Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Since I don't have my own kids to show off I'm sharing pictures of some of the cutest trick-or-treaters I know!!  Do you think they'll share their candy?!

               Doc McStuffins (aka Peyton)                                           Hunny Bunny (aka Ella)

              Dora (aka Laney)                       Boots (aka Callen)

 Batman (aka Carter)
Little Bo Peep (aka Riley) and Monkey (aka Owen)


From Worst To First

The Red Sox won the World Series last night in Game 6.  It is the first time a World Series has been won at Fenway Park since 1918.  It is also the Red Sox 3rd World Series title in 10 years.  All of this after having the worst record in baseball last season.  Simply amazing.  Who would have thought?!

Get the duck boats ready.  Let's have a parade!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blate, Birthday and Baseball Beards

Sometimes your weekend is so busy and so much fun it leaves you too exhausted to write a blog post.  I had full intentions of blogging on Sunday night when I got home but I couldn't even keep my eyes open to watch Game 4 let alone type something that made sense. So you get my weekend recap a little later than usual.

Saturday afternoon started out with a blate (blogger date for you non-bloggers) with Rachel from Postcards From Rachel (if you aren't reading her blog you should be)!  Rachel and her husband moved to Boston last month and I've been looking forward to meeting her for a while.

We had such a nice time chatting over pumpkin beers.  After my liquid courage Rachel took some photos of me.  I can always use a new photo for my social media stuff and Rachel is looking to expand her portfolio so she can start a photography business.  Check out her brand new website here.

I warned Rachel that I'm a very awkward poser and on top of that it was freezing which made smiling difficult at times.  But I'm sure Rachel's talent will shine through.  Can't wait to see them!!

Saturday night included dinner at Grafton Street, music at Toad and Red Sox watching at Tavern in the Square.

The pumpkin ravioli was good but not as good as the butternut squash ravioli I had a couple of weekends ago at Granary Tavern.

Thankfully all the sangria drinking numbed the pain that was the ending of Game 3.

Of course there were a lot of people celebrating Halloween a little early.  I think this is the best costume I've seen in a very long time.  Full disclosure. . . I had no idea what/who he was. . . I was just impressed that the bulbs lit up.  How did he do that???

Sunday was family day!  We were all going to my parent's house for my grandmother's birthday dinner so everyone went early to watch the Patriots game.  Ella and I went to The Big Apple instead.  We looked for the perfect pumpkin unfortunately most were gone seeing that it was only "4 sleeps" until Halloween.  We managed to find a little one that would do for carving.  Oh and I had to have just one more caramel apple.  Yum!!!!

I went old school with my pumpkin carving.  Triangle eyes and nose are the best! Am I right!?  Ella was pretty impressed and showed everyone at the party the pumpkin "she" made.  Ha!  Sadly I left all the seeds at my parent's house so I guess I won't be cooking those.

My grandmother heads back to Florida this week so we celebrated her 87th birthday a couple of weeks early!  We had a wonderful day together and enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal and cake and apple crisp for dessert.

Before it got dark outside we made sure to get a family photo with my grandmother in it.  I think this is the first/only photo we have of all of us together!  Amazingly it came out great!  It was so nice to celebrate her birthday with her this year.

These 8:00 PM EST games are killing me.  I cannot stay awake.  I was so happy to wake up today to hear the good news of a WIN!  I don't know if it is the beards or what but I'll take it.  Hoping for another win tonight then we'll welcome the boys back to Boston for a World Series win at Fenway!  Let's hope!!!

That was my weekend.  I hope you had a good one too!  Go Sox!!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I had full intentions of blogging this morning.  I got up early to do it before work.  After my alarm went off I reached for a 2nd pillow to prop under my head. As I raised my head/shoulders I felt something pull.  Ouch!  My back went out and this was the first time for my upper back to be the issue.  Usually it is my lower back.  I took 4 Advil and stopped at CVS on my way to work for a heat wrap (those things are amazing).  Fortunately I have a previously schedule massage on Thur night so that should help a lot.  Feeling ok and hoping after the massage I'll feel great.

Anyways. . . I wanted to tell you all about the MAAV Walk and Candlelight Vigil.  This was the 18th year for this event and it just gets bigger and better every year!

Our theme was "Stories That Move Us" and we had a community art project where people could share their story on a foot.  We then displayed the feet all over the cafeteria. 

Purple is the awareness color for DV so we had a purple path around the room.  It looks really nice!  It was fun to check out all the feet made by so many different people in the community.

The room was packed with close to 500 people.  We had a record breaking 45 teams this year.  It is so inspiring to see so many young people at this event.  There are kids of all ages who participate and it is great to know their awareness is being raised at such a young age.  Education is key to prevention and these kids are learning young that violence is not ok.

Each year we light a candle in honor of each victim who has been killed in MA.  This year there were 9 victims.  The smallest amount ever but still 9 too many.  As each candle is lit the name of the victim is read. Since this can be a heavy topic for the little ones we offered face painting in another room for them. 

I figured someone should try out the purple awareness ribbon.  The face painters went to the trouble to have that as one of the options. . . so why not!?  Don't worry I didn't cut in front of any of the little kids.  They were all out walking.  Haha!

While all the walkers were out on the route we were inside getting all the snacks ready.  We always have plenty of sweet treats ready for when they return!

After snacks the raffle winners are selected.  I had to leave the event for about 20 minutes to see a private practice client with the plan of returning to help with clean up.  Well while I was gone they picked the winners and they picked my name for 2 out of 3 of the raffles.  Now if I had been there I would have been very embarrassed and I likely would have donated 1 of the prizes back.

When I returned to the event my fellow board members told me the news.  I was SHOCKED!  How exciting!!!!  So I won the "money tree" filled with gift cards and I won the "Treat Yourself" which includes a massage gift card and a teeth whitening gift card.  I've always wanted to get my teeth whitened by a dentist but could never afford it so I am SO excited about this.  It is a $350 value.  

So while I feel a little guilty about winning the prizes there is nothing I could do about it since I wasn't there.  I guess I'll just have to enjoy my winnings and keep volunteering to give back.

All and all a GREAT event.  MAAV raised over $30,000 (still waiting for the final total).  That money is going to be put to such great use in the community.  Hopefully next year there will be even less victims than this year.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Head of the Charles Regatta

As I mentioned yesterday I attended the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) this weekend. The HOCR has been taking place since 1965 and despite living within walking distance to the Charles River I had only been once before!  Finally this year I had time to go again and I'm so glad I did because it was a beautiful weekend!

The HOCR has been happening since 1965 and there are over 9,000 athletes that participate and over 300,000 spectators.  I can't believe that many people are along the Charles River during this weekend.  That is a crazy amount of people!  This is SUCH a well organized event that you would never know there are that many people.  It runs so smoothly!

If I'm being completely honest the fried dough may have been a bigger motivator to getting me there than the actual events ! What can I say. . . I love some fried dough loaded with powdered sugar!

In addition to watching the crew events on the river there is a lot of other things going on.  You can shop, eat and party in all the tents.  There are numerous vendors there including mini stores from New Balance and Brook Brothers just to name a couple.

If this picture doesn't say CREW I don't know what does.  I had a chuckle to myself while watching this group cheer on their team!

The colors along the river are gorgeous this time of year and made for the perfect backdrop for the events!  I couldn't get over some of the trees.  So pretty!

Oh and you should definitely watch where you are going.  While I was staring off into the river. . . or at the trees with their pretty foliage. . . or maybe I was dreaming of more fried dough. . . I got knocked in the head by a boat or a "shell" as I guess it is officially called.  Yeah that was embarrassing.  Luckily it was just a bump and not that hard. But seriously these boats are being carried through crowds with thousands of people not paying attention.  Not a good mix!

And just for fun had to jump in this huge chair for a photo op! Ha!

It was a nice afternoon and I'm glad I went!  Not if it was cold I don't think it would be quite as fun so if you ever come keep your fingers crossed that it is a beautiful weekend like this one!

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