Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The road trip was fast, furious and really fun. We left a little later than we wanted to on Thursday night but we were still able to make it to the border of Pennsylvania. We slept in the car the first night at some rest stop. Actually Heather slept in the car and I tossed and turned the whole time.

Pennsylvania's roads were pretty much tore up all throughout the state. We would go through 15 miles of construction, get a one mile break and then another 15 miles. It made for a long day but we survived and passed into West Virgina. I was pleasantly surprised with this state. It was so green and beautiful. The people were interesting but the state was nice. Kentucky was beautiful too. Rolling green hills. We stopped in Lexington for some dinner and drinks. We were driving around and saw tattooed people sitting outside a bar so we decided to go there. They recommended getting a 'hot brown' from this restaurant down the street so we did. I had never heard of that but is is

"The Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. Many Hot Browns also include ham with the turkey, and either pimentos or tomatoes over the sauce...

sounds disgusting, but it was actually really good. We went back to the bar and got to hang out with the locals. There accents were so thick, it was funny to talk to them. They were nice but we hit the road again. I couldn't handle another night of sleeping or rather not sleeping in the car so we drove to Elizabethtown and I paid for a dumpy motel room. We went through Tennessee the next day and ate at Sonic and drove straight through Arkansas. From what I saw out of the car windows, Arkansas didn't look to pleasant.

We were going to stop in Oklahoma city to do the dinner and drinks thing again but right as we were coming into the city we got hit with a huge storm. The rain started and it was pretty heavy so people started stopping underneath highway overpasses. I kind of laughed at them, and we kept driving. Then the hail hit. The hail was hitting the car so hard we though the windshield was going to break. We got off the highway and stopped on a little driveway into an apartment complex. The complex was chained off so we couldn't go any farther. About 5 minutes later the street was completely flooded and we needed to get out of their before we were stuck. Heather had to jump out and make sure the car wasn't on the chain while I backed up into a gigantic water puddle. It was insane and we were both shaking by the end of it. We made it to Oklahoma City and had dinner and drinks at some local dive, The Biting Sow. We walked around after trying to find some hipper places but they all charged a cover fee. It was crazy, you walked into a bar that had 3 whole people in it and they wanted a $7 cover fee. Boston doesn't even have those so we just watched some street performers and hit the road again. We got a hotel again and ate at some cute diner the next morning. I thought Oklahoma was gorgeous. Flat, rolling hills with lots of wheat. Reminded me of Western Montana. Huge skies were you could see for miles, I loved it.

We drove through Amarillo in the morning and stopped at the Cadillac Ranch on the way out of town. We also stopped at the biggest cross west of something. The jesus billboards, jesus radio stations and jesus gas stations were all a little much for me. Actually it made me quite uncomfortable. I'm all for freedom of religion but don't push it down my throat and anyone else that happens to drive down the road. They have to realize that not everyone believes in the same religion they do, right? Probably not. We then got to New Mexico. We were both extremely tired at this point so we just drove around Albuquerque. We stopped to have some real Mexican food and I'm still thinking about it. It was delicious.

We also grabbed a coffee before Heather dropped me off at the airport. She still had three hours to drive so I had her drop me off around 10 pm even though my flight wasn't until 6 am. I thought I would be able to sleep. I thought wrong. I pulled an all nighter and I'm still paying for it. My body didn't know what the hell was going on.

Now I'm trying to get back into somewhat of a routine. I feel so off with changing jobs and school ending. I have more busy weekends ahead but then hopefully it slows down so I can get back to normal.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tomorrow I am driving to New Mexico with Heather. We have 4 days to get there and then I'm flying home bright and early on Monday morning to be back to work on Tuesday.

I bought my ticket home last night, nothing like waiting until the last minute, but when you don't know you are leaving until two days before you leave, that happens.

Hopefully we both make it home alive without killing each other and with lot's of pictures and stories about southern boys.

Monday, May 18, 2009

I feel like every post I start has something to do with how busy I feel and this one is no different. This weekend was extremely busy. On Friday I went and met Nicole at her doctors office. We went out to lunch, bj's, and then I ran some other extra errands. I hate running errands, so mundane. Her shower was on Saturday so I had to get all the little things down.

Saturday was her shower. We got up and got breakfast and then went to work. I didn't want her there because I knew she would help and she did. I don't think I could have gotten everything together though without her. Some guests showed up 45 minutes early which threw me for a little loop and then trying to wrangle everyone outside was also fun. Other than that, I think it went okay. I didn't sit down once and was running all over the place so I didn't get to enjoy it as much but I hope everyone else enjoyed themselves.

I had to babysit on Sunday so I just stayed over at Nicole's again. Maddie was great as always and Mary is getting ready to have the baby any day. Rob thinks it's going to be this week. I just want to know what it is.

Tomorrow I don't have to work until 4 so I'm going to ride my bike, grocery shop and sleeeeep.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The weekend was a blur and it's so nice to have today off to catch up and get ready for my first day of work tomorrow at my new job.

Friday my bosses had a BBQ for me, except with pizza. Rich is an amazing cook. We also had sangria, lots and lots of sangria. It was nice hanging out with them for a few hours, not having to worry about work or the kids. They gave me an incredibly sweet card and we had our exchange of tears. Rich and Barry also told me they thought of me as their little sister and I'm part of the family now. I'm going to miss them.

Friday night I was going to stay in, but decided to go out instead. We went and say Catie's band Sway at the Plough and the Stars in Central Square. It was nice, the band is so cute. Not to mention hot lawyer-in-training is in the band. Yum.

Saturday Heather and I went bike shopping. After living in the city I have come to realize why people ride bikes. Biking is much faster, cheaper and gives you a nice ass to boot. I bought my little Torker, he's so cute.

That night we went back to Central Square to celebrate Ann-Marie's birthday at the Pheonix Landing. Heather and I decided to ride our bikes there. We got all cute and dressed up and then it started pouring. We sat in my apartment for a second until the rain stopped. We thought it was safe but we were wrong. It started pouring while we were riding to Cambridge. I was in a skirt and tights and looked like a drowned rat by the time we got there. It wasn't a pretty sight. We still danced all night long, even getting up on the benches to dance for some awesome 80's music.

Sunday-Mother's Day, didn't do a damn thing. I think I laid in my bed for 10 hours, I was so sore.

Busy busy weekend and busy busy week.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

So this is it. My last day of work with my boys is tomorrow. I've been tearing up all week thinking about it. I thought about it even more while walking tonight and I know this time was coming but it's hard. This is the first time I've actually felt that the people I work for appreciated me. I didn't mind coming to work, I had fun with them. I think of them as my family know and I know this is not the end.

Monday, May 04, 2009

I have homework due tomorrow that I am currently not doing. Take that computer class!

This weekend was fun. On Saturday I went with Nicole to Stephanie's bridal shower. I think those events are more fun when it's not actually your family. You can stand back and watch the drama unfold and not have to actively be a part of if. Until on of the Aunts explains to you that her photographer ruined her wedding. What a pleasant thing to say to the very very amateur photographer...aka me...of this wedding. After the shower we went and get pedi's. It was amazing and something that I will have to do more often.

Yesterday I went with Kate and Justin to the arboretum in Jamaica Plain. That place is beautiful! I want to take Nicole there to get some maternity shots. Here are some of the shots she took.

I am super critical of myself, but I think these turned out okay. We had a lot of fun. We ended the day with a trip to the movies to see X-Men Origins. I have not seen the rest of the X-Men movies but I really enjoyed it. Going to have to watch the other ones now.

2 more days with my boys :( They are having a BBQ for me on Friday, coming home from work early so we can grill. I got teary eyed tonight when Barry was telling me the plan, asking me what kind of food I want to eat. I don't want this to be the end. I am excited to start a new adventure with a new family though and I'll always remain friends with these guys.