Valentine’s Recap

Last weekend, Boston saw record low temperatures.  Friday night, we went out to a bar to drink and dance and celebrate Valentine’s day when it was only a couple degrees below zero (instead of Saturday or Sunday when it was tens of degrees below freezing).  Even a couple degrees made it difficult to dress cute.  I opted for leggings, heeled lace up boots, a tank dress, a super warm peacoat style sweatshirt, and a long wool coat:

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I also tried to make work the last of my Sephora palettes: Paris.  The colors are gorgeous, but they don’t blend well at all.  That’s my review.  Haha.

And here we are together, before we got into a stupid, drunk argument at the bar.  I swear it happens every Valentine’s Day.

The next day, in -20°F, we had a walking tour of Chocolate in Boston.  I took no pictures, and was very unimpressed with the “tour.”  We spent $45 on tour tickets to eat approximately $40 worth of chocolate.  And that was with a Living Social deal.  We would have been better off going to each place by ourselves and just stuffing our faces with sweets.

  • But, we got to eat a chocolate cupcake at Georgetown Cupcakes.
  • Another chocolate cupcake at Sweet.
  • Some chocolate covered goodies at SugarHeaven, where I also bought Belgian chocolate cigarettes.
  • A chocolate cookie at the Patisserie on Newbury Street.
  • AND the best part was champagne truffles at Teuscher, who make every chocolate in Switzerland.  They had a nice tour, explaining the layers of the champagne truffle (they use Dom Perignon!!) and that the Swiss take their chocolates hella serious – they eat triple the amount in a year as people in the US.  Here’s a picture from their website of this delicious truffle:

Champagne Truffles

Later that night, we braved -30°F, to meet our friends out, spend hundreds of dollars on cab rides and fancy drinks (hello, $12 Singapore Slings, yummmm), and witnessed a bouncer be a complete dick to people, subjecting them to possible frostbite and hypothermia.  Ass.

The next morning we woke up with hangovers and frozen pipes, which luckily did not burst.  Thank god.

For Valentine’s Day presents, I got FH golf shorts with the constitution on them (he keeps threatening to wear the suit version to the wedding) and he brought me to a Sleep Number store to try the beds!  Sounds silly, but I really really want a sleep number bed and he always says that there’s a ridge in the middle, so we can’t cuddle (except I hate cuddling AND that’s where the dog sleeps anyway, soooooo moot point, no?).  It was a great weekend!

 

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Five Thing Friday 2/12

  1. Umm, I just found out last week that they are making new Gilmore Girls!!!!!!!!!  Thank god for Netflix!  I watched this show from the first episode to the last, and watched reruns which were on at 5pm throughout college.  Lorelai Gilmore is my spirit animal.man woman eating talking gilmore girls
  2. As I’ve been logging calories eaten and calories burned, I realized I should get a heartrate monitor for at home workouts.  But, I’m cheap, and I found this blog for Jillian Michaels videos, at least:  http://www.workingouteatingin.com/calories-burned/reactions exercise gilmore girls lorelai gilmore i hate exercise
  3. I’ve been on a groupon kick lately, and I bought for Best Tours in Boston.  After much deliberation between the Drunk History tour and the Chocolate tour, we decided on the Chocolate Tour because we love chocolate, it’s more Valentine’s Day-y, and we want to get hammered at night, so we don’t want to start that early.  Aside from the fact that it’s going to be -30 degrees Fahrenheit for our walking tour, I’m pretty pumped about it.pizza gilmore girls rory gilmore lorelai gilmore
  4. In line with my latest groupon obsession, I started talking about laser hair removal last week.  The next day I bought 2 groupons – one for my underarms and one for my bikini line.  This week, I had my first of 6 appointments.  A. HOLY HELL IT HURTS!!!  It looks and feels (I imagine) like being struck by lightning.  by move every while explainedB. The lady doing it obsessed with brazilians (so not what I ordered) and her definition of bikini line is much more generous than my own.  Hopefully, the hair grows back in enough to wear I can have her expand the outline next time.  I just like to look like a grown woman down there.
  5. Speaking of laser hair removal, we’ve been making a little bit of progress with honeymoon planning.  We decided to do 2 honeymoons, so that neither one of comprises and each gets exactly what we want!dancing pizza gilmore girls nodding alexis bledelHis part will be a relaxing, tropical beach vacation right after the wedding.  My part will be a trip to Belgium and Amsterdam about a month later, complete with beer tastings, chocolate tours, waffles, and castles!

No Desserts – Day 3 – And Weekend Recap

Sorry for the lack of posts.  Yesterday was supposed to be Makeup Monday, but it was holiday.  And I hadn’t showered in 3 days.  And I had no desire to put on makeup just for you guys.  Sorry not sorry.

Valentine’s Day date turned out great despite the storm. Transportation was sort of a mess, but we made it. Our activity was going to see stand up comedy at Laugh Boston and it was awesome. We were laughing the whole time. The comedian who opened the set was even from Somerville, so there were some good local jokes, too!  Jessimae Peluso was the headliner and she was fucking hilarious.  There was an annoying drunk couple near the front and she picked on them A LOT and they deserved it.  I’m sure they banged and then threw up in a snow bank later.

On the no dessert front, I think I’ve ate my weight in non-dessert snacks: popcorn, crackers, chips, party mix, nut thins, granola bars. I need to not replace desserts with other unhealthy things, but that’s sort of what I’ve been doing. Sunday was the worst.  I was a wee bit hungover and stuck in the house due to the 15 (not 12) inches we got overnight Saturday.  So there was a lot of snacking.  We went to BJ’s on Saturday to load up on snacks to bring to the ski house this coming weekend.  I broke into those on short order.  Oops.

Monday wasn’t terrible.  I took the train in to campus early to go to the gym and then meet with my tutor.  He canceled on me on the way in (because…snow…no trains…totally legitimate) and the train stopped a few stops before campus, so I found myself at the mall stopping at Starbucks for coffee.  This particular Starbucks has cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and cookies from a bakery in the mall.  They had a giant s’mores cookie covered in chocolate chips and marshmallows.  OMG.  I was able to restrain myself, but I did bend the rules a bit and get a tiramisu latte.

In addition to salty snacks and sweet lattes, I’ve been adding peanut butter to everything!  It’s the closest thing to a dessert that’s allowed.  It also has a shit ton of calories.  Need to revert back to apply butter!!

As I mentioned above, this weekend we’re heading up to Killington, VT to go skiing.  There are about 25 of us staying in a house and bringing a wide variety of crockpot meals to get us through the weekend.  I was just updating the spreadsheet with the snacks I was going to contribute and saw that my friend is bringing red velvet cupcakes.  WTF.

I will not eat red velvet cupcakes.

I will not eat red velvet cupcakes.

I will not eat red velvet cupcakes.

Five Thing Friday – Sorry for the language…

    1. Is it Friday?  The past 2 weeks have been all fucked up by snow days.  I have to remind myself of what day it is ~5 times throughout the day.  My internal monologue for two straight weeks has been, “Shovel your FUCKING sidewalk, asshole!” on repeat.
    2. Last week, I discovered Apple Butter.  It’s really just thick apple sauce, but for some reason it is delicious and will help me revolutionize my snack game while I’m on this ‘no desserts’ kick, if that even lasts.  So far I’ve tried it on Pecan Nut Thins for a delicious, low-calorie, sweet and salty snack.
    3. Boston is in a vortex of commuting hell.  You are an asshole if you take up 2 seats on the bus/subway. You’re a fucking douche nozzle if take it the step further and sit in the outside seat, throwing your bag on the inside seat. Forcing me to ask you to move your bag and then crawl over you in a dress to get to the inside seat. This isn’t some sort of soft core porno and you are not that important. Move the fuck in.
    4. I’m a little cranky today.  Can you tell?  As I mentioned, our anniversary was two weeks ago and the BF’s plans got canceled due to snow.  We still ended up having a great dinner and met up with some friends who were out.  But that’s not the point.  The city keeps shutting down because of this snow.  Tomorrow we’re supposed to get a blizzard along with another ~12 inches.  Normally I’d be thankful for 12 inches on V-day (just kidding, that’s ridic too big…man I’m really unfiltered today), but now I think my plans are going to get canceled.  AND the fucking mayor is encouraging the subway to shut down.  Fahk you Mahty.  Fuuuuuuck you.  I don’t really have a Boston accent.  Unless I’m drunk or angry.  Then it sneaks in a little bit.  Frankly, as long as the T is running, I’m going out.  The end.
    5. Not the end.  Shoulda made that one number 5.  Since I’m on the topic snow, and it’s the only goddamn topic to talk about right now, I figured I’d share some fun things for those readers not in New England.  Scroll down on THIS PAGE for a video of what it’s like to drive around Boston right now.  For the record, it’s even worse outside of the city where the streets are as small, but less busy, so they don’t plow as well.  Hooray.  Here’s an article in Slate about all the records we’re breaking.  We just have to be best at everything.

Now, that’s the end.  I’ll try to make my next post less profanity-laced.  Maybe.  Probably not.