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Holy Hiatus Batman!

My dear friends, it has been an inexcusable amount of time since I’ve updated the blog. For that, I apologize. I can assure you my time has been well spent outside of the blogosphere, though, and I’ve got plenty to report.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Andy and I started Weight Watchers in January. We’ve had a lot of successes with the program, having lost a collective 70lbs just by consciously trying to move more and eat better. And now that summer is here again and there’s no threat of face-planting on a patch of ice, we’ve started walking around the grounds of the complex we live in. Lucky for us, it’s actually appealing to walk around since the area is gorgeous, quiet and full of critters.

And in April, as most of you know by now, we got engaged! Andy’s Mom had bought us a Groupon for the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Rhode Island, so we set off to celebrate with a night of wandering around a seriously cool old hotel and exploring the city. The place is amazing and worth a visit. I admit I spent most of the time looking down at my left hand and giggling. (It’s SO shiny!) Needless to say, we’re very, very happy. No plans to set a date just yet – hoping to buy a house before we officially tie the knot. Andy keeps insisting that we Kickstart the wedding, and I keep responding with what kind of party we’d have to throw if we only ended up raising like $150. I’m guessing this kind:
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But where would we even get hats that cool?!

On Mother’s Day I took a surprise trip back home. Lucky for me, my Mom is very easy to surprise. She told me even though I drove up in my (fairly uncommon) car with Connecticut plates, and entered through the ‘family only’ door in the garage, she still assumed I was somebody else with poor manners entering her house. I had a wonderful time with my family and I even got to see a whole gaggle of my favorite people out in Clinton. You all make the nine hours I spend travelling worthwhile. *sniff sniff*

In late May, my brother Phil came to visit on his way to Maine from Virginia. We estimated that we hadn’t seen each other since 2007, so we had a lot of catching up to do. We went out for a burger and a beer at Plan B and then we took Phil and Lesley to Cabela’s for the first time. I didn’t think I would enjoy it in all honesty, but the place had a mini aquarium AND museum inside! It was HUGE! Granted, it’s no L.L. Bean, but it was still pretty cool. And of course, always great to see family.

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And that brings us to this past weekend, where Andy and I took a trip down to Bel Air, Maryland to see our friend Abby get hitched at the Lirioodendron Mansion. Our adventure begin at 11AM on Friday when we left Glastonbury. Due to New York and New Jersey being, well, New York and New Jersey, we didn’t arrive at our hotel in Maryland until 7PM that evening. We collapsed in a pizza and Food Network coma, but woke up early enough next morning to catch breakfast at the Cracker Barrel two seconds down the road. Andy says it was second only to Bob Evans (whatever that means), but the jury is still out for me on that one. In the evening we gussied up and headed to the Mansion, which felt like we were entering a private country club from the early 1900s. The wedding was in the backyard, Abby and Mike were hilarious and lovely to watch and the food was really delicious (Salmon and Chicken topped with Crab). And to top off the weekend, we made it home in the amount of time it SHOULD take someone to get from CT to MD. Ohthankgod.

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Keep your eyes peeled for my next exciting post, Mug Cakes 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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