Three Words

Nervous. Confident. Tricks.

These three words are for the Celtics. Why? Because I’m nervous for the game. I hope they’re not nervous, but instead, confident. I also hope they have some tricks up their sleeves.

Let’s go C’s!

Let's be able to take a picture like this again!

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Perk?! Why?!

Perk?!

Nate?!

WHY, Danny, WHY?!

I’m so bummed about today’s Celtics trade. I’m 100% against Perk leaving. Personally, I think we need him especially in the playoffs! Plus, he’s the baddest mofo around.

As for Nate…I understand he has had his highs and lows, but still…he brought such enthusiasm and energy to the team and that was really valuable. He understood what it meant to be a Celtic, and he was good at it. Plus, he’s so little and cute — you just have to love him.

I’m really going to miss both these guys (as are a whole sh*t ton of people in Boston I think).

Well, there’s no crying in basketball, I guess…so I’ll just have to move on eventually. Good luck Perk and Nate!

The Celtics! (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 3)

Ladies and gentleman, they’re baaaaaaaack!

Photo courtesy of http://www.nba.com/celtics/

Thank the dear Lord; the Celtics have returned. I am more than excited. I am elated. My boys are back and I’m ready for a fun-filled, action-packed season. Rondo’s already had his first triple double (guess how many triple doubles he will record this season here), Paul (I can call him Paul because we’re good friends) is looking good, KG is keeping it together, Ray still has it, Big Baby has trimmed down a bit and is ready to go, Nate is bringing more energy than ever and let’s face it, Shaqachusetts is an exciting addition. He is a big, huge ball of greatness and I’m happy to have him.

Colin and I are headed to the game tonight! SO pumped. :)

100 Days of Kindness, Day 3:

Two things today. First, I decided to take some time on my lunch break to hang out with my friend Jess. She’s great and we hardly get to hang out because we’re both so busy. When we’re hanging out it’s usually at work and we’re talking about work stuff. Today we decided to have an out-of-office adventure and it was really nice to get to spend some time together! It’s important to spend time with friends and to get to know people from work in an ‘outside-of-work-don’t-have-to-always-talk-about-work’ environment.

Second, I decided I’d like to treat Colin to our favorite pre-game cuisine – Half Time Pizza. We usually go here before games to stuff our faces. Colin usually pays because he is awesome and too good to me. He’s my best bud. He does so much for me and I love to be able to treat him to delicious things like Halftime Pizza and a few beers once in a while, so tonight we will feast!

The countdown is on…

It is officially 3 weeks from today till Meg and Matt’s wedding in Ireland! I can’t believe it’s coming SO soon now – it’s gonna be a blast!!! On that note, I went to the gym tonight because I truly need to be good these last few weeks – it’s crunch time baby. I’m wearing a strapless dress and my guns gotta look good you feel me?

Quick post tonight, because I am exhausted due to the Celtics

The weekend was great – Friday night a bunch of us went to Sissy K’s after work to enjoy some classy $1.50 drafts along with a dance party, felt like I was in college again. It was fun and I was even in bed by midnight, gotta love it. Saturday Colin’s parents were down helping Colin’s sister Liz move into her new apartment, so Colin and I went over to help. What a beautiful place it is! She is going to have a great time!

Afterward, we went to dinner downtown to Grill 23. It was beautiful and delicious! I ordered the Prime Flatiron steak au poivre which came with potato, cheddar & saucisson gratin – YUM. We also got mac n’ cheese, broccoli gratin, pomme frites and mashed potatoes as sides along with some red wine. We were all so full when we left! Such a lovely evening.

Sunday we went to mass and then I headed up to Andover to help Meg with some final wedding things. I literally can not believe it’s so close now! We had a nice afternoon/evening. Meg even fed me dinner and dessert, such a good big sister! I was so hungry I didn’t catch a picture of my dinner, but here is the amazing dessert Meg whipped up.

mmm mmm good

Lady was so excited to see me, and vice versa – I miss that little bugger! She recently got shaved (because she basically had dreadlocks…) so I have included ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures – just like when I got my hair done a few weeks ago. I think she might look a little funnier than me?! Maybe not…. haha :)

Before -

Shaggy and dreadlocked

After -

Hahaha poor Lady!

Little ratdog

I still love you Lady <3

Goodnight!

Lots o’ flowers

We had such a wonderful weekend at Colin’s grandpa’s house. Always a ton of laughs when we’re all together! Saturday we did some gardening (I learned that I have a natural talent for aerating soil.) We took lots of pictures of flowers (Mrs. T and I were snapping away.) We then had a bbq with delicious food and plenty of vino – yum! Today we went to church (ancient priest = looong mass) then had a lovely breakfast and got to visit with some of Colin’s grandmother’s sisters (great aunts?), it was very nice to see them and get to visit for a while. :)

Colin and I made it back just in time to watch the Celtics DOMINATE! Praise Jesus they won!!! Let’s keep it up boys. Back to beantown Tuesday – woopwoop.

Here are some of my pictures from the weekend. I got to play around with my new camera a little bit -

My aeration station

Where some trimming happened

Love this color

Stone walls and the grass is green!


Little birdy taking shelter from the rain

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 -

http://ow.ly/1vQop

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!

Boy, did I ‘ever save’ with Eversave

First and foremost, Easter was wonderful yesterday. We went to mass bright and early and since it was beautiful out again we hung out outside most of the day. We did come in for a delicious dinner and an amazing Celtics game (more on that in a minute…)

Some pictures from dinner and most importantly dessert…

All set for dinner!

mmm mmm good - Mrs. Temple's lemon cookies !

Ricotta pie - so good !

Another shot of the ricotta pie

Lots of extra hard boiled eggs lying around from Easter? Try some of these recipes from Women’s Health Magazine!

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20356798_1,00.html

Ok back to the Celtics… At this point I don’t even care how up and down they’ve been lately because you know why? They put Lebron in his place yesterday, which in turn put Celtics fans in their place as well – their happy place. The game was a nail biter and I honestly didn’t know if they could finish. They were up twenty points at times – they were ahead the whole game – but at the end it was thisclose! I’m pretty sure Lebron along with the rest of the Cavs thought they were going to pull through and win, but they didn’t! I’m so proud of the Celts! C’s 117, Cavs 113 :)

Yesterday was also opening day at Fenway – the Sox played the Yanks – and also won! Big day for Boston sport’s fans! Sox 9, Yankees 7.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/2010/04_04_10_sox_pregame/?camp=localsearch:on:twit:hp

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/04/there_really_is_a_dr_dre-jay-z.html – Dr. Dre was at the game showing off some of his new ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ Red Sox headphones. He also said that his first single off his new album Detox features Jay-Z (called ‘Under Pressure.’ Sounds intriguing…)

This little boy is amazing -

In other Red Sox news, Victoria’s Secret is now selling MLB gear to make the ladies (and the men?) happy. Check it out -

http://www.vspink.com/style_guide/mlb_collection.jsp

Today’s Groupon is $20 for $40 worth of Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Tantric India Bistro – 123 Stuart Street, Boston

http://tantricbistro.com/home/

http://www.groupon.com/boston

Their side deal is $12 for $25 worth of tea and accessories from the Tea District

http://www.groupon.com/deals/tea-district-boston

Redeem online here – http://www.teadistrict.com/

Today’s coupon from CoupMe is $15 for $30 worth of gourmet tea and coffee delivered to your door

http://www.coupme.com/

http://www.aromaridge.com/

Today’s deal from LivingSocial is $120 to spend on dance classes for only $30 at the Balera School of Ballroom Dance in Newton!

http://livingsocial.com/deals/1385-68-off-dance-classes

http://baleraballroom.mfbiz.com/

Rialto Restaurant offers $1 oysters on Mondays starting at 5:30pm at One Bennett Street, Harvard Square. Check it out -

http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/news/

The Red Rock Bistro (Swampscott) also has $1 oysters on Monday, as well as $1 Sliders, Corndogs and Grilled shrimp!

http://redrockbistro.com/Pages/monday_dollar_days.html

Want to ‘Find Wine on a Tight Budget’? Go to the Boston Wine School’s class this Wednesday (April 7th) from 6:30pm-8:30pm and taste affordable wines around the $10 mark.

More info here – http://www.bostonwineschool.com/

Purchase tickets here – https://www.localwineevents.com/tickets/i_want/295465

The people have spoken – Lady Gaga is most influential -

http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/04/public_deems_lady_gaga_exponte.html

Great tips for shopping on a budget from Style Boston -

http://www.necn.com/03/17/10/Tips-for-shopping-well-on-a-budget-/landing_styleboston.html?blockID=199149&feedID=4418

And, lastly I will leave you with this -

I *just* found out about http://www.eversave.com/boston. They just launched their website and are ready to bring you the *best* deals around the Boston area. Not only are they bringing you amazing deals, you’ll be giving back to the community with each purchase. 10% of the proceeds from select ‘Saves’ will go to local schools and charities. Think about it, you’ll actually be feeling good (not guilty)about spending! It’s a *win-win-win* situation – you get an awesome gift certificate to the hottest restaurants, spas, hotels, classes, etc., you save money, and you’re giving back to those in need. Gotta love that combo! :)

Read more here -

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Eversave-Launches-New-Group-Buying-Site-That-Offers-Consumers-Big-Discounts-Supports-1142538.htm

Today’s deal at Eversave (Boston edition) is $25 for $50 worth of food and drinks at Mantra – 52 Temple Place, Boston. Sounds amazing! More information at Mantra’s website here – http://www.mantrarestaurant.com/

Enjoy!

I hate the circus

Naveen Sultan of Telegraph21, ‘a new video magazine featuring the best documentary films and art videos from around the world’ passed this clip on to me (thank you!), which I would like to share with you. Here is a clip from ‘Cover Girl Culture,’ a documentary by Nicole Clark (producer/director/former Elite model.) 

http://www.telegraph21.com/video/cover-girl-culture 

This documentary explores the world of fashion as well as the thoughts, feelings and self-critiques of young women affected by the messages that designers, models, advertisers, editors, magazines in general, etc. put out into the world. Many people in the Fashion Industry who are partially responsible for low self-esteem among young women (for showing unattainable body images for the average young woman) say they want to see ‘healthy, happy’ girls in their magazines and on the runway. Well, if you want to see them so bad, where are they? One young woman in the clip explains how magazines say, ‘Don’t worry about your weight, but look at this [pin-thin model.]’ This is an unfair, not to mention, confusing message. To those in the Fashion Industry, working for fashion magazines – You can not tell these girls, ‘You are beautiful because you are different, healthy is ‘in’, feel good about your body,’ etc. etc. when you are still only showing extremely thin women in your magazines. 

All we’re asking is for you is to do what you say you’re going to do. Why can’t it be ‘in’ for young women around the world to read your magazines and while they’re reading, they see girls who look like them, girls they can identify with? Maybe it’s time to get in the mindset of – ‘When a young woman reads my magazine, she’s going to feel empowered, beautiful and happy.’ And by saying this I mean showing every type of young women – thin included. There are obviously all different body types, skin types, skin colors, hair/eye colors, etc. let’s help everyone feel included. A young woman’s ego, self-esteem and self-worth are so extremely important –  magazines could play such a huge role in affecting these three things in a positive way, if taken seriously. 

In other news… 

Enjoy $1 off any ‘all fruit smoothie’ from now until April 10th http://www.jambajuice.com/eb/ff/jmff.html 

- Every weekday morning from 8am-10am, Paris Creperie in Coolidge Corner gives away free coffee with a crepe purchase. Yum. 278 Harvard Street, Brookline  – (617) 232-1770‎ 

- Wicked is coming to Boston! At the Boston Opera House from September 1st – October 17th. 

From Boston.com e-newsletter*

Pre-sale begins today, and on April 11th ticket sales are open to the general public. It’s an amazing show – I highly recommend it! 

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/8835/1426040?&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_rozq1 

  

  

  • - BU students get 15% off at JCrew in Copley Square tonight. Wish I went to BU… http://ow.ly/1s9Gr

  

  • Free appetizers tonight at Redbones from 6:30pm-8:30pm in celebration of Jay Atkinson’s new book, ‘Paradise Road.’ He’ll be reading and you’ll be listening/picking on delicious food – not a bad deal. http://bit.ly/cZ3QSy – 55 Chester Street, Somerville – (617) 628-2200

            More about ‘Paradise Road’http://www.jayatkinson.com/ 

  •  Like the circus? I don’t! In fact, I hate it. Anyway, Buy With Me has a coupon for their deal of the day to The Big Apple Circus for $15 at City Hall Plaza. Click below if interested…

http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=17c5e85f775c10d8a0c755376&id=66ff76cfc3&e=de3ecae0cc 

  •  Living Social’s deal of the day is $10 for $20 worth of food at Conor Larkin’s Grill and Tap – 329 Huntington Ave, Boston – http://livingsocial.com/deals/964?

  

For more information, please call Bravo at (617) 369-3474. 

With that, I’ll leave you with this – a clip of Jack Johnson’s new song, ‘You and Your Heart’ :
His new album, To the Sea, ‘drops’ June 1st. I truly couldn’t be more excited! :)

He was injured, injured bad

The Celtics/Knicks game last night was a fist-pumpin’ good time. Started off with a traditional Irish dinner (for St. Patrick’s Day) of pizza and beer at Halftime Pizza – it was delicious. We actually got a nice booth too which usually never happens, so we were off to a good start. 

The game was fun to watch, the Celtics played great – Paul Pierce had 29 points at the end of the game, KG not too far behind with 22. Last game we went to, the energy was low and people seemed disinterested. Fans were even booing the C’s. This time was very different, the energy was excellent; lots of fun. There were even Irish Step dancers at halftime! They were really good – very different from when I used to dance though. I guess I’m an old school step dancer, because from the amount of glitter on their dresses last night you would’ve thought we were at Studio 54. We didn’t do glitter. The boys especially did not wear rhinestone vests with hot pink ties (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) And wigs (they are so intense) didn’t make an appearance on the step dancing scene till I moved on to basketball in 7th grade. What happened to the old-fashioned way of curling your hair? I remember the good ol’ days the night before a feis (step dance competition) when my mother would patiently put curlers in my hair, I would sleep on them as if they were a bed of nails, and then in the morning my mother would not-as-patiently rip the curlers out as we rushed to get ready to leave (understandable – the whole process was relatively frustrating for both parties.) 

Anyway, I went to the Celtics/Bulls game last year (while I was volunteering in Chicago) on St. Patrick’s Day and now I went again this year. I was pumped I got to go, I think I’m starting a new tradition… Final score – Celtics 109 – Knicks 97 – must’ve been the luck of the Irish! 

Ready for the game

Adam & Colin ... I guess Phil didn't want to be featured on the blog ...

In other random topics – 

If you’re a country music fan, get your butt down to The Charlie Horse in West Bridgewater to see Darryl Worley for only $10. Doors open at 8pm, more information here http://www.wctk.com/extra03.php 

Paper clip root canal sounds fun doesn’t it??? (beware if you’re sensitive to disturbing teeth stories.) 

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22874354/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000203182010&ts=H  

Rogue Wave, new band I just found out about on the same label as Jack Johnson … I decided I really like them. They’re definitely worth checking out here – http://www.roguewavemusic.com/index.php 

Another pretty cool thing is that a family friend of ours, Johnny, is featured in a Cole Haan advertisement as well as this whole ‘Inspired Life’ thing they have going on. This is also worth checking out – http://www.colehaan.com/inspired/index.jsp?pi=Inspired_TopNav#Johnny 

March Madness is here – Cask n’ Flagon has a $5 basketball menu going on http://www.casknflagon.com/index.php, Game On has 90 hd tvs and will be playing every game imaginable http://gameonboston.com/. More suggestions here – http://cityvoter.com/ncaa-march-madness-bar-guide/list/535 

Eat, Pray, Love based on the novel (and real life story) starring Julia Roberts looks so good! I can’t wait; I love her :) 

The cast of ‘Glee’ is going to be on Oprah April 7th, so set your DVRs. http://www.gossipcop.com/report-glee-on-oprah/ 

My parents are currently in Vegas (because they are way cooler than me.) My mom has been relaxing by the pool which makes me quite jealous (it is well deserved on her part though!) and my sister Kelly along with my brother Patrick are driving from California to Vegas to hang with them this weekend. More jealousy ensues…. 

Free pastry day is next Tuesday, March 23rd at Starbucks! You have to buy a drink, then you get one free (nothing is really *free* is it?) It only lasts till 10:30am so hurry hurry. Heres the coupon – http://www.starbucks.com/blog/4983/free-pastry-day 

And, just because… 

I just went for a walk and it is GLORIOUS outside. I hope it stays like this! Pleeeeeeeeeease? 

Have a great day!