Sunday Funday

So turns out that I wrote the majority of all my blog posts while I was wasting away of boredom at my old job. Now that I have a new job I have way way less free time lol. But I have a moment now so I figured I’d slap something up.

I had a fairly whirlwind weekend this past weekend…which was a nice change of pace. On Saturday afternoon my bestie and I went to this cool terrarium making party at a local glass shop where she blows glass (I hang with a talented crew lol). We got to make wet and dry terrariums. NOTE: every single time I think or say terrarium I confuse it with a house for spiders…I think they sound the same). Anyhow–I was pumped because a wet terrarium is essentially creating a Jurassic Park type scene in a jar! Spoilers mine has a pterodactyl in it! Boom.

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It was our other friend K’s birthday this weekend so we had some extra fun activities planned. We spent a fun hour kayaking on the Charles River. It was a murky chilly type day but it was really fun.

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We couldn’t really continue the party because we all soaking wet, but a bunch of us met up later that night to eat tacos and watch Game of Thrones. My contribution was cupcakes. But not just any old cupcakes…these were the stuff 90s kids dreams are made of. They were vanilla cupcakes with purple frosting and pop rocks on top! You can hear them snap crackle and pop on you plate…and then comes that creepy-but-awesome blitzkrieg of pop that happens the second they hit your mouth lol. They were really fun!

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Overall, it was a solid weekend with my lady pals 🙂

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The Story of How I Kicked 2012’s A**

Well…we’re a solid 2 days into 2013 now. So far so good I’d say. And with a new year comes the inevitable blitzkrieg of resolutions (I mean seriously, have you read Facebook lately?). But this isn’t really one of those things. Last year I made a resolution to actively try more things/new experiences. And I thought now would be a good time to share with you how I totally crushed it.

I’m going to give you all a little breakdown of some of the things I tried this past year.

January: Joined the gym; started personal training; started a BLOG! (yup…my baby’s a year old!) Accepted a salary position at my job.

February: Took the Foreign Service Exam (sadly didn’t pass…sigh); actively participated in karaoke; Joined the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus; Went to the trampoline park!

The ladies and I hit up the trampoline park and spent an evening bouncing around.

The ladies and I hit up the trampoline park and spent an evening bouncing around.

March: Went to Chicago; signed up for online dating (yikes); went on the first date with my boyfriend.

The ladies and I at the Bean!

The ladies and I at the Bean!

the couple

April: Went to Gotye show; tried Paint Nite for the first time; went to a High School party with my bestie in our mid-20s.

 

Gotye show 1 of 2 this year. This time at the House of Blues.

Gotye show 1 of 2 this year. This time at the House of Blues. Look at how close we were!

First Paint Nite experience!

First Paint Nite experience!

May: Went to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s show; went to Feist show; tried a scorpion bowl; date night at Top of the Hub

Awesome Feist show at the House of Blues!

Awesome Feist show at the House of Blues!

Yup…there he is…standing right in front of me!

June: Visited Indiana and road tripped though Ohio for my friend E’s amazing wedding!! Was a date at a NJ wedding; participated in a Young Professionals Day of Service with the MA Women’s Political Caucus; saw Hello Dolly with my mom and sis!

the BEAUTIFUL couple!

the BEAUTIFUL couple!

Hello Dolly!

July: Watched my first UFC fight night; went kayaking; saw the Totem Cirque du’Soleil show; went to Rufus Wainwright and Ingrid Michaelson show!

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Kayaking like a champ

August: Went swimming in an indoor/outdoor salt water pool; had a lady boating adventure in New Hampshire

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The view of the lake from the boat

That time we played ladder ball and pretended to be Olympic commentators lol

That time we played ladder ball and pretended to be Olympic commentators lol

September: Went paddle boarding on the Cape; jumped off the boardwalk (so scary lol); white water rafting in Maine; Pentatonix show; had High Tea; went to Phantom Gourmet Food Phest; saw Gotye again at BofA Pavillion.

Going through the rapids!

Going through the rapids!

some singing action

some singing action

Mom, Z and the sis at Phantom Phest!

Mom, Z and the sis at Phantom Phest!

October: Pottery painting; went to a political rally and met Elizabeth Warren!; The Royal Concept Show; Halloween Scavenger Hunt in Salem; Haunted Corn Maze!

I painted the crap outta this tea pot!

I painted the crap outta this tea pot!

Oh you know...that time M and I met Elizabeth Warren

Oh you know…that time M and I met Elizabeth Warren

The time I the haunted corn maze scared me half to death

The time I the haunted corn maze scared me half to death

The Royal Concept and Frank + Derol were AMAZING

The Royal Concept and Frank + Derol were AMAZING

November: wine tasting and outdoor concert at Nashoba Valley Winery; saw the new version of The Nutcracker; took a gun shooting lesson; took a trip to Philly.

yummy wines on the grass at Nashoba Valley

yummy wines on the grass at Nashoba Valley

watch out...cause this girl can shoot.

watch out…cause this girl can shoot.

Philly Cheesesteaks in Philly!

Philly Cheesesteaks in Philly!

December: Attended a video game tournament; saw Seussical the Musical; saw The Slutcracker; hosted my first dinner party!

Local theater production of Seussical the Musical

Local theater production of Seussical the Musical

If you haven't seen this yet...go see it next year ;)

If you haven’t seen this yet…go see it next year 😉

Got to use my punch bowl at my ladies night party!

Got to use my punch bowl at my ladies night party!

Overall, I got to do some really fun things in 2012. I have loved keeping this blog and am so excited that more people are starting to read and follow it. I also did some awesome crafts and made some great treats but since they’re already on the blog I left those out.

I wanted to thank everyone who takes to the time to check out my ramblings and kitchen shenanigans; you helped make my year extra special!

I hope everyone had a great New Year’s and are planning some epic adventures for the year to come!

And fun times were had by all…

So the past two weeks have actually been a bit busy. Thinking back, they weren’t even that busy…it’s more that they were filled with fun times. I’ll catch you up to speed.

First of the fun times was last Sunday (well actually it was the Sunday before that but words escape me sometimes…). Some gal pals that I work with decided to have a Lady Date. We made some tasty challah bread, ate some pizza and beer, and watched A League of Their Own. So clearly we had the best day ever. It was really fun. We kneeded and braided that dough like champs and coated with not one, but TWO egg washes. BOOM. You can read more about our baking adventure on my friend Maren’s blog here.

I wish I could tell you something interesting about my week (Monday-Friday) but to be perfectly honest I don’t remember anything about it. I guess its safe to assume nothing terribly remarkable happened.

But this past weekend I went to New Hampshire with the fam. It was loads of fun. We went kayaking, and chilled by the fire and made smores…mmmm smores…. I really only bring this up because 1. kayaking is super fun (first time going!) 2. smores are delicious and always warrant a shout out and 3. on the way back from NH we stopped for lunch and I had this amazing lemonade.


The lemonade that I had at lunch was “fresh raspberry lemonade” and I decided to recreate it at home. I tweeked it to be fresh strawberry lemonade instead (BOGO strawberries at Stop & Shop woot woot). I cut up some strawberries and added them to some lemonade. I gave it all a good shake shake in my cocktail shaker and poured it into my glass. Then I topped it off with some San Pellegrino Limonata. It’s so refreshing! Also, you could add a little vodka and have a killer cocktail too. Yum Yum.

I also whipped up a batch of Energy Balls I saw on Pintrest. They are no-bake granola bar balls. They are also very easy to make and are totally addicting.

Here’s how you make’em:

-1 cup oats
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/3 cup honey
-2/3 cup shredded coconut
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-1 tsp vanilla

Now I also added chopped nuts and craisins, and cinnamon for extra oomph.

Overall a fairly productive July.

And just for fun I’ll add a silly family pic from the kayaking adventure.