2015, we all cheered! The happiest New Year yet.

And so we’re here starting the next chapter in our adventure — we’re getting married and planning a wedding and it’s really truly the most fun ever.

Just like it always has been, just like I knew it would be. 

lately / currently / taking stock

january, lately{Our kitchen on a sunny Monday afternoon.}


Life lately has been a whirlwind of good. I really want to get back into documenting the memories on this blog because looking back on the past is one of my favorite things to do. I’m thankful for all the writing I’ve done here and for all the photos I’ve shared— such an easy, happy way to be able to return to the best of times. I want to remember that as I move through 2015. In an effort to “get back into it”, here’s a little update on the best of life lately…


M A K I N G: Invitations for our wedding. We’ve decided to go the handmade route and I am designing them while my wonderfully talented Aunt will illustrate and hand letter them. I’m going with a floral theme and I’m so happy to gather people we love to help make the day all come together.

D R I N K I N G: Throat coat tea. I started feeling under the weather last night and woke up feeling much of the same. Hopefully my 2+ hour nap today and the crazy amount of liquids I’ve been inhaling will help soon.

W A N T I N G: To keep my house clean and clutter-free. Right after New Years I went on a house purge {along with the rest of the world} and I’m really trying to stick to being organized consistently around here. A place for everything and everything in it’s place.

W A T C H I N G: Gilmore Girls. Still. I don’t watch a lot of TV {we completely got rid of cable when we moved}, but when I do happen to turn it on it’s straight to Netflix I go. Also, football, because it’s impossible not to this time of year. GO PATS!

R E A D I N G: I recently finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which was what prompted my de-cluttering spree and I LOVED it. The basic lesson learned is that you must go through your home and hold each item in your hand. Does it spark joy? I love the simplicity of it all and highly recommend this book if you’re looking to tidy up your life. For Christmas I gifted Zan A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus which is written by the owner and chef of one of the restaurants we visited while in Seattle, and each night I read a little more of the stories and soak in all the gorgeous food photography. I’m hoping to go to a local pot luck book club featuring this cookbook next month, too! 

L I S T E N I N G  T O: Our wedding band just sent us a sample CD and this weekend I drove around to all my errands listening to it and loving it. For awhile I just kept putting Pachelbel’s Cannon in D on repeat and crying my eyes out. The good kind of tears. Oh my goodness. I just can’t wait.

E A T I N G: Whole foods. Since the beginning of January I officially pronounced myself on WHOLE WEDDING, which is my own little version of Whole 30 that I will keep until my wedding day. Any and all meals eaten at home or at school will be Whole 30 compliant with the exception of dinners out with friends and the promise of celebrating and raising toasts to all things happy and exciting AS WE SHOULD. :) So far, so good. :)

S M E L L I N G: Nothing!!! Still!!!! Doctors appointment in a few weeks. Will see what the deal is then! I do feel tons better in terms of sinus pressure headaches since my surgery, so there’s that. And I never take allergy medicine and never feel like I need to. So there’s that too! {I might have to take this section off in the future though. We shall seeee.}

W I S H I N G: Three day weekends could last forever.

E N J O Y I N G: Winter so far. You will find me hard pressed to EVER say that but this year is magic and I’m thankful for that.

H O P I N G: We can get all the planning done before summer! We’ve decided to get married on the sooner side {JUNE!} and I’m super happy about the decision, but am hoping we can keep the momentum going mostly because we have to!

N E E D I N G: More of this really great dry shampoo.

F O L L O W I N G: A favorite blog of mine, Practicing Simplicity. Jodi has started a new photography series that is simple and user-friendly. All things I need when it comes to the technical side of taking photos.

F E E L I N G: Completely and utterly content.

W E A R I N G: Lots of sweaters. And these completely awesome sherling boots. Every day without fail!

B O O K M A R K I N G: Lots of weddings on Pinterest. This one from Miss Moss is one of my all time favorites.

L O V I N G: This part of my life right now. Full of joy and excitement. What could be better than that?


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