Life Update – Everything’s Comin’ Up Molly

I’m here, I’m well rested, I’m caffeinated. Let’s ride this train.

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Rather than a post about cheap stuff, here’s a post about why I haven’t been posting about cheap stuff. Exactly what you came here for.  You’re welcome.

August has been a packed month with lots of wedding planning, mini vacations, and working my booty off.  I restrain myself from posting a lot of “life is freakin’ awesome!” tweets because no one wants to be that guy but lately, life is freakin’ awesome.

As I write this, my wedding is in 32 days. Excuse me while I hyperventilate. All the wedding magazines tell you to just have fun!!! while you’re planning this major event.  I’m here to tell you they’re all in denial. It’s not fun. There’s no part of it that’s fun (ok maybe trying on dresses was fun.) It’s months of questions and decisions and money flying out of your bank account. Now, a month out, I can finally say I’m excited. The celebrations are beginning and it’s less about choosing napkin colors and more about spending time with people we don’t get to see often. And counting down the days until we’re on a beach in Aruba, there’s always that.

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Our annual trip to Maine started with a quick 6 hour jaunt to the ER – my first! In case you didn’t know, kidney stones are super painful and super scary when it wakes you up at 3am unable to move.  On our trip to Maine two years ago I attempted to climb the Beehive and couldn’t do it. Part of it was fear but most of it was the fact that I was so far out of shape I was huffing and puffing a few minutes in. I was determined to redeem myself this year and no kidney stone was going to hold me back. (Fast forward a few days when I’m back at the doctor finding out my low back is in spasm and I shouldn’t have gone hiking at all but shhhhh.)

I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this on the blog but I now work at a gym. Aside from my hours there as a Massage Therapist, I’ve become a full blown gym rat.  I exercise regularly with a trainer, in classes, and solo, and get restless if I can’t. All this has built muscle (tickets to the gun show are on sale now), but more importantly confidence. I trust my body again. Does that sound weird? I went so long thinking “I can’t do that.” Spinning classes? Nope. Weight lifting? Nah. Climb a mountain? Definitely not an option. I do all three now, with enthusiasm.

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Speaking of massage, I now feel fully transitioned into this new odd-houred career and I am LOVING it. Almost every shift I get a wave of “yes! This is what I’m meant to be doing!” and let me tell ya – that. is. awesome. There are some fun and exciting possibilities on the horizon, too.  If you’re interested in following along, go over and LIKE my massage Facebook page.

How’ve you been, sweet readers?

Where you won’t find me this summer

Confession: I haven’t been following my own advice.  I haven’t been making the most out of life in Boston during these hot-but-not-completely-miserable-actually summer days. It seems like every spare moment is spent nailing down yet another detail for the wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I am SUPER excited for the big day.  But at this point, I’m looking forward to it being OVER.

Other than that my days have been filled with reading (hint: don’t read Stephen King while alone at night, Molly, you dummy), cooking (another successful Whole30 is almost in the books), and exercising (which I actually love now, WHO HAVE I BECOME?)


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(Also – eating a probably unhealthy amount of watermelon)

Other than another squishy addition to the family – my nephew, Griffin, born on June 23 and so stinkin’ cute – I haven’t done anything new. And isn’t that my “brand”? Trying new things around Boston, finding new ways to have fun? I’ve been feeling slightly angsty about that.

When I started Wicked Cheap in 2010, I was newly unemployed and had nothing to do but discover (and cry about the fact that I couldn’t find a job but let’s gloss over that fact for now). I had done relatively little exploring in Boston before then so EVERYTHING was new. Now I’ve been around the block and that whole “been there, done that” attitude is starting to sink in.

There are, obviously, things I haven’t done. Some of those fall on my “I’ll do that…after the wedding” list and some of them fall on my “I mean, it would be a good blog post but…eh” list.

So now I give you: Things In Boston Molly Doesn’t Want To Do

1. Outdoor fitness

Free outdoor fitness classes are all over the place this summer. Proof: check out Boston On Budget’s comprehensive list.  You could get your sweat on in the great out doors every day of the week if you wanted to.  There’s the rub: if you WANTED to. I do not WANT to. Since starting my job at a gym, I’ve become something of a gym rat. I work out four days a week (you can go ahead and congratulate me now). The best part of the gym? TEMPERATURE CONTROL. I can’t really think of something I want to do less than sweating my butt off in the classic Boston humidity.

2. Outdoor movies

Are you getting the idea that I don’t like to be outdoors in the summer? You are very perceptive. Along with a plethora of outdoor fitness, there’s a huge selection of outdoor movie nights going on around the city this year.  You will find me at none of them.

3. Shakespeare in The Park

For the 18th year, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is up and running in the Boston Common.  This is something I’ve actually tried.  Last year, I headed over to catch their production of Two Gentlemen of Verona which was getting rave reviews.  I lasted about ten minutes.  This is nothing to say about the company, the actors, the production, etc.  This is everything to say about my ability to comprehend Shakespeare when I’m not reading it slowly and with Spark Notes.  I’m confident in my other intellectual abilities enough that I’m ok with this. If you want to give it a shot, check out Twelfth Night Tuesdays through Sundays at the Parkman Band Stand.

Yes, I just tricked myself into writing a blog post about stuff I didn’t want to write a blog post about. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED.

Goldstar, Music, and Bedazzled Suspenders

Living in one place for a while, it’s easy to get into a routine.  You visit the same coffee shops, go to the same restaurant, take the same walk, work on that butt imprint in your couch.  You find favorites and stop messing with a good thing. I’ll admit, in the winter months, that is 100% ok with me.  I’m not up for exploring or trying new things when it’s 5 degrees and icy.  No thanks. But come Spring and Summer, I’m itching for a change of scenery and fun excursions.

(Get ready, I’m about to plug my own work)

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This is part of the reason why I started contributing over at The Boston Day Book. Have you checked it out? Get on it! By committing to sharing my favorite cheap date ideas, I’ve actually had to, you know, go on those dates. (You don’t need a Dr. Fiance or Significant Other to enjoy any of the dates I share, though.  They’re all enjoyable with friends or even alone!)

It’s also why I started looking for Boston experiences that I haven’t…experienced…yet. (I’m only one sip into my ice coffee right now, bare with my lack of vocabulary).

I had heard of Goldstar for a while but hadn’t ever used the service, which sells tickets online for events, shows, and attractions at a discount. I liked to keep my eye on the emails from Goldstar to see what was going on and a few weeks ago a show caught my eye – Great Gatsby Night with the Boston Pops.  I’ve only seen the Boston Pops perform during their Christmas season and was eager to see one of their summertime shows (except not the concert on the 4th. You would need to pay me a large sum to sit out on the Esplanade all dang day with a bunch of patriotic hooligans. I mean…I’m sure it’s a lovely event…)

I got tickets for the way-back of Symphony Hall for $12 each (half off the regular price).

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The first half was what I expected, with the Pops playing pieces from the 1920s and Keith Lockhart being adorbs.

But then! The second half! New York based band The Hot Sardines shared the stage with the Pops.  They describe themselves as “Liquor-Drinking Jazz” and it’s appropriate.  They’re boozey and blustery and SO MUCH FUN. The set started with “Paris In The Springtime” and the energy during the break down was infectious. Mine weren’t the only toes a-tapping – part of their rhythm section is a tap dancer! I repeat, SO MUCH FUN.

This is what can happen when you decide to do something just-slightly-different.  You can pay $12 to watch a world class orchestra play with an amazing jazz band that makes you want to wear bejeweled suspenders (did I mention the singer, Miz Elizabeth wore bejeweled suspenders?) and learn to tap dance.

By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post and I’m not working with Goldstar (or the Pops…or the Hot Sardines….BUT I WOULD).