Wedding Season!

I love weddings. Aside from the beautiful bride and groom, the constant smiling, and abundance of joy, I love weddings because it generally means Dr. J and I get to spend time with family and friends we don’t get to see too often. Oh the there’s the delicious food, excuses to buy dresses and shoes, and cake..mm..cake…

Anywho! Back to spending time with family and friends. The first wedding (of four!) for us this year was back in our home state of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, Dr. J had to work that weekend, so I left him with Luke Skywalker and flew home without him. While I missed him dearly, I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to hang with my awesome sister who just got back from Kenya, my little/all grown up brother/chef, my older brother and his two new awesome pups, and of course, my parents in their gorgeous new townhouse in Newburyport.

Here’s how the weekend went:

Friday: Wake up at 4AM. Wake up dog to go for his (very early) morning walk. Arrive in Boston via airplane. Fried clams for lunch. Beach day with siblings (and green heads). Pre dinner ice cream (bubble gum soft serve!). Dinner with family. Settler’s of Catan to finish the night!

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Saturday: Drive around town with Mom. Pop in to meet my brother’s two new doggies – Fiona and Noah! Art Fair on town green. More ice cream. Do hair for our sister-in-law’s sister’s wedding. Shana and Scott’s wedding with the family in Boston. Food, cake, dancing, photo booth, candy favors. Yum.

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Sunday: Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport with my parents. Lunch at little brother’s place of employment/cookery. Torrential rain storm. On time flight back to Philly despite torrential rain storm. Back to Philly via propellor plane from Laguardia (they still let people fly those things?) No Dr. J at home to greet me because, you know, 27 hour call shifts in the MICU.

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Yesterday was the second anniversary of our very own wedding! Usually the traditional anniversary gift is cotton, but we decided to change it up this year to “bicycle” because that’s how you spin it when your husbands bike (aka primary mode of transportation) gets stolen. As just-got-off-over-a-month-of-MICU-service Dr. J put it, “there are much worse things that can happen to a person than getting their bike stolen.” #perspective

 

Happy days/more weddings ahead!

Bridget

Back in Action!

I’ve been MIA for a little bit!

Two weekends ago we road tripped home for some family time. It was such a quick trip to see everyone that I didn’t even have time to bust out my camera and take pictures! Next time there will be more photos (family – you’ve been warned). Luke did really well in the car – he just wants to sit in the driver’s seat – so there’s a lot of pushing/gently guiding him back to the back seat. I kind of feel bad that we don’t have a seatbelt system for him, but we would chew the thing to bits if he had to be restrained for six hours..

We had a wonderful dinner on Saturday night catered by my amazingly talented little brother/aspiring chef (slash newly employed chef!). He made pizzas with the best sauce (red, white and pesto) and the best toppings (hello, short ribs!). I need to get the white sauce recipe from him because it was seriously good. I will post it here when it is in my hands!

In other news, we went on a little adventure today to the ‘burbs of Philly! Seeing as it might be a possibility that we could potentially end up in Philly for the long run (notice my use of ‘chance’ instead of finite words), we like to see what the suburbs of Philly are like for families. It’s definitely a still a little more urban than the suburbs we grew up in, but it’s bustling and green and there’s a pretty decent rail system that gets right into Philly..

We had lunch a cute little creperie – obviously we had to get the pumpkin pie crepe for dessert! It was delicious!!

Pumpkin Pie Crepe!

Pumpkin Pie Crepe!

Such good crepes!

Such good crepes!

I am savoring every flower because after fall comes the dreaded winter..

I am savoring every flower because after fall comes the dreaded winter..

Next time I think we’ll try taking the train – we’re hoping they go far enough out into the suburbs that we could find a place to go apple picking, too… (in which case I can post about my Mom’s apple pie recipe and my new favorite kitchen tool, the apple peeler-corer-slicer!)

-Bridget

P.S. HOMELAND IS BACK ON TONIGHT!! AAAHHH!!

2 months down!

Dr. J has been doctoring for two months now! My how time flies!

Some things I’ve learned so far:

1. If dinner happens before 8:30PM it’s a good night. If he’s not home by 9:30, I eat by myself.

2. Appreciate any little thing he does around the house. Even if he doesn’t know where half the things in the dishwasher go.

3. A day off will consist of at least two naptimes.

4. Dr. J will immediately fall asleep at the mention of taking Luke out for his bedtime walk.

Picnic Nap

Picnic Nap

Yesterday was our one day off together!  We try to do as many social things as possible on J’s one day off (unless it’s raining and then we just sit inside and snuggle and watch movies). Dr. J’s parents were in town for a visit (that was unfortunately cut short) so we went to brunch in the morning, then we went on a nice long walk with Luke Skywalker (that ended in Dr. J carrying Luke home like a baby because his little legs were so exhausted). J went for a bike ride with one of his co-interns, we met up with friends/interns for a picnic and then met up with another group of friends/interns for a rooftop sunset get together. Phew! And he was back in the hospital by 6AM this morning!

Good night!

View from the rooftop!

I also made a big bowl of strawberries and blueberries with a lemon honey glaze and fresh vanilla whipped cream for the get together, but there were no utensils as everyone else had brought finger food..so now I will be eating strawberries/blueberries/whipped cream with every meal…not that i’m complaining about it.

Happy Sunday,

Bridg

Jiggitty Jig

Earlier this week I hopped in my car and took a little road trip back to Marshvegas. My (super amazing) sister, Grace, was back home for a brief visit before heading off to Kenya for another summer of research! I was so happy to get to see my brother/future-Top-Chef, Tucker, too!

Dr.J had to work, not surprisingly, so this was my first solo road trip. Note to solo drivers – use Apple Maps for turn-by-turn navigation not Google Maps. Apple Maps is way better at giving you a heads up of your next turn (‘In two miles take Exit 4 towards Rt 287 then keep left’). Google Maps only gave me a quarter mile warning for an exit I was supposed to take – which when driving at 60mph is about 15 seconds. I’m not an aggressive enough driver to cross three lanes of traffic to get to an exit in 15 seconds..so I missed it. Oops!

My cousin, Maggie

My cousin, Maggie

My sister, Grace! Off to Kenya again!

My sister, Grace! Off to Kenya again!

My Nana

My Nana

My Papa

My Papa

My Nana and Papa's doggie, Dante

My Nana and Papa’s doggie, Dante

Happy Fourth of July!!

-Bridget