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Eight Years Get Me Every Time

Skyline_BostonGMETHappy Labor Day, guys!

Here’s hoping you had a great long weekend. Today, I’m celebrating our (last) day off (as two) and along with it, eight years in (greater) Boston. Eight great, wonderful, amazing, long, short, life-changing years.

Instead of recapping my 8 years here, I thought I’d give you guys my eight reasons to love (greater) Boston. Some are quite obvious. Others, maybe it’s just me.

FreedomTrail_BostonGMET1. History: it’s everywhere. A trip down the Freedom Trail teaches you about a lot of it, but it’s all over greater Boston.

Mass_BostonGMET2. Seasons: After growing up in a place where we basically had two seasons, warm and hot, I’m in love with all of Mother Nature’s glory and the seasonal wardrobe that goes along with it.

Sports_BostonGMET3. Sports: I might not cheer for all the Boston/New England teams (You can’t take the Pittsburgh out of the girl.) but I love that we have access to professional sporting events year round. And I love the way this city gets behind a (winning) team.

Holidays_BostonGMET4. Shopping: From every major retailer to small shops like Pod and SOWA, you can really find everything you need.

MBTA_BostonGMET5. Transportation: If you live here you know we all have a love/hate relationship with the MBTA. But, live in a city where public transportation isn’t so great and you’ll appreciate even more.

6. The Burbs: I just made the jump last year, but I already/so far love living outside of the city yet so close to it at the same time.
Boats_BostonGMET7. Water, water everywhere: the above photo was taken on my lunch break. Because most places in the city you can go for a short walk and see some body of water, be in the river, the harbor, the channel, etc. Love it.

8. Eating Up: I haven’t written about every single place I’ve ever eaten (that’s a blog in itself) but you know from the all the food Instagrams and posts like Cutty’s and Jimmy’s Bar that I’m not one to turn down a good meal. And there are plenty of those to be had in the Boston area.

There are so many great reasons to love Boston and New England and I can’t wait to spend (at least) the next eight years getting to experience all of it.

French Macarons Get Me Every Time

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Do you ever look for signs of things to come? Say for instance, spring? I think it’s fair to say we all do. My favorite sign of spring for years has been one that comes before trees bud and crocuses come up. It happens usually before all the snow melts and before the winter boots have been put away. It’s the squawk that makes you turn your head to the sky. Geese. That familiar “V” appears in the sky and you know that we’re inching ever closer to spring as the annual migration begins.

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I can say, I think we’ve almost made it, you guys. Not only are the geese getting rowdy, but here in Boston, more and more food trucks are coming out of hibernation. And this year, already, I can tell my favorite truck, a new one at that, is Cameo Macaron.

Macaron3I ordered two dozen of these guys and Cameo Macaron founder Kinesha Goldson personally delivered them for National Macaron Day. I gotta say, those colorful tasty little cookies cannot be beat. And since they’re naturally gluten free, I’m going to tell you to go get your own, buyer’s keepers.

Good news, guys. Cameo Macaron is now operating a weekly schedule. Starting today, you’ll be able to spot that pink truck around town. Check the schedule or follow on Twitter to find out where and when. And don’t forget to follow Cameo’s Instagram for some eye candy that will leave you chasing this pink truck across Boston.

 

 

Life Lately Gets Me Every Time


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Well hey you guys. Look what I cooked up over the weekend. No, not another burger. A new look. What do you think? Let me know if anything looks wonky and I’ll get to fixing it. There will be some more tweaks in the coming days, so just hang with me while I get this new space all nice and comfy for ya.

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A special welcome to any new faces that I met on Monday night at the Boston Bloggers meet-and-greet. I prefer to call this my “girls’ night out,” but there were actually a few fellas in the crowd at Scampo at the Liberty Hotel. Note to self, plan a special dinner here.

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Emily (above) from The Great Wide Open and I are coworkers, so we went to the meet-up together. But get this, even though we work within 100 vertical yards of one another, we really only met because of our blogs. That’s the silly, crazy blogosphere for you. Be sure to check in on Emily’s blog this week… she sat down with Kenneth Jay Lane last week. I know, right?

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One more item to check out. Kristyn Ulanday and Max Esposito are two BU grads who are making a name for themselves. And that name is Full Frame America. We hit up the premiere of their first documentary, The Druid City, over the weekend. It’s the story of T-town (Tuscaloosa, for all those non-Alabamians) rebuilding after a massive tornado moved through a couple years ago.

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Since part of the film’s focus is about the Crimson Tide, Max & Kristyn commissioned me to make two crimson elephant business card holders for the event. They looked pretty snazzy amongst all their photos. If you want to check out the film and you’re in the Boston area, make arrangements to be at the Boston International Film Festival this April. The Druid City just got accepted.

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And speaking of elephants, check out this prototype I’m making for the Etsy shop. What do you think? An elephant pencil holder. Pretty great, huh? Still working on the kinks, but I have a feeling these guys will fly off the shelves.

 

Snow Days Get Me Every Time

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So, faithful followers. It snowed. A lot. And then it snowed more. And the plows kept coming through. But my neighborhood still looked like this when I stepped outside as the last flurries fell on Saturday. Quaint, isn’t it? I could tell you all the scientific details about how much snow fell and wind speeds and all that, but, I’m not. Instead, just take a glimpse at my cute little neighborhood. All the snow. And David trying to figure out if/when we should dig the car out.snow snow3 snow4 snow7 snow6 snow8 snow9 snow10 snow11

*note, we have not dug the car out yet. don’t hate.

 

Charlestown at Night Gets Me Every Time

20130205-081246.jpgIf you live in Boston, or you’ve visited, you know that it’s a city of many neighborhoods. And though I’ve lived in the area for almost seven years, I fell like I have hardly glimpsed some neighborhoods—Charlestown is one of those. So the other night, David and I had dinner there and took a brisk, both cold and speedy, walk around “the town.” Some of the photos are a bit grainy, but I don’t even mind.

20130205-081252.jpgNow, if you’ve never been to Boston, the Freedom Trail is the red line of bricks that winds through the city all the way to Charlestown, giving you the opportunity to see the city and 16 historic sites along the way. It begins in Boston Common and ends here, at the Bunker Hill Monument.

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charlestown6Perhaps my favorite part of our stroll was looking back on the city. When you’re in it every day, you forget what a beautiful skyline you are actually sitting in, working, being a part of it daily.

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I’m excited to go back to Charlestown in the spring when it’s a little warmer. It also made me want to explore other neighborhoods. Who’s with me?

City Lights Get Me Every Time

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The other evening I took the night off from making Toyidermy to take a quick stroll around Boston. I wanted to get caught up in the holiday spirit, and that’s just what I did. The city can be a magical place during the holidays—I’ve got photos to prove it. Just take a look.

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I love these reindeer. I may have to go back and get one. But enough about me. Check out the lights.

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This is one of my favorite houses in our neighborhood and it’s even better during the holidays. lights11

The holidays can be so hectic, it’s nice to stop and enjoy them once and a while. I suggest you and yours do the same. Happy Holidays!

A (G)Old Fan Gets Me Every Time

Remember when I went to SOWA a few weeks ago and picked up something from the vintage market? Well, this is it. A lil retro metal fan. I promise I took some before photos of this guy, but I cannot seem to find them, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you the base was a rustic light green color. Well, most of it was. The other parts of it were bare metal that was starting to get a little rusty.

So, I grabbed a can of spray paint, and voila. I was originally going to use a golden yellow, but I thought the metallic gold really classed it up a bit. A $20 retro fan given new life. Thanks SOWA Vintage Market!

The Emerald Necklace Gets Me Every Time

So often I hear friends talking about how they don’t take advantage of where they live. Be it New York, Florida or right here in Boston. Lately, I’ve been feeling the same way between work obligations, trips away from the city and just plain being busy. But recently Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I made time to enjoy what’s steps from our front door—Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

The Emerald Necklace is a series of parks that winds through the city and is just lovely most any season of the year. Filled with walking paths, water features, bridges and open space, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day, or week, at the office.

We were in “The Riverway” park which is accessible by the Green “D” Line from the “Longwood” stop. It’s a quiet place that’s great for families, dogs and joggers alike.

The day we were there it was also a great place for ducks. And geese. Apparently the park’s designer, Frederick Olmsted, designed each park as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle not only for people but for birds too.

Olmsted believed strongly in democracy and thought that parks could be a meeting grounds for people of all classes and backgrounds. And, ya know, I think I agree with him. The Emerald Necklace boasts much beauty throughout the city. Perhaps we’ll find time to explore another park this weekend. And I suggest you do the same.

 

A Trip To SOWA Gets Me Every Time

This past weekend, Labor Day Sunday, I took another trip to Boston’s South End to check out some more of the goodness that is SOWA. My friend, Jill, and I had been planning an outing for some time and we picked the perfect Sunday to go.

We started by checking out some local artisans including Fiber & Water. Their designs were great their product value unbeatable—one print, with matte and frame for $35, or 2 for $60. Love it. They do custom orders too, so be sure to check out their burlap prints.

We spotted one of our coworkers showing off his fantastic prints at Upside Down Grin and after a quick chat we were back to hunting down some girlie things, like great jewels from Camla. Her designs were light, natural and ethereal. Definitely everyday wears.

Then, we spotted these great wool-felted bags from Sarah Kingsley Designs. In a way, they were a bit nostalgic of the woven purses I carried in middle and high school. But, the bright colors and bold combinations brought me right back to 2012.

Finally, we headed indoors where Jill and I both snagged some vintage goods at delicious prices. (more on that soon, promise) and speaking of delicious, a trip to SOWA, just wouldn’t be complete without swinging through the fresh, local food stands. This may have been my last trip of the season (a busy fall coming up), so I’m thrilled we made a point to go. There’s always new sellers to check out, so it’s a great way to start any Sunday in Boston.