St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is upon us! What are you doing to celebrate? Southie? Pub crawl?

Colin and I are heading home to Long Island for the weekend for my dress fitting, to pay a visit to my sister Kelly’s salon (I am in desperate need of some highlights!), and to hang with the family. We’ll be celebrating good ol’ St. Patrick at one of our favorite restaurants, the Irish Coffee Pub. Looking forward to it. :)

Some fun events going on around Boston:

*And if you need more suggestions, feel free to take a look at my CBS Boston post.

Sólás Irish Pub is the third top-selling Guinness location in MA, in the coziest nook on Boylston Street. Sólás never charges a cover and opens at 10 a.m.  Irish Specialties include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, chicken curry, fish and chips and beef stew — yum!

Slàinte!

Slàinte!

MJ O’Connor’s Park Plaza has been serving corned beef and cabbage since March 9th and it will continue through March 18th. They’ll also have Irish breakfast, Guinness stout onion soup, Irish whiskey bread (sounds pretty amazing) and Kilkenny steak tips. Not to mention the Irish step dancing at 3:30 p.m. (I used to be an Irish step dancer — see embarrassing photo below) and live acoustic music from Martin Macatee at 4 p.m. Also, MJ O’Connor’s Westin Waterfront will have a live Broadcast with WROL, as well as acoustic music, Irish step dancers and Irish specialties served all day.

Dancing away!

Dancing away!

Ned Devine’s party starts early — tomorrow, March 16th. Toucher and Rich will be joined by Guinness, Bushmills and 650 party people. There will be live music from Bareknuckle Boxers (12 p.m.) and Galway Guild (5 p.m.) — both from Philly. Their St. Patrick’s Day menu will include corned beef egg rolls, Irish breakfast sausage sandwich, and corned beef sliders on Irish soda bread. Best of all? They are giving away a trip to Ireland!

Ah, the homeland!

Ah, the homeland!

The Harp opens at 10 a.m.! There will be lots of great live music, plus plenty of Black and Golds (Guinness and Harp) before and after the Bruins game at 1 p.m.

Friendship, loyalty, and love

Friendship, loyalty, and love

Anthem Kitchen + Bar will become Anthem Irish Pub at 9 a.m.! They’ll be serving brunch and Irish specialties from Chef Ben Hennemuth. Live music will play from 2-6 p.m. (Cherry Orchard) and 8-10 p.m. (Brandon).

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

The Green Briar will be showing all 6 Nations Rugby games, starting at 8:30 a.m. They will also be showing live GAA Hurling (love hurling!) and live GAA Football. Irish step dancers will go on at 12 p.m.  as well as live Irish music from Lake Shore Drive from 12-8 p.m. and then a DJ from 9 p.m.-close. Irish specialties and Irish breakfast will be served all day!

A hundred thousand welcomes

A hundred thousand welcomes

Happy (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Have fun!

Have fun!

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An easy, cute gift idea

I’m going to give you a scenario and then I want you to think about whether or not you’ve been there before.

You see a really cute craft and think to yourself, “I am going to make that! That is so inspiring. It would look great in my apartment.”

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a creative idea and then thought something along the lines of what I just mentioned, and still haven’t gotten around to it yet. I am currently raising my hand (and looking pretty awkward while doing so).

Or what about this scenario…

It’s your sister / boyfriend / mother / best friend’s birthday in two weeks and you are totally stumped for a gift idea. You’re complaining to said sister / boyfriend / mother / best friend saying, “Ugh! You are SO hard to buy a gift for. What is wrong with you?!”

Instead of attacking the birthday girl or boy, why don’t you simply pick out a great picture of the two of you, or an artistic shot you’ve taken, etc. and turn a wonderful memory into an absolute perfect (and thoughtful!) present – a custom canvas that they can hang up and add a little spark to their home.

I decided to turn one of my favorite photos from our trip to Ireland into a canvas for one of Colin’s Christmas presents this year. He loved it (probably because he can think about Guinness every time he sees it) and I was really happy with the quality of the canvas. Easy Canvas Prints was (as its name says) easy to use and the customer service was very accommodating. The first photo I chose was super blurry and they let me know that it might be better to choose another photo which I was very appreciative of. :)

As a little bonus, if you “like” Easy Canvas Prints Facebook page, you will receive 50% AND free shipping on your next order! So think about those people you need gifts for soon, or those empty spots in your apartment where you could really use a cute decoration…

Here’s Colin’s (well, ours – since we’re roommates!):

The finished product!

Up close and personal

*Please note: I was given my canvas order free of charge in order to test out this product courtesy of Easy Canvas Prints. All opinions here are my own honest words and opinions of the product and company.

The wedding of the century!

I’ve been procrastinating the massive Ireland 2010 wedding post for too long. It’s time I’ve tackled it. I say this because I took roughly 800 photos while I was there and don’t even know how to choose my favorites. I also say this because it was honestly the most fun trip ever to occur in the history of our family and most families in attendance. We had a ball! It was so cool because essentially our family + a ton of people we know and love were all on vacation together, hanging out, laughing, relaxing, etc. It was great! We should do it more often. Fo’ real. :)

As for the actual wedding day, I can hardly put it into words (good thing I have 800 pictures to choose from…) Megan was the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen. She was also the most calm bride I’ve ever seen/heard about. My sister Kelly did an absolutely AMAZING job on her hair (it legitimately stayed fabulous the whole day – till about 2am!) Her dress was perfection. Her makeup was flawless. And her attitude said it all; she was ecstatic, no freaking out, no nervousness, just happiness.

Matt looked so handsome! And watching him watch Meg walk down the aisle at Holycross Abbey was one of my favorite parts of the whole day. You could honestly see how much he loves her right in that moment. I know it sounds sort of cheesy, but it’s true… After they were pronounced husband and wife and were ready to walk down the aisle, we had a bit of a surprise up our sleeves… With the help of my siblings and my wonderful cousin Aisling (who lives in Ireland) we arranged for the singer to play a few seconds of “The Wedding March,” then pause for a moment and then start up again with “All You Need is Love” like they do in Love Actually. We even had both trumpet and trombone players who popped out as an extra surprise! It was great!

The reception at the Dundrum House Hotel was SO MUCH FUN. Literally the best time of my life (hopefully Meg and Matt’s as well!) My toast went smoothly I’d say – I kept it to about 2 minutes, I was shaking like a leaf and my voice was shaky but I didn’t totally break down or anything. I sort of kept it together, so I’ll take it. I got some laughs, some tears and some applause. Success :) My dad also gave an absolutely amazing toast – made me cry of course! Mr. O’Neill did as well, it was beautiful!

We danced and danced and danced. I don’t think I ever stopped. Literally, my hips were killing me the next day. Great workout!… After the “official” reception was over, the “afters” started. We went down to the residence bar (residence bar in Ireland = a bar in your hotel which you can ask the front desk to open whenever you’d like. If the normal hotel bar is closed for the night, well you just ask the staff to open the residence bar, they get the bartender on call and there you go! Pretty sweet huh?!) to listen to traditional Irish music and nibble on some snacks, drink some Guinness and just continue to have fun!

The morning after the wedding we all had breakfast together and then Meg and Matt headed off to Greece. They had an amazing trip!

After the wedding festivities Colin and I got to do a little traveling – we headed to the Cliffs of Moher, then Galway for two nights and then Dublin for a night. This was Colin’s first time in Ireland so I wanted him to see a bit more than just Tipperary. It was so much fun and Colin did such a great job driving! I must say, I did a pretty good job myself helping to navigate/read the map. Plus, we didn’t get into a huge fight/break up/hurt one another at all. Pretty good. :)

Now, without further ado, I present to you Megan and Matthew Ireland wedding extravaganza…

Ready to go!

Oooh Ireland...

Our townhouse

Ok I gave up on individually inserting the pictures! Here is the gallery:


Top 5 Things To Do While Visiting Ireland

{In honor of my sister getting married in Ireland today, here is a top 5 on this magical country from MM (my Ireland guru) of Travel Eat Love!}

1) Leave Dublin. Really, even if you fly into Dublin Airport, get out of Dublin as soon as you can. Ok, you can stay and tour around for a couple of days, but no more than that. Dublin is fine, but it is definitely not my favorite world city and definitely leaves a lot of Ireland to be seen. My brother in law once referred to Dublin as a “city on the West coast of England”. Enough said. There’s a lot more to Ireland than Dublin, and I want to make sure you see it.

There are buses leaving for Galway from various bus companies on the hour, there are car rentals, or you can take Iarnroid Eireann, the train service as well. If you stay in Dublin or even just the popular tourist cities, you miss seeing this. . .

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And this. . .

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And this. . .

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2) Eat local food. Like any high volume tourist destination, many Irish restaurants, especially in cities and other well traveled areas, do their best to cater to tourists offering convenience foods and bland, fattening options. All Irish food is not like this, and if you look around a bit, you will find a burgeoning cuisine that is based on fresh, local, delicious goods. Smoked salmon, prawns, Irish cheddar, lamb, and fresh vegetables make the base of many of these dishes, and I can’t emphasize enough that you should seek out these ingredients as often as possible. You will not be disappointed; the taste of real food from the land is as important a part of Ireland to me as the beautiful countryside is.

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3) Have a pint of Guinness. Unless you don’t or can’t drink, I suggest having a pint of Guinness in its home country. Maybe you haven’t liked Guinness in the past, and maybe you won’t now, but it’s definitely worth a try.

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If you hate the Guinness, there are plenty of other delicious Irish libations like Bulmer’s cider and Smithwicks.

4) Go to a pub and listen to traditional Irish music. Pretty much anywhere you are in Ireland, you can find traditional music any night of the week. My favorite places for trad are Galway, Westport, and Doolin. If you need specific suggestions please feel free to email me! And don’t forget to stop at a chipper on your way home for some garlic and cheese chips. You won’t regret it (Well you might, but it will be worth it!)

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5) Get outside! Yes the weather may suck at times. It could be rainy, blustery, cold, cloudy, and even hailing small frozen peas from the sky. But you can see 4 seasons in a day in Ireland, and your best bet is to just get out there. Make sure to pack enough clothing to wear layers, lots of light wool, lots of socks to make sure you have dry ones, and good walking shoes. I have experienced so many different days where it has been pouring in one place and gloriously sunny in another; if we never went ahead with hiking or running plans because of the rain, we would spend a whole lotta time in my husband’s house! Even when the sky is threatening, the scenery can not be beat.

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Thanks so much, Colleen, for giving me the opportunity to guest post. I hope you are having a wonderful time in Ireland and that Meg’s wedding day is the best ever. Looking forward to seeing you both when you get back! ;)

My big sister is getting married

The Foodies at work were nice enough to ask little ol’ me to write a guest post for their blog. I of course said yes! Not only do I love their posts, recipes, tweets, etc. but they are my twitter friends for God’s sake, of course I would write a post for them. I got their back.

The topic was ‘If you were stranded on an island what one food could you just not live without?’ My answer: hamburgers. Scrumptious hamburgers. Read the full post here, and thanks again foodies!

On another note – tomorrow is the big day! Well, not the big day (as in Wedding day) but the big day as in travel day. Colin and I leave tomorrow around 6:30 pm for our flight to Ireland, we will get in to Dublin around 8:30 am Thursday morning. We rented a car (please say a prayer for us. This could potentially be the end of our relationship… I can see it now, Colin: “Colleen, read the map please, stop falling asleep, I need you to help!”, Me: “Colin, slow down! These roads are very narrow! Ahh wrong side of the road!”)

Thursday and Friday we have some wedding prep stuff, Friday afternoon we have the rehearsal and then the rehearsal dinner, after that we’ll have a “welcome” party for all the guests to hang out, catch up and share our excitement! Saturday my Dad is hosting a golf tournament for those interested in playing (most of the men…) and the rest of us are headed to the Rock of Cashel, Saturday night we have Bru Boru – a traditional Irish show and dinner. It’s a lot of fun. :)

Sunday the women of the bridal party are headed to the spa for some pampering, and Sunday night all the bridesmaids plus Meg are going to stay at my cousin Aisling and Christians house so we can have a little slumber party. Monday is the BIG DAY! I may or may not have a few tricks up my sleeve… You’ll have to stay tuned….

After the wedding my parents are hosting a breakfast for everyone on Tuesday morning right before Meg and Matt head to Greece (so pumped for them!) And then Colin and I will be on our way for a few days of traveling – we’re going to Galway for two nights and Dublin for one. Any Irish pro’s out there have suggestions for us??

So I still feel as though I have a TON to do. Tonight is going to be a late one! I’m working from home for a few hours tomorrow so I should be able to get a lot done tonight (hopefully everything) and if need be, finish up tomorrow.

I can’t believe my big sister is getting married – we’ve been thinking/talking/dreaming of the day one of us would get married since we were little girls. She has been my best friend for twenty-four years now. I’ve looked up and admired her since the day I was born. She has taken such good care of me, and now she has Matthew to take such good care of her. Matthew and I have been friends since before they started dating – I am a huge fan of his! I’ve always been cheering him on. I wish both Megan and Matt only the best life has to offer – plenty of smiles, compromises, babies, and blessings. Much laughter, tenderness, trust, adventure and excitement. What a wonderful journey to be on together. They are going to kick ass at marriage! I couldn’t be happier for two people. They are amazing and I love them both.

Meg and Matt!

Heheh, credit goes to either Moll or Kelly on this one, I forget which one!

PS – I am not going to be able to make it through this trip dry eyed. Hopefully I can control myself during the ceremony/my MOH toast. Wish me luck – I’ll need it!

I’ll miss you all while I’m in Ireland, but don’t forget to still visit the daily craic, I have some AMAZING guest posts coming ‘atcha. You truly don’t want to miss this. Thanks to all who have helped! {Twitter/blogger friends are thebomb.com.}

Will be back on the 8th (with TONS of pictures!), enjoy the craic while I’m away!

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!

The weekend in pictures

This past weekend was awesome. I got to spend some solid quality time my family. Mom, Dad, Par, Meg, Kelly and Molly were all around and it was so nice to get to just hang out and laugh all weekend. I also got to see my two best girlies, Mary and Heather which is always a joy! My brother Patrick wasn’t able to come home (he’s über cool – lives out in Cali) which was sad. It’s weird when a bunch of us are together and there’s one or two missing. I got to chat with him on Saturday though, so it was nice to catch up. I miss you brothaman!

We did a lot over the weekend – a bbq Saturday at our (pretend) cousins house where we got to see all the kiddies – such a treat! Did a little shopping for Meg’s honeymoon Saturday night, had tea with Mary and Heather, went out to Bellport to visit Fr. Jerry, saw SATC2 (awesome!), made the seating arrangements for the wedding, saw Kelly’s Brian who is home from Ireland (he was did a semester over there), went to the Babylon Memorial Day parade, another bbq at our other cousins, etc. etc. The weather was beautiful and I was surrounded by people I love. A wonderful weekend indeed.

Some photos for you -

On our way!

Just got off the ferry

We're home!

Welcome to LI wine country :)

The beautiful beach we stopped at quickly

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The Garden of Eve - what a beautiful name! If you're in Long Island anytime soon, this is a must visit!!

Garden of Eve Riverhead, NY

The farmers market we popped into

Don't forget to eat your veggies!

Cutest little guys

The Lavender Labyrinth

Meg washing off our DELICIOUS strawberries

The most delicious strawberries I've ever had in my LIFE

Once we got home to Babylon, it was time to head over to our pretend cousins (do you guys have any of those??) house for a bbq. It was such a good time!

Ella on the slip n slide!

Kelly and Brian!

Delicious bbq dinner

Me and my boys - Uncle Kev and Pops

Ella going in for the kill

My beautiful family - Mom, Molly and Kelly

Cutie

Pretty Moldy

Herrooooo

Moll is stealing Patrick's signature move!

Aidan!

Connor!

Me and my little friend

Megan and her little friend - we each got one! Love twins!

Aw, my little friend isn't happy anymore!

Looking at the boobies

Look at those curls :)

Mmmm dessert

Sunday we drove out to Bellport to visit  our dear friend Fr. Jerry (Mom and Dad have been friends with him since we were little – he even baptized Molly, or ‘Angelina’ as he calls her… He’s one of those ‘Italians’…) We went to mass at his parish, Mary Immaculate and afterward we went to brunch in town. Fr. Jerry will be celebrating mass along with Fr. Jim at Meg and Matt’s wedding so it was good to talk some wedding details with him and get to see him before the big show!

Fr. Jerry's church

Grammy, Popper and Nana's brick outside the church :)

Moms present to Aunt Nancy!

Beautiful church

Rose bush right outside of the Rectory

Love this

'Many people have eaten my cooking and have gone on to lead normal lives.' Apparently Meg doesn't think so Mom!

Food pantry at the church

Kelly posing with the food ;)

Awesome bench!

Brunch at the Bellport Restaurant

Such an awesome restaurant - very cute decor and delicious food!

Everyone!

Yummy lemonade

My AMAZING BLT

Kelly's fritatta

A buggy we saw on our walk around Bellport

Tilted? haha

Down by the dock

Meg also had her final fitting while we were home! She looks AMAZING in her dress – I can’t post any pictures because Matt can’t see it yet! However, here is a picture of my gorgeous Mother all dolled up. Meg was practicing my Mom’s makeup for the big day.

My beautiful Mother - Meg was practicing makeup on her for the wedding!

Lady’s day of surgery :(

As I was on the train home tonight – I looked out the window and saw this:

Very pretty. It made me smile.  :)

Another thing that made me smile on the train – I forgot my train pass/work ID badge at home today (switched jackets – always check the pockets when you do this!) – both this morning and this afternoon the awesome conductors let it slide and didn’t make me cough up another $12.50 on top of what I pay for my monthly pass. Thank you guys!

When I got off the train, Meg and Lady were waiting for me. Poor little Lady was spayed today. She is so tired and seems pretty sore. I feel so bad! I’ve been giving her extra hugs and kisses so hopefully that helps.

Little Lady

This poor little thing!

I held Lady's hand, um actually, paw... to make her feel better

Last night we had dinner with Fr. Jim for his birthday. We had a great time – it’s always so nice to catch up with Fr. Jim and all his stories.

We asked him what the key is to staying so energetic, active – so young - at the age of 80? Fr. Jim said simply being around young people, exercising your mind and making an effort to keep up with the times, with what’s going on around you, are all so important in feeling your best.

OK, down to today’s business -

Tomorrow is Thrifty Thursday’ at GSpa.  Here’s the deal, you get 50% off any cut and/or color. Bonus! 50% all facials/waxing.

http://bit.ly/9bswCZ

Tomorrow, get yourself a slice of delicious and *FREE* cheese pizza at G’s Famous Pizza – 1033 Mass Avenue, Boston (617) 442-9463. They’d like to thank everyone for their support in celebration of their one week anniversary! Congrats!

Brunello Bistro in Somerville serve up $1 appetizers Monday – Friday from 4pm-7pm. Score!
http://www.breadandcompanybistro.com/

Apparently, Monday – Friday the Harpoon Brewery offers *free* beer tastings. I wonder if they’re worth it? Sounds awesome… Anyone ever been/heard anything about them?

http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/index.cfm/page/Weekday-Tastings/pid/28488

Such an amazing deal – for the month of May, Masa in the South End have $5 margaritas!!! So pumped about this. And to top it all off, they have .50 cent tapas at the bar all week from 5pm to 7pm. http://ow.ly/1Bqh8

We finally did it! Colin and I have booked our flights to Ireland. We didn’t get an amazing deal but we are happy with what we found/paid. It’s so nice to have this taken care of – feels like such a weight has been lifted. Now we are even more excited for THE EVENT OF THE CENTURY!!! (Meg and Matt’s Wedding!)
Ok, early bedtime tonight – I have a half marathon to run on Sunday – woop woop. Goodnight!

Come fly with me!

Flights everywhere seem to be skyrocketing for the summer. If you’re looking to plan a getaway, you may be stressing over money already. Many worries and questions come to mind when dealing with booking flights – Are there any deals left out there? Will there be any upcoming deals? Should I book now? Should I wait to book? Which Airline? etc. The list could go on…

You’ve signed up for alerts, you’ve signed up for every travel/airline email out there, you read every article you stumble upon having anything to do flights, you google ‘flight deals to _____’ over and over. Is there anything else you could possibly do?

Yes, actually there is.

Twitter seems to be the best way out there in reference to staying up-to-date on travel information, including special offers, sale dates, giveaways, and more. There are a ton of airlines as well as travel search sites to follow. Twitter is, for those of you who don’t know, a social-networking/microblogging website which provides you with the ability to share snippets of information with others as well as receive snippets of information from others (of your choice, people you ‘follow.’) From www.twitter.com/about, ‘Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now.’

  • Here is a good article explaining more about the use of Twitter with travel on www.FareCompare.com -

   http://rickseaney.com/2010/03/30/twitter-who-needs-it-you-might-for-cheap-flights/

  • Informative article on summer travel from USA Today -

  http://www.usatoday.com/travel/columnist/hobica/2010-03-30-airfare-buy-now-or-wait_N.htm

A very important question … Who should you follow on Twitter in order to get the highest quality travel information? Here is my top 25 list of who you need to follow in order to score your dream summer vacation (or perhaps spring vacation? You never know…) 

*Listed with airlines first, travel search sites after. In no particular order other than that. 

1. @AAirwaves
2. @DeltaAirLines
3. @SouthwestAir
4. @BritishAirways
5. @KLM
6. @AirFranceUS
7. @FlyHawaiian
8. @UnitedAirlines
9. @AerLingusStuff
10. @TheNegotiator
11. @Travelzoo
12. @travelocity
13. @RoamingGnome
14. @KAYAK
15. @FareCompare
16. @expedia
17. @FareCompareLabs
18. @easyJet
19. @sbc_orbitz
20. @Orbitz
21. @Airfarewatchdog
22. @fareologist
23. @fly_com
24. @yapta
25. @momondo
 
  • Another tip – follow your local airport, for example @BostonLogan for those here in beantown. Also, look for flight deals specific to your city, for example @flyfromBOS. Follow @Gadling, which is a travel blog from experienced travelers/writers bringing you some interesting tips, tidbits and advice.
Colin and I have been obsessed with searching for the best deal we can get to Ireland this summer for Megan and Matt’s wedding. We’re young and are just beginning to watch our savings grow little by little, we don’t want to see it all wiped away with one swipe of the credit card! However, we are getting to that wedding one way or another. Stay tuned to see whether we actually get a good deal on flights, if we have to pay an arm an a leg or if we’ll have to take matters into our own hands by building a rowboat in order to get us there… With Twitter on my side, I believe we’ll be able to keep our arms and legs as well as our rowboat-free lifestyle. Fingers crossed!

We’re all in this together

Today Megan and I worked on her wedding to-do list. The wedding is July 5th in Ireland. Because the wedding is in another country, you would think this would make planning for the event a major pain in the arse. However, because we have amazingly helpful cousins over there and because of the wonders of technology – we are able to get so much done, relatively stress free (key word – *relatively.)

Today on the agenda – conference call with Ireland. We Skyped with our cousins, Aisling and Fiona in Tipperary as well as our mother and father in Babylon, New York. Like we do at work – we signed into the conference call and everyone had their agenda with certain points they needed to go over. We accomplished quite a bit! Besides for Kev and Michelle chatting in the background (Mom saying, “Kevvviin, come chaat!” and Dad saying [when we were talking about getting our dresses over to Ireland] “I have to get mine there too!!”) and besides for the ambulance/police sirens coming from Ireland (my baby cousin, James’ toys) the meeting went smoothly.

Weddings boggle my mind. There are so many little details that go into planning! After going to some weddings here and there, I knew this was the case, but now actually being the maid of honor along with the sister living with the bride, I actually see how much needs to get done -  how much needs to be planned, to be paid for, to be picked out, etc etc etc. With everything from the cocktail hour, to the time the mass starts, to taking pictures of the bridal party – from the ‘welcome bags’, to what time people are flying in, who is picking up who, etc etc. there are millions of things to take care of. You would think you were planning and plotting to take over the world.

But honestly, I love feeling important and I love helping so what can I say? I make a damn good maid of honor.

Since the wedding is in Ireland and summer flights to Europe are INSANELY expensive, Colin and I are waiting for the magical flight gods to lower the airfare. I’ve been checking flights obsessively. It’s a gamble, we know, but we like to live our lives on the edge. We’ll let you know how that goes. Might have to rent a boat to row over to Ireland…

In workout news, today I had to drag my ass to the gym (in preparation for the 1/2 marathon. Still haven’t signed up… Need to get on that…) Once again I didn’t wanna go, and once again when I got there it wasn’t bad and when I was done I was proud of myself. Why is getting the motivation to go work out so tough? It is so easy to talk yourself out of going to the gym sometimes; ‘Hmmm looks like the refrigerator needs to be cleaned. I better do that. Can’t leave it dirty…’

After working out Colin and I went over to Kathleen and Jim’s house, the people I used to babysit for in college (they were so good to me – let me do my laundry there so I didn’t have to do it in the college laundry machines where people stole your clothes if you didn’t get there in time…They also gave me beer for my 21st birthday, they were/still are, awesome) It was great to see them and the kids – I love those kids. I’ve known the oldest since she was about two or something, and the other two kids since they were born!  They are getting so big, its crazy. The youngest just started potty training today, which was awesome. He went to the bathroom about 39 times – I’m pretttty sure he’s figured out the fact that if he goes to the bathroom, he’ll get candy. Also, we brought Lady – and she pooped in the house. Nice, Lady, nice.

After their house we met Colin’s sister and some of her friends out for drinks, then we went back to Merrimack with them for a little bit to hang out. It was so weird being back at the college we went to, watching the girls getting ready to go out – the whole process. That used to be us! We used to be cool! Now I work in a cube! What’s happened?? We successfully depressed every single person we came across, with our tales of the ‘real world’ – it was awesome. I think we scared some of them pretty good. Hey, everyone needs a wake up call at some point. We gave it to them early! They don’t even graduate till May!

No really – it was great seeing all them and for the two hours we were there, pretending we were in college again. Oh, the glory days…

Ok, back to wedding stuff… Colin and I are going to one of my co-workers wedding in April. Since I just joined http://renttherunway.com/, I decided I’m going to rent a dress for the wedding. It’ll save me the hassle of going out and searching for one. I need some help picking one out though! Please vote for whichever dress you like best!

So let me know which one you like the best, and I’ll wear it! Thanks in advance for the help! :)

Anyway, it’s about that time. I’m tired and gotta rest up for Palm Sunday mass – it’s a loong one.

I’m gonna leave you with this, because it makes me happy.