With one week left I find myself wanting to pack in all of my favorite things to do, see and eat in this last week. I realized that with bar prep taking up 80% of my day, the gym taking up 10%, that I really am NOT going to be able to do/see/eat everything I want. I've made a list of my "musts" before I leave. (As an aside, I realize I'l be back at the end of July for the bar exam, but frankly I won't get to do/see/eat anything fun until afterwards and I'll be on the other end of the state because I'm sitting for NY and MA. Then I'll be jumping back on a plane to London.)
1.) Ride the Swan Boats one last time. I absolutely *love* the swan boats. At some point this week I'm going to take 2 dollars and stand in line with the tourists for a spin around the public garden in the gorgeous old Swan Boats.
2.) Get an Italian sausage from a street vendor. If you know me then you know that any variety of hot dog-esque thing is my favorite. I literally DIE for the italian sausages from street vendors in Boston. I'm going to go get one with onions, peppers and a ton of mustard and sit out on the Common and people watch. Calories, be damned.
3.) Walk the Freedom trail. Can you believe that I never have done the Freedom Trail?! I know. I know. It's harder when you live somewhere to appreciate the history and the significance of things that are also deemed "touristy." At some point this week I'm going to exit the law school with map in hand and DO IT. (Or some of it at least)
4.) Buy a Red-Sox t-shirt (or two). Confession: I've lived in Boston for 3 years now and I have only ever been to ONE Red Sox game. Craycray ex-roomie's parents get season tickets and she was nice enough to take me once. I feel like I can't really call myself a Bostonian without red-sox t-shirt, so I'm going to head over to Faneuil Hall and buy PB and I each one. (I'm currently on a no-clothes shopping diet, but I think an exception can be made.)
5.) Get a froyo from J.P. Licks. Only the best ice cream in Boston... I'm going to go one afternoon and stand in line, get the biggest froyo cone I can get and walk back up Newbury and sit in the Public Garden with it. British ice cream/frozen yogurt simply pales in comparison.
6.) Take a walk along the Charles. When I first moved to Boston I didn't join a gym immediately, instead I got an unlimited month at Exhale Spa for yoga, but I would supplement that with really long walks from the Hatch Shell around to Cambridge and then back across to Charles Street. It's beautiful, fun, and I love it. Before I leave I'm going to make sure I get one more turn around the Charles. (Maybe I'll even run it this time :))
7.) GET A CANNOLI. I don't care if you say that Mike's Pastry is a tourist trap, that they buy already pre-made pastries, and that they are NOT the best cannolis. Fact: I die for the cannoli with chocolate chips on the ends. Therefore, I shall have one before I leave.
8.) Go to the Aquarium. I must say goodbye to my Myrtle the Turtle. I love her. I've been going to the Aquarium since we moved to New England when I was in 7th grade. She is large and in charge and I want her as my pet. However, seeing as how we don't have room for a 500lb sea turtle at our house in Basingstoke, I'll have to settle on seeing her and waving bye here.
9.) Pigalle. I'm going to take myself on a date with my Groupon that I must use before I leave and get an order of the comte truffle cheese fries and a salad. Oh, and maybe a glass of wine. I mean... I MUST since the Groupon expires before we are back, right?!?!
10.) Finally, I'm going to my last Weight Watchers meeting in Boston. *Am tearing up as I write this.* I'm going to weigh in (eTools/membership expired a week ago and I didn't renew, obviously) because I haven't been weighing myself, tracking points, or anything for the past three weeks. (See generally law school graduation, husband visiting, law school events involving food, food, drinks and more drinks.) I've gone to this meeting for the past 3 years without fail. I adore my leader and firmly believe that if she wasn't my leader I would not have been able to lose 90 lbs (ok, more like 85 right now... methinks I've gained about 5) thus far and wouldn't have been able to make the "life change" (i know, gag me) that i needed to make to make this weight loss permanent. I'm going to the meeting to say bye to my leader (am giving her a card) and I am going to CRY though the entire thing! (If you read this and go to weight Watchers with me, do not judge me.) I don't know why this makes me so emotional, but honestly I'm more teary about leaving my Weight Watchers meeting than I am about saying bye to my Madre!
(I also might cry during my last workout at my gym... You have NO idea how depressed I am about leaving my gym.)
Is there anything else I should put on the to-do list before next Friday?