665,280 minutes or 462 days

I typed the title of this post 7 minutes ago and ever since I’ve been humming the Seasons of Love from Rent. 

It’s been 665,280 minutes or 462 days since I last posted, since then I survived Boston’s snowpocalypse 2015 with the help of copious amount of work-from-home days and lots and lots of wine, traveled to San Fransisco, cut ties with a long-term on/off relationship, was laid off from my job and enjoyed 3.5 glorious months of #funemployment which included a jaunt to Portland, ME, a few jaunts to the Cape Cod, and 5 beautiful days in Puerto Rico, became gainfully employed again, watched one of my closest friends get married, traveled to Disney World with my brother’s family, bought a new car, made the decision to finally grow up and start a “downpayment for a house fund” and most importantly to all of you decided to start blogging again.

The only way to survive snowpocalypse.
The only way to survive snowpocalypse.
First time to the West Coast
The first day of #funemployment
Heading over the Sagamore Bridge
Our favorite new spot in Portland, ME – Slab
Nothing like celebrating a new job with a trip to Puerto Rico!
The Happiest (and Busiest!) place on earth

Over the next few weeks I hope to find my voice again and start sharing with you again. I see a revamp to my 101 list, perhaps a creation of a few regular blog topics, and an update on all things happening in this life with red.

It’s been so long there probably aren’t any readers out there, but if there, give me a shout and let me know what you’d like to hear about!

Hello! Are you still out there?

Lordy, lordy. I just signed into Life with Red for the first time in over month, readers are you still out there?

I last posted the Friday before I started my new job, which is pretty much right around the last time I did a lot of things. I finally feel as if I have a handle on my new role and that life has settled down a bit and I can devote the time and energy I originally had when I began Life with Red. I hope your still out there readers because I’m back!

But first, where have I been?

My new job // I started my new role on October 7 handling a the marketing and communications for an organization just outside of Boston. While the tasks and the responsibilities of the role are similar to my last position I am working 100x harder and about 10 hours longer a week (hence the lack of time for LWR!). I am happy to say that after 2 long years of looking for the RIGHT role, I’ve found it. I’m glad I didn’t jump ship just because everyone else was doing it and that I waited for and worked  the right role to come to me. I’m excited to have started this latest journey and I will share what I can on the job here on the blog as it relates to the day-to-day.


My nana // It saddens me to write that on the afternoon of October 11th my 91 year old nana passed away. I am completely biased because she was mine and I only had one grandparent ever, but my nana was the best grandmother ever. Growing up we did have much of a relationship outside of birthdays, holidays, and the annual back to school shopping trip because my nana was a traveling fool. Every time we saw her she’d be off to another trip- Las Vegas, Bermuda,you name it Nana’s seen it. But when my parents moved to NH almost 8 years ago she became my co-pilot on holiday visits, I think because she hated my uncle’s driving. It was on those hour-long road trips to and from my parents house that nana would tell me stories – stories about her younger years, her trips, my grandfather, my mother, and the latest family gossip – and it was also a time when she reassured me that it was okay to be single and poor as long as I was happy. We held a wonderful service for her that contained more laughter than tears, including my mothers speech which married me off – telling those there to remember her that nan had seen her four grandchildren get married. Uh, mom? My dad leaned over and thanked me for saving him money on the reception. I know she was looking down at us giggling at my mom’s mishap and winking at me wondering who the gentleman seated at the back of the room was.

Nashville Pedal Tavern

Nashville // I spent the weekend of my 30th birthday celebrating with 10 of my friends in Nashville, TN. I drank a lot of angry orchard, shot a lot of fireball, sang a lot of Wagon Wheel, bartended a pedal tavern, nursed a serious hangover, sang on two stages, got ice’d, was serenaded by an entire bar, and ate a lot of hot dogs over the course of four days. I will work on a full recap post for you soon!


Now where am I going?

Since returning from Nashville I have put in my first two full weeks of work, almost fully retired from babysitting, attended an inspiring breakfast (hint, hint you’ll be hearing about that soon), had a suite view for the Bruins, and began thinking about the future of Life with Red. I am working on a few product reviews, recaps, 101 in 1,001 updates, and have my fingers crossed to do a collaboration with some bloggers to celebrate one of their recent milestones!

Bruins Game

I hope your still reading and I hope you’ll stick with me as I iron out a new posting schedule and get my groove back!

#100HappyDays – Week 6

With this post I’ll be officially caught up with my #100happydays! I slid in a post yesterday on my fall favorites from Land’s End  and I’m working on some other fun stuff for you for next week, stay tuned!


Day 35 // It’s no secret that I prefer a pool to beach any day of the week. So I was excited to learn that my nephews had passed their pool test at the YMCA and can now use the water slide. Now I hope they invite me to join!


Day 36 // It wasn’t even October yet when our landlord decided to decorate for Halloween. I get welcomed home every night by this guy and his 10 or so brothers hanging out on our fence.


Day 37 // On day 37 I finally got back to blogging after over 2 weeks away! Feels good!


Day 38 // I spent day 38 on the sidelines of Tommy and Charlie’s flag football game with these two (and their parents). I wish I could spend every day with them, but if I did I’d need a nap (clearly I’m not ready for children).


Day 39 // Sarah and I ventured into downtown Wellesley on Sunday afternoon, our first stop was Boloco to carb up for our shopping.  We picked up what we think is a great birthday present at Isabel Harvey, I could buy everything in there!


Day 40 // I had dinner at Margaret’s and her son Tyler who is 17 months old told me all about hockey (what you wear, what you equipment you use) and that he thinks his neighbor Tom drives the Zamboni (he doesn’t.). He also learned my name “Kapty” and used it all night. <3


Day 41 // I’m taking down all of my cubicle “decorations” and snapped a photo of this particular one sent to me after a day of hearing my jingle around in my a pair of shoes that had a little extra flair in them.


I want to take a quick second to shout out a Happy Birthday to my best friend and roommate Jenn, the Bert to my Ernie, I hope you like the gift we bought you on Day 39!


Is there anyone you’d like to give shout out to? Leave it the comments! 


The Look // Land’s End

It’s October, a time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes (I’ll admit I’ve never had one…), leaves changing, crisp air, spiced sangria and the need to go shopping.  When in Sears this past spring picking up a monogrammed beach towel for my favorite 1 year old not related to me Tyler I started checking out the entire Land’s End line and will admit I was impressed. I used to think Land’s End was for middle aged women who boated and wore clothes with no shape. Boy, was I wrong – but boy, was I not ready to shop then.

Since I’ve consigned about a 1/3 of my wardrobe with ThredUp and I’m starting a new job next week I’ve been window shopping at my favorite stores online this week and remembered that I loved some of the clothes I’d seen in the spring at  Land’s End. Well it was love at first boston terrier. That’s right, that turtleneck in the middle has mini boston terrier’s on it, I poked around the rest of the site and created this ideal fall outfit. I’m hoping to get into the store week or next and snag some of these items!

Fall with Lands End


What’s on your shopping list this fall? 

#100HappyDays – Week 5

Days 28-34 of the #100happydays are on deck this morning. New residency, a super cute dog, ice cream, and a new job – um, could life get any better?


Day 28 // It’s officially official I’m a resident of Dorchester, MA.


Day 29 // I was back babysitting my favorite family in Lincoln and snapped a photo of that cute dog I was talking about watching AND listening to Full House. When Uncle Jesse was teaching Comet how to sit, Finley listened.


Day 30 // Do I really need to explain why I was happy about ice cream, it’s ice cream people.


Day 31 // I love dumb jokes, I love cards, a sweet friend gave me these upon my recovery. One was more his type of joke, one more mine.


Day 32 // Fall weather, coffee, and a comfy bed – need I say more?


Day 33 // I made the official announcement to my current company that I had accepted a new job. Can’t wait for this change!


Day 34 // I don’t think I have ever gotten more likes and comments on a photo than this one, it spoke to a lot of people!


While I am busy being happy, did you know you can follow me on instagram to get live updates?



#100HappyDays – Week 4

Another day, another #100happydays update! I want to get these posts out of the way so I can get on to my book reviews, my 101 in 1,001 updates, my September goals update, my October goals list and other bloggy stuff.  Enjoy!



Day 22 // Anyone else find it ironic that day 22 was a Taylor Swift song? I feelin’ twenty twoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. No? Ok, move on.



Day 23 // While out celebrating Ado’s birthday we ran into some pretty long service. I don’t even want to say it was bad, because the waitress and the manager were so apologetic. While it took us 20 minutes to get our drinks and over an hour for our food they then comped our meal. I wish we could say we tipped our waitress like this Iowa couple, but I ain’t rolling in the hundos, so we tipped her 30%.


Day 24 // As one of the oldest living babysitters alive who works a full-time day job I only babysit for families that are fun. You know whats fun about this family? They’ve got an adorable golden retriever puppy (you’ll see her in my next post), they’ve got this gorgeous barn, and most importantly their kids have the same TV interests as me. Case in point: Girls Meet World. If you are a late 20-early 30-something you can’t tell me you weren’t at least curious about this comeback and you also can’t tell me that you are slightly jealous that I had an excuse to catch it.



Day 25 // No one’s got a better best friend and roommate than I do. In preparation for my surgery Jenn got me my favorite tea and two books from my wishlist, Someday, Someday, Maybe and Big Little Lies!

***this is where my days get messed up slightly if you follow me on instagram – bear with me people I’m down a gallbladder and was medicated**

#day25 _ #day26


Day 26 (really 27.. oops) // I recovered from getting my gallbladder removed at my parents house in NH or as I sometimes call it “my country home”. Seriously, though my parents like less than 10 miles from Manchester, NH (NH’s “city”) and 45 miles from Boston their street is legit country. Corn fields, a full blown farm (Wilson’s), a petting zoo, oh yah and spooky world! You can actually see the stars at night too! I snapped this photo right before the meds kicked in and went sleepy city at 7:30 PM on a Saturday night.



Day 27 // Yup, nearly 30 and this guy traveled with me to my parents to assist on my recovery. Monkeys are my jam. I think they are the cutest animals ever (aside from that whole slinging poo thing they do) and I even gifted my oldest nephew (now almost 7!!!!!!) a monkey during a field trip to Babies R Us before he was 1 that he still has, his name: Bo-Bo. Here’s hoping Tommy takes him to college.


Day 28 // Speaking of nephews, they came over for dinner at my parents house on day 28! I somehow snapped photos of 3 out 4 of them (sorry Tommy!). Top left: Andrew using my SIL’s phone, he figured out Siri and kept putting the phone to his ear and saying “DADA” (thinking it was my brother/his dad calling), Siri responded “Sorry I don’t know who your father is” (the adults cried they were laughing so hard). Bottom left: Charlie and Teddy watching Spongebob after dinner and before dessert (note: whenever my nephews finish dinner at my parents house they always tell my mom “Great cook Nana!” – it melts everyone’s heart!). Right: Charlie and Teddy made me get well cards while Tommy was at school.

 I asked yesterday too,  so clearly I want to know – whats making you happy? 

#100happydays – Week 3

Since I have a few weeks of #100happydays photos to update you on,  throughout this week as to not bombard you with 20+ pictures (ooops) I’ll be posting a few at a time. Since I last shared my #100happydays pictures I’ve explored our new neighborhood, spent many a car ride #whitegirldancing to my favorite songs, and spent some quality time with my nephews.



Day 15 // Our new apartment is walking distance to Carson & M Street Beach in South Boston. Can’t wait for next summer!

#day 16


Day 16 // A few years ago Margaret sent me home “If I am Missing or Dead” and “After the Fire” and I finalllly got around to reading both, I’ll be reviewing both of them her on the blog in the coming weeks! (and maybe I’ll get around to giving them back to her..)


Day 17 // I mean if you don’t already know it I support anything to do with gingers. #gingersunite



Day 18 // It always shocked me when I know all the words to songs that came out over 20 years ago.



Day 19 // It’s important to remember to always do you.


Day 20 // This one’s older brothers decided to put themselves to sleep at 8 PM when I was babysitting. After they went upstairs he proceeded to rip off his shirt and ask if we could watch Finding Nemo, of course I obliged.


Day 21 // My first Sunday Funday with Katie and Ado was spent at Lincoln Tavern. Bloody Mary’s to die for and egg sandwich on a BISCUIT! #yum

Up next it will be some food, some friend love, and some updates on what the heck I was doing when recovering from surgery.

What have you been up to lately?

Whats making you happy these days? 

I’ve missed this…

It’s been a whirlwind last few weeks that left me neglecting Life with Red until normalcy was regained and now I come back to you with a fresh outlook, an announcement, and one less gallbladder…


Let’s start with “golly” as I like to affectionately call my gallbladder. I can’t remember if I have fully written about the issues I was having with my gallbladder, but it all start back in March when I was in Florida visiting my new-to-me friends Erin and David with my friend Nikki (sidenote: I’ll be writing a little bit more about E&D next week, because not only are they two of the nicest people I have ever met and I felt like I had known them forever after just a few hours with them, they also run a charity, High Socks for Hope and I want to share  all about what they are doing and how you can help while you are online shopping!). We’d gone out to The Moon Under Water in St. Petersburg, FL for British/Indian food – yes I know strange combination, but it really did satisfy everyone’s appetite that night- and I woke up in the middle of the night with this SHARP pain under my breastbone that was traveling all the way into my back. I didn’t know what to do, I tried walking around, I tried laying down, I tried drinking a glass of water, and Nikki and I even contemplated going to the ER and then after almost an hour the pain miraculously passed.

This same incident proceeded to happen once or twice a month until July when at my yearly physical I mentioned it to my doctor, direct orders to get an ultrasound and x-ray within the week were given. What did the find? According to the surgeon at least a dozen gallstones with a few of them measuring in size between a penny and quarter. Surgery was needed. On Sept 12 (two weeks ago) I had my first ever surgery and spent the first night I can ever remember in the hospital to remove my entire gallbladder stones included. Well, let me just tell you. Getting your gallbladder removed isn’t fun.  Luckily, they did my surgery laparoscopicly leaving me with only 4 small incisions (that I haven’t even seen yet because the bandages are still on) but oh-my-lanta was my back in pain for almost a week post-surgery, because of your lack of being able to do #2 (I thought that was the most politically correct way to say it without going too TMI). I stayed at my parents for about half the recovery period (I was out of work for a week) and though they said I was moving around with ease your body just aches. Monday is my post-op appointment and fingers are crossed that everything goes well and we can go back to our regularly scheduled programming. Oh, and added bonus I’m down 12 pounds. Maybe removing “golly” was all I needed to jump-start a healthy lifestyle.

Now what makes getting surgery worth it? My announcement. The night before my surgery I found out that as of October 7 I’ll be able to cross #41 off the list. GET A NEW JOB. I accepted a position at an organization in a nearby town as the AVP, Marketing Communications Coordinator and will be handling their public relations, website, and internal and external communications and I’m sure a whole lot more! I received a nice raise that hopefully will allow me to cross off #13 soon! I’m super excited to start this next chapter in my life, all before I turn 30 next month!

This next week will be spent updating you on my #100happydays, recapping some of my completed 101’s, and working on some fresh ideas for Life with Red.



Read with Red 9.5.2013

Happy Friday!

Fridays to me are for splurging on the medium iced Dunkins instead of the typical small, lunch-time take out, and 5:00 adult beverages (maybe this is why I haven’t achieved that goal weight?!!?) and it’s also for spending the day pouring over my favorite blogs between projects at work. Monday – Thursday I usually have two dedicated blog reading times, when I first arrive at work while I am eating my breakfast and just after lunch but on Fridays I like to reward myself for every task complete with a blog read or two!

I’ve been using bloglovin’ for a little bit over a week and though for a while when google reader shut down I was drinking the #haterade for bloglovin’ –  I AM IN FACT LOVIN’ IT NOW! (btw, did you know you can follow LWR on bloglovin’?) and thought I’d  share a few of my favorite reads from this past week with you which all seem to have a wine theme to them, hmm….

Kath Eats Real Food (no, no not me!) – Wine Country Trip

Kath’s a registered dietitian and blogger whom I’ve been following for some time now and recently she and her husband along with another couple headed to Sonoma for  4 days in wine country. I read her recaps of day 1 and day 2 earlier this week, this morning it was day 3 and that’s when I knew I liked Kath – on day 3 they hired a driver for their wine touring and sampling. On the other days they had switched off who was the DD but on day 3 and took full advantage of their driver’s (of Woody’s Wine Tours) recommendations and clout in the tasting world getting private tastings and picnic lunches! I’d love to visit wine country some day and when I do I’ll be searching the archives for Kath’s recommendations!

Kath Eats Real Food
(Photo credit – Kath Eats Real Food)


The Wife in Training (again, not me – no where near being a wife) – Wine Wednesday 

Let’s first talk about how jealous I am that Lindsay goes on blates (those are blog dates for those non-bloggers out there) I need to meet some more Boston bloggers and make this happen in my life! Who better to understand your need for 50 photos and new experiences to write about than another blogger? Anywaysssss back to the point: Wine Wednesday. Dry whites are usually Lindsay’s jam (her words, not mine) but girl stepped out of her comfort zone and tried a rose, a red blend, and a house cab-sav – why should you find this important? Because your taste-buds change people. I used to be a hater of all things with tomatos, refried beans anywhere near my mexican food, and white wine and guess what – my buds now love tomatoes on my burger, I had a scoop of refried beans with three meals this week (#singlegirlproblems when trying to finish the can yourself) and prefer pinot grigio over any reds (call me Ramona Singer if you want because its #turtletime).


I learned a thing or two about wines reading Lindsay’s post too – like white zinfandel is made by mixing existing whites and reds and only started in the 1980’s and that if I ever visit  Forth Worth Texas I’m hitting up Times Ten Cellars, because c’mon how cute is this place (and is there something like this that I am unaware of in Boston?!!?)

(Photo credit: The Wife in Training) 

Hosting & Toasting – Labor Day Weekend Trip

Alright, we will end off with Hosting & Toasting’s Labor Day weekend trip to Newport, RI. This week she shared her sailing attire, her lounge style, her brunch attire, and her vineyard style. I’ve added all of the below, which she featured in these posts to my shopping wishlist on Pinterest! While in Newport Britney stayed at the Ocean Cliff Resort which is absolutely breathtaking  and did a sip & sail package with 12 charters which seems like a must do for next summer!


Hosting and Toasting Inspired Wish List

I’m So Fancy




What was your favorite blog post this week? 

More importantly, whats your favorite type of wine?