Posts Tagged ‘boston’

As I walked home after having a nice catch-up dinner & tasti d-lite dessert with my friend S last night, I walked past the Prudential in Boston. How can you not have Boston pride after seeing this?

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My plans for the rest of this afternoon…sit on my couch!

Friday night I ran out of work to head to the Red Sox game. After a late fun night, the Townie and I woke up early to head to his hometown to meet his parents.

They are wonderful. 🙂 This is the first time I’ve been in a relationship where the parents are warm, welcoming, and happily still married.

We drove back to Boston where I met my friend K and we tried a Core Fusion class. Holy pain. I went into it thinking it would be a relaxing ab class. Instead we worked each muscle group to fatigue before painfully stretching it. I’d love to do it again, but at $24 a class – on top of my monthly gym membership (that offers a surplus of free classes) I’m not sure I can do it.

After we met up with two additional friends before seeing Bridesmaids.

That movie was hilarious. I haven’t laughed that hard in a movie in a long time.

I ran home after the movie, showered, had dinner with my friend K, then met a bunch of friends at a bar for about two hours. The Townie picked me up and we slept in this morning until almost 10:30. I must have really needed sleep because I haven’t slept that late in months. We had a yummy brunch this morning before he left and now here I am sitting on my couch.

Time to go be lazy. Enjoy your Sunday 🙂

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When I was a junior going to be a senior in college I stayed at school during the summer to do research with one of my professors. It worked out perfectly because 3 of my closest friends also stayed and did the same.

One summer night we were partying outside behind some house celebrating a birthday. I got a voicemail from Blondie, my childhood best friend. I don’t know why I felt the need to check it – considering we usually just left nonsense voicemail for each other purposely making them as long as possible with a final “password” word at the end  so we could confirm the person listened until the end.

It was past 11pm and I decided I needed to listen to the voicemail. As soon as I heard her voice I knew something was wrong. She cried into the voicemail telling me she just found out her Mom had breast cancer. She would need to get chemo treatments as soon as possible.

The first thing I did was call my Mom. I couldn’t actually get the reason I was calling out instead I just sobbed into the phone as my Mother freaked out  since it was almost midnight at this point. When I finally was able to speak she started crying too. I don’t know why, but the first thing I thought of was that Blondie’s Mom was the same age as my Mom, this could be my Mom going through it too. It felt like it was my Mom going through it. Honestly, I felt helpless and angry.

The next year was a tough year for Blondie. Her Mom went through treatments where she’d spend days on end sick and exhausted. She lost all of her hair and spent hours trying to find a realistic looking wig. The following September I came home from Boston and did the Breast Cancer walk in NYC with Blondie, her mom, her brother, his gf and one of our friends. She didn’t want the attention on her but it felt good to be participating in something where so many others understood the reason behind doing so.

Yesterday morning I woke up at 7am, went down to the World Trade Center with my friend S and participated in Spin for Hope. We cycled for 3 hours non-stop with 100+ others to fund-raise for cancer. In total we all raised over $16,000. It was such an inspirational event, everyone was there for someone and each of the instructors (they swapped instructors each half an hour to make it interesting) kept saying as we grew tired – “Who’s waiting for you at the top of this hill? PUSH!

I’m really glad I was able to do it. Even if I need a cushion pillow to be able to sit today.

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Today was a good day. I do however wish it would keep going! I’m not quite ready to work again.

Anyway, I did all of my dishes this morning. Never underestimate how much better you’ll feel after doing all of your dishes and having a clean kitchen.

Midday I walked downtown and got myself a manicure. It was actually the first time I ever went and got a manicure by myself. To be honest I felt a little strange doing so until I walked in and realized 3 other girls were doing exactly the same thing. I ended up chatting with one for a while which was really nice. I also got my first “gel shellac” manicure with my favorite color, Lincoln Park After Dark. It doesn’t look different now but I’m told it won’t chip for 3 weeks which would be fabulous considering after 3 days the dark colors usually chip.

Early afternoon I finished the book I started Saturday night, The Kitchen House. It reminded me of The Help (which I absolutely loved). Addicting, painful, uncomfortable and outright frustratingly helpless, it was quite the emotional read.

This evening I had a chance to catch up with my friend A who was having a hard time and just a crappy past few days. We met at the gym for a 30 minute treadmill backwards walk and some tossing of medicine balls while she vented. I think it was exactly what she needed and hopefully just giving her a chance to let it out and have someone listen (while getting some exercise) helped. And we made sure to plan time together later this week too.

And then I signed up for another 12 sessions of boxing personal training sessions with my old trainer. 😉

I also really dedicated some time to look into my finances. I have a monthly budget and two new savings accounts (Emergency and a Dog/House fund) that will automatically pull a percentage of my check each month.

I did just notice the 146 emails and 36 winks on Match. I’ll deal with that tomorrow…

And now I’m off to write in my gratitude journal. I will be carrying this positive attitude into tomorrow. 🙂

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Ok, it may be a result of being pretty cooped up this weekend but I am antsy for a change or something to focus on.

I can’t put my finger on what it is…a fitness goal? A career change? A pet? I don’t know!

I just know that I’m really in need of *something* because right now I feel bored and unfulfilled.

Sadly I can’t get a pet. I’m dying to get a dog but my studio apartment does not allow it. And in order to save up a good amount of money I’m going to be in this apartment for another year to 16 months and then I can get a nice 1 bedroom and a dog.

Then there’s running (road races) or tri training. But it’s just not the same during the New England winter.

I’m looking at every angle right now. Trying to find a book club, a cooking class, a new fitness class, a career class…something! 

I’m not used to feeling so restless, so purposeless?

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Okay, so I was undeniably happy during my trip in South America. While I can’t exactly recreate everything about that trip to be just as happy here (no work, being outdoors and physically active all day, exploring a new culture, having all details planned for me, eating insanely delicious meals) – it did make me realize there are a few things I need to change in order to start being more happy here. And need is the key word, not just want anymore. I am tired of feeling like I am just floating along.

First though, I do want to recognize that the trip did offer a “reminding” perspective of a few standout good things I have going on in my life right now.

  • A handful of amazing best friends in Boston, along with amazing and loving friends and family scattered elsewhere
  • A stable, well-paying career
  • My own apartment and car
  • A naturally optimistic attitude
  • Volunteer work (I’ve been reading every other week during lunch with a 1st grader) and I’m hoping to get more information in a couple of weeks about a volunteer running organization

So my Be Happy in the US, or goals, or resolutions, whatever you want to call them are as follows. I’m trying to keep them specific, but short and simple. I also plan on actually writing these out and putting them up in my apartment as a daily reminder.

Clean my apartment
Get rid of the 6 bags for goodwill, find a place for everything, do the dishes, and do all my laundry. Waking up in the chaotic clutter since I have been back is actually giving my anxiety attacks. I need my sanctuary back! This is actually my number one priority, that’s how much it’s driving me crazy.

Try 11 new things in 2011
A cooking class, a dance class, a gym class, a book club, run a longer race, a date, whatever. But I need get out of my comfort zone and do 11 new things.

Focus on Fitness
The difference between my body, my perspective, and my energy between my trip and now is about as far apart as possible. For 4 days now I have sat at a desk for 8+ hours, eaten copious amounts of food, and not worked out once. I feel miserable. My goal is to work out 4 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes starting today. The idea here being I’ll work out more than that but at a minimum this will keep me active and get myself back into a routine. I crave routine, so why have I let it completely go?

Refocus my relationship with Food
I don’t want to diet, or fully restrict myself, but I really need to refocus my relationship with food. For one, cooking my own meals and using what I buy at the grocery store. I either buy all or nothing – when I buy all a ton goes to waste and then when I buy nothing I buy lunch/dinner and waste a ton of money and eating unhealthy. So I want to eat breakfast every morning, pack my work lunches, and whenever possible eat a home-cooked dinner.

Get rid of debt/Start saving
 I have $1300 of debt to mine name. That’s including everything – credit cards/car/school etc etc. If I can pay this off by March I can really start saving. Ideally I only want to be in my studio apartment another year. I’d love to start a travel fund, and really think about getting a 1 bedroom and a dog… 🙂

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While many New Englanders might be complaining about the foot of snow (and counting) that has fallen over night, I LOVE IT.

I woke up to absolute silence, the kind where you swear you can almost hear the sound of the big flakes falling outside of your window.

I put on ski gear head to toe and walked the mile to work. It was beautiful.

And it was hilarious to see the number of cross-country skiers headed to work.

And now, I’m sitting in our rather vacant offices, sipping on coffee and just enjoying a day where I can finally play catch-up.


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You know what I love? After a long exhausting week at work spending a Friday night cooking dinner and watching The Town with two of my girlfriends. (See it!)

And sleeping in until 8:30 this morning, then going to a boxing session which I rocked, then doing extra few strength training moves with my friend, then running all over Boston to find ugly Christmas sweaters with 3 friends (no luck, but candy cane stockings were found) and now getting ready for an early night at an Irish pub with traditional Irish music and some yummy food.

And tomorrow morning I’ll kick this 5k’s ass and then be lazy the entire afternoon as we’re expecting SNOW.

That my friends, is a weekend I love. 🙂

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This past weekend I flew down to DC with two of my Boston girlfriends and two of my Buffalo girlfriends. We stayed with my friend who moved from Boston back in September. What a fabulous weekend full of much-needed girl time.

One thing I have noticed on my recent trips is my desire at the end to come home. And by home while I do partly mean my apartment and my own bed it’s something about Boston too. Boston feels like home. When visiting other cities I enjoy them but I can usually quickly dismiss wanting to live there.

DC felt different. It’s the first city since Boston that I think I’d be happy living in. It’s beautiful, it’s manageable and the people all seemed great. I don’t think I’m moving any time soon but it’s exciting to know that if I needed a change, DC might be a great place for it.

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This weekend I have been doing something I don’t normally do well. Going with the flow. Rather than try to set plans for the entire weekend I just went with it. And you know what? It’s been fantastic.

Friday night after a little shopping with V I came home, read blog entries, ate pizza and went to bed!

I was up early on Saturday to meet J and C at a cafe by 9am for breakfast. Almost 2 hours later we left the cafe and walked around the Copley Book fair where I registered to become a bone marrow donor. It was completely random, but so easy through the Caitlin Raymond foundation and I learned that if I am a match (1 in 30,000 chance) you actually only have to give blood.

Saturday early evening rolled around and I met up with J and R to head over the Harvard Square – we rarely cross the river! We stopped into a cool vintage clothing store before hitting up a bar for drinks and dinner. My favorite part was getting a beer sampler of four different beers. I got an oatmeal stout, a brown ale, a pumpkin ale (tasted like brown sugar and was amazing!) and my least favorite a really hoppy fall ale.

The plan at this point was to go out back in Boston but you could tell we were all starting to lose steam. We headed to the Howl At the Moon and the line was over 150 people deep. (I hate lines in Boston, it’s ridiculous!) So we quickly phone one of our other friends who was meeting up with us with a change of plans.

Sadly, 3 other girls who were meeting us were disappointed we were leaving but R, S and myself were sold on going back to my friend J’s place, putting on slippers, drinking red wine and eating banana bread. It was ideal and I in bed just after midnight. 🙂

And today I’m off to do a little outlet shopping with S. I’m going to try not to spend too much… 😉

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