Hey friends! It’s never too late for a weekend update, right? ;) Mike and I went up to Boston to see Elizabeth’s (Mike’s sister) graduate from college! We were commenting on the way up about the number of Boston graduations we’ve been to over the last several years: ours in 2008, Mike’s brother Steven in 2010, sister J in 2013, and Elizabeth this year! The weather has varied quite a bit (rained at ours, was hot at Steven’s and J’s), but we got lucky with a warm summer day this time around.
We arrived in Boston Thursday evening (no checked bags this time!) and we went straight to dinner on Newbury Street, Mike meeting up with the family at Chilli Duck and me with J at Ikura. This tiny place was packed the whole time we were there – so glad J thought to make reservations!
They had a bunch of interesting rolls on the menu, but we opted to get “Sushi Party A”, which ended up being a ton of food for the two of us! The chef also sent over sauteed wasabi leaves/ stems for us to try, which weren’t as spicy as I expected, although you could definitely taste the wasabi flavor! #wasabiaddict It was awesome catching up with J :) We don’t see each other nearly enough. After dinner, I met up with the family and we made a quick pit stop at Toscanini’s, my FAVORITE ice cream on the planet. I love their inventive flavors and am a true devotee of their burnt caramel ice cream.
After sampling several flavors, we went home with Burnt Caramel (THE BEST), Bourbon Ginger Snap (!!), Thin Mint, and one of the chocolate flavors. All soo good.
We stayed at a hotel outside of Boston and rented a car because hotels during graduation season are wicked expensive. The Sonesta Es Suites in Burlington was an awesome choice, newly renovated with huge suites and a free breakfast buffet every morning! It’s easy for me to go overboard at breakfast buffets, so this time I tried to eat as close to what I would at home on a normal day – oatmeal and an hard-boiled egg. Somehow, some sausage and a piece of french toast also made their way onto my plate…
Friday was graduation day! Like I said, perfect weather :)
The graduate! The kids :)
Brass Rat (MIT’s class ring) picture! The Boston Marathon bombings last year were an event that defined this class’s college period, especially since MIT lost one of its own. It was sobering to walk through Kendall Square and see the sign below. We can’t control or predict what tomorrow brings, but we can be inspired by the incredible courage of others and pray for the same in ourselves.
After graduation, we went to go watch the new Xmen movie! It was incredibly intense and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The construct of the movie (you’ll know what I mean when you watch it) sort of reminded me of the Matrix. We loved it and can’t wait till the next one comes out!
Dinner was at a recently opened tapas bar in Woburn called Pintxo Pincho. We ordered a bunch of small plates and everything was fantastic! The shrimp in garlic butter sauce was particularly good and may have been ordered several more times ;)
We left Boston Saturday morning and spent the rest of the weekend doing the usual chores and whatnot. Workouts this weekend were limited because of my continuing hip pain (not sure what’s going on), but I managed to get in a great pool run and yoga class on Sunday.
What movies are you excited about this summer? Guardians of the Galaxy looks hilarious! And I’m hoping the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon is as good as the first…