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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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!
On 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.
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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I always buy tiny hats, so I picked up a couple in Salem!
Erin and I decided last month that we should figure out a time to go to Salem. I haven’t been in years, and she hasn’t gone EVER! So we got there a bit early, traffic was terrible trying to get to the parking garage. It was also raining while we were trying to find our sci-fi themed pizza place we scoped out a few weeks back. The pizza was decent. Thankfully it stopped raining by the time we got out of lunch. Also, it didn’t rain for the rest of the day, hooray!
After the pizza, we made our way to the Peabody-Essex museum to check out the “It’s Alive!” exhibit, it was awesome! I may have had a tad too much fun using Snapchat filters on the scary faces.
After the museum, we visited the House of Seven Gables. It was very interesting! We visited the house and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s childhood home. It was also very crowded, but we managed to get ourselves onto a tour of the home. Basically everyone visits Salem in October, so crowds were to be expected. I think we lucked out going on a Sunday though.
After the museum, we did some shopping. We also stopped by the Salem Witch Trials museum to nab a time slot for later on that day. It’s good that we did, as the museum sold out later that day. We had dinner at Bonchon, and got ourselves some fried dough for dessert. I also may have purchased two tiny witch hats. The one in the picture is larger, the other is only 3″ tall. So cute!
The Witch Trials museum is the same from what I remembered. I haven’t been there since our 7th grade trip to Salem, haha. All in all, a very fun day! I can’t wait to go back next year.
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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So to make an update on my post about the new glasses I bought in May, the company did let me exchange them for a new pair! I made sure to pick out a pair from the site that didn’t have metal along the temple tip. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but they are blue. I really like them! They sent me a return label for the old pair and I sent them back this week. Phew, now I can wear my new glasses.
It’s now Thursday and I’m starting to feel more normal. It’s pretty sad that it took me 4 days to recover from my bachelorette weekend. But I guess that means I had a really good time! My issue was more related to lack of sleep. I went to bed kinda late and it took me a couple hours to fall asleep each night. I tried (and failed) to go to bed a little earlier this week to re-coup. But at least I’m starting to feel human again.
This weekend will be the same issue, I don’t have time to sleep. I have relatives visiting from Michigan. Saturday I have an early morning appointment with the florist for the wedding. in the afternoon I have my hair and makeup trials. After that, my friends have a night in the town planned.
On Sunday, I am getting up early again for my friends bachelorette party at a spa and pool. I can’t stay the whole time, because I have dinner plans with the visiting relatives. The following weekend will be busy with Comic Con. I’ll sleep when I’m dead, I suppose!
So we had our first major winter storm for the season. I can’t wait to move. I was hoping I would’ve been able to move into my new place prior to the winter. But the pad needs a lot of renovations, so that didn’t happen. The good news is, almost done! The bad news, I had to shovel last night.
The only way I got myself to do it, was I tried to psych myself up. Thinking, this is IT, G! It’s the Olympics of speed shoveling, do your shitty country proud! I started off strong. I shoveled the steps and sidewalks in record time. But then it came to the car and driveway. It’s not even a big driveway, just shoveling out my spot. But it took forever to clean off my car because there was a layer of ice under it. But still, I persevered! I cleaned it in about 15 minutes.
But then came the doozy, I had to shovel all the layers of snow from the driveway into a snowbank. This is where the other (non-existent) competitors excelled. It took a while to get all the snow out of my spot. PLUS, I had to clean off Andy’s car. Which I 1000% didn’t really want to do, but he cleans my car off quite a lot. So I thought it would kind of be an asshole move to not return the favor. So I cleaned off his car too. Then I raced indoors to see how I did on time. I did horribly, no medals for me! It took me an hour and a half. When I had it in my head to bang it out in 30 minutes. LOL, TEAM SELF. UGH. But hey, I dusted myself off and made it into work today. So that is an achievement. Plus I’m going to the Goblin Kings Ball this weekend, should be fun.
So the other day, Boston got it’s first “Eataly” location. I don’t really understand the appeal of it. I mean, I know it has it’s origins in Italy. But I feel since it’s a big chain now, it’s about as Italian as an Olive Garden. Not that there is anything wrong with OG, I love me some of their bread sticks and fake Italian fare!
Even my own mother (off the boat Italian) has heard of Eataly by now. She told us she wants to go sometime this month. I’m dreading it, to be honest. The place looks about as appealing to me as eating a rusty nail covered in Ragu. But maybe my mom will get some enjoyment out of it, I don’t have high hopes for the place.
My main issue, I don’t think Boston needed an Eataly. We already have the North End. The North End is a section of Boston with loads of Italian restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, bakeries, and butcher shops. So I think Eataly will be bad for those small businesses, it will “Wal-Mart” the area. Why couldn’t they just open it in Worcester or something? I’m sure people in the western/central part of the state would appreciate a fake Italian marketplace, since it will be a closer ride than Boston. Ugh, let’s hope the hype dies down and it doesn’t kill the North End.
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