Sunset Cruise

One of the best things ever invented: The Groupon.

If you don’t know Groupon, get to know it. Now. While you’re at it, check out BuyWithMe as well.

You will enter a world of deals…on restaurants, massages, stores, services, etc.

I found myself in a perfect storm of Groupons recently…suddenly I had six or seven Groupons that were expiring within a week or two. I’ve used five in the past few days…can’t let them go to waste!

Last night, Mary and I (and about a hundred other people with Groupons) went on a sunset cruise around Boston Harbor. It was a little chilly by the end, but all in all it was a nice time. Here are some photos of our fair city.

Portland

Mary and I went to Portland for the weekend (Amtrak has a buy one, get one free deal to Portland through the end of the year. Get thee to Portland!). It was a mix of old and new experiences, which was great.

Old = beer at Gritty’s, dinner at Bull Feeney’s. Shopping at favorite stores. Visiting the Portland Museum of Art.

New = Eating the best haddock I have ever tasted, at J’s Oyster. It. melted. in. my. mouth. Drinking the best hazelnut coffee I have ever tasted, at Coffee by Design. Like eating hazelnuts through a straw. And discovering a flavored popcorn store.

So, the popcorn. When I was a kid, there was a flavored popcorn store in the city. I don’t remember how often we went, but going there for popcorn is one of my favorite memories. There is something awesome about eating popcorn that tastes like bubble gum, watermelon, or cotton candy. Trust me on this one. The store eventually went out of business…and I hadn’t seen such a store since.

Mary and I ended up visiting the popcorn store twice, because we ate almost a whole bag of key lime pie popcorn that we had bought to share. She bought more key lime pie, and I bought New England berries.

Delish

And the store delivers!!

Check this out…it is part of a current exhibit at the art museum, by Maine artist Anna Hepler. This is in the museum’s lobby. It is gorgeous…it’s different colors of plastic (salvaged from dumps) sewn together. It’s hanging over a skylight, so the colors change as the light changes.

Courtesy of annahepler.com

Portland rocks, y’all.

Anavel Caparros

I am indebted to Anavel Caparros. I am going to Maine for a wedding this weekend, but when I return I will be writing her a personal fan letter. I may name my next cat after her. Why, you ask?

Well, her shoe company carries nice, classy dress shoes IN SIZE 5.

This woman HAS CHANGED THE REST OF MY LIFE. I don’t know much, Anavel Caparros, but I know I love you. And that may be all I need to know.

A Special Find at Marshalls

My friend Mary and I popped into Marshalls after work tonight. The stars were aligned in such a way that we both found something special.

After a two-year search, Mary found a cute comforter with lovely shades of blue in it. I am happy to report that I found my next birthday list item. For the low, low price of $3.00, I am now a proud owner of a funnel cake kit. Every year I cook or bake something I’ve never cook or baked. This is the year of the funnel cake.