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Four Years

Four years ago I stepped out of a Bolt Bus from New York and found myself in the middle of my first Boston blizzard. My only two local friends picked me up at South Station and delivered me to my new apartment in nearby Somerville. My roommates were complete strangers, my upstairs neighbors were the noisiest Boston townies I’ve ever encountered, and my first day of grad school (at a school I’d never even visited) was the next day. I was a little nervous. So that night, I did the one thing that always brings me comfort — I went grocery shopping. I spent more than a few minutes scraping the ice and snow off my car, and though I’d only been living in Massachusetts for about two hours, I felt like I’d already become a tough New Englander. I kind of liked it.

On Monday I celebrated my four-year Bostoversary by reminiscing about that snowy night and doing a few of my favorite things — grocery shopping (Costco and Market Basket), going to the gym, and eating an array of delicious pastries from Modern (chocolate mousse, rum cake, and a chocolate florentine, in case you were wondering).

I love celebrating my Bostoversary because I’m crazy about Boston. In all the seven years I spent in Utah, I never felt at home there. And while I love Northern Virginia and the area where I grew up, it’s changed so much in the last 10+ years that I don’t even know my way around my own hometown anymore.

I just spent too many minutes scanning through pictures from the last four years to see what Boston-y goodies I could find. Here are a few randoms…

We love Newport for its mansions, seafood, and coastal views. We’re members of The Preservation Society of Newport County so we can get into all the houses and tours anytime.

 

It’s nice to know the Ben & Jerry’s factory is just a state away. It’s also nice to have about a million ice cream shops within walking distance of our house.

 

The key to surviving a Boston winter is to stay inside a lot.

 

Sometimes (OK, one time) we go lobster fishing in Maine.

 

Tim and I each eat an apple a day. They’re best when we’ve picked them ourselves.

 

I’m happiest when I’m near the ocean. This was off the Gloucester coast.

 

Portland is frigid in the winter. But the lighthouse is pretty.

Boston has been so good to me — I earned my master’s degree, I found a dreamy husband, and I birthed a really cute baby here. I’m looking forward to more great years in the Bay State!

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Comments: 4

  1. Kate January 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm Reply

    No kidding I watched a show on bakeries last night and Modern Pastry was the #1 bakery in the US and I was coveting SO bad. So jealous you get to go anytime ;) Looks like a beautiful city!

  2. Page February 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm Reply

    Looking at your picture of the snowed-in car makes me feel so weird, like snow is so foreign to me now after skipping a winter. I don’t think I will ever love San Antonio. We need to visit Boston.

  3. Lauren February 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

    ahhhh! congrats on 4 years! i think i was practically at 4 years when i moved out and you took my room at porter road! i loved this post and it made me miss boston SOOOOO much!

  4. Michael Visser April 2, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

    These pictures made me really homesick for New England. I can’t believe how fast time flies.

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