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A Week in the Life

by Alaina on August 29, 2014 · 2 comments

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of “life lately” or “day in the life” posts. I thought I would chime in with something a little bit more: my WEEK in the life. This past week has been the longest of my life and I cannot wait to be able to sleep in on Saturday morning.

Saturday, August 23rd

6:30AM – Woke up and drove to Salem for the 8AM start of race #20.

10AM – Arrived back at home; spent the afternoon getting ready for work and hanging out with David.

1:30PM – Started my drive to work

3-11:30PM – Worked the guest services desk

11:30PM- Sunday, August 24th 6AM – Spent the night at the hotel. Never really had a solid nights sleep and got woken up at 2:45 to people yelling in the hallway.

6AM – Woke up

7AM-11:30PM – Yep, you read that right. I worked a double shift. Thankfully the manager on duty bought dinner from the hotel restaurant for myself and another colleague who worked the same double. I had a chicken panini with truffle French fries. Smile with tongue out

12:30AM – Arrive at home and promptly pass out.

Monday, August 25th

7AM – Get up and get ready

8:30AM – Drive to work

10AM-5:30PM – Work the lobby and a bit of guest services.

6PM-7:30PM – Invited to a concierge reception at Abe & Louie’s. The prosecco and sliders were greatly enjoyed.

8:30PM – Back at home.

Tuesday, August 26th

7AM – Yah, waking up to an alarm again!

10AM-6PM – Busy day at work since we needed to catalogue ALL 1220 rooms of the hotel and their descriptions. It all has to be in the system by Friday at noon. At least today I was able to be on my feet. And we were again treated to lunch in the restaurant.

7PM – Pick up dress from my sister in law to wear to my cousin’s wedding this weekend! Open-mouthed smile


Wednesday, August 27th

9AM-3PM – Scheduled day off but my help is greatly needed for room cataloguing. I went in for a couple of hours.

3PM – Drive home and stop by the grocery store. Steak tips and mashed potatoes for dinner.

9:30PM – Hello pillows.

Thursday, August 28th

4:30AM – Alarm goes off. 10 minute snooze.

7AM-4:30PM – Stayed at work for a bit longer to help out with the rooms again.

9:30PM – We meet again pillows…but not for long…

Friday, August 29th

4:30AM – Damn you alarm! I’m starting to forget what sleeping in feels like.

7AM-1:30PM – Not as crazy of a work day. And a couple of the managers brought in donuts and muffins. Thankfully my manager let me go early since I haven’t had a day off since last Wednesday. The sun feels glorious and the drive was nice and steady.

4:34PM – Writing up this blog post and baking snickerdoodles! My cousin’s wedding this weekend is a potluck and these are my contribution.

Upcoming: Picking up my cousin Tony from the airport and then heading up to Maine! Smile

Thankfully I can sleep in tomorrow morning and then I work the night shifts all next week.

Have a good holiday weekend everyone! What are your plans?


Race #20: Kevin O’Boyle 5K

by Alaina on August 23, 2014 · 5 comments

Woo! 20 done and only 10 more to go! I’d say I’m in the home stretch now. And with having the 20th race in August I think I’m poised to space out the remaining 10 pretty well for the next four months. I still have one more to add to the list though but I have no doubt I’ll find another one to squeeze in.

This morning’s race was the inaugural Kevin O’Boyle 5K. The race was in honor of a fallen soldier and firefighter from Salem. There were over 300 participants which was very impressive for a first year race. There were family members and firefighters running in his honor. Before the race started we observed 2 minutes of silence followed by bagpipes.

Once 8:10 hit, the race started…uphill. Thankfully it was a short hill and the remainder of the run was just rolling hills through Salem. I kept a consistent pace and felt great the entire time! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I haven’t been running very much lately but I was very happy with my performance. Smile

20th Race

Time: 28:34
Pace: 9:11
Division (30-39): 20/53
Overall: 164/376

Next race is the NK5K in RI on September 6th!

**Apparently yesterday was my 4 year anniversary of blogging! So much has gone on in the past few years: attended amazing events, met inspiring people and made friends, and just had a blast, especially when it came to running and eating. Smile with tongue out My readership and involvement has gone up and down over the last four years but I still enjoy coming on here and “speaking” whenever the mood strikes me. Thank you to those who continue to check in! And even those who have made it here every now and then.**

If you’re a blogger, how long have you been blogging?


Some Thoughts for Tuesday

by Alaina on August 12, 2014 · 7 comments

1.) The death of Robin Williams has left me utterly stunned and saddened. Everyone has already reminisced and shared their memories of watching Robin on TV or in the movies. There’s nothing more that I can add that hasn’t already been said, but the world were surely be a quieter place now that he is gone. <3 RIP

Robin Williams


2.) A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a wine dinner at Row 34 featuring the wine of Martin Codax: Albarino. The sweet, citrusy, dry white wine was the perfect accompaniment to the striped bass, brown butter lobster and lemon pound cake. We sat around two tables in their private dining room, chatting with the lovely folks of the wine’s PR company and other local bloggers. Bianca was my “date” and we had such a great evening. I would seriously consider making this wine a staple in my wine cabinet. Smile

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3.) This weekend is the Indian Ranch Brewfest! It’s one of my favorite outings of the summer (2011 & 2013) and I’ll definitely be back again this year! Tickets can be purchased here, through Ticketweb. Brewfest tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door, and $5 for designated drivers. Hope to see you there, enjoying beer, BBQ and country music by the lake!

4.) I’m still holding strong with 19 races done and 11 more to go. I’ve been battling a bad head cold and then a subsequent back issue for the last week and a half so the running has come to a halt. I have a race scheduled for August 23rd and I may try and fit one in on Sunday the 17th. We shall see what my schedule holds!

5.) Speaking of schedule, work is going extremely well. The summer has been busy busy but I love how my position has me working in different areas of the front desk. I’m learning so much more than I have at any other hotel, and although I miss being a concierge sometimes, I am learning valuable information that I hope to use to move up in the hotel world. And I’ve made some great friends in the two months that I’ve been there. Smile

sheraton buddies

Yah for booze cruises!

6.) This Saturday, in addition to the Brewfest, I’ll also be attending the Linkin Park concert at the Xfinity Center! I’ve always wanted to see them live and cannot wait for the show this weekend.

7.) My cousin is getting married at the end of this month! I’m so excited to celebrate with everyone and to welcome Jacob in to our (awesome) family!

Have a great week everyone! What is new with you?