Inspired by many of you (especially NZ Muse, with her link loves powered by assorted things)
These past few weekends were awesome. So I’m going to share about them. And stay tuned to the end for some links to blog posts by other bloggers that I really enjoyed this week.
2 weekends ago, my sister and brother-in-law came to visit. They haven’t visited in ages, so we packed the weekend with lots of food and fun!
Food: Instead of taking them to the tourist traps (we considered them, but too pricey/overrated!), we took them to some of our favorite local restaurants. I’ll share the list with you, but don’t all go there, or there will never be any room for me!
Tenoch Mexican, Delicious Mexican food (especially, in my opinion, their tortas and horchata)
Boston Burger Company (epic burgers with all sorts of awesome)
Trident Booksellers and Cafe (both times I’ve been there, I’ve gotten their Lemon Ricotta French Toast. Also, they have Poutine!)
Flatbreads (you can’t go wrong with their salads, pizza, and beer (though we forgot to leave room for their desserts!))
Fun: Friday was museum day: Isabella Stewart Gardner museum AND the Museum of Fine Arts Boston! We managed to get discounted prices by getting passes from the local library. Quite a few of the libraries around here offer passes for free or discounted tickets to the area’s top tourist locations. Definitely a deal. Other discounts to try: Your employer, AAA, or other memberships (especially teacher’s unions). Walking throughout both museums definitely tired us out!
Saturday, we amped up our walking by touring Boston on foot. Parked in Kenmore square, then walked down Commonwealth, Newbury, and Boylston all the way to Boston Public Garden, then through to Boston Common, where we started walking on the Freedom Trail. We didn’t take an official tour, but followed the red brick/painted line all the way to Faneuil Hall and the Union Oyster House. At that point, we decided it was time to head home. But instead of taking the T back to Kenmore, we walked ALL THE WAY BACK! This time crossing past City Hall, then going back through the Common and Garden, then taking the tree-lined (i.e. shaded) walkway on Commonwealth all the way back.
Yes, we tired ourselves out.
The following week included the 4th of July in Boston(we watched the awesome fireworks from Storrow Drive), then a drive up to Vermont for some relaxing. Well, not JUST relaxing. We also went for an early morning hike up (and down) Mt. Abraham (total time: 3hrs 36 minutes, which included a few stops along the way to enjoy the view), and then headed to the Farmer’s Market to walk around and enjoy some tasty food. The rest of that weekend was really just lots of reading books and napping. YES.
Speaking of books, I just finished reading Helaine Olen‘s book, Pound Foolish, about the dark side of the personal finance industry. I’ll try to write up a review of that soon. And I’m most of the way through Paddy Hirsch‘s Man vs. Markets. I’ll review that as well once I’m done.
Oh, and if all that walking and hiking wasn’t enough, I’ve ramped back up my running. So that might also cause some tired legs. Though I have started wearing the ProCompression socks I got recently. I’d heard good stuff about them, and compression gear in general, so I figured I’d buy a pair to try them out. I tend to wear them after runs/to bed. (and I wore them on the 4th of July, because the pair I got was so darn patriotic!) A few friends on twitter had asked what I thought of them, so here’s my short review: it feels good to wear them after a run. I don’t know if they’re actually helping with faster recovery as most compression gear is supposed to do. But they do make my legs feel better. (p.s. I bought them on sale, and apparently all their stuff is on sale for 40% off+ free shipping until August 4th using the coupon code JULY)
And now for the link love I promised. Just two today, but I did read a lot of good stuff this week:
Krystal of Give Me Back My Five Bucks wrote about the latest idea discussed this week regarding paying for college. The proposal: Instead of taking out loans, you pay a percentage of your salary for the next 20-25 years after college. Krystal touched on quite a few of the points I was thinking of, and the commenters have also made some really excellent points as well. Check out her post!
I happened across a post from someone I hadn’t been following before, but I really liked it (and will now follow her :P) She wrote about how she’s gotten sick of the health and fitness “ambassador” programs. If you’re unfamiliar with these programs, they’re basically blogging/social media networks that, at their core, are just groups of people interested in health and fitness. But many of these programs connect with brands, and then the bloggers are given free stuff in exchange for tweeting/facebooking/blogging about the brands or products. And so Carly wrote about how she wont be involved in any of this branded speech from now on. I agree with her on many points. As I’ve mentioned before, I love free stuff as much as the next person, and will review things that I like (and even some stuff that I’ve even gotten for free!), but I want to be open and honest and not have to conform to a brand’s marketing plan. I tweet about brands I genuinely love, and review books I’ve read and products I’ve tried. I have reviewed things in the past that I’ve experienced for free, but have always disclosed it, and I hope you never would think I’m trying to market anything to you. I like sharing my opinions on things, so hopefully you enjoy reading them and know that they’re completely honest! Please let me know if you ever think I’m not keeping up with this standard!
Well, that’s over 1000 words in one not-so-short update. I guess I had a lot to say. Maybe I should try to update more often, eh?
So, have you recently been a tourist in your own town? Do you only check out the sites when tourists are visiting? Have you tried any of the restaurants I mentioned? Do you have another favorite restaurant to add to the list?
Read any good books lately? Found any awesome links you’d like to share?
What do you think of Krystal and Carly’s posts? Agree or disagree with their stance?
Don’t worry, more blog posts coming soon, including more of the Graduate’s Guide to Being a Grownup series, some book reviews, and plenty more. I’m still blogging!