100 Days of Kindness, Days 46, 47, 48 and 49

I’ve missed a few days again – oops! The holiday season is a busy one that’s for sure.

Thursday was our office party at the BC Club in the Bank of America building downtown. It was a gorgeous place with delicious food. It was so fun having Colin there with me, getting the chance to meet everyone I work with.

My kindness for Thursday – following my friend Jess back to her apartment so we could then drive into the city together so she didn’t have to worry about driving. Luckily Colin drove me home so I didn’t have to worry about driving either! Good times all around. ;)

My kindness for Friday – I had to get the inspection sticker replaced on my car (thank goodness that’s over with for now) and then gave Colin a ride into work. After I dropped him off and  was headed to 93 N – I was stopped at a light where a man was asking for money. He was holding a cardboard sign and looked like he was freezing – it was so cold on Friday. I actually had cash on me (which is extremely rare) so I decided to give him a few bucks. Regardless of what this money went to, I’m happy I made this man smile. He was freezing his butt off and I was sitting in my warm car on my way to the job I truly enjoy. I had just dropped off my amazing boyfriend who I’m very much in love with and I was about to give my mom a call on my drive to say hi and chat. I had exciting plans after work and a fun weekend ahead. He was begging for money in the chilly Boston air at a stop light where most people were pretending he was invisible. He deserved that money and I hope he got a lot more.

My kindness for Saturday - I went to the Christmas Reflections show at Boston College with Colin’s sister Liz. I thought it was so nice that she asked me to go, plus her friend Julie was dancing in it so I wanted to see her perform. It was a great show!

My kindness for Sunday – Last year I got the Elf on the Shelf and some other goodies to send to the Preschool class I worked at the year I volunteered in Chicago. This year I wanted to do it again, so I headed to Target and bought a really cute Doctor’s set, a Diego puzzle, a Disney princess memory card game, playdoh and a Christmas book. I wrapped it up nice and will send it off to Chi-town (with love) tomorrow!

Christmas!

Meg and I have been busy watching Elf and making Christmas treats. Time for bed soon. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

*PS – Stay tuned for the kindness half way mark, a fabulous Somerville gem, an amazing event with the Celtics and more coming up this week!

 

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The small things (100 Days of Kindness, Day 14)

With kindness on the brain, I feel like I’ve been noticing ‘normal’ ‘nice’ things all the time. I try to acknowledge them and tuck them away so I can remember them.

Today, Molly and I were at Target. The man behind me in line – the very large man behind me (he reminded me of Hurley from Lost) – was buying one thing: tampons. This big, burly man was buying tampons for his wife, girlfriend, sister – whoever. Very nice of him. A man on my plane tonight offered me help with my bag. Molly asked me about something she thought was bothering me. She listened to my babble. Kelly went to dinner with our Grandfather. My mother called Molly and I from London to say hi and check in. Colin picked me up – at a very late hour – from the airport. My post is a few minutes late tonight because of kindness. Colin and I gave a friend from college (who was surprisingly on the same flight from Chicago to Boston as me – was so nice to see her!) a ride home from the airport. All nice things. All small things that made a difference to someone – made them smile, helped them out, made them feel loved, appreciated, made their lives a little easier, brighter.

With kindness on the brain, I’ve been noticing these things, and I like it.

What did I do today? I took my fabulous sister Molly to the movies. We saw Morning Glory with Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford. Very cute, witty, light. I liked it. :)

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Onto a new week – hope it’s a good one!

No excuses, blog like a champion

I have been such a slacker; zero blogging this weekend. I am ashamed of myself. Please accept my most sincere apologies. My new motto will now be, ‘No excuses, blog like a champion.’

Happy Spring everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL weather we had over the weekend, especially Saturday.

Now even though we had such a great day, it was hard not to be jealous of this picture message I received from my sister Kelly who was hanging out with my parents in Vegas. I may be a weeee bit jealous but I’m also really happy they’re having such a good time!

Kelly's lounging poolside and Colleen is jealous.

I started my Saturday off with a 9am appointment at the Robert Jason Salon in Andover. I didn’t want to be inside at all, but since my roots were taking over I needed some highlights asap (not a natural blond, big surprise! Is there such thing as a ‘real blond’ anyway?)

This was my first time to the salon – I have given up on my old hair stylist due to the fact that a visit to her salon is like a glimpse into the life of one of the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ (or Revere.) Also, the whole experience never takes less than five hours and you won’t leave without hearing an inappropriate story such as the time she got into a screaming match with her boyfriend in the driveway, which resulted in her breaking his windshield. To top it all off, they had ice-cold water to wash your hair – not exactly a pleasant experience. She always gave me a great cut and excellent highlights, but it’s time to move on. When you feel like your stylist should be paying you, instead of the other way around, it’s time to find a new one.

Back to the Robert Jason Salon… It was awesome! Everyone was so nice and the girl who did my hair (Ashley) did a wonderful job. I will definitely be going back. I highly recommend it.

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And, new customers get $25 off their first visit!

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Next, I convinced Colin to come for a run. My body was tired but since I’m training for the half marathon I knew I just had to push myself. The whole time during the run I was wishing SO BAD that I was just going for a walk, or just sitting on a bench, relaxing, enjoying the sun. I kept cramping up and I had to stop and walk a few times. Colin was doing way better than I was and he hasn’t been training for a race. It was beyond frustrating. I literally had to say Hail Marys throughout the run in order to get my mind off the fact that I was running (also to have God and his team up their on my side in case I croaked.) When we finished our run I had a bit of a breakdown. I just felt so disappointed with myself; I felt defeated. Luckily Colin gave me a really encouraging pep talk to help snap me out of it. In the end, I knew I had to get my run in for the day even though I didn’t want to, and I did. I finished. I didn’t just convince myself that it was OK to walk the rest of the way, I didn’t give up. That’s what’s gonna help me cross that finish line in April.

After our run we headed back to Newton (where Colin lives) he went to play basketball and I went in search of new shoes for our night out in Boston. I tried on some really cool heels at Target that I loved but felt way too tall in. This girl standing by me complimented how great they looked. She was extremely nice and eventually encouraged me to get them! I am really happy I did, so I owe her a thank you. Maybe she’s reading my famous blog right now…

Here are the shoes -  http://www.target.com/Mossimo-Palani-Gladiator-Sandals-Black/dp/B002OO7Z5I/ref=br_1_4?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=13836771&node=13836771&sr=1-4&searchRank=pmrank&searchPage=1&sessionID=182-8267774-4505357&searchSize=30&qid=

I’m roughly 6’5 in them, no big deal…

Saturday night a bunch of us went out for Danielle’s birthday. First we started the night off at Nuge and Christine’s (aka X) apartment; we had some drinks and a lovely dinner (including a cake, candles and a beautiful rendition of ‘happy birthday.’) Then we headed to Buskers which is over by The Garden. It was a really good time! The DJ played a lot of good music and we danced the whole time we were there. Total success.

My camera phone is a bit blurry. Xis lookin good though!

The lovely Rippa hailing a cab! (none of my friends have 'real' names by the way)

The beautiful birthday girl!

I heard about 3 new websites over the weekend and they’re awesome! Figured I would share…

When.com – http://www.when.com/ Lists all sorts of activities to do in your area, ranging from free events, sporting events, restaurant deals, etc.

Going.com – http://boston.going.com/ Similar deal with a more hip look to their website. People can post stuff they hear about and they also have a ‘recession busters’ section which lists cheap/free events.

Trails.com – http://www.trails.com/ ‘Your guide to the outdoors,’ You type in your area and they’ll give you places to explore on a nice day. Hopefully the good weather will continue. Fingers crossed…

Tourtracker.com – http://www.tourtracker.com/ The who-what-where-when of concerts.

Tomorrow the Soul Fire BBQ in Allston has an all you can eat wings special on Mondays from 5pm-10pm for $8.99. Get your wings however you like ‘em – buffalo, hickory smoked, spicy honey, Southern fried, apple bacon (featured flavor of the week.) http://www.soulfirebbq.com/ – 182 Harvard Ave, Allston, (617) 787-3003.

Today we took Lady to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence for a little bit, then relaxed the rest of the day. Went to church at 5:30 where I got to see two girls who volunteered the same year I did. It was a very nice surprise! We then went to Whole Foods, I got my groceries for the week (more strawberries and grapes which I already taste tested, and they are delicious.) Then Colin made some amazing burgers paired with equally amazing sweet potato fries with a maple glaze. Ooooweeee it was a good dinner!

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m looking at a busy week ahead so it’s time to get some sleep. Goodnight readers, hope you had a great weekend :)

PS- We’ve been watching the new show Life on the Discovery Channel and I’m definitely gonna have nightmares of Komodo Dragons tonight.

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