A Quick Christmas With The Cristianos

Happy Day After the Day After Christmas! Ellie and I are settled back at home in New Jersey after our annual whirlwind Tour de New England, while Brian is off on his next leg off the trip. Our quick holiday getaway was lovely, if a little rushed. And because next year at this time I’ll […]

“Super Motivated By Food & Attention”

Life lately is all puppy, all the time. Puppy pee, puppy poop, puppy cuddles, puppy love, and more puppy pee and poop. Things sure have changed over the past two weeks. Being a “puppy parent” is no joke! I never expected it to be easy, but it’s proven to be quite the roller coaster. Here’s […]

The Dog And Pony Christmas Show

There was Thanksgiving… …and then there was Hawaii… …and then the holidays came and went. And because of the festivities in Hawaii, Brian and I figured we should spend the holidays together for the first time, visiting both our families all over New England. He called it “the dog and pony show,” which I guess […]

It’s Christmas Time In Contoocook

It’s been a while! The excuse-truth for being anti-blogging: I’m Crohnsing pretty hard. I know I know I know I know. It’s the never-ending shitstorm, and that’s not even supposed to be a pun. Though the puns are practically unavoidable at this point. So it’s OK. In spite of the yearlong health drama I’m in […]

Thankful Things Thursday: Love

I’m here. I’m here! Maybe you thought I’d fled for a while and ditched this whole blogging thing. I thought about it, honestly. I took a few days off because I was busy before I left for Colorado. Then I was in Colorado and I refused to turn on my computer for the duration of […]

My 12 Joys Of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my friends and family gave to me… …all amazing things. I’m sure you’re sick of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa recaps by now. But if you’re up for one more, I can do my best to try and recap the past week. It’s been pretty good. Turns out, shutting off the computer and […]

On Not Being Trendy

Forget skinny jeans, boots and puggle puppies — do you know what’s trendy right now? Being on a diet. Exercising a lot. Feeling “gross” amidst the holidays. And “cleansing,” “hitting the reset button” or “getting back on track.” Now if you know me at all, you know I’ve never been considered trendy, hip or in […]

With One Month To Go

Hi gobblers! I hope you had a nice, stress-free, full-bellied Thanksgiving. On the long weekend front, there’s not much for me to report. Instead of cramming eleventy billion “must do now” tasks into the three days I was in New Hampshire, I instead took The Route Frequently Less Traveled By Ali. I did pretty much […]

Thankful Things Thursday: Thanksgiving Edition

I’m currently sitting at my mom and dad’s house in New Hampshire, hanging out with all my favorite people and being entertained by my BFF Ty. As I sit here in my baggiest sweatpants, surrounded by great people and a plate of Oreos (I wrote half of this Wednesday night — though I’m certainly not […]

Thankful Things Thursday: Let Freedom Ring…At The Beach

Hello! I went running this morning. I ran six slow miles, and for each of those miles I had to make an urgent, awful bathroom stop. So great, right? And so instead of telling you about my sad little run — yeah I got the miles in, but do you know how stressful it is […]