Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Letters

Dear July,
You are the epitome of summer for me and in Vermont, you are especially lovely.  You might be the best month of the year, because we are in the midst of summer, but we aren't approaching those days in August, when the world gets a little sad because school is on the horizon for every kid out there. July, let's make this the best summer yet. 

Dear Independence Day,
You are certainly one of my favorite holidays.  I get all sorts of giddy thinking about hanging out with friends with barbecues, sparklers, s'mores, and fireworks.  You certainly know how to party and I hope our patriotic celebration includes all of these things.  So let's bring out the red, white, and blue!

Dear First Paycheck,
You rolled in today(!!) which means we are officially leaving the student days behind us.  And it feels so good!  Now I guess we can get serious about those student loans. 

Dear Vermont,
We have been here about a month and we are enjoying every bit of you.  Everything is beautiful and breathtaking.  I am soaking it all in, because I know summer doesn't last forever.  Good thing I try to have year round outdoor hobbies, so I can look forward to every season you have in store for us.  You are totally killing it this summer.

Dear New Job,
We are off to a slow start.  Hopefully, we can figure each other out and be good friends.  I just want you to know that I am doing my best.

Dear Manchester Outlets,
You are way too much fun.  I am trying to keep my distance because dangerous things can happen with so many deals at my disposal.  I think we can work out something that keeps us all sane and speaking to each other.  I just love the shopping possibilities you offer to this small town.

Dear Hiking,
I can't wait to get lost in these mountains, figuratively speaking. This Saturday we are coming for you!  I'm awaiting steep trails and beautiful vistas.  Hope you can deliver.

Xoxo, Katie

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Job

Here I am after I survived my first day at my new job!

I have now been at it for a week and half.  The first bit has been pretty slow.  You know... doing trainings, feeling overwhelmed, learning new systems, meeting great people.  There is a lot of new stuff to get accustomed, too.  I will be working 2 days in a PCP office supporting patients with a history of opiate abuse that are doing Medication Assisted Treatment and then 2 days a week doing general mental health in an outpatient office (and a day off in the middle of the week to boot!!).

I am excited to feel comfortable with the new positions, which always takes a while.  I hate the learning process sometimes.  It can be so slow and painful.  I need to hone some patience for myself and trust that I will figure it all as I put in the time and practice.  I love my field. I tell you, working with a bunch of therapists is about the most supportive work environment you could ever work in.  I love Love LOVE it.  My new co-workers walk past my door and are always checking in with me about how things are going and see if there is anything they can help me with.  It is great.  

Interestingly, the day I started my new job, I found out that my picture is on the website for my old job.  Crazy!!  I miss those good, good people.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Late Night Decisions

I have learned that I have the most fun when I do things with a little spontaneity.  So when I got a message from my friend, Betsy, last night at 11:00 seeing if I wanted to run a 5k this morning at 9:00, I thought, "Well, why not?!"  So I dropped Jeremy off at work and went to run my guts out jog about on the Vermont foothills.  Funny thing is... I won 2nd place in my age group, which was uber surprising considering we kind of mozied about on the course.  But when you live in a small town, then you have a small race, which means you feel like a total rockstar for running a barely sub30 5k.  Maybe I will train for the next one... or maybe I will just try to get a more decent night's sleep and hope for low registration numbers again. 

Cracks me up!!

Monday, June 22, 2015


Jeremy's parents came to visit us and flew in Friday morning.  We did some outlet shopping while Jeremy finished up his half-day of work then we went to lunch and showed them around our little area.  We found 5 covered bridges over the course of the weekend. 

Friday night we stopped by a Festival of sorts in Manchester with a live band and we had to have an ice cream stop.

Saturday we started the day with a short hike to Equinox Pond.  We will definitely come back to explore some of these other trails - the trail head is only 10 minutes from us (!!!).  It was beautiful.... and I still can't believe I live here.

After our hike, we went to Cilantro for lunch (which is quickly becoming our favorite local place) and shopped at the outlets in Manchester.  I would love that to always be our Saturday routine - hiking, eating delicious food, and then shopping.  :)  

After the morning of fun, we stopped by the Norman Rockwell Exhibit at the Sugar Shack, where we also had to buy maple syrup, and then we went to the Robert Frost Home.  It was a cool day learning about the famous people that spent a lot of time in these Vermont mountains and it was so fun having visitors!  Everyone is welcome! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

To My Daddy:

You have taught me a lot of things in my 26 years of life.  You have always instilled in me a belief that I could do and be anything I set my mind to.  Thank you for always believing in me and helping me believe in myself.  Here are 26 things I admire about you, for every year you have been my dad.  I admire...
  • your commitment to being an honest man
  • your love of family
  • your humility
  • your yogi bear impressions
  • your strong testimony of God
  • your sheep herding skills
  • your willingness to go along with mom's crazy adventures
  • your kindness
  • your ability to make friends with everyone
  • your knowledge of maps
  • your endless encouragement
  • your compassion to others
  • your drive to be a better person
  • your love of "beautiful country"
  • your patriotism
  • your protective father instincts
  • your listening skills
  • your ability to tap into the spiritual
  • your willingness to sacrifice for others
  • your motorcycling skills
  • your thoughtful texts
  • your heart to hearts we had growing up
  • your ability to learn so much from the scriptures
  • your knack for sleeping in random places
  • your goofy side that drives mom crazy
  • your calm and rational influence
Daddy, you are the perfect dad for me!  I am so glad I get to be your daughter.  I love you!
Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

In His Element

Jeremy finished his first week at his real life job today. And he is LOVING it.
(How terrible is it that I was out of town playing for his first day?)
I visited him for lunch yesterday and he was totally in his element.  It's so fun to watch. 

I can't believe he is having so much fun at work!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Week to Play

(Welcome to the longest post of my life!)

I barely got settled in Vermont, before I took off for Utah to play for a week.  My new job starts next Monday, so I had to take advantage of the days off.  I had such a fun time playing with my family. Here are some of the highlights.

On Thursday, Sammy took me mountain biking for my first time in Corner Canyon.  It was 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles down.  We mozied on up the mountain and had a blast coming down.  I loved it!!  I was also really muddy and exhausted.  He rented me a "fat bike" and it was amazing!  Those tires could cruise over anything.

After mountain biking with Sammy, I drove to Provo to do some rock climbing in Rock Canyon with Riley and his friend Payden.  We got some Costa Vida to go and ate it at the base of the climbing routes because we were trying to beat the rain.  It rained on and off and then poured on Riley's second climb.  We bailed and ran to the car like a bunch of hooligans.  We were soaked and we most definitely felt alive!

My grandma joined us for our weekend of fun Thursday night.  Friday was our Saturday (everyone had the day off), so we went out to breakfast, went bowling, and drove up to Snow Basin to check it out.  Beautiful place!!  And only 20 minutes from my parent's.

We had s'mores with some of the neighbor kids when it got dark.  Reese's s'mores are my favorite... every time!

Saturday morning Riley and I headed back up to Snow Basin to do some hiking while everyone else had stuff to do.  Then we went home and did a bunch of yard work in the hot sun.  We grilled some steak for dinner and saw Jurassic World - and LOVED IT! 

Sunday we went to church and had some family over for a backyard BBQ and rootbeer floats.  YUM!

Monday, I followed the boys to Provo. We all had lunch together, Sam went to work, and then Rye and I made our dance video. It was so hot, so we made sure to get some shave ice after to rehydrate.  The Strawberry Colada from Hokulia was amazing.

On Tuesday, Sam, Riley, and I headed to Park City to do some more mountain biking.  We went 5 miles up and then 5 miles down.  It was hard, awesome, beautiful, and we had so much fun.  We had no falls and got really muddy... what can be better?  It really was awesome. I have been talking up mountain biking to Jeremy.  I think I almost have him convinced.  I will have to take him biking in Vermont to completely seal the deal.  After biking we got some delicious pizza at Park City Pizza Co for a late lunch and then headed on home.

Wednesday, I helped my mom with some projects, went out to lunch with my mom and dad while the boys went to work, and then I packed up my stuff to go home.  I had a later flight home so I could have maximum time with the fam.  Jeremy picked me up at 1:00 am in Albany last night, we drove an hour home, and he had work at 8:00 this morning.  He is a rockstar and he is so happy that I'm home.  See??

What an awesome week!!  I just played and played in the mountains and I loved every minute.  Thanks Mom, Dad, Sam, and Rye!  It was the best!

Now someone needs to come visit me.