The State of Things: April

April 3, 2015

The State of Things: April - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Welcome to the second edition of The State of Things! It’s nice to stop and reflect on what’s going on in my life at the beginning of the month and just bring you all up to date with where I’m at.ย 


My Seattle trip in March was wonderful! I have plenty more posts coming up on various aspects of that trip. It was noteworthy for several reasons: it was my first time to Seattle, the longest I’ve been away from my husband, and the first time I traveled alone, to where I knew no one, since my Italy trip in early 2011. Traveling alone is such a core part of me, and I’m so thankful that I don’t have to let go of that as a married woman.

The State of Things: April - Sweet and Savoring


Now that I got a ‘big’ solo trip out of the way, I’m eager to travel with Andy (and Juno)! This summer will be Juno’s first trip to Maine with us, and I can’t wait to go on tons of hikes together and see her splashing in the ocean. I’d also like to go on some camping trips, and we have so many great state parks here in New York. Andy and I haven’t even explored any of Western or Central NY yet, so we have a lot of options!

When it comes to Juno and travel though, things get complicated. She gets incredibly anxious in the car, even if it’s just a fifteen minute ride. I sit next to her in the backseat, both of us buckled in, and pet her to keep her calm, but she still whines nonstop (she sounds like she’s in pain), tries to jump into the front seat, and tries to break free of her harness. Do any of you dog-owners have suggestions for making longer car rides easier on all three of us? Also, has anyone been camping with a dog? What was that like?

The State of Things: April - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]


Did you guys see The Walking Dead season finale?! I can’t believe there wasn’t more action! And I definitely expected more people to die. I’ve heard Bates Motel is good and have been thinking of starting that. Any other TV recommendations?


My trip + being sick with a cold for the last week have messed up my gym routine, which is frustrating. I’m still going, just not as often as I had been. However! Now the weather is warmer, so I plant to start running outside, and adding some biking into the mix. Yay! I’ll keep the gym membership for strength training and as a back-up for those inevitable rainy spring days.


There’s a new food truck in town and I’m so happy about it! You all know about my love of doughnuts. Well, Gracie’s is a fairly-new business based across the river in Leeds, and they cook and bake all their offerings from scratch, from the condiments to the burgers to the sodas, and of course, the doughnuts. I have yet to try their fries and plan on stopping by tomorrow afternoon!

The State of Things: April - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]


Things are in flux work-wise, and that’s okay. I’m so grateful to have work that to lose one out of three jobs isn’t a terrible thing.ย At the moment, I have two days off a week, which feels glorious. We’ll see what the next few weeks bring!


I’m participating inย the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Today’s post is C for Currently. Yesterday was B for Birmingham and tomorrow is D for dining: my fantastic vegetarian meals in Seattle! Thanks for following along, everyone!

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  • Kelly April 3, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Christy, your photography is just spectacular! Western NY is an area we are pining for as well. Not a Walking Dead fan, but I heard the season finale was something else. Have a great weekend and good luck with the challenge!
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    • Christy April 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Haha, thanks Kelly but these are all Andy’s except for the pic of the boats in Seattle ๐Ÿ™‚ If you hover over the images, you’ll see that I have credited him.
      And yes! Two of our state parks, Letchworth and Watkins Glen, just honors for top state parks in the country and I’ve been wanting to visit them forever! Can’t wait and thank you, hope your weekend is going well!

  • Alex Hurst April 3, 2015 at 7:38 am

    That’s a beautiful food truck! I’d definitely want a fresh, hot donut… Haven’t had one in years!
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    • Christy April 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      I make it a point to seek out fantastic doughnuts and not let them go when I find them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Last week’s episode was the season finale!? Bummer….I was left pretty bored too :/

    • Christy April 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Yes, the episode aired this past Sunday. The cliffhanger is really all about those mysterious guys that set the trap Darryl & Aaron (?) found themselves in, and what Morgan’s been up to all this time.

  • Farin April 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Wish I had know you were A-Zing as well! Not finding a great place for linkups this year ๐Ÿ™

    Enjoy Maine! We went on a Lobster Crawl and I wrote a review on the places we went:

    Happy Friday!

    • Christy April 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      I think you reminded to to do the challenge this year! I’ve been wondering about link-ups. Is there a Pinterest board I don’t know about or something like that?
      Thanks Farin, have a good weekend!

  • Anabel April 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I’m a veggie, so tomorrow sounds good!

    • Christy April 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Yay for a fellow vegetarian!

  • Dana April 4, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I have never been to Seattle, but it is on my short list of cities to visit. Glad you had a great time! I watched The Walking Dead…I thought there would be more action too. Still good though, and I can’t wait to see what’s going on with the Wolves!

    • Christy April 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks, Dana! Yeah, I’m so intrigued about the wolves! Hope you’re having a good weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tamara April 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    My dog does well in car trips but her brother doesn’t. His owner tells us he uses Rescue Remedy Pets! I’m not sure how it’s working.
    That food truck.. YES. I want in. Des has quite a love for doughnuts. I do too, but Dunkin Donuts.. well… you know – it leaves a lot to be desired!

    • Christy April 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      I’ll check out Rescue Remedy!
      There must be a good doughnut place somewhere in your area! I’ll make it my mission to find one for you ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stay tuned for a post dedicated to Gracie’s, I’m interviewing them!

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