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Finally swimsuit season


First of all, Happy Father’s Day!! We love you, Daddio Patio Furniture 🙂

Dad and his girls

This weekend was full of a lot of firsts. Gross, not that kind of firsts, geez. Let me explain.

1. Friday night I went out in Boston and explored new areas I’ve never been – mainly Kenmore square. I loved the feeling I had when I walked down Commonwealth Ave. Everytime I make it into a new part of the city, I wish I could move there. Boston just has this comfortable, picturesque essence to it that screams my name. My response? “Lower your rent, or wait until I win the lottery.” Needless to say, our relationship is a bit touch-and-go.
I ate at Eastern Standard and had the best time! The drink menu is out of this world – it could have been written in Arabic and I would have understood just as much. No simple gin and tonics here! I tried the Old Cuban (my favorite) and a Whiskey Smash (reeeeally generous on the smash….) For dinner, I had the steak tar tar followed by the lobster gnocchi. This girl’s classy 🙂

2. Saturday afternoon consisted of something that I never do. Riding bicycles. I know there’s a huge craze right now over indoor cycling, mainly SoulCycle, but sue me….it’s boring. Bikes just aren’t really my friend. And they make my bum hurt (do the seats reeeeally have to be that skinny??). But I put that aside and rented a real bike for the day to go with M and D on a trail ride. They biked the Minuteman Bike Trail before and raved about it, so I decided to switch up my workout routine on a Saturday and ride with them. It was beautiful! Through Arlington and into Lexington we rode, stopped for lunch, and flew back. We passed the cutest towns, huge ponds, lots of playgrounds, and marshy areas. The day was a little overcast and chilly, so the trail wasn’t too packed and we were able to zoom around as we liked 🙂  It was definitely a great way to spend the afternoon!

Minuteman Bikeway. Paul Revere actually rode a bike as the sign depicts. Little known fact.

3. Remember those awesome people I like to call my friends? Well they’re still cool. Sunday morning, we headed up to K’s house, after dropping off M at her all-year-long beach house, and had a much needed pool day. We left early to get there early because I had to leave early. Early. K’s wonderful parents made a fruit salad, homemade curry chicken salad, brie stuffed figs wrapped in prosciutto…what? Did drool just hit your keyboard too? It was delish! We were sooo grateful to get in our swim suits and soak in the sun. If even for a few hours, it was awesome. Thanksss K and family!

4. This cookie butter. Oh dear lord, I should have never bought this. It’s literally cookies trying to be peanut butter. I don’t know what to do with myself. I tried it today, and by “tried it” I mean forcefully stopped eating it before the whole thing was gone. Even the check-out guy at Trader Joe’s commented on how good it was. His exact words were “Have you ever had this stuff? It’s good on waffles, pancakes, fruit, toast, spoons.” I took him up on that last one for sure. My sister always says I have no self-restraint, which is true, so this week will be a true testament – can I keep myself away from the cookie butter long enough to be able to get into a swim suit this weekend? Only time will tell, my friends. May the force be with me.

5. I’m grateful for when Boston looks like this:

Jealous yet?

Taken on my way back to my apartment from a fitness class last week. Could be worse.

Oh and for those of you that can hear me sniffling and blowing my nose in a mile radius, I promise it’ll stop soon. It’s already gotten better!


Have a happy happy new week!!

Monday FUNday


Happy Monday, everyone! It was a beautiful day in Boston today, so I was naturally sad that I had to stay at my cube all day at work….but there are still things to be happy about!

  1. New friends. First thing’s first, I have really awesome friends. They would be on my list every day if that was acceptable. New friends that I’ve made up here in Boston in the last year and old friends from my childhood – both mean so much to me. My loyalties to them are so very deep. As K says in a slightly intoxicated text message, “Moon and bakcj and buses i’d jump in front of!” Girl, you know I’d jump in front of a bus and go to the moon and back for you too 🙂
    Something I’ve noticed about Boston is that it’s not the most outwardly friendly crowd. It was a lot harder than I expected to find good friends and feel like I had my own niche. That is what I had to do to really get Penn State, and when it clicked, damn it clicked gooooood! But I also realize that that was college – a bubble (40,000 person bubble, but bubble none the less) and everyone was in the same boat. Friends practically grew on trees in State College, PA. Boston is uuuuh…different. On the bright side, I’ve been here almost a year, and I feel like I have met some really good keepers 🙂 I am thankful for them every day because they make me laugh, help me remember Friday nights, introduce me to more wonderful people, and go boy hunting in Star Market with me. I wanted to give them some credit in the beginning of my blog, so that they are here for the rest of it. I like them a looooot.

    Some girls that definitely make the happy list!

  2. Old friends. I grew up in Maryland. Horse country, MD more specifically – where hunts, polo matches, steeplechases, and horse shows are second nature all year long. This is where my love for horses stemmed from. This is also where my love for my home friends stemmed from. There are too many stories involving these wonderful people that I am way too embarrassed to put on here. They know me in and out, and are always behind me in every step.
    Last Christmas, we set up a Secret Santa gift exchange. I had been sad about being so far from home in Boston, but L (oh what the heck!) gave me a framed quote that says “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them but you know they’re always there” and I’m looking at it right now on my desk 🙂 You guys are like my little stars that I don’t see fading for a veeeeeeery long time! We give each other a lot of shit, but I know that nothing could come between us. Our love is deeper than the ocean and wider than the……Wow, this is getting mushier than I expected. Not the time, nor the place. Just know all you lovers down in the “south” that I’m still there, I’m just a phone call or text or email or snail mail or page or smoke signal or delivery away. I will literally deliver myself to you guys if comes down to that. In a box. With Sex and the City reruns and unhealthy snacks included.

    Just some stars I know.

  3. Olive, my mom’s dog, had a successful ACL surgery today! She tore her ACL (I know, I thought the same thing…dog’s have ACLs? Doesn’t that only happen in basketball or lacrosse?) but she probably did it running after a squirrel that was already 20 feet up in a tree. Not the smartest cookie, but she loves to eat cookies! Olive is the sweetest Newfoundland we’ve ever had, granted, she is the first. Her hind leg was a’ hurtin so we knew the surgery had to happen. One BFF from home works at the animal hospital that operated on Olive. She sent me updates on her status, along with photos of Olive looking especially pitiful after the anesthesia wore off.

    She was sleepy with her tongue out. What a sweetheart!

    Thanks Liss!!! I’m so glad she was there for Olive’s surgery – she is the biggest animal lover I’ve ever met, aside from Ace Ventura, so I know she was in good hands.

    4. The Bachelorette. This show has me hooked, unfortunately. Roomie got me into it last season and I can’t stop watching. I have had to physically pull myself away from gossip magazines as to not spoil it for me and her this season (sorry about last season!). Tonight’s episode was pretty exciting. Sean is pretty much a dream boat and my favorite. How she hasn’t ended the show early and just taken him home with her in her pocket, I don’t know. That would have been my first thought.

    5. This feeling. It happens to me so often, especially when I listen to Beyonce. Something you should know about me, I have a large girl crush on Beyonce. She is so multitalented and beautiful and down to earth (if a diva COULD BE down to earth). I would definitely switch lives with Beyonce for a day, and literally dance the whole time. I’m not embarrassed to admit that one thing on my bucket list is to learn the Single Ladies dance. Anyone know a good dance studio in Boston where I can get started on that??

    Have a happy week!