Back Up And Spinning: Part Two (Folk Cats At A Wedding)


Part one of my reintroduction mentioned that I was busy with the fundraiser, but I’ve also had a lot of other stuff to keep up on. Babies, weddings, work and whatnot. You know how it can be. It’s a double edge sword, you want enough to do in your life to stay interested but when you’re writing about it, you also need time to write about it all!

This last week was jammed packed. Maybe everything should be broken up into different posts, but hey, I’m just getting back after a hiatus and need to ease into everything. This weekend wasn’t really supposed to be that full of activities, we were just going to a wedding and the folk fest was going on.

Acro-Cats 2015 Sign

That all changed Thursday. I was sitting at the desk job, and good old VanyaLand (love that blog, check it out) had an article about the Acro-Cats and I recognized the act from an Animal Planet show. Turns out, they were in town! Obviously, we had to go!!

Acro-Cats 2015

I don’t remember a time when I have laughed more. Seriously. The show started with simple tricks by a few of the cats but the three ladies running the show added great commentary between everything.

The audience were also participants, laughing and shouting for all the cats as they went through hoops, climbed poles and darted across the stage. A few times, the cats joined us in the seats! My favorite tricks included the applause sign which was lit when one cat would hit a button and when they would climb up above six feet and hop down onto the back of the trainers.

Acro-Cats Collage

Tuna was the star of the show, but the other cats were equally adorable. Above is Tuna on the cowbell and the rest of the cats up close. There was a meet and great after the show. Most of the cats don’t like to be pet, but one cat was gracious enough to let us snuggle.

There were a lot of kids in the audience so the show wrapped up pretty early, which was nice since Mr. Richard and I had to get to a wedding the next day in Western Massachusetts.

We get Wedding Guest Fancy

The wedding was beautiful. A work friend, we went for the groom and his now wife planned a wonderful day. Every detail was covered for the entire day; it was like a twelve hour day! We ended up leaving early, with me feeling that it would best to get a little of everything and do more than burn out on one thing.

Lowell Canals

Sunday, we woke up early to get back in time for the Lowell Folk Fest. I was a little upset, we were only about forty-five minutes late and still missed the pierogis! We parked by the Swamp Locks in the canals so our walk over to the festival was really pretty.

Trolley Selfies at the Lowell Folk Fest

We also managed to catch the trolley and have a scenic ride over to the food. The food! Oh my goodness, the selection of food is overwhelming. We immediately got in line for the Polish tent and I had Mr. Richard wait while I got drinks and samosas. We ate those while we waited but unfortunately, as I mentioned, the pierogis were gone.

It was sad, but I instead filled up on some Greek dessert, a fried dough with honey and nuts while Mr. Richard had some spinach pie. We topped everything with ice cream. It was a delicious mixture! My little cousin works the ice trucks and had a gyro which looked amazing as well.

Lowell Folk Fest 2015 Art Walk

After feeling stuffed, we walked down the artist way, and this year had some fantastic artists, particularly the fabric arts. I really fell in love with the different textiles. It was a beautiful contrast to have traditional African or Caribbean fabrics contrasted with the North American styles Lowell is known for.

Lowell Folk Fest Art Walk

Of course, they do demonstrations and you can purchase items if you’re so inclined!

Boarding Park Stage Folk Fest 2015

At the end of the walk, we were at Boarding Park Stage and it was an Armenian act. They really got the crowd going, a lot of folks got up to dance and celebrate the culture. I don’t know how many times I can say it, I love Lowell for it’s diversity and this folk fest is really the perfect example of it all.

Indian Dance Collage Folk Fest 2015

Before we headed back around, we managed to catch a talented act out of a Brookline, MA Indian dance school. These girls were incredible! I took a ton of pictures and videos because all of it was stunning. The hair, make up, saris and of course, the dance moves were all gorgeous.

See, they were amazing! I do try to keep it all different and interesting, so make sure you check out the social media pages like Facebook and Instagram for even more footage.

Lowell Canals by Swamp Locks

As we headed back to the canals for the tour, we found some really great spots for taking pictures, I hope to go down there next weekend at some point for a little side project. We also learned a lot about Lowell, including the original settlers, the immigrants that maintained what the settlers started and how we got where we are today.

Lowell Canal Boat Tour

The tour also focused a bit on the environment. Due to the industrial nature, the river was so polluted but now it’s up to a class B which means you can now swim in it. I remember how it worked it’s way up! The river used to be absolutely horrible.

The whole day was really informative but I was exhausted by the end of the entire weekend. I spent Sunday catching up on some TV with my feet up, somehow trying to write some posts. Tonight when I get home though, I plan on doing some cataloging so everything catches back up to steam by mid-week.

Part of the blogging hiatus was spent planning how the blog would look coming back. I’ve broken down the “Things Randomly Related to the Collection” section into even more. It was a lot of work on the backend of things so it’s not super noticeable but do check out the category section on the right or bottom of any post to explore!

There’s sections now! Life Updates, Concerts, Record Stores and more. It’ll be easier to find anything you’re looking for, well, that’s the goal anyway! What else? I hoping to include a weekly events schedule on Sundays too so you can catch local Boston music too.

Back Up And Spinning


It has been over a month now since my last post and I do apologize! As many of you know, I had been working on a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and it really ate up a lot more time than I expected. We had 50/50 raffles, a bar night and bake sales over the last two months so it really felt like every moment outside of the day job was focused on fundraising.

I did still manage to do a lot of fun things that I wanted to share with y’all but just didn’t have the time to get posts up so I’m going to dive into the last two months’ activities here. Well, not really June since it really didn’t end with a bang or any sort of music related activity.

Fourth of July fireworks 2015

You know what’s kind of odd? Mr. Richard and I have been roommates for nearly a decade now and we’ve never watched fireworks together. They’re loud, you usually get ash in your face and the smokey smell is kinda obnoxious. However, in the interest of new experiences and adventures, we went out to Revere Beach on the Fourth this year to watch the fireworks with friends and listen to one of the Grateful Dead’s last shows.

Roomie selfies on Revere beach 7/4/15

Fireworks on Revere beach 7/4/2015

The fireworks were simply spectacular and one of the best private displays I’ve seen. We were on a private beach and the entire mile must have had set ups every few feet. The fireworks went off for hours all down the beach. I posted some time lapse videos on social media so make sure you’re following along!

Mr. Richard screen fun

After some of the main fireworks set ups had calmed down, we went back to our friend’s to listen to the Dead. As you can tell, we had a bit of fun with the screen and trippy graphics. It felt a bit like college again but I suppose that feeling is heightened by the fact we ran into one of our friends from back in the day. That’s New England. So small town, you can never really escape people you know!

After hanging with hippies for the Fourth, we needed a little hip hop back in our lives so the roomie and I hit up Boston’s Hip Hop festival at the Middle East in Cambridge. We got there a little late, which was unfortunate because we missed out on some great acts, but I did get to see some of my favorites! I really would have liked to get the festival it’s own post, but it just never happened.

STL GLD Hip Hop Fest 2015

We walked in for STL GLD’s set so right off the bat, I was happy. If you are following along with my social media pages, you know I’m currently obsessing over the group. I dare say, I’m even fan girling out over them. The best part about seeing them live is the energy. Between the Arcitype’s insane musical skills and ability, Moe Pope’s lyrical content and delivery and Chris Talken’s hype man screams, you really can’t just sit still.

There’s a listening party coming up in August for their new EP and I’m overly excited. If you can make it out, do so. You’ll be bummed if you miss one of the first chances to hear their new tracks.

Akrobatik Hip Hop Fest 2015

Up next was Akrobatik. Mr. Richard is very familiar with his work, me not so much. Sometimes, it just becomes overwhelming to keep up with everyone’s discography. Despite this, I still greatly enjoyed his fifteen minutes and wanted more time on stage.

Reks Hip Hop Fest 2015

A smoke break later and we were back inside in time for Reks. Again, Mr. Richard is more familiar than I am, but I’m definitely planning on listening more. We’ve seen him live before so by now, I should really have some of his songs under my belt. I also need to figure out where he got tattooed, I really like his arm ones!

Dutch ReBelle Hip Hop Fest 2015

Dutch ReBelle was the last act I managed to snag some pictures of. Unfortunately, right after her set, I felt horrible. My stomach was apparently trying to escape my body and it felt like it was about to bust through my belly button to do so.

Any time I get to see Dutch ReBelle, I’m there for it. You all know this by now. This 15 minute set of hers was one of the best showings I’ve personally seen from her.

All of the acts at the Hip Hop fest, even the ones not mentioned here are phenomenal. It’s refreshing to take a break from the same 20 songs on the radio that all seem to contain the same lyrics and music and actually listen to something authentic.

OTEBoston 2015 Rappel

As I mentioned above, the Special Olympics fundraiser ate up a lot of time, but it’s over with now. What an exhilarating day! I rappelled twenty two stories down the side of the Hyatt in Boston and raised nearly $1,100 for the Special Olympics! My team raised over 24K!

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It was an incredibly humbling experience, and not just because you’re on a ledge 22 stories above the city, but because you get to meet these amazing athletes that give their all and never give up. We say they should have limitations, but they don’t. They’re strong. They’re smart. They’re determined. And lastly, they’re beautiful. Inside and out.

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I was honored to have my girls with me this year. I honestly can’t believe I talked them into this!

As if rappelling a building wasn’t enough for one weekend, Outside the Box made its return to Boston that same weekend. I wasn’t familiar or into most of the acts and since I was so busy, it was convenient to skip out on most days. I’m sure I did miss out on a lot, but I was focused on getting there Sunday to see Shea Rose.

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I overslept was and was kind of pooped so we didn’t make it until Air Traffic Controller was on stage for Sunday’s events, but they put on a great show. Boston’s music seen is so diverse but you can get lost in one genre so it’s nice to see acts you normally wouldn’t.

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Shea Rose absolutely slayed her performance. I mean slayed. She always does, but this performance featured a medley at the end of all cover songs. It was epic! I posted some footage on social media and the divine Miss Shea even shared one of the pictures herself.

Honestly, since the show was last week and I’ve been to a cat circus, wedding and folk fest since, I’m not really doing it justice. I would really suggest trolling around for videos of the event. It’s a great, free festival and more arts should be public like this.

There’s so much more, especially from this last weekend, including the Lowell Folk Fest so I’m going to break up this post into two parts. Look for part two tomorrow and for your regularly scheduled vinyl posts to resume soon after!

End Of The Month Wrap Up: May 2015


I said I wanted to make May a more musical month and I did for sure. However, my mix of wanting to see love music, the Special Olympics fundraiser and just a tad bit of laziness didn’t make for an excellent cataloging and blog month. I do apologize for leaving you, my faithful followers hanging!!

Ea$y Money Preview Party

Like I said, it was a more musical month with mine and the roomie’s first trip out to Ea$y Money’s listening party for his new music. We found out about it because Mr. Richard is now interning for Killer Boombox. He’s starting up this week I believe so we’ll have some more events on the horizon and I’m really excited for him.

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The party was at AWOL, a sneaker and clothing store in Alston. It made for an intimate feel and Seduce vodka was there serving up some adult beverages. Pretty much everyone from the Boston rap and hip hop scene was there, Dutch ReBelle, members of STL GLD, etc. There happens to be a show coming up at the Middle East with all of them in a few months so if you’re in the area, be sure to look it up.

Ea$y Money at Preview Party

At times, it was a bit hard to hear the music, with everyone chatting but I do strongly recommend you head over to iTunes and download Ea$y Money’s new album ASAP. The samples used are dope, there were a few instances with the crowd singing along and his flow is damn on point too.

Piff Unit in Lawrence MA

That was the beginning of the month and we kept it pretty low key until last weekend. We ventured up to Lawrence. LawTown as they call it, LawlessTown as the roommate calls it. We went up because Dutch was going to be there, so as much as we did enjoy finding some new acts like Piff Unit, I was bummed she only performed Yen. Aside from Piff Unit (above), we also got some songs by Ea$y Money and Terminology.

Lumidee in Lawrence MA

Closing out the show was Lumidee. Since Lawrence does have that reputation, lights went up and security was quick to rush us out.  And by quick, I mean, I’m glad I didn’t need to us the rest room or anything because I’m sure they would have watched. We were rushed to waiting police, rushing everyone to their cars. It was a little intense.

When it was over with, it was still a great show. Dutch can always perform, even switching out mics mid song without missing a beat. Check out my Instagram for that!

June is the month of Boone – Pat Boone! I have pretty much scheduled those out so here’s hoping there’s no hiccups! I’m also planning on getting back to work on the blog. As much as I want to get back on it right away tonight, it’s getting late and I have a Special Olympian visiting my office tomorrow that I need to prepare for.

Raffles in the office every week, bake sales every two weeks and a bar night coming up! I’ve hit my initial goal for the fundraiser, but I’m hoping to have my whole team of 22 hit $30,000 for the Special Olympics. We have just under 50 days until the rappel down the Hyatt in Boston and are at almost at $18,000 so I think it’s very possible!

You can check out my fundraising page HERE (it’d be f*cking awesome if you donated) and follow along on the My Dad’s Albums Facebook page for a more personal look at my adventure from start to rappel day!

Over the Edge 2014 Collage

Weekly Record Store Wrap Up (3/30 – 4/5)


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This last Friday I was wandering around, checking out the anime convention in Boston as you can see above, and I noticed Underground Hip Hop was packed up! There was a building custodian locking up the front so I asked if they had moved. He said yes, so I had Mr. Richard look into it, and they haven’t actually found a new location. The online shop is up an running if you need a fix in the meantime, but if you were hoping to do a little physical crate digging, you’ll have to wait.

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Saturday finally marked our return to Garnick’s. It felt like it had been forever! The stacks were still piled high, but I feel like that’s just a given here. Bobby had found some random albums that didn’t have covers and weren’t in 100% great condition, so he tossed those in for free this week. It definitely pays to be regulars in a local shop!

Since it’s baseball season and that is by far my favorite sport, we picked up a disc of the greatest sports moments. I forget which decade exactly, but it has some really historic moments on it and I’m really excited to enter it. The roomie and I have tickets to a Sox game at the end of the month so I might try to time it up with that. I consider Fenway holy ground and get a little teary eyed walking down the hall of old logos after all!

I still need to pay for some more work on my car, but we managed to come out with a decent haul. On top of the two free discs and sporting one, we grabbed:

Before Dark (I’ll likely be posting this soon for Rainbow Week – a week focused on colored vinyl)

Marcia Griffiths single

Changing Faces feat. Jay Z

Sam Mangwana

And lastly, a various artists reggae LP

You may have noticed that some of my posts now have a footer with a little mention of my Over the Edge rappel in Boston for the Special Olympics. I’m my company’s tem leader and due to my extreme competitiveness, I want to raise more money than last year and be the top team for the event. I rappelled the 22 stories last year and it was one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences that I’ve ever had.

The Special Olympics were my first volunteering experience when I was a crappy, spoiled teenager and all of these years later, it’s nice to fully commit. I need YOUR help to do this though so I’m calling on my followers! Donate just $10.00 HERE to help out!! Imagine if just five of my followers donated ten dollars, that would be a quick $50!! What if ten people donated $10?! Mind blowing what just a few people can do!!

Every $500 we raise helps an athlete for a year. That covers transportation, securing locations, equipment, everything they need. When you think of it, it’s really not that much to cover an athlete so lets do it people!!

On that note, even though I’ll be celebrating next week with the Greek side of my family, Happy Easter everyone! Dawson wasn’t a fan of playing bunny and delivering baskets to the girls downstairs…

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End Of The Month Wrap Up: March 2015


March proved to be the end of winter / start of spring lull I expected. I honestly didn’t do much this month, barely even getting to record stores for my weekly updates.

I wanted to at least get out and get to one music related event, but I found myself working and when at home, being exceptionally lazy. I’m pretty sure my sofa now has an imprint of my ass. At least I got a new sofa and can get rid of the butt stamped one! I suppose that is one thing I did this month, order some new furniture and décor for the house.

I suppose my monthly updates will also be lacking from here until July, when I go Over the Edge again for the Special Olympics. I’m the team leader for my day job this year and I really hope to make it the biggest year to date. Last year, I raised over $1000.00 and this year, I want to raise at least $1500.00. I’ll need your help to do this so be sure to hop over to my donation page HERE and donate $10.00 to help me reach my goal! Below is some of the pictures from last year and I promise this year’s outfit will be even more spectacular!

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Weekly Record Store Wrap Up (3/23 – 3/29)


Or lack of record store update I should say…

What a week. By the end of it, I was really looking forward to our usual Saturday morning routine. Mr. Richard has been so busy with doctors and chasing the damn insurance company, his reviews have been sparse so he does apologize. I’ve also been busy with work and my manager announced he was moving to Philly, which as exciting as it’ll be for him, I’m pretty bummed. It’s also spring and still shitty out. My apologies for the language on here, but honestly, it’s been a long, torturous winter.

Then Saturday hit. The roomie was still feeling under the weather, it was a snowy, rainy day and I just still felt lazy. I didn’t even wake up until 11:00 and then just sat on the couch watching movies for a few hours. We didn’t leave the house, instead focusing on cleaning and organizing the house. Boring, I know, but needed.

In other news, I’m going Over the Edge again this year! If you’ve been following for the last year or so, you know I participated in this fundraiser last year and I think it would be really awesome if some of my followers donated! I usually hate to ask for things, but this is for the Special Olympics, a foundation I 100% believe in. You can check out last year’s rappel HERE and donate HERE if you’d like!

If you’ve been following on social media, you know I’m hoping to not only meet my goal but surpass it by at least a few hundred. Every $500 I raise covers one athlete in Massachusetts. I’ll be posting more about the event throughout the next few months and am even thinking of a raffle on Instagram!

A Peek Inside The Music Room Part Two


The clean up and finishing of the record room took a bit longer than I hoped but I should have known better since I do procrastinate a bit. There was a lot to do, and I documented each step so check it out!

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Mr. Richard painted all the new crates we picked up. This meant all of the albums needed to be taken down and stored until the paint dried. Daria helped us out which is unusual, seeing as she normally avoids the camera like it’s going to attack her. Unless she’s eating cheese or trying for the bacon, then she’s so distracted she doesn’t care.

While everything was being put away again, it was the opportunity I needed to make sure everything was alphabetized. I had never organized the various artist albums so those all needed to be done and sometimes, albums get moved a little to the left, a little to the right so it was good to double check everything again. There were also stacks upon stacks in the living room that needed to be put away! Did you check out the videos on Instagram and Facebook that I posted while organizing? If not, hop on over to my social media pages. The videos are time lapsed so they’re really quite interesting.

Below is a collage of the room right before we started putting in the finishing touches. We had to run out and get a few more crates so everything would fit so it seemed like the right time to snap a few pictures to show how far I had come. Just about every 12″ was put away and our new curtains were also on the way. Of course they came on a day when  Mr. Richard and I were both out. That almost never happens!

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After the new crates were in place, the 12″ disc section was done (aside from stuff that’s in the living room in the to-be-catalogued pile) but there was still some work to do. The 7″ discs are still being cataloged so there’s some piles that didn’t fit where they should have. I tried to shelf as many of these piles but it’s hard to do since I can only catalog about 50 every two weeks. Anybody want to help me out? I have such a specific process, the roomie can’t even really figure it out!

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As the weeks went on, I did get more put away and finalized some of the décor choices. The top right is a collage down the left wall of the room, the top pictures being the first shelving unit you see when you walk in. As you walk down that side of the room, you reach the second shelf for singles. As you can see, a ton of the piles are put away on the shelves and the curtains made it up!

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Across from that wall is our daybed. Without my day job and the employee discount, I wouldn’t have been able to outfit the bed with all the pillows. It makes it super cozy and the large one is great for pulling onto the floor to sit on while you thumb through the crates. As much as I have a distain for having to help customers, the employee discount makes it worth it!

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With all the different pillows, texture on the curtains and records themselves, the room has turned into this really comfortable, homey slightly bohemian place. You’ve see the yellow submarine decal before, but I managed to set out some books and hang the record frames too. Obviously, there’s still some work to do and I’m excited to set out some of our art on the shelves, but I’m really happy with the progress.

End Of The Month Wrap Up: February 2015


Between all the snow we had in February, the roomie and I did make it out quite a bit. Of course, you know about all the trips to record stores because you’ve been following along and know I do a weekly summary. Right?!? Of course, there was Garnick’s but Mr. Richard went to RRRecords for me and we made it to Bull Moose in Portsmouth together. As the crate digging trips are regular, we also wanted to get out and have some new experiences.

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First up this month, we went to go see Green Porno live in Boston. Are you familiar with the act? If not, it’s a bit educational, a bit sexy and absolutely hilarious. We used to watch the TV show while we were in college so it was like a flashback going to see the show. The actual performance itself was part lecture, part performance art and featured some of her TV clips like her hamster, duck, dolphin and praying mantis.

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We were a bit high up, but despite the above photo, it really wasn’t that blurry. We saw everything on stage from the puppets, to the screen to Isabella recreating some of her films, like when she used tomatoes to symbolize eggs in her mouth and sprayed herself in the face to show how a certain fish reproduces. Mr. Richard and I laughed harder than we have in a long time while still learning a ton.

We had other plans to spend “Pal-entine’s Day” (I just made that up, ripping off Lesley Knope’s Galentine’s) but the snow hit. I won’t bore you with more images of my trash cans covered in snow, but check out the past updates if you’re visiting this blog from outside the north east. It’s been quite the month for snowfall here and I certainly haven’t lived through anything like it.

Luckily all of our plans could be moved, like a trip to the Butterfly Garden a few towns over and a few dinners we have certificates for. Look for those little adventures next month! Our luck did take a turn for the best and we avoided any bad weather for our trip to Maine.

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I mean, it was cold, obviously. This is winter in New England people, but bundled appropriately, we trekked out, stopping in Portsmouth for some crate digging (again, check out some of the previous weekly updates for more).

In Maine, we stayed right on the water, a gift from his parents. We arrived early and pulled over to go for a little walk along the beach. Obviously, most stairs were blocked off, but just staring out was peaceful enough. It was so calming! Below is a little collage of the ocean, the top picture being sunset of our first night, the middle being early the next day and bottom of a lighthouse we visited.

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We got to the hotel, Anchorage Inn, and it was beautiful. There was a heated indoor pool with bar, fitness room and in the summer, a playground. The only slight hiccup was we planned our trip over school vacation. We got into the room and barely had the bags off our shoulders when the phone rang. Assuming it was the front desk to say they forgot something or ask if we were okay, I answered. Screaming. I hung up.

Ring, ring. “Is your refrigerator running?” comes out of what I best could guess was a six year old. I hung up again and thought of Dave Chapelle. “I don’t like people playing on my phone!” and called the front desk. It took one more prank call before it ended. We were settling in and as funny as it would have been to a younger me, I wanted to relax damn it!!

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After we got the chance to settle in, we ventured back out for some dinner. Obviously, a lot was closed for the winter but we drove into Kittery and found this amazing Thai restaurant, Tasty Thai. It was a bit of a drive but every single bit was worth it.

We eat a ton of Thai food, like, we’ve probably tried 90% of the Thai in Boston and at least 80% in Lowell and a lot in New Hampshire, Vermont and other random places but this was hands down the best. Mr. Richard even went as far to say it was better than anything he had in Vancouver when he was there for school. He never says that! I mean, he compares everything to there and nothing ever compares, but this was a total 180!

The Thai rolls were crispy and perfectly filled, curry puffs to die for and the pad Thai was plate licking delicious. We even considered stopping back there on the way home to get three orders of the curry puffs and 500 side orders of the peanut sauce.

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We woke up early and headed north before turning back to Massachusetts. We ended up at a lighthouse where we both snapped some great pictures. It was about 10 degrees cooler there and five times as windy so we could only stay so long. The view was still breathtaking and we managed to catch some beautiful lighting and sat in the heated car a moment to take it all in.

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It was so windy, Mr. Richard was photographing the lighthouse while I was coming up from exploring off the pavement and the wind blew his phone down onto me! I’m surprised he managed any pictures of the lighthouse since the parking lot was full of seagulls. He loves them and must have snapped a dozen or so reference pictures for more stencils he’ll cut!

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We both don’t particularly like our pictures taken, but I did get a few throughout. Above is our little collage of ice cream and beer in the hotel, selfies while walking the beach, free breakfast and a little gambling on the way home.

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This last week, I went out to a bridal expo with a friend from work. It was at the aquarium, free to go with free food and wine! We expected a sort of time share pitch to get her to have her wedding there, but we pigged out and ran around the aquarium taking full advantage of the child free zone.

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The food was amazing, pasta, bacon wrapped scallops and jerk chicken! It was a bit strange to eat so much seafood in front of the fish but that’s the circle of life I suppose! I definitely want to somehow go back when it’s this empty so I can get more close up pictures of all the sea life, but who knows when I’ll have that chance again…

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This morning, for Rare Disease Day, Mr. Richard and I spent the morning at the Butterfly Place in Westford, Massachusetts before going out to the record store. It was so beautiful!

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We so many different butterflies! It was spectacular! They had some small birds as well, but since it’s winter the plant life wasn’t as full. We’re definitely planning a trip back in summer when it’s more lush. I’d also like to get my friend up here with her baby. I think she’d be in awe!

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It was also really warm so it was a really, really great treat to bask in the 80 degree temperature. I didn’t want to leave. If you’re in the Boston area, get up here to Westford. Right now on TravelZoo.com you can even get a great deal!

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I hope you like the pictures, there’s larger versions on Facebook so make sure you’re following along! Check it out in the sidebar of the blog or by clicking HERE. I try to keep all the social media pages current and a bit more personal. For instance, on Twitter, I’m using today to shout out different rare diseases in honor of the roomie! Check it out and raise awareness! #RareDiseaseDay2015

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A Mid-Week, Random, Snow-pocolypse Update


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Have you seen the news reports about Boston lately? The whole state, really. According to NECN, my little ol’ town of Lowell is holding it down record wise for snow right now. Oh, and there’s more on the way. To get a glimpse of how insane it is, check out this Buzzfeed link HERE. The above picture is of some of the relief my street finally got today. They started early and are still going strong. It’s been bitterly cold and windy on top of the mountains of unprecedented snowfall. So, what’s me in a cat onesie trying to stay warm and the snow have to do with this blog?

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 Well, as you may have noticed, I’ve found this groove. Posts go off every five hours and Mr. Richard does a review everyday, with a day off every four or five days. This system goes pretty well with my 40 hour work week (+ like, 15 hours commuting) usually. I’ve been stuck working from home a lot and when I do get into the office, my commute takes about three times as long. When I’m home, he can’t get on the computer to write reviews and when I’m gone, I lose valuable daylight to take pictures and post.

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You would think we’d be able to find a balance and catch up since we’ve both been pretty snowbound, but we’ve both fallen into the winter slump. Does that happen to you? Maybe the roomie and I are both part plant as we tend to thrive more in the summer months. It doesn’t help that the cats just want to snuggle all day and are so damn cute! When we can, we’re trying to use any spare time and decent conditions to get out of the house so look for a fun wrap up at the end of this month.

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I hope if you’re living in the north east of North America right now, you’re safe, warm and your backs haven’t gone out. I have shoveling arm from heaving the snow back and over our trash cans in the driveway but hopefully spring is on it’s way soon! I’m not a fan of needing to ice my elbow after being out in feet of snow…

I do plan on getting back on track before this weekend, I even have tomorrow completely off! Thanks for staying tuned everyone, much love.

A Peek Inside The Music Room


I should warn you before we begin, this is a peek into the music room while it’s still in progress. I’m a bit disappointed to say that it’s been in progress for much too long, there are crates to paint, albums to put away and pictures to be hung up. Oh, and the bed needs to be made. The cats just tend to like it messy as they sleep in the blanket piles and tuck themselves in. I just said I would give y’all a little insight to how we keep the records so I wanted to do that, but you better bet that I’ll be posting a follow up to this post when everything is cleaned up!

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The room is a bit hard to photograph as it’s a strange shape, more of a lowercase “b” shape than a square. When you walk in, to your right in what would be the bottom of the “b” is my LP storage and our daybed. All of our guests get a kick out of spending the night in the record room for sure!

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Most of the crates are purple as the bed frame is and the remaining crates are gray and yellow. You can see in the above photo that I’m adding another tier to the LP storage and those crates still need to be painted.

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These LP crates wrap and hug the corner in the room. My idea is to stagger them in an almost pyramid shape and hang our duplicate albums on display above. My mom found these fantastic album frames that will keep them protected from dust and I won’t need to worry about damaging them with a nail hole or anything like that. I don’t really want to put too many trinkets up on the tops of the crates since it’s great exercise for the cats to walk up and down them.

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To your left, down the long side of the room are all my singles. Closest to the doorway are the As and we make our way down to the Zs as we get closer to the window. The above picture shows A – L, all of which have not been cataloged yet. In front are the LPs that need to be put away once those crates are painted!

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Between the shelving for all of the 45s, is our Yellow Submarine stick on mural I got through work (an online retailer of home décor). It can be taken down and moved around at any time, but for now it’s plunging between the two shelving units. The above photo was taken looking back out of the room from the back window and you can see, this end is pretty cozy. I don’t want to make the already narrow space any tighter so I staggered the different sections a bit. It also keeps the albums away from being directly on the baseboard heat.

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Lastly, this shelf is what I’ve been working on getting cataloged. Working backwards in the alphabet, the bottom right corner would be the Zs and the bottom two and a half shelves have all been cataloged so far. The large gap is for the Ps, which I’m currently working on so they’re in our living room. I definitely don’t intend to have anything laying down like you see, but as I sort everything, it just needed to happen.

The very bottom shelf is full of books. It would be great to use this area for actual singles, but they would be way to close to the heat and likely warp. This bookcase came without a back so it’s very exposed but it fit the 45s so perfectly, I couldn’t help but use it when my mom slapped a fresh coat of paint on it and brought it over.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the peek into my somewhat messy record room! Next month, everything should be all cleaned up and photo shoot ready so I’ll certainly post a follow up as soon as I can. I need to figure out where the outlets are and get some better lighting in there too for next time. Maybe Dawson and Daria will even join us for the shoot!