Snowed In

Michigan winter 2019

There are many things that I love about living in Michigan. The beautiful lakes, amazing summer and fall weather, and being close to my family and friends are at the top of my list. However, Michigan weather is incredibly unpredictable and one thing I do not enjoy is winter.

Winter in Michigan can be just downright miserable at times. Take today for example. The temperature outside is -9 degrees Fahrenheit before wind chill. That doesn’t sound terrible until you add in the buckets of snow, so much so that I got stuck in my own driveway after my husband had snow blowed it. And on top of that it’s windy so the actual temperature outside is closer to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. WHAT?!

The government for my city is closed down because of the temperature. The mail isn’t being delivered and the trash isn’t being picked up. The news warns us not to drive unless it’s completely unavoidable and to not be outside for more then 8 minutes at a time because of frostbite. It’s like a snowpocalypse.

I work in finance so if the stock market is open we are open for business. But the company I work for is all about work-life balance. Our President sent out an e-mail Tuesday afternoon urging us to work from home Wednesday due to the frigid temperature and terrible driving conditions. He sent another e-mail this afternoon with the same message. Reason number 1,000,001 why I love this company is because they value us as individuals and give us the opportunity to work from home instead of slip sliding our cars into work.

So, it looks like I’m going to be snowed in for another day. Working from home isn’t super easy because I’m down to just my laptop screen instead of my two screen setup at my work desk. But that’s okay! I’m home safe and sound with water running so our pipes don’t freeze!

Also, shoutout to the amazing people like Brett who work outdoor jobs. Today I bundled him up in a million layers so that he could go work his job at the airport in order to make sure that people can get to their destinations on time. They have been working in shifts so no one has to be outside too long.

Michigan, I love you but please give us a break from these unreasonably low temperatures!

Is anyone else out there freezing right now?

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Falling In Love With Traverse City, MI

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Hey friends!

For those of you who don’t know, I live in the beautiful state of Michigan. Michigan is home of the Great Lakes, Detroit Tigers, Verner’s, Bell’s Brewery, and the most beautiful lakeside towns you can imagine. I love it here!

Last weekend we had the privilege to travel to Traverse City, Michigan for the wedding of one of Brett’s high school friends. I have been looking forward to this trip for months because I love weddings and I haven’t been to Traverse City since middle school. I have been dying to see this area of Michigan in the fall!

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We rented an airbnb on Lake Leelanau for the weekend with a group of friends and had a blast. The house was right on the lake so every morning we woke up to an amazing view. The weather wasn’t ideal but we still managed to have a great time!

We arrived on Friday at about 8 pm and headed straight downtown to meet up with friends at the Rare Bird. The wedding party came out to meet us after the rehearsal dinner which was a lot of fun. After a couple margaritas we headed to the airbnb for a night of rock band, tequila shots, and drinking games. I am the boring professional sober person of the group mostly because alcohol is a trigger for my migraines so I enjoyed watching the group.

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We had a late start Saturday morning and didn’t roll out of the house until after 11. I spent some time by the lake while the house was still waking up and got to see the rowing team practice. After everyone was up and around we headed to lunch at Martha’s in Suttons Bay.

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After our lunch we drove to Black Star Farms for a little wine tasting. It was $7 for 5 tastings and you got to keep your glass. I wasn’t planning on drinking but I’ve never gone wine tasting before so I didn’t want to miss out on the experience.

Our bartender was really knowledgeable and was able to share a lot about the wines that we were trying. As someone who doesn’t drink a lot I really appreciated her attention to detail! I tried 5 sweet wines and my favorite was the late harvest Riesling!

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Once we had finished our tastings we headed out to the farm to have a quick look around. There was a wedding being setup and I can imagine that it was a beautiful wedding just based on the venue! Driving into the winery is a whole hilltop was filled with grapes. There are horses and sheep in pastures on the property and beautiful barns and buildings. It was super picturesque.

I was in dire need of a nap after the wine tasting so we headed to the airbnb for a quick nap before the wedding. I fell asleep quickly and woke up about 30 minutes later to start getting ready for the wedding.  I found my dress last minute a Kohl’s but ended up really liking it! I’m still having a hard time dressing my body after gaining weight but it’s starting to get a tiny bit easier.

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The wedding took place at Timberlee Hills which is a tubing resort in Traverse City. The ceremony was outside and I almost froze to death in the 50 degree chill. Thankfully, the ceremony was short but oh so sweet. I have never seen the groom so happy and the bride was beautiful!

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The reception was a lot of fun. I was the designated driver so I had a good time watching the boys dance and spill their beers all over the floor.  It was a great wedding and I wish the bride and groom and lifetime of love and happiness.

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We had to be out of the airbnb by 11 on Sunday morning so we woke up, showered, and headed back to Traverse City for breakfast. It was hard to leave the amazing airbnb behind but we have already made plans to come back in the summer when one of our friends graduates.

After breakfast at the Blue Heron 2 Café & Bakery we started the 3 hour journey home. I had a great time in Traverse City and wish that we could have stayed longer! Hopefully we will be back soon!

Have you ever been to Traverse City?

Thanks for reading!

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P.S. Sorry for the crappy iPhone pictures! I’m hoping to get a new phone soon.

 

 

 

Fall 2018 Bucketlist

Fall 2018 Bucketlist

Happy first day of fall!

Fall is my second favorite season! It used to be my favorite before I realized just how much I hate winter. Fall means that winter is coming so it has dropped to second place behind summer.

Fall in Michigan is absolutely stunning! Every day is beautiful, crisp, and full of promise. I try to enjoy it as much as I can before the evil snow starts to fall. Fall in Michigan means fresh honeycrisp apples straight from the trees, homemade cider, and lots of drives to see the leaves.

Without further ado, here are the items that I added to my Fall Bucketlist for 2018!

  1. Visit the apple orchard
  2. Watch Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown
  3. Decorate our front porch for fall
  4. Drink hot apple cider
  5. Go on a drive to see the leaves
  6. Pass out Halloween candy at our new house
  7. Have a bonfire with friends
  8. Carve pumpkins
  9. Host a football watching party
  10. Make a double batch of my mom’s chili and cornbread
  11. Take Oscar and Megan on a trail walk
  12. Rake all the leaves
  13. Decorate the whole house for fall and Halloween

I am really excited to enjoy our visit fall season in our new house. I have already started to decorate for fall and have been collecting décor for Halloween.

What’s on your fall bucketlist?

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Five On Friday #2

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Happy Friday!!

I had a great response to my first Five On Friday post so I thought I would share another for this upcoming weekend.

  1. I took a half day at work today so I will be leaving work around 1 to drive to Canada with Brett. His sister, Mallory, lives near London so of course we had to visit her for the London Airshow.
  2. This is our fourth (and final) weekend in a row at an Airshow. I miss my bed! Air Show season is wrapping up and I can’t wait for some relaxing weekends at home.
  3. I will be reading The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I read My Life Next Door by Fitzpatrick last weekend and it was really good. The Boy Most Likely To continues on with some of the same characters and I am so excited to read it!
  4. Sunday we will be relaxing with Mallory and her boyfriend, Matt. Mallory lived in Michigan when I first met Brett so we are pretty close and I am really excited to spend some time with her. It’s been a year since I last visited!
  5. I also took Monday off work which means that Brett and I can have a pretty relaxing travel day back to Michigan. I hate feeling rushed while driving so I’m happy to have Monday off work!

I’d love to hear what you are up to this weekend!

Thanks for reading!

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What Fourth of July Means to Me

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today is one of Brett’s favorite days of the year and I always try to share his excitement! Our 4th always consists of spending the day at an Air Show and celebrating all of the men and women who fought or are currently fighting for our country!

I always think of both of Brett’s Grandpas on this day. His Grandpa Charlie died before we started dating but was an incredibly hardworking man. But his Grandpa Ed (Red) lives in Florida and I have got to know him well through the years.

When Brett’s Grandma passed away in December we spent a lot of time with his Grandpa. Ed pulled out his scrapbook that he created from his days in the Army and shared many stories about his experiences during World War II. It was heartbreaking to see how badly these memories still hurt him. He was injured and earned a Purple Heart which is a huge honor! I am proud to call him “Grandpa” and will make sure to pass along his stories to our future children.

It hurts me to watch him suffering from the loss of his wife and an injury that still he suffered during World War II. He lives alone now in his nineties while his whole family is in Michigan. The VA has done very little to help him while he risked his life for years for this country.

The Fourth of July means so much more than fireworks and barbeques. It’s a day to remember all of those people who represented our great country and fought for our freedom. All of the people who still suffer from the memories and heartbreak of war.

I am proud to live in the United States but I realize that it took a lot of suffering from others in order for us to enjoy this freedom. Today we should celebrate America and all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Thanks for reading and Happy Fourth!

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We Bought Our First House!

Buying Your First House, We bought our first house

 

Hey, hey.

In my last post I mentioned that I had some exciting news to share! So here we go….

*Drum Roll*

Brett and I bought our first house!

In my first quarter goals I wrote about looking for our first house but I never expected to make an offer, have the offer accepted, and move in all before the end of March. I would say that we are lucky but it wasn’t all luck. We worked SO hard to be able to buy this house. It took a lot of dedication and teamwork to be able to afford a house at our age. We are grateful to continue our story together in our first house!

Here’s the story of our first house:

In early January I found a house online that I loved right away. Brett was a little hesitant but agreed to go look. We weren’t really looking to buy right away since we just signed a new lease in December. We saw the house, Brett fell in love, but someone else put in an offer and it got accepted. The house changed to pending.

Fast forward two weeks and the house came back on the market. We went again to look but I still had some anxiety about making an offer. We slept on it and the next morning had our realtor put in our offer. Right off the bat we knew that the house needed a new roof so we planned for that expense in our offer.

24 hours later and we still hadn’t heard from the sellers. It turns out another couple made a similar offer so the seller’s realtor asked us for our best and final offer. At this point Brett and I are both kind of over the house. We put in our final offer and pretty much knew we aren’t going to get the house.

I can remember sitting on the couch the night we made our final offer. I was browsing Zillow on my laptop when I came across this adorable 1941 Cape Cod in our dream neighborhood. It felt like fate.

The next morning we got the news that our offer on the first house did not get accepted. It was a weird feeling because I did really like that house and could imagine us living there for a long time. I was also happy because I wanted to see that Cape Cod that I found on Zillow. I texted the MLS number to our realtor right away.

48 hours later I hurried to the Cape Cod after work for our viewing. We brought my parents, sister, and our friend to help us make the decision. Right away Brett and I both knew that this was the house for us. There was no anxiety or second thoughts. We made an offer right away.

3 hours later the sellers accepted our offer and we broke out a bottle of wine to celebrate! We closed on March 5th and officially moved in on March 10th. Brett and I are overjoyed with the house.

We still have a lot of things to do and boxes to unpack but the house is coming along perfectly. We have already hosted a few cookouts on our back deck and have enjoyed many walks in our new neighborhood. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our little family.

This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Life of Hayley (and Brett) and I could not be any more excited. I will try to share some pictures along the way but for now it is mostly half unpacked boxes and empty walls.

Thanks for reading!

 

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I will survive

Migraines, headache, survival

 

Hey there. Long time, no blog.

“Where have I been?” you ask?

The main reason I took a random leave of absence from the blogging world was my health. I have mentioned before that I have struggled with migraines for the last several years. During the month of December I had three blissful weeks without a migraine. But once January started my migraines were back and were the strongest they have ever been. I felt like I was barely functioning.

I had a good visit with my Neurologist at the beginning of February. Unfortunately, there’s not much more he can do. I will be getting another MRI done in the near future just to make sure that nothing has changed since my last one. My doctor also prescribed another medicine that I could take up to 7 times per month. I ended up not picking this prescription up because a.) the side effects are terrible (I have taken it before) and b.) it was almost $120 for 7 pills.

Other events have also played into my break. I did check one super exciting thing off of my 1st quarter goals which I will be sure to share soon! I am a bit behind on my 2nd quarter goals but hopefully they will be up soon too.

This post was mostly to let you guys know that I’m still here and I still care about my little piece of the internet. I’m just struggling with things that I can’t control. Hopefully my regularly scheduled content will be back soon.

Thanks for reading!

 

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