Boston, You’re My Home

Another week has begun! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was full of school comedy shows, delicious brunches, and (unfortunately) some midterm studying.

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Although one of the best parts of going back to school full-time has been the extra days off, it has definitely taken me a while to get used to it. I’m so used to having to count my vacation days or to coordinate trips with paid holidays, or strategically “working remotely,” that I default to not planning trips at all (I just assume I can’t do it, haha).

Luckily, I am trying to rectify this now and take advantage of this freedom while I have it. I realized a few weeks ago that I haven’t seen my sister and her family (my brother-in-law, and the funniest nephew and niece everrrrr) since Christmas, and I probably wouldn’t get a chance to go back to my east coast hometown until after my summer internship is finished. I don’t have classes on Mondays or Fridays, and coupled with my sister’s birthday last weekend, it was the perfect storm of reasons to make a quick getaway to Bah-ston!

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I admittedly am not the most up-to-date on things going on in MA anymore, despite having been born and raised there. I don’t have a Boston accent (which a lot of people in the Midwest are very surprised by – I have no idea why that would shock people any more than the fact that I do not personally know Ben Affleck and Matt Damon), and I don’t religiously follow the hometown teams. But whenever someone asks me where I’m from, I think of Massachusetts first and probably always will. Last weekend was a quintessential trip home for me, complete with Boston Chinatown dim sum, exercising my auntie skills, and general bickering with the fam. Some choice convos from the weekend:

Teasing my nephew that I might wet my bed and need to share with him when I stayed at my sister’s house – 

“Um, Christina Yi Yi (Chinese term for aunt)? I don’t think grown-ups wet the bed.” – nephew

“Why do you think that?” – me

“My mommy and daddy don’t wet the bed.” –  nephew

“Maybe they just don’t tell you.” – me

“…No, they would tell me.” – nephew

He has also learned the word, “unfortunately” – 

“I love this yogurt!” – nephew

“What’s your favorite flavor?” – me

“Strawberry banana!” – nephew

“Yum! Is that the flavor you’re eating now?” – me

“No, unfortunately, this is blueberry.” – nephew

Watching the Game of Thrones season premiere with my parents, who are superfans – 

“It’s 9:06! Why hasn’t it started yet? Are we going to miss the last 6 minutes now???” – dad

“This is dumb. I already finished my ice cream and it hasn’t started yet.” – mom

“Head toward The Wall. Jon Snow is Lord Commander there!” – Theon Greyjoy (paraphrased)

“NOPE.” – mom

“Myrcella!” – Queen Cersei

“NOPE.” – mom

Is it just me, or should I start live-tweeting my parents’ commentary on Game of Thrones? It cracks me up!

All in all, a great trip. Looking forward to doing some more traveling while I can 🙂

Previously, on CGS…

A brief summary of things that have happened since my last real blog post:

  • A wedding

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One of my best friends got married and our whole crew got together to celebrate the happy occasion in Raleigh, NC. It was super fun and chock full of delicious food, gorgeous scenery, and great company! Love must be in the air, because shortly after there was…

  • A proposal! – Another one of my best friends got engaged and has been happily hashtagging the joy of wedding planning ever since 🙂 I can’t wait to see what she and the fiance have in store for the big day.
  • More boxed lunches

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When I’m not being force-fed pizza at school, I’m being force-fed these instead. The first week of these was fantastic, the second was okay, the weeks afterward were definitely always appreciated, but eating the same thing every day started tasting like mush. First world problems at its finest.

  • Continued aging

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Here I am, celebrating my latest birthday at Hash House a Go Go. I had been here once before with my friend Maya, eaten barely half of the biggest plate of chicken & waffles I had ever seen, and promptly forgotten to take home my leftovers. It was traumatizing. My birthday gift to myself was to make sure there was no way I would make that same mistake, hence the very secure takeout container in my arms.

  • Planes, trains & automobiles

It’s been a weird few weeks, weather-wise, but nothing beats a good break to spend time with friends and family. This year’s funtivities have included an office Christmas party with Chris’s work and lots of travel. We took a train from Chicago to Michigan to see Chris’s family, followed by a drive from Michigan to Toronto to see my relatives. I drove back to Boston with my immediate family and flew back to Chicago last night. Phew!

I think that about catches us up. Until next time…