The {Amazing} Museum of Science

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — the Museum of Science is one of my favorite places in Boston. It’s just such a great place to visit — for all ages. Seriously, where else can adults visit with children (even babies) and be just as entertained as them? Not many places. It’s also so massive that there can be a ton of people there but you don’t feel squished, overwhelmed, or annoyed (like you can at other tourist attraction in Boston…sorry, but it’s true!). I recently visited the museum with two of my sisters, Megan and Molly, along with my nephew Declan. Declan is one year old (he just celebrated his birthday on September 8th!) and he loved it. We walked all over, saw a live animal show, and visited the toddler room. He really enjoyed roaming around in that! (He also really enjoyed our visit to the Cheesecake Factory beforehand :)).

Loving the Cheesecake Factory's bread!

Loving the Cheesecake Factory’s bread!

Hugs at the Museum

Hugs at the Museum

Another awesome thing about the Museum of Science is the IMAX Theatre. I LOVE it! They always have interesting movies playing. Colin and I saw one about Tornadoes there — Tornado Alley it was called.There was also a surfing film playing (last summer I think) that I really wanted to see and never got to. Such a bummer!

What’s playing at the Museum of Science right now?

Another awesome thing about the museum? The Planetarium. Check that out when you go!

What exhibits are currently at the museum? (Find out more specifics here.)

  • A Bird’s World
  • Bees
  • Beyond the X-Ray
  • Bradford Washburn: The Man Behind The Lens
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Cahners Computer Place
  • Catching The Wind
  • Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff
  • Cosmic Light
  • Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic
  • Discovery Center
  • Energized!
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center
  • Innovative Engineers
  • Investigate!
  • Live Animal Exhibit
  • Making Models
  • Mapping The World Around Us
  • Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio And Proportion
  • Mathematica
  • Museum of Science: Then And Now
  • Nanotechnology
  • Natural Mysteries
  • New England Habitats
  • Science In The Park
  • Seeing Is Deceiving
  • Sun Power
  • Take A Closer Look
  • The Colby Gun And Trophy Room
  • The Draper Prize
  • The Light House
  • The Rock Garden
  • To The Moon
  • Weatherwise
  • Weems Animal Sculptures

Prices?

Exhibit Halls — Adult (12+), $22. Senior (60+), $20. Child (3-11), $19.

Omni IMAX and Planetarium — Adult, $10. Senior, $9. Child, $8.

Visit the Museum of Science on Twitter and Facebook.

This is what you’ll look like after a fun-filled day at the museum:

Meg and Dec at the Museum of Science

Meg and Dec at the Museum of Science

The kind folks at the Museum of Science recently gave me complimentary tickets to visit, but as always my opinions are honest, and my own. I really, truly do LOVE the museum!

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner…

For the most part, when the topic of Valentine’s Day comes up, very strong opinions are voiced; you either love it, or you hate it. Maybe you’re in a new, exciting relationship and can’t wait for it, or maybe you’ve just ended a relationship or have been single for a while and you’re dreading it. Either way, whether you’re happily celebrating over candlelight or cursing all of those ‘lovey-dovey’ fools in relationships — I hope you have fun!

Area Four in Kendall Square (500 Technology Square, Cambridge) is celebrating Valentine’s Day with “Bloody” Heart Pizzas, Breakup Banana Splits, and more. Here’s what they have going on:

“Bloody” Heart Pizza
Beef hearts, tomato sauce, caramelized onions, house made mozzarella, pecorino gremolata — Small $15; Large $23.50


Breakup Banana Split
Caramelized bananas, homemade vanilla  and chocolate soft serve, brandied cherries and homemade chocolate, marshmallow and salted caramel sauces — $10/person; up to 10 people


Beer Goggles
A beer and two shots (choice of Four Roses Bourbon or French Martini shots) — $16


Cocktails by the Pitcher — $35/each

Aphrodi-tea
Citrus Vodka, Sour, Vermouth, St. Germain, Mint Simple Syrup, Black Tea

Petal Punch
Silver Tequila, Peach Liqueur, Pomegranate liqueur, Chamomile Tea

Last Resort
Vodka, Vanilla Liqueur, Campari, Cucumber/Lemon/Lime Juice, Moscato D’Asti, Prosecco

Potion #9
Sparkling Rosé, Strawberry Syrup, Kiwi Purée, Lime Juice

Check out Area Four on Facebook and Twitter.

And are you still thinking of something to get your significant other? Col and I usually just do something small for one another, but if you’re looking to go all-out, here are a couple of ideas!

Guys — honestly, you can never go wrong with jewels. Gemvara has a ton of amazing stuff. I love the Naked Pave Petit Pendant from Naked Gems. It’s beautiful and can be customized with your choice of one or two different gemstones (17 total gemstones available) and your favorite metal (prices vary depending on the combo of gem/metal).

Daily Grommet has good ideas too:

The Objects with Purpose Dahlia Candle — a large three wick candle scented with organic rose and lychee. But this is not ordinary candle, it has magical powers — while it’s burning it melts into a perfume and body butter. Very cool!

This is a clever little gift (also found on Daily Grommet) — Moultonology Garden Bon Bons. These are little seed balls which are presented as chocolate truffles. All you have to do is place the Garden Bon Bons on top of soil, water, and watch them grow! Just make sure your significant other doesn’t eat them before you get a chance to explain. :)

One more fun Daily Grommet idea — Zipbuds Tangle-Resistant Earbuds which are headphones that have zipper integrated cabling. The zipper is substantial enough to resist knots so they won’t get tangled! Plus they are noise isolating which is such a key factor with headphones if you ask me.

Need a creative date idea? Passes to SkyZone would be fun and different. SkyZone is New England’s only indoor trampoline park with locations in Boston (91B Sprague Street, Boston) and Everett (69 Norman Street Suite 1B, Everett).

The shit box, a hot commute and pizza

I drive in what I like to call a shit box. Unfortunately that’s not a nice name, but I only tell the truth (well, most of the time I do…) So, luckily both of my windows have recently broken in the S.B. They just don’t go down anymore which is helpful. In the winter the driver’s side window broke in the sense that it wouldn’t go up – it was stuck down. Needless to say my drive from Cambridge to Andover (my commute at the time) was not an enjoyable one. Go figure that now in the summer they are stuck up instead of down.

Also, instead of blowing amazingly cool and refreshing air, the AC blows out hot air. Gotta love that. That’s when God blessed my little S.B. with a sunroof. But does that help? No, not really.

Listen, I’m not ungrateful or spoiled. I’ve actually never had a ‘nice’ car (one day I will though.) At the moment I don’t really have the money to splurge on a new one, and you know what? The S.Box gets me from point A to point B. Because of this I will proudly use that Monte Carlo to get from here to there, I will not be ashamed when I have to open my door (instead of roll the window down) to pay the toll on the Mass Pike, I will try to get as much air as I can from the sunroof, I will carry deodorant in my bag so I can reapply before going into work and most importantly, I will drive that shit box around with an effing smile on my face.

Ok now on to last night’s dinner which was inspired by A Boston Food Diary’s pizza. Mine is pretty different (I forgot to buy ricotta cheese this week and didn’t feel like going to get any…) but even though it was different, it was still very delicious.

Since Colin made me an amazing steak dinner Sunday night, I figured I should repay him! We both really enjoyed it. :)

So the base of my pizza was flat bread, then I had Pastene pizza sauce, chicken, peppers, onion, garlic, black olives, cheese

I put the chicken and some garlic in to cook, with a little salt, pepper and chili flakes

Throw in some veggies!

Add some sauce (dark picture, sorry!)

Put the veggies/chicken on top, then your cheese (extra cheese please!)

After about 15 minutes, voila!

We topped it off with a little fresh basil as well, loooove basil

We ate dinner outside, here is a picture of a beautiful rose-bush in our backyard!

Night!

That is why God made Colin a boy and Colleen a girl

This, for me, is the equivalent of Colin receiving his box of new turkey hunting gear from Cabela’s. That is what God made Colin a boy and Colleen a girl.

I CAN’T WAIT for Sex and the City 2 !!

You can still get discounted tickets to Wine Riot -

http://getsugarrush.getsugar.com/detail/BOSTONCHEFS/1340

*Basho, the new Japanese Sushi place opens next week – 338 Boylston Street, Boston (617) 262-1338

Today’s LivingSocial deal is $35 for three acupuncture sessions at Acupuncture Together in Cambridge. I’ve never had acupuncture but I’m very interested in trying it. Apparently it helps with migraines, sinus problems, etc…

http://livingsocial.com/deals/636?ref=BOSDeal040910email&utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Image+-+deal+image&utm_

Monday – Friday at the Living Room they offer half off appetizers from 4 to 7pm in the main lounge.

http://thelivingroomboston.com/promotions/

Jack Johnson tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am !!! CAN NOT WAIT :)

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004481385DB702?majorcatid=10001&artistid=754036&minorcatid=1

10 Simple Google search tips from The New York Times -

http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2010/04/02/02gigaom-10-simple-google-search-tricks-58674.html

25 Free things to do in Boston from Boston.com, everything from observatories, to wine tastings, to the North End…

http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/massachusetts/towns/boston/galleries/25freethingstodoinBoston/

Tonight we went to see RENT performed at Merrimack. It was awesome – they did such a great job! I was impressed by the fact that Merrimack decided to put on what could be called a ‘controversial’ show (dealing with AIDS/HIV, drug use, girls kissing girls, boys kissing boys, gender confusion etc.), especially with the fact that Merrimack is a private, Catholic school. Good for them!

I love the music, the characters, pretty much everything about RENT and I truly thought they did the show justice tonight. Congratulations!

Tomorrow is a busy day. I have to run 11 miles, YIKES!

After that, we have my co-workers wedding tomorrow night, which Colin and I are really excited for. Should be a great time! Although, I was not able to ‘Rent the Runway‘ unfortunately! I totally dropped the ball on that – I waited to the last minute to remember that I wanted to rent a dress! Ugh. Luckily Nicole helped me out BIG time and brought in some dresses today for me to try out, so we’ll see, I haven’t decided on one yet…
Time for rest. Goodnight!

If you make it to Wednesday, you’re O.K.

Today is another free burrito day at Boloco (Longwood) from 11am-8pm. Too far for me! Wish I could go!

There will be *free* food and drink specials tomorrow at the opening of the comedy club at Cheers from 7pm-10pm. RSVP to kelly.reagan@gmail.com

Sign up to receive the weeks 20 best travel deals every Wednesday with Travelzoo here – http://bit.ly/cGxqHz

Sounds very similar to Hell Night at the East Coast Grill in Cambridge which Meg, Matt, Colin and I went to in February was it?…. If you’re up for another spicy challenge, check out Poe’s Kitchen Challenge – 384 Boylston Street (between Berkeley and Arlington)  - 617.859.7772. The challenge starts tomorrow and you must sign a waiver to participate. Winner gets a t-shirt and their picture in the “I beat the heat” facebook album.

More info here -  http://www.rattlesnakebar.com/

Tomorrow, Thursday April 1st from 8pm-2am is the Social Boston Sports birthday party at Red Line – 59 JFK Street, Harvard Square. Tickets at $10 and you must purchase them in advance. Tickets include one free Wachusett beer, *free* apps (courtesy of Red Line) from 8pm-10pm, DJ/dancing…

http://www.socialbostonsports.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=226&Itemid=380

Social Boston Sports are also looking for dodgeball teams for their Tuesday and Thursday night leagues.

Sign up here – http://www.socialbostonsports.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=307&Itemid=500

The Groupon for the day is $40 ($85 value) for your choice of signature hour-long massage at Maximum Image Hair Salon and Day Spa - 300 Mishawum Road, Suite 300, Woburn.

http://www.groupon.com/boston

Jason at the Local Offer Lounge told me about their website which showcases local ‘deal-a-day’ deals all in one place -

http://www.localofferlounge.com/ it’s awesome! Sign up! Thanks Jason!

Chef Louie Night is Sunday, April 11th from 6pm-close – 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. Featuring ‘Oysters, Pigs, Cocktails, Cuisines, and Causes.’ Tickets are $38 + $5 donation for Haiti Relief Fund.

http://www.cheflouienight.com/

Attention Pearl Jam Fans – Backseat Lover (Pearl Jam tribute band) is playing on behalf of Team McCready for Advocacy for Patients With Chronic Illness, Inc. at Harper’s Ferry – 158 Brighton Ave, Allston on Saturday April 10th at 9:30pm.

More info here – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=409383396577#!

*Postcards from 1910 from the National American Woman Suffrage Association. They are very awesome. Check ‘em out -

http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/03/31/suffragist-postcards/

Floral accessories are big for Spring -

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/fashion/01POINTS.html?src=twt&twt=nytimesstyle

Wicked Local says President Obama will be in Boston tomorrow -

http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/brookline/2010/03/30/obama-to-visit-boston-area-thursday/

Tonight Colin’s gonna make me dinner because he is my best buddy. We’re gonna rent a movie, any good suggestions?

Enjoy your evening! :)

A G-string and a mask?

Tonight I’ll be attending the Harris Center’s 2010 Public Forum held in the Burden Auditorium at the Harvard Business School at 6pm. The Harris Center at Massachusetts General Hospital is ‘dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with eating disorders.’ The forum topic is Health Matters: Weight and Wellness in the World of Fashion. The guest speakers are Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine, Michael Kors, American fashion designer as well as a judge on Lifetime TV’s Project Runway, and Natalia Vodianova, a Russian model and Philanthropist. I am thrilled to be able to go – I was originally on the wait list for this but recently received confirmation of my attendance. I’m sure I will have a lot to say about this tomorrow…

Also, Thursday a few of my girl friends and I are going to the Shecky’s Girls Night Out event at Cyclorama – 539 Tremont Street – Thursday 5-10pm. They are also holding this event Wednesday as well as Friday, however I believe Friday is SOLD OUT. I’ve never been to one of these, but they sound fun! They showcase new Spring trends, new beauty regiments, beer & cocktails (with ticket) and goodie bags.

Check it out – http://girlsnightout.sheckys.com/

When do you feel most beautiful inside and out? Tell Oprah.com here – http://www.oprah.com/microsite/bali/beautiful-spa-sweepstakes and you could win spa packages with a $1,000 value.

RendezVous offers $5 tapas every Monday from 5pm-10pm (selection changes each week!) – 502 Mass Ave. Cambridge – Central Square (617) 576-1900 http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/

Doing some Spring cleaning? (I know I need to!) Where to get rid of your stuff (don’t throw everything away!) -  

http://www.oprah.com/home/Where-to-Get-Rid-of-Your-Stuff/7

Wednesday, March 31st – Wine tasting (*free*) at Chiara Bistro – 569 High Street, Westwood (781) 461-8118. Reservations aren’t required, but you can call or RSVP to dan@chiarabistro.com 

Visit http://www.chiarabistro.com/home/ or http://ow.ly/1pkoQ for further information.

Some big news today is that President Obama will be signing the $875 billion healthcare reform bill at The White House tomorrow morning. Some people are over-the-moon happy and some people are beyond pissed.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/22/obama-to-sign-health-care-bill-tuesday/

I’m very interested in what everyone thinks about this. Have an opinion? Email me at thedailycraic.wordpress@gmail.com and I will feature some answers later this week.

On a different note, apparently a woman in Hooksett, N.H. was attacked by a man wearing only a G-string and a mask. Pretty creative and heinous all at the same time. I’ll probably have nightmares about this tonight, it sounds even scarier than a Komodo Dragon.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22907198/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000103222010&ts=H

I hope everyone is having a great day thus far :)

Don’t use breast milk as a weapon!

Someone needs to tell Patrick Kennedy to take it down a notch.

It’s almost the weekend Paddy, relax!

Maybe he would be happier if he attended the Southie St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday..

 I’ve never been before, so it’s time to turn it up a notch (unlike Paddy, he’ll hopefully be turning it down.) I’ll be going this year to see what it’s all about. I’ve heard all the hoopla, so it should be interesting. It starts at 1pm on Broadway. Looking forward to all the drunken Irishness and pretend Irishness, because remember – everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Before the parade I have some business to take care of. Colin and I, along with my sister Meg and her fiance Matt are running in the Ras na hEireann (“The Race of Ireland and United States of America.”) It’s a 5K, Irish themed race, starts at 11am in Davis Square, Somerville. There will be 5,000 runners! This is the 7th year it has sold out. I can only imagine the characters that’ll be there. Should be some great craic!

In Jay-Z related news, he’ll be performing at the Garden tonight. Unfortunately I will not be in attendance, however I’m figuring since I have to take the commuter rail home from North Station I’ll probably run into Hova and B and then they’ll most likely either offer me tickets or invite me to look on from backstage. I’m not sure if I’ll accept or not cause I do have to get to the gym tonight, so well see…

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00031056.html 

Apparently Young Jeezy (who is opening tonight) is pairing up with Jay-Z’s better half for his upcoming album. Since everything Beyonce touches turns to gold, I’m prettty sure this one will be a hit. I’m excited for it.

They have released a full length trailer for Eclipse! Indulge:

Also - Congratulations to Rascal, The World’s Ugliest Dog!

Rascal is an 8-year-old 7lb Chinese Crested pure bred. According to http://www.ugliestdogs.net/worldsugliestdog.html ‘Rascal’s grandfather “Chi Chi” is in the Guinness Book of World Records for winning the most ugly dog contests and was undefeated with seven ugly dog wins.’ I guess it’s in the genes. Rascal has appeared on a number of TV shows and currently has two movies in the works, keep your eyes peeled for those.

More congratulations are in order for the beautiful Betty White who will be hosting SNL on May 8th. This will be White’s first time as host, and this will also make her the oldest person (age 88) to ever host SNL. According to Seattlepi.com [http://www.seattlepi.com/tvguide/416493_tvgif11.html] she’s bringing some friends with her. Apparently Tina Fey, Amy Phehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch will be joining Ms. White, which should be pretty hilarious. SNL might just be funny again on May 8th, we’ll just have to wait and see…

And now, just a quick WARNING: Don’t use breast milk as a weapon!  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588369,00.html?mep

In restaurant related news, EVOO is now open in Kendall Square. Owned by Peter and Colleen McCarthy (nice Irish names) and now located (they just moved from Somerville) at 350 3rd Street, Cambridge. For reservations call 617-661-3866 or go to http://www.evoorestaurant.com/. Their entrees range from $25-$31 with everything from Roasted Organic Squash, Duck, Beef Tenderloin, etc. Personally I’m excited for the opening of their sister restaurant Za which will be located right next to EVOO (I believe they will also keep their Arlington location open as well.) Za will offer a variety of pizzas and salads along with a great selection of wine and beer, visit them at http://www.zarestaurant.com/index.html.

Lastly, originally found on http://www.bostonrestaurantdeals.com/free-medium-coffee-at-dunkin-donuts-every-monday-in-march/ Dunkin Donuts is giving away free medium coffees (hot or iced) every Monday in March.  There are 3 Mondays left, take advantage of their free coffee!

http://view.email.dunkindonuts.com/?j=fe6017787166077c7011&m=ff001073736406&ls=fe0511707766047877167677&jb=ffcf14&r=0