It’s like I’ve traveled through colonial America.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Habari Gani, and happy holidays ALL AROUND!!! I hope you have all enjoyed your holidays and that they have been filled with good people, conversation, fun and food 🙂
Let’s catch up! As the title suggests, I’ve been hopping all over the place ever since I arrived in (1) New York from Ireland.
On Monday morning, Madre dropped me off at the train station so I could head up to Boston for a couple days! It seems petty, but I really wanted to see Rachel and all my friends at school before finals ended and everyone scattered for winter break.
salad that I packed in a tupperware for a midmorning snack
(P.s. the train left from (2) Connecticut, and went through (3) Rhode Island before arriving in (4) Massachusetts.)
Upon arriving in Boston, Rachel kindly picked me up at the train station. We hugged, [almost] cried, and went straight to lunch at a bucket list place. As we do.
Al’s Cafe was a two minute walk from the station and perfect for us hungry ladies. The item to get was the large meatball sub. Since we were quite hungry, we also ordered a large steak and onion sub.
But guys, when they say “large”, they actually mean MAMMOTH. These sandwiches are the size of freaking baseball bats!! Two feet, more or less.
We split them, and although we ate a decent portion of them, they still made for a good 2.5 meals. They’re super delicious and cheap to boot!
I saw as many people as possible while in Boston, and it was just delightful. I couldn’t stop smiling.
my friend Kelsey so sweetly made a welcome home sign for me ♥︎ ♥︎ ♥︎
Rachel’s Christmas gift to me was also spot on.
We tackled one more bucket list place on Tuesday morning – the Thinking Cup for a cup of coffee.
I don’t drink coffee, so this was actually my first full cup of coffee EVER. I got a cappuccino, and it was…fine.
I had to add a little sugar to make it more palatable, but I finished the whole thing, so I didn’t dislike it.
A tasty Greek yogurt cup for my real food.
I had a little over 24 hours with Rachel, as I had to drop her off at the airport at 1pm, but those 24 hours were worth it!
I was pretty sleep deprived but also antsy at this point, so I took a long walk after dropping her off, which made me feel a lot better.
Then I went to Mass at the Catholic Center, followed by dinner with Joe and girl talk with Fiona and Kelsey before I had to head back to NY.
‘Twas a beautiful thing to reunite with some of my favorite people in Boston, even if just for a couple days.
I started my day with a Popsugar cardio-kickboxing-sculpt-something-basic-girls-do workout, and then my parents and I took my great-aunt out for a Korean lunch!
Korean short ribs might be my favorite meat ever
In the afternoon, I had to unpack and re-pack for Florida and Texas (more to come on Texas later).
That night, we picked up my brother from work in the city and rode into the sunset for (5) Maryland, our first pit stop in our road trip to Florida. We passed through (6) New Jersey, (7) Pennsylvania, and (8) Delaware.
My cousins came to our hotel to have breakfast with us, so I moved and grooves super quickly with this < 10 minute body weight countdown workout before going to the lobby for a nice complimentary breakfast (yay for Marriott!) with the fam.
Always fun to see these cuties (and my aunt and uncle, who are also cute 🙂 ).
Then it was time to hit the road again! We drove through (9) Virginia before arriving in (10) North Carolina for the night.
Cracker Barrel for dinner! One of the most satisfying meals there ever was.
complimentary biscuits and cornbread (praaaaise) + lemon pepper trout with sweet carrots, steamed broccoli, and mac and cheese + apple pecan crumble pie a la mode to share for dessert
I utilized the exercise room for a 20 minute workout before breakfast.
plus a hard boiled egg
The last leg of our journey included (11) South Carolina and (12) Georgia before we finally reached (13) Florida! A total of 19 driving hours later…yowza.
lunch on the road — Madre’s fantastic Asian pork and egg sandwich on Jewish rye bread (what a tasty combo, honestly)
We celebrated our arrival with dinner at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant!
Ben and I also watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that night, which was unfortunately quite unsatisfactory compared to the book. There’s just SO MUCH HAPPENING IN THE BOOK.
I got to sleeeeeep innnnnn (sort of, I went to bed at 2 am).
We ate breakfast, cleaned the house, exercised, and also I massaged Madre on our new portable massage table (that I requested ever since I started giving massages in Ireland)!
We went to the Christmas vigil Mass in the evening, which was wonderful and so joyful! The Lord has come!
Then we drove to our friends’ place for Christmas Eve feasting and fellowship.
I was up and at ’em early(ish), not for presents under the tree but to prepare brunch for the family. Just as exciting, in my opinion! I made Ben my sous chef 🙂
I made square, muffin-sized quiches, and Ben helped me make cinnamon rolls, Canadian bacon, and turkey sausage.
individual quiches = more buttery crust surface area (I used this crust recipe and this quiche recipe as a guide)
mini frittatas with the extra egg mixture that couldn’t fit into the quiches
in pajamas — the best way to do Christmas brunch
used the Minimalist Baker’s recipe!
Not gonna lie, Ben and I crushed the brunch game. We were all mighty happy clams all day after this meal!
Other Christmas happenings: more massages, a nap, yoga, and a visit to Disney Springs after dinner! Disney Springs is basically like Disney’s own little city with lots of shops and restaurants.
a couple white dudes freestyle rapping — entertaining for sure haha
We walked around for a good 2+ hours, weaving in and out of the surprisingly dense crowd.
the decorations were beautiful! (Disney only does aesthetically-pleasing everything, or else it’s not Disney.)
Hoooooooowee. That’s a lot of catching up to digest, isn’t it? Just like how my stomach has a lot of digesting to do from brunch yesterday STILL. More on that in tomorrow’s post though!
So tell me:
Two things you did for Christmas/the holidays this weekend!
Does your family have any Christmas/holiday traditions?
Something outrageous, funny, or exciting you witnessed in the past week.