Hi from London!

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Or shall I say ‘ello! We’ve had a busy first few days and this is the first time I’ve been able to sit down at the computer for any length of time. First off, the weather is super warm and sunny. It’s amazing except when traveling in the Tube, then it’s like I’m in a sauna! I’ve been eating a lot of lightly salted crisps and drinking tons of water.

I’m also enjoying using a REAL MAP and not being tethered to my iPhone/email/etc.

Here’s some pics from the first few days.

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Tired but wired at Trafalgar Square on our first day. We had just flown in that morning and finished our Orientation session in Russell Square and were doing a bit of wandering.

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Obsessed with these Roman manicure sets from the Museum of London. How cool!

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My meals have been all over the place. It’s been super busy and super hot and with the time change, I’ve just grazed on odd things during the day. This is like a breakfast/lunch but at 3 p.m. Sitting on the steps of St. Paul’s cathedral eating hard boiled eggs and spinach with crisps and mango and water.

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Another weird breakfast/lunch type of thing. It’s noon and I’m at Heathrow airport trying to get a student’s bag that went missing. FOUND! But it took all morning, so I ended up eating this bizarre lunch consisting of a noodle salad from M&S with a coffee and a croissant from a coffee shop at the airport. (Loving Outlander so far!)

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We’re staying in West London, so on the way to the National Theatre, we got off at Westminster for views of Big Ben, the London Eye, and a Southbank walk.

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Afterwards, I popped over to Covent Garden for Ben’s cookies. The best warm and gooey cookies in London! Mmmmmm, I’ve waited so long for a reunion.

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Where did July go?!

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Okay, seriously, July could not have been more on-the-go! I have an 11-month position, so there’s been lots of trips (Ohio and Maine) and visitors lately. I totally fell off the blogging bandwagon. Alas, here’s some pictures!

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Kayaking in Ohio in my uncle’s hand-made kayaks. Swoon.

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Reading really stupid smutty novels purchased from Target in Ohio.

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Visiting Wittenberg (my alma mater) with my good friends from college.

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Boating in Ohio over the fourth of July weekend with my sister and parents. Ironically, Ohio was chillier than Vermont that weekend….

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My other favorite pets aside from Merlin.

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Cutest bumblebee niece ever.

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My lovely friend Liza came to visit during a break from her med school studies down in North Carolina and we essentially went on a swimming hole tour of Vermont –> favorites include Warren Falls and Bristol Falls.

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Lounging at Leddy beach in Burlington.

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I also finally made it out to Bread & Puppet with Ashley and her baby Finn. So weird, yet so fun!

I’m cutting this short because I’m flying to London TODAY, truly T-5 hours. I’ll be there for two weeks helping out a professor on a theatre course. From there I’m staying after to see my friend Eric (we taught in Japan together!) in Ireland for five days, then visit my friend Lisa (she quit her job/life in NYC to up and go to Italy!) in Sicily for another five days. My yurt romance ended so I can’t think of a better way to move on. Weee! I’ll try to pop-in for little updates while in Europe:)

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Mom and I ate this every morning!

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Plain Greek yogurt with berries and cinnamon with a hard-boiled egg. Left us feeling satisfied until lunch, and reminded me of breakfasts when I was in Greece many years ago! Sometimes we'd put honey on our yogurt, too.

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One week & 35 hrs of driving: Vermont –> Maine –> Vermont –> Ohio

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Oh hey, happy Fourth! So much to catch up on!

Last week, Jen and I met up with her mom for a  tour of Maine. We started in Boothbay Harbor and headed up to Bar Harbor/Acadia before checking out Bangor, Portland, then Kennebunkport. The entire trip we had the most insanely beautiful, unbelievably nice weather. I couldn’t get over the gorgeous rocks and all the pottery in Maine!

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The downside was that I tripped on rocks in Acadia and sprained my ankle.

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I got back late on Monday, and did laundry and made burritos.

Then I met up with some friends for a Boy & Bear concert.

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You guys, they were AWESOME. They sounded amazing and were so funny and sweet. They played songs the audience requested, told jokes, and were just adorable with their Australian accents. My favorite song…

I just repacked what I took for Maine for Ohio. I left after work on Tuesday for Mindi & Tom’s in Windsor. We had white wine and salads, slept for a few hours, then hit the road at 3:45 a.m. for our 12 hr drive to southern Ohio.

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They stayed at my parent’s place before heading down to Tom’s family’s place in Cincinnati and my mom had dinner all ready for us. Wish I’d gotten a picture! Roasted potatoes, sautéed green beans, fresh corn, and baked cod. Followed up with homemade cheesecake. Delish!

Baby Amelia, such a doll.

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My parent’s are watching my sister Allison’s cat while she moves in Columbus. Isn’t she pretty? And she loves to sit like this…ha!

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Then we rallied and went out to our old college bar, Station One. The bathroom looks the same! We had memories of waiting in long lines for this single stall, almost prison-like bathroom.

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The next morning we walked around Wittenberg’s campus and ate at Mike & Rosy’s. I ordered my favorite sandwich: turkey with cheddar, lettuce, and spicy mustard. They steam their sandwiches, which makes them all warm and gooey. Mindi, Tom, and Avery headed out and I went to TARGET. Vermont is the only state in America that still does not have a Target, so when I’m in Ohio, I like to go almost every day.

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What are you all up to for the Fourth of July? I have no big plans, yay! My parent’s are headed to Italy in a few weeks, so right now I’m blogging/helping them pack. (MOM’S TRYING TO BRING WAY TOO MUCH! I showed her this.) How cute is this outfit, though?! All from JCrew outlet dad tells me.

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And I think my ankle’s healed enough to go for a walk….at last! Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

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Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie is seriously AMAZING!

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I’m waiting for Jen to pick me up – we’re headed to Maine for a long weekend! – and thought I’d share some pie pics. I don’t make a lot of pies, mainly because I hate making crust. It’s such a crap-shoot for me and sometimes just a b*tch to deal with, thus I avoid. Anyway! I felt like making an apple pie for a dinner this week and tried out Grandma Ople’s apple pie recipe from All Recipes, along with their Butter Flaky Pie Crust. The day got away from me, so no finished pie picture, but TRUST when I say it was unbelievable. Delicious! The best pie I’ve ever made!

I read the comments and mixed in some cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla into the sauce (which is basically caramel sauce…mmmmmm) and stirred it into the apples instead of pouring it over top. I also didn’t lattice my crust top because I was in a rush.

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Off to Maine! Make this pie if you can this weekend.

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I’m chicken-sitting:)

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I had to hurry back from my weekend in Boston for my friend Liz’s bachelorette party to watch a co-worker’s chickens. Burlington allows city dwellers up to four chickens. They’re pretty adorable and fun, and more importantly, I got to taste how fantastic fresh eggs are compared to store bought. OMG. Super light and fluffy with bright yellow yolks. Best scrambled eggs ever!

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Dive bar darts, Thai food, Burlington sunsets, and cookie dough ice cream:)

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Wednesday night pics! I played Around The Clock (which took me forever), ate chicken krapow (eee, my favorite Tiny Thai dish!), checked out the sunset, and enjoyed a scoop of cookie dough ice cream with Jen to round out the night. This is summer.

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