117. Visit My Sisters in Boston

When I first graduated, most of my friends still lived in the Rochester area. Now that it’s been a few years, my friends have scattered themselves all over the country. A few of my sorority sisters, including my best friend Ariel, are currently living in Boston. I love the city of Boston and I hadn’t seen Ariel in nearly two years, so I was really excited when Jackie, Ariel, and I started planning this trip in December!

Ariel and I five years ago.

Ariel and I five years ago.

The Good?

Fajitas and ‘Ritas! Fajitas and ‘Ritas is a Tex-Mex restaurant in Boston that specializes in fajitas and margaritas. Ariel, Jackie, and I met my friend Sam there and had a very filling lunch that started in typical us-fashion by spilling half a pitcher of margarita all over our table. Next time I go to Boston, I’m definitely parking my butt there for a few hours.

This is why we can't have nice things.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Going Out I don’t really go out much in Reading. I like staying home and hanging out with my best friend aka my free-loader roommate aka my dog. Ariel and Jackie are on the same page as me, but we planned one staying in night and one going out night. We had so much fun on our going out night AND Ariel had an Uber coupon so we basically got home for free. I really liked the place we went (I unfortunately cannot remember the name), mostly because I was with my friends, it wasn’t too crowded, and they were playing good music.

Freezing our butts off at the bus stop!

Freezing our butts off at the bus stop!

Sunday Brunch On Sunday morning, we found ourselves sitting in the living room debating between going to a diner or driving a little further to this farm with a restaurant on it. We chose the farm-restaurant. The restaurant itself was tiny and there was a long wait, but it was SO worth it! I was going to get my usual (eggs benedict) but then saw that they had lobster eggs benedict. When in Rome Boston!

Breakfast of champions.

Breakfast of champions.

Reunited and it feels so goooodJust being in the same place at the same time was enough for me! I’ve noticed that whenever I’m on adventures with my sorority sisters, we manage to turn wherever we’re staying into a mini-version of our sorority house. Ariel’s apartment was no different. With our arrival, there was suddenly an abundance of monogrammed shirts, purple everything, Disney princess cups, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and clothes everywhere. Some of my favorite moments of the trip were just sitting around talking.

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The Not-So-Good?

Craft Show Ariel purchased tickets to this major craft show for us to go to over the weekend. It was actually a lot smaller than we expected it to be and everything that was there was SUPER expensive – furniture, glass sculptures, other stuff we could never dream of affording or creating ourselves. Probably the only reason we somewhat enjoyed it was that we went straight there from Fajitas and ‘Ritas.

We didn’t see our other sisters. Plans fell through with the two other sisters we were supposed to see that weekend. I actually haven’t seen Laurel and Kadley since I graduated, so that was kind of crummy. It didn’t help that our “plans” consisted of “let’s text each other later” which is literally my least favorite way to make plans. Luckily our sorority’s big twenty year celebration is next year, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing them (and everybody else) next spring.

Sebbie’s “special treat”. Ariel has a GIANT dog named Sebastian. He is unaware that he is giant and will try to sit in your lap. He is especially a fan of looking you in the eye, meaning he puts his paws on your shoulders and gives you a good stare down. The first night we were there, Ariel, Jackie, and I went to the store to get some things to make dinner. Jackie and I both are dog owners, so we took the normal precautions – zip everything or put it where the dog can’t get it. Apparently Sebbie knows how to use a zipper and we came home to find tampons EVERYWHERE. Hope those tasted good, Seb!

I can't imagine that they tasted very good.

I can’t imagine that they tasted very good.

 

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and MUCH too short! Jackie is coming down for the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale in June and I think both Ariel and Jackie are going to come down once I’m in my new apartment. Here’s hoping my sisters and friends continue moving cool places so I can do some more traveling!

Looking at the List #1

So why do I want to do the things I want to do? I would love to say that each and every task on this list is deeply meaningful to me, but I’d be lying. Some of these are things that I just want to experience. For those that do have meaning (and a meaning I feel like sharing) I’ll post a little bit about it so y’all can get to know me better!

3. Host a brunch.

I’m weirdly obsessed with brunch. Who need to day drink in some grubby backyard when it’s socially acceptable to hit up a cute cafe with your girlfriends and enjoy unlimited mimosas? I recently went to an amazing brunch with my home friends and while it’s nice to not have to worry about cooking or clean up, I do prefer the more relaxed environment of someone’s home. I don’t have the space for it (yet) but someday I would love to host a brunch for my friends complete with cute decorations, yummy food, and plenty of champagne!

Brunch at the Frog Pond

Me at the Frog Pond in 2011

4. Go on a vacation with friends.

Probably the only perk of being an only child was that I got to take a friend or two on vacation with me when I was growing up. Those trips are some of my best memories…we cause quite a bit of mayhem all up and down the eastern seaboard. I was also lucky enough to go on several overnight trips during high school (being a “band geek” had its benefits). My senior year, we got to go to Disney World for an entire week.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go on a trip like this since high school. Any trip I’ve had with friends since then has involved sleeping on someone’s couch. We haven’t had the money to take off work, buy plane tickets, or stay in hotels. Now that most of us have full time jobs with paid time off, it’s possible to plan a trip like this!

Annndddd the good news is I am! At the end of the month I’m going to Disney World with my big and my little! I can’t wait to cross something off my 300 list AND update everybody about the fun things we did!

5. Come up with 300 things I want to (and think I can) do!

This is pretty obvious…can’t have 300 before 30 without the 300. As of October first, I had made it just about to 100. I’ve been asking friends for suggestions and looking at other people’s lists to get ideas. I also am looking forward to getting suggestions from any random strangers that happen across this blog.

6. Move off campus.

When I was touring colleges in high school, the dorm tours were my FAVORITE. I enjoyed seeing how everybody decorated and arranged their rooms. I couldn’t wait to buy all sorts of cute matching shit from Target. In fact, I still enjoy seeing how my students decorate their rooms…but I’m not eighteen anymore…I want to live somewhere with a porch and a yard!

Living in an on-campus (and in-residence) apartment is one of the “benefits” of my job. It’s got its ups and downs (hence the quotation marks). The rent is cheap, the commute is great, and facilities was even able to wrestle up a spare dresser so I buy and put together another piece of Ikea furniture. So what are some of the negatives? Fire alarms at 2 am. Students around CONSTANTLY. The fact that my not being homeless COMPLETELY depends on my having THIS job. And at the end of the day, no matter how much I try to improve my apartment, it still feels very much like a dorm.

One of my ResLife friends recently moved to Indiana with her husband and kids and one of the things that I was most excited about for her was that she was moving from an on campus apartment to a cute little house! I know that I won’t be moving off campus any time soon, but I really hope I’m not celebrating my thirtieth birthday in an on campus apartment.

8. Go back to Quebec City.

I have two memories EVER of watching the Olympics. The more recent one was maybe the most recent Summer Olympics. I was in a bar and I happened to look up to see the results of some rowing competition, only to see the name of a kid from my hometown on TV. The other memory was from the Summer Olympics in 2004. My parents and I were in Quebec City and they left me alone in our hotel to go do something that I was most likely too young to take part in Being a moody teenager, I was completely okay with being left alone with just the TV…except that every channel was in French. So…I watched the Olympics in French.

Quebec City was BEAUTIFUL. North America isn’t exactly known for its historic settlements, but parts of Quebec City are OLD. When I visited, I was old enough to run around the city on my own, but too young to do any of the “fun” things and too poor to do any of the fun things. I’ve heard they have some unique activities in the winter, but since all of my friends and family hate the cold, it looks like this will have to be a warm weather trip.

My parents made a reservation here for one night as a birthday present to me!