Thursday, June 14, 2012

Feelin' the love...

     Had yesterday and today off. Really relaxing so far. Currently, I’m occupying the table on my porch, writing letters, sending emails, planning Tom and I’s trip to Portland and sipping on a 1369 iced coffee (my favorite!).

Last night, I got to spend the evening with one of my closest friends who I haven't seen in about a year. She’s back on the east coast briefly and it was so wonderful to catch up. We literally just talked straight for 6 hours. I have to say, I’m a pretty lucky girl to have such terrific friends. Although I wish 2 of them didn’t live so far away (another excuse to travel!), I’m thankful that 1 of them shares a door with me. I am filled with so much love everyday because of the wonderful people in my life.

Spent today doing errands and walking around Cambridge. Still in the process of looking for an apartment... tomorrow we're looking at 6 places with this one guy I've been working with which seem promising and then we have a meeting at this converted warehouse-turned-luxury-apartments in Kendall. The building in Kendall looks BEAUTIFUL, it's just whether or not they have units that we can afford. I would love to live there. In general, I'm definitely a “0 to 60” type of person. I’m extremely enthusiastic, somewhat impatient in certain areas of my life, and I fall in love fast. Relating this to apartment hunting, I’m making a huge effort to be realistic and practical. Easier said then done my friend.

Alright, I’ve got letters to write and a book to finish. Laters baby.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

50 shades of busy...

And then it was June...

...I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to these summer months. I have so many trips planned on the horizon and projects to complete! My biggest, most pressing, stressful and exciting “project” is finding a new apartment for September and figuring out what to get my mom and Jacqui for their wedding! I’m looking forward to a visit from Tom’s family (LOVE them), a week in Portland, OR, a trip down to visit my mom in Provincetown, a staff camping trip in Maine, my mother's WEDDING(!!!!) and a secret birthday trip that I plan to surprise Tom with in August ...and much, much more! Bring it on summer, I’m ready for you.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Salt Lake Photo Diary, part 2...

Today was for sleeping in and going for walks with Tabitha. Today was for lazy time spent on the porch and watching Harry Potter. Today was for celebrations and being with family. Today was for sore feet (from too much dancing... who I am I kidding, there's no such thing!) and beautiful weddings in the evening sun. Congratulations Uncle Steve and Aunt Sandy, today was for you.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Salt Lake Photo Diary, part 1...

Photo descriptions, reading from left to right...

1. Layover in Chicago. Felt like the biggest airport in the world. It took me about 20 minutes to walk from one terminal to the next! 
2. Breakfast of champions. mmmm.
3. Best way to pass the time on the plane: Season 2 of Downton Abby.
4. My Aunt and Uncle's house in Salt Lake. Feels like home to me.
5. Brad in his "Hop Hut"... 7 different kinds of hops!
6. Me and Tabby :)
7. Mani/pedi's with Tab, Janet, Quentin and Tab. 
8. Sleeping Molly! (In Tabitha's violin case)
9. My sleeping quarters for the weekend. Now that's a sweet set up.
10. Making salmon burgers.
11. AWESOME thrift store in Sugarhouse. Wish Mel was with me to shop.
12. My adorable niece.

Loving my time in Utah. More picture to come... 


Friday, May 25, 2012

Dear Friday...

I'm so happy that you're here!

In about 2 and half hours, I'm going to be hopping in a cab and heading the airport for a weekend with my Utah family, specifically to celebrate my uncle's wedding. About half way though my shift tonight, I decided to pull an all-nighter. I mean, it seems kind of pointless to go to bed when I have to be up in 3 hours, right? Sound logic. I'm relying on Mad Men to keep me awake. Although I expect to be slightly sleep deprived tomorrow, I have faith that excitement and lots of coffee will get me though the day (and a good nap on the plane). Happy weekend!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Daily life...

Currently, I'm in the middle of a very busy work week. Since I work at night and it's been absolutely incredible outside, I've been making a point to enjoy my mornings and afternoons to their fullest. Wanted to share a few snapshots I've taken over the last few days. 
One of my favorite spots, the Cambridge Public Library.
Blue Shoes!
Tom and my bike, Henry. Just got a new tubes, tires and chain. He rides like a dream! (talking about my bike)
One my all time favorite drinks: an extra spicy, extra delicious bloody mary. Yummmmmm.
Brunch @ 5 Horses in Davis.

Enjoy your weekend! xoxxo.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Daily Outfit.

A beautiful spring day calls for floral prints and bare legs!

Works cited: dress: thrifted on a trip to philly last summer, blouse: gap, belt: jcrew, shoes: dansko's, pin:vintage 

Apricot Square: A Success Story.

Woke up this morning, brushed myself off after last nights defeat and ventured out into the sunshine to buy more jam. A girl with a mission. I'm happy to say, victory was mine this morning. Plans for the rest of my day off? Drinking coffee in the kitchen with Mel, finishing my book, organizing, exploring Davis and being cooked for by my wonderful boyfriend this evening. Happy Thursday!

Apricot Squares

3/4 C butter
1 C sugar
1 egg
2 C flour
1/4 t baking powder
1/2 C finely chopped walnuts
1/2 t vanilla
1 jar (12 oz) apricot preserves/jam

In a large mixing bowl cream sugar and butter. Add egg and mix well.  Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl.  Gradually add to the butter/sugar/egg mixture. Add walnuts and vanilla; mix well.

Press 2/3 of dough into a greased 9" x13" pan. Spread with preserves. Press small pieces of remaining dough in random pattern over the preserves.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 mins or until just golden-brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares or any shape you like!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nothing hurts more than a wasted jar of jam...

I’m not going to sugar coat it: Tonight was discouraging. I set out with a goal this evening to bake “Apricot Square”, a relatively uncomplicated dessert that’s a favorite of mine (when made by my mother). All I ended up with was a soupy, bubbly mixture, jam on my leg and a whole lot more dishes. I didn’t take an after picture, my trash can isn’t very photogenic. Twist ending to my failed baking attempt? I used powdered sugar INSTEAD of flour. Yup. Better luck next time.

Friday, May 11, 2012


    Earlier this year I decided to dedicate a small portion of my bedroom wall to a visual list of all my current goals. I was inspired by a post on Elsie Larson's blog A Beautiful Mess (one of my favorite blogs). It's pretty simple. I took flash cards and wrote out some of the things I would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. From monetary goals, such as paying off some of my credit cards and saving money in my account dedicate to travel, to taking a wine class in the fall, to visiting a beer bar in Maine that I've been dying to go too. When I achieve something, I put a colorful sticker on the flash card. For me, it feels like checking something off a list. I also keep a stack of flash cards next to my bed so I can add to my wall as things come up in my life, as they so often do! Current accomplishments include visiting one of closest friends, Krista, at her new home in Florida, organizing my closet of DOOM and paying of my gapcard. What goals do you have?

xxo- Megan

Monday, May 7, 2012

Weekend Highlights: Top 5.

1. Seeing the The Avengers- On Saturday morning, went to see a matinee showing of The Avengers (9 bucks! What a steal!!). Superhero movies are one of my favorite genres. Clearly, I'm the only one that feels this way, that's why Marvel puts out billion dollar blockbusters. Maybe someday I'll have a job that requires a shiny skin tight suit or a cape. A girl can dream...

2. Brunch @ Deep Ellum with my mom and company- French toast, bloody mary's and mom time. Enough said.

3. Reading in the sunshine- Currently wrapped up in The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III and I can't put it down. Next up on the roster, In the Bedroom by Andre Dubus and Shucked by Erin Myers Murray.

4. A visit to The Salty Pig- On our bike ride back from South Boston on Sunday, Tom and I stopped into The Sally Pig for some late night eats. This was my first time going and I have to say, this place is awesome, from the thin crust pizza to the bathroom pasted with far side comics. Meats and cheeses and pizza, oh my!

5. Watching Game of Thrones- This show is so EPIC. If you haven't jumped on this HBO series's band wagon, I strongly advise that you do. Best end to any Sunday.