I’m back from vacation!

I’m back! I was without internet and couldn’t post for the last two weeks because I was with my family on the beautiful Maine coast, my favorite place in the world! We had a relaxing two weeks on the beach, although the weather was foggy and miserable pretty much our whole first week there. Luckily, during the second week the sun came out and it was hot. Just the way I like it. Below are a bunch of pictures I took on our trip!

I enjoyed watching the natural wildlife in our cove, including ducks (and super adorable ducklings!!), seals, and gorgeous herons!

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For much of the first week, we had nasty fog. But it was still good for practicing golf swings and going for sea glass walks…

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Christine came up for a few days!! We went into Kennebunkport for shopping and lunch on one of her days up.

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Our friend Katie also came up twice. The first time, she brought her dog, Faith, who just happens to be Maddy‘s mom!

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My sister, Hannah, rocked it on guitar both at an open mic night and a campfire!

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Katie, my brother, Tom, and I had a blast playing with sparklers!!

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Sunsets were appreciated…

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Inukshuks were built on the seawall…this is just a sampling, we basically built a whole village. My favorite was Katie’s giraffe that she made!

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Lobster was eaten!

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And an all-around awesome time was had by all. It was yet another amazing summer vacation at the beach. So perfect.

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And now, back to the real world! More work, more applying to jobs, and more seeing friends. Oh, and more blogging :) I missed this over the last two weeks and I’m really excited to post again!

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I voted! And other weekend shenanigans.

Overall, I had an uneventful but fun and (mostly) relaxing weekend. Friday was spent watching golf and baseball, on Saturday I voted early in the Massachusetts senate election and went to work, and Sunday meant a grad party and errands with my madre. It was a great kick off to summer!

Friday afternoon, my mom and I watched day two of The Cities, Lowell’s annual golf tournament between the three local golf clubs. We hung out on the lawn at our local course and had a great time hanging out on the lawn, talking to friends, and watching the golfers come in for the 18th hole! Also…I had a drink with a movie star!

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Our view…isn’t it pretty?!

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It was fun watching the golfers come in!

Later that night, me and my dad went to the Spinners. It was the perfect night to watch a ball game and the Spinners ended up winning 4-0 while the pitchers combined for a 2-hitter. It was a great way to re-introduce myself to the ballpark as a fan!

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We’ve been enjoying driving with the top down and the doors off the Jeep!

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View from our seats at the game!

Then on Saturday, my family went to early voting for the MA senate race. It was my brother Tom’s first time voting in something that isn’t a primary, so that was a cool experience for him. I really love voting, I don’t care if it’s just a local election or for president, I just love getting out there and making sure my voice is heard.

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Tom after voting.

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Doing our civic duty!

After that, we went over to the Library so I can get cracking on that 100 books for my 30 before 30. I ended up getting Girls in White Dresses on the recommendation of Katie, a collection of funny little short stories called The Last Girlfriend on Earth, and a book on modern feminism called The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. The latter selection I think was heavily influenced on the feminist bent I took with my courses in my last semester at school. Just because I graduated doesn’t mean I have to leave the academic reading behind, right? If any of you have read these books yet, please don’t hesitate to let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Oh, and I also bought that really creepy awesome Brad Marchand head at Target, and I can’t wait to figure out fun things to do with it. Like scare people. And bring it to the bar to watch game six of The Cup. Or sneak it into group photos…stay tuned!

How did you spend your weekend?

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Beyond a Comfort Zone

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Matt and me when we were little

For the last two months, my cousin Matt has been living in Indonesia as a member of the Peace Corps. He’s been keeping a blog during his time away called Beyond a Comfort Zone. I definitely recommend that everyone check it out if you have a spare moment–he’s hilarious and he shares really interesting antedotes about his host family and their culture.

I’ve been meaning to write a post about Matt for a while now, but I finally found a good time to. He recently posted about how the village he’s been living in in Indonesia is crazily similar to our hometown of Lowell. I couldn’t help but laugh when he wrote about how everyone is related or knows each other and that people show up places unannounced. It sounded literally just like life here in Lowell. It made me so happy to know that he’s adjusting to Indonesian life, but made me miss him that much more.

Even though it’s weird not having Matt around, I’m insanely proud of him and love telling people that I’ve got a super-cool cousin in the Peace Corps. I love that he’s sharing his experiences so I can see what he’s up to, and like I said, if you’re not already reading his blog, check it out!

xoxo, Karoline

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You’re gonna make it after all!

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It’s so hard to believe that almost a month ago I graduated college. Like, I’m not a college student anymore, now I’m an alumna. INSANE. I’ll tell you what, though, I’m really excited for post-grad life. My job search is going a lot better than I thought it would be going this early in the summer, and I’m optimistic that I’ll be a real adult in the working world sometime soon. Such a crazy/exciting concept!

The actual day of graduation was such a blur of excitement. My wonderful family came to Bridgewater from all over the country–Colorado, Vermont, Florida–just to help me celebrate. I was surrounded by my loving parents, brothers, sister, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and boyfriend. It was so great. I also loved seeing the excitement on the faces of all the graduates. Everyone looked so happy to be walking across the stage. I know I was!

Of course, graduation took on a somber tone, with lessons from the Marathon Bombings shaping the speech from our University’s president, Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria. If there’s one thing I’ll take with me from graduation day, it will be to “run toward the blast” and help others no matter what obstacles spring up along the way. To show courage in everything I do.

Click through to see some of my favorite pictures from the day, enjoy!

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It’s Galentine’s Day!

Earlier today, I posted on The Prep Crew about February 13th–Galentine’s Day–and why it’s an awesome excuse to tell your girlfriends that you love them. It’s a holiday that was invented by Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and I think it really is worth celebrating. I have so many amazing women in my life–my mom, sister, aunts, roommates, and friends just to name a few.

So, I figured that I would dedicate today’s post to all of the amazing women that surround me. Galentine’s Day might be a made up holiday, but I certainly hope that it starts catching some steam…it’s a great idea.

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xoxo, Karoline

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