Busy Week

Phew – this week has been a doozy at work. Consequently my evenings have been pretty low-key.

Monday

Monday was a pretty quite night – I spent a good amount of time knitting and watching Friends. Just what I needed.

Tuesday

On Tuesday both Teddy and I were absolutely exhausted from work. We did a bit of shopping, and weren’t nearly as successful as I had hoped we would be. I got a new top, but was hoping to find quite a few more things. Looks like a trip to the outlet mall might be in order soon.

After shopping we headed over to the Just Crust – we’ve been before and really enjoyed the food. Plus both of us were really in a pizza and beer sort of mood, so the meal really hit the spot. Both times we’ve been to the Just Crust we’ve been really impressed by the service – people there are super friendly! I’d highly recommend giving it a try if you’re ever in Harvard Square.

Wednesday

On Wednesday I had a wonderful mid-day reprieve in the form of a yoga class! My office offers free classes during lunch twice a week, so I finally got a chance to attend today. I walked away feeling so refreshed, it was wonderful! I’m hoping to attend more regularly since I enjoyed it so much. My body has been feeling really tight lately – I should make more of an effort to stretch after running. Since that hasn’t been happening, yoga today really hit the spot!

After work Teddy and I headed over Grendal’s Den, a great bar again in Harvard Square. We ended up getting dinner there, despite feeling like we were only going to grab drinks. It’s unlike us to eat out so much in one week. I think we both really need a mental break and recharge – we’re looking forward to the long weekend! Dinner was very relaxing, and Grendal’s has a great half-price food deal if you buy a drink. Our meal ended up being quite affordable, so it was a good choice all around! After Teddy and I strolled around for a bit before he headed off to try a new Trivia Night. I wasn’t in the mood, so have been lying low at my apartment. I have quite a few errands to do before going away for the weekend, but tonight isn’t the night. I’ll save it for tomorrow!

Hope your week has been going well – any plans for Labor Day?

Weekend in Review

Friday

On Friday evening Teddy and I headed over to Waltham (my old neighborhood) to meet up with a former co-worker, and his wife. We enjoyed a meal at Kabab and Tandor, an Indian restaurant on Moody Street. The food was excellent, and we all agreed that we’d go back again. It was great to catch up – our friends are having a baby in the next few weeks, so it was so nice to see them. I’m sure their lives will be changing quite a bit very soon, so it was great to spend some time with them.

After finishing the meal with some wonderful chai tea, we headed back to Cambridge. One of Teddy’s co-workers was celebrating his birthday, so we went to their house for a bit. This group of friends is super into board games – like really intense, strategic board games, so the party was centered around that. It’s not always my cup of tea, particularly late on a Friday night, so I mostly observed, but it was still a very nice evening!

When the games wrapped up I was more than ready to head home – boy was I tired!

Saturday

On Saturday Teddy and I enjoyed a quite morning before heading into Boston! Our first stop was the Boston Athenaeum, perhaps one of the more interesting places we’ve recently discovered. It’s one of the oldest independent libraries in the country, and it has an incredible collection of books and art. The space is absolutely gorgeous, and is a quiet sanctuary in the bustle of one of the busier neighborhoods of Boston. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but it was stunning! I’d highly recommend stopping in if you’re every nearby.

The Boston Athenaeum is right near the Freedom Trail of Boston (which was hopping on a beautiful Saturday in the summer) so we stopped by the Granary Burial Ground to pay our respects to some of Boston’s most famous residents during the colonial times.

Our next stop was Boston Common and the Boston Public Gardens. The day was beautiful, so it wasn’t surprising the both spaces were super busy! We enjoyed a walk and said hi to the Make Way for Ducklings statue before heading over to the Swan Boats. A Boston institution since the 1800s, surprising neither Teddy nor I had ever been on the boats! We enjoyed a relaxing ride all around the garden and it was extremely picturesque. A classic Boston activity!

Next on the agenda was a stop at Trillium, a new brewery in South Boston. Though it was small, we loved the atmosphere, and really enjoyed the beer! There were three varieties on tap, and my favorite was actually the porter. First time ever?! I’m usually a big IPA person. Such a pleasant surprise!

Finally, Teddy and I headed home before making our way to the Cambridge Antique Market. What a hidden gem! Four stories (plus a basement) of goddies! I couldn’t believe how much stuff was packed into this place – it was wild! The prices were affordable, and the variety was incredible. Certainly a place to return to – just the amount of kitchenware alone made this place a great stop. I ended up getting a set of three pyrex mixing bowls, and I’m very excited about them! I can now replace my set of plastic ones, and I’m really excited about it. I also picked up two small containers of thread, which is a great addition to my growing sewing collection.

After Teddy and I enjoyed a light dinner, our final destination was Lizzy’s, an ice cream shop in Harvard Square. Though it was overprices, we did enjoy the treat 🙂 We enjoyed the beautiful evening and finally wandered home, exhausted. I think we were asleep by 10 pm!

Sunday

Compared to Saturday, Sunday was very quiet! We woke up fairly early, and I headed out for a run while Teddy picked up coffee and treats at Darwins, our local favorite. We enjoyed those with toast and eggs, which is quickly becoming a Sunday morning routine. I like it! After chatting for a while, I spent a while knitting. After Teddy headed out to meet up with friends, I got down to business making a quilt! I really couldn’t believe how quickly this came together – it was incredible! By 4pm I had a wonderful quilt top. I’ll do a seperate post about the process later, but needless to say, it was a very satisfying way to spend an afternoon! I also listened to This American Life while working, which I’ve missed lately! It was really relaxing to have on in the background.

Finally, the weather was incredible again today so I decided to stretch my legs for a bit. I biked about 6 miles along the Charles before the sun set, and it was a great way to enjoy the last of the daylight. My evening ended with a light dinner and a call to my sister to discuss the excitement of the quilt.

I’m feeling refreshed and ready for a new week. I hope you had a great week, too!

Half way through the week

Another week has really be flying by – when things get busy at work the time goes really quickly. It’s a good thing, but sometimes I wonder what is happening to my week!

Monday

On Monday I had a quiet evening – I relaxed for a bit after work before putting some time into fixing my bike. I had taken off the front tire to store my bike in my car while getting a lock (success! I found the key to an old lock so didn’t have to buy a new one). The bike is a new-to-me model, and I had never put the tire back on after taking it off. Needless to say, it took a lot longer to put on than I anticipated! A friendly neighbor even stopped by to help me out. Just having someone hold the bike up made such a huge difference. But in the end, I got it back on! Horray! More importantly, I then used the bike to get over to Teddy’s house. We watched an episode of Game of Thrones and caught up a bit before heading to bed early.

Tuesday

On Tuesday evening I spent some more time preparing things for the quilt that my sister and I are making. Our parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this fall, and we’ve decided to make a quilt for them. It’s become slightly more challenging than we originally anticipated since we’re currently living in different states. She bought the fabric, and I’m getting the top put together. This means I’m also doing the less glamorous steps of washing and drying the fabric, and spending quite a bit of time ironing. Luckily my sister was able to thrift an iron, so I didn’t have to go out and buy a new one. It’s handy to have around, too! It looks like I have everything prepped and ready to start sewing, so I’m hoping to work on that this weekend. I’m getting down to the wire though – we’re hoping to give them part of it over Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday

On Wednesday I met up with two friends that I’ve known since I was in elementary school! I really can’t believe how long it’s been – jeez! We got dinner at Clover, a great restaurant/food truck place in Harvard Square. They focus on vegetarian and local food, something that is really important to me (more later…). The food was awesome, and the company even better! We’re all heading in really different directions in our life, but it was so great to catch up and celebrate each other’s achievements.

After dinner, Teddy and I headed back to my place for a quiet evening to catch up and relax

Thursday

Thursday’s are quickly turning into my favorite days of the week – knitting day! I headed over to Gather Here, my local yarn shop for an evening of knitting and hanging out with some fun people. I also got some fat quarters to try out my new sewing machine! I’m pretty pumped.

After knitting I headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things for a small activity at work tomorrow. I was able to bike to both Gather Here and Trader Joes, so I was a pretty happy camper. I really should get a light and reflectors for my bike since the path along the Charles is pretty dark. Regardless, though – it was a great evening!

Weekend in Review

This weekend was more quiet than usual, and it was great! Backing up a bit…

Thursday

On Thursday my division at work headed to the Red Sox game! And they won! The evening was a ton of fun. We pregammed at the Lansdowne Pub, a great spot right near Fenway. The evening was another perfect night for baseball (I’ve been lucky with that so far!) and we had a blast at the game. I ended up walking home, which is a bit of a treak, and it was a very late night. Needless to say, Friday morning was unusually quiet at work!

Friday

On Friday evening I headed back to my parents house. My dad is celebrating his birthday this week, so I headed home to spend some time with my parents before they leave for vacation. Also on Friday evening I caught up with a good friend who is living unfortuately far away right now. Hopefully we’ll plan a visit for sometime soon!

Saturday

I got up early and right away started to check off errands. I had some car inspecting/repairining to deal with, so that was the first stop. I also helped my parents out with some yard maintenance, harvesting veggies from the massive backyard garden, made a huge batch of tomato sauce with said veggies, and made a nice lunch. The remainder of the afternoon was spent relaxing a bit more and then making pizza on the grill. Nothing says summer like a fresh veggie pizza on the grill!

We also celebrated my dad’s birthday on Saturday evening, and I gave him some grill accessories and a great new mug. I headed back to Cambridge where Teddy and I sampled some new ginger beer (verdict: awesome!) and enjoyed some Taza chocolate from our Day of Indulgences. Spending some relaxing time with my favorite guy was a great way to spend an evening 🙂

Sunday

On Sunday morning I got in a great early run before Teddy and I headed our to brunch with a few friends. We hit up Zoe’s, an excellent breakfast place right near Teddy’s place. We met up with some friends, they all headed back to Teddy’s apartment to hang out. I got quite a bit of knitting done before heading back to my place. I stopped at a local hardware store and got supplies to do some cleaning and organizing at my place, which took up most of my afternoon. My apartment is looking increasingly cozy!

Now I’m just gearing up for another week – I’m hopeful that it will be a good one! I hope you had a great weekend, too.

Hobby Update

Cooking

I made some awesome things this week! First, I whipped up a Midnight Kitchen banana bread – my go-to recipe for banana bread. It never lets me down! At some point I’ll have to add it to this blog. I brought it into work and everyone devoured it. Yay!

I made this white bean salad last weekend and have been enjoying it with avocado on toast for lunch or dinner this week. So good! And when it’s paired with the avocado it really fills me up. I’ve also been adding some zucchini pickles that I made which rounds out everything into a really nice meal.

The other amazing thing I’ve been enjoying this week is curried chickpea salad. I absolutely loved this recipe, it was simple to make and was a really easy, filling lunch.  Absolutely a keeper, and it will be regularly worked into my lunch rotation.

Knitting

Still making pretty decent progress on my sweater! I’m nearing completion of the back. I’m pumped!

Exercise

  • Monday – 2 mile run, 9:05 average pace (whoo!)
  • Tuesday – 1.5 mile run, 8:22 average pace (what?! Apparently eating better this week is making a big difference!)
  • Wednesday – skipped the stadium because it was raining. Later regretted this decision
  • Thursday – missed my alarm. Ugh.
  • Friday – 2 mile run, 10:00-ish average pace. Forgot to start timer
  • Saturday – rest
  • Sunday – 3 miles, 10:00-ish pace. Run without electronics so didn’t have an accurate timer

Clearly this week wasn’t optimal on the running front. I felt it in my general mood, too. I’m still doing a bit on wandering on the gym front, and toying with the idea of joining something a bit more regularly. To be determined. For now, sticking with the outdoor running is good.

Reading

Still working on my current selections, but also added a new bus book – Emma, by Jane Austin. Maybe this time I’ll actually make it through! In the past I’ve struggled with Jane Austin, but I love that era and am hopeful that I can make it through this book. It also really doesn’t hurt that I’ve seen the movie…I can’t believe I’m that person.

Socializing

Eh. Another moderate week. I was hoping to meet up with a potential new friend, but she ended up canceling at the last minute. I have plans with a friend this week, so things are already looking better!

A Busy Week

This week sure has been flying by! Things at work have really picked up, and I’m on quite a few busy projects. I like the pace, but I’m still working out the work-life balance that is right for me. Any tips would be much appreciated!

On Tuesday night Teddy and I went to an Open Mic night at Club Passium, a local music venue. I loved the atmosphere, and we heard quite a few talented performers! I’d absolutely go back again – they had lots of interesting shows coming up in the near future. They also have a Celtic Music night – intriguing! It was a nice, relaxing way to spend an evening. It made me crave my instruments even more, though! I really need to find some music to do. I miss it way too much.

Wednesday evening has been spent catching up on work things. Not the most fun, but it must be done. I’m sure glad it’s Hump Day though, since I have fun plans on the horizon for the rest of the week. I hope you’re week is going well!

Hobby Update

Cooking

Not going super great this week – it’s been a lot of PB&J for dinner. I think the heat is leaving me uninspired – I don’t want to turn on the oven! Maybe a cold bean/chickpea salad would be good? I need something fast, protein-laden and that preferable doesn’t involve the oven!

Knitting

I’ve been knitting up a storm and loving it! I planted a socks project at Teddy’s house since I always seem to be wishing I have a small project to work on while I’m over there. I’m trucking away on my very first sweater, and I’m making good progress with the back. I’m super glad that I am using worsted yarn for this – makes it go so much more quickly! Though I can see the appeal of some of these other sweaters with fingering weight yarn…soon! One sweater at a time 🙂

Exercise

  • Monday – 2 mile run, 9:29 average pace
  • Tuesday – rest
  • Wednesday – 1 mile run to November Project, stadium workout, 1 mile run home. Fitbit tells me 3.93 miles and 80 flights of stairs
  • Thursday – 2 mile run, 9:30 average pace
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – 12 mile bike ride along the Charles River

Reading

Still plugging away through a few books – Science and Religion, and the Mapmakers. Both wonderful!

Socializing

Fail this week…maybe better next week.