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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Biking, Biking, Biking

Uhm. I wasn't here for awhile. I apologize. I'm not going to say it's not going to happen again either. Just so we are all on the same page! But, I've had a few adventures this summer, so here we go!

I got a new bike at the beginning of the summer, to replace that one that was stolen a few years ago. Stolen from the patio at my old house! And yes, it was locked up! I've biked over 250 and miles this summer (there's an app for that!) and hit up some pretty good trails (and some not so great ones as well). I think my favorite thus far has been the Cape Cod Rail Trail! 


The Nashua River Rail Trail was one of my first bigger rides, I did 10 miles one day and then 12 the next. I realized that a new bike seat was going to be required to make this a long term activity!



Of course there were pigs on the trail?




A bit quieter part of the trail!



This trail was down near Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Only 2,000 miles to Key West, Florida!




Biking along the river in Rhode Island



This is along the Cape Cod Canal (different from the CC Rail Trail!), there are trails on both sides of the canal.
So far, I've done one side twice, mostly because it's generally a pain to cross over the bridge to do the other side!



Yesterday I did my longest ride yet, 17.63 miles on the Minuteman Bikeway that starts right near where I used to live in Cambridge (I started at the other end though, and then turned around in Arlington where I found a town celebration going on and so many people it would have been impossible to continue biking the path for a bit!). Hopefully we have a mild and short winter so I can keep riding as long as possible! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Caribbean Cruise

In March (yes, I know it's May!) I went on a cruise!!! I've never been on a cruise, but it sounded like a good way to see lots of places in a short amount of time, plus I didn't have to worry about finding accommodations in places I had no clue about.

So, my friend Susie and I flew to Tampa, FL on March 10th, cruised away for a week, and returned to Boston on March 17th (yes, St. Patrick's day - you should have seen the people dressed up for the holiday at the airport, it was crazier than Dublin on St. Patrick's Day!).

Day 1 was spent flying, boarding the boat, and an emergency drill.
There was also a nap (inside rooms are the BEST!).
And dinner. 
And more napping which just turned into bedtime.

Day 2 was at sea, traveling towards the Caribbean

Day 3 - Honduras
Our boat, the Norwegian Dawn in Honduras



Roatan Island, Honduras



The back of the buildings where locals were selling goods...



Iguanas!




Chickens!




Susie and I at one of the markets, on top of a hill on the island...



Blue water!



Monkeys! They just jumped into your arms, which was a bit weird, but you got over it quickly!



A parrot...



I forget what this guys is, but he's super adorable...



The Lighthouse
You could pay $1 to climb to the top. 
You could also buy water for another $1.
Which I also did.
It was very humid!!!



Day 4 - Snorkeling in Belize
Obviously it was a bit hard to take photos while snorkeling, so you get the back of the boat.
You'll have to trust me when I tell you that it was AMAZING.
The fish were so cool, the coral was crazy (it's the second largest reef in the world). 




After snorkeling we had about an hour on a small private beach, it was a nice place to sit and read (it was a really small island, there wasn't a ton to do!). 







It was still pretty though!



Day 5 - Snorkeling in Costa Maya, Mexico
Again, hard to photograph the snorkeling!
This time though, we took small, two seater boats out to our snorkeling site.
It was nuts.
I'm pretty sure that I thought I was going to get tossed out of the boat at one point.
And I was driving at that point.
We went out there, somewhere!





After our adventure we had a bit more of the day to spend at a private beach club.
Drinks included.
It's a good thing we left around 1pm.
It could have been bad!





Day 6 - Tulum near Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Technically our port was Cozumel, and perhaps we should have just gone with that.
But instead, we went to the mainland and went to the Tulum Ruins.
The sea was very rough that day and we had to ferry about an hour to land.
Very rough is an understatement.
Many people got seasick (not me). 
Susie did. 
But, we finally made it!

Tulum
Mayan Ruins
And a few thousand of our closest friends...















A market near the ruins...



Sunset that evening as we were leaving port...



Yes, they really do towel animals on cruise ships!
This was the BEST!



Day 7 - At sea






And there you have it. It was an awesome way to spend a vacation, and a great way to get from place to place with little effort and planning. I don't know if I'd do it again, but if I did I'd probably spend a bit more and go on one of the nicer ships (ours wasn't bad by any means, but it was definitely the lower end of cruise ships, though let's be honest, it's not the low end (as in, our boat and cruise line doesn't have a strong history of breaking down mid trip!). 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

With Love, From Boston

I realize it's been many months since I've last posted, but let's set that aside, shall we?

As I'm sure you all know, Boston has been the recipient of massive amounts of new coverage over the past few days, and I'm even more sure that you all know why.

I moved to Boston over 4 years ago, for a year, just for something new. I'm still here. And I'm still staying.

Most Massachusetts drivers are referred to as "Massholes". I'm not going to lie, it can totally be true. But if you're going to mess with our city, you'll have to watch out. And yes, I can say our. It's mine as well. You see, once you move to Boston, you're one of them. They don't make it a choice here. You just are.

It's up to you whether you want to embrace the accent or not (I've chosen the "not" option), but I know what people mean when they talk about their "cah" and "Hahvard". I've even "pahked my cah in Hahvard Yahd" before (true story, I have).

I live far enough from Cambridge and Watertown that on Friday, if I turned off the TV, I could blissfully be unaware of the terrible events that were unfolding mere miles away. Sure, I wasn't supposed to leave my house and yes, most things in Boston were closed that day, but I was planning on working at home that day anyways. You see, I'm part of a nanny group in the area and we were planning an event for Saturday at MIT. Friday was dedicated to working on that, and I still did, with the hopes that terrorists weren't going to stop us from holding our event.

It became clear around 5pm, that even if they caught the suspect, we weren't going to have time to get the supplies we needed for the event the next day, never mind the fact that our attendees weren't enthusiastic about coming to a location where someone was shot and killed days earlier, not to mention the tension throughout the city. It was best to postpone the event, and so we did.

But you know what? We're still holding that event in the coming weeks.

We're also still living our lives. It turns out, that Boston will indeed shut down an entire city to find one person. And our officers will find them, along with the FBI and the public. We do not mess around.

I'm proud to be a Bostonian. I'm proud of the people here. I'm proud of the community, our police, our firefighters, and our emergency response teams, the people working in the hospitals that day, and our citizens who ran towards danger instead of away to help those in need.

Here's to Boston! And lots of healing, remembering, and going forward...






Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Yes. It has been a month since my last post. I'm not sure where time goes either.

But, Happy New Year! Well. Almost. And almost Happy Birthday to me!

I last left you off somewhere in November. Let's get updated quickly. It has now snowed in Boston. I'm a bit sad, but it's New England, so what did I expect? I missed the actual snowfall, I arrived home to it yesterday. Thankfully it's nowhere near the 80 inches that we got two winters ago. I still can't really talk about that winter...

Anyways.

I just got back from a week in Jersey City (very near Manhattan, if you must know) and Maryland, visiting friends, having Christmas, and otherwise relaxing. I'm serious about the relaxing. There are no photos from this trip because I didn't really do anything. It was nice to be with friends though!

I was also computer-less for a week or so, which put a damper in blogging. It's fixed now, so that's good. Here's to hoping 2013 is a bit cheaper on car repairs and computer repairs. I'd like to really go on vacation this year!

So, Happy New Year and see you in 2013.

Hopefully not a month into 2013.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Three Years!

At the beginning of November we celebrated three years. Three years of being with the kids I nanny for. This marks the longest in my adult life that I have stayed at one job. Let's not actually examine that closer, I prefer not to.

The baby was just a baby when I started. Today? She's 3 and 11/12 (seriously, ask her how old she is and this is what you'll get). The big kids are 7 and 9 and are in first and third grade. I never seriously thought I'd nanny for a third grader. And yet, it seems so right.

They are a wonderful family and we have many more years ahead of us together (let's all be thankful for jobs that will never be downsized or outsourced!).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Being a Paid Blogger!

Me.

I know, I laughed too, don't worry.

No, not this blog. Let's be honest. My mom reads this and about two other people.

But, I've managed to get myself a paid blogging gig, which I'm certainly not going to laugh at! Shockingly, it's for a nanny blog (okay, maybe not so shockingly!).

Please don't expect life-altering articles, because that's probably not going to happen. Ever.

But. Here you go: Activities to do with Kids for Thanksgiving

Go ahead. Be amazed...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunrise, Hyannis, and Rock Harbor

A long day of adventure was what this day was! I was determined to watch the sunrise on Cape Cod, so I committed and did it. And then went back to my cabin and took a big fat nap!



Sunrise
















After a nap I met a friend and her kids for the morning and for lunch! 
After that I explored some of Hyannis and found Veteran's Park and the Korean War Memorial Site




War Memorial












A vist to Cape Cod Vineyard (and a small wine tasting)!
Not quite as great as the Truro Vineyard though...








And then a sunset at Rock Harbor in Orleans on my way home.
Unfortunately, I had used my camera to the limits and the battery died about ten minutes into the adventure.
Fortunately? 
My phone takes pretty decent pictures...




There is a line of trees lining the channel into shore...








This was, hands down, the best sunset of the trip!