Alaina

My New Running Routine

I suppose after 3 successful runs, you can call this a “routine”. 😛

Ever since I got my hair cut in May, my day to day routine has switched up a bit.

Just to show my new ‘do.

Before I got my hair cut I would religiously straighten my hair with a flat iron each morning. But ever since my new cut, I find myself showering every other night and let it air dry while I sleep. In the morning it’s a simple task of adding some dry shampoo, hair wax (extremely light), hair spray, and just ironing out the bangs, and I am good to go!

So for the past week, every night that I have to wash my hair, I go for a run. I get home from work around 6:45, and I only go for a couple of miles (or less – it’s HOT outside!). Once I’m home it’s shower time and then dinner time.

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So far I have been loving this routine. And I’ve been getting compliments on my hair! 😉

What is your routine each day? Have I said routine enough?

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Life Lately

I guess that’s the generic title for those posts that are just a mish-mosh of things going on in my life. 

It’s all been same ol’, same ol’ around here. Work, garage, work, garage. Thankfully a(n) (somewhat) end is in sight since we’ve been working on getting the garage ready for our BBQ this weekend. That means go-go-go for the past couple of weekends.

GARAGE

First step was to grind down the concrete so that it was more level. Then we vacuumed and mopped up all of the remaining dust.

I was in charge of getting the epoxy on the edges of the floor, then David followed me around with the roller. All told it took about 3 hours of painting, with a full day to let everything dry.

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And it looks fantastic! The weather is looking a bit dreary (80% chance of thunderstorms) so thankfully we have the space inside for our guests.

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And this is under the overhang! The pavers are on back order so we may have to make due (do?). 🙂

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Thankfully the weather was gorgeous all weekend!

CELEBRATIONS

As you may have read online, or seen on the news, Marriott International has acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts…the company that I work for. So in a few weeks time, I will be a Marriott employee. It’s exciting, but a bit saddened to see Starwood disappear. Before the acquisition goes through, hotels were encourage to show that they were #StarwoodProud. We had a few days of department decorating, ice cream trucking, and having the executive committee serve lunch and dinner in the cafeteria.

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Make sure to check out Sheraton Boston on Facebook to see our awesome video!

Aside from the garage work, we were able to go to a friends house for a BBQ and pool party. Unfortunately the pool was too cold, but we did enjoy the food and company. I contributed Janae’s delicious s’mores bars again. Always a hit! 🙂

And that’s our life up until this point! I can’t wait for the party this weekend; should be a great time!

How were your Fourth of July festivities?

South End Strolling

Even though I’m not a concierge anymore, I still get the chance to attend their events since my role does overlap with guest services. And who am I kidding, this is a tough group to get away from! 🙂

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Our stops on the stroll of the South End neighborhood were:

La Motta – Italian restaurant (Washington Street)
L’Attitude – Art gallery (Harrison Avenue)
Liquid Art House – Art gallery/restaurant (Arlington Street)

The concept of a restaurant with changing chefs and art is one of a kind in the US. They change every 2-3 months and feature renowned artists as well as local ones. The chandelier above is $80,000!
Ore Jewelry – Jewelry shop (Dartmouth Street)
Formaggio – Specialty Shop (Shawmut Avenue)

I absolutely loved this store! The combination of cheese and wine is arguably the best and I look forward to frequenting this establishment more and more this summer.
Stephie’s on Tremont – American restaurant (Tremont Street)

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To end the stroll (for me at least) we were treated to Korean style bbq ribs, scallops on polenta, and red pepper hummus with assorted bread and veggies. Everything was delicious and ended the night on a high note.

The neighborhood strolls are always my favorite of the concierge events. It allows you to check out new and established restaurants/shops within the neighborhood, as well as expand your contacts in case a guest has a certain request or need.

What’s your favorite city neighborhood?? 

Friday Bucket List

It’s just one of those days where I think a list would be a lot of fun! Friday is here, and it’s National Doughnut Day! I certainly celebrated. 😉 Stolen from Janae’s site!

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1. Fired a gun– Yes

2. Married– Yes

3. Fell in love– Yes

4. Swam in an ocean– Yes (although I prefer the lake)

5. Gone on a blind date– Not really a blind “date”, but I’ve been blind “let me introduce you to my friend who I think you might like.” They never worked out.

6. Skipped school– In college, my friend Kristal and I skipped a day of classes to watch our friends play whiffleball at Fenway Park. Best decision ever!

7. Watched someone give birth– No

8. Been to Canada– Yes. I really want to go back to Quebec City, and visit Vancouver for the first time.

9. Been to Hawaii– No

10. Been to Europe– Yes; Ireland (best country ever!), Spain, France, Switzerland. Ireland and Spain were with school; France and Switzerland were on my own.

11. Been to Las Vegas– Twice. Both times I’ve stayed at the Paris. I love that hotel!

12. Been to Washington D.C.- Couple of times; once with school and more recently with David.

13. Been to Nashville– No, but I really want to!

14. Visited Florida– Yes, my grandfather lives on the west coast

15. Visited Mexico– Yes, as a community service with Endicott

16. Seen the Grand Canyon in person– No, but it continues to be on my bucket list!

17. Flown in a helicopter- No

18. Been on a cruise– Not yet, but I think we’re planning on one in the near future

19. Served on a jury– Almost; got called for duty but didn’t stay

20. Been in a movie– No, but I have the connections to hopefully make that one come true!

21. Been to Los Angeles– Yes, my aunt and uncle live just north of the city

22. Been to New York City– Yes

23. Played in a band– High school band; I played the trumpet because I’m cool like that

24. Sang karaoke– Yes; I love to sing!

25. Made prank phone calls– All the time when I was younger…uh, I mean no, of course not

26. Laughed so much you cried– Yes and it’s the best feeling ever

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27. Caught a snowflake on your tongue– Yes

28. Had children– Not yet, but it’s in the works!

29. Had a pet– Hamster, guinea pig and rabbit (not all at the same time though)

30. Been sledding on a big hill– My house was on a big hill so every winter and ice storm was wicked fun. Thankfully the house was on a cul-de-sac

31. Been snowboarding– No; not big into skiing/snowboarding

33. Been water skiing– No, water tubing though!

34. Rode on a motorcycle– No

35. Jumped out of a plane– No

36. Been to a drive-in movie– Yes, my hometown has the best one ever!

37. Rode an elephant– No, but I did ride a camel when I was 5

38. Been on TV- No(?) I don’t think so

39. Been in newspaper- Yes

40. Stayed in hospital- Not stayed, but been to a hospital when I sprained my ankle

41. Donated blood- Yes

42. Gotten a piercing- Yes, my ears

43. Gotten a tattoo– No

44. Driven a stick shift vehicle– Yes, I loved my little Mazda Protege!

45. Driven over 100 mph- No, but I’ve been a passenger in a car that’s gone that fast

46. Been scuba diving– Yes…although I would say snorkeling instead, in Mexico

47. Lived on your own- Not really; it was either with my parents, with David, or with his sister

48. Got a speeding ticket- Yes, but not since 2014! I’m getting better. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Feel free to add in your own bucket list in the comments! 🙂