I think I’ll go to Boston

After a fun weekend in Boston it’s back to real life here in New York. I was visiting two of my best friends from law school for a girls’ reunion – one lives in the area and another flew up from New Orleans to escape the madness of Mardi Gras. Although I was only supposed to stay through Sunday evening, my flight home got cancelled due to a potential storm. In a completely unsurprising turn of events the weatherpeople and the airlines had all overreacted; less than an inch of snow was waiting to greet me when I did finally make it home. But it all worked out for the best – I rebooked my flight for Monday night and spent an extra day with my friends eating, drinking, shopping, and catching up. Even though we weren’t in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year my body feels the way it used to after those marathon party weekends. I guess we’re not getting any younger…

A few highlights from my trip:

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Posing with the Make Way For Duckings ducks at the Boston Public Garden. The last time I did this was 3.5 years ago while visiting for a job interview. One of my friends pictured (the redhead) was present last time, too. Unfortunately in those previous pictures I was wearing a giant knee brace – not a cute accessory.

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Cheers at the Top of the Hub restaurant! Such a pretty view and they had an amazing lunch special – $25 for 3 courses.

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I cracked up at this sign! Also, it didn’t occur to me that it meant General Hooker as in military.

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Flight at the Harpoon Brewery. Eaten with a pretzel made of spent wheat. Both were delicious! We also visited the Sam Adams brewery, which I had been to before during my first trip to the east coast 5 years ago. But last time I was only 20 so I wasn’t able to take advantage of the tasting room!

Visiting the Sunshine State

Last weekend my boyfriend and I had the pleasure of ditching the snowy northeast for a trip to south Florida.  It felt so amazing to sink my feet into the sand, swim in the salty ocean, and feel the sun on my face. Best of all I was able able to wear sundresses and shorts for three whole days!! For the last 7 years before I had moved to New York I was able to wear dresses almost year round, so as you can imagine they still constitute a large part of my wardrobe. It was nice to be able to dig them out for a short rendezvous.

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We stayed right across the street from the beach with his family in their winter condo. They have the most beautiful view of the ocean.

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Also of the full moon at night. I didn’t have my tripod so taking night shots was really hard!

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And we were spoiled by great food, both homemade and eaten out. Food not pictured, but here we are in Palm Beach.

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After spending the weekend alternating between shell hunting at the beach and reading by the pool I’m convinced I could retire right now. Aside from the whole money issue, of course. I doubt I’d ever grow tired of frolicking in the clear blue waters, but even if I did there are other things to do when you grow older… volunteer work, taking classes, and of course travel. I guess all these aspirations can serve as motivation to contribute more to my 401k.

IMG_3262And I leave you with some beautiful orchids on Worth Street in Palm Beach.