Garage

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!

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.

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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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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?

The Garage Work Continues

This past weekend David and I finally had nothing on our schedules. It was time to start getting supplies for our party next weekend, as well as work on some more of the outside garage work.

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So many beverages! And on a side note, I love Costco. I don’t love the crowds on the weekends, but I love the samples and their selections.

We ended up making a trip on both Saturday and Sunday, and the rest of the time was working on leveling the area under the overhang. We’re having some pavers installed (eventually) so we had to work on making sure the shape was right and that it was all level. David worked the tamping machine while I watered everything.

We also had someone grade the front yard and ramp up the driveway so that it was a gradual incline into the garage.

I love how everything is turning out! Can’t wait to get that old garage out of the way, and we’ll have some more land to work with.

And a peek into the (almost) finished garage!

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David is so proud of himself; as he should be. 🙂

Do you have any fun plans for Fourth of July? We’ll be heading to our friend’s house who hold a party every year. Weather is looking good for this weekend!

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?

 

A Loving Weekend

After this past weekend’s events, love is just so, so important and should be embraced by all. ❤ 

Last Friday I got to watch my cousin, Tony, marry his best friend, Kacie, up in Maine. It was a beautiful ceremony (where the bride and groom politely asked that no one have their cell phones) and the reception was one big dance party. (They met while members of the Young Americans.)

As you can see, love was in the air and we were having a great time!

And the cupcakes were delicious! This was carrot cake with salted caramel frosting.

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It’s blurry because I was ready to dive in!

The wedding was on a Friday, and David and I were back home on Saturday afternoon. Sunday was spent putting up another wall in the garage and some grocery shopping.

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After two packed weekends, it’ll be nice to have some relaxation this coming weekend. Oh, aside from a family party to celebrate birthdays and holidays! The fun never ends. 🙂

How was your weekend? Anything fun planned for the one upcoming?

Weekend Recap…on Wednesday

Happy June 1st everyone! Summer is almost here, and we have certainly been feeling the warm weather around here. It was in the 90s on Saturday, although Sunday cooled down significantly. And actually, looking at the forecast, it’s going to be more in the 60s for the next 10 days. Works for me! I like it semi warm, not hot.

Since Friday was the day before the holiday weekend, I ended up leaving work a bit early and caught the express train home. I did some grocery shopping, and David and I ended up eating a calzone and hot wings for dinner while watching The Revenant (WOW, by the way!)

Saturday was a day spent in the garage. We lazed around in the morning and at noontime we headed in to the garage to work on putting up OSB on the walls. The first few cuts were slow going, but once we had a routine down, it went pretty quickly.

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Another low key night followed since we had to be up early the next morning.

Sunday was my cousin’s fiancee’s bridal shower in Maine. It was about 3 1/2 hours up there and we spent the majority of the afternoon with my family (on my mom’s side). The wedding is in less than two weeks and I’m so excited! I love weddings. 🙂

For a game we played “Kacie or Tony?” where we had to either point to the tiara or put up the mustache when answering questions about them. No score was kept; it was just for fun.

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I also got my hair cut, and I love the new length!

We didn’t get home until about midnight and woke up around 8:30 on Monday morning. It was another day of garage work, but thankfully my father in law came to help so that I could get stuff done in the house. Our next few weekends are packed so I wanted to clean the house and get the errands out of the way.

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The opposite wall is (almost) complete! Once the walls are done, we’ll have the finished electrical done and then the floor and we’ll be ready to move in! We have a party coming up in the beginning of July, too, so we hope that it’s all completed by then. I’ve also been looking at pavers for the outside patio too. So much to choose from!

How was your holiday weekend? Any house projects you’re working on?

Insulating a Garage

Last weekend David and I were able to work on insulating the garage! To some that might not seem like the most exciting way to spend the day, but given that we were so close to finishing, we wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous day.

As of this past weekend we finally finished!

To give you all an idea of the magnitude of this project, our garage is bigger than our house. It’s about 44′ x 28′. It’ll house the two cars and David’s workshop. Of course, David loves a project and this was no exception. Because of David’s connections, we were able to obtain a good 150 or so bags (I could be underestimating) of cellulose insulation to dense pack in to the walls. This will allow the garage to remain at a comfortable temperature and to keep out road and train noises.

My job during the installation process was to man the hopper (blue machine). I had to open the bags of insulation and drop into the machine as it churns and dispenses it out a tube.

Inside, David was dense packing the cavities. (They were webbed to allow for control of the product.)

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Now that it’s done, it’s so quiet and cool in there. All that’s left is for David to put up the OSB sheathing, finish the electrical, and epoxy the garage floor. It’ll be nice to finally park in there! 🙂

And a close-up of the product. This is also what’s in our house. It’s made up of recycled material, safe to the touch, and made with boric acid which kills any pests that try to get in there.

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I don’t think I can recommend this product high enough. If you have new construction, or issues with your current comfort levels in your house, dense packed cellulose is the way to go!

Do you enjoy working on house/garage projects? Once this is done, we’ll be working on tearing down the old garage and hopefully get some nice landscaping.