Monday, May 24, 2010

65.15. Dodger Stadium

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When I was down visiting my fiancee this weekend, we went to the Dodgers vs. Tigers game at Dodger Stadium and crossed our third ballpark off of the list. Only 27 to go... : )

Justin knows more about baseball than almost anyone else, so it's always fun to watch the game with him and ask him obscure stats questions (he always knows the answer). I always love spending time with this guy : )

Friday, May 21, 2010

beach-ready

Remember my swimsuit post from March? Well, here's what I ended up getting:
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I would like to point out that this is NOT BLACK! I can't wait to receive it and drag Justin out for a beach day!

Now I just need to find a cute cover-up...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

"Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as
the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires."
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

babies!

Katie, Liz, and I went to see this last night (instead of going to the gym...), and it was adorable. If it's playing anywhere near you, you should go see it!

Friday, May 14, 2010

65.4. fenway park

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A Yankees fan and a Red Sox fan. Who would have ever thought?
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And in the middle of the 5th inning, it starte POURING rain and delayed the game for an hour. Fortunately, some nice guy a couple of rows in front of us had some extra ponchos with him and he let us have two.

Seeing the Yankees play the Red Sox in this ballpark was amazing. So far, Fenway is my second favorite. Justin and I had so much fun in Boston, and we have decided that our next East Coast trip will be to Pennsylvania for the Philly's and the Pirates! I will be in Benjamin Franklin heaven!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

boston: samuel adams brewery

We ventured out to Jamaica Plain to tour the Samuel Adams brewery (after I took us to the end of the line on the wrong train...). This was a lot of fun for me because my team and I did a project for Samuel Adams when I was in business school. We had so much fun working on the project--I really wish that they could have been there with us.
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Where the beer making process begins.
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The capacity of this original brewery is tiny--about double the capacity seen here. Samuel Adams only brews about 2% of their total production in this brewery, and I believe that most of that is comprised of their specialty Utopias.
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Some Utopia "experiments" fermenting.
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End and best part of the tour--the tasting!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

boston: prudential tower

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I loved this logo : )
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A view of the Charlestown River. You can see part of Boston's Emerald Necklace--a string of public parks designed by the same man who designed New York's Central Park.
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The Financial District.
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The Back Bay neighborhood.
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Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library--the very first public library! If you look really close on the street toward the bottom of the photo, you can see the yellow finish line for the Boston Marathon.
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Church of Christian Science headquarters. The building toward the top with the green roof is home of the Boston Pops!
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An amazing view of Fenway Park--Justin's first glimpse of it : )
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City lights coming on as the sun sets.
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Justin & me. It was actually pretty romantic being up at the top of the Prudential Tower. We got to watch the sunset and then see the city lights come on--it was gorgeous.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

boston: freedom trail

Our first day in Boston was our most productive touristy day. The first thing that we did was walk the Freedom Trail which was probably the highlight of my time there (besides the whole engagement thing, obviously). The Freedom Trail covers many of the sites in Boston having to do with the Revolutionary War. Justin was a great sport and let me take tons of pictures, so here you go!

1. Boston Common
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Boston Common was pretty cool. I love public parks like this in major cities. It's such a great gathering place for people. We were in Boston during Marine Week, so there were all sorts of helicopters and trucks and tanks (and soldiers!) scattered throughout the park.
2. Massachusettes State House
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This building obviously makes me think of The Departed and Matt Damon. There was some sort of workers' union protest going when we were walking the trail which seemed odd in the middle of the morning on a Thursday...Apparently my Aunt used to work in this building--I had totally forgotten that she had been assistant to one of the Massachusettes senators.
3. Park Street Church
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The place where this building stands was nicknamed "Brimstone Corner" back in the day due to the fiery sermons preaching condemnation. The first Sunday School was instituted at Park Street Church.
4. Granary Burial Ground
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Such a cool cemetery! Definitely a must for American history lovers. The victims of the Boston Massacre are buried here as well as many of the signers of the Constutution like John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams.
5. King's Chapel
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6. Boston Latin School
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Site of the first ever public school! What an awesome concept--schooling available to everyone.
7. Benjamin Franklin Statue
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Me with one of my ultimate heroes, Benjamin Franklin!
8. We missed the Old Corner Book Store : (
9. Old South Meeting House

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10. Old State House & Site of the Boston Massacre
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Right in front of this building is a little circle of cobblestone marking the spot where the Boston Massacre took place which went on to fuel the flame and begin the Revolutionary War.
11. Faneuil Hall
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The great meeting hall on the second floor is where Americans first protested the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act--"no taxation without representation."
12. Paul Revere House
Photobucket This house was built around 1680 and was where Paul Revere lived. It is the oldest structure in downtown Boston, and it totally made me think of Johnny Tremain.
13. Old North Church
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The steeple where Robert Newman hung two lanterns to let the revolutionaries know that the redcoats were coming via the Charles River. If you look really close at the bottom, you can see a teeny tiny Justin.
14. Bunker Hill Monument
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15. U.S.S. Constitution
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Complete in 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution in the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Justin and I took a tour of it, and it's hard to believe that this was the height of naval technology at one point in time.

So, our tour book said that this would take us 90 minutes. It definitely took us about half a day. You might be able to finish it in 90 minutes if you speed walk and don't stop to look at or take pictures of anything. Definitely worth half a day, though. It was inspiring to stand where so many of our great American heroes stood and fought for what we have today.

Monday, May 10, 2010

we're engaged!!!

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Justin asked me to marry him at the airport yesterday morning as we were getting ready to leave Boston! I couldn't be happier--I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Yes, we are terrible at taking pictures of ourselves, and we totally cut the ring out of this one. But, at least we both look happy : )

I'll post pictures from the rest of our trip this week!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

s/s '10 resolution: wear more dresses & skirts

Katie and I decided to drive to Roseville after work last night because she couldn't stop thinking about the 'everywhere dress' from Anthro.

While trying various cute items on, I let it slip to the fitting room salesgirl that I was keeping my eye out for a floral dress for this spring/summer. She brought this little number below to me. A floral print and tiered ruffles, you might ask? I definitely questioned her taste level just seeing it on the hanger. However, this dress was so cute on, and it fit me perfectly! Thankfully, it was on sale. This is definitely going with me to Boston. I just need to stop by Target today to find a belt to go with it!
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Here is the dress Katie bought. It looks STUNNING on my very tall, very thin, ginger friend : )
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The moral of this story is: you never know 'til you try it on!

Oh, we also had dinner at Cheesecake Factory. I have to give this meal a little shout-out because it was so delish. We had the Cashew Chicken Salad and the Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake. Mmmm....

Monday, May 3, 2010

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you
everywhere."
Albert Einstein