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A Little Recap: First Week of 2018


“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll

On the verge of jinxing myself, (again) Ladies and Gentlemen, (I think) I am back in business! That is right! I have my precious Svetlana back. It has been one hell of a week. But before I get to THAT. Let me recap my last week in New Hampshire, because it was so flipping bittersweet, and of course the first week of 2018, which has definitely made itself known. Whether that is good or bad, I am not sure.


I was still feeling pretty crappy, but I was done with being sick and decided to send it a big FU, by rallying, because you know that is always a brilliant idea.

I never said I was a great patient.

I met up with a dear friend of mine and we went to Top of the East, one of my favorite roof top bars in Portland, Maine. Don’t worry it is enclosed! And since we were thick in the trenches of the Polar Vortex, that was a good thing. We ended up camping out there enjoying the gorgeous views, the amazing drinks and food, and catching up. It was one of my favorite evenings!

It was also the day I got my laptop back. Oh happy days!!!! Even if it was short-lived.


I spent the morning at Frontside, catching up on much needed emails, because guys, while I tried my best, near the end, I was ready to throw Mommy Sutton’s iPad into the flipping snow. Except I wouldn’t, because it isn’t mine and I deeply appreciated her letting me use it.

But sweet internet and coffee gods and all that is amazing, I was so happy to get my baby back. The withdrawals were real! Even if like I said it was short lived.

Wednesday I also got a very special request. My brother was driving my nephew to school and he told John, “He would really appreciate it if Auntie Kate would pick him up.” Oh Munchkin! How could I say no to that?!?!

It was perfect since we had a sleep over that night (another must do on his list when I was home!) Which may or may not have included some lightsaber fights.

Did I mention best auntie?


AKA Bomb Cyclone. Or Snow Bomb? Or in my book just an ol’ fashioned blizzard.

It was a day spent in our jammies, okay really me, because my nephews would not let me shower.

We made forts, watched movies, had another lightsaber fight, and of course snow days would not be complete without drinking some hot chocolate. Because the roads were horrendous, my brother and SIL decided to stay another night. The boys (and Auntie!) were ecstatic!


We slowly dug ourselves out, My youngest nephew had school and I had another request for a pick-up. I swear if they asked for a million dollars I would give it to them!

My brother and I went to frontside, which had been turned into a winter wonderland. I also had to make up for all the maple lattes, I did not drink at the beginning of my trip!

It was also Sutton Movie Night spear headed by my SIL and myself. Originally we had planned for a girls night, but my brother couldn’t be left out, and then my parents joined in.

We saw The Greatest Showman which was un-freaking-believable. Seriously SO good! Go see it NOW!

We may or may not have pre-gamed beforehand and afterwards, we went to Bellini’s for some espresso martinis. I had to get my fix there too!


Not much happened Saturday. But Sunday was an adventure! My brother and I went on a “hike” despite the cold weather. Pretty sure after hiking in sub zero temps, I can do anything.

We also went to one of my favorite restaurants in NoCo called Shalimar, for a last family get together.

That last night, I spent with my nephews. Guys seriously they kill me! Someone was a little Po’ed I was leaving, and even more infuriated I had another man in my life, aside from him.

As I was leaving, the older one broke my heart as he ran down the stairs multiple times to give me hugs. I love these little humans beyond belief. I literally can not say no, which is how I may or may not have been roped into coming back in March for the oldest’s birthday. Told you I would give them a million dollars!


After a couple weeks in NoCo; the excitement of the holidays, some family health issues, my own creeping crud, Svetlana dying and coming back to life, many laughs, and of course adventures with my three littles, it was time to head back to the Concrete Jungle.

How has the first couple weeks of 2018 treated you? 

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