#TBT new years eve (while i wait for comcast.)

i should have known when comcast told me theyd be here between 8-9am there was no way that would actually happen. (my just recently swapped out cable box decided to die yesterday morning. joy.) so since i have no idea when they’ll be here, i figured id do a little #tbt to new years eve!

im not a huge fan of new years. theres always so much hype/pressure to have OMGthebest plans. personally, im totally content with a house party or a low key dinner! so thats what we did.


joce was a doll and had us all over for a little new year pregame. being the amaze hostess that she is, she had tons of snacks and drinks for us. cheers!

i tried not to snack too much because busa and i had dinner reservations at 9pm at bostonia public house. i failed at that miserably but always have room for more food. id been here a few times for drinks before, but somehow never actually ate there.


we decided to start off with our favorite- a dozen oysters.
im pretty sure we got duxbury…
maybe wellfleet (but i could be wrong.) 

deeeelicious as always. for my entree, i decided on the george banks scallops (saffron ricotta dumplings, merguez sausage, zucchini, tomato confit.) granted im a total sucker for scallops, but these were seriously SO good.


check out the sear on those puppies! the ricotta dumplings were also super tasty- definitely cleaned plate. totally recommend this dish if you go!

busa opted to get two starters instead of an entree. her choices were the fork tender meatballs (parmesan cheese, basil oil) and the clam chowder (leek, celery, bacon, local new potatoes.) i didnt try either (was too busy woofing down my own meal) but they looked delicious.

IMG_7113oh, and since it was new years, bostonia gave us party hats, beads, noisemakers and a glass of ze bubbles at midnight. sweet. love me some free swag.


a little dark- my bad.

….and perfect timing, comcast just got here! a bit belated- but happy new year :) hope everyone had a great time, has a wonderful thursday, and that you have better luck with your cable box than i did. fingers crossed this one lasts more than six months…


beat eats, a birthday & more angry snow talk.

sorry for not posting yesterday, but it basically took until this morning to thaw out and regain feeling in my limbs. slight exaggeration, but not really

im pretty confident youre all probably thinking “why were you working on presidents day and not curled up under a blanket in sweatpants?” good question.

we get to take off two out of three “optional” holidays a year (presidents day, patriots day, columbus day) and this year i chose patriots and columbus. this will be totally awesome for marathon monday and the day after i turn the age that shall not be named, but it did not feel so awesome on monday walking through the arctic tundra that is currently boston. (it was also totally a ghost town. i think i saw five people tops on my walk to work.)


it says one degree
but it was “feels like” -23

so lets back up to a happier time, shall we?  thursday was pretty low key and i spent my night getting some valentines ready to pass out at work! i really wanted to get the box of cute baby animals, but i figured most people would appreciate candy over kittens, so i went with skittles. i also maybe wanted some candy too.


someone does not need any extra treats-
ill give you a hint: his name rhymes with muster.
seriously, check out those arm fat flaps…

IMG_8505t sent me this magnet
and buster & i can seriously relate to it.

speaking of teresa, friday night i headed over to back bay social club for jt’s surprise 30th birthday party! t did a great job and jt was totally surprised- hooray!!! i actually hadn’t been there in forever (pretty sure the last time i went was in 2011, cray) and i forgot how much i like the little downstairs space they have. its great for larger groups of people looking to mingle and get their drank on.


it’s not so great, however, for taking pictures. most of the pictures came out super dark, but this one i was (kinda) able to salvage! also, just got this faux wrap dress at macys on sale the other day- i really love it. you can definitely wear it out or to work. or just lounging around your house if thats your thang (its super soft and comfy.)

oh, and i typically never (ever) order chardonnay, but teresa was drinking it so i decided to get a glass as well. WHOA. i have been missing out (and ordering the wrong thing!) she asked for a “buttery” chardonnay (i think ive always bought unoaked) and it. was. good.


had such a fun time celebrating jt and catching up with some friends i hadnt seen since their wedding! plus, not much beats getting jana’d- we missed you kp!

as they say,
time flies when youre having fun
and pretty soon it was valentines dayyyyy


valentines day morning was obviously spent with the OB (original bae.) can i use this time to mention how much i hate the word bae? i do, however, love when snapchat does these little custom filter thingies.

after some netflix binging (ive been watching documentaries on the us presidents, really good!) and a cat nap or two, it was time to get ready for dinner!

IMG_8541shocker: i wore black.
(love that this dress has pockets. #bobbypinstorage)
double shocker: it was snowing. so i wore boots.
(not the same boots, i got mine a few years ago, but very similar.)

we ended up going to the beat hotel (aka beat brasserie) in harvard square- hooray for a trying a new place! the beat hotel is run by the same group as the beehive (which is one of my fav spots in boston) and it did not disappoint.

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.18.31 PMi didnt take any pics, so snagged this one from their insta.

we got there a bit before our reservation, so we grabbed a drink at the bar (i went with a chardonnay again and steve got a fishermans brew amber lager that was really good) and listened to the first jazz performer.

once we got to our table i was starving (again, shocker.) we decided to start with a carafe of the syrah, the steamed pei mussels (lager/old bay/tomato) and a wedge salad. for our entrees, i decided on a salmon with fingerling potatoes and some other stuff (i cant find it online) and steve got the grilled lamb lolipops (sardinian couscous, winter greens, tart cherry jus).


again, no pictures taken.
but in case you need a visual:
this closely resembled me.

unfortunately, they brought out our entrees before our apps even came out (they had lost our app ticket), but our waiter was super apologetic and had them fire off our apps and then said hed bring us new entrees after. the second act had gone on stage and was great (plus they gave me bread), so we werent really in a rush anyways!

whoa. the broth the mussels were in… worth. the. wait. i also hadnt had a wedge salad in forever and it was delish! i may have bought stuff to make one for myself this week. my salmon was perfectly cooked as was the lamb. oh, and the waiter brought us out a raspberry/blackberry mousse at the end of the meal which was a great way to end a great meal and a great valentines day!

IMG_8429 <3 hope everyone else had a great weekend as well <3

sigps: did you watch the SNL anniversary special? if not- its on demand. def watch it now! i think this was my fav (celebrity jeopardy was pretty good too, of course.)

top ten thursday.

figured id mix things up this thurday and do a post on the top ten things im digging right now. hope you enjoy!

1. better call saul: i was super obsessed with breaking bad but to be honest i wasnt sure how i was going to feel about better call saul. i mean, letsbehonest, with the exception of a few spinoffs (cheers/fraiser, happy days/laverne and shirley, laguna beach/the hills), they are usually pretty terrible (friends/joey, pretty little liars/ravenswood, and perhaps the worst of all- saved by the bell/saved by the bell: the college years.)

but surprisingly, i really loved the first two episodes of better call saul! the first episode was a little slow and is more setting the scene- but the second episode was great. i cant wait to find out more about each characters back history (and see if saul ever has enough parking stickers.)

1423679888665.cached2.) lennon & maisy: sticking with the tv theme, you may know these two from the show nashville. i randomly had stumbled upon them a few years ago on youtube (i think) and instantly fell in love. they are so awesome and if i ever have kids they best come out singing and strumming a guitar like these two. anyways, their new cover of “boom clap” came out and im legit obsessed. (its basically been on repeat.) def check them out!

3.) hamlet the pigs birthday party
: i already (b)logged about hammys birthday party. but im seriously beyond obsessed. and i need my 30th birthday (AHHHHHH IM OLD) to be an exact replica or i may die. slight exaggeration. but not really.


4.) dr. jart+ ceramidin cream:  ive been extremely lucky since high school and (knock on wood) my face hardly ever breaks out. i usually stick to just dove soap & water and lubriderm when necessary. but the past year or two my skin tends to get very dry in the winter. queue dr. jart+ ceramidin cream. i love this stuff because its thick but doesnt feel overly greasy, smells great, and lasts longer than any other face lotion ive used. it’s a bit pricey, but a little bit goes a longgg way.



5.) the daily skimm: with D&C not on NESN anymore (boo), i usually try and put the news on in the morning while im getting ready. but considering im also usually running late (the snooze button is the devil), i tend to not really tune into anything but the weather. what i love about the daily skimm is it summarizes all the big news stories in a fun, easy to understand way and also links to more in depth articles. its perfect to read on my walk to work and i feel so much better having at least a little knowledge of whats going on in the world!

here is a sample from part of todays!


6. truck day! today is truck day- aka the day where the red sox equipment gets shipped down to florida for spring training. baseball season is my favorite season and i cannot wait to get back to fenway park! hopefully the team doesnt suck is better this year, but regardless- gimme a beer, a fenway frank or five, and wally and i am one happy b.


7. blackbird doughnuts: ok, so i havent actuallyyyy had their doughnuts yet but i am absolutely dyinggg to go. in case you missed it, blackbird doughnuts is brought to us by the gallows group (aka my favorite restaurant in boston.) their flavors range from classic to whacky and if i dont get my hands on a lemon coconut and a chocolate cake soon i may cry. (my pants, however, might be thankful.)


8.) strawberrry starburst gum: the flavor lasts for just about as long as it will take you to read this sentence. but man oh man is it a good ten seconds.



9. serverus snape scenes in chronological order: at the risk of sounding like a total dork, i love harry potter. they were the first books i ever voluntarily chose to read. and yes, i sobbed while reading the last one. after finishing the last book, i was a huge snape fan- and this little compilation i found yesterday made me tear up. good work fellow muggle.


and last but not least….