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Marathon Monday

15 Apr

Marathon Monday. It’s a holiday the rest of the country doesn’t celebrate. In fact, it’s a holiday the rest of the state doesn’t celebrate (they call it Patriot’s Day), but here in Boston we, or at least most of us, get the day off from work. This is the day the Boston Marathon comes to town and the city is literally overrun with people sporting blue jackets- and later tinfoil capes.

I’ve never run the Boston Marathon (which you probably already guessed if you read this post), but I know many people who have and to them I say thank you. Thank you for giving me a reason for a three-day weekend.

My dad is actually one of those people who has run the marathon. He did it first as a bandit runner. This means that he just jumped in at the starting line and hoped he wasn’t picked off by the marathon officials by the time he reached the end (he is a cop- they think they can get away with these things…and they usually do). The second time he ran he did it legitimately and raised money for his favorite charity. He finished both times. Yay Dad!

If you don’t run the marathon, but still want to participate in the festivities, there are a couple of options for you. Many people go to the Red Sox game that day. Fenway is only a short walk from the runners’ path and it is good timing to go to the day game and then watch the final runners finish. I’ve done this a couple of times. My boyfriend is going this year. His work gave him the day off, but then mandated everyone go to the game. Day off = forced coworker time. Go figure.

Last year was so hot that runners were able to defer their entries. I was hot walking from the train to my friend’s party across the park, so I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles in that heat. Overachievers.

I have not decided yet what I am going to do today. Depending on the weather, I might venture into the city with friends to watch people exert themselves while I drink a beer or two. Otherwise, I might just enjoy being in a part of the city that is calm and empty for once. Either way, I won’t be sitting at my cubicle. And for that, I thank marathon runners everywhere!

Happy Patriot’s Day Marathon Monday!

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Update: Everyone I know who was attending or running in the marathon is safe. Thoughts and prayers to those impacted by this sad event.

Inside my place

10 Apr

When I moved back to Boston from Florida, I had to find an apartment quickly. Not only that, but I had to find one off season. Around here, most people move either June 1 or September 1. It is incredibly difficult to find apartments at other times during the year because the good ones go fast.

Enter my friend the real estate agent. She is a rock star at what she does and it was a huge favor to me that she looked for a place while I was out of state and helpless. When she found my apartment, I was extremely thankful and figured I’d move once the lease was up. It’s now been a year and a half and I am still here for a number of reasons.

  • Location- a couple blocks walk to the beach, restaurants, bars and other conveniences
  • Parking lot- huge bonus in a place where street parking is hard to find and you don’t know how to parallel park
  • Now a month to month lease- can leave if and when I decide to

It has its downsides (thin walls, smelly building hallway, small outdated kitchen… I could go on), but for the time being, I am staying. Moving is such a hassle that it is worth it to go without a dishwasher and washer/dryer for now. Unless of course any of you know of a real estate rental gem I should look into?

My tiny kitchen

My tiny kitchen

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