Happy Days!

by agirlandhermutt on February 15, 2011

This time of year is my absolute favorite. Winter is starting to wean off a *teeny* little bit, my birthday comes around, and Valentine’s Day makes me feel loved! This year was no different.


I started the weekend of fun with a birthday skating party! When I was a kid I loved having roller skating parties. I had my own skates. Hello…that screams mad skills! Not so much the same with ice skating, but just as fun.

A few of the girls met up with me in Kendall Sq to get our ice skating on.

Despite the overcast weather, it wasn’t as cold as it had been in the past few days. We showed up just in time to have them kick everyone off the rink to start the Zamboni. Of course.

Finally they let us on the ice and we were off! Well, kind of. There wasn’t any falling involved, but I did think the kid in a helmet behind me was a pretty smart idea.

The rink is kind of small so after an hour and a half or so, we were ready to get our drink on. Lets be honest…activity on the birthday is to make room for some beer! Winking smile

We headed over to The Asgard in Central Sq for a bite to eat (veggie chili and a salad), some good drinks (Cider!), and a lot of laughs. Big thanks to more of my friends joining me to celebrate!

For my actual birthday on Sunday, I woke up bright and early to hit up Zumba with Tea Party Karen. Holy crap. The class was super crowded but it was AWESOME. You go expecting to sweat, but you haven’t felt sweat until after this class! I spent the rest of the day at the spa, thanks to The Scientist. He was out of town for the weekend so he kept me entertained by treating me to a day of luxury. Le Sigh…

I started off with a pedicure and manicure. The chairs were so comfy that I wanted to take a nap right then and there!

Mmm…tea and pampering!

I went for OPI’s Original Red on my fingers and some fun sparkly reddish pink color on my toes. Both services lasted an hour each!

After my mani/pedi I had an hour long Swedish massage. OMG. These should be part of my regular calendar appointments. The final results have made me smile every day since.


It was the perfect treat for my birthday and a great way to kick off Valentine’s Day. Big thanks to The Scientist!

Valentine’s Day is always a low key event for me. I love the idea of making sure the loved ones in your life know that you are thinking of them, but I hope that I make them aware of this year round! The Scientist and I don’t do gifts or a fancy dinner for the holiday, so this year we just hung out at home for wine & cheese night. There were also some flowers and cards involved. So sweet…

I also enjoyed a fun Valentine’s Day gift from my parents. Fun jewelry!Seriously, could anyone have gotten my style more spot on?!

Sparkly bobbles that can brighten up any day, right?!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day no matter how you spent it!

PS. I have officially updated the 30 While 30 page! I’m in the process of coming up with the 31 While 31 list. Check out the update and let me know if there is anything you are dying to do this year!


Fancy Schmancy!

by agirlandhermutt on February 7, 2011

For the past few weekends The Scientist and I have been fancy eating it all around town. We have had a lot to celebrate (work, birthdays, its Friday, etc). It was finally time to take a step back and EAT AT HOME.

Since we were both used to a particular level of fancy schmancyness (real word…look it up!), I decided to amp up my regular dinahs.

First up…Casablanca Cocktail! This drink is just a few ingredients that (almost) anyone can enjoy.

Start with a sugar cube.

Add in a dash or two of bitters…

Top with some super cold sparkling wine.

Make sure you don’t stir or mix it together. Just let it fizzle up!

I felt all classy and fancy sipping on my drink. You know, wearing my pj pants and tank top.

Then dinner…did you forget about the food? Don’t worry, I did a little bit too when I started sipping on the Casablanca Cocktail.

Dorry mentioned making Hasselback potatoes the other day and I had an instant craving. Paired with maple-pecan crusted salmon and some green beans…it was done and DONE.

I’m happy to report that this hit the spot for fanciness at home. Noting better than some solid home cooking.

Have a great day kids!

PS. Over the weekend I also celebrated my friend Jess’s birthday! You can’t find a more giving and caring friend than Jess. She is a great mom, wife, friend, co-worker and I’m so glad that we were able to meet each other through work so that we could be buddies in real life. Plus, I always get a good ab workout when I’m around her from laughing so hard.  Thanks for letting me enjoy some of the sushi boat! Happy Birthday Jess! Smile


A little slice of college…

by agirlandhermutt on January 16, 2011

Wow. That photo of me in my face mask has been on the top of my site for a bit too long now. Time to get some fresh funk out there!

I got a bit caught up with all the snow brewhaha that I totally forgot to tell you about my fun little weekend last week! One of my college roomies, Stacey, came to visit!

Stacey and I met my sophomore (her freshman) year of college in Astronomy. We *might* have been the best nappers in that class. Despite our attempts to sleep through that whole semester, we managed to become friends and somehow or another we decided to move in together. Junior year was the Stacey & Erin Show!

She now lives in Denver, where I visited her back in 2007. We haven’t seen each other since so this visit was a long time coming.

After an eventful trek from Florida to NYC to Philly, Stacey arrived into Boston safe and sound. It was so fun to show her some of my fave places in Boston but also try a few new places I’ve had on my “To Do” list.

Dinner in the North End at Ristorante Saraceno.

Drinks at one of my fave bars, The Green Dragon

Dim Sum in China Town at China Pearl

A visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History

*All of these flowers were made over a century ago out of GLASS*

A walk through Harvard Sq and Grendel’s Den for a few drinks

Traditional lobster meal (Stacey’s only request when visiting Boston!) in Faneuil Hall at the oldest restaurant in America, Union Oyster House.

Exploring Faneuil Hall on the search for a Blood Mary.

Found one at Goody Glovers!

As every meal must end, so should Stacey’s visit. And just like a good meal, we ended our visit with a coffee, courtesy of Café Vittoria.

I waved good-bye to Stacey and we made promises to see each other SOONER rather than later. Our friendship has spanned almost 11 years now and I’m looking forward to our visits for many more years to come!