I Made It!

 

Well friends I arrived safely in Boston yesterday evening! I took a shuttle to the hotel in Cambridge.

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I walked into the lobby and heard someone yell my name, it was Meghann! We said a quick hello and I checked in and headed to my room where my roomie Amanda was waiting as was this awesome plate from the hotel staff!

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We chatted a bit and then decided to walk down to Trader Joe’s to grab a quick dinner before the fro  yo mini mingle. We ran into Lynda and she joined us. I was excited as this was my first Trader Joe’s experience,

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We walked back to the hotel and I had time to scarf down my chicken wrap in the lobby before we left to get fro yo.

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Me and roomie Amanda before the mini mingle

We took a shuttle down to Harvard Square and headed to a cute dessert place.

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I got black and white malted yogurt which was delicious!

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I could not get over the awesome weather and low humidity. We sat outside and enjoyed our treats! Meghann and I are both Verizon Wireless Ambassadors and wanted to take a picture together with our screens showing the same thing, but I didn’t have my phone on, whoops!

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Ok much better!

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Yay Verizon and Samsung Galaxy S3! The mobile hotspot is already coming in handy!

We walked back to the hotel and called it a night. It was a long day of traveling and tomorrow is going to be busy! Don’t forget to follow #HLS12 on Twitter to stay up to date!

QOTD: Favorite fro yo flavor?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product

Fro Yo, it’s Cold, Yo!

 

BBbbbrrrr! I am sitting by the fire as I type, and baby, it’s cold outside! Last night was equally cold as we ventured out for dinner. We saw a huge sign at the intersection stating that the new Frozen Yogurt spot I have been drooling over for a couple months, Local Culture, was finally open! Despite the frigid night temps, I told Bobby to save room, we were going for dessert!

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The décor is funky and hip. I was sad for just a minute when I remembered this location used to house my oh so missed Frosting cupcake store that sold the to die for wedding cake cupcake, but my sadness quickly disappeared when I did some taste testing!

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Bobby had a major taste testing #fail and got fro yo all over the place. Way to go Bobby. Please don’t claim that your broken nose caused this. Oh, I forgot to mention. Bobby got his nose broken coaching tumbling Thursday night. He was spotting a girl doing a back handspring and she wacked him in the face.

He may kill me for this but it’s TOTALLY worth it. And no, he isn’t crying, his eyes just would not stop watering!

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Poor thing. His nose is huge. Well, it’s big anyway, but bigger than USUAL I mean. Just kidding! sort of. Ok so back to fro yo. I ended up getting a mix of cookies n cream and cheesecake with oreo and heath bar pieces on top.

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Bobby copy catted me and got the same kind but with fruit toppings. I really hate a copy cat. Make your own decisions, dude! :o)

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There were plenty of places to sit, but only one other couple inside. Oh, I forgot, the temps were dipping into the 40’s. Maybe that had something to do with it? I think I am still trying to thaw out!

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It really hit the spot, and we will be coming back! The watermelon and pomegranate were both really good when I sampled them!

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After all I ate tonight I am going to have to do about a million crunches since, you know, I can’t run in my stupid boot.

Today we are finishing up our outdoor Christmas lights and Bobby has a cheer competition he is in today and coaching. oh yes, I will be there, and I will be video taping the thing for your enjoyment. You can thank me later.

Speaking of Christmas lights, I LOVE seeing other people’s lights. One of my favorite things to do as a kid on Christmas eve was go around looking at all the lights. So, email me a picture of your house all lit up for Christmas to runningwithsass@gmail.com and I will do a collection and post them on the blog closer to Christmas. Kind of like a virtual ride around to look at lights. sound good?

QOTD: What is your favorite Fro yo TOPPING? I love strawberries and cherries, but the heath bar bits were SO good!

California Fun Part 2

 

Ok so we left off after a fun filled night at downtown Disney in California. Oh wait, did you miss part one? check it out HERE. Ok, moving on. So Sunday the weather was equally beautiful. I woke up wide awake at 6:00, even got up and did some things on the computer and called Bobby. Then I realized I was still sleepy and fell asleep again. Time zone fail.

Me, Crystal, and Kenji went to lunch at this cute little place by her house, and then we decided to go for a nice walk. I was still hurting from some pulled muscles and pain from playing volleyball on Castaway Cay, so we decided to walk, instead of run.

We set out to find some newish trails by Crystal’s house. We found them, and some fun parks/scenery too!

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Gorgeous weather, gorgeous landscaping, I was having a great time! We just talked and talked, and then we stumbled upon this little gym. It was like a circled track/spongy material right off the trail, and every few yards was a piece of outdoor workout equipment. Of course, I wanted to be silly and try them all out!

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of course I made Crystal try some, too. I laughed pretty hard when she got on the pull up bar and her feet didn’t touch the ground!

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hehe.

We finally decided to turn around and realized we were a LONG way from her house! We ended up walking for TWO HOURS. Of course, Kenji fell asleep when we were FIVE MINUTES from the house! Crazy kid.

We dipped our feet in the pool after the walk to cool off.

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I wasn’t really starving because I had a big lunch, so we decided to grab a pizza and I just ate Fro Yo for dinner, no pizza. HA! I can do that, right? I got a mix of pomegranate and watermelon YUM.

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I was SO tired from the walk and still wacky from the time difference, so I decided to go to bed early. We had a 4:00 wake up call! I called Bobby then crawled in bed at 8:15. it was still daylight! I can’t remember the last time I did that! But guess what? I slept ALL night until my alarm went off at 4!

Crystal was so sweet to offer to drive me to Union Station so early in the morning. a true friend! We got me there about 5:15 for the 6:00 train to San Diego. Now, I will admit I was a little nervous. One of my fears is going somewhere that I have NO idea where I am going. I have never even BEEN on an Amtrak train before, or at a station like this, so I was totally clueless. Plus it was pitch black dark when I got there, so I was slightly nervous.

I walk in, and within 5 seconds a homeless man approaches me and starts asking me for money. I told him no, sorry, and started to walk away and he FOLLOWED me and kept asking. I headed for the ticket counter where a man was working and finally the dude walked off. GAH! Just what I needed when I was already freaked out! So I pulled out my ticket I was supposed to scan at the kiosk and surprise surprise, it doesn’t work. So I go to the ticketing counter, which ended up being a good thing, because the man told me where I needed to go, but said the train doesn’t board till 5:50. Ok…so…I didn’t know if I was supposed to head that way, or wait in the main area…I was so clueless! (ok please stop laughing!) so I stood around for a few minutes in the main area and just watched to see what everyone else was doing.

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I thought about going to Starbucks but the line was really long. I had a major headache from not having coffee, but decided to just deal with it for now.

Finally at about 6:40, I decided to start walking down the tunnel towards my platform just to see. I got down to my number, looked up the tunnel and realized it was COLD! I did not want to go stand on the platform. Alone. in the dark. and freeze. SO I stood around outside the tunnel for a few minutes until I saw a couple people going up and to the platform, so I followed them.

We stood around outside, and I even had a guy ask me if this is the train to San Diego. I told him yes, I thought so, but what I wanted to say was “does it LOOK LIKE I know if this is the train to San Diego?!”

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looking back down into the tunnel. Sorry my ticket got in the way.

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I tied to be sneaky and take a picture of the train without looking like a tourist, sorry it’s blurry!

Ok, so, train is here, doors open, and people start getting on, and heading upstairs, so I follow. (Such a sheep today!) I followed the few people into the first car we got onto, and sat on the last row after putting my suitcase on the rack at the back. Luckily, there were not many people so no one sat next to me the whole way. Here are a few pics I took of us leaving Los Angeles. Let me just say I was so relieved to finally make it onto the train, I knew the rest would be smooth sailing!

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It was a 3 hour train ride which I thought would be so boring, but the scenery was great, that and I slept on and off the whole time!

When we got closer to San Diego we went along the coast/ocean, and it was so beautiful! I was of course sitting on the WRONG side of the train to see it.  But I did get some houses up on the cliffs. it was crazy to me how they were just sitting on the edge! Sorry the quality is bad…cell phone camera against a window with the sun coming up!

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Here is one I took of the inside of the train

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We finally made it to the last stop, San Diego! When we got off, there was another train right in front of me, and people were going both ways around it. um…so I asked the lady where I should go if someone is picking me up and she directed me in front of the other train inside the station. By the way, as soon as I stepped off…the weather, SO PERFECT! Breezy, sunny, about 68 degrees! I made it into the station, texted the Running skirts twins that I was there. They said they would be about 20 minutes, so I got a cup of coffee and sat down and enjoyed the pretty station and day! (I felt much better after my coffee!)

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On my next California post…picked up by the twins, meeting the other reps, and getting spoiled rotten!

QOTD: Do you get nervous going somewhere you have never been before?