Last Boston Trades

OK so this is not the last “Boston-based” Trade Em Up Tuesday EVER, but these posts always end up being weekend recaps and I won’t be spending a weekend here again until mid-June. So get ready to hear a lot about Connecticut, Tennessee, Nantucket, Newport, and Mexico. Yup, I’ll be hitting up all those spots between now and mid-June. Now you can see why I’m looking at this as a last Boston-focused weekend recap.

I would not trade…a weekend of fairly solid workouts. Any morning that I can wake up and find the willpower to do 30 minutes on the Stair Master before work, especially if it’s a Friday, is a morning I feel proud of. You already know about my SoulCycle class on Saturday, and Sunday I managed to get in more stairs and weights at the gym. I didn’t feel too hot during Sunday’s gym trip (going to brunch beforehand probably had something to do with it) but I got it done, and patted myself on the back for that.

I would not trade…finally getting to Liquid Art HouseBefore Friday night’s Boston Wine Riot I met up there with my friend Jay (he was also going to be working the event) of Gerard Bertrand, for snacks and a drink somewhere near the venue. I suggested Liquid Art House because I’ve heard great things about the food, drinks, and ambiance. I selected The Ponte – rye cognac, vermouth, benedictine, and bitters. It was fantastic and just what I was craving before having to go into that crazy event.

For my snack I ordered sunchokes, and Jay was kind enough to share with me some of his burger and fries. The Liquid Art House burger is talked about on Twitter and I can now see why – it was cooked to perfection and came with a heavenly garlic bernaise sauce. The sunchokes were stellar and reminded me of potatoes. Yum – I’d absolutely repeat-order them. That’s saying something.

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We actually ended up returning to LAH after the Riot was over because we all only had energy for one “yay-we’re-done” drink, and it was just so close and convenient. That time around I tried a red wine that seriously knocked my socks off – 2008 Vina Alberdi Reserva, Rioja-Tempranillo. Legit one of the best reds I have tasted in a LONG time. I ordered a half glass and liked it so much that I had to order another normal-sized glass!

I would not trade…Wine RiotI was working (at the 90+ Cellars table) but this event is always fun and we had enough people staffed so that folks could take breaks and walk around to try wines, eat food, and rock photo booths.

Emily came too and even lent her time to our booth to help us out.

This year along with their fun temporary tattoos, Wine Riot offered FLASH TAT versions! Ever since my cruise and birthday I am obsessed with them, and had to get a few.

I love love love the little ring flash tat! And doesn't Emily's bracelet tat go great with her arm party?

I love love love the little ring flash tat! And doesn’t Emily’s bracelet tat go great with her arm party?

Between Wine Riot food (Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Bon Me) and the Liquid Art House munching, my Friday night consisted of lots of grazing, which I’ll admit caused me anxiety because I didn’t know exactly how much I actually ate. But I never got too full so I’ll go with the whole listen to your body thing.

Don't be fooled - I too enjoyed some of Emily's Roxy's Grilled Cheese.

Don’t be fooled – I too enjoyed some of Emily’s Roxy’s Grilled Cheese.

I would trade…doubting my lessening anxiety. Or maybe not lessening anxiety but…an improvement in the ability to push away negative thoughts. I still get the same nervous feeling and mean voices in my head about not “making up” for all calories consumed by overexercising, eating a lot less “clean” than I ever have since I first started my “healthy living” journey (sorry for all the “quotes” but I feel they are necessary), and going out with friends to experience all Boston and life has to offer.

Shared this fantastic and incredible Townsman charcuterie plate with Emily on Saturday night, even though I wasn’t really that hungry because I ate lunch late.

But it’s a lot easier now to push those thoughts away, just say “whatever happens will happen”, and keep doing what I want to do. And I know that sounds like progress but I cannot stop doubting myself. When does progress become too much? When does saying “Screw it, I’ll have another biscuit” start counting against me, not for me?

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When does “It’s OK, have another glass of champagne” become too much, instead of recovery? When does “I’ll eat chips in bed when I get home so that I don’t feel hungover tomorrow” become just an excuse to eat chips, not a sensible thought? I hate not knowing what is “wrong and right”.

I feel like the natural inclination should be to just see how my body reacts to my very evolved lifestyle, but then again, I don’t know how my body is supposed to look as a healthy body, versus a body that’s unhealthy due to restriction, versus a body that’s unhealthy due to an excessive lifestyle. There’s that spectrum and I was on the left side, and crossed to the middle, and I don’t know where my right side of “excess” starts and my healthy middle (no pun intended) begins. I feel like the only way to find out is trial and error, but that involves maybe crossing over to that right side of the spectrum, and that scares me.

Phew, that could have been its own post. Maybe I’ll expand more upon that at a later time. ANYWAY.

I would not trade…seeing an old friend! Mike used to be my boss at the UConn Student Union food court and we have stayed in touch since we both graduated and moved on in our very different careers (he’s a lawyer). He came to Boston to see family and I’m glad he did so during the last weekend I’m here! He and his cousins came to Highball and we had a fun time catching up and I enjoyed getting to know his cousins, who are from the same area where I worked in CT.

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I would not trade…participating in my second NEDA Walk! Emily and I met up there with my other teammate Becki and her boyfriend, Joe (I thought it was awesome that he came out too) at the walk location, a school in Newton. We listened to the opening ceremony and then walked around the school track four times to total one mile, while listening to what I must say was a very fun soundtrack.

Unsurprisingly the Boston walk was much larger than the Hartford walk, but both still astounded me because of the number of brave people who came out to support a cause that so many don’t like to address. I saw teams in tutus, teams of all ages and both genders, and teams with shirts dedicated to the memory of loved ones who had died from eating disorders. That really struck me – when I think of eating disorders I think of the suffering that happens while someone is living. Even I sometimes need reminders that the disease can kill – from NEDA: “Between 5-20% of individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa will die.  The probabilities of death increases within that range depending on the length of the condition.”

Typing that paragraph made me really happy to be where I am now, even if it’s toward that right side of the spectrum that I mentioned earlier. It sure beats the left side.

I’m going to end there because it’s getting late and I need to finish up the latest episode of Mad Men! Only one trade today, so that’s a good thing, but it’s a trade I’ve been wrestling with for awhile. Hopefully I’ll come to some sort of conclusion or peace of mind soon.

How do you determine what is “too much” and what is OK?

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Sweating and Shopping in Chestnut Hill Square

I received the SoulCycle class mentioned in this post free of charge. Opinions of the experience are my own.

I mentioned in Friday’s post that I’d be off to Chestnut Hill Square‘s SoulCycle studio on Saturday for the birthday class of my friend Abbey. I started my outing though doing what I like to call a necessary evil – grocery shopping.

I decided to venture into Wegmans, because I’d heard a lot of magical things about it from other Boston bloggers like Christina and Jen. While I certainly was impressed, and would like to return sometime when I had more time to kill (and a lunch or dinner to buy – holy amazing hot/cold bar!), it was not my ideal choice of grocery chain for a quick, budgeted stop. I saw a ton of items I’d love to have thrown into my basket, including some fun hummus flavors. That’s temptation to someone trying to stick to her grocery list, and only her grocery list! And holy crap, if you want a carb craving, simply walk by their bakery. Its scent made me glad I was about to go to SoulCycle in anticipation of an inevitable Saturday night carb party.

One of the items I coveted…Lemon Dill hummus!

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Five Things Friday: Last Weekend Here

It’s here, my last weekend in town for more than a month. And of course it’s looking to be a busy one, but it’s still HERE, so I’ll take it before the traveling sets in.

Link up with Clare if you’re sharing five things today!

1. Tonight I’m working for 90+ Cellars at Wine RiotThis event is always fun and the company that puts it on, Second Glass, is owned by two wonderful people, Tyler Balliet and Morgan First. If you ever encounter a Wine Riot in your area I highly encourage you to attend. It’s way more affordable than other wine events but you get just as much variety in the wines offered as you would at other events. Not to mention flash tattoos, photo booths, and an all-around low-pressure/non-intimidating wine experience.

Spring 2014 Riot with Jeannie!

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Marathon Monday 2015!

This past Monday was the most special day of the year in Boston – Marathon Monday! And despite crappy weather, this was undoubtedly the best one I’ve experienced (though it was only my second – read about my first here).

I got a half day at work and met up with my friends Nicole and Eric to hop the T to Kenmore, where I also spectated last year. It’s a great spot because that’s mile 25.2, and seeing the runners as they enter their last mile is so exciting. I saw some pick up the pace, I saw some just do their best to keep up a jog, but what I saw most of were smiles and faces full of excitement and anticipation to cross that finish line. It almost made me want to run a marathon! Almost.

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Fun watching with Eric and Nicole!

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What I Didn’t Plan For

Being a planner is a good and bad thing. Organization can be a key to success. “Fail to plan, plan to fail”, right? Meh. Planning has definitely helped me in life but can also be my downfall. I’ve found in the last year or so that failing to plan can lead to happiness, and ease of mind. This weekend was the perfect example of that. Here are all the things I did not plan for this weekend, that ended up happening. (And look, here I am, still alive!)

Hopping a train from South Norwalk, CT (I was already in the area for an engagement brunch) to NYC to see friends that I’d found out, only the night before, were going to be in town all the way from Ohio.

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My New Makeup

The title of this post was inspired by that dumb YouTube video “My New Haircut”, which I never really got into. But, I saw it passed around plenty by my friends. Hopefully this post is even 1/8th as popular, and 800 times less annoying.

My younger sister Hannah (above left) is a makeup queen and has been slowly working on getting me to up my makeup game for awhile now. I am by no means anywhere close to her level of skill/obsession yet (and I don’t think I ever will be because I’m too damn impatient and cheap). BUT I have slowly started to adopt some Sephora products (and a Beauty Insider Card) that I love! So I wanted to share them with you guys.

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Trade Em Up Tuesday: Spring Has Sprung!

This past weekend was spent staying put here in Boston, and that’s much needed because next weekend is the first of about five in the next month that I’ll be spending on the road. I would definitely trade that, but I wouldn’t trade the reasons I’ll be travelling. More on that in future posts, though. Here’s today’s Trade Em Up Tuesday.

I would not trade…Friday’s rest day. That’s something I hadn’t let myself do in a couple of weeks and it felt GREAT. Of course it was the only morning last week that I woke up before my alarm, feeling well rested. Funny how that works. But that just meant I had time to write Friday morning’s post.

I also wouldn’t trade rocking my new JCrew Factory necklace on Friday!

I would not trade…one of Southie’s newest restaurants, Loco. I headed there after work Friday with some girlfriends. Everyone went with refreshing Mexican restaurant style beverages to start – except me. I stuck with the old standby, bourbon. Our bartender Moira used to work at Citizen so I knew she’d be able to whip up a tasty bourbon cocktail for me! After our cocktails we all shared a bottle of sparkling rose.

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5 Benefits of Extended Winter

The idea for this post came to me last night as I was reflecting over parts of my week that probably would not have been “possible” given the fact that Boston had snow over the last few days, and was also STILL in the 30’s and 40’s. Winter’s ugly face has been sticking around for longer than anyone would like, but in an effort to stay positive, I started brainstorming the benefits of winter’s extended stay. I thought five benefits would be perfect for Five Things Friday.

Thanks Clare for hosting Five Things Friday!

1. Hot yoga feels way more satisfying. Days have been extra-dreary and that fact has made me look forward to CorePower Yoga Sculpt classes a few times a week all the more. I’ve even tried getting there a few minutes early so I can just lay on the mat and sweat in serenity. (Sweating while laying on your back is much more pleasant than sweating while doing a bunch of jump squats.) And when I exit class, the wintery temperatures actually feel…refreshing! For a few minutes at least.

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Trade Em Up Tuesday: Quickie

Not much time to write but I’m in the writing mood (funny how that happens…Sunday I had plenty of time to write but wasn’t in the mood). So let’s do a quick Trade ‘Em Up Tuesday – written last night between Mad Men viewing. Which, by the way, I would not trade.

Including an appearance from the ever-evil DAN SCOTT!

I also would not trade…the wonderful dinner I made myself last night. I made Julie’s Kale & Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole to have on hand for the week. It wasn’t very pretty but it was delicious and really quite easy to put together. The only difficult part was waiting for it to finish cooking! Big ups to Julie for this one.

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I Mustache You Some Questions

I was nominated by Brittany EONS ago to fill out this survey. Currently I’m suffering from a combination of writer’s block and feeling that I should write. So, enter this survey, which I saved for a time such as this.

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  1. “Cait” – for obvious reasons.
  2. “Cat” – my sister calls me that, and sometimes my brother. My name in her phone is “Cat Kitty Chow”.
  3. “Crossy” – probably has something to do with the fact that my AIM screen name was “crossyx3″ (gotta love that x3 at the end for the heart with the ends crossed)
  4. “CC”- I can’t remember who has called me this but it has definitely happened

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