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…
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!