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!

31. Get the balance of my student loans under their original amount.

The day I’ve been waiting for since 2009 is finally here…I can actually start paying my loans DOWN now.

At 17 when I was signing off on my first student loans, I understood that I was going to have to pay them back at some point in my life. I even understood that there was something called interest which meant I’d actually owe more than what I had borrowed. I just never realized how MUCH more I would owe. 6% tax on a $50 sweater isn’t much. 6% interest on loans on loans on loans IS.

When I first got out of college, I was working three (very) part time jobs. I couldn’t afford the original monthly payments, so they were lowered based on my income. Even though I was putting a little bit of money towards my loans each month, the amount I owed was going up because my loans were accruing more in interest than I was able to pay each month. Ouch. Now that I have a “real” (full time) job, I pay MORE than my minimum payments so I can pay these loans off faster. I know that I won’t always be able to do that – someday I hope to have a house and a family and if I wait until my loans are paid off to do so, that “house” will be a nursing home!

It was incredibly frustrating to feel like I was getting nowhere with my loans…hitting this point is like just being able to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The next milestone should come in a month or two – I will have paid off one loan in full!

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Looking at the List #8

89. Frame my diplomas.

I always joke that my RIT diploma is the most expensive piece of paper I own. And since that piece of paper arrived at my house, it’s been sitting on a shelf in my dad’s closet. I had every intention of ordering a nice frame, except I didn’t have the money for a nice frame. So then I started saying that I would frame my diploma when I had my first office. Well, now I have two offices and two diplomas and no frames. The frames aren’t any cheaper, but I think I could swing it if I made it a priority.

90. Attend a Maury taping.

There are three things that I’ll watch when I’m home sick: The Price is Right, Law and Order SVU, and Maury. I’ve included my FAVORITE Maury clip ever…make sure you watch it! Anywho – the studio that they tape Maury episodes in is MAYBE a five minute walk from my uncle’s apartment. The Jerry Springer show tapes nearby too. Maybe I’ll take a day off and watch both shows get filmed!

95. Live somewhere with in-unit laundry.

I have trouble doing laundry. I will try to go as long as I can in between loads. It’s not that I hate doing laundry, I really don’t mind it. It’s that I can never find TIME to do laundry. My apartment doesn’t have it’s own washer and dryer so I use my dorm’s laundry room. Pros? I can do multiple loads at one time. Cons? There’s never multiple machines open at one time. Honestly, I would LOVE to be able to throw a load in, go run some errands, come back, and switch my laundry out but I can’t do that because if my laundry is in the machine more than a minute past the buzzer, some student will remove it and put it on the table. I try to do my laundry late at night on the weekends since that’s when most students are out and about. One of the apartments on campus has in-unit laundry and I’m soooo jealous.

101. See five movies in theaters.

I maybe see one movie a year in theaters, so this one might be a bit of a stretch. Seriously. Unless I go to the movies again before the end of the month, the only movie I’ve seen in theaters this year is Gatsby. It’s just so much easier to watch a movie at home. I can eat whatever, I can pause it, I don’t have to put on pants… Since I’m trying to be a more social and outgoing person, I’ve decided seeing five movies in theaters in the next three and a half years shouldn’t be too hard. I even have a gift card to the local theater! Anything good out?

19. Go To A Bonfire

Since both UD and RIT’s Homecoming Celebrations are this weekend, it looks like I’m not crossing #20 off my list anytime soon. However, in the spirit of Homecoming, I did attend a bonfire! Woo! HOMECOMING!!

I accidentally went to a bonfire. It’s not like I took a wrong turn somewhere and wound up at a bonfire..it’s more like I wasn’t planning on attending one. It was more of a family event, so it wasn’t anything like the ones I used to go to in college, but I still had a ton of fun!

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Lilly surveys the beginnings of the fire.

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My last UD bonfire. (Photo credit to Julian!)