#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! 


#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? 

#100HappyDays Week Two

Alright, it’s been a week since a last wrote but last week was one of those weeks – we moved, we unpacked, we cleaned two nights after work, I spent the night in the hospital, I spent the next day recovering and I was just feeling plain uninspired. But it’s a new week people and the blog posts ideas are streaming! Up first for the week is my week two recap for the #100happydays project I’m doing on instagram!

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Day 8// Ice Cream = Happiness. Ice Cream also equaled dinner on the final night at our apartment in Medford.


Day 9 // Moving Day! Nothing made me happier than making that left photo into the that right photo!

Day 10 // I cut 15 minutes off my commute when moved! Early to work? My boss is VERY HAPPY!


Day 11 // I had to ask my brother a favor last-minute and being the wonderful brother he was he didn’t even flinch. He’s also a pretty great dad to my four adorable nephews (see the bonus section of pics to prove it!)


Day 12 // Tried Franklin Southie with Ado, can’t decide if my favorite part of the night was the women sitting two tables away from us getting up when she overheard us discussing what we wanted to get and offering her opinion  (an opinion we are happy we listened to – order the burger!!!) or the appetizer we had before we left the apartment of cookie dough oreo’s.


Day 13 // Who do you call at 11 o’clock on a Saturday night when you are doubled over in gallstone pain? One of your oldest friends. What is the first question you say through gritted teeth and tears on that phone call? ARE YOU SOBER? and when she rolls up to your house what is the first thing she says to you “You knew the MOM would answer didn’t you?” I don’t think you can define friendship any better! Spent the night 8 hours in the ER, had a CT scan and a ultrasound where not one, not two, but three people told me “Wow, you’ve got a lot of gallstones” #tellmesomethingidontknow #12gallstonesandcounting


Day 14 // Finding a replacement for Farmland/Bob’s Imported Food in our hood = PURE HAPPINESS.



As I said on Day 11 my brother is a pretty great dad to his four little boys, this weekend he helped to organize a cardboard box boat regatta on the pond where his wife’s grandmother owns a home for all of the cousins. While I couldn’t make it because I’d spent the night in the hospital and had to finish cleaning our apartment in Medford before handing over the keys my parents went and said it was a sight to be seen – 7 kids, 6 cardboard box boats, an not one of them sank!

All the kids pre-race!

Charlie (left) and Tommy (right) shared a boat!

Teddy my independent 3.5 godson paddled his own boat!

Andrew, the littlest of the bunch is clearly unimpressed with the hoopla.


How did you spend your labor day weekend? 

#100HappyDays Week One

Way back last week I wrote about anxiety how even though I do occasionally go into full on all-I-want-is-my-bed-mode that I want to embrace the positives in my life and thus I began the #100happydays project.  I’m posting all of my #100happydays posts to instagram (go follow me!) and will post a recap each Monday here on LWR.


Day One //  My friend Ado just moved back to MA from NJ and we met Monday night to walk the lake in my hometown, as we are getting older (and wiser?) we thought sometimes it’s better to catch up over 3.1 miles rather than 3.1 beers.



Day Two // As I was leaving my first job out of school I met my amazing friend Danielle (that’s not her) who begged me to take her with me or at least help her find a better job. Enter Jenn (the one photobombing the margaritas!) and an open position at her company, if I couldn’t take Danielle with me I could at least have her work with my best friend! 6+ years later we still catch up over dinner every few months!



Day Three //  The week before moving and no food in the cabinets or the fridge, who wouldn’t hit up Boston Market? Plus all this was under $5!!!



Day Four // Two weeks ago I started a twice weekly workout with my trainer. Day 4 was all about legs and back, woof.


Day 5 // On day 5 I woke up to a text from my boss saying she wouldn’t be in #happyfriday



Day 6 // As a project for an art show my senior year of college I create a piece to commemorate the house I grew up in (I will post it to instagram this week) and as we prepare to move (tomorrow!) I borrowed my dad’s camera and took about 200 photos to eventually work their magic in photoshop.




Day 7 // Mother D (my Nana’s rap name) is celebrating her 91st birthday this week! Her entire family including her seven great grandchildren got together on Sunday for “shiny food” (what my nephews call Chinese food) and cake!

Have you done the #100happy days project? If you’d like me to feature it on LWR leave a comment!