How goes the battle?

Lady and I are ready for St. Patrick’s Day. Are you?

There are a ton of things going on tomorrow in and around Boston. If you are able to rage on a Wednesday evening, more power to you. Here are a few fun places you might want to check out:

1. The (Mc) Pour House – They’re serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $7.95. There’s no cover, but there is Irish music. 907 Boylston Street, (617) 236-1767

2. The Black Rose (one of my personal favorites) – Opens at 6am (jeekers, that’s intense!) serving up a free traditional Irish breakfast for the first 100 people. Beer served at 8am, Black 47 (Irish rock band) at 9:30am and traditional Irish music at 12pm. 16 State Street, Faneuil Hall, (617) 742-2286

3. Tommy Doyle’s – Opens at 8am with some bangers and mash. They’ll have lots o’ Guinness and lots o’ bagpipes (every half hour.) 96 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, (617) 864-0655

4. The Green Briar – Opens at 9am serving corned beef sandwiches with Guinness mustard (interesting?) 304 Washington Street, Brighton, (617) 789-4100

5. Lir – Opens at 10am with all the right ingredients – corned beef and cabbage, car bombs (at 10am? I’m not too sure that’s in anyone’s best interest…) and Irish music of course. 903 Boylston Street, (617) 778-0089

6. Clery’sC – Opens at 11am with Guinness Beef Stew and Black Russians with Guinness floaters (quite a combo.) 113 Dartmouth Street, (617) 262-9874

7. The Burren – Authentic Irish feel, opens at 6am (like I said, authentic Irish feel) with a full Irish breakfast. Traditional Irish music starting at 12pm continuing throughout the rest of the day. 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville (617) 776-6896

Tomorrow we’re going to the Celtics game again; hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with them this time! I’m also hoping we’ll see some Irish step dancers! When I was a dancer, this time of the year used to be so busy! (back in my youth)

In other non-St. Patrick’s Day related news… My Dad shaved his mustache off. My Mom texted me a picture of it. His upper lip has been in hiding for years, and it has now been set free!

Also, I have a quick bone to pick. Yesterday I was passing by the elevators at work, there was an older man who works on my floor waiting there to head home for the day. I passed by, ready to say hi and he said ‘How goes the battle?’ ‘How goes the what-who-excuse me?’ was probably close to my response. And I’m sure I was bright red due to my lack of understanding.

Today, a very nice foreign man at work passed me by in the hall saying, ‘How goes it?’ in his thick accent (I actually still haven’t figured out where he is from – maybe I’ll just ask…) I was confused so I just smiled (this happens often, no big deal. I was still red though – that goes without saying.)

Listen, I appreciate the hello, I really do. I’m all about being friendly. But I’m tired and Mondays/Tuesdays are long days, I can hardly understand basic English nevermind whatever the hell you’re saying right now. I’m sorry, but what happened to just a simple ‘How are you today?,’ it would make things a lot easier if we could stick with this.

But, you know what? Beggars can’t be choosers and I rather these guys be friendly by saying hello in their own way rather than be rude and totally ignore me in passing. I might have been a bit embarrassed but at least I got a chuckle out of it, and you know what – with my confused expression – they probably did too!

March showers bring April flowers?

So instead of giving up something for Lent this year, I decided to do something positive. My something positive is to train for a half marathon and complete one by the end of April. A half marathon has been on my to-do list for a while now, so why not just cross it off sooner rather than later? Plus, having a set goal for myself is truly motivating.

Today’s supposed to be my day off from training, however since I didn’t get to workout with the rain ruining our race yesterday, I did my 5 mile run today. The run would have been a heck of a lot easier if the man on the treadmill next to me wasn’t farting the whole time! That was quite a challenge.

The half marathon I’m training for is called the Middlebury Maple Run. It’s in a really beautiful part of Vermont on Sunday, April 25th. I just started my fourth week of training and I still haven’t signed up for the race because I’m nervous! I’ll do it soon…

In some REALLY EXCITING NEWS, Jack Johnson has finally announced his Summer US tour dates! Tickets go on sale April 10th: 

Penguin Pizza at 735 Huntington Ave (617) 277-9200 is serving corned beef and cabbage pizza until St. Patrick’s Day. Only two days left to try.

Kitty O’Sheas – $3 appetizers Monday – Friday 3pm-6pm and $6.50 pitchers. 131 State Street.

Well, its way past my bedtime. I hope I’m greeted by sunshine in the morning; enough rain already. I hope it’s nice from here on out! Bring on good, sunny, warm weather :)