Flea market, dog day, and drives

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Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and that you had a great weekend!

My love had the weekend off so we got to spend every day together.

And the other beautiful thing was that I got to take out my new Canon Rebel beauty that I talked about in my last post. 

 

Saturday:

 

Saturday we took our boy to the vet…just a general check up. Everything went great and he is a healthy and happy boy!

 

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After that, we took a la la drive….

 

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We then remembered that they were having Mountain Top Dog Day near us and we knew we had to go!

 

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They had a demonstration from the local police department of their K-9 patrol and how they train them to sniff narcotics. It was pretty cool!

 

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We also saw a hot dog dressed as an actual hot dog in a costume…. tried to photograph from far away, but I just did not do him justice.

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In addition to all of the beauty of dogs surrounding us, we had this. 

 

Later that night, I drove past my favorite field near sunset and had my camera.

 

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I was not originally going to pull over, but then I spotted 3 deer in the field…

 

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I watched as they all jumped away and admired their graceful attitudes.

 

Sunday:

 

The next day, we hit up this huge flea market that I have not been to in quite a few years. As you may or may not know, I love flea markets. And farmer’s markets. Basically any markets…

I forgot how amazing it was and how many treasures you can find here…

 

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Quite a few old cameras were found…

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But only 1 sad clown…

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Funny story about Mr. wooden duck here. I had my blogging brain turned on while taking these pictures and strolling the flea. I remembered a previous gaming post about my favorite game Gone Home that I had written- in the game, there is a wooden duck that I somehow remembered looking like this guy. When in fact, when I looked it up while writing this post, he was a Christmas duck. I’m pretty sure he was still wooden- so, close enough. Either way, he reminded me of Gone Home ; )

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Frankie scored a $20 telescope!

 

The rest of the day….

 

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 I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Blog birthday and my 25th!

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[The song my blog was named from!]

 

Yesterday was 1 year with Thegoodthingscomin! I can’t even believe it! Read my first post ever here….

 

 

This blog has been a great outlet for my feelings and it has become so much more than I ever thought it would. 178 followers is tiny in the blogging land, but to think that many people are reading your words somewhere out there…is pretty cool.

 

I like to chat with you guys about big things and little things in my life and everything in between. My blog has changed a lot from the beginning and will continue to evolve…excited to see where this goes!

 

Speaking of big things in my life, last time I wrote I talked about my 25th birthday and my 25 goals.

 

To celebrate a big birthday and my blog anniversary all in 1 week, I am so lucky!

 

I’m happy to say it was a glorious day at the lake, followed by a wonderful birthday dinner with my family- 4 of whom [nana and papa and my 2 cousins) I did not even know were coming so that was a great surprise!

 

Glorious day at the lake:

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We taught this boy to swim this summer!

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I have been begging my Frankie for a camera for awhile now….I normally borrow mama’s camera when I want to take good pictures. The morning of my birthday he surprised me with a disposable Fujifilm camera and told  me he ordered me something else, but it was not a camera, and that it didn’t get here in time.

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Then he brought out the big box. Which ended up to be my dream, Canon Rebel T5, with a kit with a tripod, other lenses, a camera bag, and so many other accessories! My sissy chipped in too and I’m sure was in on the gag gift idea as well…

I can’t wait to play around with this and share the pictures on my blog. I have loved photography for a long time, but when I started blogging I found myself wanting to take pictures even more.

 

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Lucky enough to finish the birthday night off with the ones I love the most..

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Thank you to anyone reading, leaving thoughtful comments, or passing by.

Here’s to a year! 

 

 

 

 

25 goals for 25

 

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Guys, I turn 25 today!

 

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I’ve had mixed feelings about it.

 

But then I was reminded of this important message by someone I know whose daughter did not get to make it this far in her life…

 

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So here’s to embracing 25 and what will come from it!

Because many don’t get that chance.

 

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I really love goals. 

 

25 is the perfect chance to create new goals.

 

So without further ado,

 

25 goals for 25:

 

1.)Stop being so anxious about the future.  

Being 25, I have plenty of time to figure that stuff out. It is also normal to have doubts, worries, fears. And to not have a clue what I am doing.  I have quite a few things I am interested in and want to try, so let’s take that day by day…most don’t have this figured out, anyway.

 

2.) Make Meditation a priority. 

This goes along with number 1- meditate, light some candles, listen to Native American flute music with rain. [my favorite meditation music.] Rinse. repeat. Learn to just be.

 

3.) Maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

I have still been having my daily morning smoothie, working out 1-3 times a week, and I stopped looking at the scale. I want to try out new workouts, up the intensity, and not be afraid to try new things at the gym.

 

4.) Get more serious about my blog. 

I’m pretty close to 200 followers and I would love to reach 200 email and WordPress followers.

I didn’t intend to make it a goal to make money off of my blog when I started, but when you start blogging, you come across a ton of people who make a living off of blogging. It’s pretty amazing that people can support an entire family on a blogging income with enough hard work. It would be nice to eventually make some extra money on the side doing something I really enjoy.

 

5.) Learn the ukelele. 

I got a guitar for my birthday about 2 years ago and learned a song, a few chords, took some lessons. Then I put it down and didn’t pick it up again….I read online that the ukelele is easier to learn and a lot of people learn that first and then guitar. I have a mint green ukelele I got from amazon with a shark on it that is just waiting to be played. I really love to sing and want to do cover songs when I learn to play.

 

6.)  Move out on my own…

Yup, it’s a big one. I’m finally ready to move out on my own, create my own space, and make my own mistakes in regards to living on my own. I will have to find something pet friendly though, because I would be very depressed without my babies. 

 

7.) Try a new thing at least once a month. 

Whatever it may be, just something new. I’ve been wanting to try aerial yoga, pole dancing classes, hip hop classes…

 

8.) Cook something new at least every 2 weeks. 

I started doing this and then school got in the way, but I love to cook when I actually do it and going along with goal # 6, I would love to have at least a few dishes under my belt for go-tos.

 

9.) Road trip out west. 

Frankie and I road tripped down south the summer I graduated from college, 2 years ago, and it was the best trip of our lives. Would love to go out west next- this might not happen exactly in my 25th year, but it will happen.

 

10.) Get up earlier, to do more things before work.

Work sucks and the earlier I get up, the more free time I have to do things I love before work. At one point, I was getting up earlier a few times a week to write a blog post, and my best thoughts and writings came from those times, not sure why…

 

11.) Laugh at yourself.

I’m a spaz and do a lot of silly things. Sometimes I worry how I look to other people, when really, who cares? I need to laugh at myself more.

 

12.) Make your opinion of yourself matter more than the opinions of others about you. 

If I could turn off caring about what others think of me, like a switch, I would have years ago. Wouldn’t that be amazing?!  This should have been goal # 1 for me.

 

13.) Do things you love, more often, and every day. 

 

14.) Be more authentic. 

 

15.) Keep track of my gratitudes more often, whether writing them down or just noticing them in my mind. 

Gratitude is important to me. But sometimes when I get caught up in life, I forget to keep track of what I am grateful for as much as I used to. I think it’s an important thing to keep as a habit.

16.) Throw another party.

I really enjoyed throwing my Spooky party last Halloween. And dressing as Misty Day from Coven. I was also really proud of myself for planning it all on my own and following through with it and that it came out better than I expected.

 

17.) Do more spontaneous things. Surprise yourself more. 

 

 

18.) De-clutter your life, regularly. 

It feels really great to get rid of stuff. I also love to shop, so I definitely accumulate some stuff too. I still have a whole box of summer shorts I found that don’t fit me anymore- that’s just bad energy sitting in the corner.

 

19.) Get out of your comfort zone more often… 

This is a big one for me that I need to work on.

 

20.) Positive affirmations and more positive self talk. 

 

21.) Network more for my blog, find my blog “tribe”…Spend time each week commenting, viewing, discovering new bloggers.

 

22.) Build myself a nice nest egg savings account. 

 

23.) Take more pictures.

I love photography and how it makes you more aware of your surroundings. To take good pictures, you have to be present.  And still. 

 

24.) This goes along with the last one- buy a DSLR camera and learn the manual settings on it. 

It would be cool to know exactly what settings to set for each individual picture and really personalize each photo…

 

25.) Keep making goals,  but don’t be too hard on yourself.

A good one to end on, to remember that we can do a lot, but we can’t do it all.

 

 

 

 

Prancing around P Town Mass

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We took a trip to Provincetown, Mass last week with our friends to camp and enjoy the town. We stopped in Boston on the way for a brief detour.

First stop was the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University to climb some trees.

 

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Next up, we did the Sam Adams brewery tour. 

 

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Next we headed into Provincetown. We set up camp at Dune’s Edge campground, which was a nice campground and about 5 minutes from the main town. However, we did not know until we got there that they do not allow any campfires. [Partly our fault because I think it was listed on the website] You can get a permit- but you have to get that 3 days in advance. You can also get a permit for a beach campfire, but that has to be 3 days in advance too. What is camping without a campfire, am I right?!

 

I found a campground about 25 minutes out of Provincetown that seemed to allow fires. If I were to go camping near P Town again, I would probably choose that option. But I guess it depends on how near the action you want to be and how much you care about camping with a campfire! To me, it’s essential. And so are smores.

 

After setting up camp we headed into town to check it out…

An amazing thing about this little town is that it has been declared the gayest city in the U.S. 

And you see this pride all over as you walk around : )

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This kid was pretty awesome. And that is a man dressed as a pilgrim to the left, telling us about Provincetown history as we ate our breakfast. Here-people are not afraid to be who they are. 

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Another amazing thing about this town is that if you head to the edge of it, only a few feet away, you find the beach.

 

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Another reason to love P Town: people here really love their pooches.

These little babies can be seem doing everything from swimming and catching fish at the beach, to shopping with their owner, to having a casual drink at the bar.

 

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This coffee shop was a favorite of mine. So much sunlight streaming in!

 

 

Bar scene:

 

The bar scene in P Town was great. We visited a bar overlooking the water with an eclectic industrial beachy style inside.

 

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I loved these homemade tables made out of a boat dock.

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And the boat hostess stand…!

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Loved this place- Nor’East Beer Garden– they gave me a coffee with their homemade Bailey’s in it and it was delicious.

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Atlantic house bar– cool environment, kind of too sassy for my liking bartender. I did not know until researching after this is the oldest bar in P Town-1798.

 

Shopping:

There is so much shopping to be done in this town- I got this amazing shirt, I wish I had remembered from what store. But there are many small local artist shops selling their own Provincetown designs. I am an ice cream fanatic, so it’s pretty perfect for me.

 

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A favorite shop of mine was Paws & Whiskers– I told you they loved their pooches here. Yes, that is a doggy stroller.

 

Breakfast places:

 

Our first breakfast stop was at Devon’s. These are not the best pictures, but I loved the indoor decor with the glam style.

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I got the eggs benefit, so yummy.

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Our breakfast stop on our last day in Provincetown. Every dish had a box # name to go with the post office theme, which was really cute. This is where we got a meal and a show with our pilgrim friend from earlier on in the post.

 

Riding the beach dunes:

 

On our last day- we brought the Jeep and got a permit to ride on the beach dunes.

 

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We made the best of the crappy weather we had. Thank God for frog togs. 

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The sunshine came out right before we left as a farewell from P Town. 

 

What do you think of Provincetown? Have you ever been- if so, share your story with me!

Friday thoughts…

 

YAY, weekend!

 

 

I am back from a beautiful trip to Provincetown, Mass. That will be a separate post- but I just wanted to blog something little for now.

I feel refreshed and came back to a trip to a water park with our job, which was not a bad day at the office, if you ask me.

So far all I have planned for this weekend is celebrating my love’s birthday tonight, going to the Farmer’s market in the morning, and Saturday after that will hopefully include a lot of down time and spending time with my puppies. Sunday will be a busy one filled with music at a festival, I am finally going to see the Lumineers and I am so excited!

 

 

But yes, a nap is necessary.

 

Summers are always busy, and I love having lots of adventures, but being a huge introvert I need plenty of naps, alone time, and puppy snuggles in order to maintain a healthy and happy self, as well as to balance out the busyness.

 

 

What are your plans for the weekend?