Birthday Party

Hi my favorite people! I feel like I’ve started so many posts off by saying how busy my week has been but again, it was. I picked up extra classes this week so I taught 7 classes within 4 days. So. Tired. I also had some meetings and of course, long days at work so I am beat. The only thing keeping me going is a fun weekend ahead with my mom and friend Amanda coming to visit for my birthday weekend!

Last weekend my good friend Sharde that I work with threw me an amazing birthday party at a karaoke lounge. We had such a blast and I’m still recovering from it days later ๐Ÿ˜‰ I haven’t gone out in so long so it kicked my butt! A bunch of my co-workers and of course Brenda, John and my good friend Alyse all came and we sang our hearts out. So many great pictures from that night I have to share.

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Such a fabulous night! My real birthday is this Saturday the 29th. Hoping that 26 brings me a year of success! ๐Ÿ™‚

What was your best age or birthday party?

Bahhhhston!

My week vacation is now over but I will continue to drool over the pictures of the food I ate in Boston. Ya’ll know I LOVE to eat and Boston definitely didn’t disappoint! Since John and I couldn’t afford a tropical getaway just yet, we figured a few days with our friend Mark in Boston would be a good way to spend some of our week off together! I was born in Cape Cod but never went to Boston so I was super excited to see a new big city.

We caught the 10:00 AM bus way the heck over on the very west side of Manhattan. This was our first time riding the real Megabus that’s actually a double decker bus and I was weirdly excited. Trust me, when you have to travel by bus to see your family and it’s the grossest bus ever, you’d get a little excited for the promise of a better bus too.

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We sat on the top deck and I’d have to advise others not to do this. Unless you like roasting to death, which I do not. It was SO HOT up there and this was without the heat being on. Add on being stuck in traffic for an extra hour and I’d say John probably wishes he had been run over by the bus. ๐Ÿ˜€

We finally made it to Boston and immediately headed to Quincy Market for food.

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I felt like such a tourist and loved it. You don’t get those fun holiday feelings after living in New York City and wanting to start fights everywhere you go. Ha!

There is a ton of food options inside, but we had to go with some classic clam chowdah in a bread bowl!

Mark and I! Best buddies since 6th grade
Mark and I! Best buddies since 6th grade

chowda

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Demolished. We walked around the area for awhile and went into some of the shops to look around. It’s really beautiful at night especially with the holiday decorations up.

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We made our way back to Mark’s apartment who also lives with another friend from high school named Lauren. So fun to see people that I love but never get to hang out with! They took us to their favorite restaurant in their neighborhood where another one of my good friends from high school met us, too! Reunions!

Matty P!
Matty P!

The restaurant is called The Publick House and it goes down as one of the best places for bar type food EVER. If you are super into beers, this is the spot for you. I ordered a super loaded grilled chicken sandwich with fries but nixed the bun considering I ate an entire loaf of bread at lunch. YOLO.

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The grilled chicken itself was freaking amazing but topped with blue cheese, bacon and avocado?! Get out. I dipped the fries in their recommended beer mustard which was also delicious. Everyone else at the table absolutely loved their food too.

After dinner Mark took John and I out to a hilarious karaoke club. I had a few glasses of wine prior to this, but the buzz was wearing off and I wanted no more alcohol at all. Needless to say, I did sober karaoke and while it was still fun- it’s definitely more fun drunk. We still put on a great performance in my opinion.

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We sang All Cried Out by Allure and I was told multiple times I have a hilariously awful voice. Thank you?

With barely 4 hours of sleep and a bad cold setting in later, I decided to get a short run in just to say I ran in Boston ๐Ÿ˜‰ Better motivation than none, right? It had warmed up a little and I knew the boys would be sleeping for awhile longer so I went out and ran 2.5 miles. They were GOD AWFUL. My chest is super congested and there will killer hills, but the morning was beautiful and it always feels good to move.

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so weird to me that the subway tracks are just on the road?
so weird to me that the subway tracks are just on the road?

Once everyone was showered and dressed, we set out for bloody mary’s and brunch. I kept mine virgin and it was still completely delicious and so spicy. Made my sinuses clear right up!

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Brunch was at Zaftigs, a famous Jewish deli. Please go here if you are visiting Boston! Super cool inside with a great menu. I went with a basic egg, toast and potato breakfast like I always do. They also bring you out bagel chips and cream cheese to start.

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The challah toast was amazing, a lot like potato bread which is pretty much my favorite. John had the biggest piece of french toast stuffed with sauteed bananas (ridiculous) and Mark had a fried egg and cheese BLT on challah. All so good. Is there anything better than breakfast food? There simply is not.

After a little shopping on Newbury Street, we had to head back to our home- New York City. Boston was fun and delicious, but NYC is definitely where my heart is!

Have you ever been to Boston? Do you like it better than NYC or no?ย Not meant to start a battle, I think Boston is better in some ways than NYC. For example, people are more calm and there is just less people which is a good thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Great Friends.

Have you ever gone through a time in your life where you realized if you didn’t have amazing friends there, you probably just couldn’t get through it? Or even in a happy time, great friends make everythingย that much more great. Saturday night I realized this (for the 903943th time) after a particularly awful day- 12 hours of work on a Saturday I mentioned it before but seriously.. it sucked- where I wanted to just go home and sleep. But that was not going to happen since it was my best friend Brenda’s birthday celebration! I knew once I got there and had a glass of wine I’d have a good time, but I was still expecting to be a Debbie Downer because I was so exhausted and mentally wiped out from work. Well, I was wrong. It was one of the best nights out I’ve had in a long time, besides the amazing wedding last weekend!

It’s next to impossible to not have a blast when Brenda is your best friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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hahaha my face! I was warning people that my singing voice is NOT good
hahaha my face! I was warning people that my singing voice is NOT good

If you’re in NYC looking for a fun karaoke bar, go to Iggy’s on 76th and 2nd Avenue.

So since I had ran 9.5 miles, worked 12 and partied all night, just those 2 glasses of wine woke me up with a pretty disgusting hangover at almost noon. DEAD tired, but we headed to Brindle Roomย for some brunch action. This has become our favorite brunch spot. Highly recommend coming here if you’re in NYC or visiting!

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This is the smoked pork hash with poached eggs and grilled sourdough bread with olive oil. There are no words for how delicious this is. Already planning to go again after my 10 mile race this weekend!! ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a beautiful fall day so we walked all over, and ventured into Brooklyn. John wanted to go see a guitar expo and since we were in Brooklyn (a rarity) I demanded we find Ample Hills ice cream shop. Almost 90 minutes later (a few train transfers and delays) we finally made it. The line was long as anticipated.photo 2 (1)

Check out their website for the crazy flavors they offer.

Yes, I know I can’t eat ice cream without massive amounts of pain but I hadn’t had ice cream in months so I figured this would be worth it. And worth it, it was.

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We had the popular flavor “Salted Crack Caramel” in a pretzel cone. The ice cream is SO rich, we really should have shared a cone but we ended up not able to finish either of ours. The pretzel cone was overkill since the ice cream was salted, but a sweeter ice cream would be to die for in the pretzel cone. I ended up in a LOT of pain for the rest of the night after this, so it was one of only 2 things I ate all day yesterday. Lactose intolerance: you really suck.

I’m teaching a little boot-camp style class (unofficially) outside with some of my co-workers tonight after work so I will post the workout I came up with tomorrow! I’m so excited to do this!

What delicious things did you eat this weekend?