I have been really bad at this blogging thing in the last few months, I have been living life and leaving little time for things such as this. Well lets see what has occurred since the last time I wrote.
Well on the 10th of November was Sara and Mike’s Engagement party, since it was the weekend that the Smokestack was opening, but the night they were closed Joe was able to go with me, instead of showing up late, which was a nice and welcomed surprise. It was a great night with lots of friends celebrating two great friends engagement. I certainly drank too much that evening as someone brought a bottle of Bowmore, once I have the taste of petted scotch on my lips it is all downhill from there.
The next day I made us my Sunday Fritta and we played a couple silly games online for a bit, read thru some silly Reddit post (when did Reddit replace the Sunday Paper), that evening Joe didn’t need to work but we wanted to check out the new Smokestack as patrons so headed to dinner and a couple beers there, then to the movies to see Skyfall, best of the Daniel Craig Bond movies yet, if I might say so myself.
Pretty low key week as normal, go to work, go home work on school work, spend some time with Joe, spend some time with friends. All pretty low key. Grabbed some Belmont Veg on that Thursday for lunch, I am always impressed with how damn tasty the food is there, but never seem to make it up to Belmont Street, now living on the West Side, all the way across the city for veggie food,when I have Lovin Hut next door. Tasty Skateboards and Pretty Things Beer did a collaboration, so that equated to a pretty awesome night at The Dive, that Thursday.
Friday night was a low key night for me, I needed my rest as the next day I had plans with Rich to run the Spartan Race at Fenway, what the hell was I thinking, I was not ready for this race, but I finished (not well but I finished) and it was humbling to show where I need to improve (oh my upper body strength is lacking) and where I did well. We had a 3:30 start time so I headed to Boston for noon, we hung out, headed to Fenway around 1:30, killed some time eating snacks at Boston Beer Works, then checked our bags in and got ourselves ready for the race, yes I raced with a man with a giant bunny suit and a gas mask on, Ether Bunny.
The course was insane, but so well planned out, they used every inch of usable space at the park, it was a lot of work but pretty fantastic, I believe I may have done about 300 Burpees that day which was not all that fantastic.
Spartan Race Fenway: Watch as one racer shows all the obstacles, all 23 minus the need for most of us to do LOTS of burpees !
I was very happy I did it, but if I am going to next year I need to train, and train hard, which is now one of my other goals, to complete both Massachusetts Spartan Races next year, the one in Amesbury and the one at Fenway. I want mud and I want stairs.
Upon returning to Worcester I went and had a post race beer and dinner, much needed. Sunday we had woke up needing breakfast, I through some random I need food post on FB and my friend Christine was like, hell come to Providence and eat at Julians with me, so we got ready, text Robert to let him know we were going to eat 2 blocks from his house and headed to Providence for brunch, great decision. Sunday night I had Kelly and Matt coming over for dinner, so Joe and I ran a bunch of errands, to get him a new dress shirt and tie, tea and a stop at Lush for me, then over to Whole Foods. We got to the house took a nap then decided to get moving on dinner. We prepared oysters with a mignonette sauce, homemade Pesto Steelhead Trout, Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Purple Creamer Potatoes, and then gluten-free brownies for desert. They arrived at 7, we had cocktails and beer then ate and decided a game of SmallWorld was in order, yay Joe finally got to play it. It was a great day with great people.
This past week has been rough, I was hurting pretty bad from the race, my muscles rebelled and I was trying to do my normal routine and had trouble with that, bad Crystal not training properly. Tuesday Joe had off work, so after I was done with work we had plans to do some baking, a few pies and we needed dinner. So after running errands to get all that we needed for what became a LATE night of pie baking, we grabbed dinner at Mezcal, yum $2.00 tacos and margaritas, don’t forget yummy guac. Upon getting back to the house we started pie making, first time making my own pie dough, not so bad. We made an Apple Pie, Dutch Apple Pie and a Pumpkin Pecan Pie with Whiskey Butter. Other than the 2 1/4 cups of Bourbon used for the pie we drank half the bottle in the form of Manhattans and Hot Toddy’s. We had a couple small fixable mishaps but the pies were tasty and out of the oven by midnight. Wednesday I was able to grab lunch with Joe post getting out of work, we headed to Vietnam Cafe, I grabbed a Tofu Bahn Mi and he got Pho, then I got him back to work and I went and got some things done at home. We ended up at the Dive for Thanksgiving- Eve for a couple beers but overall an early night.
Thursday awoke and headed to Connecticut to have dinner with my family, was a little rough as my grandfather left before dinner as he was not able to act happy in front of everyone. It is the first holiday without my Grandmother and it only has been a couple months, so kinda rough. But all the food was grand either way. I left around 4 to go to Joe’s family and have desert and drinks. We stayed there until 7:30, was suppose to head to Kelly’s but I was not feeling well nor was Joe, so we decided tea and a few episodes of Breaking Bad was in order.
Yesterday I worked, later than I planned so I called EMS and they didn’t end up needing me to come in, my next shift is on Monday, yay. Joe was out of work early, slow day being Black Friday they didn’t have much traffic. So we ran to grab food at Peppercorns and call it an early night, I was out not long after hitting the pillow.
Happy Saturday here we are, neither one of us has to work today, Joe has a wedding tonight and I have a party for a friend I will be attending, so going to run some errands, maybe make a stop at Jack’s Abby and Christmas Tree Shop, cause tomorrow we are cutting a tree down in my grandpa’s woods for the house. Trying my best to get into the Christmas mood.