Thank you for all of the incredibly supportive emails and comments after yesterday’s vlog post. Immediately after publishing the video to youtube prior to publishing the post, I got a really hurtful and cruel comment from someone who doesn’t know me and has never read my blog. You know, one of those comments that comes from someone who is bored and just really enjoys saying mean things on random videos. As much as I was expecting it to happen because I’ve seen cruel comments on other youtube videos, it was still really startling and hurtful for it to happen so quickly after I uploaded the video. All of the loving and caring support from you all was what kept me going. Thank you.
My day yesterday consisted of paying as little attention as possible to what was going on with my video and focusing on my comprehensive exam and then enjoying time with friends. In terms of my exam, let’s just say we had two hours to finish it and I was done in half an hour. I’m not worried.
After the exam a group of us went out to celebrate. Tasca wasn’t open until 5pm so we went to The Abbey first to get drinks. I started with a Fearless King, which was Jameson, muddled basil, and grapefruit juice. It was fantastic!
After a drink and splitting some appetizers at The Abbey (truffle fries and a flatbread pizza), we went to Tasca. I had lots of birthday coupons, so we got free valet, $10 off our bill, and a free bottle of champagne!
In addition to our bottle of champagne we also split a pitcher of sangria and I finished the night with an Irish coffee. Not a bad way to celebrate a belated birthday and finishing the comprehensive exam!
After dinner I came home to a quiet movie night in with Joe and got plenty of rest so I could get up this morning and take my Little Sister to Fenway Park. I think I have mentioned in the past that I volunteer as a Big Sister, but don’t often talk about it on the blog. Today was a Kid Nation Winter Fest at Fenway and there were a lot of children and adults alike there to enjoy all of the free activities. It was a bit strange to see Fenway under a sheet of snow.
Some highlights of today included hearing my Little Sister audition to be a Red Sox announcer over the Fenway intercom, holding a skunk (who knew they were so cuddly?!), taking batting practice with Daniel Nava (who was being very fresh, I might add), and seeing my Little Sister throw the ball faster during a speed test than some of the grown men who were there.
After a truly eventful day, I wanted a chance to veg out in front of the TV, so that’s what I did until Joe got home with some groceries (isn’t he the best?). Then I made a miniature eggplant and spinach lasagna for the first time. I used sliced eggplant in place of noodles and added the spinach for flavor. It turned out amazing! I probably used a bit too much tomato sauce, but that just made it a little soupy until I let it cool a bit. It was still incredibly delicious. I made a smaller version because Joe doesn’t like lasagna of any kind and I’ll be eating it on my own. Well, that and I don’t have a standard size baking dish.
Today the only exercise I got (at least so far) was walking, but I did a ton of it. From my Little Sister’s apartment to Fenway Park, then around the park for nearly 4 hours and back to her apartment. Then I stopped in the Prudential Center to pick up my Sephora birthday gift (birthdays are great!) before heading home. I’ll probably do a kettlebell workout before bed, but if I don’t manage it I’m not going to worry. Right now Joe and I are watching another movie and I love spending the time with him.
The most important thing for me is to find the balance that works for me in my own life and sometimes that means eating vegetarian lasagna and watching movies with Joe instead of working out and I’m okay with that.