rheajunior The baby is cold on this rainy, windy, damp #superbowl #sunday ... So we snuggle Even though he's a major pain in the ass most of the time 😈 #orangetabby #catsofinstagram #adoptdontshop 4d

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rheajunior What kind of friends make the best #friends? The ones you've known for 12 years, who visit you from #Brooklyn (no matter where you're living at the moment), and who put up with your bullshit #depression for a week while trying to enjoy their vacation. Another good litmus test? Do you perform your #beastieboys #karaoke in front of them? @gilfel165 - you fit the bill. Thank you for your patience. #friendsthatarefamily #sunycortland 1w
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  •   gilfel165 Thank the two of you so much for a great week. You both are so funny, smart, and honest. The company of @rheajunior and @thomchi is all the vacation I'll ever need. I am sorry my departure bummed out your dog so much though. 1w

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rheajunior "[That] house was a perfect house whether you liked food or sleep or story-telling or singing (or reading), or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness..."
~J.R.R. Tolkien
And on February 26th, that house will be our #firsthome !! It's been a long time coming, @thomchi -your #love and #faith and hard work have made it possible. We joked about leaving New York and moving to #carolinabeach after knowing each other for 6 weeks, and because we're crazy, we did. But the timing was wrong, and #life had to happen, and it's taken us a decade to get back, but here we are. We're home #adventure #lifeiscrazy #adulting #nextchapter #ilmnc #saltlife #homeiswhereverimwithyou #tolkien #restyourmind
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rheajunior Change is the only way to move forward or fix what is broken. Sometimes I'm embarrassed by the simplicity of posts like this. Like it seems obvious. Trite. Simplicity shouldn't be so neatly discounted. When the whole world feels like it's broken and you gaze upon the insurmountable work that's needed to make even minor adjustments - you have choices. Get smarter? Let go of suffering? Change what I'm doing thats brought me here, kept me here. If I want to switch, and go over THERE, I must make changes. I've been there before and it's scary to feel at the bottom with all the work left to do standing on top of you. But at the same time, this moment is when HOPE starts to peep up in Unexpected moments. And she reminds you. You've done it before. Many times before. So you can do it again. You KNOW you can. So what's it going to be #makeachange #getsmart #stopsuffering #changeyourroutine
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rheajunior Note the bottom of the door:

No solicitation
No smoking
No pain
No fear
First appointment of many on my way to a completely new smile... Pain free. The fear part is my second nature, so let's see... #dentists #fear #worthit #transformation #gratitude
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rheajunior Grabbed a #burrito and some chips (with some world famous salsa) at #flamingamys in anticipation of @gilfel165's arrival on Saturday. Can't wait to see him!! Can't wait to show him all the reasons we #loveourcity #oldfriends #greatfriends #ilmnc #wilmington #portcity 3w

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rheajunior We don't even have a house yet, but we have our first housewarming gift @thomchi has some pretty amazing people on his staff ️But it's staying in the box until we are sure the house is ours 4w

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rheajunior It's a #happywednesday when you're drinking @portcityjava #hotchocolate, eating the best damn chocolate #donut from @wakenbakedonuts and doing the 2nd walk through of the house you are *thisclose* to calling home ️ Carolina Beach, you are pretty freakin' rad 4w

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rheajunior My mom sent me a box of goodies with tons of lovely & thoughtful presents - but the top treasure was Memeres hat that is now my official #writing #hat ... My friend Meg has been urging me to find one for so long and now I have THE BEST one. With #memere looking over my shoulder, I can't lose. #loveneverdies #powerofthree #missyou #yourlifewasaninspiration 1mon

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rheajunior @thomchi found me this silly little #flower when he took Riley for a walk. Apparently Riley trampled the prettier one 😑 I'll take any brightness I can get in this grey #January #bordercollie #blacklab #wilmingtonnc #greenfieldlake #pink 1mon

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rheajunior #tbt to that time 11 years ago when we packed up everything we owned into two small cars, drove 16 hours to #wilmingtonnc and moved into our 1st one bedroom apartment together, after dating for only 10 months. Fast forward 11 yrs and 12 moves to today, when we put in our first offer on our FIRST HOUSE! It's been a crazy fucking journey @thomchi and at times it seemed like this might never happen. But I've always found a #home when I'm with you. My gratitude for your patience and encouragement and fortitude is as limitless as my love for you. Why you love me so much when I can't even stand myself, I'll never know. How you can hold on to the light when all I see is darkness, I'll never know. All I know is my love for you grounds me, shelters me, protects me. #thankyou #loveisthetruth #depressionlies #homeiswhereverimwithyou 1mon

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rheajunior The view at #wrightsvillebeach matched my mood perfectly this morning. It's a blue, blue #christmas and I miss my #memere more than I thought possible. But it's her first year to be reunited for the holidays with Pepere since 1992 so that brings me some comfort. #loveyou #missyou #loveisstrongerthandeath 2mon

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rheajunior We are in Heartbreak Hotel tonight I don't know how you parents handle your kids getting sick... We are worse off than Riley is But man, she's a relentless biter and scratcher so let's hope this breaks the cycle. #poorpupper #poorparents #coneofshame #bordercollie #blacklab 2mon

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rheajunior 72 Holiday Cards on their way for delivery!! I know I'm missing people so if you didn't get one & you had in the past, or, if you never did but want to start, send me a message with your address and I would be HAPPY to add you to the list. It's a tradition I love 2mon

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rheajunior This necklace held a beautiful gemstone. I danced so hard last night, I came home with a missing stone and a broken chain 😬😑 #rockhard #crashhard #thisiswhywecanthavenicethings 2mon

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rheajunior If you could only know the mental and physical energy it took to pass as a "normal human" today... After a week of hiding in the house, scared and anxious and sad and crying, today I have to fake it for the sake of normality. I have to show up for @thomchi and be grateful that we get to see #panicatthedisco and #newpolitics at #greenfieldlakeamphitheater - which is a 2 minute walk from our townhouse. So with all those emotions weighing on me, today I choose gratitude first. #musicismymedicine 2mon
  •   lindaschad Always remember, you are stronger than you think. I admire your determination and courage. And you look beautiful. God bless 2mon
  •   rheajunior Thank you @lindaschad !! It was a magical night. I appreciate your support 2mon

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rheajunior So many things to be thankful for, but on the top of the list - spending today with @thomchi at #wrightsvillebeach 🏖 It's discouraging that I am too sick to fly home to NY, but this is the first #thanksgiving we've spent together in 5 or 6 years + we are spending it on the BEACH. This is the life we choose, and the life we love. #northcarolina #lovethiscity #gratitude #vitamindisthebestmedicine #fuckms 3mon

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rheajunior Not a bad way for these ex-Yankees to spend November 12th! 79 degrees, sunny and eating at #2ndAvenuePier with this beautiful ocean view from our table. Love these days with @thomchi #myrtlebeach #southcarolina #vitamindisthebestmedicine #saltlife 3mon

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rheajunior Have you guys seen that #recipe going around #pinterest for #cauliflowerfriedrice ? Well I don't know what possessed me because y'all know I hate cooking, but I did it tonight! And guess what? It was easy!! And it was SO GOOD! It's a little on the "bland" side, even though I added a ton of spices and seasoning- so maybe a light sauce would perk it up, if you're into that kind of thing. Anyway, this is one of those rare times that the Internet hasn't lied to me about an "easy" meal- so I thought I'd share. You're welcome #eatbetter #StopEatingShittyFoodThatYouKnowIsntGoodForYouAndGrowUp (that hashtag is strictly a reminder for myself and is not intended as advice for anyone but me, except maybe @thomchi but whatever dude, do you) 3mon

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