TLDR; Christmas Up North

I don’t publicize that I’m out of town until the vacation is over because I think I’m important enough to rob or something. However, I’m home in Alabama now, and I can give you a brief(?) tour of my Christmas in R’s hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania and in his grandparents’ town of Wilmington, Delaware.

I finally got to see R’s alma mater, Penn State University. Set aside the recent tragedies associated with the school, and you will be amazed by the beauty and integrity that remains with the institution. We started our tour with his collegiate swimming pools, residences, and – of course –  the FAMOUS Berkey Creamery. This is the part of school that the Food Science majors “own,” and where Ben & Jerry got their start before dropping out and kicking ice cream’s ass. R had the Cookie Dough & I had Coffee Break. DELICIOUS.

The Nittany Lion statue is a must for alumni and visitors.
DUDES. These squirrels LOVE people. This little guy is about a half-second away from swiping that peanut out of my hand. I felt like Snow White because he and about a dozen of his friends swarmed me with affection. Died. I heard about a time that R’s brother saw a squirrel emerge from a trash can with an entire slice of pizza. Those precocious little nuggets!

Old Main is gorgeous, and so is the rest of the campus. A+.

We found out that R’s sister-in-law, Steph, is totally terrified of nutcrackers. Of course we bought her one as a gift from Penn State (she’s also a grad), and we kept hiding it places to scare the shit out of her. It was magical.

We had a white Christmas!

Fun to watch R be a slave to shitty weather, but I’m very glad southern Alabama doesn’t get snow. I’d be late for everything, everyday, all the time, ever.

Drove over to Wilmington, Delaware for Christmas at R’s grandparents’ enormous, historical home. We got to see lots of family, and we had a great time playing pool, ping pong, poker, and more.

The ladies in R’s family threw me an extravagant bridal shower at their country club. So fancy pants. I felt like a loser in my 2009 Rodarte for Target dress, but it’s whatever. I was pretty nervous, but I had a great time and met a family friend who runs the Delaware SPCA, so I got to talk about rescue animals…always a plus.

R’s aunt Lelané is an amazing cake artist, and she made us this delicious and beautiful white chocolate almond cake. YUMMMM.

The brothers, their ladies, and their parents in front of their childhood home. Their parents are moving to Illinois this year after 24 years in this home, so we had to get a group shot in front of the house!

All I do is be pretty.


Things I appreciate about where I live:

(In no particular order)
1. Having back roads to drive down for miles with no one to disturb so I can sing at the top of my lungs and blast my indie music without disrupting anything.
2. Trees. From the first leaves of spring, to the last leaf of autumn. To the gorgeous snow covered branches or completely incased in ice. Evergreen trees that never lose their pines….Trees can be beautiful in so many different ways.
3. To combine the first two: wooded back roads.
4. The weather. I love being able to experience every season: scolding summers, breezy & wet autumns, bone-chillingly cold winters, rainy yet sunshiny springtimes.
5. Meadows. There are many pretty flower filled meadows around here that, even after losing all their flowers, look beautiful in the winter as well.
6. SNOW. I could not imagine a snowless winter. There’s nothing I love more in the natural world.
7. Animals. Deer, coyotes, cats, foxes, bears, ect.
8. The city. Harrisburg is nothing compared to Pittsburgh, where I’ll be living come August, however, it’s got potential.


Officer shoots unarmed man while he is face-down on the ground

The Dauphin County district attorney’s office has released footage of a police officer fatally shooting an unarmed motorist in the back in February as he lay face-down on the ground. Lisa Mearkle, 37, of Hummelstown police, is seen shocking 59-year-old David Kassick with a Taser, before shooting him in the back. Mearkle, who was cleared of murder charges on Thursday, says she feared for her safety

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