Monday, July 31, 2017

Gift for Wilma

A little one year old in my ward broker her leg over the weekend and I made her this elephant.  #elephantforwilma #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Blessing day

#arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #arlingtonwardbabiesarethebest #2under2


Soren wouldn't let me take a photo of his missing tooth but I snuck a shot of his whiteboard.  Read it.  He's 4.  And he's one of my favorites in my ward.  He always says hello to me.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #wearemormon #ldschurch

EP treat of the month

I'm selling baked goods!  It will be a different thing each month.  August is Blueberry Cake for $20.  Let me know if you're interested or if you need a review but trust me, it's good.  Local orders only.  #EPtreatofthemonth

Saturday, July 29, 2017


My favorite fish tacos.  #tenoch #eatinginmycar #again

Emily Raymond the runner

I snuck some photos of Emily Raymond's laundry room doors.  She runs marathons and she wins marathons.  And she is an all around awesome person.  I'm always bragging about her and I'm one of her biggest fans.

Aquarium with Phoebe

Remember the letter Phoebe wrote me inviting me to go to the Aquarium with her with free tickets she won?  Today was the day.  We took the subway into the city and had a great time.  She didn't want to leave until she touched a stingray.  OK then.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #funwithphoebe

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lobster roll class

My friends Allison and Brittanie and I had our lobster roll class tonight and it was really fun and the lobster rolls were delicious.  We also had watermelon, corn, chips, and I made a blueberry cake.  #lobsterrollclass

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wilson Farm

Shopping for the lobster roll class tomorrow night.  #wilsonfarm

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blueberry report

I've made blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins, blueberry jam, blueberry ice cream, I've frozen 4 cups of blueberries and tonight I made blueberry scones.  #nomoreblueberriesleft #madeatmight

The Willardsons

I stopped to see the Willardsons on the way to the salon tonight.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

The track not taken



My first time at Area Four

#iatetodaywhereobamaate #areafour #margheritapizza

I barter

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

More new friends

I sat by this family on the T and we got chatting and they live in Mesa and are Mormon!  And he's from St. Johns, Arizona and knows my friends the Pattersons who are from there.  It's a small SMALL ep world!  #makenewfriends #wearemormon

New friends

Any friends of cousin @laurajopenshaw are friends of mine.  It was fun meeting and having lunch with the Stringhams and showing them a bit of MIT.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


This is where I spend most of my time and I love where I live.  My apartment is hip, remember?!?  #epcondo2017

Godspeed, Bert

This is Bert. He was reactivated in the Arlington Ward (he's from Maine, went to BYU as a non-member, joined the church after graduating, served a mission in Italy) and his story is very interesting. He had some health issues (which left him unable to drive and work) and a change of heart and because of a visit from two members in the ward he realized he still had a spark of a testimony and he came back to church after a few decades of being away. He has served in our ward and has been the most generous friend to everyone. Today was his last Sunday in the Arlington Ward and he will be missed. He has given lots of gifts, supported fundraisers, taken the activity day girls to brunch and given them flowers, given See's suckers out to everyone one Sunday a month, shared his story and testimony. We will miss him. He is moving to Maine to live with his sister. Godspeed, Bert. #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Cute Bennett

Bennett was sitting next to me in Relief Society today.  @freshlypicked

I Am A Child of God

Last Sunday Isaac was sitting on the piano bench with his dad and playing this song and I wanted to videotape him but was in the middle of a conversation.  When they announced he was playing the musical number today in Sacrament Meeting I made sure to get close enough to record it.  This little boy will turn 4 this week.  He did a fantastic job.  Sadly they are moving next week but we all know that #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever.  #isaacisachildofgod

The new Zimmers

I had the new Zimmers over for lunch today.  We enjoyed fractured tacos, fruit and they made a blueberry pie for dessert.  The 14 year old girl said my apartment was hip.  I'll take that!  #putthoseblueberriestouse #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

I can't stop making ice cream

This is blueberry and it's gooooooooood.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

the N sale

I went to Nordstrom last night to check out the big sale and was underwhelmed.  #disappointedattraderjoesdisappointedatnordstrom But I bought this shirt that wasn't on sale.  #doesanybodycarewhatiwear #suckerforpeplum #nsale2017

My newest friend

This is Jenna.  We have been instagram friends for a while, have loads of mutual friends, and even saw each other at Kimballs a few months ago but didn't say hi (since when am I shy?!?).  We exchanged a few messages recently and I invited her over for ice cream today and we are going to go to dinner in a few weeks.  So now we are friends IRL.  #makenewfriends #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

All things blueberry

I made blueberry cornmeal muffins tonight.  #ilovetobake

Maybe a jam shop is in my future

#cantwaittotasteit #blueberryjam

Making blueberry jam

This is my first time making blueberry jam.  I hope I'm doing it right!  Thanks for the recipe @cuzitsfunner

Friday, July 21, 2017

I scream for ice cream

I tried to make raspberry ice cream the other night but it didn't work and it must have been because the bowl wasn't in the freezer for a full 24 hours (22 wasn't enough?!?).  So raspberry ice take 2 tonight.  And it's delicious.  #epmakesicecream

Drawstring bags...

...made with lots of love.

Mint Brownie$

I sold these mint brownies to a friend headed to Cape Cod on vacation.  Stay tuned for EP TREAT OF THE MONTH details.  This is happening!  August is for blueberry cakes.  #ilovetobake #ilovetobakeandmakemoney #EPtreatofthemonth

Seasonal stuff

I went to Trader Joe's tonight for baking soda and baking powder because I like their matching round containers.  When I couldn't find them I asked a worker where they were and she said, "we only have those in the winter when people bake."  I'm a mix of annoyed and confused. So I bought these "summer flowers". #sincewhenisbakingseasonal #noEPtreatofthemonthforthem

Blueberry picking - my first time!

I went blueberry picking today for the first time! I invited my new friends the Zimmers.  It was a really fun outing. My #epsummerbucketlist2017 is going strong (I'm 3 for 3).  I just bought bottles and pectin at the local hardware store.  Next up: blueberry jam!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My (new) footstool

My footstool before and after.  I love it!!!  #midcenturymodern

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The first #sewingbeewithellenP

It was a success!  And I'll be doing it again!  #ilovetosew

Does anybody need these?!?


Book reviews

I really like People Magazine's book reviews.  I'm partial to new fiction and People always has good suggestions (and I love that I can request library books on line).  I was reading The Awkward Age and it was dragging a bit so last night I started The Long Haul.  I'm 24 pages in and I like it.  Makes me want to plan another road trip!  #subwayreading

Speaking of antiques...

...we did some decluttering in a work storage room today.  How much does carbon paper go for these days?!?  #declutter

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baking question

Is a blueberry cake still yummy if it's baked in a dirty oven?  #alwayskeepingitreal #ihatecleaning #obvs #andilovebaking #obvs #treatforthesewingbeewithellenP #epcondo2017