A Beautiful Weekend

Monday, June 10, 2013

This was a busy but beautiful weekend.

Saturday started with a leisurely walk with the pup followed by a graduation party for my cousin.  I always love getting a chance to catch up with family that I do not get to see too often.

Following that I joined my friends for a trip up to Newburyport to celebrate a few birthdays.  We had a great dinner and a few drinks at Oregano and then walked down to the water where we just enjoyed the scenery.  We finished off the evening with some dessert at Caffe di Sienna.

On Sunday morning I got to wake up to this beautiful face. I love when she sleeps over!

My mom and I went to some yard sales.  She was looking for a large frame and I had hopes of finding a trunk but I have no expectation of finding one... I definitely had no expectation of finding one for $20!  I also got this clock thrown in for free.  Overall, a GREAT success!

Later that afternoon myself and a friend went shopping where I found two adorable dresses and got my self a cookware set and a plate/bowl set for the apartment.

I'm exhausted today from going non stop all weekend but it really was a perfect weekend!

My New Office!

Friday, June 7, 2013

As of Monday I officially took over as the Training and Development Specialist at my company.  I'm sad to be leaving behind my old job but this new job comes with more responsibility, money, and most importantly... my own office!

Because my boss's last day wasn't until today I had to spend the first 5 days in my new position at my old desk which was pretty difficult since I need access to files that are in another office.

I was planning on waiting until Monday to move since I thought my boss would stay for most of the day, but he left around noon today though so we all quickly started shuffling around.

I have now gone from this:

To this:

Please excuse the clutter in my cube... I was in the process of packing for the move.

I lose my nice window but I gain a door.  It'll be an adjustment but a good one, I'm sure. ( I did not mean to make that rhyme!)

I just need to find decorations now.  I was thinking about getting my Master's Degree framed but I haven't really decided just yet.

Best part about moving today?  I don't have to worry about trying to get it all done on Monday and then jumping right into work!

One Year Runningversary!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

It's my one year runningversary! And, yes, that is totally a thing.  It was exactly one year ago today that I was sitting around my apartment in Dublin and said, "I want to become a runner."  I had been reading running blogs for a long time and was always amazed at how much some people loved running and I really disliked how much I disliked it.

So how am I doing one year out?  Well, I'm still running!  I trained pretty consistently during my time in Dublin and then came home, ran a 5K and then took some time off.  It was around then that I started a new job, got a puppy, etc. so I think taking time off running was just what I need.

After a few months of not running I realized that I wanted to get back into it.  This was really important for me because I realized that I actually missed running when I wasn't doing it!  As a self proclaimed running hater, this was a big deal.

Signing up for my first half marathon was a huge turning point for me.  I got a running buddy and mastered the art of running at a conversational pace and suddenly I was actually really looking forward to my long runs.

I went from never having run more than 3.5 miles to doing a half marathon in a matter of 10 weeks!

Since my half I've only run a few times and I'm realizing how valuable having a race to train for is (for me at least).  I think I've pick out my fall race and I'm already getting excited about hanging my training schedule up in my office. (I still haven't been able to take down my old one just yet).

So, one year in and I'm doing great!  I still don't know if I can call myself a "runner" just yet but I'm enjoying whatever it is I am.
A picture from Day 2 of my running challenge a year ago

A Night On The Town

Monday, June 3, 2013

Who doesn't need a night on the town every once in a while?

For a few months now all of my guy friends have been planning on attending this beer event in Boston.  As much as I love beer I wasn't going to spend $50 for a few drinks, but myself and the other girls still wanted to take a trip into the city.

We headed down there Saturday afternoon and, after dropping our things off at the hotel, we met up with the boys for a Harpoon Brewery tour.  We arrived three minutes after it started and although we thought we might not be let in, I will never underestimate the power of a smile.  We managed to get a quick private tour until we caught up with our group.  Thank you, nice beer lady!  The tour wasn't much different than any other I have been on but it was very warm and unfortunately that's really all I can remember.  I was impressed with the unlimited refills of all of the different brews in the taste test room though.

The boys, who had been drinking all day, headed back to the hotel for a bit while myself and the girls head out in an attempt to catch up.  We started at Rock Bottom Brewery in the Theater District.  Fortunately, since I drink so rarely these days it didn't take long to catch up.  After a while the boys showed up to join us for dinner.  We stay there for a while watching the Bruins but eventually we headed out.

It was so beautiful out that all I wanted to do was walk around.  We strolled through the Common and into the Garden.  We continued to wander until people decided it was time to find another bar.

At some point we found ourselves wandering down Boylston Street and I immediately sobered up.  I've never really discussed it here but I have pretty bad anxiety when it comes to death.  I don't think it is that uncommon, but walking down this street knowing what had just happened a month ago made me very anxious.  I was there just two days before the bombing, but this was the first time I had been back into the city since.  I hated the idea that such a fun place with so many good memories can now make my heart race and my mind suddenly obsessive.  I hope that someday I will be able to walk down there without any of these feelings, but knowing myself that may take a while.

After another bar we made our way back to the hotel.  Even during our "night out" I was still in bed by 12:30.  Is it sad that I'm proud of that?  #oldlady.

Anyway,  I did have a wonderful time.  It's always nice to do something out of the norm, espeicially when it evolves good food, drinks, and friends.