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Back in the Saddle

It’s been a little over a year since I stopped posting on this blog. I’m sure you’re wonder why that is (at least, the one or two of you actually reading this right now). Well, it’s been quite a year.

Just a few major life changes including getting married, moving and starting a new job. Oh you know. The small stuff.

The move was significant. My now husband and I are now living (so happily) in Austin, Texas. So as I had initially started this blog to log my experiences in Boston and sometimes embarrassingly admit to major culture shock, I wasn’t sure I should really continue blogging about my adventures since the whole plotline of my story had changed. However, as I haven’t lived in Austin since college and my husband is experiencing his own brand of culture shock from being a life-long New Englander finding his way to this country we call Texas, I’ve ultimately come to realize that this is a perfect venue to chronicle our wanderings. Plus, the food here is pretty incredible. More to come on that.

This is a long way to say that I’m back — with a slightly different feel — but back nonetheless. Looking forward to sharing our journey.

Of course, feel free to share recommendations for Austin or Texas-based activities, experiences or food favorites in the comments.

Update: I realized that I had a typo in the Title of the original post and my type-A personality forced me to jump in and fix it.

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HIMYS Looks Back to Look Forward

Last year, I made a few resolutions for myself … well, not exactly resolutions, more like goals (if you don’t already know, I hate resolutions – I prefer to think about a to do list or goals). These related to places I wanted to visit or try within the New England area. The list below is from my post last January, and I’ve crossed off those activities, venues or restaurants I was able to get to in 2012:

Food:

  1. Blue Ribbon
  2. Firefly
  3. Erbaluce
  4. Orinoco
  5. Regal Begal
  6. Giacomo’s
  7. South End Buttery
  8. Bee Hive
  9. Silvertone
  10. The Capital Grille

 Places/Activities:

  1. Harpoon or Sam Adams Brewery Tour
  2. Bunker Hill
  3. Visit Maine or Rhode Island
  4. Boston Public Library
  5. Marathon Monday
  6. Fall Foliage/Leaf Peeping
  7. Corn Maze
  8. Haunted Boston Bus Tour
  9. Celtics or Bruins Game
  10. Institute of Contemporary Art

When I look back at the places I wanted to visit or cross off my list, it doesn’t seem that impressive. However, I do feel like I got to experience quite a bit in 2012 that wasn’t on my list – likely because I hadn’t even thought about it. For example, rather than the Harpoon brewery, I visited Red Hook up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and got to try a delicious lobster roll from the Beach Plum. I also went camping up in Maine and tried a ridiculous amount of local eateries around the Boston area, that weren’t necessarily even on my radar. I also got to be a part of two weddings for some of my closest friends, visit places I haven’t been to (and ended up getting stuck in) *cough* San Francisco, and return to places I love like Minnesota, Texas and Disney! It was a full and fulfilling year, for sure. 

While 2012 was amazing, I’m looking forward to checking off a few more of the items above in 2013 (and going beyond this). If I learned anything last year, it’s that you have to be open to the unexpected and ready to embrace it. So, here I am, ready, willing and hungry! 


Two Years!

I meant to bust out this post in June – but as usual, time got away with me. And look! It’s almost August.  

Time does certainly fly and it’s hard to believe it’s been two years since I moved to Boston from Texas. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t miss Texas. In fact, as many of my friends know, I actually have a hard time leaving Austin whenever I visit. However, I really feel at home in Boston and don’t feel like I’ve managed to explore or experience as much as I can yet.

Until I’ve run my course on adventures, or I absolutely cannot stand winter anymore, Boston has my heart. I can’t wait to see what year three brings! Fingers crossed that it’s not a blizzard.


Compare Contrast

It’s around this time of year when I fondly remember all the reasons that I came to fall in love with Boston. The beautiful weather accompanied by the colors of Spring when all the flowers are blooming, the trees are finally green with new leaves and the City is full of people who want to spend every second outdoors. Of course, let’s not forget one of Boston’s favorite things about this time of year, baseball season.

This year is very special for the Red Sox, as Fenway Park celebrates its 100 year. The Boston Globe compiled a wonderful slide show of pictures that showcase the celebration itself (which was on Friday, April 20).

Contrast that with a fantastic time to be in Texas – bluebonnet season. Sure, baseball is also underway in Texas, but it’s the bluebonnets that seem to have me missing home more and more these days. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see the bluebonnets, I would absolutely recommend it. The great part about seeing bluebonnets is that they are everywhere. Just drive around the Hill Country and you’ll see them off the highway.

CNN actually put photos of the bluebonnets on their website (which was surprising to me) but a great look at these wonderful flowers. If you want a really fantastic photo essay on the flower, check out the April edition of Texas Monthly.

While Spring is winding down in Texas, it’s only just begun here in Boston. Despite the differences of Spring in each place, it certainly is a season to get people out and about again. Maybe that’s why it’s my favorite…but you never know. It could be all about baseball.


Welcome to My Blog!

I am a new resident of the great state of Massachusetts and will be using this blog to chronicle my experiences, as well as the inevitable culture shock that comes from moving here from Texas. Not only will this be a place to discuss the craziness of MA – Boston in particular – but I hope this will turn into a discussion of the wonderful things, places and people who are located on the East Coast. This blog is in no way meant to offend current or former Massachusetts residents. It is a place to note my own opinions – which are not representative of the Company for which I work or the State. Hope you enjoy my thoughts, rants and discoveries! 🙂