Monthly Archives: August 2012

Boston/10 Year Anniversary Trip

We went to Boston last weekend to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. I want to take a second to say a big giant “Thank You” for all the likes/well-wishes via Facebook and text messages.  That was so sweet of you to think of us on our special day.  The last 10 years has been an incredible journey for both the babes and me, and there was no other place we wanted to celebrate than in our favorite city (yes, I still love NYC, but there’s just something about Boston that I love). 

Friday we drove up, checked in and went to one of our favorite places to eat – Beantown Pub.  Naturally, I had to have my Sam Adams’ Red Brick Beer (you can only get it on tap in Boston – you can’t even buy it a liquor store).  Here we are enjoying our beers:

Afterwards, we headed to the Sam Adams’ Brewery, but yours truly got sick.  I guess the combo of lunch, beer, heat, and exhaustion kicked me in the rear.  Not exactly how I planned on spending our Anniversary, but Eddie was a good sport, so we headed back to our hotel to rest before dinner.  I gave him my letter that I wrote in honor of this special occasion (for the record, I broke out my 12 y/o self with the oragami folding):

For dinner, we went to a place called The Barking Crab.  I heard about it from watching Man vs Food, and it was also recommended by a friend on Facebook.  I tried Lobster for the first time ever; given my aversion to messy meals, I opted for the lobster roll (basically lobster piled onto a hot dog roll).  It was delicious!!!

Here’s Ed, mid-bite.  Nothing like getting all up his personal space!!

Afterwards, we walked around the harbor and just enjoyed the scenery.  We stopped for a bit and reflected on the last 10 years and what we hope for the next 10 years. 

We cabbed it back to the hotel and went to a local bar that we visited before called Jacob Wirth’s.  The last time we were there my BFF Val and I stalked a random celebrity (very D-list, but whatevs).  This time, we happened to be there on piano night.  There was a guy named Mel playing the piano and everyone would shout out different songs for him to play and everyone would sing along.  Eddie and I got a lot of laughs out of it.

Saturday we got up and went to breakfast, then we headed to out to Faneuil Hall/Marketplace and did some shopping.  Afterwards, we went on a cruise from Boston to Salem, MA.  For those who don’t know about Salem, that’s where the witch trials took place and it’s also the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne (author).  Eddie wanted no parts of the Witch Trials, so we just walked around and enjoyed the scenery and stopped at Salem Beer Works for lunch. 

{If this picture doesn’t scream “Yo Shan!” I don’t know what does}

After getting back to Boston, we headed over to the North End (Boston’s “Little Italy” as Ed kept referring to it) and went to Mike’s Pastries.  From what I was told, this place had hands down the best cannoli’s ever.  The Babes (being my resident expert in all things Italian Culture), disagreed.  I thought it was good, but he thought the shell didn’t taste right.  We also got a Lobster Claw and a piece of red velvet cake.  They were all phenomenal (and I’m not much of a sweets eater).

We then headed out and about in the North End and happened to stumble along an Italian Festival/Block Party.  I really wish we were both hungry to try the sausage & pepper sandwiches, the fried dough, or the pizza.  All of it smelled fantastico!

We finally settled back to the hotel to enjoy our pastries and the hotel staff was nice enough to send us a wine and cheese platter in honor of our 10 year anniversary. Ed had me call the front desk to make sure we weren’t going to be charged for this deliciousness before diving in (seriously, he couldn’t leave his cheap ways back in Jersey??).  Thankfully, it was complimentary and we dug in. Besides, if there’s cheese right in front of my face, how can you expect me NOT to eat it!!!

Sunday we got up early and went for breakfast and walked all along Commonwealth Ave.  Seriously, this is my most favorite place it the world.  You can see why in my pictures below.  What I wouldn’t give to live in one of these homes (and to have the funds that go along with it)!!!

Sadly, it was time to head home.  It was a little bittersweet because I would have loved to stay, but we had to get home to our doggies (and yes, I missed them terribly).  But of course, we had to make one last stop on our way home to get our pizza on:

All good things must come to an end.  I’m fortunate for the memories and look forward to going back soon (in fact we are going back up in 2 weeks for an overnight trip for the Miami/Boston College football game, but this is a very, very short trip).  Have any of you taken any good vacations this summer?  Do tell!

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101 in 1001 update – part 1 of 2

So I’m highly embarrassed that I have not updated this in nearly a year.  So much has happened, and quite frankly most nights it’s hard to get on the computer, and thanks to my babes for my iPad, I’ve been too obsessed with Pinterest (and now Instagram) that I do nothing but that….lol.  With that said, here’s a brief update as to where I am on my 101 in 1001 challenge:

#4 – Run the Broad Street 10 Mile Run in Philadelphia – In 2011, I failed this task thanks to over-training, so I was more determined than ever to finish.  My goal was to finish in under 2 hours.  I finished with a chip time of 1 hr, 55 min.  Minus the need to go potty along the way, I felt that I did really well (so well that I wasn’t even sore the next day).  I’m already looking forward to the race next year as it was probably one of the best races I have ever run. Here’s me after the race (and right before the Babes complained that he was “too tired from all the walking he did”):

#9 – Plant a perennial garden in my yard –   Thanks to Facebook, I received some suggestions on what to do with the bare spot in my yard. I  added some azalea bushes (which stay green all year after flowering in early spring), some Coral Bells, and some tulips for the spring.  So far I’ve nearly killed one azalea bush (how is that possible?), but I’m working on bringing that puppy back to life.

#26 – Write a letter to Eddie for him to open on our 10 year wedding anniversary (08.17.12) –   Well, I’m almost complete (meaning that I’ve channeled my inner-nerd and wrote an outline of what I wanted to say like it’s a damn term-paper).  There are so many loving memories/emotions that were present while writing this.  I’m just so thankful for him and the life we’ve built together.  I can’t share this one, like I did last year, just because it’s a bit too personal to share with the whole bloggy world (and I like to have some privacy…lol).  Happy Anniversary Babes – xoxo

#31  – Have my picture taken with Santa Claus –   On 12/3/11 (yeah, I can’t believe it’s really been that long since I blogged), my friends Mike & Sara had their baby girl’s first birthday party – a Winter ‘One’derland.  No winter party is complete without the jolly old fella, so being the mature adult that I am, I had to get my picture taken.  Check out all my cheesey-ness here:

#37 – Have one weekend a month for an entire year without any commitments – Dunzo and I have to say that was one of my favorite tasks.  The two weekends for November/December were 11/12-11/13 and 12/10-12/11.  I’m still trying to continue this, because I know my schedule fills up fast (hell, I have plans well into December already) and I think it’s important to take time for yourself.

#40 – Go see ND/UM Football Game with Eddie in 2012 – well, it’s official.  We are going to Chicago to see Notre Dame/Miami Football Game.  This has been on the Babes radar since 2004 (I think, college football games are sometimes scheduled so far in advance).  I’m pretty excited because I’ve never been to Chicago.  So bring on the deep dish pizza and hopefully a Miami win for the Babes.

#43 – Watch all Godfather Movies –  I’m 2/3, I watched Part I on 8/5, and watched Part II on 8/10.  Most people were shocked that I was married to an Italian and I had never seen them.  I blame the Babes for this one.  He showed me a scene about a horses head in someones bed and I totally spazzed and refused to watch. But since it was on the list, I felt I had to do it.  I will note a few things – (a) they are great movies (despite the whole horses head thingy), (b) Al Pacino was H-O-T (which confirms my attraction to short Italian men) and (c) in typical girl fashion, I recognized every reference to ‘The Godfather’ that was in the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’ (Eddie said those references weren’t true or that he didn’t remember them, but I found them ALL).

#48 – Run a half marathon So basking in my runners high after completing the Broad Street Run, I registered for my first half marathon.  On September 16th, I’m doing the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia.  Sounds pretty cool, but I wish they had a better headliner than Cobra Starship (last year they had Bret Michaels, and I love me some hot 80’s hair-band frontmen, even if his hair is the finest European weave).  I’m pretty excited, but I sincerely doubt I’ll ever run a full marathon (I like to think I’m only 1/2 crazy…lol).

How’s everything going – are you enjoying your summer?  I know I am!