Boston

Family Day in Boston

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a member of an amazing organization: the Greater Boston Concierge Association. And every year, they provide a day for the concierge and their families to enjoy the sites of Boston. Since David works on the weekend, I decided to partake in this years events. My mom and sister-in-law accompanied Eleanor and I on a Duck Tour, lunch in Faneuil Hall, and the New England Aquarium.

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Eleanor did great during the Duck Tour, but became a little overwhelmed at the aquarium. 😦 We were able to get in a great afternoon though. The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was the best day to be a tourist in my own city.

It’s Myrtle the Turtle! She’s 80 years old and over 500 pounds. She’s lived at the New England Aquarium since 1970.

Sunday was a great day: went for a 5K run, grocery shopped, and cleaned the whole house. Now it’s time for another work week. 🙂

How was your weekend? 

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A View From Above

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Nothing beats the lovely views at the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center. Last night was so crystal clear that you could see all the way to the mountains.

Prior to that, we enjoyed bites from PF Changs, Crazy Dough’s Pizza, Sweetgreen, Towne, Wagamama, California Pizza Kitchen, and Coldstone Creamery. Everything was SO good, although I am partial to the pizza from Crazy Dough’s. 😛

After the scavenger hunt (which was hosted by the Prudential Center and Where Boston Magazine), we reconvened at the Observatory and enjoyed more drinks and lovely desserts.

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Thank you again for an amazing night! If you are ever in Boston, a trip to the Skywalk is a must. 🙂

Skywalk Observatory
50th Floor of the Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Volunteering at Run to Home Base

One of the best things about the hotel that I work at is the community that it fosters and the feeling of family and camaraderie. This past Saturday, David and I, and a few other colleagues, volunteered at the Run to Home Base run at Fenway Park; the wake up call was early (4AM!) but the experience was well worth it.

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When we arrived around 5AM, they had the volunteers enjoy coffee and breakfast items while we waited for our assignments. We were located in the Champions room so I was having fun checking out all of the memorabilia.

Fun Red Sox fact: My grandfather’s good friend was the Carlton Fisk’s coach in high school.

We ended up waiting around for quite a bit, but were soon led down to the concourse where we would be helping out at the Military Appreciation Area. For the whole morning while we were there we were arranging items on a long section of tables and then tasked to put together care packages to send to the troops. Last year they did 9,000 boxes! Not sure what the final numbers were this year.

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After a while, more people were helping to put together packages (consisting of things like DVDs, activity books, socks, foot powder, ear buds, etc) along with a handwritten thank you note.

During the morning, I did sneak out to catch a bit of the ceremony.

The first picture in the post features some of the runners coming on to the warning track (right side), then they’re lined up to cross home plate.

Flashback to 2014 when I  ran this race!

David and I had such a great time helping out. Due to the early wake up, we ended up taking a 3 hour nap that afternoon!

And of course, more garage work! The interior is done! We completed the storage shelf on Sunday.

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Yep, that’s me up there! It’s huge and overbuilt, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from David. 🙂

How was your weekend? Do you enjoy volunteering at races? I’ve also volunteered twice at the Harpoon 5-Miler; always a fun time!

The Last of the Craziness

For now at least. 🙂

Between the reunion on June 4th and the wedding on June 10th our weekends have been jam packed. And this past weekend was no exception. Thankfully things will be quiet until Fourth of July festivities. And I totally just realized that the holiday is two weeks away! The months are flying by.

Friday

Before the end of the work day my boss asked if I wanted tickets to the Red Sox game courtesy of the visiting team. I called up David and he was willing to come in to the city if it meant so much to me. 😉

We were four rows from the field and right next to the Mariners dugout. Very cool! Unfortunately they lost, but it was still a fun time. Especially Big Papi’s 2-run home run!

Saturday

No-picture day but still quite busy. I worked on cleaning the house in the morning before we went over to David’s parent’s house to celebrate birthdays and holidays in May and June. Lunch was pizza and meatball subs with a frosted chocolate chip bundt cake that I made for dessert.

We hung out for a few hours before heading home. I took a 20 minute nap before we headed back out towards Boston to see a friend of mine in a play in Jamaica Plain. It was The Sisters Rosensweig at the Footlight Club; celebrating its 139th season! My friend John was excellent in it. The dialogue could get a bit bogged down with simple conversation, but he was able to bring some fun and laughter to the scenes. It was such a pleasure getting to see him perform! Makes me want to get back on to the stage. 😉

Sunday

Allll day was spent putting up the remaining walls in the garage. Thankfully it’s all done! Now we wait for the electrician. And we have an excavator coming this week to grade the yard; time to bring everything in to the garage!

And a Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad, Mark. 🙂

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How was your weekend?? Any fun plans for July 4th?

 

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??