I went to the Boston Bloggers holiday meet and greet the other night. I’m certainly no stranger to blogger meets and it was a lot of fun! Amy and Kate do an awesome job putting these events together, big props to them and Warehouse Boston for hosting us. I was excited to finally wear my new black sequin dress! I figured I wouldn’t be too over-dressed since I was a little under-dressed at the holiday meet and greet last year.
Sadly, I think the Betsey Johnson earrings were more than the dress and necklace combined. I guess that isn’t saying much though since it’s from Forever21
I met lots of cool new people like Colleen, Emma, Jodi, Kate, Kerri, Molly, Philip/”Greg”, Rachel and was happy to see Kristin. I liked the venue, we had the back section and the food was really tasty. I liked (what I think were) ahi tuna tacos, they had a nice kick to them. I had a lot of fun disrupting peoples conversations to meet them and struggling to find my new Moo Mini-Cards to share with them. I think I’m in need of a business card holder so I don’t spend the evening struggling to fish a card out from my bag.
Kristin was nice enough to give me a lift home after. I was happy that Andy set up our Christmas tree, and I finished decorating today.
I can’t have a normal tree, it needs to be an unrealistic color and sparkle.
Andy and I decided to go to the Museum of Science and it was a lot of fun. The place wasn’t very crowded since we went on a weekday, but there was a couple of field-trip buses. I had banana chocolate chip pancakes two days in a row, I’m such a rebel! I’m not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow, but at least I have a Boston Bloggers meet up to look forward to. Sorry in advance if I get sequins everywhere!
I can’t believe it’s already December! I told Andy we should grab our blue Christmas tree from the basement and put it up on the 1st. Opps, guess I should pay more attention to the calendar. Maybe we’ll get to it this week, I hope!
We went to the butterfly exhibit, but none of the butterflies stuck to Andy this time. Boo!
I always get excited at opportunities to use my Canon Rebel, even if it means sitting in giant and tiny chairs. Not really sure what that has to do with science…
I love the dinosaur exhibit! I wonder how long the scarf is they put on the T-Rex.
My pancakes and the walk to the museum
I took about 100 pics, but decided to spare the internetz the agony. I saw a 3D printer making a mini Tardis! I asked the exhibit guy if he can make one into a Christmas ornament for me
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My friend Patrick was visiting his family for Thanksgiving and suggested we go to brunch with Nicole. We met up at Sound Bites, which was really good. I forgot how much of a pain it is to get to Somerville though, from where I now live. It’s not that far, but the way I went was a pain and will be finding another way to get there next time. I ended up driving through Harvard Square during some kind of Santa Run 5k, loads of people dressed like Santa jogging around. Andy and I will be back in that area again tomorrow since we’re grabbing the red line to go to the Museum of Science. I can’t wait, I love the MOS and having another day off! I especially like going to the butterfly exhibit since Andy doesn’t like butterflies. For some reason the butterflies really like him, but I think it’s because of his hair gel.I’m charging up my Canon Rebel to get butterfly blackmail photos of Andy. I will make him hold one! *cackles*
I got banana chocolate-chip pancakes, they were delicious! We took a shameless selfie outside the restaurant. I spotted some type of rock band sculpture on someone’s lawn while walking back to my car.
I used to brave the early morning and go shopping in NH with my mom. We stopped going years ago, since the deals just really aren’t worth the efforts and the crowds. We never went into big stores like Wal-Mart or Target though. I just don’t get why people go so ape-shit to save a few bucks. I mean, I like not paying full price but it’s just not worth the crazy.
How did I spend my Black Friday? I woke up at 10am and had some coffee. I also let my dog out and fed him before working out. Andy and I also cleaned the bathroom, and I vacuumed part of the apartment. Crazy stuff, I know! I did some online shopping, which didn’t involve hobo-shanking a customer for 10% off a 13″ TV. I re-discovered my Nintendo DS and played some Super Mario on the couch. I also ran a virus scan on my computer and am making a back-up file. Oh yeah, my first Avon order arrived so I organized it so I can drop off orders to people. FUN TIMES UP IN HERE! I’m going to get ready for an 11-year high school reunion soon. Our “freeunion” went well last year, so we’re doing it again. I hope there is a good turn out, but I’ll still stuff my face and have some beers either way.
After watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the 11th time, I decided to re-learn chess. At first my plan was to read up on chess, watch some vids on YouTube, and practice on my phone. I blurted out, “Awww, I want to play Wizard’s Chess!”. Andy gave me blank stare, and said he can teach me regular chess as there is no sorcery allowed in our household. This is probably why I shouldn’t be allowed to watch TV as much as I do. As a kid, one of my favorite movies was Searching For Bobby Fischer. I know, I was a strange child. That was when I had my friend teach me how to play. We spent a summer playing chess and Super Mario Bros.
Anyway, Andy spent the weekend looking at a couple of thrift shops to find a cool chess set. He couldn’t find one in decent shape, so we bought new. Last night he decided to teach me while I was starving and trying to shovel down a steak tip Caesar wrap. Nobody should ever try to teach you anything while you are hungry and/or eating! But I digress…
Things were going well at first, I was able to set up the board and mostly understood how the pieces move. But I was not confident with my execution. I always selected safe moves and once there were no safe moves to make, I had to rely on Andy to talk me through possible scenarios. I guess I shouldn’t expect much of my first game, but I did end up winning because Andy bailed me out. I’m sure I’ll get better with time, but I ain’t no Bobby Fischer!
Oh yeah, the Hello Kitty phone case I ordered from China finally came in (3 weeks later). I was very excited that it came with a stylus!
Sadly, this isn’t the only Hello Kitty phone case I have for my new phone.
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I guess my weekend revolved around eating. Good thing I’ve decided to commit to a new workout regime! I started Friday with Erin at Bonchon, Friendsgiving on Saturday, and I went to see the Hunger Games with Ginny with Johnny Rocket’s burgers after. Friendsgiving was fun, and we went to our friends new apartment. I really like their new place, it’s very roomy! It was big enough to fit about 20 of us, but we have long since outgrown the days when we can all actually eat at a table. Sitting around the apartment stuffing our faces worked out great. Andy and I were lazy this year, and decided to hit up one of the bakeries down the street from me and grabbed a couple dozen cookies for the party. I was really good and didn’t eat any beforehand. I feel like I should get a prize of cookies for that feat! Other party activities include almost locking myself in the bathroom, and helping a girl name her beautiful Michael Kors bag Rosie (it was a rose gold color). I also used this as a subtle hint to Andy as the color of Michael Kors bag I’d like in the future. Maybe he’ll forget that he got me concert tickets for Christmas?
I rocked one of new new shark sweatshirts to the party, it was a big hit. Everyone got out of my way, since sequin sharks are very scary! We didn’t make either of the desserts pictured, but they were on the table and delicious.
Andy won Thanksgiving. As he finished two plates of food before I even finished one. I even started eating about 5 minutes before him. He takes turkey day very seriously.
Andy “winning” Thanksgiving, a shot of my plate, and a party panorama
I saw Catching Fire with Ginny. It was really good, except we got there about 15 minutes before the movie and were forced to sit up front. The ushers were super strict and wouldn’t allow friends that saved seats to hold them. How annoying! I mean, I’m grateful I got to see the movie, even if I will need to take some Aleve from the neck cramp I’m going to get. The concession lines were crazy long so we thought we would wait until the previews to get food and water. There were no previews! I guess IMAX theaters don’t do previews? I wouldn’t know, haven’t been to one since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came out. So we went without either for the duration. I guess we got to experience the Hunger Games while hungry and thirsty. The movie was really good! It wasnt 100% like the book. I read it a long time ago, so I have no complaints. I just love the outfits. Especially Effie’s, and what dresses Katniss wears from Cinna! I wish I could pull off gold hair and a dress with butterflies. We wanted to try Fuddruckers after, but the line was crazy long. So went to the mall near-by and had Johnny Rockets instead.
Yes, I do own more than one shark sweatshirt. I HAVE PROBLEMS!
Erin had a doctor appointment in my area so we decided to hang out and also have dinner. I’ve been meaning to try Bonchon after Ginny told me they have good fried chicken and sushi. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with the combination! Erin thought it was nuts to get fried chicken and sushi, but they were both really good! I accidentally ordered the hot flavored chicken. I like spicy/hot things, but it wasn’t a good idea tonight. I was rocking a new white sweater from Express and was so paranoid I was going to get Tabasco or soy sauce on it, I didn’t finish the chicken. But I did take it home! I’ll have to try it for lunch on Sunday with some white rice. After all, I need to save my appetite for Friendsgiving tomorrow night. I liked the sushi, it was definitely the best I’ve had in my area. My only complaint was my Caterpillar Roll didn’t have a lot of fish in it, but the Boston Roll did. Both were still really tasty!
Waiting for Erin, cool lamp I saw in a shop window, and my studded shoulders.
Yummy appetizer, Boston Roll, Caterpillar roll, fried chicken, and the menu
I came home from work earlier this week to discover a dead mouse in the area where our dog stays. It wasn’t ripped up or anything, just dead in the middle of the room. I turned on the light, hoping that it was just a toy I didn’t know he had. Nope, it was a dead mouse. Who knows, maybe he thought it was a toy. But anyway, when I was motioning to let him out, he attempted to lunge at the dead critter to proudly show me his work, like he’s a freaking Calico or something. I yelled “NOOOO!!!!” to the point where my neighbors probably thought I was being hobo-shanked in the middle of my apartment. Zorro got the message and backed away from his dead friend. I let him out and had the untidy task of grabbing 2 plastic shopping bags to dispose of the creature.
I was trying to figure out if the mouse came into my apartment, or if my dog sneaked it in from outside in the morning. I grabbed my invisible monocle and pipe, and inspected the room and the kitchen. I didn’t notice any mouse poo or outside food boxes with holes. My dog also didn’t tear the room apart, as if he were chasing it around. Plus, it would be really stupid of the mouse to sneak into a room where a 70lbs dog resides. Just sayin’
So, I think he shoved it into his mouth and sneaked it in. I have to give him credit, he is not a sneaky dog. We can usually tell when he tries to bring in a new pet rock from the yard. This is also the second time he’s killed a mouse outside. The first time Andy caught him. He must have not been paying attention this time, and quickly let him in before leaving. I will say that I’m glad he didn’t rip up the mouse, he kept it intact. To which I’m grateful, I would have been really mad to clean up miscellaneous mouse parts.
RIP. Mickey, we didn’t know you but apparently Zorro liked you that one time.
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I guess I never got around to posting about the Color Run I did last month. I went in with high expectations for fun, and low expectations for running. Our team name was Ready or Not? and I was definitely part of the “or not” crowd. First off, I didn’t think about the fact the race was a Sunday morning. Meaning that I would have to go to bed early on Saturday night. This didn’t happen, I stayed out for a Halloween party and my head didn’t hit the pillow until 2AM. My alarm went off at 6AM, so I could drive over to my friends house so the team could car-pool to Providence. To top it off, I went through the trouble of packing a change of clothes, but I was so sleep-deprived that I left my supplies at home! Wet naps would have been very handy, just sayin’!
After forcing myself to train and thus forcing myself to hate running, I think we did pretty well! I mean we tried to stick together and one of the girls on our team wanted to walk most of the way. I was totally fine with this. I felt bad for her though, she was the one that kept getting pelted with chalk dust at each of the color stations. We took before and after pictures. I gotta say, I didn’t really get hit that badly with pigment. I thought I was going to get drenched with it. But it did get stuck to my hands, shirt, shoes…and nose! So I was mindful of shaking myself out before getting back in the car.
As fun as it was, not sure I would sign-up again. But hey, at least I tried it. We treated ourselves to some shopping at Providence Place and Panera sandwiches. All-in-all a good day!
I guess I never got around to posting Halloween pictures. I mean, I’m still sorta within 30 days statute of limitations? Anyway, I decided to be a nurse shark this year. This involved serious Google-ing on Andy’s part to help me find my costume in stock. I saw it online over the summer, and assumed it would still be around in September when I was ready to order. Guess not! It was a 2012 edition and most places were sold out. I tried to do a reverse image search after finding a lot of costume sites not having it anymore.I must have done it wrong because nothing came up. When Andy had the same idea, he successfully found the costume I wanted from a Canadian site that ships to the US. I seriously was going to have an anxiety attack if I wasn’t able to get it. Because ya know, that’s normal! I still had to get the costume in a bigger size, but that’s better than nothing at all. Now I need to start thinking about what to be for next year, and have a couple of ideas up my sleeve. I’m thinking the next time I see a costume months before Halloween on sale, I should just buy the damn thing. Lesson learned, internet! I went to a few parties this year and they were all fun, but I was pretty sick of dressing up by the end of it! The first party was at a friends house where Ginny and I won Sexiest Costume. We have to share the ribbon and our boyfriends were the judges. But hey, it still counts!
Boyfriends deliberating the best costume prize ribbons, Medusa and Nurse shark, Medusa’s hair, and a pimpin hand
We found some random light sabers and nobody lost an arm using them. We also went to a bar after. I had to leave a little early since I was running a 5k and had to wake up at 6 IN THE FUCKING MORNING!
At one of the parties, we all decided to sing Zombie. Nothing says Halloween like the Cranberries, right? I almost won Sexiest Costume for the second weekend in a row, but me and few other nominees lost out to He-Man. I demand a re-count, He-Man! Actually, the He-Man costume was pretty awesome, the armor was hand-made.
2013 pumpkin, my makeup complete with fake lashes, a cool picture I took of a friend of ours, my nurse shark nails, and costume!
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