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Thu, Oct. 15th, 2009, 07:40 pm

b0st0n  wins for far more posts and comments on the 2007 Mooninite incident than denver had for today's Balloon Boy incident. Only 1 post and 60 comments? Lame.

Other than that, I'm loving it out here in Golden CO!

Sat, May. 16th, 2009, 08:13 pm

Hello Livejournal, long time no talk.

Life is busy but fantastic.

Work is good. I'm really busy and have been given a ton of responsibility, which I love. And I'm doing a ton of traveling, which I also love, but I'm over the day trips to DC. My boss, who I adored, left in March and I'm finally getting used to working with my new boss. It's not the same but it's not nearly what I was making it out to be in the beginning. Change is hard.

But change is good, and Kev and I are about to make a big one. We're picking up and moving to CO the last week in July. I have lived my whole life thus far in a 35 mile radius and I'm ready to see what life is like outside of 495 (though Lowell technically was outside of 495...). I am completely obsessed with the idea of having a massive yard sale, packing everything in boxes, filling the car to the gills, and driving the nearly 2,000 miles to CO. My job is letting me telecommute (we already have a bunch of telecommuters) so that's one less thing to worry about. And I have family out there so we won't be all on our own. But we don't have an apartment lined up so I'm spending plenty of time stressing about that. I can't wait to be out there, it CO is so beautiful, clean, and healthy.

Speaking of healthy, I am loving training. No races on the books yet for this year, too much going on with work and moving, but Kev and I have spent every Saturday riding our bikes for the past 6-or-so weeks. The distance running hasn't been going as well, it takes a lot to psych myself up for a 10 mile run, but when I'm out there it is worth it. I can't wait to get settled in CO and buy Kayaks. They may come before a kitchen table.

Sun, Jan. 18th, 2009, 11:05 pm

Today was the first time in months (years?) that I did not change out of my pajamas (and was not sick). Usually I get way too antsy and crazy when I do that but with the snow falling, tomorrow's day off, and canceled plans for tonight it was the perfect combination to just relax and lounge. I tried to bake but that was a disaster (a batch of cookies in the garbage and brownies that actually turned out to be some sort of bland cake). Next week is going to be craziness, I am traveling for work Tuesday-Wednesday and we leave for Colorado for vacation/work conference on Saturday. Is it February yet?

Mon, Dec. 8th, 2008, 09:28 am

Yesterday I ran like a New Orleans local down the St Charles Ave Street Car tracks; the New Orleans equivalent of Commonwealth ave with runners and beautiful houses but without the heartbreak hill part (it's as flat as a pancake) and and add ducking out of the way of street cars. Although it was just a 5 mile run it was a tough because my feet aren't used to running on packed dirt.

We spent the day driving down the Mississippi delta and went to the southernmost point of Louisiana. The drive wasn't quite as interesting as we had hoped but it was fun and we stopped at a roadside stand for boiled peanuts (YUCK!) on the way back to the hotel. Dinner was at this place called the Cheesecake Bistro, that was trying SO hard to be a local twist on the Cheesecake Factory but the food was just okay, not great.

Today we're going to ride a riverboat and check out the French Quarter. It's going to be in the 70s, eat that snow in MA!!!

Sat, Dec. 6th, 2008, 09:07 pm
V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N

This post is coming to you from a lovely one bedroom condo in New Orleans. My aunt and uncle had extra time share points and since all of their kids are in college and the points need to be used by December 31 Kev and I got to go on a vacation! A vacation that seemed to be doomed from the start but is back on track.

Our flight was at 6:25 on Friday night so Kev and I met at the airport. He didn't get there until 5:45, 40 minutes before the flight. We made the flight but the second leg was delayed. We arrived in New Orleans at 12:15 central time, to discover that the staff at Thrifty (where we had a car reservation) had gone home. We were too exhausted to try to pick another company (the prices vary from $300-500 for the week) so we just took a cab to the hotel. This afternoon we set up a reservation with Enterprise near the hotel. They were scheduled to pick us up at 1:15... they didn't come until 2:00.

Since then things are great! My trusty GPS led us to Home Depot where Kev picked up materials to build a 12-foot-monopod for his camera (try explaining that to airport security) and Walmart for groceries (horay for kitchenettes!). We came back and relaxed for a while and I'm now drinking coffee that is not from a mystery brand pod and Kev is building his contraption. Tomorrow we might go to a Saints game (there were still tickets available when we checked) and later in the week we plan to check out the Abita Brewing Company, plantations, a riverboat, the french quarter, the Delta, and the New Orleans Rum Factory (I'm mostly excited about seing where Turbodog is made). Yes, I will take pictures. They will join photos from Europe and Halloween that are still on my memory card.

Fri, Nov. 28th, 2008, 11:02 am

I've heard of Black Friday injuries but this morning in a New York Walmart a 34-year-old employee was trampled to death and a trampled pregnant woman lost her baby. I saw the flyers, the deals were NOT that good.

On a more personal note I've been busy. Work is hectic and I'm training for a marathon in late summer/early fall. I'm thankful for this long weekend to work on homemade Christmas presents because Kev and I are going to New Orleans on vacation a week from today!

Wed, Nov. 12th, 2008, 07:41 am

Some of you know that Kev and I have been talking about moving out of Massachusetts for a while now, specifically moving to Denver. The cost of living here is just so insane and I don't want to regret having never lived somewhere else. At my work we have three telecommuters; one in Cambridge who just doesn't like to drive over the river because oh my goodness it takes 40 minutes some days (while this may seem like a valid argument we have someone from Fall River who is in the office 4 days a week, that commute is MUCH worse), one in Maryland, and my boss in Virginia. I've wanted to bring up the telecommuting possibility but planned to wait until January. 

But we just went on a crazy hiring spree and one position that was originally going to be in house only has finalists from other parts of the east coast and we are having major space issues in my office. So I decided to bring it up to my boss at the end of a conversation yesterday so she could mull it over and we could talk later. She didn't mull it over. She said "Sure, that shouldn't be a problem." ???!!! This might not be so difficult after all.

So Kev and I went out last night to celebrate (and because I've been wanting a nice dinner out for a couple weeks). We went to this place called Jasmine Bistro http://www.yelp.com/biz/jasmine-bistro-brighton. Anyone near Washington Square has to check this place out, if not for the food for the personalities! The Owner is a huge talker (ask him why his painting has a hole in it) and his son is a friendly guy as well. The menu is interesting with French, Hungarian, Middle Eastern, and vegetarian options. We went for the lamb special with pear and fig sauce (sweet and rich sauce) and the saffron chicken curry (perfectly spicy), Our shrimp appetizer had three HUGE shrimps. Portions are non-American sized with enough to fill you up but not enough to take home leftovers. The decor is homey and cute (like I said, ask about the hole) and the tables are really pretty. This is definitely a hole-in-the-wall gem.

Mon, Nov. 10th, 2008, 07:34 am

Because anything that makes you LOL first thing in the morning deserves to be shared:
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Sun, Oct. 12th, 2008, 03:56 pm

I am officially a 2:14:27 half marathoner! My goal was to make 2:20:00 in today's race but I kicked my 11 minute miles to the curb in favor of an average of 10:17 minute miles. I was faster than more than 600 people (3092 out of 3706), much better than my 602 out of 632 finish in the Cranberry Triathlon!

Now the question is do I start training for a full length marathon (26.2 mile run) or a Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run)? We'll see how I feel tomorrow...

Thu, Sep. 18th, 2008, 10:06 pm

Just watched the first two episodes of HBOs new show True Blood. It's totally awesome in that "lets keep watching this train wreck to see how much worse it can possibly get... oh wow, that is really bad..." kind of way.

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