Sunday, January 1, 2012

Predictions for 2012

Capricorn Outlook for 2012

    12/22 – 1/19

    Year 2012 Overview

    The confusion of 2011 is about to lift as clarity returns in 2012. You've no doubt been through a series of powerful metamorphoses since 2008, when Pluto took possession of your stars for the long haul. You're not even a quarter of the way through the 18-year shedding process that Pluto requires ... and yet you're not the same person you were just a few years ago by any stretch of the imagination. In some ways, you can expect this year to be a long, dramatic pause. You'll be questioning many aspects of your existence, especially your professional life. Mars, the planet of work and action, will be retrograde for the first quarter of the year in your house of higher learning and travel, putting you in a deeply introspective and philosophical mode. During this time, you'll be less inclined to hit the road than you will be to hit the books.
    When the eclipse patterns stir up the winds of change for you again in spring and summer, you'll experience some major epiphanies about the new direction you need to take. The new Moon solar eclipse in your work sector brings a fresh approach to the way you go about your daily routine. And then, the full Moon lunar eclipse of June in your dream sector will bring the muse and vision to inspire you to go beyond the known. The total solar eclipse and new Moon in your goal sector in November is the final push to plant radically new seeds. There's no question that you're leaving your old life behind; it's now just a matter of faithfully emerging into the new.
    Love is in the air with generous Jupiter in sister Earth sign Taurus, showering your romantic sector until June. The planet of fortune will provide ample opportunities for you to fall in love with someone new - or simply love the one you're with. Pleasure becomes a key theme for the first half of the year, providing a nice balance to your normal dutiful life.

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Holiday Survey

    another survey?!? darn right! ;-)
    another survey from my girl Julie, so you know it's good!


    1. egg nog or hot chocolate?
    egg nog...the grown up kind ;-)

    2. does Santa wrap presents or just leave them under the tree?
    Santa doesn't have time to wrap!

    3. colored or white lights on the tree/house?
    colored for the tree, white for outside

    4. do you hang mistletoe?
    my grandmother used to and it was always a huge novelty to me!

    5. when do you hang your decorations?
    my mom is the decorating queen, so, whenever she starts. which is usually before Thanksgiving!

    6. what is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert) ?

    7. what is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
    breakfast at my Gram & PaPa's house.

    8. what is on your Christmas wish list this year?
    This bad boy:

    If not, I'm kinda in love with this jacket:

    9. do you open presents on Christmas Eve?
    my sister and I always get to open 1 present each on Christmas Eve. And it's always Christmas pajamas!

    10. how do you decorate your Christmas tree?
    My dad does the lights. My mom, sister and I do the decorations. And my sister always tops the tree.

    11. Snow: love it or loathe it?
    Love the first few flakes...There really is nowhere more beautiful to experience Fall and Winter than in New England, IMO. But by February and sometimes as late as March, I'm over it!

    12. real or fake tree?
    Real! Nothing beats that pine-y smell.

    13. what is your favorite holiday dessert?
    Brighams frozen pudding 

    14. what is your favorite tradition?
    Going to Christmas Eve Mass with my family.

    15. what tops your tree?
    An angel. My sister always puts the angel on top.

    16. do you  prefer giving or receiving?
    Giving! I love giving gifts, especially when I know it's something the person really wanted.

    17. candy canes: yuck or yum?
    not my favorite.

    18. favorite Christmas movie?
    It's a Wonderful Life. hands down.
    "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!"

    19. what do you leave for Santa?
    milk & cookies...And a carrot for Rudolph

    20. do you have a Christmas morning tradition?
    we (still) sit at the top of the stairs and then race down to our respective "sides" of the tree.

    21. do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?
    after working 2 Christmas seasons in retail, online is absolutely my preference!

    22. Christmas letter or Christmas card?
    I love getting (and sending) both, but picture cards are great :-)

    23. do you remember your all time favorite gift?
    Teddy Ruxbin...anyone remember Teddy Ruxbin?!?

    24. what is your favorite part of Christmas?
    The night before Christmas

    25. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?

    *Apologies (again) for not being the bloggiest blogger on the block. I plan on posting a lot more, even though things are a whole lot busier lately. I've got some recipes to share and a few other things. 10 days til Christmas, Hope you're making them very merry! xoxo

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    Good Things Come in...Fours?

    You all know how much I love surveys--And if you didn't know, now you do--Thought I'd break my little blogging hiatus with this fun little survey from one of my new fave bloggers Ashley

    1. Four TV Shows I Watch
    -Gossip Girl - You know you love it. xoxo...
    -Gilmore Girls- I love watching re-runs on soapnet! It's a Sunday morning Mk thing ;)
    -One Tree Hill-See above!
    -The Biggest Loser-best enjoyed with a bag of hershey kisses

    2.  Four Things I’m Passionate About
    -My family
    -My friends
    -Being "in the moment"
    ...Oh, and coffee. I love coffee like most people love breathing.

    3.  Four Phrases/Words I Use A Lot
    - “sweet!”
    -”delish!”-Annoying, right? 
    -”wicked_____” -If you're from Massachusetts, you know that "wicked" is an acceptable adjective before ANY word (ie: wicked good, wicked fun, wicked cool. You get the idea.)

    4.  Four Things I’ve Learned In The Past
    -Gratitude. Being thankful for all you have is an amazing way to start your day.
    -That biology is only one way a family is defined.

    -Getting "unplugged" (shutting off the cell phone, etc.) is incredibly freeing
     -Never stop learning!
    5.  Four Places I’d Like To Go
    -Australia/New Zealand
    -New Orleans

    6.  Four Things I Did Yesterday
    -went to the gym
    -went to work
    -trimmed the tree with my family
    -started to re-read Breaking Dawn

    7.  Four Things I Love About Winter
    -The whole month of December! My mom & dad's Wedding Anniversary, Christmas Eve, CHRISTMAS DAY...
    -My Birthday (The best part of January, IMHO)
    -Breaking out the winter wear (especially my Uggs!)
    -Staying in and Staying warm! 

    Ok guys, there's my ice breaker. More on my absence in a  few!



    Saturday, November 5, 2011


    I know I'm a few days late on this post, but, Happy Halloween anyway!

    Not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I have a serious love for the holidays and Halloween just happens to be one of my favorites. I love eating candy, handing out candy, going to Salem, giving myself a good scare, and most of all...I love dressing up!

    Ever since I was a little kid, I've put a lot of thought and time into my Halloween costume.
    My mom, who loves Halloween herself, actually hand made most of my and my sister's costumes.

    But now that I'm a grown up (and I use that term pretty loosely) I've only become more fanatical about it.

    This year, my now, ex-boyfriend Paul, decided to be "Aldous Snow" a.k.a Russell Brand.
    So, naturally, I decided to go as Katy Perry. There was a lot of debate over which version of the bubblegum pop princess I was going to try and recreate...

    Would I wear my hair blue?

    too short.

    Katy pulls it off a lot better than I do.

    Eventually I decided to go with the "purple-pink" wig that she wears in the California Gurls video.

    Now this is more my color...


    As for the costume, I went more the home-made route, with mom's help, of course.
    And in the interest of saving a few bucks, I didn't buy an adult costume. Instead, I found a "candy land" dress in the kids section of the costume shop and was thrilled to find that an extra large kids fit me perfectly!

    To complete the look, I wore white fishnet stockings and a pair of magenta pumps and some jewelry and accessories found at Burlington Coat Factory. Again, my mom did that part.
    I also added some candy necklaces and bracelets!

    For make-up, I wore...A lot of it!
    Full face make-up with super long false lashes, winged eyeliner and a matte magenta lipstick.

    And the best accessory?

    An AWESOME Russell Brand lookalike boyfriend!

    He did good!

    (But I did better!)

    Paul, Luke, Mk

    What a great time! Here are some other notable Halloween looks from friends...

    Becca & Justin

    Talena & Mk

    Oh, and of course, Fitz dressed up!

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    These are a Few of my Favorite Things

    In Pictures

    1. The start of a new month

    2. Gingerbread Coffee

    3. Boots & Sweaters

    4. Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks

    5. The Bieb's new single "Mistletoe"

    ...I could go on and on!

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    The Guinea Pig

    According to 1 in 5 relationships start online. 

    The people at match also gaurantee that when you join, you'll meet someone special in six months.

    Ever the skeptic, but also curious, I decided I'd give them one.
    So, after consulting a few girl friends, I signed up for a 1 month subscription on
    I figured that, best case scenario, I'd have a a few fun dates and maybe hit it off with someone. 
    Worst case? I'd go on some truly awful dates and come away from the experience with a few good stories!

    I wasn't exactly stoked to get started, I'll admit. I rarely checked messages and so-called winks.
    I corresponded with a few guys who seemed pretty cool, but didn't have the nerve (or enough interest) to go out and meet any of these guys in public. I'm a great flirt, but beyond that, I'm not willing to invest much time in someone or something that doesn't completely intrigue me. I know that sounds bad, and the admission takes a lot!

    On a whim, I led the cursor on my computer hit a button that said "reverse match" 
    (meaning, someone looking for someone like me)
    The first picture I saw caught my eye. He was a handsome guy with dark hair and green eyes. He didn't have an overly embellished or detailed profile, and his looking for was pretty simple: a nice girl. I saw that he's from Ireland, which piqued my interest further...Gerard Butler in P.S. I Love You, anyone?

    So, I winked.

    Less than an hour later, I had an e-mail from the Irish import.
    Less than a week of e-mails later, I got a text.
    And in less than two weeks on, I had a date.

    The first actual "online dating" date I went on was pretty great.
    The second date was even better.
    The the third? Awesome

    So, for almost month now,  I've been dating this guy:

    Meet Paul

    On our fourth date, Paul asked me to be his girlfriend, thus making us a real couple.
    ...I surprised even myself when I said yes.

    Paul and I

    Paul is sweet, funny, attentive and kind. He is unflinchingly honest, which is (I think) a big reason why I was so drawn to him. From the first time we spoke, I never felt a need to hide who I am, thanks in large part to his own honesty about who he is. I'm never wary around him. My hand slips easily into his without any thought or effort. I love when he touches the small of my back or puts his arm around me, 
    or when he kisses me hello or good-bye. Mainly because I know it's genuine, but also because I'm just as crazy about him as he seems to be about me. I love the smell of his clothes and the stubble on his chin. I love his accent and the way it sounds to hear him refer to me as his girl. We're still in the honeymoon phase. You know, the part of a relationship where everything is new and exciting and everything your sweetie does is just so darned adorable. But honeymoon phase or no, I'm just enjoying the ride.

    The verdict?
    Online dating is pretty much the same as "regular" dating. There's are people from all walks of life. You're not going to connect with everyone, and just because a computer survey tells you that you're compatible with someone, you aren't neccesarily going to be. But, then again, maybe you hit it off with someone awesome. It's one of those don't knock it til you've tried it things. I'm certainly glad I tried it.

    So, is this *it* for me? Is this thing the real deal? Is it true love?

    Stay tuned...

    Oh, and PS: Gerard Butler is Scottish, not Irish.

    Thursday, September 29, 2011



    Stole this fun little survey from Julie over at PB Fingers! The survey theme? The number five! Let’s get to it!
    Last five people I talked to on the phone:
    1. My mom
    2. Paul
    3. Voicemail (I listened)
    4. Em
    5. My boss, Kellie
    Last Five Meals I Ate:
    1. Apple pie (late dinner on the run)
    2. Pizza, home made topped with fig spread, goat cheese, apple slices and arugala. 
    3. Bowl of cheerios with milk + a sliced banana
    4. A banana with almond butter
    5. PBJ
    Last five places I’ve traveled:
    1. Los Angeles, CA
    2. York, ME
    3. New York, NY
    4. New Hampshire
    5. Las Vegas, NV
    Next five places I will go (outside of my hometown):
    1. Brighton
    2. ???

    Last five workouts:
    1. Kickboxing (last night)
    2. Yoga at home, On Demand
    3. Kickboxing (Monday night)
    4. Jog at the beach w/ Dad
    5. Kickboxing (Saturday morning)
    Five things making me happy right now:
    1. Having my Friday on a Thursday
    2. The apple pie in the kitchen
    3. Pay Day!
    4. Getting all dolled up tomorrow
    5. Date night with Paul on Saturday!