Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ben's Bells – A Letter to Charleston

Dear Charleston,

What a year you've had!

First you faced an abrupt killing spree when a hate-filled young man entered one of your churches and killed your people. It's taken a whole summer to grieve and get past that. Believe me; I know.

Then, just this past weekend your city streets were flooded and 9 people were killed. Oh how my heart breaks for you!

As it turns out, I was suppose to be there this past weekend for a job which I turned down because of the rain. I love your city, but somehow visiting the beach in the rain just seems a lot less fun than visiting at any other time…

But y'know… as much as you've gone through, you haven't been forgotten. Us, who live elsewhere in the United States feel for you … deeply. I think that's why, earlier this summer, when visiting I saw not one but TWO Ben's Bells!

Do you know what they are?

They are wind chimes made by a woman who lost her son due to illness many years ago and how she was able to get through the grieving process by spreading kindness and encouraging others to do so as well.

When I saw the first bell, in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and I read the card attached "You have found a Ben's Bell. Take it home, hang it, and remember to spread kindness throughout our world" I could hardly believe it. Surely someone had left the bell on purpose … to honor the fallen or something like that. (At the time, there were a bunch of flowers and cards positioned lovingly in front of the church.) But when I saw the second bell, positioned seemingly in the middle of nowhere, I grabbed it and brought it home with the feeling that somehow these randomly placed bells had some importance.

As it turns out, you can't buy a Ben's Bell. All you can really do is be part of the project and, perhaps someday, become a distributor. I've never seen Ben's Bells in any other city, so it was especially meaningful to see them in Charleston where so much hurt has been caused both naturally and otherwise.

Charleston, Ben's Bells are not being distributed in Atlanta. (Or at least I've never seen them here.) Someone at Ben's Bells knew you, as a city, were hurting and they distributed them there to make your day just a little better – to erase just a little bit of the sadness you have felt and to remind you that others in the world need that same kindness and love.

When I finally hang my Ben's Bell wind chime in front of my house, every time I look at it I will remember the beloved city where I found it and all that you have dealt with in the past year. I will send my well wishes your way, and, if the time ever comes that I can participate and be part of Ben's Bell, you can be assured that I will. Ben's Bell is a worthwhile project that is making a big difference in cities across the US and I am so glad that I now know about it.

Sending positive thoughts as you recover.



• To learn more about Ben's Bells click here. This post was not compensated; it is merely to describe my admiration of the project and city from which I found my first Ben's Bell.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mazda 6 Review

For "money Monday", let's talk cars. Obviously this post will be completely useless to those of you not in the market for a car, but if you are, and you are considering the Mazda 6, maybe this will provide a little bit of insight into the vehicle…

So, anyway, I was happily driving my 2002 Chrysler sebring when for the 251st thousandth mile when, all of a sudden, the tire tread came off the back tire causing me to wreck (but not into anyone! Thank goodness!), the engine began to overheat on my way to work (needed fluid), and the back A-frame fell apart on me … all within 2 weeks worth of time. *sigh* This is not to say anything negative about the car itself. My personal opinion is that if we had replaced the tires when we should have the tread wouldn't have come off. Fluid runs out occasionally… If I had said something the first day I noticed the car acting up (a Monday), I would have gotten to work the day it began overheating (Wednesday) on time. And the A-frame? That still would have been a problem, but not an end-all need-a-new-car-because-you-are-unreliable problem.

No matter.

Justin and I went car shopping on a Friday towards the end of August. It was his last half-day before the end of summer and my mom's last full day out of work. I have to be honest – we started our search for a Mazda 6 from the beginning. I had driven one as a rental car approximately 7 years ago, and I really liked it. Obviously, it wasn't my car but it was a million times better than the Ford Fusion I drove about 3 years ago.

I went into the dealership(s) saying no to hatchbacks, trucks, SUVs, or vans. I wanted a 4-door sedan preferably silver with leather seats (so easy to clean!), a comfortable interior, a V6 engine (love when the car has the power to just go!), ability to get 30 miles to the gallon, and anti-lock brakes. Other desires I was looking for included low car mileage, newer model vehicle, the ability to connect my phone via bluetooth to the car, non-wire steering, and 8 way electric seat control for the driver's side seat. Anything else – like a moon roof – would be a plus! In other words, as my dad said, I wanted a new version of the car I was getting rid of. And believe me, I was actually pretty upset to be getting rid of it.

So let's talk about the negatives first:

1. The color: black.

• I live in Georgia where it is hot 75% of the year. Did I really want to drive a black vehicle when the temperature got about 90º? No.

• My dad owns a black 1980 camaro that is his "baby" … or was at one point. He has rebuilt the engine, painted it at least twice in my lifetime, and taken it to car shows on a trailer to prevent it from getting dirty and keep mileage off of it. Did I really want a car the same color as that? Did I really want those same connotations of "you can't touch this" and "OMG! It has a scratch!" associated with my day-to-day use of this car? It's going to get scratches, kids will bring mudd into the back seat, someday something will go wrong with it; I think that's the nature of daily use cars. I cannot be as particular with this car as my dad is with his – I just can't. (Although he's gotten a lot more easygoing about it in recent years. He let people write on it with glass markers the day I got married. It made me sooooo angry! I threatened to drive his and my mom's SUV to the hotel instead. Argh.)

• Black cars are hard to keep clean. It's a fact. At least with silver cars, the dirt kind of melds into the car and becomes one … noticeable but not nearly as gross looking.

2. There is a ton of room for things to fall between the seat and the center console! But, even with all of that room for things, the big plastic piece below the seat makes it hard to actually get the things that fall between. Justin and I found our solution in the Drop Stop. One too many times reaching for a cell phone or credit card between the seats had me anxious to solve that problem in a hurry!

3. The headrest isn't really a good place to rest your head.

It's suppose to prevent you from getting a concussion, but really it just ends up making it so that you can't lean fully against the seat. Relaxing drive in the country? Maybe not. Justin has suggested that maybe a neck pillow could help, we just haven't gotten one yet. (Plus, wouldn't that look stupid?)

4. The touchscreen automatic lighting set-up is stupid.

Apparently, if I have my headlights on, the screen is set to dim automatically whether or not I'm driving in daylight or night time. Let me just say that dim screens in rainy daylight are actually really hard to see. I ended up changing the setting to "daylight" always and we just switch the whole screen off at night.

5. The v-4 engine.

I like saving gas. I like how this car sounds when I press the gas. But no v-6? Come on! Think about how much more fun this car would be with that! :)

6. The joystick.

This one confuses me. You have a touchscreen for music, settings, and navigation (if you set it up), but they also included a hardly functioning joystick near the cup holders and center console … for what? to take up space?

7. Cup holder particularities.

I'd prefer my cup holders to be further away from me than my PRNDL, but that's just me being particular.

8. How big this car is!

My first impression when driving it was that it felt like a bus! Super wide and long. I compared it to a police vehicle the other day and was shocked at how much longer it was than the police vehicle! I was always able to fit my sebring into tiny spaces meant for compact cars … but now I had to look for "big truck" parking. Argh.

9. The 300 dollar key.

Don't lose it or you'll pay the price. :-/

10. The gas light.

It is silent and doesn't bug you every 5 seconds letting you know that gas is needed. Please, dear car, bug me! I forget that I need gas when I can't get to it immediately!

11. The steering wheel is small.

Regular size steering wheel covers do not fit. Believe me, I have tried.

Now for the good things:

1. The color and design of the vehicle.

Did you know that my car has already been admired? People seem to be impressed with the looks of this sedan and that brings me a source of pride … at least until it gets wrecked for the first time…

2. Bluetooth.

Because it's awesome. Slow to connect though, so keep that in mind.

3. Drivability.

The 9 year old I drive home from school every day said that this car reminded her of a race car. It's super comfortable, sounds awesome, and feels smooth. I have very few complaints. 90% of the people who ride in the backseat fall asleep; it's that great. :)

4. Back-up camera!

All of a sudden I have confidence in my ability to parallel park … even a vehicle I am still getting used to! I imagine driving tests are completely different now with this new functionality. Parallel parking and backing up have never been easier. (I still have to look behind me and use my mirrors though. I blame habit.)

5. Sound and light notification of other vehicles when changing lanes or backing up.

If you think backing up is easy, try changing lanes! The car is crazy long, but it will definitely notify you if someone is in the lane you are changing to. Nice.

6. Push start ignition.

Don't want to remove your keys from your pocket to start your car? You don't have to! Get in, press the brakes, push the button, and go!

7. Headlights don't drain the battery when you aren't driving.

If you leave the headlights on, the car will not beep at you and it will lock. On the other hand, when you go to get in your vehicle two days later, it will still start. That is definitely a plus with all of the rainy weather Georgia has been experiencing.

8. Lumbar support.

Not all Mazdas will have this, but mine does. And I like it.

9. Gas mileage!

Love the low gas usage. At approximately $25 a week for gas, I save so much! It gets 30mpg on back road and up to 38 on highways.

10. The windshield wipers.

I love the high, low, and medium settings. For once I don't have to worry about the wipers going too fast or too slow. They are just right!

11. And lastly, the trunk.

It is soooo big! It may not look huge from the outside, but it definitely is. When I pack for trips now, it's no longer about what I can't take but rather what else can I fit in there?

So, there you have it. That's my opinion of the Mazda 6. Would you consider purchasing one in the future?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Land of Lakes European Butter

The holidays are approaching fast, so what better time than now to talk about butter?

Honestly, when I think of butter, I think of…

Well, ok. I think of Julia Child. But Julie and Julia works just as well. :) "You can never have too much butter" Julie Powell says as whisks up yet another one of Julia Child's famous French recipes during her journey of self discovery in Nora Ephron's fabulous movie, which you simply must see if you haven't already! However, don't be deceived by the James Farm butter from the movie still; obviously Land of Lakes should be your go to.


Well, one I know nothing about James Farm. Is that even a real thing? (Google says yes.) Second of all, it's not European. The only butter even somewhat similar to Land of Lakes European butter is Plugra or, in fact, real European butter that you can only buy at speciality stores. I have a feeling even Julia Child would agree with that. Butter can make or break a recipe, so don't go with generic anything. Only buy legitimate melt in your mouth (literally) goodness for your recipes. You won't regret it. :)

So, while there are a million Julia Child recipes I could foresee using Land Of Lakes European goodness on, Justin and I went straight for overkill – a mock up Chili's chain restaurant Ultimate Lava Cake. OMG! Yum!

image from I Wash You Dry

A cake with a soft, gooey middle plus delicious vanilla ice cream, a hard outer "magic" shell crust and a bit of caramel drizzled on top. Yes, I can totally feel diabetes coming on. :) (That's why you share.)

Other delicious recipes you could make with Land of Lakes butter include…

French Buttercream
Sauteed Mushrooms
Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce
Artichokes with Lemon Butter

So what do you think? What delicious things would you make with European Land of Lakes butter?

Along with providing me with my own Land of Lakes European-style butter, I have also been given two coupons to share with my readers for $1 off! If you'd like to try this fantastic new butter at a discount, be sure to enter my rafflecopter giveaway by 10/16!

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Good luck!

* I received this product and these coupons in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday Thoughts + Easy-Listening/Jazz/Big Band Music

Goal! – But not actually the kind I'm talking about in this blog post…

Over the past two months I have been really stressing out about my lifestyle and goals as a blogger/career person. After my car began giving me trouble in August, I started to wonder what I would do if I lost my job. I don't make a whole lot of money, but what I do make definitely helps.

This was followed up by thoughts regarding my blog…

Currently, my schedule is:

• Monday: Money (once a month finance update, ideas for saving), Media (books, movies, music)
• Tuesday: Travel
• Wednesday: Wordless image (edited or not), Insecure Writer's Support Group, & Mid-Month Look Back
• Thursday: Throwbacks, Giveaways, Media
• Friday: Food, Fashion

Honestly, I really feel like most days I'm struggling to come up with a topic and write … except for Tuesdays. I love Tuesdays. :) But I don't have the money to go travel every week, so eventually I will run out of travel posts. It's inevitable. (But don't count on it for a while. We're talking Asheville/Chattanooga this month for fall leaf looking, Orlando in November, and Europe in December. I will have a lot to blog about with all of that!) Friday food and fashion has also been doing pretty good. Justin and I haven't really been home to experiment with food, but I did recently get some European butter to try and coupons to give away (blog post tomorrow!) as well as a few new cookbooks to experiment with in the near future! Yay! :) Wordless Wednesdays are good for my soul. They encourage me to be creative, try editing experiments on images I've had for years, or simply take a break. Sometimes I need a break in the middle of the week. My biggest problems are my Monday and Thursday posts. They lack … and it makes me sad. :(

Anyone speak German?

I was telling Justin that maybe I need to spend my Mondays and Thursdays doing something more worthwhile to help me grow as individual. Watching Creative Live photo editing courses, for example. Spending more time reading … (I am soooo behind!) Practicing German or attempting to learn French or Italian. (ha.) Surely there is something more worthwhile that I could be doing than slapping together a blog post that isn't very well written and lacks inspiration.

As for right now, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'd love to join in with another blog challenge and link up (I'm currently considering Blog Ahead). Then there is a series of music posts that I've been wanting to do for a while where I go decade by decade sharing my favorite tunes…

So I guess, nothing here will necessarily change for a while, but I did want to share my thought process with my readers. We will see how things go, but I suspect come December and/or January I will change up how I blog in preparation for the year 2016.

What do you think? Is taking time away from blogging for personal growth a good idea? How would you correct for lackluster posts? But most importantly … Are you ready to see my top eleven jazz/big band/easy-listening favorites?

Side note: Before we begin, I just want to say that not all of these songs are from a particular decade. I am picking from the songs that played at my wedding and thus they could be from any decade! Going forward, starting next week, I will still stick to more specific dates for the posts in this series. Hope you enjoy! :)

1.  Glen Miller Band – Moonlight Serenade

Short and sweet but it makes me sooo happy! :)

Way back when, when downloading music wasn't a crime (!), I googled and found another blogger's recommendations for a cd of calming music. Hurriedly I downloaded it all, put it on a cd (back when cds were still a thing!), and raced out to my car to meet Justin for a ballroom dance class. I don't remember all of the music I listened to from that cd, but I do remember it also included Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" and Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes". <3. Anyway, the music on this cd became some of my favorite. I was so glad I gave it a chance and downloaded music I wasn't very familiar with. With hindsight being 20/20, I would do it again in a heartbeat! :)

2. Arctic Monkeys – "Baby I'm Yours"

Not really a big band or jazz tune, but it's another song that makes me pretty happy. Actually, it probably would better fit in with songs from the 50s. Either way, it was definitely included in my wedding playlist. Y'know … strong associations with my husband and what not. :)

3. Taio Cruz – "Dynamite"

Another crazy, out there, doesn't belong on this list song from my wedding is this one. :) It was popular when Justin and I got married. As a nanny, I wanted to include a song that the kids I watch would enjoy. This one was perfect! Plus, it reminds me of my favorite red-head child ever! :) #nothingbetter

4. Michael Bublé – "Everything"

If I had had my way, this would have been our first dance song. Thankfully, Justin and I didn't have a first dance. Too embarrassing! :) Nevertheless, I saw a really cute engagement video put together of an Asian couple to this video right about the time Justin and I were choosing all things wedding. It made me so happy. Plus I love the lyrics "In this crazy life, through these crazy times it's you. It's you. You make me sing!" Such a happy song. And Bublé looks pretty happy singing it too; I can't help but smile hearing it. :)

5. Nat King Cole – "Smile"

I first heard this song in the movie "My Girl 2" and I fell in love. I don't remember much about the movie, but the song has stuck with me…

6. Dooley Wilson – "As Time Goes By"

I don't remember the movie, but I remember the song… Always. Is that coincidental?

7. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – "Dream A Little Dream"

When I was attempting to pick out music for my wedding reception a million years ago, I bought the Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong collection from Amazon. What a mistake! I had such a hard time picking only one or two songs from the album! I think "Dream A Little Dream" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" were the ones that eventually made the cut. I would still listen to this album quite frequently if I hadn't lost all of my music to hard drive failure. Dang that hard drive! At least there is still Youtube…

8. Jim Brickman – "Angel Eyes"

I know Jim Brickman is known for his cheesy easy-listening/elevator piano music, but I love it all the same. I downloaded "Angel Eyes" randomly a long, long time ago, and I haven't looked back. I may not know the names of many Jim Brickman songs, but I do know this one and I love it! Besides, beautiful piano music like this and Enya's "Storms in Africa" had to make it into my playlist to break up the sound. Overall I'm not even sure anyone noticed the difference at all; in fact, I believe most people were just enjoying relaxing at mine and Justin's wedding reception – a nice change from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. :)

9. Gene Kelly – "Singing In the Rain"

I kind of love show tunes, and this one in particular. Can you imagine being so happy and in love that you don't even notice the rain? I can't even imagine what it must have been like producing this scene; how wet he must have gotten! Ugh! Oh well – it's one of the most well known show tunes and a fantastic scene! Obviously, Gene Kelly pulled it off wonderfully!

10. Nat King Cole – "Straighten Up and Fly Right"

A cautionary tale of a buzzard and a monkey. Worth a listen if you've never heard it. At the very least, it's funny; you don't get that often in music. :)

11. Tom Waits – "Drunk On the Moon"

And finally, in college, Justin was a bit obsessed with Tom Waits. When it came time to pick wedding music, I knew I had to include one of his songs despite not actually loving the artist. Anyway, "Drunk on the Moon" was the one I picked. This song is definitely classically blues and everything I think jazz should be. Plus, who doesn't get drunk on moon-views? *sigh*

So what do you think of my selections? Are any of these songs new to you? Are you a fan of big band/jazz/easy-listening music? What about show tunes and elevator music? Share your favorites with me! I love to hear about songs and artists I may not be familiar with!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Editing One Image at a Time… Marseille, France

A combination of edit ideas used from: this video, this video, coffee shop filters (once upon a time, my favorite!), and a little bit of color painting.

In my opinion, the resulting image kind of looks like a castle from a storybook. Unfortunately (or fortunately, whichever) it is, in fact, a church rather than a castle.  The view from the Notre Dame de la Garde is absolutely stunning! I highly recommend a stop in Marseille, France should you ever find yourself in the area. :) Check out this video to learn more about the city.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hotel Marlowe – Cambridge, MA

Boston is a city that was built to be seen from the water, or so I've been told.

Destination: Boston, MA
Date: August 2015
Hotel: Hotel Marlowe
Brand: Kimpton
Elite Status: none
# of travelers: 5
nights: 1

Hotel: Making the Decision

So, the last time Justin and I went to Boston was 2013. We picked an AirBnb home in Watertown with three bedrooms – one for Justin and myself, one for his parents, and one for his uncle. The house itself was absolutely gorgeous and so nice to stay at, but there was one small problem: no air conditioning. As it turns out, we were traveling during a heat wave, so while we thought we were getting away from Georgia's hot weather by moving northward, instead we found ourselves in the city in the heat.

One thing I recommend: never stay somewhere without air conditioning during a 100 degree heatwave. It is hot.

Given our last experience in Boston, we were determined to stay at a place with AC. So, I took out my handy-dandy phone and contacted the lovely pana travel concierge people. If anyone knew the area, they would, right?

Out of the 3 hotels they chose for me, none of which were chains I had status with, we decided to go with the Kimpton. Kimpton branded hotels are actually now owned by IHG, but they work together as a small boutique hotel chain with their own reward points and so forth. This basically meant that my spire status meant absolutely nothing to them. I had heard fantastic things on travel blogs and Flyertalk forum about the chain though, so Justin and I decided to give it a try. What was there to lose?

After deciding on the hotel, I went online to book it. They have a no refunds policy, but, after a search on Kayak revealed no cheaper pricing, I went to book the cheapest room. Usually I leave this part of the story out of my hotel stay reviews, but I felt the need to mention it because, just after booking, I discovered a cheaper, better option on Groupon. For less money, I could have a room with a view and free breakfast. Immediately I jumped into the chatroom on their website to ask if they could reverse my booking since I had just reserved the room within the past hour. The lady I talked with, Amanda, was so nice that she agreed to do so for me just this once. Honestly, I was so happy that I jumped on twitter to remark to Hotel Kimpton how pleased I was with their service. Obviously they were still getting my business but being unable to price match it (because hotel price matching is weird), it made me feel so good that they valued me as a customer over my financial gain (their net loss, to a small extent) and lesser room. If only that fantastic service had lasted when we got to the hotel…

One option…

Getting There

Well, obviously, Justin and I took the Amtrak to Boston from New York, but once we got there we were able to jump aboard what Bostonians refer to as the "T" and take the subway to our hotel in Cambridge, just outside of Boston. It was a bit of a walk from the subway station, and, while not long in my opinion, others in the party didn't find it particularly pleasant despite the clean sidewalks and easy path to the hotel. (Sidenote: As southern suburban Americans, we don't walk anywhere. We drive. This was the main complaint.) Other options include flying in, renting a car, or taking a taxi. Taxis, as we discovered, are only about $12 from downtown Boston and can quite possibly be the cheapest option if you are trying to relocate multiple people from one end of town to the next; however, your mileage (in all instances) will vary. :) Parking at the hotel, if you choose to bring or rent a car, will cost $25 a night not to mention any parking prices you may pay in downtown Boston should you choose to go there via your vehicle.

The Lobby & Having Our Luggage Held

The entrance to the hotel is actually in a circle where you can choose to have the valet park your car. Once walking in, bathrooms are to your left, flavored water and a posh seating area are straight ahead, and the check-in desk, elevators, and restaurant/bar are to your right. We first went for a cup of water, because we were thirsty. Anyway, afterward, we talked to the front desk about our room which wasn't ready yet. They offered to hold our luggage for us until we returned to check in sometime after 4pm. The ladies at the front desk suggested a couple of local eateries and then we headed out for downtown Boston!

Checking In

We didn't actually check in to the hotel until after 9PM that night after a busy day and dinner. There were a few complications to the process – for example, the hotel didn't offer us the free breakfast that was part of our groupon deal. We had to ask and the front desk clerks got a little angry, we think, at the request. I had to show them a print out to prove we had paid for it. They also gave us a hard time about providing a room with a view, which we had also paid for. *sigh* I don't know what their problem was…

Large, spacious rooms

Room & View

Finally, around 10pm, we were settled in. The view was lovely – of a pond across the street. Perhaps a higher floor than 3 would have been ideal, but our view certainly wasn't worthy of complaining.

The room was pretty big and provided plenty of room for us to spread out. There was a work desk, a large chair and plenty of floor space. Even the bathroom was big. Amenities included a fridge, blow dryer, soaps and shampoos, free internet, and they are also pet friendly! (Sidenote: they don't smell or look like they are pet friendly. Big plus!)

Location, Amenities, & Price

The location of this hotel was fantastic! While not actually inside the middle of Boston, you also aren't paying "middle of Boston" prices. Even-so, you are still close enough to easily get in and out of the area without a problem. You can walk across the bridge, take the T, or taxi downtown relatively cheaply and easily. Or, if downtown isn't your thing, you could stay and explore Cambridge. The hotel is located right next to a mall or you can go across the street to Harvard or make a visit to MIT. We didn't actually venture onto the college campuses, but, from what I understand, they are stunning! :)

Aside from the great location, the hotel also allows you to rent kayaks or bikes, run the streets of Boston with the owner (I believe that is every Thursday…), work out in the fitness center, take in a happy hour of cheese and wine (for free!) or even experience an evening star gazing (also for free) at the observatory across the street.

While the hotel does not run cheap (think mid-range prices), the amenities are fantastic and you can truly get what you pay for in experiences from this hotel!

Seeing Boston on a "Super Duck Tour!"

Overall Review

★★★★ (above average)

While not the cream of the crop, Hotel Marlowe was definitely a fantastic, cute little hotel to stay at. There were definitely things that could have improved – like their front desk customer service – but overall our stay was very nice. We enjoyed our room, we wished we could have taken more advantage of the many amenities they had to offer, and the location felt incredibly central to areas I would have liked to have explored more-so than we did. I would recommend this hotel if 1) you are wanting to stay closer to the colleges or outskirt of Boston 2) if you have a car you need to park (decent price) or pets you are bringing with you and 3) if you intend on taking advantage of the many perks this hotel has to offer. I haven't stayed in downtown Boston yet, so I have no idea how that compares… I would stay here again though, and I think that says something about the hotel.

Your Turn

Have you ever spent the night in the Boston area? Is there any place near there (in Cambridge or otherwise) that you would recommend? Would you consider this hotel for the future?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Staying Busy

Dear Friends,

Justin and I just got back from a crazy weekend. Lots of friend and socialization time and just the tiniest bit of work.

Then yesterday, Sunday afternoon, I got a text. A job for this morning.

I love you all, but money is money. (And it is "money Monday!")

Therefore, I shall see you all on Tuesday.



P.S. Go enter my giveaway before it's too late!