Saturday, December 31, 2016

My NYE dinner


Peppa Pig and her camper van

There's been a request for a photo of the latest toy I added to my collection.  I really don't know that much about Peppa Pig except she's sitting in the back seat of this camper van her dad is driving.  My friend @nyc_morgan has a 3 year old Tess Ellen who showed me her Peppa Pig camper van and I had to have one too!  #toyenvy #oldmaidsneedtoys #newyearspresenttomyself

Getting stuff done

I went to see La La Land a few hours ago and it was sold out.  #whompwhomp So I tackled the latest boxes of treasures from my dad.  I whittled these 8 down to one box of letters and articles and photos plus jeans that I hope to use in a quilt.  I should have borrowed your electric knife @derekostaples #productivenewyearseve #epcondo2016

Paper calendar

I've always been a paper calendar gal.  Unfortunately Paper Source discontinued my favorite calendar.  And honestly it's hard to find calendars "these days" but I settled on this one.  I started filling things in last night and am looking forward to a new year and new calendar.  @papersource #notsponsoredhahaha

Converse Outlet

It's worth asking if they have any Jack Purcells in your size in the back.  #converse #wrenthamoutlets #newbabyblueshoes


I just finished reading the Book of Mormon with @bofm365!  My favorite part -- the constant reminders to be more Christlike and a better person.  I'm going to read it again in 2017.  Who wants to join me?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Patsy's Pizza

My friend Morgan lives upstairs from Patsy's Pizza and it's legit.  And I'm home.  My road trip is over.  #epholidayroadtrip2016

Morgan's got style

NYC shopping

The best pens and best donuts are next door neighbors.  #epholidayroadtrip2016

The NYC Moores


Would you like fries with your fries and fries?

Did this.

I heart NYC

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I'm in The City


When you are 2.7 miles from Cafe Rio this happens

#feelingbetter #readytoeat #caferio #frederickmd #epholidayroadtrip2016

These are what I really want...

...but they are $300.  #antiquinginfrederickmd #epholidayroadtrip2016

Should I get this for $30?

#antiquinginFrederickMD #epholidayroadtrip

More Lucketts

I wanted that map but it was $65 and not very big (I have a huge wall).  #lucketts #epholidayroadtrip2016

Seen at Lucketts

I don't need a cigarette vending machine but that font!  #lucketts #epholidayroadtrip2016

I'm a sucker for an old red truck

#lucketts #epholidayroadtrip2016

My road trip destination: Lucketts

#Lucketts #epholidayroadtrip2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Philly Temple greeter

Eliza greeted me at the Philadelphia Temple door tonight.  I was her Young Women's president 20 years ago.  #whenIwas15 #hahaha #epholidayroadtrip2016

The Philly Temple

I've been wanting to return since I attended the open house.  #phillytemple #lds #epholidayroadtrip2016

It was not easy getting here

#nauseous #lostinjersey #whatspeedlimit #phillytemple #lds #epholidayroadtrip2016

Bag of treasures

I brought a bag of treasures for the Ure girls and they had fun choosing what they wanted.  #jerseyures #epholidayroadtrip2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Lunch at the Shake Shack

#feelingbetter #epholidayroadtrip2016

Crate&Barrel with Lisa and the kids

#epholidayroadtrip2016 #jerseyures

Candy Land in Somerville, NJ

I've never seen a cookie cutter collection like this!  #epholidayroadtrip2016

I call her The Bus Driver

#sprinter #jerseyures #epholidayroadtrip2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

I made it to New Jersey, nauseous almost all the way

Madeline is my delightful roommate (and pen pal).  #merrybarfychristmas #epholidayroadtrip2016

The Jersey Ures

For my #closedonChristmas series


I'm on a church building tour

#epholidayroadtrip2016 #ilovetoseetheHartfordTemple #iwantedtogoyesterdaybutitwasclosed #illbeback

Elder Santa

Look who was at church! #elderbastien #thiswasafterthemeetingofcourse #massachusettsbostonmission #heismormon #epholidayroadtrip2016

Christmas church

I just attended the most welcoming ward I've ever been to.  And one of the best Sacrament Meetings.  #SpringfieldMA #iammormon #lds #merrychristmas #epholidayroadtrip2016

I loved singing verse 3

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The party is over!

I enjoyed spending Christmas Eve with the Staples and a house full of friends.  #merrychristmas


Baby Jesus

Harold was a very adored baby Jesus.  #livenativity

Friday, December 23, 2016

O Christmas tree

#epcondochristmas2016 #thatismyonewindow #itakecrappynightphotos #ninefoottree

Thursday, December 22, 2016

TBT: a Patton family Christmas card

We had professional photos taken every year and always sent Christmas cards.  I remember my mom saying there was much pinching and punching the day of this photo.  And the next day two of us had the measles or mumps.  Note: I ran into a glitch with my Christmas card photo; I was going to use the photo of me with Matt Damon.  I felt like I should ask if it was ok to use it and it's not (it was taken by a professional photographer for MIT).  So now I have to figure out what photo to use.  #nexttimeiwillaskforforgiveness

Bruce practicing the piano

I stopped by the Stake Center to pick up fudge that I bought from Bruce and caught him practicing the piano.  Kids really practice?!?  I never did.  Anyway, I requested a Christmas song and he obliged.  I captured his hands to show it really was him playing unlike the people in one of the Hallmark movies I watched last weekend.  #whatabouthisfaceatthened #bestpokerfaceevah #ithinkhewouldwinastaringcontest #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Barker Library ceiling during my lunch break

#imighthavedozedoff #MIT

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Another work holiday party

I've been waiting a year for these short ribs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fancy tea

I went to a fancy tea this afternoon.  The food was amazing and I didn't even try the desserts.  I may have had 6 little baked brie thingies with raspberries on top.  And some other yummy things.  #whatevs #itbetheholidays

Monday, December 19, 2016

I finally met Harold tonight


Sunday, December 18, 2016


I made these Swiss cookies with a pizelle iron.  My Merrie Miss teacher Ruth Hirschi taught me how to make these.  #ilovetomakethings #itstreatcityoverhere

Best of my days

I taught Young Women today.  I read a few of my favorite Christmas stories, we had treats from Trader Joe's, and I made each of the girls one of these so they can write the best part of every day next year (idea from Under the Sycamore) with a Muji pen.  #arlingtonwardyoungwomen #peppermintpretzels

The Arlington Ward choir is wonderful


Saturday, December 17, 2016