Holiday Surprises!

It’s good to be back and able to breathe out of my nose again! After a few days of some rest, medicine and a lot of freshly-pressed juice while laying across my couch and watching an abundance of Christmas movies and holiday specials- I’m on the mend and back to both work and blogging again- although I’ve got another little (like, two days- tops) break lined up in the days immediately following New Years!

Troy got into town last week and has been an excellent caretaker while I was recovering- making sure I had everything I needed: water, blankets, tortilla chips, etc. It’s been a blessing and a blast having him here- although I felt so guilty I was so sick for the first 48 hours of his visit home for the upcoming holidays.

But this past weekend he had a surprise for me since I was up, moving and feeling pretty good again! On Saturday afternoon, after telling me we were going to travel to an undisclosed location- we hopped into the car for a lengthy and scenic drive from Western Massachusetts into Boston. Once there, I was told we were in the city for dinner, some shopping and sightseeing now that everything is lit up beautifully for the holidays. It was a wonderful treat- especially since I had been wanting to see the displays in the Common and around Beacon Hill.

Our first stop was wagamama at Quincy Market- where we enjoyed fried pork and chicken dumplings and servings of shrimp yaki soba (my favorite!) before we made our way around Downtown Crossing, the Omni Parker House and the State House before we stopped for a quick cocktail and a brownie sundae at Elephant & Castle. The sun had long since set- even though it was still early, and I figured that after dessert we’d make our way back to the car to head home- but Troy suggested we see more of the city.

After a stroll around Beacon Hill and through the Common and Frog Pond ice skating rink, Troy continued to lead the way to the Theatre District- and I gleefully kept up with him- assuming we were just taking everything and anything in while we were in town. It wasn’t until he stopped outside the entrance queue for the Charles Playhouse when I realized what he’d planned all along. He’d gotten us tickets to see the Blue Man Group– a first for me!

The show was absolutely incredible- so much that I so full of adrenaline and giddiness for hours afterwards that I managed to stay awake for the whole drive home. The entire day and evening was such a wonderful, thoughtful and unexpected surprise- and I cannot thank Troy enough for pulling it off and for his generosity.

And I’m looking forward to sharing more of our adventures in the days ahead!


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Hi! I'm Ashley. I'm a blogger and a radio personality with a makeup and shoe addiction based out of Boston and the Pioneer Valley. These are my (mis)adventures.

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