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IT’S MYSTICAL!

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I am no stranger to the pizza establishment that is Mystic Pizza in Mystic Connecticut. I usually go there about once a year, or so as I love the area. Plus it is pretty close to a couple of casinos. A couple of weeks ago, my mother-in-law brought up Mystic Pizza in a conversation. I told her about the actual pizza place in Mystic and how good the food is. Later that week, someone at work randomly brought up Mystic Pizza and the neighboring aquarium, unprompted by me.

I went to trivia night after a friends birthday dinner. Of course one of the final round questions worth 10 whole points was about the movie, Mystic Pizza. Needless to say we got that question right! Also, one of my friends on IG went there over the weekend and took loads of pictures. I think the universe is telling me I’m long overdue for a trip there. Don’t worry, universe I have listened! I have since planned a trip in May. 

 

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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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FACE OF DUNKINS 

Yesterday a ton of my Facebook friends, posted this funny SNL video featuring Casey Affleck . I feel like it might be lost on people that aren’t from New England. But it’s hilarious! 

Over the weekend, Andy and I saw Manchester By the Sea. It’s a movie that Casey Affleck wrote and starred in. I didn’t know what to expect from the movie. It’s an independent film, and we saw it at a small theater near my new office. 

I haven’t been to that theater in over 15 years, it used to only show foreign films. I went with my my mom once to see an Italian movie back in the day. I actually liked the movie. ANYWAY, Manchester by the Sea was a bit depressing. I got a little teary-eyed at some parts. Overall, I liked it. But it’s definitely a tear-jerker.  YE BE WARNED! We also went to dinner after at one of my favorite restaurants. That cheered me up a tad.

This week is short, but will drag. After Thursday, I’m not going back to work until January. I usually try to take the last week of December off. Hope I can continue this tradition. I also took last Friday off. I was sad I missed our company Christmas party, but lounging around my house prevails. 

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BLUE MONDAY

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Last week was a struggle, I don’t think it will necessarily get easier, due to REASONS. But I met up with some friends for drinks one night, we needed to get out of the house. I haven’t been to Harry’s in a while, and I really need to go more often. It’s a much better crowd than the watering hole I usually occupy. 

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Over the weekend, I finally got to see Erin. She gave me my Christmas gift early, it is awesome! It’s a really pretty sequin leopard print Gretchen Christine bag. We both love the Real Housewives, so I’m excited to have a RHOC bag. We decided to give Wahlburgers another try. We went to the original one in Hingham, MA and were not impressed AT ALL (read: we were served warm milk shakes). We actually ended up eating at Alma Nove, and the food was EXCELLENT. So if you’re in that area, go to Alma’s instead.

But they opened a Wahlburgers much closer to civilization. So we decided to try the new location. I’m glad we did, we both got the BBQ bacon burger (Donnie’s favorite) and it was really good. I will definitely go back again! We also did some shopping at Marshalls and the mall in the Pru. We ended up seeing The Accountant movie. It was okay, the beginning is very slow. I liked the ending though. But not sure I will opt to see it again when it’s on TV. 

 

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BUSTIN’ GHOSTS…& HORNETS

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Ok guys, I finally saw Ghostbusters. I hoped to see it with friends, but when I asked, I guess they already went without me! They forgot about Dre, how rude. Anyway, I never thought the movie deserved the bad rap the previews got. Granted the first preview they released left something to be desired. But definitely not to hold the record for most thumbs down on YouTube! Save those down thumbs for something useful, like Snooki’s new video about how she is a “yung” 30  year-old mom. Haha! 96e91a64-1955-4ba5-ab0a-5b644f204012

 

Overall, the movie wasn’t bad. It was funny, and I liked the cameos and cast. I had high hopes for it, as I honestly didn’t think it was going to be bad. I didn’t let all the bro-sef’s tearing down a movie they have never watched, influence me. No spoilers, so that is all I’m going to say about it. Hopefully you will see it soon with your friends, and enjoy it too!

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Sorry (but not really) for all the gifs in this post today, I need something to keep me awake. Apparently our office is infested with hornets this week (last week it was mice), so I need to be alert lest I sit on a hornets nest. If only hornets were capable of making honey, then I could at least have a snack while I get stung. Don’t worry, I won’t be the girl who kicks the hornets nest. But if we’re being plagued by locusts next week, I’m working from  home. Ain’t nobody got time for this “end of times” BS. 

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DR. FRASIER CRANE?

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I went to the zoo and named this crane Dr. Frasier Crane

It’s totally blasphemous that it’s Monday already. It’s just plain rude!  Anyway, I had another busy weekend. I went out for dinner and drinks with friends on Friday. I had a delicious drink that tasted like a Jolly Rancher. On Saturday I finally got to see Erin! We went to the Roger Williams Zoo. There is a zoo that is a lot closer to her house, but we decided to change things up. As much as I like the RWZ, the zoo near Erin’s house is much larger.

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We wandered around the zoo for a bit. I took many selfies with flamingos, elephants, and giraffes. The weather was nice, it wasn’t too warm. After the zoo, we had a seriously amazing dinner at this new Mexican restaurant near Erin’s house. I’m still dreaming of the fresh guacamole. They have a guy in the restaurant with a cart, and he makes guacamole right at your table. It is the best guacamole I’ve had. I wish this place was close to me, so I could go back again.

We planned to see the movie Central Intelligence at the drive-in movie theater near her house. So we gathered up camping chairs, blankets, bug repellent, and snacks. The movie doesn’t start until about 9pm. But we decided to show up at 7, to scope out a good spot. Turns out, all our prep and getting there 2 hours early was moot. The line to get into the drive-in well over a mile long. WTF?!

I’ve gone to this drive-in about a half dozen times over the years, and never had to wait in a crazy line. We think the line was for Finding Dory, which was on the first screen. That is why we planned to see Central Intelligence on the other screen. Thankfully there is also a movie theater near her house, so we tossed the snacks into a purse and snuck them into the theater. Central Intelligence was really funny! I love The Rock, so I probably would have seen it even if it was bad.

PS. It turns out, even if we did get to the drive-in early enough, it was too chaotic to enjoy the movie. My co-worker’s brother tried to go, and had to leave the movie. The drive-in was completely unorganzied and crazy this past weekend. We dodged a bullet there!

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I JUST CAN’T

There are some TV/movies I’m too narrow-minded about bother watching. I just get weirdly stubborn and won’t even give it a chance. Like when everyone was shitting their pants over the movie Avatar. I met the previews with a sense of, “why the EFF is this so popular?!”

I felt the same way about Magic Mike. I saw the previews and was like, UMM NO. At least with MM I forced myself to sit there and watch it. It definitely did disappoint. The issue was, I raised the bar after people said it was actually pretty good. It had no plot and the acting was terrible. I can only imagine how catastrophically awful the sequel was.

I resisted Frozen for years, but finally made myself watch it a few months ago. It  was mediocre at best. No idea why it is such a cult favorite among people that aren’t small children. I think my dislike for it, stems from the fact I can’t watch musicals. No, literally, I cannot watch musicals. They bore me to death. I can only sit through Grease and Wizard of Oz, and that’s only if I watch them once every 6 years.

It took me about 6 hours to watch Sound of Music. Really it did! I had to keep taking breaks and walk around so I wouldn’t fall asleep. Granted this was when I was a teenager, and my main focus in life was updating my AOL profile, and making friends in chatrooms. I simply cannot try that ordeal again, especially since I haven’t used AOL in 15 years. OH GOD, WHEN DID I GET THIS OLD?!!

So can someone please explain to me the appeal of Hamilton? I’m afraid it’s all lost on me. First of all, I’m not a big fan of musicals (as previously stated). This one seems to have an absolutely insanely rabid following. And for what, exactly? A historical rap about Alexander Hamilton? I just…I don’t.. why…huh? Even if I forced myself to give it a chance, it’s (mindblowingly enough) sold out until the year 2109. I guess you can listen to the music somewhere, but being all phobic of musicals and all, I don’t see that happening. So instead I will just remain utterly perplexed by its popularity.

I wonder if fear of musicals is a thing? I would not consider what I have a phobia of musicals, more like a phobia of wasting time to watch them. But alas, don’t count on scanning the theater in the year 2109 and finding me in the audience for Hamilton. I’ll be attending the electro/synth/polka version called Burr.

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