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What I'm Into Wednesday - The Boston Edition

If you didn't already know that the 5th annual November Project Summit was this past weekend in Boston than you've been living under a rock (metaphorically speaking, of course). 

I'll take any good reason to spend a long weekend in Boston, as it's one of my favorite cities of all time. And this was a very good reason. 

So I present to you, the Boston Edition of WIIW.

See

In my almost 8 years being a resident of Boston there are still a few places that had been unseen by my eyes. I took advantage of having nothing on the schedule for the majority of the day on Friday to meander my way around the city, on my own time, at my own pace, and with my own two feet. Many hours (and 16 miles of walking) later I had come across two of my favorite sights yet - the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library at the Christian Science Center and the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street near the marathon finish line. The $6 admission fee to the Mapparium was well worth it. This glass globe has a walkway through it and you're literally surrounded by the world as it was in 1935. A great light and sound show accompanies the tour and it's just a gorgeous piece of art. The public library was a fascinating combination of old world and modern architecture that was visually stunning at every corner. Same city, new experiences - always. 

Do

Between attempting a full tour (running all 37 sections of Harvard Stadium) and running my portion of the marathon relay at Wachusett Mountain - I was pretty pooped. And so, so, so happy. This weekend was a great reminder of how much I like to push myself to my physical limits and that I'm ready to do so again. The past 5-6 weeks since the OC Marathon have been a struggle but it feels as though my body and mind have recovered (finally) and are ready to rock and roll!

Hear

Have you ever heard 1000+ people scream at the same time? Or that scream echo off of a concrete stadium? Or emanate in the woods nest to a mountain? No? Well you've clearly never been to a November Project summit. North of a thousand spandex clad humans converged upon the famed Harvard Stadium for a beatdown of epic proportions and then turned right around the next morning and took on one of the hardest trail races I've ever seen. The vibe, the energy, the heart of these people is amazing. I'm proud to be a part of it. 

Smell

Nothing beats the smell of waffles in the morning. Or any other time of day, if we're being honest. And no trip to Boston is complete without my favorite of all waffles - Saus. This gem in touristy Fanueil Hall is known for (yup) it's sauces - and my favorite carrier for a sauce is a liege waffle. These uber sweet desserts do nothing for your daily nutrition but everything for your daily happiness. Worth it, 100%. 

Taste

Many of you know that I'm kind of a lactard (I say kind of because I ignore this fact about myself very often). For months I've been told that when I'm in Boston I need to get "ice cream" at FoMu. So during my solo day on Friday I made sure my walking adventures took me down Newbury Street and did just that. Holy crap. The only bad part of my experience was having to decide upon 2 flavors instead of being able to eat them all. I settled on the homemade Oreo flavor and the peanut butter fudge. Heavenly. 

What I'm Into Wednesday - Holy Hell It's June Edition

All of the sudden it's June. And all of the sudden we have an 8 month old, 50 lb puppy. And so once again, we're back to some Arlo related things on this week's blog. But not all puppy filled, so if that's not your jam, read anyway. Because I think I do have your jam as well.

Do

Let's get the puppy stuff out of the way first. We started using a Gentle Leader with Arlo for training him to heel and to walk on leash without jumping on everyone, eating everything, and laying down for every dog. It's night and day difference. He's an instantly better trained dog. We don't plan on using it forever, but for now it's helping teach him great habits.

Hear

I visited my friends at Milestone Running the other day and Julie had a Hyperice vibrating bocce-sized ball. I borrowed it for about 10 minutes on my foot (where I'm having some residual heel and plantar and calf pain from the marathon) and it's literally the best I've felt in months. So I went to order one, but I'm a little cheap. I opted for an Acumo ball. It's got the massage feature as well as an ability to heat up! That noise of the vibration against the floor is music to my ears.

Taste

Last weekend we went to the North Park Farmer's Market and stocked up on fresh strawberries (cause, duh). Surprisingly, I couldn't eat them fast enough so Angelo had a great idea to mash them up and make them into a jam (told you I had your jam). SO yummy! We literally just did strawberries and a small amount of coconut sugar. I've been eating PB&Js like it's my job.

See

I'm lucky enough to have friends in my day to day life that have been there for almost 14 years. Through college, and relationships, and jobs, and various stages of adulting - we've seen each other grow and change. Sometimes life gets in the way of old routine and habits and you stop seeing the same people the same way you used to. I've had two chances to spend quality time with some of my oldest and most awesome friends this week, and it's been fantastic to see them - and a good reminder to make time for them. 

Smell

I don't know if this counts, but I'm doing it. I love that Dirty Water. The smell of a city. Not a "San Diego" city but a real urban downtown. That's why I'm stoked to be heading out to NPSUMMIT 5.0 in Boston tomorrow. We're lucky enough to have a great person watching Arlo for us so that we can fully enjoy being away. So thanks Mona! Boston here we come!