Saturday, April 17, 2010

Our last day and home sweet home!


Before we left Boston, and after the conference ended BG and I headed over to the Summer Shack. It was a cool place that we had popped into one evening for a cup of chowder and yum it was!
We planned our last meal to go back and eat lobster. This was the first time (OK, don't laugh) that BG and I ever ate lobster. It's just always been too pricey but we splurged and the waiter was neat by helping us figure out how to crack it open and use the bucket. It was eaten in a very short time, dipped in hot butter with corn, corn bread and rolls.
Great lunch!

I had been taking cold medicine all day and it seemed to get worse as the day went on.

 I wanted to show you this in case you ever go through Logan International Airport.
I caught the glimpse of this right after we got through security.
A quilt with blocks of cross stitch, specialty stitching squares and regular quilting squares all for the 9-11 memorial. What a beauty! If my head wasn't throbbing so much, I should have taken more attention to the history written on the left but we were in a hurry.


Wouldn't that be awesome to have a piece of your stitching at the airport?



This square, my favorite.

By the time, I got to Atlanta airport I was sicker than sick and had to get some more medicine at the airport even just to go to baggage claim. My head felt like it was going to explode and then nausea and fever set in so I'm finally home and praying this bug goes away tomorrow with rest.

Abbie and Ren will be home first thing in the morning. I hope they had a good time at the pet sitter and don't pout too much when they get here!  LOL
They will each get a junior cheeseburger if they are good little furbabies on the way home.

I got a great start on LHN, Always and Forever and will post tomorrow. Unfortunately, this was the first time I got lipstick on my fabric AFTER I had already put many stitches in, so a button will have to be improvised at that stain. Evidently a lip pencil top came off in my purse which was huge and for such a small bit it smeared on everything, my phone, my wallet, everything.
I reached to get my phone and check the time while I was stitching and there it popped on my fabric. I almost had a coronary right there but the button idea sounds good. A heart button.
I definitely will not be frogging all that out. And the more I tried to rub it off the bigger it got, so as they say make lemons out of lemonade. I'm stitching with overdyed silk so it's not an option to wash it.
I have a laundry list of many more to stitch so I best get this finished.
Tomorrow I also want to frame This Too Shall Pass and make the pillow of a Sweet View.

We enjoyed the week. It went by in a flash to me and Monday morning will come oh so soon enough.
Tomorrow is unpack, clean up a bit and probably rest alot so that I can work on Monday and get over this viral/flu like feeling.
Every bone in my body aches right now so I'm turning in........
nite.
Jennifer

Friday, April 16, 2010

Our date night

Another fun-filled day!  Today, I actually woke with a sore throat and ear ache, I think from the wind up here. The weather was beautiful till today with a cold front moving in and actually a little light snow flurry a bit north of us.  Here is my finished sampler A Sweet View by The Sampler Girl!  

I couldn't have described Boston any better myself. 


Here is another sweet view......my hubbie went shopping and came back today with this hat to go with his new pipe!  Is that pipe long enough or what?   LOL

He looked quite European with his hat there.


The Lobby is full of beautiful tulips


By 5pm we were heading out on the town.....a rainy cold night on a trolley tour.
Hayyyyyyy  in my Southern voice here......


During the ride they left us off at Cheers for a quick drink and food.


Where nobody knows your naaaaaaaaaaamme...........


We had lots of fun!  I forgot my sore throat and earache.


We actually met another couple from the area and caught up a great conversation about the New England area vs. the Georgia area of the US. 
I'm definitely not a beer drinker but they introduced me to a small taste of Samuel Adams Summer....something......it was  a sweet tasting beer.  Quite tasty with our wings and chips!

Note to self:  Don't drink a beer and hop back on a trolley car........


although here is BodyGuard waiting on me at the lobby.

Evidently it made me hit the women's restroom quite frequently....LOL


And I had to pack all my shopping tonight and it actually fit. I couldn't resist this pair of shoes from Ann Taylor. Oh how I love shoes.  A trip is not a trip without bringing home a pair of shoes from the big city!!!!!


We are very tired and heading for another night of rest. Tomorrow may be a challenge at the airport as their are delays up here from the International flights being all cancelled in Europe due to the volcano today.
I caught a little bit of the CNN news and it looks to be a mess for travelers over there. Even the military is having to fly wounded soldiers here instead of Germany.

The Red Sox played tonight and got rained out. We saw the field and the trolley tour guide said a ticket is 400-750 a piece.  WOW!
Needless to say, I will never attend a Red Sox game.

The hotel is quite busy tonight due to the weather and the game I guess, plus being a Friday night.

See ya soon back in Georgia!!!!

Jennifer


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day 4-Boston and more

Yep,Dunkin Donuts ......again


there were 6 doughnuts......oops


While in conference, BG toured the city and had it all mapped out. He even said today he went to the south side and felt like he was back in Chicago southside.......why did he do that?  He lives on the edge!  LOL


I did get to finish this one above and packed it away and today during conference while listening to the various updates on pelvic pain and female issues almost finished A Sweet View (somehow that didn't sound right in the same sentence.......but anyway)
I will post a pic later when completely finished. I love it!



Yesterday, pics of the city.....






not a cloud in the sky

mall shopping too convenient in walking distance.  Boy, did I do too much shopping!






Tonight, guess what we grabbed for dinner.......CHOWDA!  GREAT chowder so we are definitely getting our Omega 3's this week, seafood at least once a day.

I'm pooped out again, was up at 7am and will have to get back up at 7am for another full day of ......gynecology issues. I won' t discuss all the details of such but if you are a woman you can imagine, menopausal issues, and .....well....I better not tell.
LOL

Things I noticed here are:

I'm slow from the South. People here are in a big hurry!

Today I .... ate lunch at a bakery that had the best sandwich I've ever eaten....Turkey and Cranberries on Pumpernickle bread with a large fresh chocolate chip cookie.

I discovered the heaven of Teavana!  OMG!  I had a peach relaxing hot tea brewed fresh to take back to conference. I got a ceramic mug with a ceramic holder for dried tea leaves and a cannister of Lavender white tea with roses.........WONDERFUL!!!!  for the mind and body.

I also, with many others, have noticed an incredible amount of static in the air, so much that you shock your hand every time you touch metal after going down the hall. Well this morning, BG kissed me at the elevator and we literally popped the heck out of each other's lips and OH IT HURT!

We laughed so hard our sides hurt. Maybe it's a chemistry thing.

I worked on and almost finished A Sweet View and will always remember I stitched it in Boston.

I plan to begin stitching tomorrow, Always and Forever by Little House Needleworks.

I have  so many shopping bags I can't figure how this will all get back in our luggage. :o

I'm reminded of city water smell and taste....YUCK!

It turned cold up here tonight, windy and feels like 30 outside.

I can't believe tomorrow is Friday!!!!

I've definitely made up any missed sleep, food, etc. for the past year, this week. I feel alive again.

Till later,
Jennifer




Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Back again....short day


Well, we are having trouble posting pics from yesterday but if you could only imagine......it was a busy day indeed again. I was hoping to show some buttons I got yesterday on our excursions but this will have to be later. I saw buttons of all sorts, sizes, and it was overwhelming for a country girl like me! ;)

Most of the day I spent in Implanon training so now I'm certified to do this in-office procedure and we had to practice on models and I went to town with my curved forceps and scalpel and in no time was checked off.....the guy asked me if I wanted to teach the class in the future!  LOL No thanks!  I'll stick to cross stitching!

Well, I have inserted and removed Norplants in the years past so this was a breeze and also the curved forceps did resemble Ginghers curved 3.5 inch scissors so I could relate to that.

Body Guard went exploring the city while I was in training. He found a unique tobacoo shop and got a beautiful pipe (I know that's not too healthy but he likes a pipe every now and again).

Then we ate at Legal Seafood.........seafood again and I got lumpy crab dip with chips and fresh fish.

Off again to shopping and window shopping and then about ready to head for rest so that I can get up at 7am.....OMG! and start another full day of listening to GYN related topics.

Boston is definitely the walking city as they say here.  My southern accent is picked up everywhere and people laugh at me. I slept again like a rock last night. The room is wonderful.
Dunkin Doughnuts is just way too close to us!  hehehehehehee  I'm about to pop a button now.

hope to get some pics loaded on this tiny little computer we brought. Traveling lighter nowadays due to airline fees but otherwise I would have brought my own computer.

The weather here is absolutely beautiful and all the trees are in full bloom!  Funny, as there are people still dressed in winter clothing and some in Spring clothing. Feels like Friday but it's Wed I think......

I think tomorrow while I'm conferencing, BG will take a Duck Tour and roam the city more.
I can't wait till Friday night when we take the trolley tour here. There is so much history here! I'm glad he came this time, his first visit to Boston. My second. And the time I came before in 2007 I had just gotten out of the hospital from ulcerative colitis so I was not in the walking condition but now I can see more of the city.

I wanted to go to the Lousia May Alcott house but the hotel  says it's a ways away so maybe another trip.

I so miss Abbie and Ren right now.  I'm sure Ren is missing some Chowda right now!
Up to the room to stitch till I fall asleep because 7am is going to be quite early before I know it.

till later,
Jennifer

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hey there from Boston


Well, the last 2 days have been.......oh so fast and these feet are sore, with a big S!


After the craziness at the airport......


here's the view from our room.....country come to town!


The view is lovely. I love this building. A beautiful reflection of the awesome sunny weather here this week.


we can see the state building with the gold top......gorgeous!


as soon as we checked in, my energizer bunny appetite said.......SEAFOOD!
So, we asked and went to the oldest restaurant in America, I learned, the Union Seafood House
Caught a cab and darted over to it and boy is it full of history. We at in the "Pine Room" on the 2nd floor and didn't ask for a special table but I looked up and saw this:

yes, the waitress put us right next to the Kennedy Booth!  I had no idea!! This is the famous booth where John F. Kennedy had many meals here. He sat in this booth all the time, so the waitress tells us. I was going to take pics of us in the booth, but a party of 6 filled it in by that time.

There was the same fireplace. The building was built a couple HUNDRED years ago.
It's been a restaurant for a very long time in fact Daniel Webster had a famous booth he sat in on the first floor.



I had fresh blackened salmon, potatoes, and cornbread which up here tastes like pound cake and my dessert!



While eating in the Pine Room I drooled over these colonial curtains with cornice boards.



my heart be still.........LOL
Hey, by the way I found a coffee mug with just LOL on it at Barnes and Noble today and I almost got it~


I still couldn't believe we ate one  booth over from JFK........


Where the seafood was cooking and the wine was wonderful!
ok, the taxi ride was costly.....but worth it!


after we ate we walked around the building and had history channel on 3D. Body guard was in awe, as I was too.


Here is the first woman waitress in Boston. I did get permission, by the way from the owner to take these pics.

here's some fresh lobster!


We roamed a bit of the alley's there after dinner on the cobblestone roads and well,  I have seen homeless signs being held up and "Help me I'm hungry" and "Help me I'm homeless" and a new thing in my journey is a guy outside, homeless but his sign said

"HELP ME GET DRUNK"

ok, at this point I was about to take the pic and BG was like, going nuts about the safety of my adventures so I didn't get a pic of that of but it was ......different....
LOL---hey at least the poor guy was honest.......


so we moseyed along and absorbed people-watching and then took a taxi back to the hotel.

After alot of walking we went to bed earlier than usual and made a record at 10pm
then slept solidly until 9am.

Then, off again for another adventuresome day. I will post pics tomorrow as I don't have those downloaded to this micro little computer BG brought to use.

We walked so much today that I thought  my feet were going to fall off.....but I'm looking down....they are still attached!  ;)

In summary today........

we


ate Dunkin Donuts in the room with coffee.....BG stopped to get 1/2 dozen of chocolate covered doughnuts and kindly went early to get me a large coffee while dressing this morning.

walked more
caught the train and learned some of the ropes of the public transit

rode the wrong way once  twice and finally found our bearings

ate 2 scoops of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and

got lost in a Barnes and Noble bookstore for 2 hours......BG had to come looking for me. I love books.

we had Orange cranberry  hot tea

road the train to Boston Commons

rubbed blisters on my feet

went to a huge mall, conveniently attached to the hotel....and Ann Taylor store and LOFT is there.....BIG MISTAKE!

Went to Windsor Button Company....and stayed 2 hours

then over to over to the Winmill fabric store and I got lost literally in  the calico section. The owner said it was the ONLY fabric store in Boston.

In the interim, BG has had a great time profiling everybody here in the city. Brings back memories for him to his first job in South side Chicago......he is thankful for where we live now.

I completely finished This Too Shall Pass sampler on the plane by the way and enjoyed the comments like "Oh my grandma used to this" LOL

Got a Jane Austen book, in pictures....awesome book, has alot of the hx history of the setting in England.

planned my attire for our Fri night date after the conference to the Trolley tour of Boston. This may or may not have to do with a shopping trip to Ann Taylor......oops.

Are you tired now reading all this?

I think I'm winding down now, sipping on a glass of Merlot and hubbie.....people watching again........well, I'm safe so no complaints....

Tomorrow another day of madness and will post some unusual fabs, buttons and all that I confiscated for stash today. It's a sickness I know......LOL

Well, till later...........
Jen
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