Hiya everyone!! I'm so sorry for my long absence, but so much has been going on! I thought I'd take a moment to talk about where I've been, and what's been going on.
So, what have I been doing??? Well I was in America visiting family and friends for two weeks with Nick tagging along. It was absolutely amazing and if anyone wants me to write more about New Hampshire (where I'm from) let me know!
We spent a lot of time looking at the foliage, taking pictures and being all around New Hampshire basically. The weather was quite good for most of the days as well which was amazing.
My dad and stepmom recently purchased a lake home 30 minutes from our house, and it was my first time seeing the place! I was blown away with how calm the area was and how stunning the foliage was.
The lake house quickly felt like a fourth home (so blessed to have an Irish home, a mom's house, a dad's house, and now a lake house). It is such a cosy and unique kind of place to spend time and I look forward to more holidays on the lake.
We spent a lot time doing other cliche 'New England in the fall' activities. We went to Beech Hill Farm and went through TWO corn mazes. Each maze has different trivia questions throughout. The first one was dog themed, while the other one was randomly all about Canada!
While Nick was the Patriots v. Falcons Game (American Football) with my Dad, my stepmom and I went apple picking! I honestly cared less about the apple picking and more about the APPLE CIDER DONUTS. These donuts are probably my favourite thing about Autumn time in New Hampshire. Apple picking was actually ridiculously silly because the bees were SO bad that day. I think I spent more time running away from bees and wasps than I did actually picking apples. Also, the apples were HUGE so we could only fit five or six in our bag! I ended up stuffing more in my pockets.
There's just something so special about all the fall colours coming together each year. They especially pop on a nice day when the sky is super blue and the sun is shining. My apple cider donut was UNREAL and I could have eaten all six of them!!
Obviously it was nearing Halloween time as we were there. It was so fun to see all of the carved pumpkins around and seeing how excited all the little kids were getting about the prospects of so much candy coming their way. Nick went to Boston for a concert on one of the nights, and I stayed behind to go trick'or'treating downtown with my little brother. He opted to be Optimus Prime this year, which was SO adorable.
Overall, our time in America was AMAZING. Every time I go back to visit I leave feeling so loved and more grounded. Going during the fall was perfect as well because it reminded me of how beautiful New Hampshire can be. For anyone visiting America during the fall, I think it's practically essential to make a stop in New Hampshire to see the gorgeous sights. Take a drive through the White Mountains, go kayaking surrounded by the warm hues of reds and oranges and spend some time doing all of those cliche Autumn-time activities because they are actually so much fun.
So, why has it taken me so long to actually show you all how wonderful America was? It's because right when we returned to Ireland, I finally started my PhD Studentship!!!!! I had less than 24 hours to recover before jumping into it head first, which is why I've been absent from blogging in the last few weeks. When I was in the states, I tried to spend less time in front of a screen and more time being in the present. Then once I got home, it PhD time! I'll be back to blogging regularly from now on. I just needed some time to settle into this new adventure.
Keep an eye out for more posts about my research, winter wishlists, and so much more!