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 Seasonings.com

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

Rats!

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?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I have a crystal and I sort of maybe know how to use it

I don't often get thank you gifts as a legal assistant but when I do they tend to be interesting. Today I got this.


Suck it edible arrangements, I got a crystal! I think it's selenite? The client who gave it to me was telling me what it can be used for and not to wash it (um ok, no baths for my crystal) and when she finished I said "and you could also throw it at someone if you need to." I don't think she agreed with me but it's got some heft to it.

Right now the crystal is sitting on my desk at work. According to crystal sites selenite can be used to dispel negative energy. I'm going to give it a shot the next time a client is yelling at me over the phone.


New England Holocaust Memorial vandalized


I took this picture on Friday night after work. It just happened to be the view from where I was standing and I felt like taking a picture. You can see some of the towers from the Holocaust Memorial. The Memorial was vandalized Monday night. I'm glad they were able to clean up the glass and replace the panel so quickly but it shouldn't have happened in the first place.

If you're ever in the Faneuil Hall area of Boston you should take a few minutes to visit. I think it's best viewed at night.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The blame game

I'm currently dealing with a blamer at work. Nothing is ever their fault and they will throw anyone under the bus to cover their own ass. I have zero patience for this. If I screw up, I own up. That's what you do as an adult. I've had to resort to sending emails for issues I would normally discuss in person so I have a paper trail. I can't do much else due to nepotism but it's better than standing in the middle of the road watching the bus come barreling down.


Speaking of work, this past July was my 10 year work anniversary. I can't believe it's been that long!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cleaning frenzy

Credit card has been recovered. Stayed in last night and watched the Craft. I miss the 90s sometimes. I ordered a calzone from Pizza Days but it tasted funny so I didn't finish it. Better than being sick.

Today I suddenly got the urge to clean and went to town. The bathroom is done and part of the entryway. I had to take a break to shower and go food shopping. Now I'm getting ready to head over to Fi's to watch Game of Thrones so the cleaning will continue tomorrow (hopefully). I'm bringing brie and fig jam. If you haven't had that combo before do yourself a favor and try it. You can thank me later.

I found this pillow cover on Amazon that looks exactly like Bosco. I'm thinking about getting it.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Good one

I left my credit card at the bar last night. I'm pretty miffed at myself. Not looking forward to taking a trip back today to get it. I'm having mac and cheese for breakfast/lunch to console myself.

It's only 65 out but holy hell is it humid. I wish I was at a lake right now.

I think I'm going to set up a separate photo blog for all my random photos.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I'm not good at math but this adds up to a lot of money

Today I dropped off a bridesmaids dress to be altered and it's going to cost me $120.00. The dress cost me $90.00 and I bought two of them for a total of $180.00. This is what happens when you have to order a dress from China that you can't try on. I was told to order my regular size so I did and it was too small. There are no returns so I ordered the next size up and I swear to you it is the same size as the other dress. NO RETURNS. I told the tailor that I have plenty of extra material to work with because I have an entire extra dress that is too small that I can't return. I don't think they care but I needed them to know what happened. I might have to go as a bridesmaid for Halloween and wear this to every formal event for the next five years.

I love my friend who is getting married so I won't tell her how much I'm spending on this dress. She would feel terrible and there's no need for that. I will look fly in my altered Chinese dress and so will my future daughter when I make her wear it to her prom.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Sinner


This show is good but will also mess you up. Who hasn't been pissed off by a couple making out on the beach and blasting music? We've all been there. This is why I stick to junk food at the beach instead of fruit. You won't get angry when you've got a bag of Cheetos in your hand.

Also, this show has Bill Pullman. THE END.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pastachusetts

What do we have here?


Pasta in the shape of Massachusetts!


"Featuring local MA Flour"

I was tempted to buy some but Pastachusetts isn't cheap.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mystery


Why did I take a photo of rose petals on the floor?

Why did I not find this photo in my phone until now?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I'm having a day

My commute was total shit today. Here's a flash flood warning for ya right as you're leaving the office. Oh and the Red Sox game is somehow not cancelled yet despite this non stop rain so enjoying walking to Kenmore so you can get on a train. Good thing you wore flip flops so you could flip all that nasty street crud water all up onto the back of your legs. Let's not forget that the B line is still doing shuttle buses after tearing up the tracks on the BU bridge so you take the C line which means more walking in the rain. Make it to Whole Foods and decide to buy yourself a cupcake. Notice the cupcake is 450 calories. Buy it anyways and feel gross. Get home and find a hairball from the cat on the kitchen floor.

Fuck it. I'm ordering steak and cheese for dinner.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The usual places

Yesterday the in-laws were in the city for an appointment so we took them out to Wagamama for dinner. If you're a regular blog reader you know that Derek and I are Wagamama regulars. I'm sure our photos will be up on the wall any day now. My mother-in-law has a dairy allergy and it seemed like a safe bet and luckily I was right. We caught them up on Aruba and married life in general. After the in-laws made their way back to the train we decided to pop into our usual after Wagamama spot - the hotel bar at the Westin. Hotel bars are the best. 

View of the Boston Public Library from the Westin.
We probably should have gone straight home after the hotel bar but we were having fun. We decided to stop off at Washington Square Taven on the way home. We usually know the bartender working but there was a new one tonight. He was very nice and gave us a free round of drinks (very nice indeed). He regaled us with awkward Tavern first date stories which of course I was loving. I texted my best Florida friend to let her know I was at the Tavern. We had some great times there in our 20s and she pretty much expects a memory lane text if I end up there.

We stayed at the Tavern longer than we should have but it was worth it. Now it's time to put myself to bed.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Party in the White Mountains

I'm back from the mountains of Lincoln New Hampshire. The bachelorette party was so much fun and I think the bride-to-be really enjoyed herself. I know I certainly did.

I left Thursday night with Fiona and Kerry to head up to the cabin in Limerick, Maine. The three of us stayed up until the early morning hours talking and listening to music around the fire. The next morning we were a bit tired but rallied with a good breakfast at the Hungry Hallow.

lake view from the cabin in Maine
It was tough to say goodbye to the lake but the mountains and the bride-to-be awaited us. We took the Kancamagus highway which goes through the White Mountain National Forest. I don't think I've been up that highway since I was a child. I forgot how beautiful it is. We pulled over a couple of times to take in the mountain views.

mountain selfie
After our scenic stops we finally arrived at the house on Loon Mountain. The house was beautiful and huge. We had no close neighbors so we didn't have to worry about disturbing anyone else with our bachelorette shenanigans .

view from the balcony

getting ready for the bride-to-be's arrival
Friday night we hung out at the house eating pizza and listening to music around a campfire. There was dancing and glittery temporary tattoos. Saturday morning was a little rough after staying up late Thursday and Friday. I took a nap to rally for Saturday night.

Saturday night we had dinner at a Mexican Restaurant in town called El Charro. The waitstaff was excited to have a bachelorette party and enjoyed our music selections on the jukebox. We also brought an inflatable blowup man we named Bernie. He was a big hit especially with a toddler at the table next to us.

Dinner at El Charro with the girls and Bernie (bottom right corner)
One of the waitresses suggested that we check out Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery since they usually have a live band on Saturday nights. After consulting the bride-to-be we decided that's where we'd head next.

Bride-to-be with her lightsaber.
The Brewery was packed and there were a lot of bikers who were in Lincoln for a bikers rally. We met Spyder, Buddy and Froot Loop. Sadly I did not get any pictures of them. The band was excellent and so was the crowd. There was one intoxicated woman who latched on to Germana and became a bit obsessed with her lightsaber. Germana's wedding is Star Wars themed so it was a necessary prop. Luckily she got distracted on the dance floor and we made a quick escape to the other side of the bar. We also met a bride who had just gotten married at the Brewery. We were all a little bit tired from Friday night so we headed back to the house around 12:30. and watched a movie on Netflix before bed. Partying in your 30s.

Sunday morning came all to quickly. We cleaned up the house and headed out to Benton's Sugar Shack for breakfast before the ride home. After we were full of pancakes and bacon we said our goodbyes.

Benton's Sugar Shack.  Worth the wait.
I would love to go back to the White Mountains with Derek at some point. I need to go to the mountains more often.

Mountains everywhere you look.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Impatient

The bride-to-be (L) and me from recent night out
This is a short workweek for me but it certainly doesn't feel like it. This weekend is my friend Germana's bachelorette party in New Hampshire and I'm not so patiently counting down the days. Who wouldn't be excited for a weekend away with friends? Thursday night I'll be heading up to Maine with Fiona and Kerry and spending the night at Fiona's family's cabin. We'll make the drive to New Hampshire Friday morning to start decorating the house we rented before the bride-to-be and other guests arrive.

We received a group text tonight from Fiona (bride-to-be not included) informing us that she dropped the cake she was making for the bachelorette. I feel for her because this is a total Ginny move and she spent hours working on this cake. Luckily, we think the cake can be salvaged. If not at least we have cupcakes and a funny story to tell Germana. I am responsible for decorations which will be absolutely fine if dropped.

Bag of goodies
Bag of goodies to be revealed in future blog post.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tempura my world


Thursday night sushi with Fi. Genius idea


Salmon, crab, avocado + eel sauce fried in tempura batter. Bangarang!



Went to TJ Maxx after sushi so Fiona could buy some sneakers. I texted this pic to the husband and told him this was my new hat. He didn't take the bait though. "Find a matching thong and you got yourself a deal."


The Neverending Story is so terrible. I forgot how obnoxious Bastian is. That damn horse scene gets my every time though. I can't even watch it.


This felt like such a long week. Maybe it's the heat? We hadn't been to Bond since our wedding. This is where we had the after party. I told Derek that if we were super rich I would have this lounge built in our mansion. I think I just need some chandeliers in my life.



Husband went fancy. You know it's fancy when you have a giant round ice cube. I really wanted a gin and tonic but I knew my bladder would have been angry with me later if I did. The joys of IC. Lil-Anne got us free drinks by giving a cigarette to a woman at the bar. We tried to decline but she said it was on her company and insisted. After that drink I switched to water for the rest of the night. No hangover for this girl.

Time to wrap this up. The princess bride is on.