[Spring Always Brings New Things]

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You know how I met Mr. Sullivan’s family last weekend? Well, the reason it’s taken me almost a full week to update you isn’t because it didn’t go well; work has been a little nuts this week with some unexpected surprises. But back to The Sullivans.

For starters, I’m practically a midget compared to all of them. Peter’s mom is the shortest at 5’10”, so, yeah. I think I have a big enough personality to make up in the height department, though. Obviously I was a little nervous, I mean, it’s not everyday that you meet your boyfriend’s family, and there are a lot of them: 4 brothers and a sister, plus his parents. I’ve got all the names down and general descriptions of what they do, so I think I’m in a pretty good spot.

Anyway, dinner was lovely and I had so much fun getting to know his family. Their dynamic is kind of amazing, and it’s not something that you run into often. I was definitely reminded of the way that I am with my family, and somehow that made me feel more comfortable and actually less like I wasn’t in on an inside joke. When it was time to go I didn’t really want to leave. I’m excited to get to know them all better, and let them see who I am.

Work, however, was not as easy this week. Without getting into too many details, I’ve been splitting my time between two totally different projects. Project A has been a consistent thing since October, but it’s not really what I had in mind for my future work aspirations. Project B is an up and coming thing that revved up only a month or two ago, but it’s something I would love to do more with. Sorta vague, I know. Sorry. But the good news is that my wish came true, albeit rather abruptly, and I’ll no longer be working on Project A, as of today, at all!

Also, I took an Intro to Yoga workshop last Saturday which inspired me to give yoga the good ‘ol college try. So, I’m taking my very first, actual, hot yoga class tomorrow morning. It helps that someone from work is doing it too; forces me to be a touch more accountable. (I’m currently pounding a Nalgene bottle of water so I don’t die.)

And on that note, I’m off to bed. Here’s a little something I found and felt like sharing: It’s a song, listen to it.

 

– S

 

ALSO, my trip to Dubai is in 3 weeks O_O ohmygod am I excited.

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[Practice Makes Perfect]

 

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This floral arrangement may have been practice for the one I’ll be bringing to my boyfriend’s mom, who I will be meeting this weekend along with his dad, sister, and one of 3 brothers I haven’t met yet.

It might be a little weird, but I’m excited-nervous and practicing and planning helps calm me down. Plus now I get my own kickass flowers to bring to work and brighten up my windowless office. Really, it’s a win-win.

 

– S

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[288] Professional Pierogi Producer

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Usually when I make pierogi it’s done with my mom and my sister. We call it out pierogi sweatshop. My mom makes the dough and rolls it out, my sister and I mix the filling, I fill the pierogi, and then my sister handles the boiling. This time I only had me, but my setup was pretty sweet. It took SO much longer to make 4 batches of pierogi than I remember it taking. I finished though, and felt really good about the final product.

 

– Stephanie

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[263] I’ve Got Mail, and It’s the Wickedest and the Sweetest

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I think I’ve said this on more than one occasion, but I am literally the happiest person ever right now. My uncle texted me while I was at my letterpress class to alert me to the fact that I had mail waiting for me when I got home. I knew that I was due a shipment of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter swivel sticks, which I have not been able to find ANYWHERE in Washington, but I was so not prepared for the other wonderful surprise waiting for me.

My family ceases to amaze me; they sent me a book full of pictures of our annual trip to pick apples and pumpkins, but since I couldn’t physically be there, my family toted around a picture of me, from high school, I might add, and posed me all over the place.  I’m sure my mother was mostly behind it, but my dad and my sister posed, and that in itself was a huge feat. The second I read the cover “Flat Stephanie Goes to the Farm” I started to sob and laugh at the same time. My mascara started running into my eyes and that just made me cry more. Seriously happy tears though, my family is the best. Seriously. I love them. Like, a lot.

– Stephanie

P.S. You can see the actual book here if you want to. I’m just glad my mom chose one of my better school pictures to use.

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[221] Down Up Down

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You know when your mood just feels off, and all you want to do is reset and start fresh? I was able to reset, and it came in the form of an hour long phone chat with my mom. I get these waves of homesickness that seem to come out of nowhere. It’s not a traditional homesickness, because I feel like Seattle is my home now, but I miss the people that made Syracuse my home.

My mom always knows what to say to calm me down and remind me how important this chapter in my life is, plus she’s really good at sending me snail mail and packages. My dad knows exactly when to send me an email that makes me tear up with just a few words. I’m sure Jacob would know when I need a cuddle sesh if he wasn’t a dog. And my sister sends me Snapchats that make me snort while I’m laughing.  I’ve got some pretty kickass people in my life.

 

– Stephanie

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[196] It’s a Parade!!!

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Today is my sister’s 18th birthday. What? And I flew all the way from Seattle to celebrate with her. Sure, it’s in conjunction with vacation, but I still made the trip…which was uneventful…thank goodness.

My family picked me up at the Norfolk, VA airport, and we went straight to dinner, sort of. Tina, my dad’s GPS, sent us in some weird directions, but luckily we had some time to kill, and eventually made it to the restaurant. Dinner was good, and we left full of delicious pasta and sauces. It was an early night since we have an early morning ahead of us.

 

– Stephanie

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[174] I Say Something Funny Everyday

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I know I just saw my family a month ago, but when I was home, I didn’t really get to spend a whole lot of time just relaxing with them. So now I’m really enjoying my time with them. My sister in particular has mannerisms that I miss. Since she doesn’t really read my blog I can say that I miss those weird things she does, and I think she misses my weird things too.

 

– Stephanie

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[169] Fans, Bikes, and Helium Balloons

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Three things happened today: I set up my new fan (and turned it on), took a 13-15ish mile bike ride with my uncle and cousin, and Skyped with my sister while she inhaled helium balloons and talked to me in a munchkin voice. It was a very good day.

 

– Stephanie

 

P.S. 90% of that road used to be my thumb. Thank you Photoshop.

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