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

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Airbnb for Dogs

Dr. J is almost done with his first rotation of PGY2 (post graduate year #2)! Yippee!

Thank goodness I have our dog, Luke Skywalker, to keep me company sane. Getting a dog during intern year was probably the best decision ever, even though I do most of the care taking/walking/feeding, our little guy has definitely our lives much happier. That said, for residency we find ourselves in a city without much family around and our only friends are other residents (or attached to other residents). This leaves us in a conundrum of what-to-do-with-the-dog-when-we-want-to-go-to-a-wedding/weekend away and can’t take our furry child with us.

Enter Rover.com

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This awesome little website is like Airbnb for dog sitting and is available in most big cities. And is awesome.

How it works:

Enter in the dates you need a sitter for your dog and your city.

Pick one of the reviewed/vetted/background checked/dog-loving sitters in your area to set up a meet-and-greet

If all goes well, pay via the website and voila!

Your dog gets to stay with a loving family/person and doesn’t have to go to a kennel during your vacation!

And! Doggies are covered by Rover Pet Insurance during their stay (just in case)

Rates are determined by the sitters but are often much lower than the cost of kennel (and without all the risks of a stay at a kennel!)

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Luke having fun with his staycation family!

Luke now has his own “staycation family.” We found a lovely young couple who live just a few blocks away from us who are our go-to Rover sitters. We were initially a little worried about leaving our separation-anxiety-prone-previous-shelter-dog Luke with strangers. However, because he was allowed to meet them and explore their home first, and he was the only dog in the house (aka center of attention), everything went great! We have four weddings this summer/fall, three of which we both get to go to (!), so Luke’s going to get several staycation weekends with his second family.

Wedding season here we come,

Bridget (& Luke Skywalker)

p.s. I have no affiliation with Rover.com nor did they pay me to write any of this, I am just a happy customer!