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Crazy Days And Tuesdays

4 Oct

Okay, today just got away from me.

❤ Wear a Dress Tuesday.

Rainey sent me this last week!  Don’t you love this color?  I adore it and I adore it on her.

Lunch was eaten in between meetings and hospital visits.  Leftovers from last night – I didn’t have any tomatoes though.  Bummer!

For dinner, I was craving comfort food:

I think Baked Ziti qualifies.

I don’t have much of a recipe, because I wasn’t thrilled with it.  But I used ricotta cheese AND mozzarella, which gave it amaaaaaazing flavor.

I am currently locking myself in my office so I can get some work done.

I am going to kick off my heels though.

I think I deserve it.

Odds are you deserve it too. 🙂

Happy Wear a Dress Tuesday!

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

3 Oct

Bruce and I took advantage of our mutual days off and took a trip down to Newport to have lunch and fly a kite today!

It was kind of an epic fail.  It was really windy … up until we bought the kite and attempted to fly it.  Then it was still. Ha!

We had lunch at The Black Pearl – outside by the water!

I had an omelet with ham and jack cheese, which was served with french fries and a delicious vegetable medley.

The weather could not have been more perfect today!

The tourists were out in full force – two cruise ships were in the harbor!  Whoa.

We’re home and I’m getting ready to go to book club.  I am loving The Help!

Cold Cures

29 Sep

Ack, I am so close to feeling better.  But I am at the stage of this sinus/cold/head thing where I am just exhausted and my head feels … big.  I have a meeting tonight, so I left the office around 12:30 to get some rest and work with my feet up.

As lame as it is to be under the weather, this happens to me when the weather changes – and I am excited about that!  Bring on fall, please!

In the meantime, my sinus/cold/head remedies have been as of later …

Chicken Noodle Soup with crumbled up crackers (it gives it a stew-like texture!).

Yes, that is Italian Ice.  I send Bruce a text the other day when I was at the “my throat is burning” stage and said that I wished we had Popcicles.  And yes, my sweet husband walked in the door that night with both Popcicles and Italian Ice to sooth my throat.

He’s kind of sweet.

What are your remedies for annoying ailments?  I remember one time being sick when I was young and my throat hurt and I was crying to my mom, who promptly left my room to get some “medicine” – which only made me cry harder (I hate medicine).  Turns out the “medicine” she was getting was icing on a spoon!  She said it would help my throat – and it did!  So smooth.

Colt State Park

20 Sep

When Bruce started working a few weeks ago, we weren’t really sure what his schedule as going to look like so we just kind of took things one day at a time and did the best we could to spend time together when both of us weren’t working.

Unfortunately – our schedules were completely clashing!  We made due for awhile, but there comes a point where we actually want to see each other, haha.  Bruce tends to have Sundays and Mondays off so I have decided to switch my day off so we at least have the option of one day together.  I did have some meetings tonight, but we took off this morning to explore Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island.

It was a gorgeous fall day!  We were both in jeans and long-sleeved shirts and that was perfect.

I’m starting to wonder if I will ever get used to the fact that I live this close to the coast!  I hope not – it’s kind of a cool novelty. 

Bruce didn’t have any fishing rods along on this trip and – of course – we kept passing spots where he could tell there were a lot of big fish.  Next time, Bruce!

We weren’t really in the mood for a big sit down meal, so we stopped at Panera (we had some other errands to finish in the area) on our way home for lunch:

I had a Thai Chopped Chicken Salad.  Very good – they don’t skimp on the salad fixin’s there!

Dinner was late, because I didn’t get home again until 8:30.  We started the night by taste testing some cheese for Foodbuzz (more to come on that tomorrow) … 

… and then Bruce pulled this out of the crockpot!

My sweet husband put the following in the crockpot this afternoon:

  • Beef Roast
  • 1 Can Beef Broth
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Splash Liquid Smoke
  • Splash Vinegar
  • Pepper

And let it cook on high for a couple of hours.

We haven’t used the crockpot in awhile – that needs to change.

Bruce also bought a pumpkin beer to pair with the meal for the two of us to share.

Honestly, I didn’t really like it – but I don’t like fruity beers so I’m probably the wrong person to ask.  Bruce really liked it, though – so don’t be deterred by my strange palate!

Wow, 10:45 already?  What a day.  I really enjoyed the time away, though, even if it was only for half the day.  It was so peaceful and a nice escape.  Lovely!


Small World

16 Sep

I had lunch today with a clergy friend of mine.  We tried out a restaurant that neither one of us had ever been to, Trinity.

VERY cool restaurant.  Great menu and not too expensive, either.  The atmosphere was quiet for lunch (which was nice, these lunches are really just an opportunity to talk and catch up) but apparently is much louder at dinner, especially when there are big games on (there are tons of TVs and screens that can be pulled down).  I want to go back for dinner some time!

I ordered a Chicken BLT (a CBLT?) and Sweet Potato Fries.  I was so surprised when the Sweet Potato Fries came out crinkled!  I don’t think I’ve seen that before.  They were perfectly cooked, too – they weren’t overly fried, so you could actually taste the sweet potato.

Funny story:  Doug (the pastor I had lunch with) worked with my mom when she was serving a church in Washington, CT.  He was serving a church nearby.  When she moved to the church in Kent, he did some consulting for her congregation there.

Actually – when I started the process of discernment, she was talking to him one day and told him that I was thinking of going into the ministry (I think at the time she was kind of scared for me, ha!).

Anyway, a few years ago, he started at a church in this area.  Then a few weeks ago, an article came out in a local paper about me and my ministry in Rehoboth.  The same day it came out, I received an email from Doug, who was kind of flabbergasted that after working with my mom in Connecticut and after she told him that I was going into the ministry, he and I are now down the street from each other in Massachusetts.

Small world, right?

Also – he is brilliant.  His blog,, is based on the idea that no church is perfect.  Letting go of the notion that we one day can be is the first step to having a vital ministry.  He also has written two books, Challenging The Church Monster: From Conflict To Community and The Honest To God Church: A Pathway To God’s Grace.  I am so lucky that he is willing to talk with me and help talk me through some of the challenges of being a new pastor.

Alright, it’s time for me to wind down. I spent a lot of time talking today and I’m ready to shut the day off.  Goodnight!

Crazy Days And Rainy Haze

7 Sep

Happy Wear a Dress Tuesday!

The rain really made the air smell like fog today – it was wonderful!  I was so excited to pull on a fall-inspired Wear a Dress Tuesday outfit.  It’s time for boots!

Today really just got away from me (hence posting at 9 pm).  I was scrambling this morning to finish some stuff up (between the power outage and Labor Day I feel like I lost a week and a half off of my life) and then headed down to Fairhaven, Massachusetts to have lunch with some of the other women clergy in my association.  We do this every 4-6 weeks and it is such a wonderful time of fellowship and collegial ministry.  As someone who is just starting out, I feel like these women give me so much!

I had to take a screenshot picture of the map on my phone while I was driving, because there are seriously days when I cannot get over how close I am to water.  Every now and then I drive along the water and see rows and rows of sailboats and want to open my window and ask people if they think it is as cool as I do.

They probably do not.

So I refrain.

Lunch was delicious, but (per usual) the conversation was better.

I cannot believe how late it is – where did the day go?!  Sheesh.  Ever have one of those days?

See New England With The Weavers Volume 1

6 Sep

Bruce and I have been in dire need of some time alone and away lately, so we spent a little bit of time planning a day trip this morning.

(Oh – I guess I should say that when I say ‘planning’ I mean we decided where we wanted to go, used our phones to get us there, got a map at the visitors center once we got there and then played it by ear for the rest of the day.  I love our method!)

Our destination?

Plymouth Rock!  Plymouth, Massachusetts is only about an hour from us and was such an easy drive.  It’s a port town, so once we were able to do some touristy and beach-type things.

(The rock is in there!)

The Mayflower!The historic sites in Plymouth are absolutely unreal …

An old courthouse … 

I was the judge!

Bruce was the jury!

(I absolutely adore this sign!)

This is the First Parish Church.  It is was the name implies – the first church in Plymouth.  The history behind this church is actually kind of fascinating.  It was founded in 1606 in England and came over on the Mayflower.  It was the original ‘meetinghouse’ in Plymouth, but made the move to become Unitarian in 1800!  There was a lot of controversy with the move and several members ended up leaving and founding their own church …

The Church Of The Pilgrimage.  This church was founded as a congregational church and is now a member of the United Church of Christ – part of the Massachusetts Conference, just like the Rehoboth Congregational Church!  I was peaking in the windows and Bruce said, “You really want to get inside, don’t you?”  Ha – yes I did. :)We were starting to lose some momentum, so we stopped for a quick bite to eat at a little cafe.

Can you believe we actually split this sandwich?  This was only my half!  I don’t know why we have never thought of this sooner, but by splitting something we saved some money and didn’t waste any food (on trips like this we can’t really take leftovers).  Energy restored! The walking / picture taking may commence.

A working grist mill!

It was such a GORGEOUS day out!

There are times (most of them in fact) that neither one of can really believe how close we are to the water – I love it!

I love him.Today was really everything that we needed – both individually as a couple.  We both feel so refreshed and ready to take on the week!