After work last week I biked to REI after work and bought a tent. My family just spent the weekend at my brother's house in Long Island and hotels/AirBnBs are expensive and/or hard to come by, so I figured I would spent less money and simultaneously have a way to explore in the future. Basically I just slept in their backyard for two nights and showered and used the bathroom as normal. But it was kinda cool to have a little space to myself! Looking forward to using it again soon.
This afternoon a couple of friends and I went to Honeypot Farm to pick apples and grab cider donuts. It was pretty crazy because the weather was so beautiful, but I tried to avoid including the crowds in the pictures. Afterward, we got a tour of our friend's farm and got to hold some chickens and pet some sheep!
We had an amazing wine tasting last night!! Reunited with the cousins, and finally met Lukas (Katie’s fiancé). The founder of the hotel directed the tasting, and even gave us a sample of a wine from 1914! Note his spectacular mustache. After the tasting, we had dinner at the restaurant again, and had some family time.
This morning, I slept in extremely late, and then had some pastry with mom and dad. Afterward we walked along the grounds and took some photos, then I went out for a run and boy am I out of shape. Although in my defense, it’s all hills and it’s also almost 90 degrees out. I ventured onto a trail in the woods, and then got a bit spooked and turned around. I only did a couple miles, and then joined the folks at the pool. I’ll have to get some photos of that tomorrow.
Next up is the wedding! Everyone is getting their makeup and hair done now, so I’ll probably get changed shortly.
Another busy weekend ahead! I’m taking off tomorrow to head to New Haven to babysit Juliette. Yay baby time! Today I was really behind on a bunch of work, but we were also having an annual summer work outing/celebration, so I somehow still dropped everything and did that. I imagine my inbox on Monday will retaliate, but I think it was worth it otherwise. We all went kayaking (it was a bright, warm day for it) and then had food at a rooftop garden in Kendall Square. Also, I won a souvenir blanket form a raffle, so that was pretty great.
The bachelorette party was excellent! We stayed at an AirBnB in Orleans, and the bridal party did a great job preparing different activities. Including “beer olympics” (which ended with a single game of Root that lasted at least an hour), a cooperative game called “Crossroads” which had the bride choose different actions if she did anything predictable, plus dinner and breakfast at some great local joints.
The beach was also lovely, even though it was a bit cool. The tide was out and you could walk out as far as the eye could see.
It was also wonderful to meet all of Jess's friends from medical school. It's funny; when you're close with someone and then meet the friends they've made in your absence, it's great to immediately be able to recognize why they became friends and see their individual chemistries. And I feel like it ends up being easier to get along with the friends of the friends you are closest with, because they end up having a similar set of values and senses of humor.
Anyway, that last sentence didn't make much sense. Here are some photos!
Found these shells at Boca Grande in Florida last September. Used some toy blocks that I had on hand to build a mobile in a similar color scheme to baby Juliette's room. The sound it makes is pretty lovely.
I spent the holidays in my childhood home. While my mom was baking and my dad was weighing down paper bags with kitty litter to use as luminaries in the evening, the snow started up. Seeing the storm outside our front door reminded me of all the times we spent out in the front yard after a blizzard, building snow forts and snow thrones and snowmen. It's always nice to be home this time of year.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.