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LET’S SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

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Yesterday I went to Coolidge Corner Theater to see Drop Dead Gorgeous with my friends Ginny and Fiona. I’m glad Ginny found out that the theater was playing it on their throwback/rewind night. I love this freaking movie, it’s hilarious. It’s a mockumentary-style movie about  beauty pageant contestants in a tiny Minnesota town.

Before the show, the theater held a small talent show using members of the audience for prizes. The girl that could bleet like a goat, won. It was awesome! After the show, we had tickets to the after party at a local sushi/hibachi restaurant. They only had a limited amount of free sushi and beer. The beer guys took forever to arrive. When he turned up, I helped myself to some beers before the bartenders had a chance to take it out. Gotta be aggressive!

Anyway, I was feeling all calm and shit about wedding-planning until today. I am starting to get anxiety. We’re about 8 days away now, and I knew the anxiety would surface soon. I’m not really nervous about the wedding itself, or the life-long commitment of marriage. Nah, not really my style to freak out about big things, I like to sweat the small stuff. For example, I’m not a fan of being the center of attention. So the whole “walking down the aisle” moment, along with the first dance, and father/daughter dance are freaking me the fuck out. I dunno why. It’s such a short part of the day, but I like to dwell on it. The day will come and go quickly, so I’m hoping once the moments arrive, I’ll be okay. 

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ENTERING MY LARRY BIRD YEAR

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It’s my birthday, and I’m officially 33. I call it my Larry Bird year, since I’m from Boston and all. It’s also 10 days until my wedding, yikes! I’m trying to stay calm, but that is easier said than done. Today I’m going out to lunch and having a nice steak from Ruth Chris for dinner. I can’t wait, sign me up for ice cream and steak. 

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I forgot to post that my co-workers surprised me last week with a little bridal shower. It was very nice of them! I loved the cake, of course. haha! On Saturday, my family arranged a spa day followed by lunch, since they couldn’t make it to my bachelorette party. It was very kind of them, and I’m grateful! One of my sisters picked up some Star Wars masks and the shirt I’m wearing. I’m going to use the masks for my photo booth at the wedding. I already had some from Amazon, but doesn’t hurt to have more!

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WHERE A KID CAN BE A KID

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Or an adult, who acts like a kid!

I celebrated my birthday a couple weeks early. It was mostly because I wanted to go to this hidden arcade, and wanted to slip in before the college kid apocalypse ensues. Nothing in the Boston-area can be enjoyed between  September-Mid December, and Mid January- end of May. It was still crowded at the arcade when we arrived, but it did thin out after a while. I enjoyed a two-person drink to myself, out a giant plastic R2D2 cookie jar. I think the bartender suspected I was the only one that was drinking from this thing, so I don’t think she put a lot of booze in my bucket. It was not fun to carry R2 around all night, but I made it work.

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Some of the games were very confusing. I played an Aerosmith game where we had to shoot robots? You can also shoot CD’s at the enemy as well. It took us a good 15 minutes to beat the helicopter launching bad music at us (not Aerosmith, I love them!), but we prevailed. Frankly, I think Aerosmith should stick with pinball machines. This shooting game was best suited for AC/DC, in my opinion. They could have called it “Shoot to Thrill.” Then you could throw TNT at weird yellow robots. Any takers, Konami?

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Once we ran out of tokens, we made our way to one of my favorite bars in the area. I got to find out “Mayflower” beat Ewan McGregor in the boxing match. I don’t know a damn thing about boxing, but I KNEW Mayweather would win. Why was that even debatable?! Overall, a very successful early birthday.

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I TOOK SUMMER VERY SERIOUSLY…

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Sorry guys, gotta run home to watch Sailor Moon

As a kid, I took summer very seriously. It was a time for TV, ice cream trucks, running through sprinklers, riding bikes, playing Legend of Zelda or the Home Alone game on my trusty Game Boy, and eating too many Pringles. TV was the key component for me, as my dad would be at work so I had the TV all to myself! SWEET GLORY BE!

Seeing as summer is a sacred time when you’re a kid, I had to figure out a TV schedule. This was back in the day when you had to turn to the TV Guide channel or consult an actual TV Guide to figure out what time/channel a show was on. So I would use the TV Guide and a notebook to outline the times and channels of the best “day time” TV. Options were limited, as day time TV is generally boring. I mostly relied on Nickelodeon, PBS, Disney Channel (when it became available with normal cable packages, my parents wouldn’t pay for the channel outright), and Cartoon Network. I relied on my notebook to tell me what I could watch during the day. I even threw in some This old House, Aleene’s Craft Show, and Keeping up Appearances. 

After lunch I would usually hang out with my friends outside. We built a really rickety tree fort. It was miraculous nobody fell off and broke a bone while using it. I also started up a Harriet the Spy club at some point. It mostly consisted of tracking peoples whereabouts, and notes on where to catch the best frogs and caterpillars. But I knew as soon as 5pm hit I had to run home to catch Sailor Moon. I would just dip out  and watch Sailor Moon. After that it was dinner time!

Oh yeah, I usually chased down the ice cream man on the odd chance I had money. When I got older, my friend and I had a crush on the ice cream man, so we used to peek out the window when he drove past to get a good look at him, for our Harriet the Spy notes. Fun times! Now my summers are filled with the same exact thing I do during all the other seasons, work 40 hours a week. 

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IT’S LIKE WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, BUT WITH ACTUAL BEARS

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We encountered a real bear on Saturday morning, as he ran into the woods!

This post is about my awesome bachelorette party weekend. There were tons of penis decorations, which I was fine with. I just didn’t want a REAL stripper, and thankfully there wasn’t one! The house we rented in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was awesome! It has 5 bedrooms and fire pit area outside. We did a lot of fun things. One of my favorites was decorating our sashes for a night in the town. 

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We spent the first day by the pool and did some light shopping. After I got back, my friends decorated the house and it looked awesome! We stayed by the fire that night, and we named our inflatable man Bernie. Thus began weekend at Bernie’s! 

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On Saturday, we were supposed to go do the ropes course and zip-lining. But a lot of us were feeling a bit under the weather, so we decorated our sashes and decided to the sky gondola ride at the ski resort. The ride involved getting into these pods that brought us up the mountain. Once we got to the top, there were a bunch of things to check out. Apparently there was a wedding happening at the ampitheater area, which looked seriously awesome! The only draw back to getting married up there, is your guests would need to take a 15 minute gondola ride up each way. My relatives would freak out. Anyway, the only thing I didn’t like was the caves. They looked more like rock formations, not caves. Also, too many freaking stairs. No thanks!

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That night, we went out to dinner and annoyed the guests at a local Mexican restaurant. We got all decked out in our bachelorette swag and hit the mountain town. We brought Bernie along to the restaurant. He was a hoot! A kid at a neighboring table was fascinated with Bern-Man, they were the same height. When we told his parents his name is Bernie, they definitely picked up on the movie reference. SCORE! 

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After scaring away all the patrons at the restaurant, we went to a brewery/inn/bar. It was a happening place with an 80s cover band and good brews. I made some friends, and I may need a restraining order from this woman that was fine at first, but then wouldn’t leave me alone. But that’s a tale for another time. It was such a great weekend, and I love my friends for making this the best weekend ever. Now I’m aboard the struggle bus from being tired. 

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THE MOST BOSTON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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Since I’m not 21 anymore, I don’t end up doing much on St. Patrick’s Day. Typically, I’ll have an early-ish dinner with a couple drinks and go home. But not this year! My friend Patrick was in town from DC, and I haven’t seen him in a long time. So I felt it my duty to show him a good ol’ fashioned Boston St. Patrick’s Day. We ended up at my local watering hole, because it was our friends birthday. So Patrick got to meet my friends and celebrate with us. We managed to get the coveted corner spot. It’s ideal because people generally won’t try to cram themselves there to get drinks, and we have quick access to the bar. 

The roving bagpipers came by again. I feel like for the past 3 or 4 years I’ve witnessed a group of bagpipers, go to different bars on St. Patrick’s Day and play a quick set before heading to another bar. This has happened to me numerous times. Maybe I’m being followed?! Anyway, they did a good job.

We also had Andy’s friend Doug visiting us. He was wearing kilts all weekend, so he had no problem jig dancing to their music. They actually came by a few times throughout the night. I stayed out a bit later than I intended, but I was having a good time. One of my neighbors even turned up, and we did a shot of whiskey.

The people-watching was prime. I mean, that’s the main reason to go out on St. Patrick’s Day in Boston. You have to watch all the drunken shenanigans go down. I think I did a decent job of showing Patrick and Doug a typical Boston St. Patrick’s Day. Although, there was no green puke in the streets when we rambled out the door. 

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Doug had tickets to the Dropkick Murphy’s show on Saturday. He had an extra ticket, so my friend Fiona was able to join us for the show. Doug had good tickets, we were in the floor section! I had a good time at the show. The two openers were fun, they got the crowd all pumped.

We didn’t have seats, so everyone in the floor section was standing around. This was good for dancing. There were also people moshing. But it wasn’t aggressive moshing, it did make me nervous to get bowled over. So I hid behind Andy, haha! It was good I did, because a big guy actually got knocked down and had to be brought away. He wasn’t maliciously pushed, he just lost his balance while he was moshing around. At the end of the show, the band had their whole family on stage for the encore.

Although I had a very “Boston” St. Patrick’s Day, I stopped short of going to the parade on Sunday. I’m not a parade person to begin with, and the gay veterans weren’t allowed to march (they ended up being allowed, but it was a big controversy at first) so the fact that was even an issue left a bad taste for me.  I spent my Sunday watching Beauty & the Beast. I actually really liked it. But I honestly haven’t seen the cartoon version since I was a kid, so I don’t know how close it was to that version. Doesn’t matter to me anyhow. I’m going to see it again at some point, with my friend Erin. 

 

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BLING BLING

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My friend and I got to do something really exciting this week! We got to meet the queen of bling herself, Sondra! She is the genius behind all the gypsy gowns on a hit TLC reality show. My BFF and I watch all the time and dish about it. She is actually a local person and her studio is about 15 minutes from my apartment. So we are commissioning her to make a really fun (and of course BLINGY!) belt for my wedding dress. I can’t wait to see it!  

My friend and I were so happy to meet her. Her studio is amazing, not one surface left un-sparkled. Heck, even the address plate on her building is straight blingin’. She is also really nice. She spent some time in her busy day to talk with us and take a picture in front of her pink creation. I hope to see this dress on a gypsy bride soon!

I can’t wait to go back and see what my belt looks like, I’m hoping I can use it for something after my wedding too as I’m sure I’ll want to wear it again. Anyway, my veil should be arriving soon, and I finished ordering wedding invites, info cards, and RSVP cards for the big day. I don’t plan to start sending anything out until the summer. But I like to be prepared. I’m trying to balance time between moving and wedding things. But I think I need to shift gears and concentrate on moving (whenever that will be!). 

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