It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’m not going to sit here and complain about how busy life is these days. About how much I work, how consumed I can get with work, how many other things I seem to always have to take care of outside of work, how I don’t have time or energy to seem to get myself to the gym, how I usually average eating dinner between the hours of 8-9pm, how I never have time to blog, how run down I’ve been feeling overall.

I’m not going to do that, because today was a beautiful, beautiful day. I made myself delicious huevos rancheros for breakfast, got stuff done around my apartment, I let myself relax and watch a movie – and not feel guilty about being inside, relaxing and watching a movie on a lovely day – because I then went outside for a run. A run that made me feel good about myself. I got to hang with Meg and Matt and one of my favorite pups in the world, Lady – and now I’m heading back home to get ready for a fundraiser at Bellesini Academy tonight (where Meg works) and my parents are on their way here to come with us! Should be fun. :)

Things get so busy in everyone’s lives. There is always something to get done. When you finally have some free time, you pressure yourself to make the most out of it – to be productive – to organize, to clean, to work out, to get more work done. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with everything going on around me, I just have to remember to stop. and appreciate everything. Days like today remind me to do that.

In other news: I turned 25. I purchased my wedding gown! (Absolutely in love with it). And my mom and pops gave me a trip to London for my birthday, I’m going at the end of May and I am so excited I can’t even put it into words.

That’s all for now. Hope you’re having a happy Saturday!

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Newburyport House Tour (And 100 Days of Kindness, Days 40, 41 and 42)

Saturday, Colin and I joined Meg, Mrs. O and Kerry for the Holiday House Tour event in Newburyport. Basically you drive from one beautiful house to the next and you get to see their amazing homes decorated to the nines for the holidays!

It might possibly sound a little strange to go into other people’s homes and creep around while looking at their things. However, it was very cool – I got a lot of great ideas for the day when I get to decorate my home for the holidays. It also got us all in the Christmas spirit. :)

Here are some photos from the tour:

Sorry I’ve been MIA with my kindness posts – I don’t have internet in my apartment (if I did I would probably stay up all night every night) so I usually come down to Meg and Matt’s to borrow their internet (interesting choice for a ‘blogger’, huh?). The past few days have been tough because I’ve been busy enjoying the weekend!

Friday’s kindness:

Because I get migraines my doctor wants me to get a brain MRI done just to make sure nothing’s going on. I thought I could do it. I left work a little early on Friday to get to my appointment. I got there – the butterflies started, I tried to calm myself down. I laid in the little bed thing that goes into the tube and they showed me how the {scary} cage would go over my head. Started crying. They slid me into the tube without the cage on to show me what that would be like. Panicked. I literally couldn’t do it.

Not my idea of fun on a Friday night.

Needless to say the women were very nice and didn’t make me feel like the weenie that I am! I thanked them for being so kind to me because I really did appreciate it. Will have to try this MRI thing again at some point, wish me luck…

Saturday’s kindness:

Saturday morning Meg and I got up bright and early to head over to Lawrence for our team’s first basketball game of the season! We’re coaching the fifth grade boys team at Bellesini Academy (the school Meg works at) – it was both highly entertaining and a lot of fun.

Look at Coach O'Neill go!

Sunday’s kindness:

A few little things. I went to church and prayed for a few people I know who need it. I also tweeted about an awesome giveaway on Meghan’s blog (check it out if you haven’t yet – winner chosen tonight!) Now, I am currently making Christmas cookies with Meg which I will then share.

Enjoy your Sunday night. :)

My adventures in the tunnel (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 32)

You know those days where you wake up and you can feel it in your bones – this day was just not meant to be a good one for me – ?

I woke up with that feeling today, and boy! was I right on target.

On my way to work (Wakefield) from Colin’s (Newton) my car decided to break down on 93 North inside the tunnel. I was just trucking along, la di da da, on my way to work, when hmm… that’s weird… my car is just slowing down… maybe I should get into the right lane?… hmmm what is happening?… come on car, please make it to the end of the tunnel…

No such luck. Called the police and thank the dear Lord, the cop came so quickly! It was scary in that tunnel – cars were whizzzzzzzzzzing by me. Each one looked like they were going to slam into my car. Thank the dear Lord for the emergency tunnel tow truck the cop called, I owe the tow man a HUGE THANK YOU. So:

Mr. Tow Truck if you’re reading,

Thank you for rescuing me!

Hugs and kisses,

The tall frazzled freak :)

Anyway, to make a long and adventurous story short, my tow truck hero towed me to the Police Barracks in Southie to meet up with my hero of a boyfriend who thankfully has AAA (because I don’t. yay!). The AAA tow truck then towed my car to Colin’s auto body place in Newton where it still waits to hear its fate…

Just to add to the ridiculousness of this story, please keep in mind that my car inspection sticker expired in October plus the fact that my car is registered in MA with MA plates but I still have a NY license. I thought I was going to get arrested. But I didn’t. And I swear I’ll take care of all of that expired inspection sticker and MA license stuff asap.

Who decided to allow me to drive? Or to be an adult?

Ok enough of that. I decided to still be kind today even though today wasn’t necessarily kind to me. Meg’s school had an open house tonight to show off all the beautiful renovations they have done. I was invited and I wanted to show my support for the fabulous school (it’s amazing, an all boys school in Lawrence – Bellesini Academy). I went and it was so nice to see the boys giving tours – they are awesome! I saw a bunch of people who I haven’t seen in a while as well, so it was great to catch up.

On another note, I have three words for you: tomorrow is Friday.

Goodnight!

Peace and quiet

I’m in the house by myself. I’m currently sitting in my room in peace and quiet. It’s honestly a miracle after the past few days I have had. I’ve been going non-stop and let me tell you – it is draining. Do you ever feel like all the energy is just sucked right out of you? Or that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Ugh, why can’t I be a superhero? They can do everything…

Anyway, I am SO SORRY for not posting yesterday and all of today! I’m not following the rules of ‘no excuses, blog like a champion.’ I’m ashamed of myself and will strive to be a better blogger everyday. Especially for you Jean!

So tonight I helped judge the science fair at Meg’s school (Bellesini Academy in Lawrence, all boys grades 5-8.) At first I felt stupid, ‘Wait what is the variable? The thing that stays the same or the thing that changes?’ ‘And the control is the opposite, right?’ Ugh, I was never good at science.

I learned a thing or two which was nice. The judging part was hard, they all did a nice job so I was throwing 5’s out left and right (scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest score.) I didn’t want the people tallying up the points to think my scoring was fishy, so I threw in a few 4’s and one or two 3’s – it was stressful. Oh, I also think it’s worth mentioning that the boys at Meg’s school all think Meg and I are twins – mainly because we’re white, tall and have blond hair. They get a reeeal kick out of saying ‘Miss Mescall ‘and having both of us turn around to respond. Oh adolescent boys!

Apparently today was National Beer Day. You have 2 hours left – go grab yourself a cold one!

http://mysecretboston.com/events/national-beer-day

Groupon of the day – hurry! -$25 for $50 worth of food + drinks at the Ashmont Grill

*Side deal, $8 for 2 tickets to The Comedy Studio

http://www.groupon.com/boston

The Save of the day – hurry! – $35 for a $75 haircut at The Salon at 10 Newbury Street

*5% of proceeds go toward Wigs for Well-Being!

http://www.eversave.com/boston

Coupme deal – $30 for a photography sitting ($285 value!)

http://www.coupme.com/

From Boston Restaurant Talk – 5 restaurants with outdoor dining on the water for the beautiful, summer like weather we had today (I’m sorry, but I just don’t think it’s OK for it to reach 90 degrees in Boston in April. Anybody with me here?)

http://www.bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2010/03/five-boston-restaurants-with-outdoor.html

The Russell House Tavern opens in Harvard Square tomorrow. They are now taking reservations (617) 500-3055

http://russellhouse.wordpress.com/

Round 1 Celtics playoff tickets are now available -

http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/805903?camefrom=CFC_NBACELTICS_BEAT&brand=celtics

Here are the ‘Beats by Dre’ Red Sox headphones I blogged about the other day -

http://www.thrillist.com/links/122054

Are you an old Italian man trapped inside a young 20somethings body? This might be just for you -

http://www.thrillist.com/links/122055

Wanna win a trip to the Valentin Imperial Maya Resort? I do! Tweet and you could win. Details here -

http://www.gadling.com/2010/04/06/tweet-and-win-with-the-valentin-imperial-maya-resort/

Pre-order the new Jack Johnson album, ‘To the Sea’ now!

http://bit.ly/tothesea

Daily Candy makes curling your hair look easy -

http://www.dailycandy.com/all-cities/video/82091/Teach-Your-Old-Do-New-Tricks?refcd=email:435623:11

More tickets WILL be available tomorrow for the Boston Bacon and Beer fest!

http://wheretoeat.in/boston/baconandbeer/

This Saturday, April 10th, the Phantom Gourmet Wine and Food Phest is coming to the Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester from 3:00 – 8:00 pm – tickets are $30 in advance.

http://wine.phantomgourmet.com/Home.aspx

Fashionably Late at the Liberty Hotel is tomorrow from 8:00 pm – 2:00 am. This event will benefit Ray Allen’s Ray of Hope Foundation as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Interested in fashion + music for a good cause? RSVP to Fashion@LibertyHotel.com. More info – http://twitpic.com/1coi5b

Are you a blogger in New York? This could be a perfect job for you! Check it out -

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Well, I’m pooped! Time for bed. Goodnight! :)

PS – I hope you caught the cast of Glee on Oprah today! I DVRed it so will have to watch it within the next few days!