Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I got my toes in the ocean...
Life is good today...

{Zac Brown Band - Toes in the Sand}

A spur of the moment trip to the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Ocean.

It was gray and windy but the boys had a blast digging in the sand. Some sandcastles were made, some children buried, and shells dug up.

The water was frigid but Noam loved darting to the edge and then trying to beat the tide as it crashed ashore.

I haven't had my toes in the Pacific since Noam was 6 months old, so it felt good to dip my feet into the water!

A fun afternoon down at the beach for sure!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 30

The Good:
I decided to put my legs to good use and run the BAA Half-Marathon in October on the Dana Farber team. I'm raising money that will go to one of the top Cancer research centers in the world to hope their doctors and scientists kick cancer's rear end. I'm 4 training runs in and already getting into the groove (was never a regular runner before!) and am looking forward to accomplishing this in memory of my uncle and aunt and all the others I know who were affected by cancer.

The Random:
I'm pushing myself to find new running routes than the two I always did when I went running (while I am a huge workout junky this is making me run regularly vs biking at the gym!). My second run I totally mapped a route that ended right at starbucks (because, priorities). It was all great until I saw my name on the cup - never.never.never call me that! At least the run and the coffee was good!

The Fun:
I created an instagram account to track my runs and progress towards the half (so I don't clutter up my more artsy IG). It's been fun to find new people to follow for running tips and inspiration.

If you want to contribute to my fundraising efforts, all with the goal of funding breakthrough cancer research head over here --> TSB's Half Marathon Page


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scav Hunt Sunday: Planes and Peppers

My Guilty Pleasure:
Cooking or Hamilton. Or both!

Rule of Thirds:
City Hall Plaza is awfully quiet on the weekends.

Negative Space:
Loads of sky to be seen in the new Government Center T stop!

Favorite Place:
Heading to a favorite place of mine - Oregon!

Time with these two goobers is happiness squared!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Boston Public Market

Sometime last year, a new market opened up downtown. It's a permanent indoor farmer's market of sorts with tons of local vendors selling everything from meats, to produce, to teas, to local wines, to baked goods, and more.
I took advantage of a summer afternoon to make my way down there to finally check it out and had a great time browsing the aisles. 
I love supporting local vendors and love how the city has made it easy for us Bostonians to buy local wares. I'm envious of those North Enders who live close enough and folks who work in Government Center who can whenever they so desire!
But, the highlight of my trip? The major allergen free cookie I bought from the dedicated gluten, dairy, nut, egg, and soy free bakery. It was tasty!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Medfield State Hospital

Hello darkness my old friend...
I've come to talk to you again...
Because a vision softly creeping...
Still remains within the sound of silence...

{Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence}

I heard about Medfield State Hospital from a friend at work. The grounds of an abandoned mental hospital about 40 minutes from Boston; all boarded up and open to the public to walk around.

The hospital opened in 1892 and was a campus of small buildings that at its most crowded was home to over 2,000 men and women who were considered mentally unstable to care for themselves and live out in the public.

From what I've read it has a sad history that spanned until it was shuttered in 2003. Walking the grounds was eerie...just the wind in the weeds and the trees. The windows boarded up, the doors boarded and barred with wooden beams, signs warning of dangers of entering inside.

I kept thinking, if walls could talk. It was so calm and quiet. But, I imagine that for many it was not a calm retreat from the city to stroll around, but a place of anguish and pain while battling inner demons.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 29

The Good:
3 years ago,right after Ronan was born I heard about the Mix 104.1 Radiothon for Children's Hospital. I became a Dream Maker on the spot - making a monthly donation towards patient care and medical advancements. This year, I volunteered by manning the phones. It was so awesome to be there, taking calls, being a part of the live radio show (my fav am show - Karson and Kennedy). Good to know I made a difference in helping raise money for the #1 children's hospital in the country!

The Random:
When I made my jam, I planned to make strawberry ice cubes from the berry juice I strained out. I didn't plan ahead and had no empty ice cube trays. But then I remembered that when I was in NYC in May my mom bought me this fantastic 50 (well really 48) state ice cube mold at Fishs Eddy. So the Berry Ice States of America it is!

The Fun:
I went to the rock gym with Ben on Monday. We only did the bouldering walls and I am HOOKED. I bought a summer membership and plan on spending many a day there.


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Scav Hunt Sunday: Bananas and Breakfast

Peels, full of bananas....

Monday gets better when a box of coffee arrives! 

Cafe goers, out for lunch.

A little joy of summer - sprucing up a weekday breakfast. Instead of yogurt and berries at my desk...made them a little fancier as a parfait in a glass!

Gym selfie...get fit!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

July Randoms v. 1

 summer fruit...hershey pup...chasing waterfalls
starbucks run...stunning sunset...feeling patriotic
fountain frolic...tower reflected...ritzy behavior
 run swag...nearly blooming...berry haul
flickering light...jam success...going somewhere
grilled salmon...maco raspberry...gazpacho season
big blueberry...low key...monkeying around
hiline coffee...side table...banana bunch
fry day...radiothon volunteering...rock climbing

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