Welcome to #Froston, Part Deux

January 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Around Boston | 2 Comments
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The paparazzi swarmed again!  Tonight NECN was pounding the frigid pavement at North Station asking for interviews with inconvenienced, chilly commuters.  Naturally they asked the queen of angry commuters (that’d be me) for an interview, but I declined again.  If I didn’t grant the crew this morning an interview, it would hardly be fair to give the evening news an exclusive. 

That and I had hat head…  

When I declined, the reporter suckered the guy next to me into an interview. He kept his hat on.

 

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Welcome to #Froston!

January 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Around Boston | 5 Comments
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Happy Monday, dear reader(s)!  As our local fans know, it’s really friggin’ cold here in Beantown!  Witness:

It was -3 degrees AFTER a slight warm-up this morning! PS Don't worry, my car wasn't moving at the time this picture was taken.

So cold, in fact, that the news channels sent reporters to my train station this morning!  But when they tried to interview the miserable commuters like me who had been waiting over 30 minutes for a train that wasn’t announced as delayed, they found precious few takers. 

Could be because our faces had lost feeling and our mouths were frozen shut.  Or could be because, like the temperature, Bostonians have been declared one of the top ten “frostiest” city dwellers in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine!

Yes, it's cold. And no, we DON'T want to talk about it on live television.

Either way, we weren’t talkin’ without some complimentary hot coffee!

Stay warm, folks!

~Sarah

Take the Hint!

September 13, 2010 at 8:32 am | Posted in Around Boston, Office Humor | Leave a comment
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Sometimes I can be a little oblivious.  Weekday mornings en route to work, for example, I tend to be in my own world and pay little attention to my surroundings.  Trying to motivate myself to make it to the office after I get off the train (and not just turn around and run back home screaming) can require all my concentration. 

But today I made a conscious effort to “notice things” and now I’m not sure what to do…

You see, everything I saw seemed like a hint; like a sign from above that going to work was the wrong thing to do.  For example, this is what I saw when I arrived at the T this morning…

The subway is telling me something...

… and when I exited the T, I had to walk through a manmade geyser that reminded me a little of H-E-double hockey sticks…

Run away...

… then past an alley that may be describing my behavior (aka actually going to work)…

This is madness, Sarah! Go home!

… and finally past a sign that made me think the show title was about my disobedience in not taking all the hints to just go home!

I'm a bad, bad girl...

Think my CEO will be cool with me leaving due to divine intervention?

Happy Monday…

~Sarah

April & Sarah’s Separation: Day 1, Update 3

April 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Around Boston, Office Humor | 3 Comments
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There’s a plethora of junk food in the kitchen and I suffer from fairly serious afternoon snack attacks. I’m in danger of a “healthy eating plan” violation. Help.

No thank you...

April used to tell me that she personally rubbed all the tempting food with bacon, knowing that as a good Jewish girl, I wouldn’t even consider eating it. Without her, this work environment has the makings of a waist-line disaster…

Thankfully my pal RWC has stepped up to fill in as my personal hero (someone get her a cape!). She has made invaluable sacrifices including: eating the last piece of pie to help me avoid temptation, telling me bagels are gross and the cream cheese tastes like refrigerator (you know that taste – ick), offering to share her raw almonds with me, and even volunteering to take me for a walk around lunchtime. She’s a keeper!

But we both miss April. Don’t be surprised if you find us hiding in a corner, hugging each other as we sway back and forth, mumbling incoherently in an effort to keep the loneliness away. At least we are dealing with the pain of withdrawal together…

Back to my corner,

Sarah

April & Sarah’s Separation: Day 1, Update 2

April 26, 2010 at 9:34 am | Posted in Around Boston, Office Humor | 7 Comments
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April and I used to joke that we worked with the undead because some of our office mates hate turning lights on. I’m not speaking out of turn – they have heard that phrase used before to describe the MoCo Village Light Wars.  I figure it’s something to do with burning flesh…who knows…

Anyway, April always strong-armed those in her area into using lights despite the pain it apparently caused. Now? While RWC and I continue enjoying our overhead lights, the area my bloggier half used to claim is cloaked in darkness. Just like my heart.

Suffice it to say Day 1 isn’t much fun. More to come later…

~Sarah

April & Sarah’s Separation: Day 1

April 26, 2010 at 7:37 am | Posted in Around Boston | 6 Comments
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April’s last day in the office was Friday. While Mondays are never fun, today is worse than ever.

Welcome to my pity party…

I started the day waiting on my usual bench at North Station, next to my “favorite” domicile-challenged fatigues and camouflage enthusiast (after all these mornings I still can’t quite figure out what he is raging about, but no matter – he rages whether I get it or not). I sat and waited for… nothing, as it turns out. It took me a minute to realize that I was going to endure the commute on my own from now on.

So I journeyed the two miles to my office alone. I’m so used to blabbing about life on these walks that the silence felt completely unnatural and just plain wrong. In the future I am either going to have to find someone to call en route (any early risers out there itching for conversation?) or resort to talking to myself. Stay tuned… 

And now I have to get to the business of business. Another day, another 14 cents. I will try to provide periodic updates throughout the day between bouts of loneliness and hysteria… and work, of course. Sigh.

~Sarah

Case of the Mondays? No Thank You!

April 5, 2010 at 8:23 am | Posted in Misc. | 19 Comments
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Mondays are usually pretty “carpy” days for this gal. It seems I contract a wicked Case of the Mondays more often than I care to admit (not to mention the Spastic Colon Sundays I endure in anticipation of the next day’s condition). But today is different! Today I was able to banish the work-week blues with one phrase:     

From PhotoBucket

 

Happy Birthday, April!     

That’s right, today is my bloggier half’s special day! And (she may clobber me for saying so, but here goes…) this isn’t just any birthday: today Arps turns 30!!! The big 3-0, the Dirty Thirty, the…okay, you get the picture.      

Anyway, according to About.com, the thirtieth birthday is special because April is “now officially a mature and responsible adult who has the necessary wisdom to make important decisions in life. The 30th birthday heralds adult status with measured indulgence.”  Imagine, all that happened between yesterday and this morning… Amazing!    

Happy birthday, Mrs. W!      

Love,     

Sarah

Happy Garbage Day!

December 7, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in Misc. | 3 Comments
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Monday is quite possibly the “funnest” day of the week! No other day jars us quite the same way; no other day has been linked to medical concerns (e.g. a “Case of the Mondays,” and the anxiety-based condition, “Spastic Colon Sunday,” caused by concern over impending Mondays) with the same causal relationship. And now, thanks to my awesome commute, Monday also presents a kind of obstacle course to ensure I’m starting the week on my toes. 

While I waited for a train that is considered on time provided it is less than 30 minutes late (I’m sure this will fly in your office, too: Sorry our meeting started 29 minutes ago, but I’m actually NOT late according to the MBCR. Please begin again for my benefit.), I had the distinct pleasure of dodging frozen garbage. 

If there are garbage elves, our train platform got a visit from their entire family! Here’s a photo to help you visualize my morning: 

I’m the kind of gal who is always searching for the silver lining, so here’s what I have come up with so far (with a little assistance from April and RWC): 

  • Because it was only 22 degrees this morning, the garbage didn’t actually stink. Had this been a summertime Monday, we might have needed gas masks…
  • Since the garbage was hard as a rock (frozen), I had extra incentive to dodge the trash flying in the cold, cold wind… A good start to my pre-wedding workout regimen.
  • If the train never showed up, we would survive because…
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  1. There would be plenty of raw materials to build a fort.
  2. Garbage – specifically the paper variety – makes great insulation. But it’s flammable, so please don’t smoke while packin’ paper.
  3. There is probably a fair amount of food in the garbage so starvation isn’t an immediate threat.
  • At least this garbage isn’t in a heaping pile in the Pacific… Plastique, you shall not claim more mass.
  • One man’s trash is another man’s treasure… ‘nuff said!
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Happy Monday,
Sarah

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