Is there anyone out there who WASN’T born in May?

First and foremost – HAPPY (belated, only on the blog though!) BIRTHDAY to my AMAZING older sister, Meg!!! I love you so much. I have and always will look up to you because you have always been the perfect role model. I hope you had a great day.

Back in our youth

I love you!

Meg’s birthday was this past Monday, May 10th. We celebrated Sunday night with Matt and his family in NH – we had a lovely dinner and a delicious cake! Monday morning I didn’t have to go into work until 10am (started the new job!) so I took Meg to breakfast at the Lantern Diner in Andover. It’s a really cute, little place – you truly feel like you’re in someone’s kitchen.

I got Meg a turquoise sun dress with a gold necklace + bracelet + sandals to tie it all together as well as a really cute green + white striped bikini with gold embellishments. All to be put away and saved for Meg and Matt’s honeymoon in Greece! So excited for them. :)

Now, tomorrow is my wonderful Father, Kevin’s birthday! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPS! I love him so much and could never even begin to thank him for all that he does for me and continues to do for me. I truly am a lucky lady.

Dad and I dancing at Catie and Chris' wedding!

Mom, Dad, Molly and her BFF (and Mescall favorite) Meghan are coming up to MA tomorrow to celebrate both Meg as well as Dad’s birthdays and to attend Meg’s NH wedding shower on Saturday. Tomorrow night we’re going out to dinner somewhere in Andover and Saturday we’ll be going to dinner somewhere in Newburyport (where my parents are staying…) Should have some excellent food to talk about over the weekend! I’m hoping to try something new!

So I must apologize for 150% slacking on the blog. I have been having such a tough time balancing everything. I often feel as though there are not enough hours in the day. Then I feel guilty because there are people working who have children and a house to take care of, or there are people legitimately saving the world and here I am complaining because I work, I have to buy some gifts or run some errands and then I don’t have the energy to blog. Well, enough is enough! I really enjoy blogging and I’m gonna make it happen. I’m putting together some sort of schedule. I need to please the people! (Are there any ‘people’ out there I am aiming to please?)

Sometimes I get a little carried away (‘Carried away’ reminds me of SATC which reminds me HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THE MOVIE fyi) with how much I write for each blog post, so this is my warning to my fabulous readers: posts will probably be shorter. I am going for quality not quantity I guess. Something like that. Why? Because I am the boss of this blog. And.I.Say.So.

PS. I started my new job on Monday. I felt like it was the first day of school. It has been amazing so far and I truly am loving it. Everyone is friendly, helpful and easy-going. It seems like a great atmosphere. I am excited and extremely interested in the work I am doing. I feel as though I definitely made the right decision. I also feel like I finally have some direction in my life (at least career-wise!) It’s taken some time, but I feel as though I’m on to something… I like this feeling…

Don’t have plans this weekend?

Must go to the SOWA Vintage Market. It opens this weekend and will run most weekends into October.

http://sowavintagemarket.com/

It sounds amaaaaazing and all their info is listed on their website. Check it out!

Great article from www.cnn.com -

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/wayoflife/05/03/o.well.lived.life.key/index.html

We all need to lighten up on ourselves!

Goodnight xo

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Happy Earth Day!

10 Ways to be Green:

 

1. Public transportation. Gotta love it.

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2. Don’t use pesticides on your lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Buy a reusable water bottle and use it. All the time. Stop buying bottled water.

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4. Use reusable bags to carry your lunch in everyday and/or your groceries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Air dry your clothes! You have the right to Air Dry! (Vermonters will get this)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Ride a bike/walk if possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Keep your shower short (This one is VERY HARD FOR ME!) Or don’t shower at all? Hmmm, actually maybe not. People don’t like stinky people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Recycle. Duh! Recycle bins are everywhere. USE them. Put them in your home. They are necessary.

  9. Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Easy peasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Never ever litter. It’s lame and out of style. How would you like if someone came and dumped their trash in your house? You wouldn’t. The birds, bees, squirrels, etc. don’t either.

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Happy Earth Day from Nicole Richie! http://nicolerichie.celebuzz.com/2010/04/nicole-richie-earth-day/

Tomorrow is Friday, YAY! Do something nice for someone tomorrow in celebration of the weekend. Why not right? Here are some ideas from Oprah -

http://www.oprah.com/spirit/35-Little-Acts-of-Kindness/1

Today’s SAVE from Eversave -

http://www.eversave.com/boston/cqi-day-spa?ref=367725240&key=B4D7001C1F8665BA7A8658D2C1D20A18&sourceid=56812

Have a great rest of your Thursday/Earth Day :)

Who YOU callin’ immature?

Got home, parked my car. Opened up the driver’s side door – which squeaks so bad/sounds like its going to fall right off its hinges – to get out. I get out only to hear laughing on the otherwise quiet street. Look to see who is laughing and it’s a group of four Andover Prep kids staring at me and my precious car, making fun of us. I wanted to yell something so bad, I wanted to make fun – but I figured that is relatively immature. They are in high school and I am a ‘working professional,’ big difference I guess?… Anyway, this incident was a major blow to both our egos so I think I’ll bring ‘ol Betsy to get a good wash over the weekend. At least that’ll make one of us feel better about ourselves!

On the other hand, something nice that happened to me yesterday…

Went to Starbucks to satisfy my caffeine addiction, paid for my drink with my gift card, then owed .18 cents because I didn’t have enough on my card. My only other option was my debit card and using your debit card for .18 cents is lame and the lady behind me knew it, so she gave me a quarter! So nice :)

On a sad note, four people were murdered in Chicago. WHY is this happening? When I lived in Chicago last year a young man from the high school two of my roommates worked at was killed. The teacher I worked with had a niece who was shot coming out of her house (luckily she survived.) People who worked in local hospitals on the south side of Chicago said it looked like a war zone in there at times due to all the gun shot wounds. This is terrible, and deeply troubling. Something needs to be done. Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/14/wgn-six-shot-four-killed-in-chicago-neighborhood/ 

Tomorrow, Thursday April 15th at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA) is holding a talk all about tattooing in MA at 7pm. Admission $10.

More info here – http://www.icaboston.org/programs/talks/pins-needles/

Eversave has extended their G’Vanni Ristorante Save into today. Pay $25 for $60 worth of food and drinks – not too shabby. Hurry up!

http://www.eversave.com/boston/gvannis-ristorante?sourceid=56024

Take advantage of these great Spring recipes from Fitness Magazine, yummm.

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/seasonal-spring-recipes/

You know you want a shirt that says ‘Massachusetts runs on Dustin’ (Pedroia) for Sox season. Personally I want the YOUK shirt! (He’s my boy.)

http://www.thrillist.com/links/123835

Sarah Palin and the Tea Party from Boston.com -

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2010/04/14/welcoming_palin_to_boston/

This new ‘sexual misconduct’ policy at Duke is outrageous. Don’t you think they are taking it a little too far?

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/04/14/dukes_sexist_sexual_misconduct_policy/

9 Fun things to do in order to welcome Spring in the Boston area from Boston.com -

http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/gallery/springhassprung/

*Some great ideas in there!

Glee is back and was better than ever last night! Need to catch up? I’d suggest either going on www.Hulu.com and watching, or reading all the juicy details from the Vulture blog, because they did an amazing job summarizing every detail!

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/04/glee_recap_greetings.html#comments

Tonight I’m going to make Colin a nice dinner – Rigatoni with chicken, fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, onion, etc. Hopefully it comes out good!

We’re also finishing up the first season of ‘How to Make It in America’ on HBO. It’s really good so far – Colin and I watched the first five episodes the other night and I’ve been excited all day to watch the rest. If you have HBO on demand I suggest you spend some time watching. It’s sort of like ‘Entourage’ in NYC, more involved with the fashion/music scene rather than acting…. Let me know what you think :)

We are inching closer to the weekend people, such a nice feeling…

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.

http://www.robertjasonsalon.com/about.aspx

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

http://www.robertjasonsalon.com/pdfs/25_coupon.pdf

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.

He's coming to get you!

C is for Camo, Coors and Classiness

Did you step foot outside over the weekend? If so, I think it’s safe to assume your shoes are probably still wet (unless they’re Gore-tex boots. Mine are not.) and you might possibly have a broken umbrella now in the trash. It was crazy out there!

Unfortunately we didn’t get to run in our race this weekend due to the rain, so that was a bummer. We were planning on it even if it were raining lightly, but it was really coming down so we decided it just wasn’t worth getting ourselves sick over. So Colin and I went to 9:30 mass (we were a few minutes late because of Daylight Savings – it’ll getcha.) Then we rushed over to Newton to drop off Colin’s car then headed to the Southie parade. The rain might stop you from running, but it doesn’t stop you from having fun.

We took the Green line from Newton to Park St., we then took the Red line from Park to Broadway. We figured we would probably be able to grab a cab to get to our friends party. We figured wrong. We decided to just go for it – couldn’t do much else. We power walked a nice little 2 mile walk in the teeming rain. And not to brag or anything – but I’m gonna brag – we didn’t even utter one complaint to each other while trekking! We had our game faces on and nothing was stopping us.

Camo + moustache + 30 of Coors = Colin keepin’ it classy

The party we went to was so much fun – always good to see our friends from Merrimack. It’s so hard getting together now, everyone is so busy being ‘grown-ups’. You have to plan so far in advance to see each other. What happened to living in the same building, just down the hall from one another?

The trek back to Newton wasn’t as joyful as our earlier trek. I was tired, cold, wet, hungry… the list could go on…. Luckily we found a bus took it to our friends Christine and Meaghan’s (aka The Nuge) place, got some food, hung out, then found a cab back to Newton.

Overall the day was boatloads of fun! (and rain!)

Check out some of these pictures from TheBostonChannel.com of flooding around MA. Tomorrow’s supposed to be sunny with a high of 51. I’ll believe it when I see it.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/weather/19995625/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000103152010&ts=H

On a rainy day such as today what would be better than a movie? The Coolidge Corner Theatre is showing Best in Show at 7pm tonight, tickets are $9.75.

*I wrote about Stoddards Fine Food & Ale the other day. Quick correction… It is not yet opened. They are hoping to have their official opening Thursday, March 18th.*

Restaurant Week in Boston is March 14-19 and March 21-26. A TON of GREAT restaurants are participating – for a full list see here: http://ow.ly/1l5KZ. For a 3-course dinner you pay $33.10, some restaurants are even offering 2-course lunches for $15.10 or 3-course lunches for $20.10! It’ll be busy so save yourself some time by making reservations online through OpenTable.com. We are trying to decide which restaurants we’re going to go to – our top choices are Flemings, Capitol Grille, Strega, Tresca, Smith & Wollenskys. Wish we could go to all of them!

Other exciting food news, Finale is doing a chocolate/wine tasting tomorrow from 6:30pm-8pm at 1306 Beacon Street, Coolidge Corner (617) 232-3233, reservations required. More info here: http://www.finaledesserts.com/events.php

Colin sent me an interesting quiz today, http://kiplinger.com/quiz/financial_fluency/index.html?qid=24 to test your financial fluency. I got a 50 – terrible! Looks like I have to brush up on my stocks/bonds/savings/retirement knowledge. Luckily I’m taking a 2 week course all about the stock market in April, so that should help a little. :) Also, here is an interesting article about the vital years for retirement planning:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1930805_1931673_1931666,00.html 

With that, I’ll leave you with this: Lady Gaga has said ‘yes’ to ‘Glee’

http://www.gossipcop.com/big-glee-for-lady-gaga-and-none-for-coldplay-and-bryan-adams/

I can only imagine what this will bring! Can’t wait for Glee to come back in April!