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LET’S SKATE?

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So for the first time since 1997, my friend Jamie and I went rollerskating over the long weekend. We were definitely the oldest people there without kids, at the skating rink. That didn’t stop us! Neither of us fell, which was awesome. I actually was able to skate, I remembered it quite quickly. I don’t think I would have been as successful if I had attempted roller blades instead. After skating, we went to a cute shop where I got a couple pairs of sunglasses and some jewelry. 

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After burning calories gliding around on skates, we had a delicious meal. It was at a flatbread pizza place. We had to wait for a table, as it was a happening spot. The food was really good, so I understand why there was a wait. I felt bad though, I barely made a dent in my giant hunks of fried chicken and I couldn’t take it home with me since we were heading out for drinks after dinner. 

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After dinner, we went out for nitrogen ice cream. It was delicious! I got the cake batter flavor. As if the ice cream place wasn’t awesome enough, they have a speakeasy in the back!!

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I did the honor of turning on the light, for delight! A window swung open, and we were greeted with a bartender. He checked our ID’s, and showed us to an empty spot at the bar. It’s not a place where you can just stand around, you have to have a seat. It was very cool! I think next time we’ll eat there instead of the pizza place, so we can sample their cheese platters and such. 

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To complete our adventure, we went to a brewery. I actually really liked it. Unlike tons of other breweries out there, the beer wasn’t hoppy (unless you selected the beer in the “Hoppy” section). I was very happy with our brews. We listened to some live music before closing our adventure. 

 

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RICK ROLLED IRL

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Saturday was an interesting night. Andy and I wanted to grab some burgers and booze for dinner. We had plans to see a friends cover band play in the area. We didn’t intend to stay for the whole set. The cover band was playing in the Foundation Room of the House of Blues. Meanwhile, down in the actual concert venue, Rick Astley was having a concert. I guess it was the last night of his tour for a while. We watched him on the TV’s upstairs, and they piped in the concert audio for us.

I give Rick a lot of credit. He played a 45 minute encore! Once his show was done, the cover band started to play. They were good, loads of Step Brothers references thrown in, they won me over just on that alone. About an hour into their set, none other than Rick Astley himself shows up. He asked to play with the band (Mr. Doubtfire) for a bit. This was a huge surprise, and we weren’t being Rick Rolled. I figured he would play a few songs, and be on his way. His tour manager told us they had to leave back to England early in the morning, so he was trying to keep Rick on a tight schedule.

It was quite the spectacle to see Rick Astley basically have a private concert for us. There was probably only about 40 or 50 people at the Foundation Room. I have to give him serious props, he played various cover songs with Mr. Doubtfire for a good hour and a half before calling it quits. So much for trying to leave early! We stayed until almost closing time. Which means there was a huge line for hot dogs when we left, so we couldn’t get any food from Sausage Guy. Bummer! But hey, we got a free private concert from Rick Astley, so I can’t complain. 

 

 

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I GUESS I’LL JUST PEE AT HOME THEN…

After dress shopping this weekend, I went out for a friends birthday in Cambridge. We started off with dinner and drinks at The Beat Brasserie inside The Beat Hotel. We all got the steak, not the same steak, we each had our very own! We listened to some live jazz, and enjoyed the atmosphere. 

After dinner, we met up with more people at Charlie’s Kitchen. We opted to drink on the patio, since it was warm for a winter night in New England. I was quite tired. I haven’t been sleeping well for a couple of weeks for some reason and it was catching up with me. So I was a little out of it. When the time came to use the bathroom, I tried to use the one in the patio, but it was locked.  There wasn’t anyone in it, it was just simply locked. I didn’t realize that at the time, just thought someone was taking forever in there. 

 So I went upstairs to go inside the restaurant.  I have never been in the restaurant before. I almost walked into the men’s room by mistake, because I thought it was a single stall unisex bathroom, like the one outside. Nope. At this point, I gave up, and made my way back outside. I figured the unisex stall would be open by then.  Again, nope.  

So I adnitted defeat and went home to pee in my own darn bathroom. I should note, I didn’t go home just to pee. I was actually planning to leave, and thought I should use the facilities before getting an Uber. Haha! 

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I’LL HAVE THE ARISTOCAT BURGER

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I went to the I Love The 90’s tour over the weekend in Worcester. I don’t think I’ve gone to the DCU center before, so it was fun. I went with a fun group of friends, and we danced our faces off from the stands. Jamie got us good seats, so we weren’t with the crowds on the floor, but were in second row in the stands.

The show had  Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, All-4-One, Coolio, Tone Loc, and Young MC. I think we arrived a tad too late to catch Young MC. We had dinner beforehand at The Citizen. I had jeweled cat ears, painted whiskers, and a cat face shirt on for the show. I ordered the aristocrat burger, but I purposely kept calling it the aristocat burger. HAR! I probably made far too many cat jokes that evening, but my friends still love me. So they are good people…even after I said I had to use the litter box.

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I have to say, I was very impressed with Lizz’s light up vest. I totally want one now, but have no idea when I would wear it…except for a 90s’ concert (of course!). Well, the tour is coming back around next year. So maybe a light up vest is in my future? All the performers did a great job. I was a little bummed Coolio didn’t perform the theme to Kenan & Kel, but I’ll forgive him because he shook my hand!

Vanilla Ice was the headliner, and he really wanted to party. He invited some audience members on stage to dance with him. Even after the concert was over, the DJ was spinning 90’s hits, and good ol’ V.Ice was still dancing and singing with people on stage. HOW AWESOME?!

 

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HELLO, BLOG!

A lot has happened the past couple of weeks, and I forgot to blog. Now I don’t know where to begin? I guess we can start with some important news. I set my wedding date and venue. After scouting a bunch of places online for their packages, meal options, and price point, we went with the second place we actually visited. It’s a local hotel that offers some really good deals, that are a good value (as far as weddings go). I’m very happy to have the venue, food, date, DJ, flowers, and cake figured out. It’s all included with the package. That takes most of the major things off the list. I probably won’t do much else in the area of wedding planning for the rest of this year. 

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Anyway, is it sad that I’m still tired from the weekend? On Thursday we went out for dinner and drinks. The pretzels in the picture were sooo good. I just love soft pretzels. I also recall catching a lot of Pokemon in the restaurant parking lot, haha.

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Did I mention it’s been INSANELY hot in Boston for a couple of weeks now? Well Friday was certainly no exception. I met up with some friends at the bar. I decided to walk, thinking it would be cooler out. It wasn’t, dear diary. It was not cooler AT ALL. It was so stinking humid. I thought once I got to the bar, it  would be nice and cool. NOPE.

Turns out, they have the suckiest air conditioning ever. Or maybe it wasn’t working? I honestly don’t remember. I just remember it being really fucking hot, to the point where I went outside every time one of my friends wanted a cigarette just to cool down. I did get a Coronarita, that helped. But the bar refused to open the windows, despite it being cooler outdoors. It was supposed to rain, but it never happened so that’s why they didn’t want to open the windows at first. After the bar, we went to a friends house to enjoy her porch. But I didn’t get to stay long. I had to go to a party down the street, which we could hear from the porch. The party was fun, but it was just too darn hot at their new place. There was typical stuff like beer pong and flip cup.

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So Saturday I had (yet another) party to attend. It was for a friends birthday, he has it every year in his back yard. At least on Saturday it wasn’t really humid. So hanging outside was fine. I was even able to find some Harpoon Camp Wannamango at the liquor store. I took their last 12 pack, yippie! 

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OMG, this is like the blog post that never ends. Sorry, I’m almost done. On Sunday, Andy and I went to a show. We pretty much go every year, the line up was pretty good for Summerland 2016. We saw Sponge, Lit, Sugar Ray, and Everclear. This time only Sponge came out to sign autographs and take pictures. I’ve met Sponge a few times already, they are very nice to their fans. I might edit this post later and drum up some of the pictures I took with Vinnie (the lead singer) from Sponge. In previous years, I met Eve 6, Filter, and Alien Ant Farm as well. The show was very good. Hell, even Mark McGrath made fun of himself for still having highlights. Gotta love the 90s’, amirite? Oh yes, there were lots of people wearing hemp necklaces, bucket hats, and sporting mushroom cuts. It was quite the sight!

 

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RUNAWAY TRAIN

Saturday was a busy day. For one, we saw Soul Asylum that night. We started off with dinner and drinks at Rock Bottom.  I haven’t been there in a long time,  but I was a bit disappointed.  First, their beer list is tiny! I don’t remember it being so small before. Plus it took quite sometime for a server to acknowledge our table. The food was pretty good though, at least.

We ended up getting out of dinner later than expected, due to the slow service. So we missed a couple songs from the set. We were also surprised to find Soul Asylum wasn’t the headliner. This sorta blew my mind! The English Beat were the headliners instead. Too be honest we had never heard of them.  So riddle me that. 

The show itself was good though. The venue (Royale) sort of reminded me of Lupo’s in Providence, only a bit smaller. They are pretty strict with the shows starting and ending on time, as the venue also doubles as a night club. The club part is definitely not my scene,so I wouldn’t be going back for that, haha

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LONG WEEKEND RECAP (PT 1)

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I had a nice long weekend, but it was super busy! Hence why I have to split my weekend recap into additional posts. I took Friday off, as I had to run errands and needed ample time to get ready for 80’s prom. I’m pretty sure I spent more time getting ready for 80’s prom, than I did for my proms in high school. I guess people in the 1980’s were very high-maintenance. They rocked teased hair, copious amount of hair spray, and wearing blush that blends all the way into the hair line. My makeup took me a little while, I decided to do rainbow eyes to match my dress. It came out pretty cool, but I suck at photographing eye shadow. So you’ll have to take my word on it.

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Anyway, Erin and I had our hair done by her mom. She did a great job! I really suck at doing anything beyond basik with my hair. So I was happy to get help! The prom itself was a blast! We met up with Jamie, Emily, and Lizz. There was a big group of people with us, so we had our own dancing circle.

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I wasn’t impressed with the special guests. The guests were Information Society and Shannon (a.k.a. Electric Slide lady). I guess Information Society was okay, it was hard to hear them in the back though. But we wanted to stay towards the back because it was a lot cooler. Shannon was disappointing because SHE DIDN’T PLAY THE ELECTRIC SLIDE! You had ONE JOB LADY!

The costumes people came with, were pretty impressive. However, the costume contest is a sham. I voted for the Goblin King, he did a fantastic job with his costume. A couple dressed as characters from the 2000 re-make of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas won. WHAT.THE.FUCK?! THAT’S NOT 1980’s! I’m actually still mad about this. 

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