Boston

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it’s been 10 months since we moved out here from my hometown, Chicago. Boston is now beginning to feel like the place I live, instead of a place I’ve moved to. if I were to use relationship terms, Boston & I are going steady but I’m not sure if I’m ready to take it to the next level – ha!

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don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty to love about life here. I love how it feels very European, from the seriously OLD buildings to the charming cobblestone streets to the random British-isms that have persisted. I’ve found a great local coffee shop that has that whole old-world vibe down pat, complete with a sidewalk organic flower vendor every Saturday morning (see above – the flowers are UNREAL). a quick list of other Boston things I love:

  • the ocean
  • the Boston Public Library system (and by extension, the Cambridge Public Library system)
  • the Charles River + all the bridges
  • great seafood
  • being close to my in-laws
  • being close to Maine (and a bunch of other places)

so why am I not ready to commit? I don’t know. maybe it’s because I haven’t really made friends of my own yet (a problem further compounded by the fact that I work the night shift). I also think it’s partly because we’re in a year of transition, with my husband still in the middle of his master’s program and looking for a teaching job for the upcoming school year. if there’s one thing that’s a constant in our life right now, it’s a feeling of impermanence. to even things out, here’s a list of things that I don’t love about Boston:

  • lack of daylight during the winter (really threw my depression for a loop)
  • traffic
  • aversion to straight routes to anywhere
  • Patriots anything (sorry, James!)
  • being far away from my family
  • the more reserved nature of the people (which baffles the Midwesterner that I am)

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I’m learning to live out the whole ‘bloom where you’re planted’ thing, so I’m hopeful and grateful for what we DO have right now. we’re together, starting our respective careers, making plans and making moves. I’m trying to live in the moment and savor this season of our lives even as we look towards the future. I know we’ll look back on this time and talk about how lucky we were to live a stone’s throw away from Fenway Park in the middle of it all and laughing about how parking sucked and reminiscing about the challenges of small-apartment living. it’s all about perspective.

wishing you all a good weekend!

 

city apartment

IMG_5435it’s official: we have an apartment! I’m half excited and half still in shock over the cost of rent in this city (it’s bananas, y’all!). the rent is eye-watering, but we’ll be right in the middle of the city, blocks away from fenway and the famous citgo sign above. I’m incredibly grateful to my in-laws for letting us stay with them while we were apartment hunting. our move-in date is next friday.

since we drove out to boston with only the things we could carry in bess, our buick century, we had next to nothing in terms of furniture/household items. I’ve been shopping for the apartment over the past couple of days, being intentional in buying only items that we need AND love. it’s got to work for us on all levels – function, style, quality, and price. if something’s not quite right, it doesn’t come home with me.  I’d love to share some of the items that have made the cut in upcoming posts. it’s been several years since we’ve had our own place, so I’ve definitely been stockpiling ideas on how to decorate our new home!

here’s a before photo in the meantime:IMG_5433it’s small and I’m not digging the wall-to-wall carpeting, but it’s ours and we’re together. plus, I did say I wanted a white kitchen… ;).

 

a new adventure

hello from boston! we arrived in town last thursday night after driving through indiana, ohio, new york, and pretty much all of massachusetts. there’s nothing like a road trip to remind you how big & wide this country is!

we decided to make a little trip out of it instead of just powering through the 16-hour drive. we stopped for lunch in toledo, oh and stopped for dinner and the night in buffalo, ny. the next day we visited niagara falls (it was james’ first time!), stopped for lunch in utica, ny, and made it to boston in time for dinner at my in-laws.

I’m so glad we did it that way – we were both in need of a little break, and it was nice to be able to take our time and let ourselves take in the scenery along the way.

IMG_5378img_5393.jpgour little buick, packed to the brim

IMG_5381IMG_5380IMG_5379IMG_5383a food coma at tony packo’s (still dreaming about that stuffed cabbage!)

IMG_5391IMG_5413IMG_5402IMG_5401IMG_5404IMG_5411the original buffalo wings by night, niagara falls boat tour (aka, the site of jim & pam’s wedding) at the falls by day

IMG_5415amazing pad thai at a gem of a restaurant we found in utica

IMG_5416nothing says ‘welcome to massachusetts’ better than a bottle of polar

 

 

the friday five

IMG_3170my bridesmaid’s bouquets

I’m still making my way through all the pictures from our wedding & our honeymoon, but I wanted to share a handful of photos in the meantime until I can get a proper post up. we were married on may 21 in chicago, and we headed out for boston 2 days later. we stayed in our apartment in salem, mass for 1 day before heading up to portland, maine for 3 days. we headed back down on the saturday of the holiday weekend, before vacation season got fully underway. we spent the rest of our honeymoon chilling in salem, which was pure luxury for us since we currently live apart & will continue to do so until july of next year. it was nice to just stay home, spend some much needed time together, & relax.

have a lovely weekend!

IMG_3191made me laugh after a great breakfast at a local diner

IMG_3198the barrel room at allagash brewery

IMG_3199the cute little kitchen in our airbnb apartment

IMG_3207by the water in portland, maine

boston

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We spent less than a handful of days in Boston, which may explain why I’ve only got 6 pictures to show for it. But in truth, we were too busy having fun to document more than what you see above. I know that in the blogging world, if there’s not a picture, it didn’t happen, but I can’t make myself wish I had taken more. Sometimes you’ve got to stop recording the moment and just be in the moment, you know? So a quick run-down of what I did manage to snap:

one |on the way to meeting friends in Harvard Square, I took a quick turn around Anthropologie and found these coupes. so pretty. after trying to decide if they could possibly make it back to Chicago without breaking, I took a peek at the price… and walked away. at $20 a pop, I’m going to mull over these a little longer. (am I the only one who goes to Anthropologie not for the clothes but for housewares/decor?)

two | my shopping haul from the trip, all courtesy of the Davis Square CVS. sometimes all you need is a little drugstore spree. more to come on this pile of goodies.

three |we had drinks and food at Charlie’s Kitchen with friends to celebrate James’ birthday and watch the Red Sox. I went with the calamari. so much good salty seafood goodness for only $7. if only the night hadn’t ended with an obstruction call…but they won in the end, so it wasn’t so bad after all.

four |I drank so many bottles of this. what can I say? fall is the perfect time for hard cider.

five | lobster rolls and clam chowder. I get this every time I visit.

six |chicken milanese torta from the painted burro. crispy bread, tender chicken, garlic mayo. amazing.

I have to say, fall in New England is pretty amazing. This was my first time, and I was thrilled to see so many colorful leaves. It was also a first for me to be sitting in a bar with friends rooting for a team in the World Series. As a Cubs fan, I haven’t ever been able to do that with friends here in Chicago, so it was really nice to be in the middle of it all.

We’re already scouting tickets for a trip around Christmastime. Let’s see if I take more pictures that time around.