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Oh, where to start…

Would you believe me if I told you I stared at the screen for 15 whole minutes before I started this sentence? Ok…maybe it was 14. Who's counting? Not me…

The last time I posted was on my birthday…seven months ago. A lot has happened since then, and I've missed blogging so much. For some reason, I just couldn't bring myself to post. The more I put it off, the harder it became. Finally, with a little encourgagement from close friends and family (especially Jeff), I decided to just do it. So here I am. I hope you're here, too.

Life has moved quickly since I last posted. Just two days ago, my family held the unveiling ceremony for my father at the cemetery. It still seems as though we just lost him, but it's been a whole year already. I wish I could say that it's gotten easier. In some ways, it has; in others, it's gotten harder. I still haven't fully processed that he's gone. Sometimes the realization hits me like a punch in the stomach and completely takes my breath away. It comes in waves and I have to stop what I'm doing to let them pass me by. All I can say is that I'm lucky to have such a supportive group of family and friends, even though many of them live far away from me.

In other, happier news, I've lived in Northern Virginia for nearly eight months now. A little over a month ago, Jeff and I moved from our one bedroom apartment to a two bedroom condo which we absolutely love. It has a huge open kitchen, two balconies (one that overlooks a running and biking trail), and allows pets! I see a dog in our future! On top of our new space being absolutely perfect, we are now within walking distance of restaurants and the metro. I work in downtown DC and my commute is about 20 minutes. DC and Virginia are very different from New York, and I am still adjusting. I love our new neighborhood though and hope we stick around for a while.

As far as food and exercise go, I am currently trying to lose the weight I gained over the past year. After my father passed away, I lost some of my motivation for a while. Now I'm proud to say that I'm back at the gym and eating well…for the most part (there are a lot of awesome restaurants in DC!). I'm still a vegetarian and have no plans of changing that.

And, now, about this blog…I plan to keep posting regularly. I am currently writing this post from an app on my iPad and once I figure out how to post pictures, I plan to bring back the recipe and food posts. I also promise to post pictures of DC, my new condo, and all of my other everyday adventures.

So, stay tuned, and thank you in advance for hanging out and still reading!

Have a great Tuesday! <3

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One Month…

My father died one month ago today. I don’t know where the time went.

Four days ago, I watched the Thanksgiving parade with tears in my eyes, and a strong yearning in my chest. Memories of waking up on Thanksgiving morning to my father switching back and forth between parade coverage on NBC and CBS filled my mind. I can vividly remember the way he yelled for my brothers and me to come in when Santa was about to appear on the screen. It meant we could finally, after secretly making Christmas lists since July, talk about Christmas out loud.

Thanksgiving was hard this year, as I imagine it will be for years to come. But even with everything that’s happened over the past few months, I haven’t lost touch of what I’m most thankful for. So I’ve decided to honor this day by making a list of the people and things I appreciate most in my life.

I am thankful…

  • For my family, especially my mother, and two brothers, Adam and David. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last few months without them.
  • For my adorable nephew, Nicholas, and my two awesome sisters-in-law, Angela and Sarah. Plus my almost-sister, Dana.
  • For Jeff (you read that right). He came back into my life right when I needed him most, and I am so happy to have such a loving and caring boyfriend by my side.
  • To have so many wonderful friends. I’m especially lucky to have my best friend, Dara, who is always there for me, and, by the way, just got engaged to her boyfriend, Ian, at the beginning of this month! Hurray! I can’t believe my best friend from PRESCHOOL is getting married! It’s surreal!
  • That although my father is not longer here, I have many wonderful memories of my time spent with him.
  • That even though I’m unemployed right now, I still have a roof over my head and food to eat.
  • For my mother’s cooking.
  • For wine, chocolate, and pasta.
  • That even though I haven’t exactly been at the gym every day over the past two months, I know I have the strength to get back in shape soon.
  • That I am young, healthy, and that the biopsy result was negative. For real this time.
  • That Christmas is coming, and although it will be hard to get through, a new year is right around the corner.

My father died a month ago today, and if I can take anything positive out of losing him, it’s that I’m going to try really hard not to take the things I’m thankful for for granted.

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