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Around the House Survey

by Alaina on February 19, 2015 · 0 comments

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s lightly snowing here at home and I’m just hanging around until I head to work. I’ve been seeing this survey go around and I thought it might be fun to participate. It’ll also give me a chance to let you know how our house is holding up. We’ve been here for over 2 years now! Through blizzards, hurricanes, and heat waves, the house has kept us safe and comfortable. Smile

Household Chore I Actually Enjoy

I actually really like sweeping the house. Our first floor is all hardwood and tile, but it’s only about 600 square feet so it doesn’t take me all that long. I like getting rid of the dust bunnies.

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Biggest House Disaster

Thankfully nothing major has happened at our place (the perks of having your husband build the house!) but when I was living with my parents, my bedroom and bathroom would always get so cold in the winter time, and the shower pipes would freeze. Turned out that the contractors never insulated the bathroom, even though it was right over the garage! My dad ended up having to fix that problem. We’ve been lucky that no major disasters have happened.

Before Company Comes, I Hide…

…all of the mail that piles up on the dining room table or the kitchen counters.

Most Recent Music Download

I absolutely LOVE this song. Cannot get enough of it. Smile

The Last Thing I Bought Online

Christmas presents for the family. Thank goodness for Amazon Wish Lists! David and I have been more conscious lately of our spending so we’ve been using the envelope system rather than using our debit cards.

I Hate to Shop For…

…jeans. I admittedly get frustrated with the inconsistent sizing. Most of my jeans are from Old Navy with a few lucky finds from Marshalls or TJ Maxx.

Favorite Family Ritual

David and I haven’t really established any rituals since getting married. Perhaps when we expand our family we may start something. I’ve always imagined actually sitting down to dinner with our kids instead of sitting in front of the TV.

I Sleep In…

…my bed. Winking smile

I Have a Style Crush On…

…no one in particular really. I like a combination of styles. Little bit of Jennifer Garner’s casual, Jennifer Lawrence’s edginess and Taylor Swifts preppy.


I’m Currently Reading…

As You Wish by Cary Elwes. It was a Christmas present from my parents, and I’m enjoying reading about the making of the Princess Bride movie. I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t seen the movie in its entirety but that’ll change soon enough.

How Did I Ever Live Without…

…our house! I love how comfortable it’s kept us, and although we’ve ended up having pay a bit for electricity, it pales in comparison to what we might have been paying had we built a traditional house with gas and/or oil. And I easily spend an hour a day just making sure that everything is clean, tidy and free of clutter. Yes, the bottom right picture is our “attic” but I’ve been making a lot of progress to get rid of some stuff and just pare down our items. I’ve found that David and I can live on a lot less than we imagined. Living small and dreaming big is our motto of late. Smile

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What are you things you like most about your house/apartment/dwelling?


Snowmaggedon 2015

by Alaina on February 17, 2015 · 0 comments

Four storms in the last four weeks. Two of them were blizzards. I’m crossing my fingers that this is the last of it. The forecast for the next 10 days looks innocent enough, but of course being New England, you never know.

Storm #1 – January 27th

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Storm #2 – February 2nd

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Left picture was from 6AM; right picture was from 6PM. I was living in a cloud!

Storm #3 – February 9th

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Storm #4 – February 14 | I always wondered what would bring Boston to its knees and I have to conclude that these storms have done just that. This past Sunday I was working the concierge desk, and due to the MBTA being shut down and the fact that the taxis were nonexistent, we had to come up with ways that guests could still get around. Unfortunately you could wait 2 hours and hope that a taxi would come by, or shell out some serious dough to have a private car take you to the airport. In my almost 5 years of working the desk I have never had to deal with such a lack of transportation. And I’m not one to just say NO; I have to find them an alternative. Thankfully I think it all went (relatively) smoothly and those that needed to get to the airport, did. And those that had to stay with us an extra night were able to get those accommodations. I myself was a guest from Saturday until Monday. The benefit of that, of course, was that I didn’t have to face the frigid –30* weather.

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The view from my hotel room. The wind was howling and the snow was falling wicked hard. Thankfully by the afternoon the sun was out. I left right after work and there was no traffic on my way home. It certainly helped that it was a holiday.

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I’M FREE!!! Smile with tongue out

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We’re going to have snow until April! Florida in less than a month…Florida in less than a month…

How are you dealing with all of this snow and/or ice?


111 Chop House

by Alaina on February 16, 2015 · 0 comments

To get a fantastic steak, without breaking the bank, look no further than the 111 Chop House located on the outskirts of Worcester.

David and I have frequented this restaurant a few times and each time is an absolute delight. The steaks are cooked absolutely perfectly and while the prices aren’t necessarily “cheap” they are certainly better on your wallet than going all the way in to Boston. In addition, the valet is only $3 (and you don’t have to pull off to the side of a busy street.)

To start our meals, we were presented with a warm, fresh out of the oven loaf of bread (we arrived just as they opened at 4PM) served with velvety olive oil.

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No matter how much I try, I can never resist warm bread!

For a drink I had the 16oz Rapscallion which lasted me throughout dinner. David had a sweet red wine which he also enjoyed. For our starters, I had the garden salad with balsamic, which was delicious although just a bit overdressed, and David had the French onion soup which he deemed tasty as well.

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The piece de resistance of the evening was, of course, the steak. I ordered the filet mignon medium rare and it came out absolutely perfect. I opted for no sauce and it definitely didn’t need it. The outside was chargrilled, and cutting in to it was like buttah (I couldn’t resist Smile with tongue out). David had the sirloin, also medium rare, and he was all smiles while eating. We were so into our meals that we didn’t even want to share. For a side item, we had the asparagus in basil and olive oil.

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Just typing this up is making my mouth water.

Our server team of Mandy and John were also top notch. They were there when we needed them, without being overbearing, and our waters were always full.

We decided not to get dessert, since we were so full, but I would certainly go back to sit at the bar to have dessert and a drink. In addition to being a top notch restaurant, I can see it as a neighborhood hangout to get great food and great service.

111 Chop House is located at 111 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA.

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