life, lately.

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Life has been really good lately.  My grad school semester ended in the middle of May and although I have loved being a student this year, working full-time AND being a full-time grad student (plus doing an internship!) has been totally exhausting.  I finished my teaching job last Friday and I feel like a  new person!  No papers to write, no papers to grade, no e-mails to respond to, no assigned reading.  Sweet, sweet freedom.

My mom and brother came to Philadelphia for a few days and we did lots of fun things!  Phillies game, shopping at Kind of Prussia for the wedding, we went to the beach for the day, relaxed, ate good food, all the good things.

They left on Tuesday and now it’s just Lucy and me at home during the days.  As evidence by the photo above, Lucy is a fan of summer.  In fact, she won’t get out of bed until I entice her with food or she hears the leash jingle to go outside.  Yesterday, she didn’t get out of bed until 11 (!) until I bribed her with breakfast.  Lazy dog!

May you enjoy the good life as much as Lucy does.

p.s. I opened up an etsy shop!  Let’s be honest, did you really think I could have NOTHING to do this summer to keep me busy?!

Long time no blog!

Whoa!  It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog.  I had so much excitement! and energy! when I first started working on this space, and then real life happened.  I got busy.  So, here’s a little recap of my last two weeks.

Lucy and I have been doing a lot of this, due to two snow days in three days.


I finished my January book, The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom.  I absolutely loved Tuesdays with Morrie, but I have to say, I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much.  I felt the characters were under developed and that it was a little bit hokey at times … it was one drama after another.  I would give it three out of five stars because it was a compelling story, especially at the end – I wanted to find out what happened!

the first phone call

I took a tour with a group of my students with City Running Tours Philadelphia through the Italian Market, which was so much fun!  It was such a great way to learn more about this city I still feel like a stranger in (most of the time) and I can’t even wait until the weather gets warm so I can stroll through the market and relive my days living in South America.  (It was originally filled with Italian food and shops, but is now an amazing mix of cultures and stores.)

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Speaking of Latin America,  Dan and I have officially begun the countdown to our trip to Puerto Rico in March.  With all of these cold, snowy days, I am regularly checking the weather in San Juan.  There are no words to express my excitement for not only the warm weather, but to travel with Dan.  CANNOT.WAIT.


I did some cooking and baking with all this free time.  I made yet another chicken pot pie, banana bread (a staple in our house) and I experimented with a coconut milk, cilantro, lime tilapia dish last night.  No pictures, but I will surely put some of these on the blog, eventually.

And last but not least, I’ve been working on my next travel post.  Next up: Perú!  Here’s a sneak peek…


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