• The Most Wonderful Time Of Year

    December 2, 2012

    The holidays really are the most wonderful time of year. I’m already throughly enjoying the season and yesterday was full of friends, fun, and (holiday) festivities!

    Workout

    My day started with a CrossFit workout, which was the re-test for the Paleo Challenge benchmark, so we did Jackie again.

    WOD

    Paleo Challenge Benchmark

    “Jackie”

    1000m row

    50 thrusters

    30 Pull-ups

    I don’t know what happen to me yesterday. I was pumped to do Jackie and wanted to blow my previous time out of the water, but then… I don’t know what happened. I just struggled during the entire WOD. Blah.

    The last time I did Jackie, I plowed through the Thrusters and only rested a few times. This time, however, I only managed to do 10 reps at a time before dropping the bar. I guess I went too hard on the row because I was gassed for the Thrusters and wasted so much time on them. The Pull-ups weren’t as bad this time, but they still ate up quite a bit of time for me. I finished 4 seconds slower than my previous “Jackie” time, which, obviously, is not a big deal, but I’m still kind of bummed. I really thought I was going to knock off some serious time. Oh, well. I’ll get ya next time, Jackie!

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    After CrossFit, Mal and I headed home to shower and eat lunch. A couple of hours later, we met some CrossFit friends at Cagney’s for some day drinking.

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    Back in the day, I used to go Cagney’s all the time when it was a total dive, so I was really surprised when our friends suggested it—like, why the heck would they want to go there? Well, I was pleasantly surprised when Mal and I pulled up and saw it had received a makeover. Cagney’s is so nice now—both inside and out! Their menu was completely revamped too. I’m a big fan now!

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    It was fun getting together with CrossFit friends outside of the box!

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    Kerrie and me!

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    After a few hours at Cagney’s, Mal and I said goodbye and headed into Boston to meet Elizabeth and Nick for dinner and some holiday fun. We met at their condo and then took a cab together to Faneuil Hall, which was all decked out for the holidays.

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    So pretty!

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    The most wonderful time of year!

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    Dinner

    After wandering around Faneuil Hall for a little while, we went to Anthem for dinner. Nick raved about this place, so I was excited to eat there.

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    We started with the Four Cheese Fondue with toasted (and buttered) ciabatta as an appetizer. The fondue was a little watery, but the flavor was excellent.

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    For my entrée, I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Drumettes, which came with bleu cheese crumbles and ranch dressing. Holy yum. I loved these—tender with lots of buffalo flavor.

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    I also ordered a side of Brussels sprouts with bacon.

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    After dinner, we had about an hour to kill before Blink!, a “light and sound extravaganza” in Faneuil Hall, so we headed to a nearby bar to kill some time. I ordered an Angry Orchard hard cider. Elizabeth told me about Angry Orchard a few weeks ago, so I was excited to finally try it. It’s really tasty and not super sweet like some of the other ciders on the market. It’s a great beer alternative for me!

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    A few minutes before 9:00, we headed outside to see the Blink! show, which was awesome. It was a 3-minute song and light performance where the holiday lights around Faneuil Hall blinked to the beat of the songs that played. We planted ourselves in the middle of the action, but it was neat to see passersby stop in their tracks and enjoy the performance too. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and a must-see if you’re in the area.

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    Question of the Day

    Which do you prefer: colored lights or white lights? 

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    { 64 comments… read them below or add one }

    Kelly@BalancedDaily December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Brussels sprouts and bacon seem like the perfect pairing. I definitely prefer white lights to colored lights. My 10 year old self would argue the opposite, but white lights just seem a lot classier and less tacky. However that huge tree in Faneuil Hall decorated with colored lights looks amazing! I miss Boston :(

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    Michelle (Peachy Palate) December 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    White lights all the way!

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    You’re SO making me miss Boston with those pictures. Hands down one of my favorite cities.

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    Laura@ Eat Right Newsletter December 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    White lights are so classy and remind me of snow a little bit! This time of year makes me so happy! All the pictures you took of the holiday scenery are gorgeous! That hard cider sounds really good too!

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    Michelle December 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    what camera do you use to get such great pictures of christmas lights in Fanueil Hall?

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    Tina December 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I use (and love) the Canon S95! :)

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    Trisha December 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Definitely white lights. Though I am a sucker for those cheesy looking multi-colored large bulbs for a fun, kitcschy conversation piece.
    The only time I ever visited Boston was for my birthday a few years ago (December 2nd) & Faneuil Hall was all lit up just like this. I prefer to think of it as always looking this way. :)

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    Holly December 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    That is really beautiful…but, I have to ask, what kind of boots are you wearing? The are just what I’m looking for-so cute!

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