Friday, October 24, 2014

Five On Friday

TGIF!!!!!  Seriously so glad it is finally Friday especially since I'm not working today.  I'm enjoying a much needed day off.  Work has been insane all of September and October.  I really don't know what it is but it has just been way crazier than usual with numerous complicated cases.  In a way I love it because it is clinically challenging but this girl needs a break.  I'm exhausted.  Here's to a 3 day weekend!!!!!!

The MAAV Walk and Candlelight Vigil was last Sunday and I can't wait to tell you all about it - just waiting for the professional photos from the day to be shared on Facebook so I can steal some for my post! Until then you can enjoy this photo of me with my awesome facepaint. Purple is the color for DV awareness and I just had to get a ribbon. Don't worry - I let all the little kids go first!

I saw this fall display the other day while walking past a nursery and had to snap a photo.  Love the colors and shapes of all the fun pumpkins and gourds.  I'm going to the pumpkin patch tomorrow and I can't wait!  Have to enjoy the last few warm falls days because I know the cold days are right around the corner!

It may be fall but nobody told this hydrangea!  It is in full bloom on my friend's tree and it is the only one on the entire tree! SO strange but so pretty even if it is a couple of months late!

I got my first pedicure since before the MS Challenge Walk.  My pinky toe nail had grown back enough to put polish on it.  My feet were a mess so they needed a good scrub! Ha! I went with a great fall color - OPI Lincoln Park at Midnight!

Fashion Plates is 3 weeks from today and even though I'm not modeling this year I am just as excited for this event.  I have a few friends and my mom joining me and I know we are going to have a great time.  The committee has once again put together some amazing raffle baskets all worth over $1,000!  Now I just need to find something to wear!

That's all for now. . . going to enjoy the rest of my day off.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Enjoying The Colors Of Fall At Larz Anderson Park

It is going to rain the rest of the week here in Boston so this weekend I took advantage of the unusually warm weather on Saturday by going to Head Of The Charles and then the crisp more appropriate fall weather on Sunday by going to Larz Anderson Park with my friend Colleen (and if you are a football fan be sure to check out her sports blog).

This park is only a few miles from my house and I really don't know why I don't visit it more often.  As you'll see from my photos it really is beautiful!  Such a great country feel yet so close to the city.  We had such a nice time walking around and enjoyed all of the fall colors.

Larz Anderson Auto Museum which has "America's Oldest Car Collection" is also within the park.  There are often car shows going on during the weekends and this day was no different.  There were a lot of sports cars and teenagers!  Fortunately that was just in one area and didn't disturb our leaf peeping!

I have never seen anything life this tree.  It is huge!  I just love the way the leaves/branches come all the way to the ground.  The big yellow tree could be see from all over the park and was quite beautiful!

If you look closely you'll see the tops of The Pru and John Hancock towers!

There were plenty of people there with dogs enjoying the big open fields, people taking photos and people enjoying picnics.  There is also an outdoor ice rink for skating in the winter!

Colleen and I both agree that we need to visit this park more often!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Head Of The Charles Regatta - Celebrating 50 Years

This weekend was the 50th year of the Head Of The Charles Regatta (#HOCR50)!  I went on Saturday while Boston was experiencing a day in the 70s which was such a nice treat.  I didn't get any fried dough (I couldn't find any) but I had a great time anyway!

Would you believe I almost got knocked out by a boat again!  This time it was not my fault.  You'll have to read my post from last year to understand the reference.  Plus I share a lot more facts about the event which you might enjoy reading!

Enjoy a few photos from Saturday below. . . 

Unfortunately I think that might be the last day in the 70s until 2015.  Not happy about it but I guess all good things come to an end.  Glad I got to spend some time outside b/c we all know once the winter temps start I'll be hiding out in my warm bed!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I did a few other fun things that I'll be sharing on the blog this week!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cranberry Harvest Celebration

On Sunday I did something I've been wanting to do for several years. . . something on my "New England bucket list" and something I can easily see becoming a new yearly tradition!

I went to the 11th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham aka cranberry country!  Massachusetts is the 2nd biggest producer of cranberries with over 14,000 acres of working cranberry bogs.  Cranberries are native to North American and are harvested in mid-September to October each year.  

I went to the festival with my good friend Joana and her son Cater.  We had no idea how big this event was and figured we would spend a couple of hours checking it out and then head home.  Well we ended up spending most of the day there and still didn't do everything.  This festival is jam packed with fun stuff to see, do and eat!  Carter had a blast with all of the kid activities.

It was really interesting to see how they harvest the cranberries.  This is a wet harvest where they flood the bogs so the cranberries will rise to the top.  They were in the process of corralling them and picking out all the leaves and stems.

This bog was in a different stage and the guys were riding around on those machines to get the cranberries off the vines (so they will rise to the top of the water).

They had this "sand mountain" for the kids to climb on and it was a popular spot!  I guess they use sand in the bogs so that is why they have so much.  Seriously the best free entertainment for kids I've seen in a long time.  Carter loved it and played for a long time!!  Oh and it was much bigger than it looks in this photo!  Carter had about a pound of sand in his shoes afterwards.

Another thing I really liked about this event is that it was only $10 to get in (and kids 6 and under were free) and once you were inside everything was free except food.  Carter got to do a pony ride, train ride and other fun stuff without additional costs.  Score!

It was a beautiful fall day and I'm so glad I finally got to see a cranberry harvest.  This was such a fun day and I'm so glad we made the trek down to Wareham for it.  We didn't even get to cover the whole event - we totally skipped one food area and also the crafters area.  So if I go back next year I would love to check that out!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Let's Catch Up!

Well hello there. . . yes I'm still alive.  The MS fatigue monster has been kicking my butt lately and I've pretty much been coming home from work and getting into bed any night that I don't have an obligation.  When the fatigue hits it literally takes every ounce of strength I have to do the smallest thing and blogging had to take a back seat.

The good news is I have a lot of fun things to catch up on so look out for a few new blog posts this week (hopefully).

October has been a busy month.  With the MAAV Walk coming up this weekend (still time to donate to support DV awareness) and Fashion Plates coming up in November both committees have been meeting regularly and keeping me busy.  I'm really looking forward to both events and can't believe how fast the fall is flying by!

I went to The Paint Bar with my friend Michelle. She had never been and we had to remedy that! We painted a Boston skyline scene and it was a lot of fun. I'm not loving my final product but I don't really care since I didn't plan to hang it up anyways!

You would never know Michelle was a first timer.  She was rocking it and her painting came out awesome!

I saw Gone Girl opening weekend and it was good. . . so creepy and such despicable characters but I loved it just like the book!  If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it.  Ben Afflect is amazing and Rosamund Pike is so well casting for this role. . . oh and she is gorgeous!

I went to the most spectacular "Pinterest worth" Frozen birthday party for a very special 6 year old little girl!  She was most definitely the cutest Princess Elsa and had so much fun at her party.  My friend Kendall had the cutest decorations.  I want to throw a Frozen party and steal all of her ideas!!

I went to my last Red Sox game (a couple of weeks ago) and while the game meant nothing since there was no way they could go to the playoffs it was a good time for a catch up gab fest with my baseball bestie, Emily.  Here's hoping for a much better season next year!  I still can't believe they went from worst to first and then back to worst. . . they should get an award just for that.  I'm assuming that is the first time that has ever happened!?!

I got my jamberry nails and this was my first attempt.  I love the candy corn look.  So fun! I could use some practice at applying them especially with my left hand.  So I already have a few issues due to poor application but otherwise I love them!

I saw this awesome musical, Finding Neverland, while it was in previews in Boston.  It will be opening on Broadway in March and I can guarantee you it is going to be a BIG hit.  The show is so good.  I loved the story and the music.  Oh and I loved the lead male character, Jeremy Jordan - remember him from Smash?  Oh how I loved him as the bad boy on that show.  He is SO talented with an amazing voice.  Keep this show on your "to see" list!

And I save the best news for last. . . I got the iPhone 6!!!!!  I've been living with the iPhone 4 since my iPhone 5 took a dive into a snow bank and let me tell you it hasn't been easy.  The new phone is amazing!  I love it and I'm going to guard it with my life.  Seriously I better not lose this thing!

That's all folks.  You are now all caught up.  Hopefully the fatigue will stay at a minimum and I can return to blogging on a more regular basis.