Oh my…life has been crazy here. I thought I was taking it easy this holiday season with the crafting but things have gotten a little out of control, especially since I’ve had a decent-sized request of products from the shop owner in Lancaster. Which is a good thing – but that, plus planned gifts/projects are making my free-time non-existent. Which leads me to this week – where Tom is currently in Boston – which happens to be the place we were celebrating our anniversary (belatedly) two weeks ago. Which leads me to this post – which is about 12 days or so over-due.
So. Tom had to go to Boston for a work-thing two weeks ago. He invited me along. My Amazing Friends agreed to watch The Girls. Yay! The Ups and Downs of said trip are as follows:
Not Awesome – Our trip being delayed. Which seemed to be a good thing after spending a horrendous amount of time in the security line. Except that when we were leisurely walking toward the gate, we heard a last call for our flight. That was now on time. First time I’ve ever actually run to beat a closing gate at the airport.
Awesome – Being child-free for the screening, running, and flight. I actually completed some knitting and took a tiny snooze. Have not done that since Australia, almost 4 years ago.
Not Awesome – Our GPS unit in the rental car. We had to turn around several times while trying to locate a restaurant. Also, the voice for the street names and the voice for the turn directions was completely different. Creepy.
Wicked Awesome – Our Mexican food in Cambridge. We had (as Tom called her) a guac-mamma make fresh guacamole at our table, and happily devoured life-changing tapas. This, with Red Iguana (in Salt Lake) are by far the best Mexican joints I’ve ever stepped foot in. And that’s coming from someone who lived most their life in the West. Also, my margarita to toast Colt’s birthday? Fan-tas-tic. Best margarita I’ve had outside of southern Utah.
Not Awesome – Traffic in to Cambridge. Rain in Cambridge. Snooty Harvard 20-somethings who can’t be bothered to help you, let alone with a smile, even though they WORK THERE.
Awesome – The Harvard Book Store. Not the people (as mentioned before) – just the store. Small, very cramped. Wonderful. After my latte down the street, I wasted my entire parking meter wandering the aisles and curling up with a stack of books in one of the nooks.
Not Awesome – Lunch in the hotel. Yuck – and – no-way-in-hell-am-I-ever-paying-that-much-for-soup-again.
Awesome – Nap time.
Not Awesome – Hanging out with Tom during a conference call at his work headquarters. Especially since I have the most boring phone on the planet. No games. No internet. Just a steady stream of Technology This and Technology That coming out of his speaker-phone.
Awesome – Finally hearing the one and only Boston accent of the trip – it made the conference call bearable for at least 3 minutes.
Not Awesome – Traffic in to Baltimore. Blech.
Awesome – Blue Man Group. Hilarious, high-energy, creative percussion – Amazing.
Not Awesome – Parking ticket. Boo.
Awesome – The second dinner with my husband, sans screaming-children.
Not Awesome – Cold, bitter wind on our day in downtown Boston.
Awesome – Pretty much everything else about Boston. Including: our period-costumed tour guide of the Freedom trail, the inside-outside bookstore we found down a side-street, coffee and quiche for breakfast, history, history, history.
Not Awesome – The crowds at Quincy Market. I loathe crowds.
Wicked Awesome – My discovery of one of the top 5 things I have ever tasted – a Chicken Tikka roll-up. Chicken Tikka, with lettuce, tomatoes, and mint-chutney, rolled up in Naan bread. I may have been sweating from the heat of the chutney, but I was in pure heaven for 15 minutes. If I actually had a mobile Tandoori oven – I could make millions by stealing this idea and turning it into street-food. So, so, so amazing.
Not Awesome – Leaving Boston without meeting Click and Clack. I had some questions about a noise our Jeep is making…
Wicked Awesome – Spending time with husband of 6 years. Alone. No kids. Did I mention we were by ourselves?
Also Wicked Awesome – Those friends. The ones that took My Girls into their flock for a few days and loved them so much that they weren’t so hip on coming home with boring Mom and Dad. A million thank-yous and extra-good-karma have been sent their way.
(Pictures to come, on flickr – drooling over the roll-up may occur – napkins at-hand may be a good idea.)