a new era.

Happy Monday, everyone! We had a cozy weekend here in Rhode Island, with a fun little side trip you'll see below. I took some instagram shots to capture some of the goodness from our weekend. Since I'm loving this app so much, I'm linking up with Ashley at a {little} dash of ash for her instragam Mondays!

The biggest news from last week?! On Thursday, my new MacBook Pro arrived! On Friday, I managed to get it all set up and ready to go. I can now do design work from the couch, rather than the den.  In doing so, I can spend more time with {cv}, which is always a win-win. Until Thursday, I had a dinosaur MacBook and had to do all my design work from our Mac desktop...so this is a HUGE upgrade in my book. This post is the first from the new MBP, which means it really is the start of a new era ;)


I do like to try and get all the blog goodness out of the way before he gets home, but sometimes it's inevitable. Especially when I can only pay attention to the first fifteen minutes of a football game...Mr. Pinky loves the new MacBook Pro too! I found him sitting there on Friday night, after we got home from seeing 50/50, which prompted quite a few laughs, though there was a fair share of crying involved too, I must admit.

On Saturday, I was thrilled to be at home to join in the first blog brunch! It was an hour of thoughtful conversation over twitter--where I got to meet a ton of fabulous bloggers and learned a boatload of wonderful ideas, which I'll share over the weeks to come. You should really consider joining in the next one if you can! It's an easy way to ask questions of bloggers who all want to share! After the blog brunch, we got a bit done around the apartment before heading south to Connecticut...where our weekend included a little celebration for my sister-in-law's 25th birthday at Mohegan Sun!


We had a fabulous dinner at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, where they treated {kv} to that killer piece of chocolate cake. {cv} helped teach his sister the joys of roulette and I put in $10 in the slot machine, which turned into almost $80...so I was happy! {cv}'s grandmother, who passed this summer, loved the slot machines, so I think her luck was on my side ;) I'm so glad we were able to help kick off her 25th celebration! 

How did you "celebrate" this weekend?

Be it a simple dinner at home or a fun tailgate, I think we all have {big or small} things
to be joyful about from the weekend. I can't wait to hear how you spent it! 

Many thanks to all of you who linked up for Friday's Fancies--I couldn't believe 
all the beautiful boots that you ladies found! If you would like to join in the fun {and get 
the heads-up on the theme!}, it's simple: just email me and I'll add you to the list :) 
Have a very happy Monday and I'll see y'all tomorrow! xoxo {av}

P.S. I'm rolling out a fun new feature of Friday's Fancies soon: be sure you're a facebook fan of {long distance loving} so you can join in!

48 comments:

  1. love all your pictures! so exciting you got the macbook pro! I just adore mine and couldn't imagine having anything else :) this weekend = cleaning and organizing so thats my 'celebration' ha.

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  2. congrats on the macbook pro, it's going to change your life haha! This weekend we celebrated Homecoming and had a blast at the tailgate and football game! So much fun!

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  3. that's so fun that you won on the slots! slots of fun ( ;

    and congrats on the new macbook.

    i loooove celebrating everything too!

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  4. Congrats on the new computer. That is exciting!

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  5. so i always see your monday instagram cuteness and decided to link up for the first time too! happy happy weekend, hope you have a fab week (how can you not with that new beauty of a macbook?!)

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  6. I'm so excited for you!! A new macbook sounds like the perfect way to kick off a weekend :) xoxo

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  7. that looks like such a fun weekend! mine was relaxing- catching up on sleep and all that. and i got to talk to my deployed loverboy, so it was wonderful :)

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  8. Oooo Love the new macbook!! I have one... its soo nice :)

    And that cake looks amazing.

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  9. Looks like a fun weekend! Congrats on the new MBP! :) I'm glad you have become "mobile!" Your cat is so sweet!

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  10. What a lovely looking weekend! Great new lap top :)

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  11. YAY for a new computer!! how exciting!! i'm sure you'll be spending lots of time on it!!

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  12. Instagram rocks! Its my favorite app! Glad you enjoyed the blogger brunch and happy birthday to your sis in law!

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  13. Looks like a wonderful weekend! Yay for new Macbooks

    cheers :)

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  14. welcome to the world of apple! macbooks are amazing you are going to love every minute of having one!!! xxx

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  15. Uber jealous of your Macbook...I'm still trying to sell the hubs on why I NEED one. Haha!

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  16. Awww it looks like your kitty is happy about your macbook too. So cute. I love having my laptop with me so I can still cuddle up next to my hubs while I do my stuff. Glad to see you had a nice weekend =)

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  17. exciting about a new computer and celebrations!

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  18. Look at your pretty new Macbook! So wonderful. And I love love love that your cat is a fan as well :)

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  19. Congrats on your new era! I love that! I can only imagine all the fun things we'll get to see from your new toy. So fun!

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  20. yay for your new MBP! i'm hoping to invest in one in the next couple years.

    i saw 50/50 last night - justin & i really enjoyed it! like you said, lots of laughs alongside the expected tears.

    i'm definitely interested in joining in for the next blog brunch - i love hearing about everyone's tips & tricks!

    have a great week :)

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  21. Lovely weekend! Congrats on the macbook pro! Blog brunch sounds like fun let me know about the next one! xoxo

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  22. Lucky!! And oh my, we saw 50/50 as well and I wasn't prepared for the tears. We usually see movies based on reviews (not my idea) and this one had the best, so off we went. I anticipated the laughs because of the two lead actors, but the tears? Cried like a baby more than once!

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  23. Hooray for a new Macbook Pro! And your kitten is absolutely adorable. Looks like it was a perfect weekend!

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  24. Your weekend sounds like a blast. The BF and I also saw 50/50 over the weekend- many laughs and tears (on my part). Between her roles in The Help and 50/50- Bryce Dallas Howard is quite a villaness. Other news from my weekend, I got hired for a part-time job at Coach. This is relevant to your blog post because I applied to this job with the sole purpose of saving up for my first Mac Book Pro- my ancient Thinkpad just isn't cutting it anymore.

    Happy Monday,
    Liv @ bklynlifestyle.blogspot.com

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  25. Welcome to the club!!! I have the Air and absolutely LOVE mine. :) Jealous of your adorable little kitten! As for me, I celebrated my 30th birthday... it was a blast! Still recovering today! xox

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  26. that is a good w/e!!! and congrats on the new mac :):)

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  27. Im a new blogger and also...I've been doing the long distance relationship since last november...and I have 8 more months! GREAT idea! Would love to talk to you about different advice you might have!

    coffeeatnordstrom.blogspot.com

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  28. Sounds like a fun weekend! Love your instagram pics. This weekend, we celebrated a new baby in the family and the victory of the Packers. with homemade pizza and cupcakes and friends :)

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  29. I celebrated by SLEEPING IN!!!! :)

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  30. Envious of your new mac book pro!! :)

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  31. What a great weekend. I love instagram. I use so much especially during the weekend is when I use it most. I'm ready for an upgrade on my mac or my own. I bought my hunny one two years ago and I use it more then he does. Glad you had a wonderful weekend.

    Jackie

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  32. I need more details on this blog brunch? Never heard of it. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! :)

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  33. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! And that cake would definitely make any weekend better, BTW. Congrats on the new mac, getting mine changed my life. It annoys my husband that I am usually on it while we watch tv, but such is the life of a blogger, always 5 things at once!

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  34. It was great meeting you on Blog Brunch! I love your blog and the message behind it of long distance love. My husband and I did the same sort of long distance thing and it was so hard at times. Looks like a really fun weekend! Can't wait to follow more of you blog.

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  35. I love Apple! I have a macbook now and am in need of an upgrade! I think a macbook pro may be in my new future! Enjoy it! xoxo

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  36. Moses loves napping on my macbook too!! Must be a cute cat thing. Glad that you had a great weekend!
    Love, Leigh

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  37. Sounds like you had a fun weekend!
    Yay for the new Macbook Pro! I have one that is 4 years old and runs like new! My husband is stuck with his PC (ak: Piece of Crap) for work and is so jealous of my Macbook Pro!
    By the way I'm your newest follower! Look forward to reading more from you!

    - Elle (http://ellemeyers.blogspot.com)

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  38. Sounds like a great weekend & so awesome about the new MacBook! I couldn't live without mine... :)

    Check out my giveaway for a Missoni for Target hat!
    Blessings,
    Kat
    www.maryanddyer.blogspot.com

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  39. Ooh, that cake looks delicious! And that's great about your Macbook; yay for spending more time with {cv}!

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  40. Congrats on the new addition :) I decided... I take enough instagram shots, I may as well link up to.

    Http://laughthroughmotherhood.blogspot.com

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  41. It looks like you had a fantastic weekend! I'm so excited for you and your new macbook. Mine isn't that old but it just seems so bulky and heavy compared to the new one's I drool over at the Apple store.

    I hope you have a great week :)

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  42. how exciting for the macpro....and the chocolate cake looks good!

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  43. congrats on the new computer... have a nice week!

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  44. I LOVE my macbook pro! Love love love!!
    Sounds like you have a divine weekend.
    I'm so mad I missed the blog brunch... but I am private on twitter so I don't know if I could have participated!
    Have a great week lovely lady :)

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  45. Reading this brought me back to New England, if only for a moment, w/your reference to Mohegan Sun :) I lived in CT for 3+ years from 2006-2009 (just minutes from Mohegan Sun), and just recently visited some friends there in August. Providence Place was my favorite place to shop, but I also loved heading up 95 to Coventry or West Warwick for some Cracker Barrel or Texas Roadhouse when I needed to get a little fill of the south :) New England started my love affair with Dunkin Donuts and scarves, haha!

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  46. Reading this brought me back to New England, if only for a moment, w/your reference to Mohegan Sun :) I lived in CT for 3+ years from 2006-2009 (just minutes from Mohegan Sun), and just recently visited some friends there in August. Providence Place was my favorite place to shop, but I also loved heading up 95 to Coventry or West Warwick for some Cracker Barrel or Texas Roadhouse when I needed to get a little fill of the south :) New England started my love affair with Dunkin Donuts and scarves, haha!

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