Thanksgiving Day

Dan Boston

Ah, Thanksgiving.  In the past, we had gotten the whole family (and others) all together at my aunt and uncle’s place outside of Boston. This year, they basically said “screw it, we’re done!” and headed off to Arizona.  So, we did turkey-day at my sister’s place outside of Longmeadow.  We still had a sizable crowd – my grandmother came in with my parents, and my uncle came up from NYC with his fiancee, and there were two co-workers of my …

Prepping for the Turkey

Dan Boston

The lack of sleep caught up with me last night; I ended up sleeping until 1pm.  (Only a slight break around 7am by my nieces prevented it from being uninterrupted sleep.) With the morning completely shot, I wasn’t able to do any of my own stuff, and the rest of the day was spent helping my sisters around the house.  Cleaning the basement, raking leaves (in the cold cold weather), doing a little cooking (though much of that fell to …

Longmeadow / Northampton

Dan Boston

After being picked up from the airport, we headed to get a quick bite at Panera and do a little shopping before heading to Longmeadow, and my older niece’s school, where they were having a small Thanksgiving meal / celebration.  It was incredibly cute to watch a bunch of little kids dressed up like Pilgrims and Native Americans, and tell us the story of Thanksgiving, and sing songs.  After that, we headed back to my sister’s place, where I was …

A Quick Boston Trip

Dan Boston

I’m heading to Boston today for a quick trip, to visit my new nephew (born last week!) and represent my sister and grandmother at the Brit Milah.  Got a decent deal on the flights (using frequent flier miles), and I’m looking forward to it.  I got to LAX pretty quickly (thanks Patrick!), and as I am doing all carry-on luggage, I zipped right through security and got to the gate about 50 min before boarding.  Not too shabby! Update: Not …

Return to Logan

Dan Boston

Last night, about two hours after I got back from Rhode Island, I went to an early dinner with my mom, grandma, aunt and nieces.  We went to Legal Sea Foods, and I only had a small bowl of clam chowder since I was gonna have a later dinner with my older sister who was out at a meeting.  Boy, those little ones were a handful!  Later that night I got my proper fried clams (woohoo) and had a nice …

Post-Thanksgiving

Dan Boston

The days following Thanksgiving were pretty low-key.  I spent time with family, played with my nieces, saw some friends, and in general did a great job doing no work whatsoever! Friday night I went out to my friend Mike’s dad’s place for their big post-Thanksgiving party (and I brought the second rum cake). It was a lotta fun, and good to catch up with some high school peeps and meet some new folks as well.  Saturday afternoon was absolutely gorgeous, …

Thanksgiving Day

Dan Boston

Ahh, Thanksgiving Day is here!  That means, I needed to bake yet another rum cake (for tomorrow night, since it takes a good 24 hours for the rum to really soak into the cake! So I made another one, and had barely enough rum to meet the requirements of the recipe. Sadly that meant it wasn’t quite a drunken rum cake. Oh well! The dinner was held at my aunt and uncle’s place, as usual, and there was plenty of …

Pre-Thanksgiving

Dan Boston

It’s always a delight to be welcomed to the Boston area by my nieces – so cute!!  Didn’t do much on Monday night, we just all hung out at the apartment.  With a lot of people here, it was a big tumultuous, and I stayed on an inflated mattress in my dad’s office – and ended up with only about 5 hours of sleep. Tuesday I went to lunch with my older sister at her favorite Korean/Japanese restaurant, Sapporo.  After …

Brunch at S&S / Hudson / Koreana

Dan Boston

Today was a much nicer day than yesterday, but significantly colder and windier.  I went to meet Matt for brunch at the S&S Restaurant and Deli in Cambridge.  Afterwards, I headed out to Hudson, to visit my cousin and see his place.  Driving on the Mass Turnpike wasn’t too bad, but there was a car carrier truck that was tailing people – what a jerk. Hudson seems like a nice spot – way out in the boonies – but with …

Rainy Day / Capital Grille

Dan Boston

The past two days here in Boston have been phenomenal. So imagine my disappointment when it got colder and rainy.  Went to meet Tim for coffee, and it was really nice to catch up with him.  After hanging out with the parents for a bit, I took them to the airport for their flight to Israel (via New York).   Dinner was with a few family members at The Capital Grille, which was an awesome steakhouse.  I had a filet …