In the wise words of Billy Madison, I’m going “Back to school, back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.”

We all make choices on a daily basis — big ones, small ones, bad ones, good ones. I’ve recently made an important one (for me) — to go back to school this fall.

I studied Communication at Merrimack and always thought that I would end up in public relations or marketing. However, since I knew I wanted to give back to the community, I decided to join the Augustinian Volunteer Program after graduation. I was placed in a happy and vibrant Pre-K classroom on the south side of Chicago as a teacher’s aide for a year. This experience — and the children in my class — taught me more than I ever imagined. Most importantly, they opened my eyes to what teaching really is.

My Chicago buddies

My Chicago buddies

On the day of my Pre-K class’ graduation, I received the best gift I could have ever asked for — a beautiful and encouraging letter from one of my student’s mothers.

In a section of the letter it said,

“I have met a lot of teachers since I have four children, but you broke the mold and set the bar. This is definitely your calling. This one year has changed my household. I take more joy in my children. It’s sad and great to say — it’s because my daughter met a teacher who inspired her, and she came home to inspire us. She’s five — more confident, much more verbal, and a heck of a lot wiser!”

I will be forever grateful to this student’s mother and for my experience in Chicago. Even after three years when I think about happiness, I think back to my time in that special Pre-K classroom and these touching words.

What took me so long to figure all of this out?

For one — what the heck did I know when I was going into college? It’s kind of crazy to me that people expect you to choose your major in college — basically ask you what you want to do with the rest of your life — at the ripe old age of 18! When I was in college I was probably more concerned with friends and fun, rather than papers and projects. Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely worried about choosing a major and doing well in class. But I really don’t think I was mature enough to take any of it as seriously as it should have been taken (given how much my parents helped me, and how much I pay in loans each month).

That being said, I always knew that if I was going to go back to school one day I wanted to be pretty damn close to 100% sure of what I was going back for — and it takes time to figure this out. I envy people who knew what they wanted to do as soon as they popped out of the womb, but for most people this isn’t the case. I wanted to make sure I put a lot of thought into my next step in life. Maybe I’ve matured a little…

To be honest, I don’t think I was ready to teach right after my volunteer year; I needed to give marketing a chance. I knew if I didn’t I’d probably always wonder “what if?“. I never did an internship in college (probably should have), so I truly didn’t know whether I would like it or not. And it’s not even that I just didn’t ‘like’ it, (I liked some aspects of it — for example, I will always love social media!) it just hasn’t been fulfilling for me, and I crave that I guess.

Even though I’ve realized that marketing doesn’t seem to be the right fit for me, I’m happy for the time I’ve spent in the field. I’m more organized, detail-oriented, confident, and maybe a little more analytical (key word, maybe). I’ve met some amazing people along the way, and have truly gained an immeasurable amount of experience.

This year I am participating in the Fellowship grad program at Merrimack College — going back to my undergrad roots! I will be teaching in a school during the day, and taking classes after school a couple of evenings a week. In May, I will (hopefully!) be graduating with my masters in Early Childhood Education / Special Education.

Funny thing is, this May my sister Molly will be graduating from Merrimack (undergrad) as well! And that’s not all — so will our cousin, and Molly’s boyfriend. We will have to have quite the celebration. :)

It may have taken me a few years, but I finally trust and believe the words my student’s mother wrote me. I’m ready for my next adventure!

Engagement photo fun!

Ok, I must say…I was pretty nervous for our engagement photo shoot. I’m not used to posing for proper photos — I don’t do it very often. And I’m not a huge fan of being the center of attention (good luck on our wedding day, huh? :)) Colin, my fiance, on the other hand, enjoys being the center of attention (if you know him, you probably already know this!). It’s one of the things I love most about him, and I find that it often helps me realize that having some attention on you every now and then is not the worst thing in the world.

Another thing that helped me are Alissa and Bill, our photographers (of Alissa Keane Photography). Not only are they amazing people, and such a sweet couple, they are extremely talented photographers. I have known Alissa around 7 or 8 years now I think (my sister Meg and her were roommates in college — also Merrimack grads) so being friends with her obviously helped put me at ease. But honestly, they are such friendly people even if I hadn’t known both of them prior to the shoot I am very confident they would have still put me at ease. They are just fun people to be around, and I am thrilled to have them take pictures at our wedding! Can’t wait to show you all those too. Only 54 days left to go, but who’s counting?…

We took our photos at Merrimack College, where we met. It was a beautiful day, and we hopped all around campus snapping pics — we loosened up pretty quickly, and had a great time with it.

Since Colin played football while we were in college (he was the QB), we thought it would be cool to take some pictures on the football field. That part was my favorite!

Here are some of the photos from our shoot, and feel free to check out Alissa’s awesome site for more!

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PS: If you don’t mind, please take a second to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest. THANKS EVERYONE!

100 Days of Kindness, Day 88

Somehow I got it in my head today that I wanted to give blood. With 87 days of kindness it hadn’t crossed my mind to give blood until today. So, I called and set up an appointment for the blood drive at Merrimack College on February 10th. I haven’t given blood since high school, so I’m happy I thought to do this. It’s been too long!

I also made cookies tonight to bring to a dinner party tomorrow night. :)

Happy almost Friday!

100 Days of Kindness, Day 59

Another visit to New York winding down… Meg and I are packing up and shipping up to Boston once again. It’s been such a great trip! I always get a little sad when we leave, but know that I will see my family soon. And Molly will be living up by us in Andover in just a few weeks (she’s transferring to Merrimack! WOOPWOOP!) which I’m pretty excited about.

My kindness for today: Leaving Kelly a little surprise for the fab ‘do she gave me and visiting my grandfather (in the hospital :() before we get on the road. We’re heading there soon. I hope he’s feeling good today and gets to come home ASAP!

Happy Graduationbirthday!

Last weekend Colin’s wonderfully impressive sister Liz graduated from Merrimack and celebrated her 22nd birthday on the same day, so congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! She’s off to start a new chapter in her life – such an exciting/nerve-wracking time. I remember when my college chapter was coming to a close… I was ready to move on  but I definitely had feelings of anxiety towards the future. I was all signed up for my volunteer year (and very excited!) but sad to leave my friends, apprehensive to be living all the way in Chicago (so far from home) and nervous about being away from my family as well as Colin – I didn’t know how I would deal. Luckily, I survived. Then after my volunteer year I didn’t know where I was going to live – New York or Boston? I didn’t have a job lined up and it wasn’t necessarily the best time to be looking for a job (last July.) What the hell was I going to do? I had a big plan to move up to Boston, get an apartment, live near Colin and get a great job. I had my doubts about making my whole plan happen, but deep down I always knew I could do it, I could make it happen. And you know what? I did. I’ve been up in Boston for about a year now and I’m at my second apartment and onto my second job. I really love where I’m living so far (and I’m finally unpacked – such a great feeling!) and I’m loving my new job. I feel as though I’m going to be a good addition to the team and I also feel like I want to be here. I’ve realized I’m happy. And let me tell you, it’s a nice feeling.

Even though growing up seems to be filled with anxiety and  uncertainty, it’s also filled with excitement and adventure. You might find yourself feeling overwhelmed, often thinking, ‘is this really going to work out?‘ You can plan all you want, but know now that nothing ever goes according to plan (for the most part!) I haven’t figured it all out just yet, but I’ve learned a thing or two. The best advice I can give is this: if you’re proactively working towards reaching your goals and fulfilling your dreams (whatever they may be) you need to trust that you’re doing your best and the path you’re on is meant for you. Prayers couldn’t hurt either. And remember what Garth Brooks once said (that wise country man), ‘sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers’ – because just cause you pray for something and wish really hard for something to happen, doesn’t mean it always should.

Anyway – last weekend in pictures -

Graduation!

The proud graduate!

Liz and Mr. Whelly (Colin's awesome grandpa)

The Temp's with Fr. Jim

MSJ-ers to Merrimack-ers

Liz and James!

Old babysitter, current/graduating babysitter...

Old babysitter, AMAZING employer, current/graduating babysitter. How will you ever find replacements Kathleen?!

Not a great picture, but... this is the beautiful labyrinth Fr. Jim put in on campus

Liz and I

Kelly, Liz and Casey!

After graduation on Sunday we all went out to a lovely lunch. Colin and I were stuffed, tired and in Andover so we headed over to my old stomping grounds to visit the ol’ roomies.

Not very clear, but Lady and I in front of my old apartment!

Lady exploring on our walk

Well, I have an exciting night tonight – a floral arrangement class at our friend Lisa’s house! I’m headed over now and am REALLY EXCITED! I’ll take lots of pictures and will report back.
*Also, FYI, the daily craic will be doing an exciting giveaway at the end of the week! Stay tuned…

‘OWN life’ -LP

Four years ago today the Merrimack College community lost a beautiful, vivacious, amazing young lady too soon.

Today, I can’t help thinking about the fact that life is too short. We hear this phrase all the time, but do we truly believe it? Many of us have lost young people in our lives and when this happens, you realize that there are no guarantees in life. We truly need to appreciate every day we are blessed with.

We complain, we wish the work week away in order to get to the weekend, we hold grudges, we make excuses for ourselves so we don’t have to work out, we let petty things come between us, we drink too much, we eat too much, we don’t take care of our bodies, we want to have someone else’s life, we want more money, we take ourselves too seriously, we don’t go after our dreams, we don’t always say how we feel or voice our opinions, we miss chances by not taking risks, we forget how to live our lives to the fullest.

Go out there and live your life. Everyday is a gift. Try new things, put yourself out there, meet new people, go on adventures, don’t waste all your money on stupid things, save some for retirement, take pride in your work, take care of your body – find new ways to work out, eat well, and have fun with it, don’t be afraid you’re going to embarrass yourself, go after the things you really want – if you fall asleep thinking about it, if you can’t stop thinking about it all day – you need to make it happen, enjoy yourself, your significant other, your family, your friends – look for fun things to do with them or just by yourself, appreciate your job – if you can’t stand it, look for a new one, aspire to be the best person you can be, always look for new ways to improve, work hard, laugh at yourself, enjoy the little things life has to offer, when something bad happens cry and get it over with – try to find the positivity in the situation, speak up for yourself, speak out for others who need a voice, have compassion, find exciting ways to volunteer your time, give back to the community, don’t make promises you can’t keep, travel, make time to do things you love, tell the people you love that you love them every day, avoid getting into stupid fights, don’t waste time on jealousy, don’t feel pressure to do things you don’t want to do, use your brain, no matter what religion you are: pray, most of all – remember that your life is precious and you only get once chance at it. Don’t you want to be proud of what you left behind?

The lovely Nuge passed this poem on to me so I figured I would pass it on to you guys. It’s really nice -

Gardening God’s Way

Plant three rows of peas:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be obedient
Lettuce really love one another

No garden without turnips:
Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another
Water freely with patience and cultivate love

There is much fruit for your garden
Because you reap what you sow.

To conclude our garden
We must have thyme:
Thyme for God
Thyme for study
Thyme for prayer
Thyme for each other
Thyme for friends
(Author Unknown)

Thanks Nuge! ;)

 

2 quick side notes:

I got my Save today, $18 for a mani-pedi. Go get yours! -

http://www.eversave.com/boston/venezia-day-spa?ref=367725240&key=B4D7001C1F8665BA7A8658D2C1D20A18&sourceid=56507

Don’t forget, the wonderful people at Starbucks are filling up your reusable tumblers/travel mugs for free today, all day. Let’s get rid of paper cups, such a waste!

 

I hope that everyone is having a great day. I hope that LP is resting peacefully. And in her wise words, I hope everyone chooses to ‘OWN life.’

And it’s just another Manic Monday

When I say ‘this weekend was a busy one’, I mean it. We had so much to do which made those two precious days go by so fast!

Friday I got to leave work a little earlier than usual, got on an early train and had time to relax before I headed out for the evening. It was so nice! I just vegged out in front of the TV – caught up with the cast of ‘Glee’ on Oprah. After spending time with Oprah, I spent time with Danielle. D and I grabbed some delicious sushi then headed to Merrimack to see their performance of RENT. It was excellent; I was very impressed – such amazing voices!

Saturday morning I woke up with a migraine. TERRIBLE! Like, seriously – why on a Saturday? I slowly got it together and made some moves. First move – buy Jack Johnson tickets for July 12th. CAN NOT WAIT for the concert – I loove me some Jack Johnson and I’ve never seen him perform. I have however met him at the Pearl Jam/U2 concert in Hawaii a few years ago. That was one of the best days of my life. Second move – go run important errands and browse a few shops. Since I dropped the ball on Rent the Runway, I figured I might as well have a look… I found a really cute dress to wear to the wedding so I was pumped!

Not the best picture, but you get the gist...

Saturday night was the wedding and although I had a migraine I powered through and we had a great time – so much fun! Bim looked gorgeous and extremely happy – her and Scott seemed to really enjoy the whole evening.

It was funny to be socializing/drinking/dancing with ‘work people.’ Colin was a huge hit as usual! I love having him with me at social events, he is so good – talks to anyone, doesn’t mind dancing, just likes to have a good time. He makes everyone laugh and people generally love him (especially me!)

OH! Also… I caught the bouquet! This little man visiting over from Thailand (Bim is Thai) caught the garter. I had to sit on the chair in front of everyone while this man put the garter on my thigh - in front of work people. Pretty interesting…

Sunday morning we got up early and hit the road – destination, St. Johnsbury VT for Colin’s grandfather’s birthday party! It was a really good time – I love getting to see all of Colin’s family. The drive back was beautiful (and I was actually awake for most of it.)

Still a little snow on the mountain...

Now, onto today’s business -

On 4/15 bring in a reusable tumbler and Starbucks will fill it for free in an effort to get rid of paper cups!

http://www.starbucks.com/thebigpicture

Conan just announced today that he will have a new show on TBS at 11pm starting this November – pumped!

http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/04/12/conan-obrien-tbs-team-up-for-new-show/

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson for his Master’s win!! The good husband, dad, son, person, etc. won and that is something to celebrate. After a tough year supporting his wife as well as his mother with their battle against breast cancer, he won a battle of his own. He might have even taught Tiger a thing or two about karma.

Great article here – http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=5077009

Today’s Save – $25 for a trial membership at the Cambridge Athletic Club (25 day pass + 1hr free personal training session.) Not too shabby!

Also, check out Eversave on Boston.com -

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/house/bargainbin/2010/04/welcome_eversave.html

Today’s Groupon – $5 for $10 at the Pita Pit – 479 Harvard Street, Brookline.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/p-ita-pit-boston

Today’s deal on wowwhatsavings.com is a discounted cleaning service – Crystal Clean Home Cleaning Service*new customers only.

http://www.wowwhatsavings.com/deal/Crystal+Clean+Home+Cleaning+Service

Today on Buywithme, $15 for $30 at Savenor’s (market) in Cambridge or Beacon Hill -

http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=17c5e85f775c10d8a0c755376&id=399c5192b8&e=de3ecae0cc

Wine Riot – Saturday 1-5pm and 7-11pm at Cyclorama –  539 Tremont Street, South End (617) 426-5000. Eats from Tremont 647, Red Bones and Masa.

Get tickets here – thewineriot.com

Go for a run tonight with Boston Community Runs. Three, five and seven mile runs are offered around the Charles. After your run you’re rewarded with complimentary appetizers. This happens every Monday at 6:30pm – meet at McGreevey’s (911 Boylston Street, Back Bay) and go from there…

Attention all ‘Massholes’, get ready to become a star!

http://gawker.com/5514861/get-ready-for-the-massachusetts-version-of-jersey-shore-massholes

Tomorrow, Glee is back with an all Madonna episode! More info here -

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/the_wait_for_new_glee_is_almost_9LdNCI3PspyFohhOVsN9XJ

And here is a preview from Broadway World -

http://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=119520

Lastly I leave you with these two pictures…

Denise Truscello - Wire Image - From People.com

Why Heidi? Why? I’m sorry but this extreme boobage, extreme blonde, extreme sparkle, etc. is just not for me…

And…

People.com

Kim, your heiney is showing a little bit…

Have a good evening! I have a Glee-ful surprise for you later… Stay tuned :)

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!

Bunyons, fungus, athlete’s foot, hammer toes? SEXY.

Tonight Meg and I attended an event hosted by Merrimack College (on campus) along with Fitness Magazine as well as Saints Women’s Medical Center for Health and Wellness. It was great! Upon entering, they had some delicious food set up – some spinach and ricotta flat breads, a penne dish and coconut crusted chicken as well as red or white wine. There were tables set up from local health based businesses such as Calhoun Chiropractic – Family Wellness/Peak Athletic Performance (451 Andover Street, Suite 100, Andover – (978) 681-4500), The Nova Spa (595 Chickering Road, Route 125 North Andover – (978) 685-9723), First Health of Andover which specializes in Acupuncture (1 Dundee Park, Suites 1 & 2, Andover – (978) 474-9994), among others.

Everyone was really friendly, it was a relaxing atmosphere. Meg and I were definitely the youngest women there, but it was good – change of scenery. We walked around and chatted for a bit before sitting down. Once we took our seats, we were introduced to the new wellness center through a quick video. Made to mirror spa-like facilities, this place looks amazing. From the bathrobes you change into, to the waterfall in the waiting room (along with WiFi, soothing music and coffee/tea) you are pretty much guaranteed a comfortable, anxiety-free environment.

This place was designed in order to please women, to make them feel at ease. The level of expertise that comes along with the aesthetically pleasing surroundings is top notch. If you live in the Andover area, you would have had to travel to Boston before this new facility was established, however now it’s right in your backyard. They have a partnership with the Radiologist at MGH’s Imaging Department, and once Tomosynthesis is approved (a digital mammography) Saints Women’s Center will be one of the only places in New England with this equipment.

The first speaker was Dr. Julie Jones (Director), a graduate of Boston’s Partner’s Breast Surgery Fellowship Program. She spoke of how serious breast cancer is. Did you know that one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime? I have at least 7 or 8 friends (I think?…) It’s so scary to think that one of us might eventually get breast cancer. This is one of those things where you figure, ‘that’ll never happen to me,’ but you can never be sure. All women (and even men) need to keep on top of checking for lumps and bumps on a regular basis.

The Health and Wellness Center will offer Breast Imaging – mammograms (Dr. Jones said at the age of 40 you should be getting a mammogram regularly), ultrasounds, MRI’s, etc. One woman spoke up about how stressful waiting for the results of a mammogram can be. She explained how results usually take about two weeks, which adds about twenty years to her life. Then they call and say they didn’t get the whole picture and that she would have to come back. Then it takes about three weeks to get those results, which adds another ten years. Dr. Jones said that the wait for results will decrease with calling patients instead of sending letters containing their results.

Another woman bravely stood up to tell us her story. She had found a lump in May (a few years ago), wasn’t diagnosed until October. She explained how she had to travel to MGH in Boston and that the women of this area are now lucky to have all of this expertise, knowledge and technology right at their fingertips. She encouraged everyone to go to the Health and Wellness Center.

They  offer genetic testing as well – BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations. 10% of all breast cancer cases are hereditary. When there are three or more people in your family affected by breast cancer, you might want to think about genetic testing. It’s now a wash and spit test, no longer a blood test.

The next speaker was Dr. Bill Chun who was hilarious (he practices GYN at the Health and Wellness Center, not the OB part FYI.) Dr. Chun explained how he likes to give each patient a personal experience – he likes to chat and get to know everybody. First topic was menopause – Chun told us that in 1899 people believed that if you ground up dried cow ovaries, that this should be helpful for women experiencing menopause (anyone willing to try?)

Bioidentical Hormones have been prescribed to Dr. Chun’s patients for menopause side effects, including night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, etc. Let’s get one thing straight – hot flashes scare the shit out of me. I already turn red reeeally easy – I don’t need any help getting nervous, turning red and sweating – nothankyou – I can do that on my own. Apparently for 70% of women who experience hot flashes will experience them for two years (in some cases they go with you all the way to your sixties! That’s outrageous Mother Nature!)

Lastly, Dr. Kathleen O’Keefe (Podiatrist) spoke. Dr. O’Keefe explained how she continuously saw patients come in with infections from salon pedicures. They now offer a medical pedicure at this facility (however, no polish! bummer.) With a medical pedicure, everything they use is sterile, they don’t use jets (so no bacteria), they are able to use sharp instruments unlike salons, they do a medical exam while giving the pedicure so they can address common issues such as fungus and athletes foot (sexy.)

They offer a bio-mechanical exam in order to identify bunyons as well as hammer toes (yum.)  They offer a chemical peel for those big, gross, annoying calluses we all get (even if we’re ashamed of them.) Also, two different injections are used: 1 – Sculpture is inserted into the bottom of the foot to give it more cushion and 2 – Botox is used in order to address excess sweating (feet are so much fun to talk about.)

Overall this new Center seems like a wonderful addition to the Merrimack Valley. A doctor’s office with a spa-like feel seems like it would be enticing to any woman. Maybe the Bostonians will be shuttling out to the suburbs for treatment instead of vice-versa?

Check out their website – http://www.saintswomenscenter.com/

While browsing through some of their literature that was handed out Meg found this class – Sexual Violence, First Responders Training. Saints offers it free of charge on April 13th with three different sessions: 9-10am, 3-4pm and 7-8pm. ‘This educational program will assist clinical and non-clinical workers in responding to family, friends, patients or co-workers who disclose that they have been a victim of sexual abuse.’ For anyone who knows someone or who is interested in volunteering somewhere where this could be useful, please inquire more -

http://www.saintsmedicalcenter.com/

On another note… Today Nicole and I decided to go get our (probably last, unfortunately) free burritos from the Boloco in Harvard Square. We only had a short amount of time to get to the Boloco, order and get back to work. We rushed to the T, ran down the stairs, and just missed the train! Oh wait, oops, we’re on the wrong side. Duh! We heard the announcement, ‘the next red line train to Alewife is now approaching…’ We looked at each other, mutual thoughts being, CRAP – WE NEED TO GET OVER THERE! We ran like we’ve never run before, up the steps, across the street, down the steps, through the ticket thing and onto the train – just made it. Thank you sweet baby Jesus! That burrito is worth everything and anything. SO SO delicious.

Ok, it’s way too late for me to be up. I’m really enjoying the whole blogging thing, I hope you are too. Goodnight! :)

Let’s get it together Biden

They are giving away free burritos at Boloco (Harvard Square) today from 11am-8pm. Praise the Good Lord! I’m going to grab mine in just a few… Can not wait, they are so 150% delicious.

Ok, so I know some people are über excited about the new heath care reform bill, but dropping the f*bomb excited? In front of the world? In your ‘proper’ suit? Standing next to the President? Let me give you some etiquette 101 – Don’t drop the f*bomb in front of the world, in a suit, next to the President. Just don’t. No matter who you are, even the VP. Let’s get it together Biden.

Things that sound FUN -

Starting tonight and going through Saturday is the New England Real Ale Exhibition at the Dilboy Post, VFW (Yes that does say VFW) – Somerville . Say they ‘ensure a pleasant, pub-like atmosphere for all sessions. Admission is $15 for tonight, tomorrow and Friday (hours are 6pm-10:30pm) and $10 Saturday (hours are 12pm-7pm.) Tickets are sold in advance and some will also be available at the door. Redbones will have sandwiches and the cash bar prices are – Imperial Pint: $6, Half Pint: $3 and Quarter Pint: $2

More information – http://www.thrillist.com/links/119454

Wine Riot – It’s April 16th and 17th at 539 Tremont Street hosted by The Second Glass * Taste over 250 new wines / $5 food parings / DJ / Photobooth etc…
The Second Glass is also hosting a wine/food tasting at Rocca Kitchen and Bar at 500 Harrison Ave, South End on Tuesday March 30th at 7pm – $30 including food.

More information on both – http://www.roccaboston.com/home/ —>Rocca

http://secondglass.com/events/italian-wine-tasting-at-rocca-kitchen-bar/ —>Second Glass

http://www.thewineriot.com/?utm_source=Restaurant%2BWeek&utm_medium=Banner%2Bon%20the%20site&utm_campaign=Restaurant%2BWeek%20with%20Boston%20Chefs —> Wine Riot

Radius Restaurant is doing 1/2 price hamburgers on Saturdays in the bar for the month of April.

http://www.radiusrestaurant.com/

So, apparently Marc Jacobs did not cast more full, beautiful, older women in his fall Louis Vuitton show to make a statement of any sort on the topic of too-skinny, fragile looking models. He is making a statement to clarify that he wasn’t making a statement. Thanks Mr. Jacobs. And why would it be such a problem if you were making a statement? Many people have applauded you for the fact that you substituted unhealthy girls for healthy looking, beautiful women. I guess everyone will have to take back their applause, which is a shame. Statements are good.

Read more here – http://www.wwd.com/media-news/fashion-memopad/marc-jacobs-just-likes-them-lindberghs-return-journey-3010088?src=twitter

Getting married, or know someone who’s getting married? Do you or your friend live in the Boston area? Well, on Thursday April 1st get your pad and pen and get down to the Westin Copley Place for some bridal talk, tips and trends. Ted Daniels (event planner) hosts Bridal Buzz and will bring along a group of professionals ranging from photographers, florists, wedding planners, bakeries, musicians, etc. It seems like a very casual, informal environment to ask questions and get advice. They suggest RSVPing – ‘In order to maintain an intimate environment, space is limited. Please email Ted Daniels – Ted.Daniels@Westin.com to RSVP and confirm your attendance.’

More information – http://ow.ly/1qk1U

Just recently heard about this website, http://renttherunway.com/ apparently you can look through a ton of options from all different top notch designers, then pick out what you want, they will send it to you when you need it (in two different sizes, just to be sure) and then when you’re done, you put it into their pre-paid bag and drop it in the mailbox (no dry cleaning necessary!)

*The only catch is currently they have so many members that they can’t accept new members which stinks. But, you better believe I put my name on the waiting list, and I will eagerly await my turn!

Registration for the 9th Annual Harpoon 5 miler (to benefit the Angel Fund) opens April 1st at 12pm – Cost:$40
The race takes place Saturday June 5, at 10am – field limited to 2000 runners, so hurry!

Tonight, my sister Meg and I are going to an event at our alma mater, Merrimack College. Merrimack, along with Saints Women’s Center for Health and Wellness and Fitness Magazine present ‘Women and Wisdom’ to help celebrate women’s history month. They say this should be an ‘evening designed to enlighten your mind, engage your heart and empower your life as we discuss the latest in women’s health and wellness.’

The speakers will be:

Julie Jones, M.D. – Speaking on: “Something to Talk About – Breast Health, Breast Imaging and Cancer Detection/Prevention
Bill Chun, M.D. – Discussing: “Hot Flash! Menopause and You
Kathleen O’Keefe, DPM – Will talk to us about aching feet: “Oh, my Aching Feet! The Medi Pedi and Aesthetic Foot Care

I’m really excited for this tonight and am happy I’m continuing to find interesting events which celebrate women. I will let you know how it goes!