Boston Lady!

What a month. Seriously. So much has happened since the last time I wrote. Some how, some way, I managed to pack up all the material possessions in the condo Joe and I share. Except for a 6 pack of Angry Orchard (more on that later). I’m now in Boston and am here to stay (mostly).

Let’s see… Joe had just left the last time I wrote. I ended up missing him a lot more than I thought I would and it was not an enjoyable month. Yet, I made it my month of relaxation and watched more TV than I had anticipated. I also had some alcohol around to get rid of, which I did a valiant effort of consuming slash giving away.

I worked out a fair amount, probably not enough to successfully compete in a triathlon, but enough to keep me feeling active. I enjoyed every day outside that warm weather was present, but sadly I think that was 5 days total, max. The rest of the time, when I could bring myself to shower, I would just stand there wishing I had my shower wine glass rack. Soon my friends, soon.

Eventually it was time to pack up. I started about 5 days before the mover came because it’s so impossible to live in a home that is torn apart. Turns out, this wasn’t enough time. I scrambled the last few hours, ultimately making 4 separate trips to U-Haul for boxes and other packing supplies. Arg. And of course, once the day of moving finally arrived, I found a full cupboard of rubbermaids I missed – D’oh!

Having movers is extremely nice and is the only way I’ll ever move again. However, it’s also kind of awkward because all there is to do is sit and drink beer and watch Orange is the New Black which for some scenes is just like porn, while they are doing the moving. Four hours of this later, it turns out the apartment wouldn’t fit into 2 u-boxes (a fear I had initially but temporarily ignored when the u-haul-help lady said I could also increase my order after the 2nd box if I needed more space…).

This caused somewhat of a domino effect on the rest of our plans: I needed to get the movers back out, reserve another u-box, push out the date of arrival in Boston because of the delay in shipment, postpone the movers and elevator reservation in Boston, and blerg, so much. Now, stuff will arrive this Friday, when I will be back in Minneapolis for a wedding so Joe gets to do this part alone.

Initially I was cursing Joe for not be there. It sucked. But then I remembered that while I am basking in my funemployment he is working long-ass days at a new job (which he thankfully loves) to help me through grad school. That put it into perspective and I calmed down. The second day of the movers, I bought a 6 pack of Angry Orchard to kick back and praise the fact I was finally done. Except it only took them 30 minutes and I didn’t even have time to finish one before having to take off. Whoops!

After a few days with my cousins and then a weekend down in Dallas, I finally arrived in Boston on Sunday night. I was so excited to see Joe I was nearly in tears, which should make you throw up if my love for him hasn’t already.

I’m meeting more and more new classmates and getting so excited for classes to start in the fall. I was a little nervous it would be hard for me to break out of my funemployment phase but I think I’ll be so, so ready for it come August.

Today I’ve just been wandering around Boston. I came in with Joe on the commuter rail from Pembroke, where his friend lives that we are staying with. I hung out at Starbucks for a good portion of the morning and then Joe and I grabbed lunch. It has been really nice and relaxing and I’m happy to finally be getting close to the fun part of summer where I don’t have the stress of so much coming up. I’m traveling through July 1, and then I’m here, happy.

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National Donut Day

I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite some time. First, I cleared out my entire schedule. Without any commitments, I was able to dedicate the entire day to moving from shop to shop. Some were offering freebies which is marrying my two most favorite things: donuts and free stuff. Those were my top priority. I also made a stop at the hot-new place in town; I had been dying to try it.

As soon as I woke up, I popped out of bed like a kid on Christmas morning. “Donut day!” I shouted to myself in my head and across Twitter. I rushed out of the door within minutes.

First I went to Yoyo Donuts. First, they were offering free donuts and I wanted to get there before they were all out, and also, I won a free dozen donuts from them via Twitter so I wanted to give them some pay-back love.

There were slim pickings, so I just got one of the last ones that looked like a raised donut and got out of there. I didn’t want to hold up the line at all on such a busy day. Bonus: It has Oreos on it.

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Next I went to Bogart’s Doughnut* Co and it may have been one of my best donut experiences ever. There was a long line, but I was expecting that. The shop has only been open for a few weeks and I think that business has been crazy ever since. I’m always seeing pictures on Twitter of people standing in line, rain or shine.

After standing in line for only 5 minutes, the owner, Anne, came out and was all like “omg, I’m so sorry, we are new and today is just crazy busy! Here, come back another day and use this coupon for a free donut” and I was all like “hellz yes this is awesome” but also felt it was extremely unnecessary because the wait at Yoyo was just as long. I felt bad that she felt so bad, I think they are doing a great job there!

Anyway, I got in and purchased my donut and happily I was able to get a raised donut. They were selling them just as fast as they could make them and they said soon they’d be switching to cake, which everyone knows is the evil step-sister of donuts… Not only was it brown butter flavored, but it was hot. Oh, my, god. If I could have video-taped the experience without being hella-creepy I would have. It was warm, fresh and perfect like a Krispy Kreme donut, but 100x better because it was real and made with love and ahhh it was amazing. I didn’t even get a picture of it because once I pulled it out of the bag the complete donut fell into my mouth and I was in a food coma for a little bit. I guess I’ll just have to go back!