Monday, November 13, 2017

Stick to your pianos

I read this Tori Amos interview today on a terrible T ride home and I CAN'T BELIEVE EXECUTIVES WANTED TORI TO REPLACE THE PIANO WITH GUITARS ON LITTLE EARTHQUAKES! Thank God she stuck to her guns or pianos in this instance.

The Crow Reborn is finally happening with Jason Momoa. Can I buy my ticket NOW?

Still haven't seen Thor: Ragnarok or Murder on the Orient Express but both are on my list. I'm hoping to squeeze one in before we leave for New York this weekend. I'm trying to finish reading Murder on the Orient Express before I see the movie. I'm almost halfway done at this point.

And Derek just came over and put an ice cube down my shirt and said "now there's something for the blog!" Very helpful that one.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Damn it Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors. Maybe I should say he was one of my favorite actors. One allegation of misconduct by Anthony Rapp has now begun to snowball with others coming forward. I believe these men are telling the truth. It can't be easy to speak out against one of the Hollywood elite. House of Cards is dropping Kevin Spacey for the last season. As a fan of the show I'm glad they're trying to work out a way to finish the series without him. Claire has always been my favorite anyways. Have Spacey's character killed off camera and work the mystery of who the murderer is into the show. Robin Wright can carry House of Cards.

Now I keep wondering who will be next. I'm sure there are many more stories of misconduct and abuse in Hollywood and it's only a matter of time before they're told.

Now for an update on my sesamoiditis. I gave up the boot after 5 days. My foot was hurting more with the boot. I'm trying to find good comfortable shoes I can wear at work but haven't found the right shoes yet. For now I've been wearing my converse because they don't hurt my foot. My work has been understanding at least. I haven't been going for walks or using the elliptical. I'm resting my foot when I can but it's frustrating. I just want this injury gone but it looks like there's no quick recovery time.

Monday, October 23, 2017


From these boots.

To this boot.

I've had some pain in the ball of my right foot off and on for about two months. I finally made it to the podiatrist today and the doctor thinks it's sesamoiditis. She wants me to wear this boot for a few weeks to stop me from bending my foot and give the ball of my foot time to heal. It's really awkward to walk in. I should have listened to my body and taken better care of my foot. No more long walks and elliptical for a little bit. I ordered some foot pads that that my doctor said I could try if I really didn't want to wear the boot but she strongly suggested that I try to use the boot for a bit to give the foot a rest. I'm supposed to go to a concert tomorrow night that's GA standing. Luckily it's more about not bending the foot than just standing on it.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I love em!

I bought one for me and one for a friend. Who will be the luckily recipient?

Monday, October 16, 2017

In the name of Mars, I will chastise you!

What would I take pictures of if I didn't live in the city? Maybe nature and my yard because I'd actually have a yard. Would I see giant teddy bears in the window of a noodle restaurant in the burbs? I don't know. This is also a reminder that I still need to actually eat at Twelve Hours.

No, I'm not Wonder Woman. I'm Sailor Mars, the agent of love and fire! I tried everything to get the wrinkles out of the skirt. I was afraid the iron would melt the fabric. I guess that's what you get when your costume comes from China.

A few people asked if this was my real hair.

Derek was Rick from Rick and Morty. "The beer is a prop!"

The wig is off and the party's getting started.

So smoke machines set off fire alarms. It was fun for the two minutes it lasted. I have another Halloween party in two weeks and my other costume does not involve wigs or heels. 

Sucker for sunsets.

Upcoming on the blog: My new camera, new LED light, probably more food. It's going to be a busy week.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Is this my new artisan cheese shopping dress?

This dress is perfect! The more I stare at it the more I want it. But it's a $298.00 cocktail dress! I'd have to wear this dress multiple times a week to justify buying it, but where am I going to wear it? When I go to Whole Foods? Where's my organic produce and artisan cheese dress! If anyone would like to purchase this dress for me I promise to take a photo of myself eating fancy cheese in it.

I would also like to mention that the one and only review said it's great for women who don't have much going on in the boob department. Clearly this dress was made for me.

Price: $298.00

Sunday, October 8, 2017


50 minute ferry ride from Boston to Salem. Eat lots of seafood, try on some hats, have a spooky day.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Germana and Andy's wedding

My phone charger stopped working so I only have before and after photos from the wedding. Note to self: bring digital camera to future weddings.

Wedding highlights:

Actually getting to eat the appetizers.

Sam Schoenfeld's bar mitzvah. He's a man now!

Lil Anne smuggling meat in her napkin for later.

Derek actually making an appearance on the dance floor.

Jamie being accused of stalking the New England Patriots. "You know what you're doing here." "No I don't. I'm trying to find my room."

Bugles aka America's #1 finger hat snack.

Noise complaint on the hotel after party. "I bet it was Tom Brady!" Hotel security saved the day by lettings us party in the hall by the lobby.

"You could make a banana pie with that banana!" "I don't know why I just said that..."

Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's my Friday!

One of my best friends is getting married Saturday so I took tomorrow off to get my nails did and run some errands. I love weddings and vacation days.

Drinks with co-workers tonight and I get to sleep in tomorrow.

Started putting up Halloween decorations. I don't care that it's still September.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Get yer tickets

Two tickets for the Ed Sheeren 2017 World Tour. Price unknown. It's a shame I'll be washing my hair that night.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hanging Tough

Spotted in Wahlburgers

A giant photo of Donnie Wahlberg at Fenway performing with New Kids on the Block. I was at that show!

And yes, I am tough enough.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Phantom of the Opera

Friday night I made Derek be my date to see Phantom of the Opera at the Boston Opera House. Our seats were three rows back from the stage. I decided to treat myself since I will not be seeing Hamilton when it comes to Boston due to the very high ticket price. It was a great production and I'm not just saying that as a Phantom fan. Even Derek said he enjoyed it and he is not generally a fan of musicals.

The ladies room during intermission was interesting. As you can imagine there was a very long line but it was moving. When I made it to the bathroom entrance I could see that each stall was numbered and there was a woman with a microphone directing people into empty stalls. It was so efficient that I actually got out of the bathroom before Derek. The men's room did not have anyone directing men to the urinals. This was the first time I've experienced a bathroom director and I think more venues should do it. We all know how long the line for the ladies room can be so anything that helps is a good thing.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The time suck that is Lifetime

How do you do it Lifetime? How do you make terrible movies that we can't help but watch? Last night I watched My Daughter is Missing.

It's Lifetime's version of Taken but with a mother trying to save her daughter. She can pick locks, run after bad guys and track rerouted IP addresses all while maintaining perfect hair. Impressive. My favorite line was "you messed with the wrong mom!"

Bosco was not feeling good last night. He got sick four times. I cleaned up the first mess right before bed only for Derek to inform me ten minutes later that he puked again. Number three and four happened sometime during the night. He's still eating and drinking but I'm keeping an eye on him.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

High Def Tears With My New Sharp Roku TV

They say when one door closes, another one opens. On Saturday I went couch shopping and came home with a new TV. It's about time this TV lover upgraded. I've had the same small TV for ten years which apparently is a lifetime according to the sales guy at Best Buy. I wanted something bigger than my last TV but not gigantic since I have a small living room. I ended up picking a Sharp 43" Roku TV which is the perfect size.

Setup was really easy. I plugged in my cable box and the TV pretty much did the rest. I haven't tested out the (built in) Roku aspect yet but the picture is amazing! It's like finally getting glasses and seeing everything clearly. I can't wait to watch all the crying on the Bachelor in high definition.

Price: $249.99 on sale at Best Buy

Friday, September 8, 2017

Clestial Seasonings Vanilla Rooibos Tea. What can't it do?

If you know me at all you know I judge a drink by it's cover. If I see a bottle of wine with a fun or weird label, I'm going to buy it. Every time I go down the tea isle at the supermarket I'm always drawn to the Celestial Seasonings boxes. Animals drinking tea like humans in various settings? I'll buy it! I was looking for a new decaf tea to try since my body hates me and won't let me have caffeine and I came across a very regal tiger enjoying a nice cuppa. I'd never heard of rooibos tea but I was willing to give it a try. If it's good enough for a cartoon tiger on safari, it's good enough for me.

I'm totally hooked on this tea and that's ok because it won't keep me up at night and might possibly make me Benajmin Button with it's anti aging properties. I'm a cream and sugar in my tea kind of girl but I use nothing with this tea. It doesn't need it. The vanilla adds a nice sweetness.

Here are some of the health benefits of red rooibos tea:

  • reduces blood pressure
  • treats allergies
  • eases headaches
  • antispasmodic properties
  • helps with insomnia
  • prevents kidney stones
  • prevents aging
  • improves skin
  • rich in minerals

I should be bathing in this stuff.

Price: $3.39 for a box of 20 at Celestial

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's cute boot season

While winter is ugly but weather appropriate boot season, fall is cute boot season. To celebrate I have purchased two new pairs of boots from Nine West.

The first pair is the Xtravert Open-Heel Booties. 

Cute and comfortable. The gold studs in the heel are what really sold me on these booties. I definitely feel like an xtravert while wearing these.

Price: $83.30 (on sale)

The second pair of boots I bought is the Eltynn Over the Knee Boot.

There was no way I was not getting these perfect boots. I've already pictured at least five different skirts I can wear these with. They go over the knee to help keep my knees warm. They even have stretchy material in the back to accommodate my muscular but ladylike calves.

Price: $146.30 (on sale)

I'm trying to stay away from the Nine West website right now because I'm afraid I'll buy all the boots.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Rainy camping trip to Sandy Pond

The camp store is getting fancy with their own "line" of spices.

It rained all day Sunday but we had plenty of food and plenty of very green flora.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

GOT Predictions

My predictions for Game of Thrones tonight:

Sansa and Arya kill Littlefinger
Jon and Dany get it on.

Went to a birthday cook out on Saturday afternoon followed by a birthday party at an arcade bar Saturday night. I wish I had a summer birthday. I also wish I had a nice deck and a fire pit.

Today I had lunch with my mom at a Thai restaurant. It's her birthday tomorrow. Let's all wish her a happy birthday. She deserves it.

Now I'm off to a Game of Thrones viewing party. I napped so I'm ready to go. The weekend's not over yet.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


I saw three rats yesterday. I'd prefer that number to be zero. The last one I saw started running towards our table on the patio at Devlin's but then we screamed and the rat freaked out and ran in the opposite direction. Besides the rat crashing the party, drinks at Devlin's with the Brighton crew was fun. I'm trying to get in as much patio time as possible before it starts getting cold again.

Since it's nice out today I tried to eat lunch outside but then the wind blew my chopsticks away and I had to eat my sushi with my hands. I wasn't going to walk back to the super market to get another pair of chopsticks so hands it is. I moved inside after my chopsticks blew away before I lost my soy sauce too.

I updated the photo blog yesterday.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wizard's First Rule

"People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People's heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool."

"Because of Wizards First Rule, the old wizards created Confessors, and Seekers, as a means of helping find the truth, when the truth is important enough. Darken Rahl knows the Wizard's Rules. He is using the first one. People need an enemy to feel a sense of purpose. It's easy to lead people when they have a sense of purpose. Sense of purpose is more important by far than the truth. In fact, truth has no bearing in this. Darken Rahl is providing them with an enemy, other than himself, a sense of purpose. People are stupid; they want to believe, so they do."

Wizard's First Rule is getting a little to real these days.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to ride public transit without being a jerk

With the college students returning to Boston very soon I thought I'd post a how to reminder on using public transit.

Wait for the passengers exiting to get off. You think this would be common sense but all too often I see people trying to shove their way on while passengers are trying to get off. It slows everything down so please wait the extra few seconds for people to finish getting off the train or bus.

Move to the back. People love to hover by the doors when there's room in the rear. MOVE BACK. I always manage to make it to the doors for my stop and so will you.

If it's full, wait. I know it sucks when it's rush hour and the train is completely full but trying to push your way in and waiting in the open door so the train can't move slows down the entire system. Step back and wait for the next one.

Ditch the giant stroller. I know parents need to take public transit too but do you really need the largest stroller you can find? Not only does it take up massive amounts of space but it's really awkward to get on and off public transit with. I'm not a parent but I would want something smaller and lighter that's easier to maneuver.

Don't argue with the operator. You're not going to win and the train/bus is not going to move until the operator decides it's going to move.

Give up your seat to people who need it. Don't pretend you don't see that elderly man with the cane get on the train. Offer your seat to those who need it if you don't.

And please don't forget the deodorant! Public transit is fragrant enough.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ikea and ladies night

Yesterday I went to Ikea with Lil-Anne and please remind me in the future to never go to Ikea near the end of August ever again. It was insanity. I'm in denial that the college kids are making their way back to Boston. Despite the crowds I did manage to replace a pot though and eat Swedish meatballs. I brought some home for Derek since he's never had them! He's not a fan of Ikea but I might be able to persuade him through food.

After our Ikea trip Lil-Anne and I decided to go to the Irish Village. Derek wasn't feeling well so he stayed home. Fiona joined us in costume after going to the Goblin Ball (from Labyrinth) in Worcester. I'm going to go to the next one they have. It looked like a lot of fun.

We had a fun little ladies night.

Lil and I

Me and Fiona (in costume)

Bosco would like to let you know that he ate a giant live fly this morning. It was gross but I was also like, well you're good at pest control at least.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A 90s Throwback

I have to give credit to my friend Fiona for always finding random fun things to do. Apparently the Coolidge Corner theater has a Rewind! night. One Thursday a month they show "small screen classics" followed by an after party at Osaka. When she asked me if I wanted to see Romeo + Juliet of course I said yes.

I can't believe this movie came out 21 years ago. I was in middle school at the time and I remember having a huge crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. I'm pretty sure every young girl had a crush on him back in 1996.
The ceiling in the theater
I love the Coolidge Corner theater. They are an independent movie theater that's been operating since 1933. The decor is fantastic and the popcorn is always super fresh. They also serve beer and wine (hollah!)

It's been a long time since I last watched Romeo + Juliet and I realized I missed a lot of the humor in the movie when I watched it as a teen. There were quite a few times where we all laughed out loud. Of course we all know how Romeo and Juliet ends so the movie ended with tears. Fiona went through all of her tissues.

The after party at Osaka was sold out so we missed out on sushi and 90s music but we consoled ourselves with "Irish" nachos and drinks at Harry's. We staked out a table by the open windows but quickly regretted that decision when we realized it was actually a bit chilly. Luckily beer helps with that. The husband, Lil-Anne and Phil ended up joining us and the sushi after party was soon forgotten.
Fiona and the "Irish" nachos
We made it home much later than planned but I have no regrets. Ok, maybe I regret eating so many "Irish" nachos but how could I resist?