Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy April, From Sunny Boston!

April 16, 2014.  No other caption needed, right?


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I Need A Tan

I think being cooped up all winter has finally gotten to me.  Today I find myself a little down in the dumps.  Work is getting crazy and it's about to majorly change-not for the good, I'm dieting (so far successfully) and feeling deprived, a few of my friends are at Disney and are posting pictures left and right (making me very jealous) and I'm just feeling down.  Which is odd, because today the weather was so nice.  Sunny, mid 50's...we're getting there.

I think the trouble though, is that I want to be here:
 

...sitting on the deck of our boat salty and sunburned in some harbor we've just explored.  It can't come soon enough.

And also, I need to let my hair grown.  I miss my long wavy hair.

A Sailor and His Mermaid

The front of the card B1 gave me on the 4th anniversary of our meeting.

Last week B1 and I celebrated 4 years of being together.  Well, actually, 4 years of knowing each other.  We didn't actually meet up for our first date until a few weeks later.

I can't believe it's only been 4 years.  It really seems like I've known B1 for so much longer and though I obviously have memories of life before him, it's hard to imagine.  We really just clicked from the moment we met, and just dove right into loving each other after a couple of weeks.  It still amazes me every day that it happened and when I stop to think about it-like, really, really think about it-it still brings me to tears.

There are a million little things that I love about my B1 and our life together, but mostly I love how much we love each other.  We're kind to each other and we make each other laugh.  Like, a lot.  He's my biggest fan and I'm his.  We make our own fun where ever we go and we go lots of places.  We're perfect, even when we're not.

Life is good when you're in love with B1 and he loves you back.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Snippets

Here are a few snippets from my life the last week:

Mostly naked men covered in glitter, dancing on big blocks.  We went here.
It was great fun, getting dressed up and having a date night with my B1.  We don't go out dancing very often, but when we do, we have a blast.

I wish my iPhone had a better camera.  Reason #6578 why I hate it.

We also went here. On Friday I picked B1 up from work and we didn't want to go right home.  So we just drove.  Our new car makes that easy. :)  We went north and B1 said, "How about dinner in NH?"  Sure!  So we went to Portsmouth because we haven't been in a while.  Delightfully fun, random and delicious!  (I had a salmon bahn mi sandwich-so good!)

And I cooked this.  Cod Curry...delicious and good for you.  (5 points for people on WW!)


 
2T. Olive Oil
1/2 Yellow Onion, Sliced Thin
4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1T. Minced Ginger
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1 T. Yellow Curry Powder
1 T. Red Curry Paste
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1 Can light coconut milk
1 Cup Water
1,15oz Can Diced Tomatoes
Juice of 1 Lime (plus more for garnish)
1 C. Uncooked Quinoa
1/2 Head Cauliflower
1/2 C. Chopped Cilantro plus more for garnish
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1# Cod, Cut into 1 inch chunks

Kosher Salt to taste
Fish Sauce to taste (Optional)

Method:
1. In a large pot, saute onion in olive oil until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and saute for another 30 seconds. Season with kosher salt and both curries. Stir to coat onion mixture.

2. Add: quinoa, cauliflower, cilantro, diced tomatoes, coconut milk, water and lime juice. Stir to combine. Taste for seasoning, adjust as needed (more salt? Yes for me!) Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat to low. Gently place pieces of cod on top of the liquid mixture and gently press them into the curry so they are mostly submerged. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until quinoa and fish are cooked.

4. To serve, add a few splashes of fish sauce to each serving if desired, top with a bit more cilantro and provide a wedge of lime to each person for their bowl.

5. Enjoy!

Notes: I think this would be delightful with shrimp too.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Full Weekend, Lacking ZZZZZzzzz's

Boy am I sleepy today! B1's birthday week was extended and lasted all the way up until yesterday afternoon. (His actual birthday was Friday.)  Lots of fun times with lots of fun people...but YAWWWN.  I could have happily stayed home today to catch up on some sleep.

Friday I picked B1 up from work and made it to the pool party just in time for it to be over.  (I have mentioned that the marina has a pool party every Friday night during the winter months, right?  Heated outdoor pool, 100+ degrees, lots of friends?)  Disappointing, yes, but still nice to be able to drop in to say hello.  And to also gather the troops for an impromptu dinner party at the pub down the street.  10 of us piled into a corner table and shared lots of laughter, as usual.  One of our friends was extremely intoxicated due to drinking a little too much while in the pool, and it made for some very hysterical interactions.  The day after, he posted this to his FB page:

"OK, that was fun last night.  Wish I was there!"

Hysterical.  He gets very jovial and also very sleepy when he's drunk.  So he was all smiles and closed eyes at the pub.  Around 1am, his wife sent me a text message saying he was still awake, yelling at the top of his lungs that he LOVE OUR MARINA FAMILY!!!  (with fist pumps).  Oh, good times...

Saturday, in addition to running many errands, B1 needed to fix our oven.  It's a propane run contraption with a very sensitive security senor.  It's so sensitive that it actually started to prevent our oven from working properly because it thought it smelled a propane leak.  Which it really didn't.  Sometimes it could be the garbage (the pail is right in front of the senor), cooking spray or even perfume.  In any case, it was very unpredictable and was causing me major stress.  So B1 installed a new switch and all is right with the world.  He was heavily motivated to fix it because I was baking this for his party that evening:



The best chocolate cake ever.  Though delicious, it was very lopsided, as you can see.  You can tell which way the wind was pushing our boat that day!!  (I always forget that our oven is gimbled, and that I can release the lock to make the oven level.  Oh well!)

Later in the evening we met up with about 13 of our friends for drink, dinner and cake to celebrate my loves' birthday.  We hosted at a nice little place on the waterfront down the road from the marina.  It's got the name "sail" in the title, so naturally we love it. :)

A few of our closest marina friends.


The buttercream started melting.  But that's what you get when you use real buttercream.  The cake was delicious and is still getting rave reviews!   


Though it wasn't a very late night on Saturday, we were exhausted.  It's sad to say, but I think we're getting too old for two wild nights out in a row.  We couldn't even sleep in on Sunday because we had more errands and cleaning up to do, and we were meeting more friends (the guys who lost their boat) for brunch because they couldn't make it to dinner on Saturday.  So up we got, dressed up pretty again for brunch with two great people.

So while there's really good reason why I'm tired, and I had a very lovely, full weekend, I'm sleepy.  Which is probably very evident in my rambling post.  Sorry if I missed a few words in a few sentences! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fundraising and Neighbors

A few weeks ago, friends of ours had their home disappear under water.  We all felt helpless, and wanted to do anything we could to get them back on their feet.  So we came up with the idea of an open fund where people could donate money to help replace their belongings.  Because I had some experience with this, and personally know someone who's used the site, I volunteered to manage the process.

 
Within a week we raised over $10K.  Money just poured in from friends, family and even strangers.  It was amazing and I have to say that it has resorted my faith in the kindness of others.  Of course, much of this support is a direct correlation to what wonderful people our friends are.  They're just great, and it shows in the support they've received.

I am so thrilled that I was able to help them raise so much money, to replace their belongings.  Through Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest and Linked In, we got the word out to thousands of people.  Even the local .com paper mentioned our fund on their site!  My friends asked me to stop promoting the fund because they've received outside help from others (a brunch where they received hundreds of dollars in gift cards and pools of money collected by office workers) so they've actually reached the $20K goal, unofficially.  Officially though, even without promotion, we reached $17K.

My heart is exploding with pride.  And gratitude.  And excitement...because our friends are 99% sure they will be buying a new floating home!  In fact, a little birdy told me that they'll in the process of narrowing down finalists.  And that means that by summer, we'll probably be sitting on their new boat with drinks in hand and happiness in our hearts.

Sometimes boat life is hard.  Things break, the small spaces seem too small, and we can't have "stuff" like we used to.  But all I have to do is remember our friends and I realize that we made the right decision.  And the spaces seem bigger, and the stuff isn't important.  (Stuff still breaks. :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I Got Lipstick Stamps On My Passport

When I met B1 4 years ago (3/26!) he had just celebrated a birthday so mine was the first that we celebrated together as a couple.  (Mine's in July.)  I was delighted to learn that he believes in celebrating a birthday for a whole week.  Every day I was given little presents like small bag of Doritos for a snack (which I love) or a tube of Chapstick (which I am addicted to).  And then on my actual birthday I was given my big birthday present (that year it was my Nook).  While I DO love (LOVE) presents, I love being thought of even more.  Getting the Doritos for a lunch snack showed me that he really knew me and having him think of me ahead of time really made me feel special.  So naturally when his birthday came around that next year, I had a blast.  It's become quite fun every year finding little gifts to give my B1 to show him that I love him, and to celebrate his birthday.

The year we were married I purchased a huge bagful of candy from around the world for his birthday week.  I put each candy bar in a small gift bag and let him choose one every day.  On the last day, his birthday, I gave him a card with a picture of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben on it, and included a poem from Max Ehrmann which talked about traveling.  His big present was a passport-something he never had before, and something he'd need for our many adventures that were surly to come, including our honeymoon.

Where, it turned out, we didn't actually need our passports (because we weren't flying into the country, we were arriving by boat).  So no stamp.  Which isn't a big deal to most people, but to us, it was a little bit of a let down.

Enter this year's birthday week for B1.  I gave him this card on Thursday of last week:

 


Inside it said, "One year I gave you a passport for your birthday...this year I'm giving you a stamp."  He didn't know where we were going until we were on the T, on the way to the airport.  I have him a packing list, which included things like a bathing suit, sunglasses, raincoat, wool socks, sweaters and clothes for a night of dancing.  He knew that we weren't going somewhere warm, mainly because he joked about it the week before saying he didn't think I'd choose a cold destination, considering it's been the coldest winter we've had in years and, "why would you do that?".

Crickets.  And laughter.  And more laughter...

"Oh.  We're not going to Greenland, are we?"

Well, no...we weren't.  But it wasn't going to be warm.  I was taking him to Niagara Falls, in Ontario.  Mainly because the flight to Buffalo from Boston was only $150, and all other flights to anywhere international were well over $700 each.  And, well, B1 and I have fun no matter where we go, so I thought he'd be cool with it.  And he was.

While both of us would probably have been WAY more excited had we been going somewhere with deep blue water and white sand, I think I can speak for both of when I say we had a lovely time exploring the Niagara Falls area.  We played air hockey (I won) and arcade games, had delicious local food, explored their wine country and went on wine tours, ate an expensive dinner at the tower above the falls and just enjoyed being with each other.  It was a lovely weekend away, and actually, we accomplished what I set out to do:

 

We finally have stamps on our passports!!  (I had some on my old passport already, but they took them when I renewed.)  We had to specifically ASK for stamps, and we had to pull over and go inside to get them...but it's done!  We are officially stamped. :)

Here are some photos of our lovely international trip:

 

















 










Monday, March 10, 2014

Home Is Where Our Boat Is

We've been busy...I've been slacking...therefore, no posts. Coming soon though! In the meantime, I'll show you a picture of my 'hood. Our boat looks tiny from this angle (We're 36'!!), but we're there. This was from a recent article a local newspaper did on our marina/home.




Home sweet home...and soon, we'll be farther out on the very last dock when the weather gets warmer.  Dreaming of those days...