Doggie Fun

On my way up to visit my Mom we stopped at Dutch’s house to have a play date and visit

Dutch used to be a little nuts-o but in his “old age” (he’s 2) he’s really calmed down and is an awesome dog who still loves chasing balls.

He and Strider had a fun time wrestling

And tearing around the yard at breakneck speed.

They eventually settled down for a rest.

Then it was home and some playtime with Uncle Jon.

Jon loves getting Strider very excited so he gets jumped on 🙂

Vermont is such an awesome place and I’m psyched to be up here for a few days of focused work and also relaxation.


So I am writing from our new (rented) house in Windsor, CT. Most everything is unpacked and we are settling in and getting adjusted. It is so nice to be closer to our jobs (10 minutes instead of a 45 minute commute).

We are also psyched to be near a school where we can walk Strider off leash and let him enjoy swimming and fetching in a tributary of the Connecticut river. He is so psyched to be back on off leash walks – he was prancing during our first morning walk as if to say – I’ve missed this – thank goodness it’s back!

Strider was a big help as we were packing the truck

He thought it would be MOST helpful if he lay RIGHT in front of the door.

Cardinal rule of moving: there is ALWAYS more stuff than you think there is.

I think I’ll drive.

My boys headed out in the truck. I followed in our packed TO THE GILLS car….I could almost see out both side mirrors and was using them to watch for cops hoping I wouldn’t get pulled over 😉 Luckily it was a (relatively) short drive.

Our cousins Will and Sarah came to help us unpack (THANK YOU!!) and they brought their pooches Grit and Cole to help. Strider loves his coozan doggies and hope they will come visit again soon!

We are renting a ranch house that has some “character” – it’s actually quite cute and cozy. This cracks me up though – all over the house there are lightswitch plates so now whenever I leave a room I say “Outen the lights” – Jeff is HIGHLY amused 🙂

With my Type A personality it absolutely KILLED me to go to bed with our office looking like this but have no fear – I got up early this morning and with Jeff working this afternoon our office is now pristine and up and running (with Strider’s bed in the corner of course!). And yes those are butterflies on the wall. As I said – this house has character and A LOT of potential.

Tomorrow I head to VT for a few days of R & R with my Mom and Brother.

Good night – OUTEN THE LIGHT 🙂

Am I that difficult to please?

So I just got home from wedding dress shopping in Boston with my friends Sarah and Emily and although I’ve tried on about 40 dresses (between this visit and the two stores I went to in Vermont) I still haven’t found THE ONE. I’ve liked a few, but not really that many.

Overall I’ve found that most wedding dresses weigh about 10 lbs. and require that people come to you. Will that work?

Heck no – I’ll be kicking up my heels and dancing till dawn – I need a dress that fits the bill!!

Since Priscilla of Boston was booked we tried on dresses at L’Elite and also went by Vera Wang to browse

A few I’ve tried on since my odyssey begun…..

Pretty and lightweight but a little too Grecian princess for a garden wedding in Vermont (Reem Acra)

Too heavy…..(Watters)

Summery and cute but not quite it (Watters)

My dear Mother asked me to lean over and “say hi to Grandma” in this dress. When I did she nixed it and pretty much all other v necks 🙂

Off subject but I LOVE this hairstyle from a Judd Waddell campaign

This Judd Waddell dress was very pretty but since I’m wearing my family veil which is primarily lace we thought that maybe they would compete with each other?
Next stop…..Kleinfeld’s – the grand daddy of dress stores. They carry over 60 designers and I’ve heard you don’t get to look around – you tell them what you want and they bring it to you. Luckily I’m getting better at being able to succinctly describe what it is (I think!) I’m looking for.

On another subject – it is the 2nd to last night in our old apartment. I took a car load of things over today and will take another over tomorrow morning. You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to move each and every last bit of it – fun stuff 🙂

Nighty night!

759 pages later……

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is done.

Great book… what do I do?? (pack for our move on Friday, file, clean, GO TO BED!!)

I guess I’ll keep my fingers crossed that she breaks her promise and writes another one 🙂

Rilian the amazing

Rilian is a very well trained and attentive border collie.

Similar to Dutch- Rilian has an incredible passion for fetching.

And he almost never misses!