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Celebrations and Lessons learned.

Hola!

The past two weeks have consisted of celebrating birthdays and going out on dates. What would you like to hear first, the fun or the embarrassing?

The Fun.

January is a busy month because I’m best friends with a lot of Capricorn women. (We are the best sign, after all) Last weekend I trekked to Long Island to party with my fabulous friend Amanda who turned 32. A bunch of her girlfriends came over  and we bonded over ridiculous life stories, fantastic food, and the game Things.

Happy birthday Poodle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**** Make note of the bread bowl to the right. I dominated that bad boy.

 

My great friend and roommate turned 29 last week. We raged it up at home with yet another spread, vino, and a vegan chocolate cake.

Melissa and Marisa = Great time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 31st birthday was on Thursday. I’ve been really busy lately and simply wanted to stay in to watch American Idol with my roommate. I know that sounds lame and I’m perfectly okay with that. I received many beautiful cards and gifts that touched my heart. I can’t believe an entire year has passed since my 30th birthday party. Last year brought about so many changes, most of which you guys know about. I can’t wait to find out what’s in store for this year.

Happy belated to my other Capricorn Sisters– Biff, Marisa, and my Mama.

The Embarrassing.

The world of online dating is a ridiculous place. Over the last two weeks, I’ve gone out with three different guys and each date has taught me an important lesson or two.

1. Don’t invest much time (pre-date) emailing/texting/chatting back and forth because that all goes to shit at first sight.  Verizon made a fortune from me this month.

2. If you arrive to a date early, head-in rather than wait in your parked car reading a book. You’re date might walk by, recognize you, then call you out fifteen minutes later when you eventually meander in.

3. Always look in the mirror before arriving to the destination or you risk finding a peppercorn wedged between your two front teeth at the end of the night.

 4. Never ever get drunk accidentally before a first date and show up to the restaurant ready to slow dance. It’s not charming.

5. Asking someone how many people they’ve slept within the first ten minutes of date is not appropriate or appreciated.

6.  Don’t ever count on your roommate to pick you up from a date. She might accidentally get drunk too, especially if you’re “pre-gaming” together.

7. If you think you scared the shit out of your date, you probably did. Call the next day to apologize.

8. As embarrassed as you might feel, these stories are like gold to friends. Family might be a little more concerned.

Never a dull day in this life of mine.

 

 

January 22, 2012 Posted by | dating, Family, Food, Friends, fun | 10 Comments

Weekend variety

Waking up without an alarm clock is probably one of the best things ever. There’s just something so liberating about opening my lids naturally. Oh sweet, sweet Saturday.

My ADD is off the hook this morning making it very difficult to start and complete this post. Please bear with me as things might get weird. (What’s new, right?)

Mr. Amos Lee has served as a serious distraction. Have you guys listened to his music?

Clearly I didn't take this picture.

Check out this youtube video and pretend that you’re slow dancing with your partner. Not that I’ve done that. Thank god for curtains.    There’s just something about a man and his guitar that melts my vageen heart. (I honestly can’t help myself.)  In my quest for fulfillment, I signed up for guitar lessons. They start on Tuesday so maybe I’ll try to learn this song.

Another ridiculous distraction is Facebook; the ultimate killer of brain cells. It’s just so damn fun.

What’s on the agenda this weekend??

My mama is visiting this weekend so we get to spend some QT together in Boston. Not sure what to do with the lady but it will likely involve shopping, eating, scoping out men, and things of that nature. She’s currently dating some douche named Butch (if that name isn’t a red flag I don’t know what is) but he’s not making the cut. I’m taking applications for eligible bachelors in the greater Boston area who dig hot moms.

She's ready to pounce

Speaking of dating, I’m joined the online dating world again and have something lined up for Sunday night.  Fingers crossed!!

Happy weekend, lovelies.

 

January 7, 2012 Posted by | dating, Family, Food, Friends, fun | 12 Comments

Little Black Dress or Holiday Uniform?

I once had a black dress that I wore to at least 7 weddings. (This should embarrass me but it doesn’t.) Despite wine stains and a broken strap that was held together by a paperclip, I continued to rock that little bitch. Friends would often comment,   “Oh, you’re wearing that dress again?”  or “Let me guess, you’re wearing the black dress”.  Eventually I took the hint and tossed it, never to be seen again.

Well guess what hookers, there’s a new black dress in town. I’ve owned it for two weeks and so far it’s made an appearance to 3 holiday gathering and believe me, there’s more to come.  (Again, this should embarrass me but it doesn’t.)

First Outing: Ladies night.

What up Kath!

My girl Marisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My roommate and I hosted a small gathering at our place with some fabulous ladies then headed to a local bar. I got dolled up with the intention of getting some ass  finding a suitable mate.  No mate was found but there was some baton twirling. Winning!

My roommate has many talents

Don’t ask.

Second Outing: Holiday Party. 

My friends Meg and Joe hosted this shindig the very night after our girls night. The dress already had toothpaste stains on it but that didn’t stop me.  I may not change my outfit but at least I brush my teeth. Once a slob, always a slob.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found a suitable mate that night named  Cookie Tray. He never disappoints. TRUST ME.

 

Someone once told me that you can wear the same dress as many times as you want so long as you change your hairstyle. Done and Done.

Third Outing: New Years Eve.

My friends and I went to a Martin Sexton show in Vermont for New Years Eve. The uniform came along, toothpaste stains and all. This time I changed up my tights and my hair. Go me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 more parties and a black dress will be up for grabs. Let me know if you’re interested and maybe I’ll throw in the tights.

January 2, 2012 Posted by | Fashion, Food, Friends, fun, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Sayofuckingnara 2011.

2011 has come and gone but it will never be forgotten.

Last year at this time, I would never have pictured my life as it is today. Here I sit, living the single life with a friend of mine, in a small apartment, without Eleanor by my side. My life changed pretty drastically in the year 2011. I risked a lot, I lost a lot, I cried a lot.  But with that loss came growth, new experiences, and deeper connections (I’m talking to you Melis) that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.  And as I continue to adjust to this new life, I thank god for good friends, family, and wine. Can’t forget the wine.

So cheers to a New Year filled with change, support, whoopee pies, laughter, and love.

You thought I was kidding about the wine.

January 2, 2012 Posted by | Family, Friends, loss | 9 Comments

When all else fails, drink wine.

What’s up dolls.

Last night was the Boston Tree lighting. We all gathered at the Boston Common to watch the Rockettes, Siobhan Magnus (from American Idol), and my favorite NKOTB, Joey McIntyre perform.  I was expecting the Christmas Tree to be huge but it was kind of dinky. (TWSS.) Oh well ladies, we can’t win em all. 🙂

 

 

 

My roommate was there too but she was being camera-shy.

I tried to capture the fireworks display but the pictures are pretty pathetic. Are fireworks tough to photograph or is it just me?

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? This was the first year in many that I didn’t spend Thanksgiving with Len and his family so it was a little weird. I stayed in Boston due to my work schedule but surrounded myself with good people. In the morning, my roommate and I volunteered handing out food to the homeless and elderly. It was nice but there were far too many volunteers so we did a lot of standing around. Many places we called to volunteer had waiting lists of people wanting to volunteer, which is amazing.

For Thanksgiving dinner, we went to our friends house and drank lots and lots of wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ate some good grub.

My contribution looks a little weird: Quinoa, baked butternut squash and onion, agave, salt and pepper. Twas DELISH! (Though the boys at the table didn't think so.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That green stuff above just looks like smashed grasshopper (gag). I assure you it’s not; it’s just some good old-fashioned smashed peas.

Speaking of smashed…

 

Check, please!

 

Soooo happy it’s Friday. What’s on the agenda this weekend?  

 

 

 

December 2, 2011 Posted by | Food, Friends, fun | 2 Comments

Back to business

Good morning!! I’m back in Boston and feeling ready to face the week. My house smells amazing as I have a pot of bean soup simmering away. Yum!

The rest of my Vermont vacation was awesome. Friday night we took our friend Katelyn out to dinner for her 30th birthday.

That's my girl!

We went to an amazing new restaurant called The Wooden Spoon Bistro. For some reason, the burger kept calling my name so I went with it. PHENOM!  After dinner we went to see Bad Fish, a Sublime cover band. The crowd was fun– picture a bunch of white hippies dancing around with Redbull Vodkas in hand. I’m definitely guilty. Unfortunately I don’t have any crazy to stories to share as I was pretty well-behaved which is a total bummer.   I was hoping to provide you all with some x-rated entertainment. Perhaps another time.

My face looks like a bloated tick

Despite being hung over on Saturday, we dragged our asses out for a nature walk.

 

My heart felt sad seeing this cow since I likely ate his brother the night before.

We made sure to bundle up this time.

 

I love spending time with these two. Thanks for taking care of me this weekend, guys. Love you. I hope she doesn’t mind that I’m dry humping her hubby.

 

 

Biffy (real name Elizabeth) met our freshman year in college when she moved into my dorm. Our friendship was solidified when I asked her if she wanted to have a farting contest and without hesitation she said yes. Not sure who won but that’s neither here nor there.

After our walk, we proceeded to eat the store out of samples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t mind if I do!

Okay folks, off to drag my bloated ass on a run. Happy Monday.

 

November 21, 2011 Posted by | Food, Friends, fun, Vermont | Leave a comment

Time to bust out the ear muffs

Hi Everyone.  How happy are you that it’s Friday?? Sorry to all those suckers out there who work weekends. 😉 Sucks to be you.

I forced myself out of Ali’s warm house this morning for a freezing cold run. Don’t I look psyched?  (If I smiled you’d find peppercorn in my teeth from my breakfast burrito). Don’t mind the unwashed face, unbrushed hair and lack of makeup. Though I never understood people who wear makeup to workout.

My intention was to run 6-8 miles but I could only stand 3. My fingers were like popsicles by the end of it and my vagina was numb. I ran along the Burlington Bike Path which runs along Lake Champlain. So beautiful.

Swings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t let the sun fool you.

 

 

 

After the run, I hit up Church Street, which is basically the “city center” of Burlington. It’s so quaint and romantic.  Church Street is very nostalgic for me.

 

My friend and I attempted to go for a nature walk but we are pussies underdressed and only lasted 500 feet.  Instead I snapped some photos and drove home. Good times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m sitting on my ass eating trail mix. Balance, people.

 

November 18, 2011 Posted by | Friends, fun, running, Vermont, Workout | 3 Comments

VT FOREVER!

My idea of a great vacation doesn’t include  tropical waters,  warm weather, and palm trees. As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true.

 

Welcome to Vermont, folks.   My favorite place on earth.

Though many days here are gloomy and cold, Vermont represents comfort and peace for me. The pace is slow, the people are friendly, and the air smells of bonfires. Most importantly, many of my favorite people live here.  I took a couple of days off to spend time with them. We’re celebrating my friends 30th birthday tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll have some scandalous stories to share.

 

 

Amen for Girlfriends.

I’m currently blogging from the sweetest little house around town.

If I ever move back to Vermont, I’m totally moving in. I’m sure my friend Ali won’t mind 🙂

I spent the morning drinking coffee from a mason jar.

As if coffee wasn't awesome enough

Catching up with the girls.

 

And playing with domesticated ducks.

 

 

Sunny and Sweetie playing in the kiddie pool.

 

Only in Vermont.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 17, 2011 Posted by | Friends, fun, Vermont | 4 Comments

basking in the glory

After hours and hours of lounging on our couch yesterday, Melissa and I finally motivated to run around 3:30 p.m. We had one  last training run to hammer out. We couldn’t avoid it, it had to be done. We pumped ourselves up by taking stupid pictures and belting out some tunes.

Let me tell you something– 21 miles is a long ass run. It seemed as though we ran for 3 weeks straight. We started running during day light hours and by the time we finished it was dark. Because Boston is so small, we needed to run the entire Charles River and then weave in and out of the city streets to cover more miles. We had a bunch of interesting encounters along the way that kept our minds busy. (Some old perv asked if we were in a wet t-shirt contest because we were so sweaty. We kicked him in the balls and kept it moving.) We also ran through a parade which was cool for about 2 minutes. During the last mile, the sky opened up and dumped rain on us. It felt symbolic and made us laugh. We managed to stay positive despite aching knees and shoulders. Having big boobs is a disservice when running. Feels like cannon balls are hanging from my collar-bone.

Melissa and I were super proud of ourselves for tackling such a great distance. Finishing a run, be it 4 miles or 20, brings about a feeling of euphoria that cannot be matched. Unless you’re popping ecstasy pills.  Running is a self-esteem builder and a test of will. With that said, I’m happy that our long training runs are behind us. Only one run left before the big day. Sweet!

We celebrated with lots of beer, good company, and then an amazing lunch today at the Beehive. If you live in the area, please go there and gobble up the most amazing meal ever- the Mezze Platter.  You might just cream your pants. No joke.

Adios, loves.

 

 

October 2, 2011 Posted by | Food, Friends, fun, running | 4 Comments

all good things.

It’s almost 2 p.m. I have 21 miles to run today but simply cannot motivate to move my ass off this couch. I ate a LOT of carbs last night and my stomach is saying a big fuck you. Hopefully nothing is compromised during this run, if you know what I mean. Post run, I shall partake in more carb loading in the form of beer.

In the past couple of months, my roommate and I decided to stop being hermits and began going out more.  Turns out,  being holed up in the house eating whoopee pies and honey mustard pretzels all night is a big fat waste of life.  We’ve been exploring our new neighborhood and meeting some cool people along the way. One pretty cool person in particular.  

A little while ago, some douche  dude from online dating was supposed to meet my girlfriends and I out at a local bar. I cancelled on him that morning because I simply couldn’t be bothered to deal with the hassle of small talk, getting dolled up, etc. Well I ended up meeting a random at the bar that night and we’ve been hanging out pretty regularly since. I had never met anyone at a bar before so it was definitely unexpected and not planned. Feels much more organic than online dating. So far things have been really fun and exciting.There’s quite an age difference (he’s a baby  younger…..rawr!) which may prove to be an issue but time will tell. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself or over-analyze things, which can be difficult.  It’s not like I’m looking for a husband, baby daddy  or anything along those lines… just enjoying it date by date. After all, in case you forgot, I have a very serious five-year plan for getting knocked up that I intend to stick to.

So that’s what’s going on over here in Boston.

What do you love/hate about beginning stages of dating. 

 


October 1, 2011 Posted by | dating, Friends, fun | 9 Comments