Apple Picking

It was a crazy week last week, topped off with a trip to see Michael Buble at the TD Garden (which was just as good as the last time I saw him, at the O2 Arena in London). But then the weekend arrived, and I got picked up at 11am Saturday to be taken apple picking. I haven’t laughed so much for a while, it was such a good time! There was a lot of wandering about munching apples, climbing ladders, and enjoying what has to be one of the last perfect days that summer can produce.

After some (amazing) apple cider donuts, we left the crowds (good grief there were crowds) behind and headed back to Boston, for some movie watching and drinks with friends. A seriously lovely day.

Today, unfortunately, involved a fair amount of work, but at this point that is par for the course. I baked some of the apples with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg (grated by hand, get me) and brown sugar, which went down very well with my landlord and landlady.

And, as of Tuesday I am officially a manager, so it’s going to be another big week! Blimey…

Visitors

It has been a lovely few days, peppered, though they have been, with general work-related stress. There has been a lot of driving. And being driven, if I may say, slightly bonkers by various clients.

But it has been magic having Katie and Will to stay. Tonight we went to a restaurant called “Sweet Cheeks Q”, a BBQ restaurant where it was all we could do not to go into ecstasies all over the table (the BEST pork belly I have had in my life, ever. Melt in your mouth doesn’t even cover it). There has been shopping, and sightseeing (yes, another duck tour, but hey it was fun), and rather a lot of eating….

It will be good to be able to focus on getting back on with work (and some other things…), but it has been so lovely having all these visitors over the past few months! I will be sad to see them go – my next visitors aren’t until November/December time, but it’s going to be a very busy few months so it will be good to focus. And stop eating quite so much… Salad for me from tomorrow!

Madness…

It has been a crazy week at work. Catching up on everything I missed last week, plus a load of extra stuff from two clients competing for my time. It’s led to a busy week, with another mad one lined up.

I have, however, got two lovely visitors arriving this weekend. Which means any weekend work shall be conducted while they are sleeping off their jet lag in the evenings. But we are booked into a few restaurants, and have got some time for exploring the city. It helps that Katie has visited before, so it’s not a total “newby” tour… Which is nice, because I don’t think any Duck Tour could match the last one I went on…

Happy girl

I had a rather fantastic phone call today, from one of the partners. The call was to confirm that I am getting promoted to manager level in the autumn, and to let me know the details that go with the promotion. I am a very happy girl…

It won’t change me. Except that everyone now has to refer to me as “ma’am” from here on in…

Sadly, after some EPIC shopping, cycling (on the least effective bicycles I have ever encountered), kayaking and eating a LOT of lobster, Janey and Patrick went back to the UK yesterday. It was so lovely to have two whole weeks with them, showing them my city and then chilling out in New England. I haven’t been that relaxed in a long time. Naturally going back to work is a bit of a shock.

Still, I can’t stop smiling. For a few reasons, as it turns out…

Hello from Maine

So I am, once again, a very bad blogger… I am very sorry, there is no excuse for it other than extreme relaxation meaning that I have actually fallen asleep with the iPad on while trying to blog…

However, we have been having a LOT of fun out and about in New Hampshire, with zip lining (fantastic, even if Janey and Patrick did get mistaken for my parents… I have no comment on the matter, and obviously did not laugh at all. At all…), spa massages (the Mount Washington Hotel has the best spa I have EVER visited – possibly the best massage of my life), a first pass at outlet shopping at North Conway (don’t worry, Mum, Jane was in charge… In Coach… Amazing discounts were had and it was even stuff I needed – well, apart from the work tips I have been trying to buy since May…!!) and some fantastic sightseeing along the Kancamangus highway (not 100% sure how you spell that…) where the leaves are very much on the turn.

We stopped at Portland on the way down to Kennebunkport, but I really couldn’t comment on it – it was raining so hard we couldn’t actually see all that much, but it looked nice and quirky. Now we are planning our first dinner out in lobster country, and enjoying our terribly girly and lovely “Cabbot Cove Cottage”.

Work is going to be a bit of a shock next week…

Hello from New Hampshire!

So… I have not been the best blogger of late. There are reasons for this, but I shan’t go into them on here. But they are good reasons, even if they leave me a touch distracted, and include my lively sister and her husband visiting. And work, which isn’t being quite so lovely right now due to the sheer amount of it, but that is the way it goes.

Anyway, after a FANTASTIC trip to Six Flags New England yesterday, which involved riding Goliath (amazing!), Bizarro (horrific…), Batman (awesome) and the Rapids (WET), we spent last night at a Marriott complete with Olive Garden take-out (two starters, two mains and a pudding between three of us and we were totally beaten…). Then today we drove from Springfield up to Bretton Woods, via Woodstock (with a lovely lunch) and Quechee. It was (mostly) a very beautiful day. Plus the “pimpmobile” (our car is a giant red shiny Chrysler with very shiny alloys…) is a very fun car to drive. Possibly something to do with the 3.6 liter engine: it has va va voom!

So now we are settled in our lovely 2-bed cottage, and I am trying to switch off my work brain. I know I will likely get calls this week about things, but I hope they are quick answers… Naturally I have my laptop with me. Somehow I sense that I won’t often be traveling without it in future…

Oh, and I am reliably informed that I am currently joint leader in the football pool (that is American football, not soccer – since I was never much of a UK football fan I don’t feel too bad about making that particular transition in vocabulary…). This is unlikely to last (and is due in full to the advice to always pick the favorite) but it’s rather nice to start off well!

Quick update…

… Jus to say I am still alive. Things are very busy on the work side ( and very nicely busy on the social side) plus my lovely sister and brother in law are in town, so there hasn’t been much time to blog. There has, however, been cocktails, baseball, stranded duck tours and sushi…

Sozzled

Yes, my lovely sister and brother in law have arrived in Boston. And I have introduced them to the strength of the cocktails… So hopefully they will sleep well enough to combat their jet lag, and mine will also get kicked into touch. Fingers crossed…