This is the last post I'll do about Boston (I promise!). This post will just be the random bits and pieces.
The weather was so crazy while we were there. We ended up going to Kohls and picking up some cheap end of the season coats because a Tuesday was so cold! Then later in the week it was so hot we wished we had brought shorts.
We went to the Blue Man Group on Tuesday night and had a blast. It's such a funny show, and we love it! We felt like we were 85 years old though, because there was a bar mitzvah party there or something so basically everyone there was 13. Mike was laughing at me being so grumpy about them being loud before the show started. During the show, they threw a marshmallow up where we were, and several of the kids almost threw themselves off the balcony trying to get it. I'm not really sure what they thought they were going to do with it when they got it, but I'm sure when I was their age I would have done the same thing.
Now I know why you all came to this blog post. So here it is.
I mostly put that in the title to draw you in. Haha. But actually I have a bad history of injuries and sickness while on trips. I was pretty lucky this time to just get some simple stuff.
1. I got a head cold while we were there, which gave me a pounding headache. I hadn't slept for more than a couple of hours for the two days before we left (nerves, excitement, and cruelty from the Sandman) so Wednesday night was spent from 4:00 or so on at the hotel ordering in dinner, napping, and watching mentally stimulating shows like Dog: The Bounty Hunter, Duck Dynasty (which we LOVE), and 2 second bits of t.v. as we flipped through the channels a hundred times. We actually had a fabulous time.
2. I got the best souvenir you can get from Boston - I came home looking like a lobster. We were out all day on Thursday and it was pretty warm, so my hair was up and I was wearing short sleeves. My face and neck were bright red. I'm pretty used to it, since my skin is the color of porcelain, but still.
3. Due to my cold, and my stupid Eustachian tube being so narrow and causing me trouble, my ears got so blocked on the way home that they hurt pretty badly. I was finally able to get them to pop a little while after we landed, but have had some issues with them since then. I think once my cold goes away, it'll all work out.
RANDOM FUNNY STUFF:
1. When we were at the USS Constitution, we couldn't stop laughing because at practically EVERY exhibit, video, plaque, etc they explained why it was called "Old Ironsides" (because it was able to withstand heavy blows basically). For the rest of the trip, one of us would say something like, "I just wish they would have told us why they called it Old Ironsides." or "The only thing that was a disappointment about our trip was that we don't know what Old Ironsides means." It's probably only funny to us, but whatever.
2. We learned that Michael trying to do a Boston accent sounds REMARKABLY like Baby Bear from Sesame Street. I don't know that that was what he was going for.
3. This is officially the weirdest picture I have ever taken. We were trying to make it look like the penguin mama was feeding me, but somehow I look....more bizarre than anything.
4. On our first trip on the subway, this little old man was talking to us, and when we asked him what he would see in the city, he told us that "I've lived here my whole life, but I never been on no Freedom Trail or nothin.' You didn't miss nothin' not being here before. It's all a waste a time." He was super nice, but that cracked us up.
5. There was no middle ground when it came to our waitresses. They were either amazing and totally helpful and friendly and excited that we were visiting from Missouri, or they ignored us and were terrible. It got to be a bit of a game to see which of the two we would get.
6. Apparently, everyone in Massachusetts thinks that Missourians know NOTHING. We ended up lying to make people not feel stupid a LOT. When we asked where was a good place to eat in Rockport, the lady told us, "Have you heard of lobster? Okay, well you can either get it in the shell, or out of the shell. Etc. Etc. Etc." When we asked if there was a local food that you couldn't get other places (like toasted ravioli or gooey butter cake or provel cheese in St. Louis to name a few), a lady said, "Have you ever heard of fudge? Like as a candy? It's really really good." When we went into a local candy shop where they made their own candy, I saw salt water taffy. When we were checking out, I said that I was excited because I've been dreaming of it for days. The owner said, "Have you ever had it before?" We were laughing later about me dreaming of this mysterious candy that just happened to be real. I nearly swallowed my tongue laughing later that day when Mike said in this mystical voice, "Sir, I also have dreamed of an elepha-raffe. Half elephant, half giraffe. Do you happen to have one of those??"
7. ...I swear there were more funny things that happened, but I'm tired. :) We laughed all week. :)
We had such a fun time, but were ready to come home and see our little kids again. Thanks again to my Mom and Dad for taking the week to watch our kids. They loved it. The kids keep telling me that Grandma does things for them. "Mommy, Grandma makes us lunch." "Grandma wipes my bottom." "Grandma plays with me." "Grandpa swings Charlie." Apparently they do it better! :)