Monday, August 24, 2015

TWTW - the one with the peace and quiet

There's something about being by the water, something that slows the churning in your brain and replaces it with serenity and lollygagging.
There's also something about arriving at your aunt's lake house after midnight on a Friday with two adults and three dogs making a ruckus and being greeted with open arms.
There's something about spending time in a beautiful place with people you love, whether you're doing things together or just doing things separately in the same space.
There's something about a meal outside, where the steaks are reminiscent of the Old 96er and the grilled corn makes you want to eat it off the cob even though you never do that.
There's definitely something about taking eleventy billion photos of your dogs without anyone judging you. They take them for you instead.
Not to mention the reading of books and magazines, the snack spreads, the gelato, the swimming, the lounging, and the sitting by the water, the breeze skimming over limbs heavy and full of a drowsy summer afternoon...there is indeed something glorious about all of those things.
Then there is Sunday night, when you arrive home after battling traffic on the Northeast extension, and your husband goes to work and your dogs pass out snoring and you're left alone with the Sunday night blues and the brownies you brought home, which you eat for dinner instead of the buffalo chicken pasta salad you whipped together at 7 p.m.
There's also being grateful in hindsight that you left after 9 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. on Friday, because you got to do your weights, change your sheets, wash your towels, write a few blog posts, process your iced coffee in bulk, and paint your nails in Essie Madison Ave-hue, which Lori also did that night, three hours north. Kismet, no?

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It was weird to write this blog post without using the first person. Try it. It's weird.

I can't sign off without wishing my great friend Jill a fabulous 30th birthday today. Cheers girlfriend! xoxo
What about you? Did you get any peace and quiet?

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending

31 comments:

  1. sounds like a perfect weekend of relaxation. your dogs are such big cuddle bugs!

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  2. this weekend sounded glorious, and the pics of the dogs cuddling you are too precious

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  3. There's something about this entire weekend that makes me think you are doing life right.

    There's something about those dogs that awakens my creepy dognapper spirit. It dares me to lure them home so I can have pug snuggles and sasspot moments too.... but, they have such good lives with you I'm sure that I would fail!

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  4. I really like the welcome sign, if I ever have any guests besides Tyson's family maybe I'll get one.

    I love snack spreads, we had one at a back to school party yesterday. Food is always the best part of any kids party.

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  5. Lol on the big 96-er! Looking forward to our visit this weekend!
    Love, your Momma

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  6. What a great weekend. Love the first set with you guys by the lake. Also - I love me some corn. Seeing that photo totally makes me want to get some fresh corn on the cob for dinner tonight.

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  7. Jealous!! Sounds like a great weekend to me. I love the part about doing thisngs together or just spearately in the same place. That's what it feels like when you vacation with the good ones, it doesn't matter! Buffalo chicken pasta salad??? Do tell. I just bought a huge tub of blue cheese yesterday and I bet my kids would love that!

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  8. some peace and quiet near the water is the best!! and taking your pups with you on a trip (and all the pics) is even better.

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  9. doing things separately in the same space - so true, love when i can do that with loved ones and it not feel weird.
    that's hilarious that you didn't use first person in this post. that pasta looks delish but the brownies sound fabulous!

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  10. What a wonderful weekend! I so love that nail color. Ok, I'm in love with the doggies. Those pictures are too cute.

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  11. It was a fabulous weekend. I love sharing my home with those I love & their furry children. You guys top of that list.

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  12. What a great weekend. I love that "lake time" sign - so true! Also, that sunset photo up top is absolutely beautiful!

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  13. Absoultely perfect lake weekend! I always love your morning coffee posts!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. What a perfect weekend. And I'm loving all the dog pictures :) Saturday I got quite a bit of the day to myself so it was nice to relax but also get a few things done around the house too... nothing necessary, but I wanted to do 'em! Paint toenails, catch up on magazines, Skype with my niece, etc!

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  15. I have definitely been known to eat cake instead of my pre-prepared 'sensible' meal. More than once. Anyway, sounds like an amazing weekend. I could do with one of those! Just need to find a relative with a beach house now...

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  16. Well Saturday was filled with fire truck sirens (went to a wetdown), but Sunday was pretty quiet! I love your lake pics and activities- it always sounds so relaxing! Also, I'd be all over brownies for dinner. Just sayin'.

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  17. Looks like such a beautiful weekend! There was not much peace and quiet here. 2 family birthdays, baking a cake for one, and testing a slew of paint colors on different walls of our house. Now we actually have to paint! I did get to read a book though due to insomnia. It was one of those Amazon $2.99 deals and after reading it I could see why it was discounted so much!

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  18. i agree- being by the water is the BEST! looks like a wonderful time, i need about 98 days of peace and quiet after the weekend i had.

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  19. I have recurring dreams about water/beaches... always the ocean. It's bizarre.
    That pasta salad looks so good! I wonder if I could make it without the chicken bc the flavor itself sounds YUMMY!
    I was just thinking of painting my nails that color! Idk what my deal is... I've been terrible about painting them lately. Don't judge me.

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  20. What an amazing weekend! The lake looks for peaceful and serene. I would love nothing more than spending my weekend relaxing by a lake or ocean. Love the Essie nail color you painted your nails in.

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  21. I am always so jealous of your weekends! You are either amazingly productive or having the most wonderful vacation/relaxing time ever! Looks like it was wonderful fun!

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  22. What a great weekend!!! It looks absolutely fabulous!!! I love the little pug paw in the shoulder! And ummm buffalo pasta salad??? Have you shared that recipe before? lol! You know...for cheat day or whatever. :D

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  23. LOVE that welcome sign and that the duggies were included! Looks like the perfect weekend at the lake, and that nail color is gorgeous <3

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  24. Water is definitely calming! What a lovely weekend you had!!!! As for writing in the 3rd person, you did great. Came out naturally :). We had a good weekend visiting J & O's new classrooms for the fall. I'm so nervous for the start of kindergarten!

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  25. Being by the water is the best life. I just instantly calms me Glad you had a great time.

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  26. You always have such awesome weekends! That food always looks so delicious. I could definitely go for some corn on the cob & steak.

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  27. That buffalo chicken salad looks and sounds amazing! And yes! Life is always better at the lake... quiets the mind (which we need now and then) :)

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  28. Similarly, I left for Delaware at about 10 on Friday night and had an awesome no-real-life few days at the beach too. There really is something about it. (Until you get on the NJ Turnpike and all the magic is lost and the traffic makes you want to turn right back around and get back in the water.) Glad you got some peace and quiet this weekend! Also, that nail color has me all heart-eye emojing!

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  29. Looks so nice and relaxing girl. Gahhhh! I need sleep so bad :-S

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  30. Dude. You've been having some amazing summer weekends. One of the things I like best about you is you appreciate them too. I laughed HARD when you talked about all your dog photos. Every week, when I post my Sunday's Seven Snapshots, I laugh at myself how many cat photos I take during the week.

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  31. I got awesome peace and quiet in the mountains, flecked with a bit of insanity from my sweet boys!

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