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European volcanic ash impacts Watertown resident

April 20, 2010

Haha, I thought I would write my blog post’s title as a typical newspaper headline.

So, yeah, I have been pretty affected by the volcanic ash in Europe. I mean, not as much as some people, but certainly in my own way.

My sister is visiting Ireland with her boyfriend, and is probably stuck there until Saturday. That’s a week later than she had planned on coming home.

This delay means I am stuck in Natick, Mass. for another week, dog sitting. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jack (her chihuahua), and love having a place to myself (normally I have roommates, as nice as they are). But gosh there are way too many strip malls around here. And watching a dog is hard work!

The toughest part, I would say, is having to take out the dog first thing in the morning. Because my sister lives on the fifth floor of an apartment complex, I must go down the elevator, down the hallway, and out to some green space on the side of the building.

It doesn’t take too much time to get there, but it’s so tough first thing in the morning. Ideally, when I get up the first thing I do is make my breakfast and eat it. It puts me in such a better mood.

But when I have to walk the dog first, that also involves getting dressed before eating. Call me selfish, but all this pre-breakfast work is tough!

Other than that I really shouldn’t complain. But I will be ready to go back to Watertown when the ash has subsided.

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Looking for something to do? Why not make some beer?

February 2, 2010

A few weekends ago some friends and I went to Barleycorn’s Craft Brew in Natick to make beer for my boyfriend’s birthday. He’s a big beer fan, so it made perfect sense.

I would recommend the experience to anyone who enjoys beer and is looking for something fun to do. Also, of course, you have to make sure that you and those you’re with have enough money for the activity.

Seventy-two 12-ounce bottles of beer and custom labels for your beer bottles cost between $150 and $200 to make/buy. You either have to pay extra to buy beer bottles from Barleycorn’s Craft Brew or supply your own bottles.

You can choose from over 130 different types of beers. Making the beer takes several hours. You add the necessary ingredients, stir the mixture while it boils, and then let it cool. (more…)