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Ocean State Oyster Festival

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Hello, Baby Loves.

The day isn’t even over yet and it’s been a good one – I hope you’re kicking off the weekend in a similar fashion. After all, it is the last weekend of summer!

Today, I successfully managed to drag Max to the Ocean State Oyster Festival. To my knowledge this is the first year of them doing it, but I could be wrong. Either way, it was my first rendez-vous and it was fabulous! Max even braved trying oysters for the first time.

Babe's First Oyster

Babe’s First Oyster

The festival was located in Riverwalk Park in Providence and included local beer, 18 local oyster farms, multiple food trucks as well as live music. It was basically a culmination of awesomeness; plus 10% of ticket sales went to Save The Bay. I wasn’t able to try all of the farms oysters, but here were the ones I slurped up:

American Mussel, Beehan Family Farm, Block Island Oyster Company, East Beach Oysters, Jonathan Island Oyster Company, Matunuck Oyster Farm, Salt Water Farms, Walrus & Carpenter

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Every oyster was delicious, staff was incredibly friendly, and yeah… nothing bad to report!  Try them all out if you ever get the chance. For more information on this festival, click here. The day was also gorgeous, so that was icing on the cake.

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After we had our fill of the fest, we trekked northward to Lincoln for a nice rock climbing session. Since Max and I are lead certified now (!!!) we did some mild lead climbing and I am officially plumb tuckered out.

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On that note, I think I am going to hunker down with a good book – either A Wise Man’s Fear or The Catcher in the Rye – and see where this lovely summer evening takes me. Enjoy yourselves, my dears! Take advantage of these beautiful days, for as we know, winter is coming.

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Nina Williams Climbing Clinic

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Recap: NYC (Manhattan, 3/20-22/15)

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Ahoy, Mateys

I just got back from my mini-vacation, NYC style, and I thought while everything is fresh in my mind I would recap the last few days for y’all. It wasn’t a long trip, so don’t expect anything too crazy. The reason for going was because Max had a G.A.M.E conference for Finance and he wanted me to be there for the tail end of the conference. I happen to have a few friends who live in the city, so I decided to keep Max company while seeing some lovely people. Two birds, one stone.

Instead of blowing $200+ on train tickets from PVD to NYC, I decided to drive to the Westport, CT train station and take the Metro-North train in to Grand Central. Although the almost 2-hour solo drive wasn’t the most fun, it was tolerable and I only paid $24 for a round trip ticket. I also didn’t have to pay for parking which was sweeeet. Worth it? At this point in my life, yes, I would say so.

I got into Grand Central at noon, and from there I went directly to the Sheraton where Max was staying, and we grabbed some very tasty sandwiches at a deli nearby. I was able to use some of my rusty Spanish speaking skills, which is always fun. Not soon after, Max had to get back to the conference, so we parted ways and I headed to Matteo’s (in Manhattan) to drop off my stuff. I caught up with him, then headed to SoHo to meet up with my close friend, Aly for dinner.

The dinner was AMAZING. Aly’s friend is executive chef at a restaurant called Murray’s Cheese Bar, which just by the name of it, I fell in love. I love me some cheese. We wound up stuffing our faces (the chef was there and hooked us up – she didn’t charge us for $30+ worth of food) and getting buzzed on some local IPA’s. For food we had a “Cheesemonger’s Choice” which consisted of fresh bread, crackers, goat cheese, kimchi, pickled raisins, prosciutto, some hard cheese I forget the name of, a blue goat cheese, chorizo and a dressing that tasted sweet and almost like a type of icing. Then the chef brought us out some crisped Brussels sprouts with fresh shaved Parmesan. At this point I was getting pretty full, but for my main meal I ordered pulled pork mac & cheese, and I ate it in it’s entirety. Did I mention this place was awesome? I left with a very happy belly. I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures… mer.

The Manhattan Rock Gym

The Manhattan Rock Gym

Post dinner I had to make my way back to Matteo’s to meet up with Max and get ready for the evening. We hung around Matteo’s and drank some more beer and Jameson & Gingers until the appropriate “going out time” in the city that never sleeps. To be honest, I don’t remember the name of the bar that we went to, but once again we got hooked up. Matteo’s friend and co-worker is a fabulous mixologist and she made us tequila cocktails that tasted divine. Our tab should have been about $300 between all of us, but she charged us $30. I love people.

Max and I got back to Matteo’s around 2am, slept for a little bit, then took a cab back to Max’s hotel. I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity for a comfy bed, so I went and slept while Max finished up the last events of the conference. Once that was finished we made our way back to Matteo’s and enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast equipped with eggs, turkey bacon and chocolate chip pancakes. Yes.

When breakfast was sufficiently digested, Max, Matteo, two of his friends (Matt and Connor) and myself made our way to Steep Rock Boulders, which is a bouldering rock gym walking distance from Matteo’s apartment. Besides Max and I, the others had never seriously climbed before, so it was a fun experience teaching them. I actually completed a handful of V3’s, which are normally outside my reach at my home gym, so that was pretty cool. We spent a long time there and grabbed a delicious dinner El Paso Taqueria where I gorged on a chicken burrito and sipped a tasty margarita.

El Paso Taqueria

After dinner we pretty much did the same thing as Friday night: hang out, pre-game, hit the town. The names of the two bars we went to are on the tip of my tongue, but alas, they escape me. I took it easier this time around, nursing beers until it was time for bed. All in all, a great day. Sunday wasn’t very exciting; all of us slept, hydrated and cooked another tasty breakfast until Max and I decided it was time to head back home.

Well, that’s a wrap! I enjoyed myself, and I have just enough time now to recuperate until I am off to Atlanta for the Atlanta Film Festival for Aly’s short feature, “Knightsville”. I have work at 7am tomorrow, so it is time for me to hit the hay. Goodnight, everyone!

The Gunks

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Hey babes!

Okay, so maybe I’ve been a little behind the ball lately with my blogging.
HOWEVER, I have excuses: I’m being a gypsy again! I missed my traveling lifestyle, and I’m quite pleased that I’ve been able to get back at it a little bit. Of course, I’m still working a ton – but that’s how she goes, and how it will go probably until I retire (yikes). I’m just happy that I can finally find a balance between work and play that satisfies me. I’m going to consider that a very good thing.

As promised, I wanted to tell you all about my travels! I’ll start with the first one: The Gunks. Also known as Shawangunk Mountains located near New Paltz, New York. It was Max’s birthday on July 18th, so we left that Friday after I was done with work and made the trek to NY.
As you may know, we have been getting really into rock climbing lately, and for his birthday, Max wanted to go outdoor climbing. Well, that’s exactly what we did! I bought a room at River Hill Bed & Breakfast in Milton, NY for his present and we spent Friday and Saturday climbing real rocks in one of the most premier climbing spots in this part of the country.

View of the Hudson River from our B&B

View of the Hudson River from our B&B

It was awesome. We only did bouldering since we don’t have all the gear to do top-roping/trad climbing, but even so it was a really good time. Granted, we didn’t climb a TON, but we got ourselves acclimated to the outdoors and were able to get to know the area. We will definitely be back, I have my sights set on those crazy trad routes. There were still plenty of boulder problems to keep us busy for the weekend and then some, so I was pleased as punch.

Our bed and breakfast was also a home run. Ellen, the keeper, is an incredibly sweet woman who cooked some killer bread and turned it into french toast. Um, YUM. You know a quick way to my heart is through my stomach. She also let me take a bunch of her old National Geographic magazines, which is another passion of mine (I will work for you someday NatGeo… you’ve been warned), so basically she rocks. I think I would make a pretty good B&B owner as an old lady: note to self.

Peep those coasters!! So cute!

Peep those coasters!! So cute!

The area around Shawangunk is also pretty radical; I thoroughly enjoyed spending time there. They had local honey, jam and farm stands everywhere, which light up the Vermonter in me, and the restaurants that we went to were all de-lic-ious. If I remember correctly, we hit up Lemon Grass, which was a spicy Thai food restaurant and Mountain Brauhaus, an authentic German restaurant.

Could I live full-time that much in the mountains? Probably not. However, owning a nice log cabin in that area would be AWESOME. I could climb epic mountains whenever I wanted, and the view really is phenomenal. If any of you ever have the chance to visit to The Gunks, take it. Even if you don’t climb rocks, the trails are super hiker friendly and the nature there is just breathtaking. It makes me a little sad that there aren’t more places like this in the North East; suburbia is taking over in a way I’m not really okay with. Mer.

Now for the good stuff — pictures!

Max posing for the view

Max posing for the view

Coffee overlooking the Hudson? I'll take that.

Coffee overlooking the Hudson? I’ll take that.

Rock at Peter's Kill

Rock at Peter’s Kill

Another Boulder At Peter's Kill

Another Boulder At Peter’s Kill

Main Boulder We Did at The Trapps

Main Boulder We Did at The Trapps

Another Trapps Boulder we climbed successfully

Another Trapps Boulder we climbed successfully

Alrighty, I think that’s enough for me today. I still have to catch you up on my last two weekends, but that’s going to have to wait a bit. In other news, ONE MORE DAY ON MY LYME MEDICATION!!! I’m almost not a sickly human anymore!! 30 days of doxycycline is just so uncool, especially in the summertime when it’s so nice out and I have sun sensitivity.

Laters. xxoo

Productivity, Initiated.

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Bonjour mes beaux amis!
How’s it hanging?

I’m doing my thank-the-stars dance because I’m feeling much better! All of my evil Lyme symptoms are close to being fully diminished. I want to say I’m 100% better, but I think that’s probably not the case considering I still have two and a half weeks to go on my medication. Whatever, as long as I feel better I’m counting it as a win!

About a month ago, I wrote this article on The Wonders Of Wheatgrass. Not to toot my own horn, but I think it was pretty decent. So much so that I actually posted it on my LinkedIn account as an article. I think I want to make this a habit – which is why I need to do some more scholarly pieces on here! Of course everything gets posted here first, because I adore you all. However, this boosts my street cred, if you catch my drift. I have high goals to be a mega-awesome-boss, so I better start making moves now.

Thus, give me ideas on what to write about! Ask me questions. Anything is a help. Beepbopbloop.

Anyway… check out this article that I found on LinkedIn. I’m going to do all of these things to once again, boost my street cred. I can confidently say that I either actively complete or have completed at least a few times numbers 1, 3 (rock climbing!), 4, 5, 6 and 9… which is a good start. Number 7 I am embarrassed that I haven’t done and I will definitely look into 10.

In case your link clicking fingers are broken, here are the ten things (but you should still read this for more in-depth info):

1) Socialize as much as possible.
2) Create a visual board of your career in 10 years.
3) Pick a “Summer of _____” theme.
4) Write a blog post.
5) Write another blog post.
6) Take up a new hobby to leverage the H3 Effect.
7) Unplug completely once/week.
8) Create a mantra for overcoming you biggest career obstacle.
9) Curate content two times/day at peak times.
10) Learn how to leverage virtual networking events.

Mer, okay. I need to go to bed now. I have work at 6am tomorrow. Tootles!

Just Climb It

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Let me tell you – I am absolutely drained. In a fantastic way, though, so I really shouldn’t be complaining. But alas, I just did. Boom.

I think I’m becoming addicted to climbing. Especially outdoor climbing. I looked up the definition just out of curiosity:

ad·dict·ed

[uhdik-tid]
adjective

devoted or given up to a practice or habit or to something psychologically or physically habit-forming (usually followed by to).
Okay, so maybe I don’t have a shrine in my basement devoted to rocks, but I’ve realized that almost every minute not spent at work, is spent climbing. Sizable chunk of free time? Oh yes – I climb during it.
Well, you know what? I dig it. It’s epic. Climbing is a heady combination of amazing things.
~  First of all, weather permitting, I get to spend time outside. In the sunshine. I don’t know about you, but being outdoors in the sunshine is just awesome. It makes me feel alive and I couldn’t imagine a lifestyle that didn’t involve the outdoors.
~  Next, climbing is a group activity when you want it to be, and a solo activity when you want it to be. It’s also awesome because you can aid others and vice versa. You aren’t competing with other humans; it’s you and the rock (well – besides competitions). Personally, I love that it a sport that Max and I do together – it’s such an awesome thing for couples to do.
~  Climbing also gets your heart racing. It’s a full on adrenaline sport, but at the same time you have to use your brain and be intelligent.
~  Then, there’s still the fact that it is a fantastic form of exercise and gets you in killer shape. Cool thanks.
Now I’m going to make you jealous with all my adventure living 😀
Last weekend, Max and I spent Saturday morning top-roping outdoors for the first time at Quincy Quarries thanks to Rock Spot Climbing. A great guy named Geoff showed myself, Max and a few others how to tie some knots, but mainly we just got a feeling for climbing long routes outdoors. I loved it.
Quincy QuarriesAfterwards, Max and I continued on to Rock Spot Climbing in Dedham since we were already in the area and bouldered for a good amount of time afterwards. I donated $2 to write my name on the wall as well, so my name will forever me in Dedham. They also have a hula hoop, and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know about me and hoops. It made me miss mine and I’m probably going to order two new ones after this post.
On Monday, Max bit the bullet and bought his own crash pad, so we of course had to test it out that day. We did a short climbing session at Goddard Park but then I got grouchy and the sun went down, so that was that. Tuesday was a fun day for me because I got to go to the Sysco Food Show in Newport and drink free wine and eat free food. Wednesday I climbed at Rock Spot and Friday I spent the day outdoors walking Hunter at Goddard Park and swimming and hiking at Carrs Pond with some peeps.
Saturday and Sunday were breeds of their own. Max and I did a Top-Roping 101 course at Snake Den with Josh and Christina. Our instructor, Paul (who I have the goal of befriending. I need climbing friends), taught us how to do all sorts of things to make sure we don’t die when top-roping outside. Between the four of us we’ve got it down pretty darn good, and now all I have to do is buy the equipment. Lucky for me I have a job! Stay tuned for that purchase, there will most likely be pictures.
After Snake Den, Max and I took a short break then drove to Lincoln Woods to do some bouldering. I top-ed out on two routes!! Not mega-easy ones, either. My strength is growing and I can’t wait to push myself on these routes all summer and full!
Flash forward to today, where after work, Max and I took a walking tour of Lincoln Woods and the bouldering problems to be held there by a lovely lady names Kris. Climbing people are so nice – Max and I even swapped e-mails with the kids in the tour, so we may have a climbing group in the works! Wahwahweewah.
So yeah.. that’s why I’m tired. I spent many hours this weekend outdoors, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now I just need to start riding again and I’ll be one happy girl this summer.
Hula hoop shopping time! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, stay awesome.