Thursday, June 25, 2015

The day after Josh and I returned from our trip, he drove up to New Hampshire to pick up little Otto.  He hasn't even been home for a month yet, but it feel like we've known him for years already.  He's staying with Josh at his parents house until we find our own place, but he and Mac have already become fast friends.  At first Otto was terrified of Mac but he has finally caught on that Mac is really just a giant puppy that wants to play.  Otto came over the other night and it made me so so happy to see the two of them just run around together.  Here are some pics from his first few weeks home:

On his way home
Only 12 weeks old and already 1/2 my size
Mac and Otto's first meeting
Loves car rides
Already a beautiful dog

$60,000 in Debt: Month 13

Friday, June 19, 2015

This month looks a whole lot better on paper than it does in real life.  It's easy to miss the fact that I wiped out my trip savings account which I guess is acceptible since I actually used it on my trip, but it's sad to see all of that money go.  It was very well spent though.

I also paid off my car loan!  That would be a lot more exciting if I had paid my car loan off for any reason other than because I bought a new car and will have a much bigger loan taking it's place shortly.  I'm in the process of selling my old car so I should have some money back in my account in a bit, but for now between the trip and the car my bank account is looking a little scary.

I haven't done any big loan payments or any emergency fund allocations because of these two things, but they were both planned so it hasn't done too much damage overall.  Looking for to the next few months where I can get back on track with knocking down my student loans!

Girls Weekend and Wine Tasting

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

On Saturday myself and Miranda headed out for the two and a half hour drive to western Massachusetts.  Alanna, who currently lives in new Jersey, drove about the same north to meet us.  While we all get to see each other fairly frequently, it usually involves someone driving over four hours in one direction to do so.

We figure we could meet in "the middle" and make a girls weekend of it.

We checked into our hotel and then headed out for lunch at a small Greek cafe.  I think I'm still expecting cold weather when I go outside despite it being mid-June, but it ended up being super warm and we (or at least Miranda and I) had to put sun block on to stop from burning.  I think this was the first time it actually felt like spring to me.  So glad it is finally here!

After lunch we headed to the Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards to do a wine tasting.  We could taste one wine for free, 5 for $5, or everything on their list for $12.  Guess which option we chose?  There were 16 wines and ciders to try.  None of us had ever done a wine tasting before, but I think we went a little too fast... I was pretty buzzed by the end of it.  This was just one stop on a greater "wine trail," but I'm not sure how anyone would ever be able to do more than a couple stops.
We each got a full glass of wine and went outside to sit on these big adirondack chairs overlooking the orchard.  

Our friends Andrea and BJ just happened to be driving out to New York so they decided to stop and meet us on their way.  They are about to start a three month trip around the US so I'm very glad we got a chance to see them before they left.

After the wine wore off we headed back to find some dinner.  It was only 6pm, but pretty much everything was closed.  The first place we stopped at had over an hour wait so we ended up at a small Peruvian restaurant.  The food was good but took forever to get out to us and we were all tired and dehydrated from a long day in the sun.

We headed back to the hotel to meet up with Lynsey who had to work until 6:30 and drove the whole way out by herself after she was done.  We spent a while just hanging out in the room but decided to head to the one open bar for a few drinks.
The next day we attempted to check out downtown Pittsfield but, because it was Sunday, everything was closed.  We stopped at a coffee shop when we first arrived, and by the time we were hungry for lunch we found ourselves back there again because it really was the only place that was open.

Luckily it was another beautiful day so simply sitting outside with each other for company was enough to make us happy.