I turned 30. I got belugas!

I turned 30 this year. Most of my other friends that have hit this milestone have celebrated in some monumental way, like going to Las Vegas or partying somewhere with sashes and tiaras. As much as I wanted something big to represent this “new stage” of my life, I’m not much for crazy parties like that anymore.

Then I remembered that a few months prior, Thom and I discovered that the Mystic Aquarium not only has beluga whales, but they also offered beluga encounters! So back in April when we were figuring out my birthday, we had decided that that was what we would do. I mean, who doesn’t love belugas?!

My birthday was in May and we did a small celebration then that involved surprise cannolis. We had a very busy summer schedule between work, school, and gigs. We decided to plan the beluga trip for the fall when we had the time for it, and so we could save up money to go.

We finally went this month and it was unbelievable! We had a short lesson on belugas (we were in a small group of 6 people plus a trainer) and then we were into the water! The whole experience lasted an hour and it was better than I could have imagined. We learned so much about belugas and are now the resident experts on the animals.

Thom says that my face was hilarious the entire time as I was so ecstatic for the whales.

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The whales were very sweet and friendly.

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They love showing off their tricks!

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They loved having visitors in their tank!

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They’re just big goof balls! They were so silly the entire time. I just wanted to take them home with me!

If you live near Connecticut, I’d totally recommend the beluga encounter at the Mystic Aquarium. It costs $40 to enter the aquarium, $165 for the encounter (which includes a free photo), and then $85 for a cd with all of the photos (we had tons more!). It is worth every penny and I’ll do it again in a heart beat!

Foo Fighters at Fenway

Oh, whoa, hello. My bad on not writing for what, months? Man, I’m so sorry. I’m going to start getting back into this and I was trying to figure out how, so I just thought- write something and then everything else will eventually flow out.

This past weekend, Thom and I took a night off from working at Fenway to go to Fenway as fans! The Foo Fighters were playing both Saturday and Sunday, and we were generously gifted tickets as a Christmas present from his parents.

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We invited my brother, Nick,  and Thom’s friend, Dan, to join us.

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As most people know, Dave Grohl has broken his leg and needed surgery about a month ago. Luckily for us, he is a tough sumbitch and had a throne created for him to perform on. It was magnificent!

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I don’t have many pictures aside from these, as I wanted to just enjoy the show. It was incredible! They opened with Everlong and ended with Best of You with all their other great songs in between. They played for almost 3 straight hours, which is unbelievable. No lie, it was on the top of the list of the shows I’ve been to. I don’t know how any one could top their show.

The Foo Fighters are a band that I’ve been wanting to see since about 8th grade, so like 1999. That’s insane. Even better, I always loved Nirvana, too. Seeing Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters is as close as I’ll ever get to seeing Nirvana and I’ll glady take it. Thom and I even got a second go around, as we both worked at the concert on Sunday night.

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If you get a chance to see the newly dubbed “Broken Leg Tour”, please check it out. Also, if you’ve never listened to the Foo Fighters, I beg you- please look them up.

Mamma Mia!

A few weeks ago, my boss asked me if I liked Broadway musicals. Psh, do I like musicals? What kind of question is that? I said that I loved musicals and she mentioned that she worked for shows in Boston and that if I ever wanted tickets, I could ask her and she could try to help me out. She then offered me her tickets to see Mamma Mia! and I immediately jumped at the offer.

First of all, I really friggin love ABBA. Really, I love almost anything Swedish. I also love disco pop and yea. Mamma Mia! would be a show for me.

Second, when the movie came out in 2008, I was in Oklahoma, visiting my Nanny. She was starting to show signs of dementia, but we weren’t sure since she’s so young. I stayed with her for the week, trying to help convince her to go to a doctor. During my visit, the two of us went to see the movie in theatres and she loved it. We had such a good time and it’s such a great memory (except where we argued about Colin Firth ACTING that he was gay- SPOILER ALERT! she was very upset that they’d made HIM the gay character). Any time I see the movie, I always think of her.

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Anyway, I was super stoked to see this show and invited my friend from college, Jordan, to attend with me. We had a great time and the show was phenomenal. The cast was amazing (the actress who played Sophie is from Maine, woo!). The show is really fun to attend, except for that I wanted to sing and dance with the cast through the whole thing. Luckily, during the curtain call, they encourage singing and dancing for a few songs, so I got that out of me.

Do you like going to shows? What’s your favorite?

The Art of the Brick

Between our day jobs, Fenway scheduling, rehearsals and gigs, Thom and I had a difficult time planning fun activities over the summer. With the fall months come an easier scheduling period for us, so we have been packing in all the stuff we wanted to do this summer into the time we have now. It’s been great! This past weekend, after running the Glow Run, we had intended to go to Salem for the day, since he’s never been and I love it there. However, we decided that sleeping in would be better use of our time and put Salem on the backburner for another day. Our Sunday was instead spent in my beautiful city of Boston.

Thom in deep thought with his new blue friend.

Thom in deep thought with his new blue friend.

Something that we really wanted to do and is finally open now was The Art of the Brick. Basically this dude, Nathan Sawaya, has his own art exhibit with everything made out of Legos! He had a lot of popular masterpieces that he recreated with Legos and then also had his own collection of his own art. It was truly amazing and well worth the trip to go. If you’re in Boston, hit up Fanueil Hall, but also check to see if it’s in a city near you

Scream!

Scream!

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Glow Run

I have never once in my life enjoyed running. I always wished I did, but it was something I never enjoyed. Even when I was better at it (like, after 6 months of Army Basic Training, so no easy task), I didn’t enjoy it. I knew it was good for me, so about a year ago, I started doing the Couch to 5k program.

I won’t lie to you, I have been slowly getting through this program. My schedule when the Red Sox are in town is ridiculous, so it was really difficult for me to schedule even just a half hour for a run. I’ve made it about half way through when Thom and some other friends of mine suggested that we sign up for the Black Light Run. I talked myself into it by realizing that it was a fun run and not for time. I could walk it if I wanted to. I signed up for it.

I was really dreading it, but I’m super glad I did it. I did WAY better than I thought I’d do (I don’t think I walked more than half a mile throughout the whole thing) and had a lot of fun.

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I’m actually looking for more 5k races to do, so let me know if you know of any fun fall races!

Boston Adventures

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love everything that has to do with Boston. Well, everything except the Bruins. Recently, I contacted by one my sorority sisters (who I hadn’t seen in YEARS!) who was going to be living in Boston for a month while taking some classes. She wanted to get together to do some “Boston things” and I quickly agreed to joining her.

She had signed us up for a Harvard Historical Tour, which was a blast. Very awkward, as our tour guide was this freshman who clearly was doing his work study, but it was a fun tour nonetheless.

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We then made the trek to the Harpoon Brewery, which sadly was closing soon after our arrival for their Oktoberfest celebration. We were lucky enough to grab a beer and a pretzel before having to leave.

Harpoon Pumpkin Cider and soft pretzel

Harpoon Pumpkin Cider and soft pretzel

We continued on our merry way to hit up the Trillium Brewery to sample a few beers. Very tasty, however, not my favorite beers.

Selfie at Trillium with Liz!

Selfie at Trillium with Liz!

Afterwards, we went to Fanueil Hall to browse the shops before our Haunted Ghost Tour!

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Ghost tour!!

 

It was a great Friday and it was wonderful to see one of my favorite sisters! All of these are great stops if you’re visiting Boston- they’re also just fun to do if you’re a local and need to laugh at some tourists.

Vermont Weekend

A few months ago, Thom and I sat down and looked at our schedule for the summer and fall. Both of us work full time as well as seasonally with the Red Sox. We had a few things we wanted to do together and needed to find time to do them. One of our adventures was to go to Burlington, Vermont to visit his best friend (plus girlfriend) for a weekend. This past weekend was the weekend we discovered that worked for everyone and we made the best of it!

The weather was great and the travel to and from wasn’t terrible. We left Friday afternoon and got there in the early evening. Our first trip was to the Fiddlehead Brewery and Folino’s Wood Fired Pizza in Selburne. The beer was great and the pizza was delicious.

Ben and Jerry's!

Ben and Jerry’s!

Saturday was an action packed day of Vermonting. Our hosts don’t ever do the touristy Vermont things, so we decided to do it all. We hit up Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Trapp Lager Brewery. We took the scenic routes along the way (though I think it’s impossible to take an unscenic route in Vermont).

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Trapp Brewery Flight.

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Beautiful view from the Trapp Family Home.

Yea, I was a little excited about ice cream, cheese, chocolates, and The Sound of Music. Also, beer everywhere! Everything was delicious and beautiful.

Sunday, we headed back to Boston, with a small pit stop in Middlebury to visit Thom’s cousin, as well as grab some apple cider donuts.

All in all, great weekend! I can’t wait to head back up there.