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Building a Computer and Other Things to do in Florida

Joe and I are back now from our trip to Florida! And this post is a day late (sorry!) because we spent our first day back yesterday doing a double feature (Deadpool & How to Be Single) and some shopping. That's an okay excuse, right?

Florida was really nice. We stayed at Joe's Mom's house (thanks Jeanette & Michael!) and got to see all the local southern Floridian sites.

We also built a computer. Joe helped his brother Hunter pick out the components and, since we extended our stay by two days due to the weather in NY, we were there when the parts arrived. So, Joe got to help Hunter put it all together as well. And I was there to watch - I've never built a computer before, so it was very interesting for me!

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Lent

Today is Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, if you will, and we've certainly been feasting while we're here! Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season - the fasting season. Lent is when we're meant to prepare ourselves for Easter and abstain from anything unhealthy in our lives. This includes "No Meat Fridays," which contrary to the myth, was not started as a conspiracy with the Pope to bolster the fishing economy. Although, I did find this interesting article from NPR that explains in brief how Christian fasting has affected the fishing industry throughout the centuries - from the first century up to and including the McDonald's Filet-O-Fish! 

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Our Best Book Club Book Picks

In 2010, three of my college girlfriends and I decided to start our own Book Club. Unofficially called "Gabby and the Caitlins" (three of us are Caitlin, one is, well, Gab), six years later, we are still at it! Over the years, we've had members Skype in, we've ended up in a Bronx playground at 4 AM the night before one of us was going wedding dress shopping, and most recently, we all headed down to DC for the weekend where one of our members lives. In 2010, three of my college girlfriends and I decided to start our own Book Club. Unofficially called "Gabby and the Caitlins" (three of us are Caitlin, one is, well, Gab), six years later, we are still at it! Over the years, we've had members Skype in, we've ended up in a Bronx playground at 4 AM the night before one of us was going wedding dress shopping, and most recently, we all headed down to DC for the weekend where one of our members lives. 

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Winter Storm Jonas & An Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

It's not the most snow we've ever seen, but the wind was crazy! The back door was covered up to my chin but the front door had only a few inches. Snowdrifts everywhere. Aside from Joe's shoveling attempt, we didn't emerge from the house at all Saturday. I made a slow cooker turkey chili (see below for recipe) and we enjoyed a cozy fire while watching Flight of The Conchords scenes on the iPad. 

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Have You Ever Taken a Personality Test?

Have you ever taken a Myers-Briggs-based personality test? 

There are several different theories of personality, but most are based on the work of Carl Jung and the Myers-Briggs test (which itself also uses Jungian theories). Most of the results and descriptions can suffer from the Barnum effect, of course, but it's still tons of fun to take them. Especially when you can really see yourself in the descriptions!

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My December 2015 in Instagram!

What a strange December!

It took a while to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Not least of all because of the weather (it was up to 70 degrees some days!). I was debating whether or not I should get a tree this year, since it was just me and Joe here for 95% of the month, but we did end up getting a small, fake tree. I spent so much time making gift guides for him and her and kids for the blog that I barely had time to buy gifts for my list. And I think I listened to Christmas music only like two days this year!

Still, I ended up having a lovely Christmas with the whole family in from San Francisco, Manhattan, and North Carolina. 

Here's what Insta saw in December:

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My Family & Brooklyn: The Book, The Movie, The Borough

In 2009, when Colm Tóibín's novel Brooklyn was released, copies of it quickly circulated throughout my family. Everyone was talking about it. The quiet, powerful story of a young woman leaving her small Irish hometown for an unknown home in America was so eerily similar to the story of our own Rory (my grandmother). 

In the book (and in the movie, superbly adapted by Nick Hornby), the main character, Eilis Lacey leaves her mother, sister Rose, and precious little opportunity behind in Enniscorthy to make a new home in Brooklyn in the early 50s. 

This story was inspired by my grandmother - Rosanna "Rory" Walsh.

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A Wine Tour of the Long Island Vineyards

I had a super fun weekend. 

As part of a tradition started by my mom and our Point Lookout cousins, 16 crazy ladies and I headed out East to pretend it's still summer. This tradition started as an all-girl fishing trip on the Super Hawk out of Point Lookout in, maybe, 2007 or so that we dubbed Fishin' Chix. But after a few too many ladies turning green, we decided to trade in our sea legs for stemware. 

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On Loss & Grief & the Memory of my Mother

Three years ago today, my mom passed away. Today, November 10th, also happens to be the global awareness day for her hard-to-identify illness: NET Cancer

I wanted to take a moment to explain my experience with the process of grief: how I've come to realize it is different for everyone, and how the depth of the grief is equal to the depth of the love for the person lost. I also wanted to take a moment to celebrate my mom. 

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The Best Date Ideas on Long Island

Long Island is a lovely place. It has a little of everything: from beaches to breweries, historic homes to Harbor Fest. But it can be difficult to find the gems among the suburban sprawl - anything you want to do is at least a 20 minute drive. It's not easy living in the shadow of the city. It can be just as (if not more) convenient to head into the city to do all the newest things in one place as it can be to find and travel to one great thing on the island. 

Joe and I have done a ton of fun stuff ranging from the totally dorky to relatively hip.. So, I've put together a list of a few of my favorite places for dates on Long Island. We're both from Nassau, so most of our suggestions focus on places in Nassau (sorry to underrepresent you, Suffolk!). And I've included a handy-dandy hipness rating - from the coolness of practical fanny packs at Disney to the coolness of the ironic fanny packs of Williamsburg.

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Oyster Fest 2015

This weekend was the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, NY. It was also two of the coldest days since last winter. Gorgeous and sunny, but very chilly. The chill didn't stop the crowds - parking was tough and the food court lines were long. 

Oyster Bay's Oyster Festival has it's roots in a homecoming celebration for President Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy's family summered in Oyster Bay: Sagamore Hill is one of my all-time favorite places. Since then, it has morphed into the East Coast's largest waterfront festival. And it truly is humongous - blocks and blocks of vendors, shows, attractions, food, rides, etc. 

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