Outside the Lines in Boston
How do you say off the wagon in Hawaiian?

These past two weeks I was on lovely garden island of Kauai.    It is heaven.  Pure, gorgeous, green, warm sands, big beaches, heaven.  Can you tell I miss it?   I saw a dozen humpback whales, swam with a pod of spinner dolphins (yes, they actually spin!), rode ATVs, hiked past waterfalls, and tried my best to play in the surf of 20 foot waves.   I’m actually kind of tan.  Kind of.   It was, in a word, awesome.  (Evidence of said awesomeness below.)

But, I missed Boston too.  Okay, not the gross grey slush that is now melting and revealing it’s trove of left over college kid residue.  Gross.   I missed our house and our cat.  I missed Beantown Bootcamp.   I missed planned meals and some sort of routine.  Call me a creature of habit, but without the confinements of home, I fell off the well behaved good eating wagon with a vengeance!  Did you know there was a place called Bubba’s Burgers?   Yup.  It was delicious.   I felt like I was in good company, Steven Tyler and Bill Clinton ate there too.  They’re healthy, right?

Now, I’m back and working on getting back on track.     It won’t be that hard, but I hate the two steps back feeling.   Outdoor boot camp starts soon and I know for sure I’m going to get my butt handed to me.   So, I’m going to take my slightly tan, very relaxed self, and get refocused and recommitted.   But, I can still think about Tunnels Beach, green mountains, and the smell sun block, right? 

Waterfall on the way to the Queen’s Baths 

Gorgeous blue waters of Tunnels Beach

Mountains by our condo.  Talk about view! 

Champagne Dreams

It is really easy to think more money would solve about a gazillion problems.  That’s right, a gazillion. 

Mega Millions has the biggest jackpot the country has seen in a long time at 355 million dollars.  (Does anyone else picture Dr. Evil when they mention a large sum of money?  I sure do.)  I spent the better part of my work day imaging myself swimming Scrooge McDuck style in my large vat of money.   I’d pay off student debt, share with the family, and buy a small mansion on Comm Ave.  I’d make sure I owned property around the globe.   I would wear Loubtains and fancy dresses all the time just because I could.  Help solve a major global issue like hunger.  It would be wondrous. 

Back to real life, I’d just settle for a dress at Saks which is out of my price range, but beautiful.  It’s black lace with a deep V in the back and a gorgeous full skirt.  The lace extends beyond the lining to create a romantic and whimsical scalloped edge.  It evokes Audrey Hepburn, classic with a touch of modernity.   It’s not even that I want it, I need it.   Did I mention I have a wedding to attend in a few weeks?  But, one of my goals included financial solvency and spending superfluous money was not in the plan.    Have three days to make up my mind.  Saks is keeping it on hold for me.    Who thinks I should get the dress?  (Bear in mind, I’m what some would call slightly rounder.) 

Malin Akerman

On the other hand, healthy eating is going well, lemon roasted chicken last night, and pan seared scallop salad tonight.   Here, I’m headed in the right direction!