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Thank you Yelp!

There was a sheer excitement that accompanied moving to Boston, quickly followed by an intense trepidation. Ben and I decided on Boston last spring and moved into our home over the course of four days in June. The seemingly never-ending pile of boxes, the bare rooms and the looming task of re-painting the walls was daunting. But it was the idea of making Boston my home that was far more intimidating.

I grew up half hour outside of Boston but never quite earned the right to say I was from here, rather I always had to specify that I was from right outside the city. Everyone always says home is where your family is. So by those standards, upon walking into our new abode I was home. But I define it as far more than that. Home is knowing where we can get scrumptious egg white omelets for a Sunday brunch, where we can wander when we are craving thai, italian, indian, etc. where we can waste countless hours over pastries and a cup of tea and a book, which boutiques can make my paychecks seem a distant memory, and of-course where the closest J. Crew is.

Well, within a month, the walls were painted – a beautiful shenandoah taupe for the master bedroom and a deep slate blue for the living room. The contents of the boxes made their way into shelves and closets, onto the walls and finally out of the way. And I discovered Yelp.

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Based on the community’s reviews, I found City Girl cafe down the street for a hearty sandwich on a busy day. S&S Bakery for our leisurely breakfasts. wish or moxie, the cute boutiques that Ben would soon wish I never found. Gaslight in the south end and Villa Francesca in the north end for date nights. Border Cafe for margaritas with the girls.

In January, after months of eagerly perusing the reviews to determine weekend plans, I began yelping. It was addictive, sharing my thoughts about all the spots I was discovering! This morning, I woke up to an email from a fabulous Boston yelper, whose reviews Ive been counting on since my move, inviting me to join the Elite Yelpers from Boston!

We just returned from the grocery down the street, where the check-out people know me by name now. I’m lazily lounging in a fully furnished house. And I have this amazing feeling of being part of a community that helped me make Boston feel truly like home.


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My body is not a wonderland today…

As someone whose mind frequently wanders to stuffed shells with ricotta and turkey or whose mouth will water on cue at a sniff of fresh mangoes, I never thought that the mere mention of any food would be enough to turn my stomach. I’ve been battling this stomach flu for a solid two and a half days and have been waiting tirelessly for reprieve. Promises of this just being a 24 hour bug seem a lifetime away.

Regardless, I attempted to go to work today and was promptly shooed out the door a few hours later. I have found the ultimate refuge on the chaise of our sectional, sipping ginger root tea (on recommendation from my fabulous co-workers), watching Seinfeld re-runs, perusing the JCrew sale items and daydreaming of ways to redecorate my living room.

So now I’m vying for this Eyelet Island dress in a bright rhubarb and this printed tissue tunic in yellow as the perfect cover up…. clearly I’m wishing away the winter so I can finally embrace all those fabulous Spring colors.

The one thing I’ll be staying far far away from today is a site where me and many of my fellow wannabe domestic goddesses can waste endless amounts of time… foodnetwork.com.

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Yes We Can.

This Super Tuesday, Americans make their voices heard in 28 state primaries. For the length of his campaign, I have been fascinated by Obama’s powerful ability to not only connect, but also inspire. He leaves his impression but gives others a voice.

As I was getting my fill of Have Fun*Do Good, I came across this video, the work of wil.liam of the Black Eyed Peas, which gathers the voices and faces of a handful of celebrities (Kate Walsh included- one of my favorites) to make Barack Obama’s campaign ring louder today.

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Christmas Meme

So after another long blogging hiatus, and after a day of battling crazed shoppers in the beautifully decorated Back Bay I thought I would start up again to share my favorite bits of the holidays. Found this meme at The Preppy Wedding

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate. When I was little, I would complain the whole way to and from ski lessons but upon return my mother would make a mug of swiss mix with little marshmallows. Its always the perfect cure to a bitter winter day.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wrap… half the fun is looking at all the beautiful colors nestled under the tree, guessing the gift and tearing it open. At the end, I love the brightly colored bits of paper strewn around the room.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

Always white – I love the crisp contrast to the fresh green.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope – but it sure was popular around all the guys houses in college!

5. When do you put your decorations up?
When I was growing up my family probably did it the first weekend of December, but now its more about when I have time

6. What is your favorite holiday dish:
Pancakes on Christmas morning

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
In second grade, after months of frenzied anticipation I realized I would be missing the class trip to see the Nutcracker at the Wang Theater. I’ll never forget recieving a large package … an overstuffed manila envelope from Mrs. Essylstyn’s class. Each of the sweet little ones had included a drawing of their favorite scene in colorful crayons with a note. I felt so missed!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

I think I blocked it out! No idea

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Never!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

To me, my family always decorated perfectly… wooden nutcrackers, red and gold glass ornaments, golden ornaments in the shape of various instruments, delicate red bows and my favorites… mirrored doves

11. Snow: love it or hate it?
A blanket of fresh snow has a serene effect on me. Also, I still stick my tongue out to catch snowflakes.

12. Can you ice skate?
I ice skated for years when I was much younger – then I could muster a few jumps and a rare fancy move or two… now I’m sure I can still make it around the rink a few times with only a fall or two

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
When I was very little, I would have done anything for a kitten. That wasn’t possible, so one of my presents that year was a stuffed animal ( a chestnut brown cat with streaks of black, a soft white belly and a red bell collar) that remained my favorite for years – I named her Noel. My next favorite gift was nestled in the tree the Christmas Ben and I spent in Aspen. It was the first Christmas away from our families. He saved the best present for last, and gave me a delicate gold ring, with a silver face and the inscription, “with one glance, I loved you with a thousand hearts”.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Waking up in the morning and never losing the childlike urgency of running around to wake everyone up.

15.What is your favorite holiday dessert?
peppermint stick ice cream or sugar cookies that are cheesily decorated with icing and sprinkles

16. What tops your tree?
A fragile glass angel

17. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?

Giving… its an opportunity to really give thought about the people I love- their interests, passions and the things that are unique to them- in order to find a meaningful and special gift.

18. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Any and every rendition of All I Want for Christmas is You…. please don’t make fun.

19. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Love Actually

20. What would be the best gift you could receive this year?
A donation in my name in support of my favorite causes… its what i asked for!

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Red Sox Fever

I felt as though I owed an apology for the lack of posts.  I have two excuses.  The weaker of the two is that I have been stung by an unfortunate bug this week, which has manifested itself in the form of a fever, annoying cough, irritating sniffles and an all around ickiness!  The better of the two excuses began last sunday when the Sox clinched their ticket to the World Series :-)

So here I am, three games  to the series – watching them on their way to another title, while curled up in my PJ’s, sipping my new favorite green tea (“yogi revitalizaton”).  There is a rumored sleep deprivation that is plaguing us Sox fans, as these games begin at 8:30…  so I’m going to go ahead and blame my blogging hiatus on that! Go Sox!

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Artists I’m Loving

Watching Regina’s latest music video for her song Better, transported me back to junior high – listening to Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn and watching her thrash around her deserted apartment.  I appreciated the emotion that clung to every word. Better has the same fragility that was apparent and the excitement that was wrapped up in melody.

For a while, Regina’s songs were easily confused with Feist. Her talent has always been evident, but videos like these put her her creativity and originality centerstage.

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Just a small voice

I suppose I began my crush (everyone calls it a love affair, so I thought I’d mix it up) on the media when I thought of it as a means of expression.  A way for each individual to broadcast their ideas and opinions.  With the onset of social media tools, this crush I suppose has evolved into more than that. 

 So imagine my dissapointment when Sally Field’s emmy speech was cut off by Fox network as she drew attention to the war.  So I know this is old news in the blogosphere, but I have been dwelling on it for a while.

 Why in a day when there are so many issues that people are passionate and opinionated about, would a major television network silence those powerful thoughts?  Simply because they do not reflect their own?

As I begin this little adventure I recognize that my thoughts and opinions may not always align with others but I have the brilliant and wonderful opportunity to share them. 

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