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MDW 2018

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It’s been a very busy month, so Andy and I decided to stay local for Memorial Day. Plus, there was really only one good weather day. We already have some good stuff planned for 4th of July, and some beach trips. So why waste time going someplace when we would only get one day of sun? We decided to take a 9 mile bike ride and it was actually fun. I wasn’t sure if I would survive. I just started bike riding again recently, after a 20 year hiatus. Wow, I sound so old right now. BRB, going to cry in a corner! But I survived and it was fun. Thankfully it was a lot cooler along the bike path and the sun wasn’t beating down on us. 

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I also hung out with my friend Erin over the weekend. We binged the rest of the episodes of Cobra Kai. I can’t wait for season 2! If you’re a Karate Kid fan, I recommend checking it out. Oh yeah, I also figured out where Swansea is over the weekend when I decided to take a random road trip there with my new car (his name is Sebastian aka Winter Solider). 

I took a ride to see if I could meet Lisa Vanderpump, since I’m a big RHOBH fan.  She was making an appearance to promote her new rosé. I didn’t know what to expect. I also don’t understand why the hell this event was in Swansea. You would think they would do this much closer to Boston! We found out they were staying at a hotel in Boston anyway. Swansea is about an hour outside of Boston.

Anyway, if I had pre-planned it, I would have gotten up earlier and brought my beach chair. I also would have downloaded some movies to my tablet, and brought my giant battery charger. But alas, I wasn’t all that prepared. Thankfully I had the foresight to bring some water, umbrella, I dressed warm, and wore my heavier jacket. I got there about 15 minutes before the meet and greet. They were only guaranteeing the first 400 bottles sold, a spot to get the bottle autographed and picture taken with Lisa. When I pulled in, I knew there was well over 400 people in line. The line wrapped around the parking lot. I couldn’t get a good picture, but there is one of the crazy line in my collage. 

My instinct was to turn around and go home after I saw the line. But I didn’t have anything else going on that morning, so I opted to stand in line and see what happens. They did say if she had time left after the initial 400 bottles, she would get pictures with as many people as she could. We did meet Jason in the parking lot (Lisa’s son-in-law). He was nice enough to greet the massive line. We stood in line for a little over 2 hours before we got close to the entrance. But we flagged down a woman who just left, and she said she was number like 240 or something. She was just over 50% done, after two hours. Lisa had to leave by 2 and it was already past 1pm at that point. I honestly don’t think she even had time to get thru the 400 people that were supposed to be “guaranteed” a spot. I left after that, I would be more upset if I was the back half of the 400 people and got turned away. BTW, some people lined up at 4am! WHAT THE SHIT?!! I don’t like anyone that much. Bitches be crazy! 

She should have hired someone else to make things more efficient. I don’t understand why they didn’t have the bottles pre-signed?! She would have saved a ton of time that way. Also, it seems like they didn’t stop people from telling Lisa their life story once they approached her. They should have someone from Comic Con running that shit. At Comic Con photo ops, they don’t allow anyone to be there for more than 20 seconds. It ensures that everyone has a chance to meet the person and get their picture. It was poorly planned and in a very inconvenient location. 

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On the plus side, Andy and I had a date night on Memorial Day. We saw Solo and then went out for dinner and drinks. All in all, a successful weekend, despite the time suck that was a poorly-planned celebrity meeting. 

 

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JUST CALL ME VIOLET

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Over the weekend, we celebrated Andy’s birthday. We went to Abe & Louie’s, and had a great steak dinner. We went with Ginny, Derek, and Brian. We ordered a TON of sides, and they were all delicious. We had some calamari, lobster mac and cheese, mushrooms, creamed spinach, and their bread rolls. I opted to get the Delmonico cut steak with cheddar cheese add on. It was delicious! I usually get filet, but I wanted to branch out. I ate too much, and blew up like Violet Beauregarde. Thankfully, Ginny is a hero and carries pepto in her purse, it really made me feel better. 

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After dinner, we went to Bond for drinks. It was surprisingly quiet there. Last time we went was right after my friends wedding, and the place was hoppin’. We saw a lot of hookers at the bar. There were none around this time, bummer! It’s always good people-watching. 

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R.I.P. MONEY AND NAIL

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The weekend was solid. I had to move my Friday night plans, due to do a hurricane-like storm that they keep using overly exaggerated weather terms like “bomb cyclone” to describe. Don’t even get me started on that, I’m sure I could write a series of posts on how that term really gets under my skin. I mean, the storm did a lot of damage to the coast, as it coincided with the high tides. But still, let’s stop making up crazy weather terms. Don’t go chasin’ bomb cyclones, just call them storms or hurricanes like we’re supposed to.  MOVING ON, Andy and I had a very belated Valentine’s Day steak dinner at Abe & Louie’s in Boston. We’re not Valentine’s Day people, but any excuse for a steak dinner, we’re on board. So we ventured there on Saturday night. I got the surf & turf with a filet mignon topped with crab. It was delicious! Afterwards, we went out for some more drinks. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that we got our taxes done and got screwed because we’re married. Fun! We should get our marriage annulled for the tax break. Also, Andy’s car died in the parking lot at the tax place. So we had to get it towed. The steak was a real saving grace for us. Praise Jebus for steak!

On Sunday, we went to see Black Panther. It was really good! But we were stuck behind some family that thought it would be a grand idea to take all 14 toddlers to a PG-13 movie. Don’t worry folks, there is a special place in hell reserved for these kind of people that don’t understand how toddlers work and think they will sit thru a 135 minute movie meant for adults. There is also a special place in hell for the old man that decided he needed to loudly narrate the whole fucking movie to the theater as it was happening.

Oh yeah, I injured my toe a few months back. (If you get grossed out easily, you best stop here!) Not entirely sure how I injured it. But I think it had to do with wearing these very cute, but extremely uncomfortable shoes to Boston Comic Con over the summer.  I got a blister on the middle toe of my left foot. I don’t think it ever fully went away, until it recently popped. I guess the fluid went under my nail. I thought the stain on the nail would just grow out after a while. Not so much. My nail FELL OFF since a new nail is growing back. I’ve never had this happen before and I’m thoroughly freaked out/grossed out. My question is, why couldn’t my pinky toe be sacrificed to the nail gods instead?! That I could deal with a bit better. 

It doesn’t look as bad as I would envision something like this looking, but it sucks. It doesn’t hurt or anything, which is a plus. But it’s just very frustrating that it’s going to take over a year to grow back. I have my honeymoon coming up. So I’ll have to wear a band-aid over it. I also can’t take nail vitamins, as biotin breaks out my skin. So I’ve been using  keratin oil on it twice a day, hoping it will help it grow. I also have been keeping it covered up just in case. Not sure what else to do at this point. Does Lee make press on nails for your feet? hahaha

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LET’S HANG OUT IN A BUBBLE AND DRINK?

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I was very much looking forward to the long weekend! On Saturday night, Jamie and I decided to check out the “igloos” on top of the Envoy hotel in the seaport area of Boston. It was a lovely lady date! We had to wait in line for an hour to gain access. It actually went by pretty fast, oddly. Once we got there, the space only has 6 igloos, 4 of which were reserved for private parties. Thankfully, we managed to snag one with some other people. The ones that are open, are a free-for-all. You share them with random people. I didn’t mind, we made new friends. Each igloo is heated and has colored lights on the inside. You should definitely dress warm if you opt to go. 

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After we enjoyed our drinks, we were starving. They don’t serve food on the roof. So we made our way down to the hotel restaurant. The food was excellent, so I would recommend the Outlook Kitchen & Bar. After dinner, we opted to check out the Scorpion Bar for dessert. I guess it’s new, I’ve only seen this restaurant inside the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. We ordered the churros, not realizing they would give you A TON! We were thinking we’d get one giant churro of each flavor. WRONG! We got 5 pieces of each kind, they were quite sizable. We split them up and took home what we didn’t finish. 

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We finished the night at Yotel. Apparently they offer the tallest rooftop bar in Boston. They have an Olympics theme set up, which we got behind! Jamie and I took pics on the podium, I’m sure we looked like huge weirdos. 

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On Sunday night, I was back in the Seaport area again. This time I was with Andy and his brother to check out the live podcast of Small Town Murder. It was a good podcast! I need to catch up on their station though, I’m very behind. All in all, a fun weekend!

 

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GIVE ME YOUR STARCHES

Hello Wednesday! I am currently blogging while Andy is driving us to Brookline for dinner. I am also going to pick up my dinosaur and shark from last week’s paint night! Anyway, over the weekend I got ambitious and made a potato bacon torte for my friend Ginny’s potato party.

At first I was going to be lazy and just bring some chips and vodka. But my coworker offered up her tasty recipe. So I trudged to the grocery store on Friday night, and began making the torte on Saturday afternoon. I’m glad it turned out good, I was worried. THERE WAS SO MUCH FOOD! I didn’t have a chance to try everything. I made the huge mistake of eating dinner beforehand, I wasn’t mentally prepared for the sheer quantity of food. After the party we went to Harry’s where I drank White Russians and relaxed with friends.

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JUST CALL ME OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

I had a low-key(ish) weekend. I took Friday off because my husband was having some minor surgery. The surgery went well and he came home on Saturday morning. He didn’t want to stay in the hospital overnight, but the doctor wanted to be sure he was all clear. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been sleeping well because of the discomfort, but he’s getting better each day. Aside from that, I did go out for a nice dinner over the weekend. I have the leftovers in the fridge!

20180122_131837.jpgOn Sunday night, I went to a pop-up oyster party with some friends. It was so fun! The party was Mad Men themed. I managed to pull together an outfit with things I already had.  The parties are always at a “secret” location, apparently. This was my first one. It was sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, so the only drinks served were gin-based.

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There was all kinds of flora and fauna in my gin and tonic. 

At first I was hesitant about that. But out of 4 different gin drinks, there was only one I didn’t like. I’d say those are great odds. I also decided raw oysters aren’t so bad? Normally I only eat broiled oysters, but for the sake of the party, I tried a few raw ones. Plus I figured if I get a tape worm, that would be a great diet to follow for my upcoming honeymoon. Har har. 

The party was at an old candle pin bowling alley. They had popup bars set up on each floor. The first floor had the oyster bar, and the second floor boasted a caviar bar complete with donuts and mini pancakes! There was also a DJ and the lanes were all open for party-goers to use. We played a string. I did bad, but I’m also not great at candle pin in general. Well, I’m also not great at regular 10 pin either, but I can somehow at least land a strike or two. After the party, we grabbed some burgers and made our way home. 

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OH HEY, 2018!

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I’ve been super lazy about updating my blog for a couple of months. At first I blamed the holiday season, but now that it’s well past the holidays, we can just blame laziness. I might do a few recaps of what I did over the holidays, but I probably won’t get around to it. Haha! So let’s just start with the weekend. It was a long weekend, which was nice! I went to a car show on Saturday, it was pretty cool to check out all the cars.  There was also an RV part, but we didn’t have tickets for it. Maybe next year we will check it out.

IMG_5885-COLLAGEThat night, we went out for food and drinks to watch the Patriots game. I was supposed to meet up with friends after, but I was too cold and tired to leave my spot at the bar. 

On Sunday, Andy and I went to the Mapparium. I finally got to use my new DSLR camera I got fromAndy Claus. Which reminds me, I need to sell my old one on eBay. I was in need of an upgrade. Anyway, while I was allowed to take pictures inside the Mary Baker Eddy library, they do not permit pictures inside the Mapparium. I didn’t realize this! I also didn’t realize it is a library dedicated to the founder of Christian Science movement. While it’s not my religion, it was interesting to find out how it came to be. I just wasn’t expecting this, haha! I guess I should have researched this more. But I was dazzled by the giant glass globe.

The Mapparium is a giant glass globe with a glass bridge across the center you can walk thru. It was built in the 1930’s. Each glass panel was hand-painted and cured in an oven. The acoustics inside are crazy! My voice sounded super loud in the center. Anyone standing on the outside could hear people whispering clearly. Since they don’t allow pictures, I used their selfie wall to get pictures. I was tempted to sneak some inside with my phone, but the guide seemed to be pretty watchful, and I didn’t want to get called out. 

After we got back from the Mapparium and lunch in the area, I went to see I, Tonya. I really liked it! I do feel really bad for Nancy Kerrigan. I’m sure she didn’t anticipate for the world to re-live her pain 24 years later. Also, I recall back in 2010  tragedy struck her family. Her brother assaulted her father to the point where he passed away. So sad!

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