Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lazy Weekend

This weekend I had a much needed lazy weekend.  I said goodbye to Corkey on Friday night and headed home to my apartment where I hadn't been for 2 weeks.  It was SO nice to sleep in my own bed.  Saturday I made sure to stay in bed as long as possible since I wouldn't be sleeping in it again until Wed night.  I packed up some stuff and went over to Lucy's house (yes I'm dog sitting again)!  After hanging out w/ Lucy for a bit I decided to go to the mall.  I didn't really need anything so it was nice to just walk around and not feel rushed or pressured to find something.  As I was leaving the mall I was trying to figure out what to do next.  The idea of going to the movies came to mind so I checked my movie iPhone app and wouldn't yeah know - Friends With Benefits was starting in 5 minutes!  So I went to the movies alone.  It was nice and cool in the theatre and very relaxing.  I must admit I was quite surprised to see several older/elderyish couples there.  I wouldn't think this would be their type of movie.  Oh well.  It was a cute movie.  Love JT!  Back to Lucy's house after that and took advantage of their porch.  Sat outside and continuing my relaxing!

I went to bed without taking a sleeping pill - something I haven't done in well over a year.  I thought I would "test" it out to see how I would do. I slept ok.  Not the best but not the worst either.  Maybe someday I can get off some of the meds I'm on and my MS and sleeping will be friends in my life again.  Haha!

I tried to figure out what to do today for a while.  I had several big ideas in my head all of which sounded fun.  But then I got tired so I took a nap (for 2 hours) maybe I didn't sleep that well last night after all.  Then I went to get a much needed and overdue oil change.  I'm sure my car is thankful.  Then since I didn't buy anything at the mall yesterday I decided to go to the outlets.  When I go to the outlets I often only go into 1 or 2 stores.  Today I went to The Loft Outlet only.  I had a coupon (thanks AAA) and found a gray pencil skirt which was good b/c I had looked for one last winter.  I also got a cute top and a pair of sunglasses for 10 bucks!
Since I was only a few minutes from my brother's house I went to visit Peyton and Ella before they leave on vacation for the week.  Neely was very happy to see me as usual.  I must admit she is getting better which is good especially since I get so itchy from her licking my arms and biting on me!  She is so big now too!  I'm guessing full grown by now. . .

I think I have mentioned before how she likes to lay on people's shoulders along the back of the couch.  Well here she is.  Crazy dog!! 

I talked my brother into taking us to Five Guys for dinner (it wasn't too hard).  Peyton ate pickles and ketchup for dinner.  Yum. 

We ended the evening a the playground.  Let me tell you even at 5:30 PM it was still HOT!  We had fun anyways.  Notice Peyton's foot?  She had an "injury" while at dinner and a wet paper towel made it feel "much better."  Haha!  Kids!  Glad to see her "injury" didn't stop her from running and jumping around the entire playground.

Back to Lucy's house waiting for the Men Tell All show to start.  I love relaxing weekends.  I have a busy week at work including several after work committee meetings but then I have a 3 day weekend on the Cape.  Can't wait!

Friday, July 29, 2011

TGIF


Five Guys french fries and grilled cheese sandwiches are delicious.  I can't believe it took me this long to discover the deliciousness.   

Really looking forward to going home to my apartment tonight after two weeks of house/dog sitting.  Not looking forward to putting the clean sheets on my bed or unpacking.

I have really loved having Corkey (the dog) around and love that she is SO happy to see my every time I come home.  I have added Wheaton Terriers to my "dog list" and would consider getting one (especially b/c they are hypo-allergenic and I have discovered a new dog allergy).

Deciding what to do this weekend?  It is going to be beautiful in the greater Boston area and I want to play tourist.  JFK Library?  Beach?  Shopping?  I guess some of it will depend on my mood when I wake up tomorrow.  

Another dog will be keeping my company this weekend since I will be watching Lucy for a few days.  I am allergic to her so I play w/ her and pet her then wash my hands.  Eye drops are my friend when I hang out w/ Lucy!  

Yes I'm tired, drained, spent - you name it.  That is why you are getting this boring and uncreative blog post.  That's about all I can come up w/ right now.  


TGIF!!!!  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Valet Parking for Dogs?

So this post was going to be a "restaurant review" until the following happen. . .

Last night I met my friend Danielle Temazcal Tequila Cantina which is a new restaurant on Boston's waterfront.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this area and that is about time Boston did something in that area.  Prime real estate that use to be just space.  Now it is filled w/ hotels and restaurants and they are on the water.  Perfect!  Anyways my story is from the end of the night so I'll go backwards.  I drove around for a long time looking for metered parking and finally gave up and did valet parking when I saw it was only $12 w/ validation from a restaurant.  So while I was waiting for my car at the end of the night (Danielle had already left) I observed the following scene:

Picture this car with the top down and dog sitting in back seat (see the cute Chocolate Lab sitting there?)  Now picture a guy, very New York looking (no offense), in his late 30s talking to the valet guy.  Girlfriend/wife/friend stands to the side trying to look like she isn't embarrassed by this whole "scene."

NY looking guy:  You don't mind watching my dog right?
Valet guy: Um well I don't think we can do that.
NY looking guy: Sure you can.  Leyla is very friendly and will be good.
Valet guy: Well yeah but she could bite someone. . .
NY looking guy:  Leyla?  Bite someone?  Look at her. . . she would never bite someone.  (While speaking in a baby voice and patting the dog.)
Valet guy: Well I don't think we can. . .
NY looking guy: (interrupts Valet guy) Oh come on they do it in NYC.  (Then whispers) I'll tip you good!
Valet guy: Oh but put the top up on your car.
NY looking guy: (While getting into car) Oh Leyla you cost me 50 bucks (still in baby voice) all while dog and girlfriend/wife/friend pay no attention to the whole "scene."  

Dude for 50 bucks I'll sit in your car w/ your dog while you eat dinner!  Are you kidding me?  Who brings there dog to dinner to leave in their car when it is hot out!  Or anytime for that matter!  So strange!  If I hadn't witnessed the whole thing I wouldn't have believed it.  People do such strange things.

I had the Primo Margarita:
1 ½ oz Patron Reposado
1oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Agave Nectar
½ oz Grand Marnier Float

It was $14 which was a lot for a margarita of "typical" size.  It was good but not the best I've ever had.

For my meal I had the Enchiladas Verdes:
grilled chicken ‡ gordita corn tortilla ‡ queso fresco ‡ pepitas ‡ epazote ‡ salsa verde ‡ avocado ‡ crema fresca

$18 and worth.every.penny.  DELICIOUS!!!  This meal was so good.  Danielle got the same thing and agreed.  The sad part is that I didn't finish and I forgot to take my leftovers.  I hate when that happens.

When we sat down they served chips with 3 sauces - green salsa, red (very hot) salsa and a refried bean dip.  All were good!  Love chips and salsa.

Atmosphere was great.  The restaurant is really nice and it was packed.  We didn't get to sit on the water but pretty close and we enjoyed watching all the big boats come in.

Oh year and did I mention that the menu was an iPad!  Seriously!  Just give me a paper menu and charge me less for my margarita ok?  Thanks!   

I really liked it there and I would definitely go back again.  Yelp reviews that I read were mixed but a lot of negative.  I would give a much better review.  If you live in Boston check it out!

The night before I went out to another new restaurant in Boston.  Emily and I went to Blue Inc for drinks.  I don't watch Hell's Kitchen but the owner/chef of this place was on Season 7.  Jason Santos has blue hair and that is where the name Blue Inc comes from.  I heard Jason on an interview on the radio one morning and it peaked my interested so I wanted to check it out.  It is in a great location right across from the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  The drinks were delicious and reasonable priced by Boston standards.  First round I had a Strawberry Field Forever.  It was light and "summery."  I really liked it.
Strawberry Fields Forever
muddled strawberries, house infused basil
vodka, crushed ice, bubbles $9 
Second round I had a Sangria and while it was different than traditional sangria it certainly did not disappoint.  Emily had one too and liked it as well.
Blue Inc. Sangria
aloe vera, tangerine, a touch of blue $8
Emily had the "special" and I tried it and wish I had ordered it.  It was really yummy.  I guess Jason has won best of Boston for his margaritas!
Jason’s Squeeze Of Tha Week
sauza, grand marnier, juicy melons $8
I wasn't all that impressed with the food portion of the menu so didn't order any food.  Small selection and several things w/ seafood which I don't eat.  I will definitely go back for drinks!  

On my way home (to where I'm dog/house sitting) I realized I was pretty hungry so decided to stop at Five Guys.  Why have I never eaten here before?  OMG so good!  I ordered a grilled cheese and fries and both were so delicious.  Oh and that "regular" order of fries was HUGE!  Three people could have shared it and that is coming from a girl who loves french fries.  I will be going back to Five Guys.  Anyone who can make a good grilled cheese is a friend of mine! :)  

Three new places in one week!  Wow!  Good thing I'm babysitting tonight to make some money so that I can go out again!  

Have you tried any new restaurants lately?  Any good drinks? 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Roller Skating

 
YES!  ROLLER SKATING!  AFC Mentoring had a Mentor Appreciation Event for all of the mentors and it was at a local roller skating rink. . . well for those of us (um, me) who don't know how to roller skate this was quite intimidating.  Taylor was all "oh I don't know how to roller skate and I've never done it before and blah blah blah."  Yeah she DOES know how to skate and she was really good.  "Jodi aren't you going to come skate with me?"  Ummm well no b/c you are way too fast and then I won't be skating with you anyways b/c you'll be way ahead of me!  I did make it around once without falling and then I heard they needed help cutting the cake so unfortunately I had to stop skating.  Haha!  

Honestly my only other experience roller skating was at a birthday party (I think) and I fell down and they thought I broke my arm.  I was ok thankfully but I think I have PTSD from it.  

Taylor on the other hand had a great time and did very well skating around the rink and "dancing" around too!  We enjoyed pizza, cake and chatting with the other mentors and mentees.  It was a great afternoon and a nice opportunity to appreciate our youth.

Thanks to everyone at AFC for hosting the event.  It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to the annual camping trip in Aug!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beach Fun


Last weekend Joana, Carter and I took an afternoon trip to Revere Beach to check out the sandcastles.  The rest of Boston had the same idea as us and finding parking wasn't easy!  We then made the long walk to the beach.
Carter enjoyed playing in the sand with just a rock.  Oh and let's not forget the very sandy faced kiss he gave me.  It is a good thing he is so cute! xoxo
Fried Dough + Slush = Best Beach Dinner Ever!!!

How do you take a picture of a very active 2 year old on the beach?  Well let him throw sand of course.  Carter sat still, dug up some sand with his hands, then. . . . threw it up over his head!  Hey whatever works right!?

We went with the purpose of seeing the sand castles which were being judged last Sat.  We didn't stay to hear who won but I found out afterwards that my favorite won. . . the turtle.  Isn't that the coolest?  Not sure how it is hollow inside but I was impressed!  I definitely think that one deserved first place.  

Remember the top photo I posted a couple of weeks ago?  I happen to be "working" on the beach while it was in process.  The bottom photo is the finished castle.  So cool to see it all done after seeing all the hard work they put in.

We had a nice afternoon.  Carter is a beach baby and would have played all night but had to get him home for bed.  Looking forward to our next beach day!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Baby Showers, A Movie, And A Story About Being Pulled Over For All The Wrong Reasons. . .

I had a very busy weekend filled with a lot of different activities and seeing a lot of family and friends.  I'll try to keep this recap to the point and let the pictures do the talking.  But I do have a story to share. . .

Saturday I attended a baby shower for Kerri.  Kerri is due on Aug 27th and the gender will be a surprise.  Kerri and her family moved into the house next door to me when she was 6 and I babysat for her and her siblings for many years.  Kerri is now living in Bermuda but home for the summer to have the baby.  I was so happy to see her and celebrate with her.  She looks great!
After the baby shower I was driving to my hometown to pick up my nieces to take them to their very first movie at the theatre.  I was driving along and talking to my mom on the phone to tell her about the shower.  I was on a main road and was not driving fast.  I see a police officer pull out behind me and he puts his lights on.  I tell my mom I'm being pulled over and will call her over.  I sit waiting for him and I'm thinking what the heck am I being pulled over for???  This thought passes through my head - he thinks I'm a teenager talking on my phone while driving (in MA there is a law against junior operators talking on their phones).  He asked me for my license and registration in a really mean jerky voice.  I asked him why he pulled me over and he says, "Speeding."  Then he goes on to say, "And you were talking on your cell phone and flipping your hair."  Flipping my hair?  WTF?  "That is two violations."  Last time I checked it wasn't again the law to "flip my hair" haha!  He walk away and comes back a minute later and lectures me on speeding.  I asked him how fast I was going and he said "In excess of 25 mph."  Right you can't actually tell me b/c you didn't have radar on! And who the heck knew that this little section of the road was only 25 mph! He then proceeds to lecture me on talking on my cell phone and "flipping my hair."  He says, "If your hand got caught in your hair you wouldn't be able to react quickly to a car or person in the road."  Seriously?  Is this guy for real?  Translation - I pulled you over b/c I thought you were a teenager and then when I saw you are actually 34 I feel like an ass and need to come up w/ something.  Dude you could have come up w/ something better than flipping my hair.   Thankfully he didn't give me a ticket. 

Got on my way again and of course called my mom back to tell her the whole story.  Picked up my nieces for their surprise and off we went.  Peyton is 3 1/2 and Ella is almost 2 1/2.  Neither of them has been to a movie at the theatre so they had no idea what to expect.  Peyton kept asking me questions and I was trying to describe it to her on the drive.  Not easy!

They were so good!  They both seemed to really like the movie.  Peyton sat through the whole thing while eating lots of popcorn and m&m's.  Ella sat in my lap (she was a little unhappy that the seat kept trying to fold up while she was in it!)  Winnie the Pooh is such a cute movie.  I liked it b/c it is short at 1 hr 13 min and there are no scary parts.  That was essential for these two!  When we were walking out Peyton said, "Jodi I had fun.  I like movies."  It was pretty cute.  When we walked in the door they both told their mom and dad all about it and I was impressed w/ how much of the movie Peyton understood.  Smarty pants!!

When we were driving into the parking lot this was the conversation w/ Peyton:
Peyton: "Jodi look.  What are those?"  (referring to the picture below)
Jodi: "They look like towers but I'm not sure what is in them."
Peyton: "Maybe a prince and a princess."
Jodi: "Maybe. . . "
Oh I just love the innocence and imagination of children!  So sweet.  Put a smile on my face for the rest of the afternoon.

On Sunday I had baby shower #2 of the weekend, well baby "sprinkle" actually.  Since Kendall is having baby #2 her sister-in-law and mother-in-law hosted a sprinkle for her.  Kendall is due Sept 2nd w/ a baby boy and already has an adorable daughter, Riley (who has been featured on my blog before).  We enjoyed a lovely lunch, presents and delicious cupcakes!  It was a bit cooler than it has been in Mass so we even enjoyed some time outside.  It was such a nice afternoon.  I got the baby the most adorable outfit (if I do say so myself) and I can't wait to see him in his new Irish Scally cap!  I also gave her "picky stickys" and she was really excited.  We have never discussed but they are one of my fave baby gifts to give and she had seen them but wasn't sure where to get them!  So I get brownie points w/ that one which equals extra baby holding time when baby boy gets here!  Haha!
After the shower I rushed off to get to a wake for my cousins' (Chad and Katelyn) grandmother.  She was a lovely woman who will be missed by many.  I'm thankful she is now comfortable and hope she is at peace.  Fortunately she was able to spend 5 months w/ baby Laney before she went to heaven.
OBITUARY:
Gladys Koster, a longtime Woburn resident, passed away in Rockport Wednesday evening, July 20th, just a day after her eighty-fourth birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late John G. Koster, who died in 1996.

Born and raised in Revere, Gladys was the daughter of the late William and Leona (Damren) Peterson. Following their marriage, she and her husband John made their home in Woburn, where they devoted themselves to raising their five children.

The family enjoyed summers at Hampton Beach for over forty-five years. Gladys loved the beach and year-round sunshine, and she and John spent many winters in Boynton Beach, Florida.

An active member of the Legion Auxiliary Posts in Woburn and Boynton Beach, she also participated on the Women's Pool Team, where she sported her own pool cue and gloves. A friendly, independent woman, Gladys loved making memories with family and friends.

Surviving are five children: Karen E. Coffey and her husband Jack of Medford, John M. Koster and his wife Joan of Woburn, Kathy M. Cullinane and her husband Dan of Medford, Gary R. Koster of Woburn, and Nancy A. and her husband Bill of Wakefield, her sister, Erma Fleming of Oregon, and her special friend, Dick Harrison. She was also the cherished grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Koster's memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701, or to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Steet, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

After a short stop at the wake I babysat Laney so that Chad and Meghan could be there the whole time (my aunt watched her while I went).  Laney was very well behaved.  She is "talking" and "singing" up a storm now and seemed to like looking at herself in the mirror.  Too cute.  I also got to feed her rice cereal and she did great (only her 3rd time eating it). 

So very busy but good weekend.  I got to see my entire family and many friends which always makes for a good time.

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Did you miss me?

I hate when I get so "behind" in blogging b/c then when I come back I don't even know where to begin! Basically there are two reasons I've been on a blogging hiatus - 1. Work has been SUPER busy and I go,go,go all day long. So when I get home I'm exhausted and don't want to do anything except lay on the couch. 2. I'm currently house/dog sitting and for some strange reason I can't get my laptop to work w/ their wireless (even though I have the password it keeps saying "limited connectivity"). Since all my pictures are on there and I really don't like to do a blog post w/o pictures I haven't blogged. But it is unfortunate b/c I do have some cool stuff that I really want to share. So. . . my plan is to sit in their {finished} basement where I can plug my laptop into the modem (like the old days before wireless) haha!

Have you missed me? What would you like me to blog about? My work as a hospital social worker? My life w/ MS? Questions about adoption? Scrapbooking/crafting? My travels that I've never shared (Romania, Portugal, Brazil, etc)? My nieces? hehe!

I know I have some new readers and I am very close to reaching 100 followers which is so very exciting! I just might have to do my first ever giveaway when I hit 100!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bras, Birthday Dinner and Beach

On Saturday morning my friend Danielle and I went to an interesting event in Boston, Skinny Cow Perfect Cup, which was a chance to try the new Skinny Cow "cups" of ice cream and get fitted for a bra in the right "cup" size.  Interesting combo right?
The event was set up really nicely.  They had this fun photo booth where you could have your picture taken, food, wine (for free), ice cream (of course) and raffles.  We had our fitting as soon as we got there and received a coupon for a free bra at Macy's.  I love free stuff and bras are expensive!

The Skinny Cow Perfect Cup events are traveling all over.  So if they come to a city near you I highly recommend going (Providence, LA, Houston and Chicago are left)!  Check out the pink car - I must admit that they would have to pay me a lot of money to drive around in that!

FREE ice cream and FREE wine!  What could be better?  Ice cream flavors were delicious and Beringer Moscato wine w/ mandarin orange was yummy.

Saturday night was celebration time.  We celebrated Beth's 30th Birthday by going to dinner at 28 Degrees in the South End.  They have many "small plates" so we shared a bunch of great food.  I also had some tasty martinis including ruby red grapefruit, watermelon and a peach bellini frozen drink.

Top photo: Meg, Emily, Erin, Me, Beth and Nicole
After dinner we went to the InterContinental Hotel to go to a bar but first we went to the outdoor patio which is on the water.  It was a beautiful night and we sat out there for a long time.  I would definitely go back there (even though the drinks were super expensive). 

On Sunday I had to work but before you feel bad for me get this.  I got paid cash to sit on the beach and supervise a visit of a mother with her kids.  Not so shabby right!  Good money and such a nice day to sit on the beach.

It is also the start of the annual sand castle contest so the crews were there working hard.  I am so impressed with this process.  A lot goes into it.  Check this out!  I hope to get back there on Fri or Sat to see the finished product.

The other cool thing about the beach is that it is close to the airport so the plans fly right over your head and are really low.  I know it doesn't look that close in the picture but take my word for it they are low!  You can read the writing on the plans and everything!

All and all a very nice weekend.  If only they were longer.  I was exhausted today at work!  I guess I didn't get enough napping in this weekend.  Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What An Awesome Vacation!!!

Since I don't have any summer vacations planned I have to keep the memories alive from my recent trip to England.  It was an amazing week and I had a few pics that I didn't post in my recaps. 

While taking a pic of this window I noticed that people were in there!  Hope they didn't think I was crazy!

More beautiful roses.  I love the colors in these.  So unique!

I love the tube!  I think the public transportation system in London is great.  I do find it a bit scary being so far underground on some of the lines!

Vacations = cocktails!  

If you missed my vacation recap posts you can check them out here:

English Holiday Part 1
English Holiday Part 2
English Holiday Part 3
I LOVE London
English Holiday Part 4

Weekend recap post coming tomorrow. . . stay tune!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Smootch

Did you know that today is a holiday? It is!


So grab someone to kiss!



P.S.  I still new to do a post about my experience of seeing the fireworks from the Harbor Cruise.  It was an interesting experience.  Too tired to write about it tonight but it will come soon!

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Weekend on The Cape

Since I'll be out late tonight for the Boston Fireworks I thought I would recap my weekend so far.  I spent Friday through Sunday on The Cape.  I ended up taking a last minute vacation day on Friday to beat the traffic but I the rest of New England had the same idea!  It took me 3 hours (which is twice as long) to get there!

As soon as I got to my parent's house I got to work making the Pioneer Woman's Sangria.  I've been wanting to try it for a while and figured it would be the perfect addition to the BBQ I was going to at Jaime's house that evening.  Thursday night I ran to Target (one of my fave places ever) looking for something to put the sangria in and I was SO excited that they had this b/c I always see them in pics on people's blogs and think they are so fun for parties.  I got it for $20 which I think was a pretty good deal.  Oh and the sangria was delicious! (I forgot to take a pic before we started drinking)!

After a quick BBQ at Jaime's house, Emily and I headed to Hyannis for an a capella concert.  This group, The Hyannis Sound, is pretty popular on The Cape and I saw them once last summer.  They are REALLY talented and always put on such a fun show.  This was their 4th of July show so they dressed the part and sang every patriotic song known to man along w/ many other songs.  If you are ever on The Cape I highly recommend seeing these guys.  They perform all summer long.

Saturday I decided to have a lazy and relaxing day which consisted sitting on the couch while reading blogs on my laptop!  After a while I decided  I wanted to go to one of my favorite Cape stores, Currents.  My mom and I took a ride over and I found this adorable starfish ring.  I love it.  I think it is so fun for the summer.  I also got a really pretty necklace and a white watch which I had been wanting for summer.  They stuff there is really nice but pretty cheap prices so I love it.  Oh and check out my nails.  I got my first ever Shellac manicure and I LOVE it.  I might be addicted (if I can afford to keep getting them that is)!

Saturday night I went to Emily's house in Harwich.  We enjoyed a drink in the back yard while watching the water skiers on the lake. 

After Happy Hour we went to Brax Landing for dinner.  Here I am w/ Erin, Emily and Nicole (Eric and Chris not pictured).  We enjoyed a drink by the water but it was chilly so we soon went inside for our delicious dinner.  We had big plans for after dinner drinks but it was late and places were too crowded so we ended up just going back to Emily's house.  It was a really fun night.  Oh and I got to wear my new favorite dress that I got at The Limited a few weeks ago.  You will probably see me wearing it several more times this summer!  Haha!

Sunday I again had a relaxing morning but then decided I needed to get some exercise.  I went for a long walk and took some pictures along the way.  When I think of The Cape in the summer I always think of hydrangeas.  They are everywhere on The Cape and are one of my very favorite flowers. 

A few other pretty shots during my walk.

And since it is 4th of July weekend had to show of some of the flags displayed!  All the flags looked so pretty.

Sunday afternoon my mom and I went to lunch at Tugboats.  It was REALLY windy so sitting outside on the water ended up not being quite as much fun as it usually is.  We enjoyed a frozen beverage and some delicious food.  

After our late lunch we ran into a few stores including one of our faves, Colorful Creations, which sadly is closing this summer.  We are both bummed since this is an awesome scrapbooking store and a great addition to the community.  Then I headed back to Jaime's for another BBQ.  I had to have s'mores which I love and always think about on summer holiday weekends.  Well instead of traditional s'mores I made s'mores bars.  They were pretty easy to make and everyone thought they were delicious.  When I make them again I would add more chocolate but other than that they were great.

Now I'm back home in Boston.  Going to run a couple of errands today and then tonight Emily, Beth and I are going on a Boston Harbor cruise to see the fireworks!  It will be our first time doing something like this and I'm very excited.  It will be a late night but hopefully it will be worth it to have a different view of the fireworks.