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Friday, June 24, 2011

New Obsessions

H&M, Twitter, Blogging, Boyfriend.

First, let me give some background. As I sit here and watch an old re-run of House with Sara Beara, I have an odd fascination with strolling through twitter and trying to decide how I should go about blogging on this thing. I watched Julie & Julia and she actually had a reason to blog, thus ended up having an interesting following. I don't want a book deal or a movie but I do want to have someone read my posts and get something from it. If there's nothing to get from it, then that's my fault and I'm sorry for that. Sometimes I feel like I have no hobbies and no actual interests besides my recently purchased, all-seven seasons of The Golden Girls. However, I am very opinionated and have had my share of experiences in life up until now, at 20 (I'll keep you posted on more experiences).

So, let me explain my new obsessions. I am a little late on reporting this, but I am obsessed with H & M. First discovered in Hampton, Virginia while on vacation, I fell in love at first glace. Then I feel even deeper in love when I saw the prices of the clothes. Hi-yo! My sister was right when she said it was everyone's style. They have a little bit of everything there. So needless to say, my closet is already littered with their clothes. I have also introduced Sara to this as well. Whoops. Glad the nearest one is 2.5 hours away!

Next obsession: Twitter. Celebrity updates are sickeningly good! Some celeb's I stay away from but the normal Twitter-lovers are usually fun to hear from. Tom Hanks, Kim Kardashian, Blake Shelton and others have been lighting up my feed! Addicted? Yes. Maybe more than just addicted? I'll keep you posted.

Blogging. I kind of explained this before. I just want my post's to mean something! Not many friends my age like to blog. So I'll have to branch outside my comfort zone, reach out to others. I'll try to keep myself from long posts and rambles. Maybe that will help...

Boyfriend. New boyfriend? No. Same old, same old. I just want to write the words down here that I want to say but can't. I have been with Dan since October 2009. He has given me some of the best memories of my life along with giving me the love and attention I deserve. We're not always perfect, that's for sure. I wouldn't want to be perfect. Him and I have recently decided to put the spice back in our life. To work on things and make sure the spark stays alive. I love him more than life and I hope he knows that. Ok, so I'm not OBSESSED with my boyfriend. But I want everyone to know how crazy I am about him. He makes me a better person, a better girlfriend, a better woman. I don't know who I would be without him in my life. This sounds like a cliche romance novel for sure, but its honesty at its finest.

Sometimes we don't have to speak the words we are feeling, but it is nice to write them down.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mountains, motor homes and Montana's.

I sure do love clever titles. They just might be my favorite thing about this silly blog.

So, the last time I updated we had gone to Ben and Jerry's, Cabot Creamery and Dartmouth. Well, since then we have been all over the damn place! On Tuesday we went down to Quechee Gorge, which is pretty awesome. Sara of course was scared and walked very slow while on the bridge that runs over the gorge. They have a visitors trail that you can walk down to actually get to the bottom of the gorge, which is a pretty steep .4 miles long. So, Sara and I went on another "hiking" adventure, down the Quechee Gorge. It was so beautiful at the bottom. Rocks with flowing water, where we took pictures, of course.

We climbed back up and we headed to Woodstock, Vermont. This is a quaint, tourist town that we drove through to get to our destination and decided we MUST go back. Little shops, restaurants and art galleries lined the streets along with old houses and buildings dated from the 1800's. And a covered bridge, which was very rustic and beautiful.

Wednesday, we traveled our little hiney's to Boston, Massachusetts with Sue. First stop was actually in Cambridge, where Harvard is :). We had the hardest time actually finding Harvard because it is literally hidden behind it's own buildings. My GPS said, you have arrived and I had no idea what it was talking about. Once you walk in between some buildings, you realize you are in Harvard Yard, where most of the academic buildings are. While at Harvard, we ate at Bartley's Burgers and visited the Coop, which is Harvard's store of signature Harvard apparel. Then, we went to the North End of Boston, which is *hush hush* Little Italy. Everything was Italian, except the 1-800-Flowers we parked next to. We went to Mike's Pastry, which is a North End staple and had the best Canoli's ever! We got some souvenirs in some gift shops, walked around and absolutely loved the Italian and Boston accents. Such a weird experience!

We left Vermont on Thursday. :( Packed up our stuff and got back on the road. We made it to Batavia, New York to stop for the night. We shopped at a Walmart where I found a ton of TV seasons for only 15$. Needless to say I spent a little too much, but got a great deal.

On Friday, we arrived in Niagara Falls, NY! We bought tickets for the day for the trolley, Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist (YAY) and the aquarium. I absolutely LOVED Maid of the Mist. Although there were at least a hundred other people on board with us, I felt like I was on a private tour of the falls and that I was special. (Hah). I loved the water on my face and on my sunglasses! After that we walked around for a while, seeing and observing the falls from all different angles. It was just TOO gorgeous. Then we visited the aquarium, which was small but had lot's of fishies! We walked back over to the main area and took the trolley over to the other side of the falls where the Cave of the Winds was. We got to go practically into the falls bu walking up steps. We lived through the Hurricane Deck, where I got soaked! Good thing I had a poncho. However, my pants got incredibly wet! All in all, Niagara was definitely worth it! I don't know if I have ever seen anything more beautiful.

Then we made our way through Canada a little ways, while I got sick and threw up a couple times. Once in the motorhome while driving - that was fun! - and once was at a Montana's restaurant, hence the part of the title. Thankfully, I made it outside the restaurant. After that, I felt much better, to say the least.

Once we made it back into the U.S. on Saturday I was full of joy. Not being able to use my phone or the internet drives me nuts. And knowing we would get back to Hastings that day was also a nice feeling :) I hadn't showered since Thursday morning. Ugh. So we're back in Michigan and going to be heading back to Mount Pleasant today. Feels like forever since I have been there, and I cannot WAIT to do my laundry. It's gonna feel so good! Of course, we're gonna make a pit stop in Grand Rapids for a little bit. Mama bought us a new microwave and I want to see them! But for now, our trip is over and it was a darn good one, too! Over and out!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ice cream, cheese and ivy.

An update to our trip!

Yesterday, Sunday, Sara and I went to Dartmouth College! Our first ivy league experience! Just so happens it was also commencement day-- lucky us! It was actually a good day to go because the town of Hanover which is combined (basically) with Dartmouth was very lively and spiritful. We really didn't blend in, though, because most of the people were there for the ceremony and had friends and family there. We, however, had camera's around our necks and maps in front of our faces. Oh joy! The tourists are here.

We saw a lot of cool brick buildings, still not sure which ones were dorms and which ones were academic buildings. We were able to find the Admissions building, a building for information and a theater (that's where we found our trusty map!), a library (of course, we work at a library, why not seek one out?), the Green (where the ceremony was taking place) and the Hood Museum of Art! Dartmouth is a very old, historic campus and it nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire, just across the Connecticut River from Vermont. Listen to me, I sound like a website. But seriously, it is just beautiful. The art museum had an awesome collection and was possibly my favorite part of Dartmouth because I have never been exposed to some of the types of art before. Such as early Renaissance and early American art collections. I am so excited I got to have my first Ivy League experience at Dartmouth College because the atmosphere was friendly, academic, intelligent and beautiful.

After Dartmouth we came back to the motor home and goofed around for a bit while Bob and Sue went to the laundromat. Sara and I took crazy pics of ourselves and I managed to suck up her computer cord into the vacuum while trying to help out (yup, another fail for Brittany). Also, after the vacuum incident, while said cord was still inside the vacuum, I managed to mess up the steps to the motor home. They wouldn't stay in place, but they would move out when you opened the door and closed in when you closed the door. Crap. Ended up being an easy fix but I felt like quite the idiot. Other than that it was a chill night.

Today, Monday, Bob, Sue, Sara and I went up to Cabot, Vermont and visited the Cabot Creamery Visitors center. We saw a video on the history of Cabot (which is a farmer owned co-op) and got to sample some wonderful cheese. Grade A cheese! Also got a short tour of their factory. Definitely learned a lot about cheese!

After the cheese creamery we hopped over to Waterbury, Vermont and visited Ben & Jerry's! What a cool place. It just feels so welcoming and inviting. Lots of people were there, but the tours run smoothly and efficiently. We got their, bought our tickets, wandered around for a moment looking at the gift shop and went on our tour. We saw a six minute video on the history and future of Ben and Jerry's, which was funny and interesting. They are definitely an amazing company - just like Cabot. Vermont has some good people :) Then we took a short tour to oversee some of the processsing of the ice cream. Mostly all we saw was packaging, but it was still very cool. Basically today's theme was cows. Cows, cows and more cows! A day udderly filled with cows! Sorry for the pun.

What a fun-filled two days and we still have the rest of the week to go! Over and out!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Through the mountains we goooo...

Every once in a while I get into a blog mood again. Don't know why I go back and forth, but I do. This post is going to be about our travel's so far, that being Sue, Bob and Sara Archambeau and myself. We landed in Thetford, Vermont at the Rest N Nest campground, just north of Norwich, Vermont. Norwich is where King Arthur Flour is located and that is the reason for our trip. Sue wanted to take baking classes at KAF because it is her favorite cooking company. She became overwhelmed with joy when we went into the Bakery Shop yesterday. We just stopped by to make sure we could find it and Sue was in heaven. I bought some Pumpkin Pancake mix and Chocolate Chip Cookie mix. Wonder if it'll be better than Sue's homemade? Probably not.

So going back to the beginning, we shoved off from Hastings, Michigan around 5 pm on Wednesday the 8th and stopped driving the motorhome around 10 pm in Woodstock, Ontario in a WalMart parking lot. Slept in our yucky-ness that night and were already looking forward to showering at the campground. Got up early the next day and drove through Canada, crossing the border back into the United States around St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. We passed the Falls on the highway just before Customs. Going into Canada was fairly easy, just a couple questions and off we went. Into the United States, the customs people were searching every car and we were in a motorhome. They came up into the RV and matched the licenses/passports with the people and, once again, Sara and I were called sisters. They didn't know which license was who's. They didn't give us any trouble, though. Good! Cause I get nervous in those situations and I looked like c-r-a-p. So we kept driving, stopping on and off for the dogs and bathrooms and food. I have to say, traveling in a motorhome with friends AND dogs is quite amazing. Sophie, the scardy-dog, should have been medicated before the trip became, but she hasn't been too much trouble. Maggie has been excited for everything this trip has to offer and they both have been very good puppies.

Captain Bob did a very good job driving us through Canada, construction, mountains and really scary bridges to get us to the great state of Vermont. Co-Caption Sue did a very good job navigating until we got to the camp ground...then we needed some help from my handy GPS on my phone, which has saved us multiple times. We were able to find Enterprise for the rental car, Walmart in New Hampshire, King Arthur Flour and, of course, our way back to the campground. They were very thankful, of course.

So, since we've been here (just after 9 pm on Thursday) we have been settling in and kind of exploring. Yesterday, Friday, Sara and I decided to walk to the post office, "just a mile down the hill on the right," the campground manager said. So we start walking down a hill which very quickly turns into a MOUNTAIN. We keep going down and down and down until we realize there is no way we are getting back up this hill. Then, we finally reach a town. Post office anywhere to be seen? Nope. We had to search a little ways for it, but we found it! Then, we decided to call Sue and Bob and ask for them to come get us. Turns out, they don't have any cell phone signal at the campsite. So we had to call the same guy that gave us the bad directions and ask for him to relay the message that we need to be picked up down the mountain. I will say, despite the epic fail on our parts, it was a very scenic and hilarious trip. And it's always better with a best friend by your side :)

Vermont is SUCH a beautiful state. Rolling mountains, called the Green Mountains, which is very appropriate because of all the evergreen trees covering them. New Hampshire's state motto is Live Free or Die, which is also appropriate considering they don't have tax on most of their products. The price on the item is the price you pay. That's always nice! Where we are staying is only a matter of a couple miles from New Hampshire, so I'm sure we'll be seeing it again, soon.

So far, I've been through Michigan, Ontario, New York State, Vermont and New Hampshire and on Wednesday we will be taking a day trip down to Boston, Massachusetts! What a vacation. I will be sure to update this with more tales from the motorhome. Over and out!