Rain drops keep fallin’ on my head…

Now ladies and gentlemen, this person is prepared:

The biggest umbrella in America

Wanted to take the 4:30pm train. Didn’t. Got to North Station a few minutes early for the 5:15pm train. Nice. Ugh, delayed. Sit down. Homeless man comes over to me. “MOVE THAT STUFF SO I CAN SIT DOWN.” Yes sir. Moved stuff. Got a whiff. He unfortunately reeked of urine. I didn’t enjoy it. I’m sure he didn’t either. Actually, maybe he didn’t mind – was having a lovely conversation with himself. Not breathing/smelling through my nose. Waiting for the train. Please come, I’m nervous. Getting anxious. Don’t want homeless man to yell at me again. Don’t want to get up and move, will look rude. Waiting. Waiting. Ding! ‘The 5:15 train is now boarding on track numbah 4.’ Thank you Jesus. Got a seat on the train, sat next to man with delicious smelling popcorn. Disliked him for it. Passed out, mouth open. Sleepily woke up in Andover. Walked to gym in rain. Somehow found motivation for my run tonight. Finished without collapsing. Success. Walked home in the rain. Kind of enjoyed it. Came home to surprise cookies Meg made for me. She’s the best. Some American Idol. Falling asleep as I blog. Finishing this post and going to snooze.

  • The Addams Family comes to Broadway!

http://www.elle.com/Pop-Culture/Movies-TV-Music-Books/Stage-Fright-The-Addams-Family

  • Today’s deal from Buywithme – $12.50 for $25 worth of batting at Extra Innings in Watertown

http://www.buywithme.com/

  • The Trapp Brewery’s Grand Opening is April 16th-19th in Stowe, VT.

Book your reservation here – http://www.trappfamily.com/accommodations/specials-packages

  • Boston’s sustainable living expo is at the Hynes Convention Center April 9th-11th

Get your tickets here – http://www.d2eboston.com/visit/tickets09.php

*For the Local Bites preview party (Friday, April 9th 5pm-9pm), you pay $20 (online) or $25 (at door) and use that ticket the whole weekend. This will feature local chefs, green restaurants, sustainable wines and lots of sampling. More information call (617) 266-6540
  • Today (not much time left…) and tomorrow, receive 80% of all gift certificates bought on http://www.restaurant.com/ by entering ‘ZOO‘ (as in TravelZOO) as your promotional code. We can thank Nuge for that one!
  • April 17th the Coolidge Corner Theatre (290 Harvard Street, Brookline – 617.734.2501) is showing ‘Singin’ in the Rain‘ starring Gene Kelly! How appropriate for these past few weeks…
  • Celebrate Opening Day with cheap eats at the Fenway Cantina!
  • On Friday, April 16th The Outnet is celebrating their 1st birthday with a HUGE sale. Designer dresses, handbags, shoes, accessories, etc. for $1! Not even kidding. Limit one item per person (except for one lucky winner who will be allowed to purchase up to 5 items.) You have to RSVP before April 11th so get going! http://www.theoutnet.com/         http://ow.ly/1sLKg
  • A wonderful article from The Boston Globe of a former model who opened her own online makeup boutique that caters to all women – every color, every hair type out there. Here is Ms. Faint’s website – www.lovehue.com
  • Need a reason to head to Waltham? Here you go, the Candied Bacon Ice Cream Sundae. Served up at Jake’s Dixie Roadhouse. It has a fried bacon chocolate chip cookie (wtf? I don’t even care, because it sounds so damn good), maple-syrup-candied Vermont bacon ice cream, a BIG chocolate chip cookie, chocolate covered bacon bits on top as well as a drizzling of bacon vodka chocolate syrup, which can also be substituted with regular chocolate syrup. Sounds like my dream come true.

http://www.jakes-bbq.com/index2.php

  • And in more bacon news (so I can dream about it when I go to sleep), The Boston Bacon and Beer festival is Saturday, April 24th from 2pm-4pm at 540 Harrison Ave, Boston. http://bostonbaconandbeer.eventbrite.com/ *I hope they have an ambulance standing by.
To sleep, perchance to dream (of bacon…) Night! :)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Chicago River

Last year when I was living in Chicago we went to their big St. Patrick’s Day parade. They dye the Chicago River BRIGHT emerald green – it’s pretty awesome! 

Ireland holds a special place in my heart. We’ve been over there a bunch of times to visit our cousins in Tipperary. We’re heading back this July for Meg and Matt’s wedding! Everyone is so excited! It’s only about 3 months till the wedding :)

Anyway, here are a few of my favorite pictures from Ireland in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 

Fields of Ireland

Molly Malone - Heather's Cousin

'Stone walls and the grass is green'...

 

My cousin Noreen's DELICIOUS brown bread and Ireland's own DELICIOUS butter

Cows

Some hurling

My shamrock tattoo is somewhere under my hair..My dad saw it and found out about it in Ireland. Couldn’t get in trouble since we were in the homeland!
 
*Check out these Irish Saucony’s – http://www.thrillist.com/boston/irish-sauconys, sold at SEAC – 652 Tremont Street at West Brookline, South End (617) 391-0897
 
As advertised in the Metro today, there will be Irish Step dancers performing at South Station. Too bad I commute out of North Station! What, is North Station is too close to the Italians in the North End or something?
 
More restaurant/bars with fun St. Patrick’s Day celebrations -
 
1. The Kells – 161 Brighton Ave, Allston (617) 782-9082 – 12pm-2am www.thekells.com
 
2.  Kinsale – 2 Center Plaza, Boston (617) 742-5577 – No cover www.classicirish.com/kinsale
 
3. McGreeveys – 911 Boylston Street (617)262-0911 – www.mcgreevysboston.com
 
4. Ned Devines – Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market building (617) 248-9900 – 10am – The Gobshites are performing – www.neddevinesboston.com
 
5. Corrib Pub – 396 Market Street, Brighton (617) 787-0882 – www.neddevinesboston.com
 
6. Irish Village – 224 Market Street, Brighton (617) 787-5427 – 11am-1am – No cover www.irishvillagebrighton.com
 
7. The Druid – 1357 Cambridge Street, Cambridge (Inman Square) (617) 497-0965 www.druidpub.com
 
8. Grafton Street – 1230 Mass Ave, Cambridge (617) 497-0400 – No cover www.graftonstreetcambridge.com
 
And with that, an old Irish blessing for you:
 
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
 

  

Don’t use breast milk as a weapon!

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

It’s almost the weekend Paddy, relax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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