Columbus Day Weekend 2013

Hello!  It’s back to the grind today, but first before I dive into my day I want to recap the weekend for you guys.  There’s lots of fun stuff that I want to share!

Friday Night

Tim and I met Bridget and Dave for dinner and drinks at Society on High near South Station.  My verdict on this bar is that they have phenomenal drinks but really overrated food.  I ordered a fall veggie salad to start, and it was super oily.  And we were excited to get a flatbread, but we thought it was too cheesy and definitely too salty.

Society

It’s always disappointing to spend money on something you could have made better yourself, but I quickly forgot about our food woes after a couple of cocktails.  The four of us then headed over to Stoddards, where we ordered fun fall beers.  That place is quickly becoming one of my favorite Boston bars.  Their bevvie selection is just awesome.  Around 11:30 we got Erica’s text that she and Chris had arrived at South Station, so we met them and got one last drink at The Corner Pub, a complete dive bar which was perfect for the last drink of the night.

Me Bridget

Erica Me Bridge

Saturday

After sleeping in, Erica and I met up with Slesh and her sister for bridesmaid dress shopping!  This is my first time being in a wedding since my super cool 11 year self was a junior bridesmaid in Auntie Paula’s wedding, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but the experience was super easy.  We were in and out in about two hours, and we found a dress that we all liked and felt comfortable in right away.  After shopping, Erica and I were hungry so we met up with Bridge for a quick bite at Athan’s Bakery in Brighton, and then it was time for the “party for the party” at Slesh and Will’s.

Slesh and Will were throwing this party for everyone involved in their wedding day in some way, but of course the girls and I wanted to come up with a few twists of our own to add.  Erica created a fun game to play that she named “Popped the Question.”  For anyone looking for engagement party or shower games, listen up!  Ahead of time we asked Slesh and Will to each answer ten questions about the other person.  At the party, we asked each of them how they thought the other answered the question, but to find out the original answer, you had to pop a balloon.  We hid the answers in the balloons ahead of time and got everyone involved by having a “Team Slesh” and a “Team Will,” and everyone took turns popping the balloon.  We also went all out with the “Popped the Question” theme and brought ring pops, blow pops, tootsie pops, popcorn, pop chips, and champagne to pop the bottle.

Party for the party Everyone had so much fun, and it was nice to get to know everyone else in the party ahead of time.  Thanks to Slesh and Will for hosting a great night!

Sunday

We slept in again (Bridget, I totally went back to bed after bringing you to get your car!) and lounged around with Chris and Erica until it was time to drop them back off at South Station.  The rest of the day/night was spent cleaning the apartment, going for a run and doing a strength workout, grocery shopping, and getting Week 3 of Fall Into Fitness together.  Oh yeah, and watching Homeland of course.  I’m happy Homeland is back, but this season isn’t “catching” me so far.  I’m waiting though!

Monday

Finally, I was so happy to have yesterday off from work for an “extra” day.  I woke up early to bring my car in for an oil change and work out, and then I had to get some reading done for my wellness coaching class at noon.  After class, Tim and I headed out to Stowe for a late afternoon apple picking stint.  We went to  Shelburne Farm, and there were surprisingly a ton of apples left on the trees for this late in the season.

Apple Picking 2013

We picked our peck of apples, then headed to the apple store where we bought a gallon of apple cider, split an apple, ham, and cheese wrap, and splurged on a cup of apple crisp.

Shelburne Farm Food

Finally, we wrapped up our day with a walk around Walden Pond before heading home.

Walden Pond

It was a perfect fall day and a great way to wrap up the long weekend.

What did you guys do this weekend?  Did you have yesterday off?  Anything fun you want to share?

Memorial Day Picnic at Walden Pond

Morning!

I’m back to finish up my Memorial Day Weekend recap.

I already wrote a novel about Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so that leaves us with Monday.  Tim and I slept in, then decided to pack a picnic lunch and head somewhere new (to us).

Walden Pond it was!

For those of you unfamiliar with Walden Pond, here’s my little shpeel on it.  The pond is located in Concord/Lincoln, MA and is where the famous author Henry David Thoreau lived in the 1800s.  My fellow English majors may know that Thoreau wrote “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers” while living at Walden Pond, and it served inspiration for his later book “Walden.”  Nowadays, Walden Pond has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and part of the Massachusetts Forest and Parks System.  2680 acres of “Walden Woods” surround the pond, and it’s a popular place for swimming, walking, and tours.   (Source)

I’ve actually been to Walden Pond once before on a high school field trip for my AP Literature Class, but I haven’t been since then.  When our friends Slesh and Will had a nice time there the other day, we decided to copy them and head there too!

We had a beautiful day of sun, a picnic, relaxing, and walking.

Now if you know me, you know that I love picnics.  I think it’s the perfect outdoor activity!

Our picnic consisted of:

Whole wheat pitas with leftover grilled chicken, zucchini, and mushrooms from the skewers we made at our Sunday night BBQ:

A giant fruit salad with pineapple, cantaloupe, red grapes, strawberries, and blueberries:

And some reduced fat Triscuits to munch on with the most delicious Trader Joe’s hummus dip:

We also blended our own non-alcoholic drink to bring along so we’d have something more flavorful to sip besides water:

Honeydew Lime Coolers!  I found this recipe in this month’s issue of Women’s Health and will be posting it soon.

After our picnic, sun, and lounge time – we hit one of the trails!

The Pond Path was the trail that wraps right around the water itself, so you can enjoy some really pretty views.  All around the path was about 1.7 miles.  I’d say we walked about 2 because we did venture off here and there.

See that strip of beach in the back of the picture?  You can lay out on the sand for swimming there, but Tim and I decided it was too crowded and full of screaming children.  We settled on a grassy area still in the sun (well – half sun half shade to be conducive to the Irish) and it was way better.  This reminds me, parking at Walden Pond is $5 which isn’t bad at all.  They also have a hotline you can call where they will tell you if the lot is at capacity or not.  I think that’s pretty awesome, so you don’t waste your time driving there on a hot day only to get turned away.

Along the walking trails we kept coming upon little secluded spots to sit very close to the water.  I think if we come back again we’ll bring our chairs and hide away in one of those!

I kept snapping random pictures of Tim when he wasn’t looking, oops!

He caught on eventually 😉

I got really excited when we came upon the “House Site” signs!

I knew we were close to where Thoreau lived in the woods!

So cool.

Can you believe this was the size of the entire house Thoreau lived in for a few months during his experiment in the woods?

P.S.  How awk do I look in that picture?

It was such a nice day!

And of course I had to conclude our walk next to the Healthy Trail sign.

Fun times!

Anyone ever been to Walden Pond before?  Any nerdy English majors out there like me?  What’s your favorite place to go walking?  Last time you packed a picnic?  Anything else you’d like to leave a comment about?