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Friday Fun! (Birthday BBQ)

August 5, 2011 8 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  One thing this summer has shown me is that your summer is as fun as you make it, and that largely has to do with who you surround yourself with.  Now that I’ve been living in Boston for a longer period of time, I’ve come to have a wonderful circle of friends who just make everything more fun.

Last weekend was my party for my birthday.  I held it at the end of the month partly so I could have a Cowboys and Aliens theme, but also partly because no one ever seems to be around on my actual birthday since it falls right next to a big national holiday.  A friend treated me to the matinee of Cowboys and Aliens, and you guys it was AWESOME.  I don’t think anything could make this wild west and scifi loving lady happier than wild west meets aliens.  Well, the addition of Daniel Craig’s very fine ass didn’t hurt matters at all either.  This is a movie I would go to see in theaters again, and I never do that.

After the movie, the same friend helped me prep for my bbq.  I made homemade veggie burgers, which were completely a smash hit.  We also made pasta salad from a cookbook my dad gave me that featured an olive oil/lemon vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise.  That was also a huge success.  There was also grilled corn on the cob, strawberries, PBR, and goldschlagger.  All in all an excellent bbq.  After some friends departed, others arrived, and we went out to a local pub for drinks.  My friends enthusiastically got me some of my favorite drinks (white russians and cosmos).  It was such a chill party full of lots of girl talk and ending with some fun flirting.  It’s things like that that make being in your 20s really fun.

I already announced my plan to throw a party in the fall with a Japanese theme, largely influenced by my recent acquisition of a vegetarian sushi cookbook.  Given the percentage of otaku geeks among my friends, the excitement at the idea was pretty high. 😉  What can I say. I love hostessing and party planning.  It makes me happy.

This week also saw me finally able to return to the gym after being laid low by first a summer cold and then a sprained ankle.  I managed to only gain 1 pound in my week and a half out.  *phew*  The first workout back was hard, but fun, and I’m glad to be getting back into the swing of it.

I haven’t fully decided what’s on the plate for this weekend, but I know it’ll be fun, because it’s the weekend after all.  Happy weekends all!

Friday Fun! (Biking, Gardening, Wii)

Hello my lovely readers!   I hope your week treated you all well.  It’s finally feeling like summer around here.  You would think the summery weather would mean timely buses, but no.  The T has made me late just as much as it did in the winter.  I take this as a sign that I need to speed up project Amanda bikes to work.  Last weekend, I attempted the route with my gal pals Nina and E.  It turned out I was only able to make it 8 of the 12 miles.  I’m going to have to work up to it.  In spirit of that, I’ve been planning on biking to my bus connection to start building up the muscles. 🙂  I had  yet to do it this week, partly because of rain and partly because I realized I need to figure out something to wear under my skirts while on the bike.  However!  I am determined to bike at least 3 days next week.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

I transplanted my seedlings, which are now plants, into their permanent containers last weekend.  The containers are a bunch of different vibrant colors, and they really brighten up the kitchen!  Now I just need to start my strawberry plants, transplant my flower into a hanging basket, and start either onion or spinach (I have yet to decide which).  It’s all lots of fun, and I can’t wait to see the produce I (hopefully) get in the end!

I played Kirby for the first time this week, and I now get the appeal of that odd little pink blob.  It’s a lot of fun!  I also downloaded one of the super marios (he’s in a castle and goes into paintings….) onto my Wii.  It’s one I didn’t really ever play as a kid, so it’s all-new to me.  It’s a lot like a predecessor of Mario Galaxy, so it’s a bunch of fun.  Of course, I can’t wait to try the new Galaxy when it comes out next week!

I hope you all have lovely weekends.  I know I’ll be seeing at least a few of you tomorrow at malibtweetup4!  Yay!