IMG_8886MWBHello long lost friend! How’s your summer been going? There’s been quite a lot going on in my world…
IMG_8876MWBFirst, my laptop went out after over four years of dedicated service! The screen started going grey randomly, which as you can imagine isn’t great for photo editing OR writing blog posts. So, I got a new laptop AND…
CoastalMaineA new job!

As you can tell from looking at my past posts, my previous job took me all around the US and Canada, and I had the chance to see things I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I’ve been from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine and just about everywhere in between. As much fun as it’s been, I was ready to have a more “regular” schedule and not spend so much time in airports, which I hate!

One of my last trips took me to coastal Maine, where I took all the pictures in this post.


My first order of business upon arrival in Maine was to head to the coast to see the ocean and eat a lobster roll.


So, I headed to Cape Elizabeth, outside Portland, where I found beautiful views and this great little place on the water called The Lobster Shack.

TheLobsterShackCapeElizabethAfter ordering a lobster roll and cup of clam chowder, I decided to eat outside at a picnic table.


Sadly, as I set my food tray down, a seagull swooped in, hit me in the face with it’s flapping wings, and flew off with my entire lobster roll!!!

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So, back inside I went, where the staff was nice enough to replace my whole meal for free. (The clam chowder and drink had gotten doused in ocean water from the seagull, so I really had to start at square one.)


This time, I ate inside!



New York City

I spent the last few days working in Maine and have so many pictures and stories to share with you! I was right by the coast and had the chance to see the ocean, eat a lobster roll and have my lunch stolen by a seagull (my luck!) Of course, all the photos are held hostage on my memory card, so they won’t be on here till I get home and download them.
New York CityIn the meantime, I wanted to show you this picture I took with my phone as I flew into New York City last night. I was just passing through on my way to Dallas, but was able to get a beautiful view of the city. I also got to see the Statue of Liberty for the first time! I’ve been to New York twice, but both times I was busy working so I didn’t do much exploring. I keep saying I need to go back and actually see the city because there’s so much I’d love to do and see in the Big Apple.

(If this isn’t enough NYC for you, you can also see more photos I took of the city (back in 2012!)  here or take a trip to the famous NYC eatery Serendipity III here.)

Red, White & Blue

photo (60)On Sunday, my mom, sister and I enjoyed a fun girls’ night including dinner, way too much dessert and these pretty patriotic drinks! We each ordered a Lava Flow, so we (ok, mostly me) joked the table was turning into a volcano with all the lava around! They were such a fun summery drink, and I can’t wait to try to recreate them on my own at home. You might be seeing them here sometime in the near future! (IF they turn out well, of course. And if not, I will continue diligently taste testing new concoctions until they’re ready to pass along to you ; )

The red, white and blue-ness of our drinks made me so excited for the Fourth of July, which is my very favorite holiday! Growing up, we’d hit a roadside fireworks stand on our way out of town and head to my grandparents for swimming, barbecuing and the joy of doing fireworks outside the city limits. There was lots of questionable ocular safety regarding sparklers…we kids drank off-brand sodas from Sam’s Club all day (it had not yet been discovered that soda is bad for you, so we could drink with a clear conscience)…lawn darts aka jarts had not yet been outlawed…and we fried in the sun all day with no worry of skin cancer! It was awesome. I’m sure if we tried the same get-together in 2014, we’d probably all sit inside sipping water, stepping outside fully lathered in sunscreen only to set off fireworks wearing the proper safety goggles! (Sounds like a blast doesn’t it?)

Chrome Legacy Window 6242014 52614 PMAnyways, if you’re ready to get in the patriotic spirit, you can check out my Fourth of July board, which I have pretty much been crafting since the dawn of Pinterest. And, no need to pin away in silence…I’ve also created a patriotic playlist for you!