A Truly Fall Weekend

This past weekend I went to New Hampshire and stayed with my sister. It was overall an epic Fall weekend.

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Julie was running a race at her company on Saturday and since I wanted to spend all my time with her I spontaneously decided to run. Luckily it was a 5k. It was so great to see Julie socializing and laughing with her friends since I don’t always get to see that. The race was almost all uphill and into the wind, but Julie still crushed it with a time of 20:40. She got first in her age group and I got second with a time three minutes slower. Ha! I love that I enjoy exercise and running to the point that I can run a race on a whim now.

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Saturday afternoon, after eating the BEST burger made by Greg, I ventured to Hampton for a gathering at Sierra’s family home. Sierra and I were in undergrad classes together and have stayed in touch since. She actually helped me get my first apartment in Boston.

Her family has a gathering each year to make apple cider! First you crush the apples and then you press them. It’s truly amazing! I had a turn at the crank and really enjoyed it. The cider that came out of it was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.

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Julie, Greg and I mixed the cider with vodka, ginger beer, and Prosecco for a fancy cocktail. Since the cider was not pasteurized we had to drink it up pretty quickly. Not a problem for us!

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We enjoyed some homemade chili with venison meat and chips…all the chips…on the side. I ate a lot of chips. So many that Greg even commented on it. Oops. That’s what happens when I don’t buy chips normally, I love chips (tortilla chips), I drink a few drinks before dinner time, and I run and don’t eat enough after. Sure I felt guilty, but there were a lot of factors playing against me in that moment. And sometimes you just want to eat the damn chips. Life moves on.

I went to bed early after mercilessly trying to get a contact out when it may not even be in there. I slept wonderfully, though, with the crisp air and the peaceful noise of nature. Gosh I love staying with the twin and brother-in-law-to-be. Waking up to dogs doesn’t suck either.

Sunday was devoted to MAPLE! Greg has a business selling maple syrup and I wanted to help. We packaged some pouches and bottles. Stay tuned for a more detailed post on maple soon!

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Needless to say breakfast was pretty stinking good. I had extra maple syrup with my pumpkin pancakes and even enjoyed some bacon! I only like thick cut bacon it seems.

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After the bottling was done and the labels were in their places we went for a walk to the lake. It was a perfect Fall day. Literally perfect. I wish I could just pause time in that moment. Happiness. Crisp air. Sunlight. And family. What a truly wonderful weekend.

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