A Rough Start

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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We had a rough start to our apartment hunt:


Eek! For just $1750 per month, you can rent this gem of an apartment!


Mal is actually laughing in this photo!

Oh well. We’ve got a whole slew of friend-recommended realtors to work with now. I know we can find something better!


After seeing a few not-so-great apartments, Mal and I needed a beer, so we stopped into The Playwright for dinner and a couple of drinks.


The Playright is a cool place. I liked the vibe.


As soon as I saw Allagash White on the menu, I had to order one. It’s one of my favorite beers ever! I didn’t even read the rest of the menu.

The Playwright has a surprisingly nice selection of beers! 😀


Mmmm… beer! Don’t I look exhausted in this photo? 😕


For dinner, I ordered two side dishes: grilled asparagus and sweet potato fries.

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Both were excellent and exactly what I wanted for dinner.


Mal and I were chatting away over dinner, so we ordered a second round of drinks.


After paying our bill at The Playwright, we headed to my friend’s apartment for a small gathering. We caught up over a glass of white wine and some appetizers.


I wasn’t hungry, but I munched on a few. It’s tough when delicious food is sitting right in front of me!


Look at me. Man, I NEED sleep!


And, on that note, I am off to bed!

Night, guys!



  1. Sorry that your apartment hunting didn’t go well. When my boyfriend and I were looking for apartments, one of the places we looked at looked as though a fire had ruined the whole thing and they were redoing it when they showed it to us. Ugh!

    I love your dinner though! Looks yummy!! Get some sleep!

  2. Oh my gosh!! That apartment is hilarious- I can’t believe they’d show it in that condition. Oh wait, I can! An old apartment I rented was shown to me like that, but I stupidly chose to rent it even though it was a mess as they promised to clean it up. Little did I know, the whole apartment building was the ultimate party house. It was a terrible experience!

  3. Oh boy – the apartments you can find in the Boston area are definitely scary – once those college kids move off campus, WATCH OUT! Haha.

    I’ve never had Allagash White – what’re the flavors like?

  4. 1. Disgusting apartment – who lives like that?
    2. Looks like a fun bar for drinks and snacks!
    3. Yummy food.
    Hope you can get plenty of rest this weekend!

  5. Ugh! Apt hunting can be awful. Once we looked at one in Allston that smelled so bad I almost passed out. That smell wasn’t going away no matter how many windows you opened! Good luck. If you are looking in Southie you may also want to check out some parts of Dorchester. We have lived here for almost 4 years and absolutely love it!

  6. Can I just say that when I saw your dinner I laughed extremely hard because I went out to dinner with my cousin but I want feelin a real “meal” of sorts so I opted for a dinner of zucchini fries and a baked sweet potato while she got this elaborate pasta pesto lobster dish. I think my meal constitutes the exact opposite of what you ate for dinner! Love it, haha!

  7. I’ll be honest, I think you look pretty awesome! That apartment is gross – why wouldn’t you clean it if you knew people were coming to look?! Ugh.

    Asparagus/sweet potato fries/beer = perfect dinner!

  8. What realtor would show you such a filthy mess?! Disgusting!! I know 2 really good realtors, if you want their names I can shoot you an email.

  9. I love your dinner of asparagus and sweet potato fries – on many nights that’s exactly the type of food I would crave but I would hesitate to order it since my fellow diners would give me a hard time “are you dieting? why arent you eating?” even though I just LIKE veggies!

  10. Oh my goodness, I just had to leave you a comment to let you know that I think I saw the EXACT same apartment several years ago when I was hunting, LOL! It was like a scene out of Animal House, and smelled like cigs, booze, dogs, and dirty boys. There were beer cans and solo cups full of cigarette butts all over the place, and they had left their beer pong table set up in the middle of the living room! Oh, and they had an ENORMOUS 72 inch TV. Haha! thanks for the memories 🙂

  11. OMG that apartment is HORRIBLE! I’m trying to think of the WORST apartment I was in when I was in college and none of them even compares. One of my worst nightmares is I start to date a guy and he brings me back to a place like that!

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