Altamont Apple & Wine Festival

This Sunday I spent the afternoon with a few good friends exploring the 2014 Altamont Apple & Wine Festival. For anyone who lives in the Capital District of NY, this is a really fun early fall weekend activity. It almost felt like the official “Welcome Fall” celebration!

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The weather in update NY was really amazing, it was a perfect day for jeans and a sweatshirt…which is pretty much my weekend uniform. I had such a good time with my friends Melissa, Amelia and Amanda (& Adam!). I met Melissa and Amanda in grad school and am so grateful that we became such good friends. We explored the craft tent before hitting up the best part, the WINE barn!

 

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After having our fair-share of wine, we made our way back out to the cattle barn and sampled different cheeses and olive oils. I picked up some basil and garlic chèvre….I am so excited to try a few new recipes with it! After having a sample I knew I needed to take some home or I would regret it. I also snagged a butternut squash (my favorite!) and a few mini pumpkins to decorate.

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It was a really fantastic Sunday! Any local friends ever been before? I love doing things like this.

Fall Bucket List {2014}

I am a big fan of lists. I make lists for everything and find them everywhere. On the fridge, in my purse, on my desk at work. I find them to be an easy to way to get a lot accomplished. Making fun lists is also one of my favorite things to do. Creating a Fall bucket list isn’t anything new. In fact, I had a pretty big one last year.

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While many of those items eventually did get checked off, a lot of them didn’t! This year my list is much shorter, so I am hoping to accomplish everything and maybe add a few other things.

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2014 FALL BUCKET LIST: 

Carve a pumpkin

Visit Olana

Go kayaking

Go apple picking

Make an Autumn wreath

Clean out ALL closets (how does it seem that every closet in my house is jammed with crap after one year?)

Host / Attend a Fall beer tasting. (I do not enjoy beer that much. But I wish I did! I am going to try to sway my taste buds this year)

5 new fall recipes (excited about this one!)

What is on your fall bucket list?

 

Chapters

After reading Joanna’s  blog post today,  I thought that I would finally settle in and start my first blog post in a year. The focus on the blog post is a quote from Nora Ephron –

“We have a game we play when we’re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was [in my twenties], I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not one of those five things turned up on my list. I was: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, funny. Today not one of those five things turns up in my list: writer, director, mother, sister, happy.”

I think that this is a great way to look at the life that each of us decides to live. These words have changed for me over the past few years and I am sure yours have as well.

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In the past my words may have been the following: sister, daughter, teacher, girlfriend, quirky, devoted, open minded, student, friend, mom (of the dog variety), confidant, librarian, ambitious, wannabe foodie (ha!), self-reliant, and many many more. I could have kept going on that list forever.
 
I think that it is important to take a step back and see how those words change for all of us. As Joanna’s post goes on to discuss… we are all living chapters of our own book. My past year has had many chapters. Some happy, some stressful, and other chapters just flat out awful. We all need to decide to live for our new chapter and our new day. Stop living in the past and really look forward to building you future. Maybe that future includes a few different words you wouldn’t expect. It is always easy to write all of this down, but I am going to try to try extra hard and follow my own advice. 
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What words best describe you in your current chapter?

Wine & Dine 2013: Runner turned Cheerleader

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Remember a while back when I mentioned that I was training for the Wine &  Dine half marathon? Well. I did. I trained and was faced with setback after setback. I have had a few different injuries during this training that has unfortunately left me as a cheerleader for this race.

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I had been dealing with runners knee on my right side for my last few long runs, so for my last long run of this training I decided to wear a knee brace. This actually turned out to help quite a bit until about mile 8. At that point I had horrible pain in my left knee and my left foot was killing me. I eventually stopped running at mile 9 (a mile short of my goal) and went home. As soon as I stopped running my knees felt okay, but my foot was unbearable. I think that because of my right knee, my left side really took a hit physically. I hobbled around for a few days before going to urgent care for an X-ray. Luckily, I don’t have a stress fracture or anything broken in my foot, but I do have a sprain. I have given my foot the past week to heal, and still have some underlying pain that I just can’t ignore.

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I have been looking forward to this race for so long. It is so frustrating to know that I can’t run the race that I have been training for. After registering for this race and booking flights and hotels so long ago, I am going to go anyway. I will be able to spend some much needed time with Danielle  celebrating our big birthdays (25 & 30!!) and have a great time. I have never been to Florida before, so I am so excited to check out some of the different parks and just have a good time!

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The 25th Year

Good Morning! Today is my 25th birthday! I can’t believe it. The past year has been incredible. Looking back at how much life has changed in a year is really incredible.

1) GRADUATING. Graduating from graduate school is one of my greatest accomplishments. I am so lucky to have been able to continue my education right after my bachelors degree. I do NOT miss my commute!

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2) LANDING MY DREAM JOB.  Soon after graduating I interviewed for a librarian position within the organization I had worked for the past five years. I was incredibly lucky to get a job so soon after graduation. (psst I am a nice librarian, not one of those scary ones)

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3) WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. Chris and I have been eager to move in together (finally) after 6 years together. We were able to save our money while living at home and were able to buy a house over the summer.

 

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I have made some incredible friends and had some wonderful experiences. Life has been incredibly good to me this year. I am so excited to see what comes next!