Hey, It’s OK…

…to be excited that American Idol is back

…to think being in a long distance relationship stinks (if you’ve been there, you’d most likely agree)

…to speak up for yourself and what you believe in

…to cry in your cube (it — or should I say s*it — happens!)

…to write everything down so you don’t forget things (I <3 lists)

…to be mad when your sneeze doesn’t come out

…to wish negative Facebook rants didn’t exist

…to believe your horoscope is true

…to unsubscribe from emails

…to order a burger (again…)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday. :)

 

 

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The Breakfast Burger

I love hamburgers (almost) more than anything else. They’re my go-to choice when dining out (I definitely get them way too often…probably need to try something new at some point). What can I say? They are just big, juicy pieces of goodness and I can’t get enough.

I’ve heard a lot about burgers with fried eggs on top. They have always intrigued me and I’ll definitely order it the next time I see it, however, the other night I had ground beef and eggs so I thought…why the hell not! Thing is, I didn’t have nice hamburger buns. What else, what else?…Toast! Thus, the invention of the breakfast burger. (Note to self, I’m sure I absolutely did not invent this, it just makes me feel important to say so).

Toast + fried egg + hamburger + ketchup = breakfast burger.

If I do say so myself, it was 100% delicious. I urge you to try it at home. ;)

 

YUM

 

 

Adam + Rihanna = BFF

This past weekend blurred from business trip in Philly into beach, friends, heat, and the Atlantic Beer Garden. I got back from Philly on Saturday morning around 10am then went right down the street to the beach with Colin, Phil, and Reid. Then Liz and Kelly met up with us! And then we saw some friends from Merrimack who I haven’t seen since graduation, which was so nice! Busy day at the beach. :)

Ze beach

Attention ladies...if interested in a date with Phil, I am now accepting applications

Same goes for Reid…


Saturday was beautiful out, not a cloud in the sky. Luckily there was even a breeze, thank the dear Lord. After a while we were getting ancy (and hungry!) so we went back to my apartment and grilled up some delicious burgers and had a few beers. After eating I was full from Colin’s grilling goodness plus I was burnt and wiped out from the sun so I took a wonderful, glorious, refreshing nap.

When I finally crawled out of bed we got ready and headed to the Atlantic Beer Garden. What a fun place! There were a ton of people lined up outside when we got there and lucky for us Colin spotted DJ Wyatt who we all went to Merrimack with. He brought us in with him so we skipped out on the line – and believe you me, we all felt pretty cool doing it.

We sipped, we danced, we laughed, Kelly met a few potential suitors, we danced some more, and then it was time to go home! This place is a good time, the rooftop is perfection fyi.

Siblings!

Lots of people lined up

Kelly's friend!

Yay for friends!

Tearin it up

Phil's bustin moves

Sunday was deathly hot. Seriously. Colin and I were sitting in my apartment with no AC about to kill each other because the heat was making both of us extra irritable. It wasn’t pretty. We fled to his apartment for shelter and AC. We both cheered up immediately.

Another lucky thing happened – Sunday night, Colin made me a delicious steak dinner with baked sweet potatoes and green beans. It was amazing, he did such a great job!

My baby steak, Colin's big boy steak

Nice pose! haha, look at those baby blues!

One arm picture taking style

YUM

mmmm mmmm mmm

Last night Megan, Lisa and I went up to NH to meet Mrs. O and her friends MaryJo and Fran to help with the wedding programs for the church as well as the table numbers, etc. I can’t post the pictures I took of those (because they’re a surprise!) but I do have a few other photos from the night. We had such a great time! :)

The magic machine!

We had amazing white chocolate cheesecake with caramel for dessert

We’re leaving for the wedding exactly one week from today. I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!

Last but not least – Rihanna was spotted at the Red Sox/Dodger game in Boston over the weekend (she is said to be dating Matt Kemp, outfielder for the Dodgers.) My friend Adam was at the game and caught this pic -

Rihanna and Adam BFFL

Night!

No excuses, blog like a champion

I have been such a slacker; zero blogging this weekend. I am ashamed of myself. Please accept my most sincere apologies. My new motto will now be, ‘No excuses, blog like a champion.’

Happy Spring everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL weather we had over the weekend, especially Saturday.

Now even though we had such a great day, it was hard not to be jealous of this picture message I received from my sister Kelly who was hanging out with my parents in Vegas. I may be a weeee bit jealous but I’m also really happy they’re having such a good time!

Kelly's lounging poolside and Colleen is jealous.

I started my Saturday off with a 9am appointment at the Robert Jason Salon in Andover. I didn’t want to be inside at all, but since my roots were taking over I needed some highlights asap (not a natural blond, big surprise! Is there such thing as a ‘real blond’ anyway?)

This was my first time to the salon – I have given up on my old hair stylist due to the fact that a visit to her salon is like a glimpse into the life of one of the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ (or Revere.) Also, the whole experience never takes less than five hours and you won’t leave without hearing an inappropriate story such as the time she got into a screaming match with her boyfriend in the driveway, which resulted in her breaking his windshield. To top it all off, they had ice-cold water to wash your hair – not exactly a pleasant experience. She always gave me a great cut and excellent highlights, but it’s time to move on. When you feel like your stylist should be paying you, instead of the other way around, it’s time to find a new one.

Back to the Robert Jason Salon… It was awesome! Everyone was so nice and the girl who did my hair (Ashley) did a wonderful job. I will definitely be going back. I highly recommend it.

http://www.robertjasonsalon.com/about.aspx

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And, new customers get $25 off their first visit!

http://www.robertjasonsalon.com/pdfs/25_coupon.pdf

Next, I convinced Colin to come for a run. My body was tired but since I’m training for the half marathon I knew I just had to push myself. The whole time during the run I was wishing SO BAD that I was just going for a walk, or just sitting on a bench, relaxing, enjoying the sun. I kept cramping up and I had to stop and walk a few times. Colin was doing way better than I was and he hasn’t been training for a race. It was beyond frustrating. I literally had to say Hail Marys throughout the run in order to get my mind off the fact that I was running (also to have God and his team up their on my side in case I croaked.) When we finished our run I had a bit of a breakdown. I just felt so disappointed with myself; I felt defeated. Luckily Colin gave me a really encouraging pep talk to help snap me out of it. In the end, I knew I had to get my run in for the day even though I didn’t want to, and I did. I finished. I didn’t just convince myself that it was OK to walk the rest of the way, I didn’t give up. That’s what’s gonna help me cross that finish line in April.

After our run we headed back to Newton (where Colin lives) he went to play basketball and I went in search of new shoes for our night out in Boston. I tried on some really cool heels at Target that I loved but felt way too tall in. This girl standing by me complimented how great they looked. She was extremely nice and eventually encouraged me to get them! I am really happy I did, so I owe her a thank you. Maybe she’s reading my famous blog right now…

Here are the shoes –  http://www.target.com/Mossimo-Palani-Gladiator-Sandals-Black/dp/B002OO7Z5I/ref=br_1_4?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=13836771&node=13836771&sr=1-4&searchRank=pmrank&searchPage=1&sessionID=182-8267774-4505357&searchSize=30&qid=

I’m roughly 6’5 in them, no big deal…

Saturday night a bunch of us went out for Danielle’s birthday. First we started the night off at Nuge and Christine’s (aka X) apartment; we had some drinks and a lovely dinner (including a cake, candles and a beautiful rendition of ‘happy birthday.’) Then we headed to Buskers which is over by The Garden. It was a really good time! The DJ played a lot of good music and we danced the whole time we were there. Total success.

My camera phone is a bit blurry. Xis lookin good though!

The lovely Rippa hailing a cab! (none of my friends have 'real' names by the way)

The beautiful birthday girl!

I heard about 3 new websites over the weekend and they’re awesome! Figured I would share…

When.com – http://www.when.com/ Lists all sorts of activities to do in your area, ranging from free events, sporting events, restaurant deals, etc.

Going.com – http://boston.going.com/ Similar deal with a more hip look to their website. People can post stuff they hear about and they also have a ‘recession busters’ section which lists cheap/free events.

Trails.com – http://www.trails.com/ ‘Your guide to the outdoors,’ You type in your area and they’ll give you places to explore on a nice day. Hopefully the good weather will continue. Fingers crossed…

Tourtracker.com – http://www.tourtracker.com/ The who-what-where-when of concerts.

Tomorrow the Soul Fire BBQ in Allston has an all you can eat wings special on Mondays from 5pm-10pm for $8.99. Get your wings however you like ‘em – buffalo, hickory smoked, spicy honey, Southern fried, apple bacon (featured flavor of the week.) http://www.soulfirebbq.com/ – 182 Harvard Ave, Allston, (617) 787-3003.

Today we took Lady to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence for a little bit, then relaxed the rest of the day. Went to church at 5:30 where I got to see two girls who volunteered the same year I did. It was a very nice surprise! We then went to Whole Foods, I got my groceries for the week (more strawberries and grapes which I already taste tested, and they are delicious.) Then Colin made some amazing burgers paired with equally amazing sweet potato fries with a maple glaze. Ooooweeee it was a good dinner!

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m looking at a busy week ahead so it’s time to get some sleep. Goodnight readers, hope you had a great weekend :)

PS- We’ve been watching the new show Life on the Discovery Channel and I’m definitely gonna have nightmares of Komodo Dragons tonight.

He's coming to get you!

Nice, I’m gonna make the train!… NOT!

You could say that missing the train is a good start to a rainy Friday morning, but you would be very wrong. I knew I had been running a few minutes late, but miss the train late? I didn’t think so… Little do I know.

My sister kindly drove me down to the station, we were rushing cause I was late as usual (being late is my thing, my special talent.) When we crossed the tracks I saw that the train just pulled up. Nice! I made it, I knew I would. Oh wait, it’s just pulling away from the platform, not pulling up? Right, of course.

So, I drove in today. I was all ready and didn’t feel like waiting around for the next train. Suddenly my dreary – miss the train – type lousy day turned around into a promisingly good day due to the fact that I remembered to charge my iPod last night. I truly don’t enjoy talk radio in the morning; I just rather not listen to people bitch before having my coffee (that’s reasonable isn’t it?) So I plugged my iPod in and performed a concert of about 10-12 songs for my non-existent audience. Rocking out in your car at 7am is good for the soul, you should try it sometime.

Anyway, here are some fun things I’ve learned about today…

Stoddards Fine Food & Ale just opened in the Downtown Crossing area at 48 Temple Place at Washington (617-426-0048.)

Stoddard’s is serving up American comfort foods along with an 80+ beer list. With all the vintage decor surrounding you, you’d swear you went back in time. Entrees include burgers, steaks, chicken pot pie, clams casino; all the classics. Learn more at http://stoddardsfoodandale.com/.

I really want to try Redbones. It’s located in Davis Square, Somerville and promises to serve up some delicious southern BBQ which is right up my alley. They also have 24 microbrews on tap to wash it all down. Good to know: Both catering and delivery are available as well as a gluten-free menu.

*Also, Monday – Friday from 4pm-6pm their appetizers are half price. Wings, chili, buffalo shrimp, corn fritters, etc. Check it out at http://redbones.com/.

Another good deal – Mondays at Sel de la Terre at 774 Boylston Street (617-266-8800) they offer a variety of $2 sliders from 5pm-7pm. They also offer a Saturday morning cooking class at either their Natick or Boson location for only $48 a person, not bad compared to what some other places charge!

More info on that, here: http://www.zagat.com/Blog/Detail.aspx?SCID=34&BLGID=26805

Possibilities for the weekend -

Tomorrow, Saturday March 13th is the 2nd Annual Spring Microbrew Fest at Ball Square Fine Wines from 2pm-5pm where you can try out 40 brews.

Tomorrow is also the 4th Annual Bacon Eating Contest at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge at 1pm. Their advertisement for the event reads, ‘Music! Booze! Bacon!’ Music + booze + bacon = 3 of my favorite things in the world. Seems like Atwood’s Tavern is promising us a very good time.

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Tonight the Joshua Tree (U2 cover band) is kicking off some St. Patrick’s day fun at The Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston (617) 424-7625. Starts at 8pm, cost is $15. The Dropkick Murphy’s are playing seven shows at the House of Blues for six nights starting tonight. Ship yourself up to 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston (888) 693-2583. Tickets might be hard to find though, fyi.

http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/boston/

The Celtic Women are also playing at the Wang Theatre tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, tickets ranging from $42-$78.

Click here for more – http://www.citicenter.org/shows/

Don’t forget about the Southie St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday! Here is the map of the parade route -

http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/special/stpatricksday/parademap/

By the way, isn’t it great that it’s Friday? :)