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My adventures in the tunnel (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 32)

You know those days where you wake up and you can feel it in your bones – this day was just not meant to be a good one for me – ?

I woke up with that feeling today, and boy! was I right on target.

On my way to work (Wakefield) from Colin’s (Newton) my car decided to break down on 93 North inside the tunnel. I was just trucking along, la di da da, on my way to work, when hmm… that’s weird… my car is just slowing down… maybe I should get into the right lane?… hmmm what is happening?… come on car, please make it to the end of the tunnel…

No such luck. Called the police and thank the dear Lord, the cop came so quickly! It was scary in that tunnel – cars were whizzzzzzzzzzing by me. Each one looked like they were going to slam into my car. Thank the dear Lord for the emergency tunnel tow truck the cop called, I owe the tow man a HUGE THANK YOU. So:

Mr. Tow Truck if you’re reading,

Thank you for rescuing me!

Hugs and kisses,

The tall frazzled freak :)

Anyway, to make a long and adventurous story short, my tow truck hero towed me to the Police Barracks in Southie to meet up with my hero of a boyfriend who thankfully has AAA (because I don’t. yay!). The AAA tow truck then towed my car to Colin’s auto body place in Newton where it still waits to hear its fate…

Just to add to the ridiculousness of this story, please keep in mind that my car inspection sticker expired in October plus the fact that my car is registered in MA with MA plates but I still have a NY license. I thought I was going to get arrested. But I didn’t. And I swear I’ll take care of all of that expired inspection sticker and MA license stuff asap.

Who decided to allow me to drive? Or to be an adult?

Ok enough of that. I decided to still be kind today even though today wasn’t necessarily kind to me. Meg’s school had an open house tonight to show off all the beautiful renovations they have done. I was invited and I wanted to show my support for the fabulous school (it’s amazing, an all boys school in Lawrence – Bellesini Academy). I went and it was so nice to see the boys giving tours – they are awesome! I saw a bunch of people who I haven’t seen in a while as well, so it was great to catch up.

On another note, I have three words for you: tomorrow is Friday.

Goodnight!

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Boy, did I ‘ever save’ with Eversave

First and foremost, Easter was wonderful yesterday. We went to mass bright and early and since it was beautiful out again we hung out outside most of the day. We did come in for a delicious dinner and an amazing Celtics game (more on that in a minute…)

Some pictures from dinner and most importantly dessert…

All set for dinner!

mmm mmm good - Mrs. Temple's lemon cookies !

Ricotta pie - so good !

Another shot of the ricotta pie

Lots of extra hard boiled eggs lying around from Easter? Try some of these recipes from Women’s Health Magazine!

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20356798_1,00.html

Ok back to the Celtics… At this point I don’t even care how up and down they’ve been lately because you know why? They put Lebron in his place yesterday, which in turn put Celtics fans in their place as well – their happy place. The game was a nail biter and I honestly didn’t know if they could finish. They were up twenty points at times – they were ahead the whole game – but at the end it was thisclose! I’m pretty sure Lebron along with the rest of the Cavs thought they were going to pull through and win, but they didn’t! I’m so proud of the Celts! C’s 117, Cavs 113 :)

Yesterday was also opening day at Fenway – the Sox played the Yanks – and also won! Big day for Boston sport’s fans! Sox 9, Yankees 7.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/2010/04_04_10_sox_pregame/?camp=localsearch:on:twit:hp

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/04/there_really_is_a_dr_dre-jay-z.html – Dr. Dre was at the game showing off some of his new ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ Red Sox headphones. He also said that his first single off his new album Detox features Jay-Z (called ‘Under Pressure.’ Sounds intriguing…)

This little boy is amazing -

In other Red Sox news, Victoria’s Secret is now selling MLB gear to make the ladies (and the men?) happy. Check it out -

http://www.vspink.com/style_guide/mlb_collection.jsp

Today’s Groupon is $20 for $40 worth of Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Tantric India Bistro – 123 Stuart Street, Boston

http://tantricbistro.com/home/

http://www.groupon.com/boston

Their side deal is $12 for $25 worth of tea and accessories from the Tea District

http://www.groupon.com/deals/tea-district-boston

Redeem online here – http://www.teadistrict.com/

Today’s coupon from CoupMe is $15 for $30 worth of gourmet tea and coffee delivered to your door

http://www.coupme.com/

http://www.aromaridge.com/

Today’s deal from LivingSocial is $120 to spend on dance classes for only $30 at the Balera School of Ballroom Dance in Newton!

http://livingsocial.com/deals/1385-68-off-dance-classes

http://baleraballroom.mfbiz.com/

Rialto Restaurant offers $1 oysters on Mondays starting at 5:30pm at One Bennett Street, Harvard Square. Check it out -

http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/news/

The Red Rock Bistro (Swampscott) also has $1 oysters on Monday, as well as $1 Sliders, Corndogs and Grilled shrimp!

http://redrockbistro.com/Pages/monday_dollar_days.html

Want to ‘Find Wine on a Tight Budget’? Go to the Boston Wine School’s class this Wednesday (April 7th) from 6:30pm-8:30pm and taste affordable wines around the $10 mark.

More info here – http://www.bostonwineschool.com/

Purchase tickets here – https://www.localwineevents.com/tickets/i_want/295465

The people have spoken – Lady Gaga is most influential -

http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/04/public_deems_lady_gaga_exponte.html

Great tips for shopping on a budget from Style Boston -

http://www.necn.com/03/17/10/Tips-for-shopping-well-on-a-budget-/landing_styleboston.html?blockID=199149&feedID=4418

And, lastly I will leave you with this -

I *just* found out about http://www.eversave.com/boston. They just launched their website and are ready to bring you the *best* deals around the Boston area. Not only are they bringing you amazing deals, you’ll be giving back to the community with each purchase. 10% of the proceeds from select ‘Saves’ will go to local schools and charities. Think about it, you’ll actually be feeling good (not guilty)about spending! It’s a *win-win-win* situation – you get an awesome gift certificate to the hottest restaurants, spas, hotels, classes, etc., you save money, and you’re giving back to those in need. Gotta love that combo! :)

Read more here -

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Eversave-Launches-New-Group-Buying-Site-That-Offers-Consumers-Big-Discounts-Supports-1142538.htm

Today’s deal at Eversave (Boston edition) is $25 for $50 worth of food and drinks at Mantra – 52 Temple Place, Boston. Sounds amazing! More information at Mantra’s website here – http://www.mantrarestaurant.com/

Enjoy!

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!

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