Happy Monday, or in my case, not so happy Monday… It’s already a rough start to the week, but it can only go up from here… right?
Anyways, this past weekend was filled with car events once again. Saturday morning I had to work, so my good friends Steve and Nancy were kind enough to come and pick up Louisa and bring her to the Show of Dreams hosted by British Cars of New Hampshire. The event ran into the afternoon and I was able to make it towards the end. There were so many AMAZING British cars there. Here are a few photos.
Louisa took home first place in her class, 1960-1969 British Cars. She was up against a few other cars, two of which were other MINIS.
I am a proud mama.
Sunday AM was also a car day. My humble little show in Salem, New Hampshire at The Coffee Factory started early at 9AM, Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee.
I have been trying to get the show to be a little more professional and get myself out there. Up until now, I was just behind the scenes and no one knew it was I, *gasp* a lady, who was organizing the events. To my surprise, most everyone who started to realize it was me, was very supportive of that fact. For that, I am very happy.
My friend and sponsor Carson of Detail New England, helped me out at the show. Walking around, making connections, and manning the tent. It was a really great time! Quite a success, and I am happy with how far the show has come. Here are some photos from the day.
Short blog post this time. This coming weekend though I will be helping out at the SCCA Race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday and then Seacoast Cars and Coffee on Sunday. It is going to be one hell of a weekend, but I am very much so looking forward to it. Until next time everyone!
Heyo again everyone! I know it has only been a couple days since my last blog post, but today is a very big day.
One year ago today, my parents and I started the journey to New Brunswick, Canada to retrieve who we all refer to as BabyLou. I remember the day like it was yesterday. So, for those of you have not yet heard the story or for those who would care to relive it, I’m going to share the journey I took to go get her, and the adventure that we have had together since then.
Thursday July 13, 2018 7:30am
Usually I am not one to wake up early, but I could not sleep this day. I kept waking up every hour looking at the clock. In just two short hours, my parents and I would be leaving for New Brunswick, Canada to go get my new classic car. I could hardly believe that this day had come. Shawn and I had talked for the past few weeks, and before long what started as a mere transaction became a friendship. I was looking forward to meeting him in person as much as I was looking forward to seeing the car in person.
As Shawn and I talked the weeks leading up to this day, we discovered that we had met in passing two years ago at MINIs on Top 2015. I purchased a duck whistle from his wife who was selling them for a charity. I did not think anything of it at the time. As we got to know each other some more it was clear that this situation did not happen by chance, we had a lot in common. We both decided that it was meant to be, I was meant to pick up Louisa, formerly known as “BabyBlue.”
The drive up was no joke. We left the house at around 9:30am. It would take us around 12 hours to reach our destination. 511 miles to pick up the precious cargo who was awaiting its new owner. We stopped several times along the way, for gas, food, and just some breaks in general. We stopped for dinner around 7:00pm, but still had about two and half more hours to go. I messaged Shawn who told me not to worry, that we would get there when we did.
I remember that feeling at dinner. So close to that moment that I could taste it. Louisa was within arms reach…
When we pulled up to his house, Louisa was parked out in the driveway.
Wow. Words could not describe how excited I was to be here and to be seeing this car in person. I chatted with Shawn and his wife Angie for a little while as my parents were turning the Uhaul around on the street to make our departure easier. A beautiful car, truly. It was a cold night and her windows were beginning to fog up. She was not used to being out in the cold weather.
Loading her up on the Uhaul proved to be a daunting task. The wheel base barely fit on it. My excitement was dwindling for a few moments as I thought we might have driven all the way up here just to not be able to get her on the trailer to go home…
Of course, we did it though and just was up and on and ready to make the journey back home.. Before we left though we got a visit from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I guess there had been a few calls that came in with concerns about a potential robbery. The police were all very nice about it once they were reassured there was no robbery going on. They were then very interested in the car and asked some more questions. They told us good luck getting it back home and went on their way.
I said my goodbyes to Shawn, and promised I would take good care of Louisa. I had the duck whistle I bought from them in my pocket and placed it on her little dash before we took off again.
510 miles back, 9 long hours later, we arrived back home around 9:30am the following morning. Unloading Louisa back off of the trailer was also a very daunting task. There were a few guys on our street who were taking a break from mowing the lawn across the street from my nana’s house. One of them was nice enough to come over and lend us a hand. He back the uhaul down the driveway, and helped us unload my precious cargo.
Here is first photo I ever took of Louisa, safe and sound in my nana’s garage after a long journey back home.
I was so tired.. I had barely slept in the last 24 hours. I went home, took a shower and got into bed. I still couldn’t sleep though. What just happened? Was this real? Am I dreaming? I took a nap for a few hours. But as I’ve said before. There is no rest for the weary. I had organized a Pipe Dream Brewing get together for MINIs of New Hampshire that evening. All of my friends in multiple groups was going to be there, and there was no way I was going to miss that…
Friday July 14th 5:30pm
On my way to Pipe Dream!
I got there kind of late because I napped longer than I wanted to. When I walked in, everyone asked me what the hell I was doing there and why I wasn’t asleep. But for those of you who know me well, you know how I am. I couldn’t have NOT gone to the event I had put together…
I recounted my journey to my friends, had some food, and then promptly when home when it was all over. My journey was over, but the fun was just getting started…
Since that day, Louisa “BabyLou,” and I have gone on some amazing adventures and met so many people. It was truly an experience getting to know this little car, and adjusting to all of attention it was going to bring. Car shows, cruise night, dinner get togethers, ice cream runs and more. I hope that we have many more years together and make many more new friends and memories. Below are photos from our year together, and just a glimpse into the world of being a car girl.
Duck whistle I was referring to earlier
Louis and LuLu meeting for the first time
Some of the first photos I took of her.
Her first Cars and Coffee! #snhcarsandcoffee
Her first GTG with MoNH!Her second GTG!
Seacoast Cars and Coffee!
Kiwanis Car Club show in Concord, NH 2017
MINIs of Boston GTG
A few photos from Cruise Downtown in Manchester, NH 2017
Her little award for being a car show favorite at Cruise Downtown, and her first one of many!
More Cruise Downtown
More Kiwanis Car Club show, and her second award! 2nd place in the british class
More Cruising Downtown, and theres me in the background! And yes, I did match on purpose
SNHU Gearheads club show
SNHU Gearheads Club show
Her first drive after a long winter! #2018
Took her for a spin to school!
Breakfast after #snhcarsandcoffee with the knights 🙂
A few photos of a quick spin around Masabesic lake!
Tiffany and Co. key that matches so perfectly.
Candia First Stoppe weekly cruise night
#snhcrsandcoffee heading to breakfast again!
MA Illest I believe? I was one of only 3 classics there..
More Candia Cruise night
My PERFECT picnic basket from my friend Jonny!
Hey look, our first photo together!
Manchester Firing Line Cruise Night
Manchester Firing Line Cruise night
Louisa made a little friend at Candia First Stoppe cruise night!
Still at candia! Different show this time
Giving her a little bath
Rotary Show in June in Goffstown, NH!And she got second in her class again! 😀
More Candia Cruise night!
Louisa getting cleaned up at Carson’s shop #DetailNewEngland
Her very first photo at the White Mountains for MINIs on Top
MINIs on Top at Loon Mountain
Ghost the duck
Photo on the Kanc courtesy of EZ RIder Pics!
Castle in the Clouds Car show just last weekend!
British Car Squad
#seacoastcarsandcoffee Louisa was front and center
She made another classic friend!
Louisa wants to come to The Friendly Toast too!
Colt and MINI
This past year has been crazy. And it would not have been as much fun without all of the amazing people that I have met along the way. I am so thankful I was able to make this happen. It was a long journey to get her and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thanks Louisa for a year of great adventures, I can’t wait to see where this next year will take us!
Until next time. Motor On.
Wow, it’s almost been a month since MINIs on Top. It’s hard to believe! I’ve been super busy since then, cruise nights here and there. This past weekend though was a huge car show up in Moultonborough. New Hampshire, the Castle in the Clouds Car Show! A few of my friends had gone years prior and told me that I definitely should go if I could.
With the oil issues I had previously with my classic I was hesitant about the hour and half drive to the castle. I decided that I would get up early, drive part way, get some breakfast and give her a break and then continue on my way…
Saturday July 7th, 7:00AM
Blahh, mornings are never easy for me. But breakfast AND a car show did make it a little easier. Louisa and I started our journey around 7:30 up to a cafe in Pittsfield for breakfast. Jitters Cafe was quite the interesting place. It was early and there were only a few people in there. But I have never seen a place serve breakfast, pizza, beer, mimosas and cake all one place. I was skeptical about it, but it was too late to go somewhere else. I was pleasantly surprised though with the food, as well as the people who worked there. I was clearly locally owned. The owner (I assumed) was sitting at a table with a couple who must go there often. They were talking about their grandkids and what not. THe wait staff was chit chatting about their kids, making ends meet, etc. It was a community cafe and I can appreciate that.
I finished breakfast and continued on my journey. I regretted not using the bathroom before I left… But oh well!
I pulled over another half hour later to give Louisa another break. As I was pulling out of the parking lot to continue, a group from British Cars of New Hampshire passed by. My good friends Steve and Nancy were hanging out the side of their MGB “Mushy-B” waving to me as they passed by.
I caught up to them at the main entrance of the Castle. The road going up was gorgeous, and I was kicking myself the whole way up because I decided not to take my GoPro with me…
Here is just a snapshot of the dome shaped horse drawn road that had been there since the early 20th century. It was the perfect road for small british cars. I didn’t get out of second gear the whole way up. But it was so much fun. Luckily, Nancy got some shots of my driving up as well…
There’s me in the back!
And me in the back behind a tree! Haha.
The field was already packed when we got there, and boy was it a sight to see.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous! And with all of the humidity we had during the work week, I was super grateful that it was 75 degrees, no humidity and not a cloud in the sky. A truly gorgeous day. Here are a few photos that I took of the show!
Everyone loves her!
My second favorite british car!
Another snapshot of a few of us.
I handed out some Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee cars to a few cars that were in the Salem, NH area and who I thought might enjoy coming. After walking around, Nancy and I took the trolly up to visit the castle. The carriage road that only allows the trolly on was gorgeous once again. But, the view from the castle was honestly too much to take in.
Can you imagine walking out in to your backyard to see this every morning? And the house had been there since the 1920s. I can’t imagine how different it must have looked back then. The furniture, clothing, and dishware inside the house was all from back then too. Here are some photos I took of the castle and inside.
As I walked through the house, I tried to imagine what life would’ve been like living here. I tried to imagine the people in and out of this house and the memories that we made. It’s cool for me to think that they made this place their home and now people are admiring and appreciating it almost 100 years later.
I was so in awe of the castle, that I decided that I would leave an offering of my keys and wallets on one of the benches. I was sitting back down at the show before I realized I didn’t put the, back in my car… Back up we went! Luckily someone had brought the, down to the Carriagehouse so it wasn’t so bad.
After the show was over I went cruising around northern new hampshire with a small fleet of other British vehicles. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.
We finally stopped in Deerfield at Elliot’s house. I was again in awe… 13 cars sat in multiple garages. All different, and all perfect to him. It is awesome too see someone who appreciates such a diverse array of cars. I loved it.
From there I took off to a friend’s house for a BBQ. I turned in early though because Seacoast Cars and Coffee was the next morning! Good night…
Sunday July 8th, 6:00am
Why do car people like to do things so early in the morning???
Oh well. I met up with my friend Carson of Detail New England and we ventured to Epping to pick up some other MINI owners. We rolled into the show together and it was already packed! I didn’t get a chance to take too many pictures while I was there because I was working the show and helping out at the booth. But here are a few.
AND Louisa did get to meet another Classic MINI friend.
The blue car on the right is a 1988 998CC engine gorgeous little limited edition. The owner Jason had just picked it up a few months ago. Such a gorgeous little MINI.
It was a long morning of helping out and what not. I got to park front and center so I could watch all of the people admire BabyLou.
After the show was over, Brad, Carson and I all went for breakfast at the Friendly Toast in downtown Portsmouth, NH. It’s always a treat to eat there.
Hehe, so cute.
After breakfast, we took a cruise around route 1a. I love seeing all the looks as we drive around. We stopped for a photo op as well.
It was a great car weekend filled with more memories made, old friends and some new ones! This weekend I have a get together with the MINIs of New Hampshire group and then maybe some sun at the beach on Sunday.
Until next time. Motor On!
Wow.. I have been like the energizer bunny since my last blog post. Keep going and never stopping! There is not rest for the weary I suppose, and all those there cliche sayings about being busy…
Okay, on to the good stuff. This past weekend marked my fourth, I can’t even believe that, FOURTH, MINIs on Top(MOT) and it was a blast. For those who are not familiar with the event, it happens once a year around the second weekend in June. It is a time for people from all walks of life come to enjoy each other’s company, and the one thing we all have in common.. our MINIs!! 150+ people gathered in North Conway at the Red Jacket Hotel for the fun filled weekend. This years theme was Pirates of the Kancamagus, and some people went all out! Event organizers did a wonderful job as always, and the weekend was certainly another one for the books..
Friday, June 15th, 12:00PM
Friday was a busy day. I had decided a couple months ago that this year I would bring my Classic MINI up North with me to experience MOT. I seemed help taking her up north but no one was able to assist me. I was on my own. So I sucked it up and rented a Uhaul and ended up getting a fantastic deal. I loaded her up on the trailer at around 4:30PM and began my trek up North. Two hours was nothing compared to the 20 hours I had spent in a Uhaul last year to go retrieve Louisa(My classic) from Canada. As tough as it was, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
I arrived at the Red Jacket Hotel at about 7:06PM. After stopping several times on the way up to make sure she was alright and tell her she was doing great, I finally made it… No one was around, so I was on my own yet again unloading my precious cargo. Slowly, and carefully, she got off the trailer and her tires touched pavement again. I could feel her excitement! I unloaded my luggage from the Uhaul and into Louisa’s tiny boot and made my way to the entrance. I checked in, dropped off my bags, parked her out back amongst her MINI friends and went to the Friday night gathering. I only spent a little time socializing as I had been up since 5:30am that morning and needed some sleep. I turned in for the night and couldn’t wait for the morning…
Saturday June 16th, 7:00AM
UGHHH… Mornings will never be my thing. But they are a little easier knowing I have a fun day ahead of me. I loaded up all the necessary items for the day, ducks, gopro, charger, water, ukulele. Time to go! I was headed off to Loon Mountain Resort where everyone gathers to show off their MINIs and check out the boot sale! For those who don’t know, a ‘boot’ is a MINI’s trunk.
Here are some photos of Louisa before I arrived at Loon.
I can’t express how much fun it was to drive the Kanc in my classic One of the best experiences I have had in a while. The weather was gorgeous and the skies were clear. It couldn’t have been a better day. Video below!
Loon Mountain is always one of my favorite parts of the weekend and also one of the longest. But this year the time absolutely FLEW by. I enjoy talking to people, but I LOVE talking to people about my car. It is always a new experience to see people’s faces light up when they see Louisa. To be amongst people who already have a love of MINIs and have a different appreciation of her is a wonderful feeling.
Awh, look at how cute she is ❤
Everyone wants to sneak a peak inside!
Another duck from my friends Kathy and Bob!
“Look at how tiny it is!”
“I have to show my grandkids this!”
I like to stand back sometimes and just watch how people react. Its nice standing on the side lines and letting Louisa have the attention that she deserves. Loon was packed full of MINIS which is always a site for me to see.
From Loon, everyone picks a rally route and motors around Northern New Hampshire in big groups. I sat out of the rallying this year as Louisa would not have been able to keep up with the younger and more hip MINIs with all their fancy upgrades. So I ventured back down the Kanc with her, just enjoying the nice day and the views. I explored around a little bit and eventually ended up back at the hotel to just unwind and spend some time with myself.
The view from the room was gorgeous and the hotel had a nice little porch type area out side with a little chair to enjoy it even more.
3:30PM rolled around and I ventured back out to head to that base of Mt. Washington. Mt. Washington is where everyone gathers to share stories about their day, adventures and endeavors, have a meal and just chat with friends before ascending up the mountain. My ride to the base got interesting when my little baby began to smoke badly.. I pulled over and the couple that was following us said told me what he saw. I checked my oil and I had almost non left… We weren’t that far out from the base and I just wanted to make it there.. Maybe someone had some spare oil they could share. Luckily, my friend Tom and one other guy had some to spare, and I felt better about the whole thing. As long as I could make it back to the hotel, she would make it home okay… I was not alone during this bump in the road thankfully, my close friend Dave was with me to help. Now on to the fun stuff…
This year was extra fun for me, even though I had a malfunction on the way there… Each year they give out award for different categories. Newest MINI, Oldest Driver, Most MINIs, etc. Two year ago, at my second MOT in 2016, I received a medal for Youngest Driver. This year, because I brought Louisa, I received a medal for Oldest MINI.
Louisa was the only classic there, and although I saw it coming, it was still fun. After the awards and raffles were given out it was time to venture up to the summit of Mt. Washington. Last year was my first time ascending the mountain and I still get emotional thinking about it. It was so gorgeous last year, and it was just as gorgeous this year. BUT, no tears were shed this time.. because they froze before they could leave my eyeballs once we were actually at the top. Wearing shorts was obviously a poor decision. But again, totally worth it. I got to ride to the summit in my other friend Kathy’s teal convertible.
I didn’t take any pictures at the summit because it was so cold and I was focused on getting back to the hotel with some light. I made it back safely with our friends and then it was time to put her up on the trailer and head to the pajama party. Success! Got her up on the trailer with no problem, and with an audience… It happens. Louisa is gorgeous, what can I say?
It was good to be back at the hotel talking about the day some more with MINI friends. Some drinks and pizza ensued. The tables in the MOTOroom as we call it, were decorated with loot and gems. At one point in the night we saw how many chocolate coins we could stack on top of each other and then tried to stack rubber ducks on top of that. It was fun. I ended up knocking them all over at one, ON ACCIDENT, and I felt bad.. oh well, at least someone got pictures…
I was sad that the weekend was coming to a close as I turned in for the night, and was not really looking forward to the two hour drive home. I drifted to sleep pretty quickly because I was exhausted from the MINI adventure I had.
Sunday June 17th, 9:00AM
Okay, 9am, a little more bearable. I reiterate the fact that I don’t like mornings at all, so if I get up to see you or do something, it must be important.. A few of us were going to get together for some breakfast. We all met at Red Fox Bar and Grille.. Bar and Grille? For breakfast? I was a lift skeptical as we pulled in, but once I saw “All you can eat breakfast buffet for 8.99” mu skepticism disappeared. The good was delicious and I highly recommend it if you’re every in the area and looking for something to eat. From there it was time to go home… We stayed together for a little bit and ended up on this GREAT road, that would have been 20x more fun had I been driving either of my MINIs. Oh well, maybe next year, right?
Once again, as I write about my weekend and all the great people I spent time with, I’m ever more thankful that I met these people and decided to get a MINI. I wouldn’t change anything I’ve done. Being part of this community is something I’m not sure I would have been able to experience had I decided to get another car. Until next time my friends…
Hey everyone! It’s yo girl!
I’m waiting in the airport in Orlando, Florida right now as I start typing this. It’ll probably take me a week to get all me thoughts and photos together to make this blog post as spectacular as my trip was. I’ll start with Sunday….
Sunday May 6th 2:00AM
UGHHH. I tried to go to bed at a reasonable hour on Saturday after attending TWO car shows all day, but I was unsuccessful. The excitement of the trip was too much for me to handle and I didn’t fall asleep until 12amish. My mom came in and woke me up and I was not having it. But nevertheless o got up, got ready and grabbed my stuff to go.
Good bye LuLu!!!
The airport was an experience, I had never been on a plane before let alone through a security check. I forgot that you can’t take liquids and stuff on the plane and I had all my sunscreen and lotion for my sunburn, that I already had from the car shows, taken a away by an asshole with a ponytail. I’ll remember you…
Okay, 5am rolled around and it was time for food. Standing in line BEFORE a Dunkin donuts opened was probably something I’ll never do again. We waited some time longer and then it was time to get on the plane. I was honestly a little scared, I had never been on a plan before, but I was so pumped and ready for this trip.
I was fine when the plane started moving until it hit the runway. I was NOT prepared for that. Once we were off the ground though I was good. The plane ride took us a little over three hours, and because of the sheer exhaustion of having to be up at 2AM, I slept through most of it. When I did wake up though, the view out the widow was breathtaking.
Once we got off the plane the airport was a lot to take in. There were shops, carts, restaurants, and a bunch of other stuff that we rushed passed as went to get out luggage and find the Magic Express that would take us to our resort.
We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, which was also absolutely gorgeous and huge!
I did not get a lot of pictures, but this was just the ‘lobby’ building. We checked our bags at the hotel after we had arrived around noon. Our rooms wouldn’t be ready until around 5PM, so we headed over to Disney Springs. Again, it was absolutely gorgeous. Here is one photo of a beautiful view off a bridge.
We were starving at this point. Our last meal had been at a dunking donuts at 4AM. We stopped at a place called Cookies of Dublin, which was a pub style place. I ordered big greasy burger with fries, and it was absolutely delicious.
We walked around a bit more after lunch. There was a huge Lego Store around the center of the Springs. Among other stores, there was a Rainforest Cafe and tons of other Disney stores where you could get pairs of ears and customized t-shirts. There were also these cool little boat cars that you could ride out on the water in. I’m not sure how much it cost, we did not take a ride for it. They were so adorable though, and I definitely want one… someday.
A couple more hours went by and our rooms were finally ready. We trekked back to the hotel and grabbed our bags and headed to our room. We had to meet behind out building in just under an hour for a group dinner. An hour to get ready after being up for 20 hours was not very fun… We had dinner at Tu Tu Tango which was awesome and all, but it was a little disorganized. At the end of the night, we were just glad to be back in our room to sleep… The week started tomorrow…
Monday May 7th 8:45AM
Yesterday was a long, long day, but that was good, because it was going to prepare me for the day that I was going to have. We had planned to get up early to try and get to Magic Kingdom, but that didn’t exactly go that way. After our alarm went off at 8:45, we continued to lay in bed for another 3 alarms, finally leaving the room around, 10:30. We walked down to the bus stop, and man was it HUMID. I still don’t understand how people live down there…
Here we all are before it became sweat city… The bus that took us to Magic Kingdom was air conditioned. AMEN. Amen for those air conditioned busses.
The Castle!!! Breaking view after breathtaking view. I am truly grateful that I got to experience this. But I’ll save that for later. Food time… We stopped at the first place that we could sit inside. We stopped inside at the Starlight Cafe, where I had ANOTHER burger. I’m on vacation, right? Diets don’t count. I also got a Mickey straw!
Next we headed over to the Swiss Family Treehouse. It was nice and cool under the big tree and in the shade. It was cool. Next we went over to the Jungle Cruise. Our boat driver had plenty of puns and it was really funny. It was a good time. We made out way back over to the Castle and spotted the Fairy God Mother! There wasn’t much of a line, so we waited and then she disappeared. A few minutes later the Evil Step Sisters were there, so we met them instead.
This was the best photo we took before we all got really sweaty…
Next, we waited in line for the Pirate of the Caribbean ride. 40 minutes flies by a lot faster when your playing Heads Up. If your going to be standing in line for a long time and you’re with a lot of friends, I highly recommend it, you’ll make a lot of great memories.
Haley had been talking about the Dole Whip all day so we went and picked up some of that and then waited inside, WITH AIR CONDITIONING, of the Country Bears show. I don’t exactly remember what the name of it was, but it was something like that. BUT, it was hysterical and I recommend it for adults. When we got outside the PARADE WAS GOING ON!! I was so excited, we had seen clips of it on the Disney Express bus that took us to our resort, but weren’t sure if we were going to be able to see it or not. Here are some photos I took.
So that fire breathing dragon was super cool, and actually just recently caught on fire after we left Florida..
On a side note, this park is absolutely HUGE. Next I think we went on the Haunted Mansion Ride because we had a Fast Pass for it. The wait for this ride was short and when we got on it was really dark. For future references, I hate the dark, and anything that jumps out at me, so I was a little nervous. Once we got in and went around it was fine and most of the ride was funny. BUT, halfway through the ride it STOPPED. At first, I thought it was part of the ride, but then Haley said “This has never happened before.” Allow freak out to commence. After just a couple minutes it started up again, and we continued, but then it stopped AGAIN. At this point, I was a little annoyed, but it was fun overall. Once we got off that ride we headed over to the It’s a Small World Ride. My nana had told me that it was her favorite ride when her and my papa and mom went when my mom was a teenager, so I had to go on it for her.
After this ride we broke for lunch and stopped in Pinocchio cafe place. I ordered Chicken tenders off the kids menu.. Haha! That was funny. From there we circled back around to Tomorrowland and went on the sky ride that I also cannot remember the name. It was a nice break, relaxing. There was a nice breeze, and it was high up enough that you could see other parts of the park at certain points. There was also a great view of the castle.
We stuck around Tomorrowland and did a few of the other rides that were there. The Carrousel of Progress was really interesting to see. Although its not technically a ‘ride,’ it was interesting to see the progress that we went through since the early 20th century. Next we went to the Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor, and it was really funny. They pull people from the crowd and have a camera that kept going back to this one guy. It was a good show. Next, we waited in line for the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. The wait for this ride was almost an hour, so it was time to whip out the Heads Up app again. It passed the time quickly, and we even got a few other families to ask what we were playing and a couple downloaded and started to play themselves. I got a score of 86,000 dominating my friends’ scores. But of course, I AM the best..
Next we went to Space Mountain. This ride had a wait of an hour and a half, and I was fine with that. Another thing that I am not fond of is rollercoasters… Heads up took up the time again and we got on the ride. I was NOT prepared for that. But it Was a lot of fun. Two minutes of being whipped around in the dark can give someone quite the rush. When we got in line for the ride it was light out, and when we came back outside, it was dark. The fireworks show was going on and we got to catch just the end of it. The castle was also lit up and it looked absolutely gorgeous.
BUT, because of the fireworks show parts of the roads around the castle were closed and we had another FastPass to get to in 20 minutes. So Jess took the lead, and we all held hands as she navigated through the crowd, LIKE A PRO. I tripped over a carriage folded up on the ground though, AND had a bruise to prove it. Once we got out of the crowd we ran over to Thunder Mountain. Another ride I was not looking forward to… We got in the FastPass line and waited for about 20 minutes before the moment of truth came… At the end, it was not that bad. But then they wanted me to go on Splash Mountain. NO WAY. Big drops are the WORST. I gave in though.. Live a little, I guess. Who knows when the next time I’ll be there would be… They definitely fooled me though, a smaller drop made to be the big drop… It was not… It was funny, and the huge drop was funnier.. Splash Mountain was the last ride of the day. It was 11:00PM and we were absolutely exhausted. The walk back to the bus stop was AWFUL, and the bus ride back was even worse. I am not used to standing on a bus, and almost fell on a mom and her kids. Once we got back to the hotel it was a wonderful feeling to take my shoes off, take a shower and go to bed… Sleep and do it again tomorrow…
Tuesday May 8th 8:45AM
Day TWO! SO pumped for the day.. Not really, my feet still hurt a little from the day before. Also not looking forward to another day in the heat. Today, we were off to Epcot to drink around the world!
The weather was a little nicer out, there were some clouds to block out the sun off and on and then there was a nice breeze every now and again. Epcot was probably my favorite day.
We decided to go to the Test Track first as its a car ride, and being who I am, I wanted to do that one. The wait for that ride was an hour and half. But DAMN, was it worth it. First, you get to build your car. And then it will be tested for capability, efficiency, responsiveness and POWER. So the first three stages of the ride were fin, simulating a car drifting and what not. But then the last test came, you come through a tunnel with lights that lead to a door that open to reveal an outside track that goes around the building. The light blinds you, the ‘test car’ takes off, and the wind is blowing in the breeze. HOLY DAMN, it was so fast and so fun. If you’re going to take a trip to Epcot and have never been on this ride, I highly recommend it! It was my favorite. Next it was time to DRINK AROUND THE WORLD!!! As were walking along, there were gorgeous flowers EVERYWHERE. They were all perfect and beautiful and the air smelled wonderful and I couldn’t breath because of my allergies.
We then went to go check out the Croughnut, a donut croissant hybrid. It was delicious and it was even better because it was free. We got them for free because we were wearing “Celebrating Graduating College” pins, and the girl at the booth was wicked nice of course.
We stopped under an umbrella table and chilled out for a second. A little duck was following us and I couldn’t help but give him a piece… and a name… Charlie. Charlie wouldn’t go away after I gave him that first piece, so he hung out and I gave him my last piece before a little kid came over and chased him away. It was nice to meet you Charlie!
We took off and ventured around the world, and what started with drinking, ended with eating.. here are a few photos.
We stopped to eat at Via Napoli in Italy. We ordered a prosciutto pizza and I ordered a Moscow Mule of course!
We continued our adventure around the world and then headed back to Disney Springs to eat for dinner. We went to the Rainforest Cafe, which was good. But the time there was an adventure in and of itself. First, I was not very hungry at all after I had been eating all day. Second, I did not really enjoy my Moscow Mule, nor was there a lot of alcohol in it because it was primarily pineapple juice. Yes, you read that correctly. Pineapple juice. THAT DOES NOT BELONG IN A MOSCOW MULE. So back to the Rainforest Cafe.
And here is my happy drink. This dinner night turned in to a very interesting one. I become extremely honest and a little too outgoing when I’m tipsy. When I’m drunk I just overcompensate and am awkward.. So, Tipsy MaeLynn decided that it would be a GREAT idea to leave her number for the waiter, Salvatore…. Now, I intended to leave and get out of there before he came back to pick up the check. But Jess was taking pictures with her cousin and while we were still sitting at the table waiting, Salvatore came over and grabbed the check. SHIT! I turned to Haley and said that I wanted to be out of here before he came back and picked it up.. Laughter ensued.. she turned to look, “He’s looking at it!” More laughter ensued. Eventually he came back over and told us he heard the giggling. “Thanks,” he said, “now don’t forget to pick up your souvenir glass, you can take this one too (One of the table), I don’t give a shit. You ladies have a good time.” WHEW, that was awkward, but it as funny and I was too tipsy to care. End day two..
Wednesday May 9th, 8:45AM
I had a blast in Epcot the day before and today I was really looking forward to the Safari ride in Animal Kingdom. Here’s our obligatory selfie (I made that face in all our photos all weekend…)
I didn’t know what to expect today, another fun filled day though was for sure. Amen again for air conditioned buses. Today was even better, weather wise, than the last couple days. It was overcast, but not too bad, and there was an even better breeze. Animal Kingdom has trees covering a lot of the paths, so there was always a bit of shade from the sun. The Tree of Life is what welcomes all the visitors to its kingdom.
An absolutely gorgeous sight, no pictures I took this week do any of what I saw any justice. It was truly remarkable. The tree was carved out of all different animals, and extended down to where this photo was taken. As you can see, on the right is a buffalo. How cute! We took some more photos and then ventured over to the Safari line. 90 minute wait… My patience was definitely put on trial this week. I hate lines and waiting. BUT, it was totally worth it… Again, me talking about what I saw doesn’t do much for you, so here are the photos I took that are worth sharing.
Here was our safari bus!
A cute little rhino. It looks like he is looking right at the camera!
A fleet of snap jaws..
I don’t remember what these things were called, BUT they are super cool because they hold liquid in their horns and circulate it into their body to keep them cool.
Chilling and grazing
This giraffe was literally right next to he bus.. This photo is not zoomed in much..
This one is not zoomed at all..
Elephants!! And the little baby elephant, super cute.
Some flamingos, and according to the little boy behind us, there were ten.
There was this Ostrich, that did not give a shit about the bus, us, or the wait time. It walked right in front of the bus, right up to the OPEN windows and strut its stuff.
And this one, giving us all the side eye…
Truly another incredible experience to get up close and personal with animals that I would otherwise never get a chance to see. Next we walked around the conservation and rehabilitation area. There were a whole bunch more animals, lots of gorillas and chimpanzees, toads, snakes, birds, fish, and everything in between. But my favorite, were the meerkats..
I MEAN COME ON, ITS POSING FOR ME!!!
“Humans, I demand you make me your leader.” Sure. Would. They weren’t really doing much, but I could’ve watched them ALL day. Super cute, life long bucket list item – see meerkats. Check!
Next stop, food. It was lunch time, and also time to snack.
This beef and lamb gyro, ugh, sooo good. I’m hungry just looking at the photo..
Next we traveled over to Kali River Rapids. The wait, again, was another hour and a half. This wait however REALLY tried my patience. A group of 5th graders and their irresponsible chaperons were behind us and were bouncing off the walls. THERE ARE ROPES BLOCKING STUFF OFF FOR A REASON LITTLE GIRL. Anyways, whatever. About 40 minutes in though, an announcer came on the speaker and said that there were some technical difficulties and the ride had stopped. Okay, time to sit, and down I went. The wait was only about 15 minutes and the line was moving again, but then the ride was down again. Oh well, no big deal. I had already waited an hour, what was another 15 minutes. We got up to the section where they let the Fastpass people go and then a few of us ‘standing’ people. Well Ms. Chaperone did not approve of the “MILLION” of Fastpass people that they were letting go. The poor kid working the line was saying that the ride was down, and they have the right away BECAUSE THEY HAVE A FAST PASS. Well, Ms. Chaperone did not approve and was swearing up and down in front of her band of hellions, one of which was her daughter. We all said to the kid that he was doing his job, and couldn’t help the ride malfunctioning. I always feel bad in those situations, he was doing his job and deserved someone on his side. We all moved along, and thank god there were so many of the hellions that we were put in a separate boat. Our company for the ride was MUCH more friendly. And of course, Haley and I got SOAKED. I didn’t mind, it was hot, and it felt good.
A few waiting in line photos.. has to keep myself occupied somehow… else I was going to punch a kid.
From there it was my dreaded hour… Exhibition Everest… I REALLY did not want to go on that ride. But we had FastPasses, and I had too, so in the line I went. So, we had done all the parks with the mountain rollercoasters, and this was the last one. I KNEW that one of them went backwards and was praying it was not this one. That prayer was not answered though… We came up to the hill where the tracks drop off and my only thought was, “Oh. Shit.” and backwards I went. I had my eyes closed for most of the rollercoaster and my picture down the last big hill was horrendous. BUT, I had fun, and would probably go on it again. At least I would know what to expect. There were a few other things we did over in Dinoland, and not the kid part. This one ride was an underground travel back through time type ride where we had to find a specific dinosaur and bring it back. Well all there was on that ride were T-Rex left and right. It was pitch black for most of the parts and they would stop you right in front of one and then flip the lights on to reveal it. Again, great ride, hilarious really, it was fun. That pretty much did it for animal kingdom, we walked around some more looking at some more animals and other stuff and then headed off to Hollywood Studios.
The vibe of this place as we walked in was awesome, very 50s and 60s. I loved it. Tower of Terror was on Jess’ agenda, we waited in line with her but promptly went out to wait once she got on. There was NO WAY I was getting on that one..
The inside of the ‘line’ area was really cool though. It was set up like an old hotel, for those who don’t know, and everything was covered in cobwebs and really old and vintage looking, and I loved it. Old stuff is the best kind of stuff. So Jess crossed that off her bucket list and we went to explore a little more. Unfortunately, some of the park was blocked off so we did not get a chance to walk around much. But then the best thing happened. ALL week, since the first day at Magic Kingdom I had been looking for one of those Mickey balloons. And we finally found them. I saw them from a distance and immediately went running over towards them. 5 years old again? Yes, I was, and I am not ashamed.
I WAS SO HAPPY ♥
Next we went over to the Star Wars area, which was not really my thing since I’ve never seen any of the movies (I know, I know, close your mouth). Haley was so excited, she got to meet Chubacca, and I got to meet BB-8 for my mom. She loves him. That did it for Hollywood Studios, there were only a few rides, a lot of food and a lot of shopping. It was time to turn in for the day. And so ended the three days of Magic in Disney World…
Thursday May 10, 10:00AM
There was no way in hell we were getting out of bed early this day.. uh uh, no way. We had to check out by 11 though.. Today was going to be our last day, and our down day before we had to head back to the airport to head home. Lunch was the first thing on the agenda since by the time we got up and got there it was almost noon.
We stopped at a place called the Polite Pig, which was a BBQ place. IT WAS DELICIOUS. Again, I’m hungry just thinking about the place. I got Sausage with cheese inside and waffle fries. It was absolutely wonderful and I wish there was one around here…
Next we walked over to Amorette’s Patissere, where I HAD to get the pink champagne with Minnie ears on tops.
Keepin it classy at the springs.
We had seen it on the first day we were there when we arrived on Sunday, and it was something I had always wanted to do anyways. THE HOT AIR BALLOON!
Hell yea, I was so excited. It was only $20 to take a ride in the hot air balloon, so why not? Jess wanted to ride it too, but Haley was none too excited. The ‘basket’ was a circle, the pilot(I don’t know what a hot air balloon driver is called) made sure that we were all evenly distributed around. Time for lift off. It took about 2 minutes to get all the way up, and I don’t know exactly how high we went, but the view was awesome.
You could see all of Disney Springs. It was up on this balloon ride that a whole lot of realization hit me… My college experience was over. I had made it through four years of classes, tests, projects, presentations, events, memories, struggles, and accomplishments. I had grown as an individual, a young professional, a friend, a leader. I had become someone that I never thought I would be. At the beginning of my college career I didn’t think much of myself, I did not do much. Today a few of my accomplishments are that I help run a car club, I run my own event in New Hampshire that has a following of 820 people, I own a classic, and I was graduating college. I had just taken a trip to New York a few weeks before. If you had told me a few years ago I would end up standing in a hot air balloon at Disney Springs thinking about all of this, I would not have believed you. I thought about where I had been, and where I was now, and I was grateful, SO grateful. I was grateful to be here, to be with friends, to know that I would be going back home to a family that loves and supports me, and more friends who would be celebrating my graduation in just a few days. It was all a little overwhelming, but it was a great feeling to have.
The balloon descended and my flight was over. I touched the ground and came down off of my high. I was happy, life was good. We walked around the springs some more before we had to meet back at the resort and head to the airport. The TSA and boarding process was not as exciting as it was when we were leaving to go to Disney. Although I was sad that the trip was over, I was glad to be going back home to my roots.
Again, pictures that I took during my trip don’t do anything I saw any justice. Our flight back home was at night and it was absolutely gorgeous to see the city lights below us.
Friday May 11, 1:00AM
The flight back was a lot quicker than the flight to get there, and I never thought I’d be glad to arrive back in Manchester. We all waited for our luggage and then said our goodbyes. Haley and Jess were picked up at the airport, and I boarded the bus that would take me back to SNHU. My mom picked me up and I was so happy to see her. It was good to be home.
My Friday was not as exciting as the rest of my week was. I finished up decorating my cap, got my nails done, and went to bed super early. The next morning I would be graduating college. Commencement was a lot of fun. The speeches were short, sweet and to the point.
It was over in a flash, and then it was on to my graduation party. Again, loads and loads of fun. My mom, dad, nana and my sister all put in a ton of effort to make the day super special for me.
Pusheen and Stormy!! ♥♥
Flowers from my family, Haley, and Dave.
The excitement is over now. It has been almost two weeks since I went to Disney and since graduation. I’m currently going through training at SNHU to be a student finance counselor. I’ll be applying for the Masters program here shortly and will continue on my adventure. Until next time…
What’s up everyone! The time is 12:11AM, Monday April 16th. This past weekend marked my first trip to New York and boy what a trip it was!!
Friday I met up with some other MINI friends and we drove down together. Lots of highway driving and pit stops along the way made for a very long night. We left around 6:30, and arrived at the Wellington in Manhattan at around 11PM. Here we are arriving. courtesy of Tom!
We quickly checked in, grabbed out room keys and hit the streets.
Here are the first few photos I took of the city. It doesn’t look like much but it was something to see. I’ve never been to a big city outside of Massachusetts or New Hampshire, so this was truly spectacular.
Colbert Show!! We headed down to Times Square, the view was incredible. Talk about sensory overload. I had a hard time taking it all in. There was so much to see, so much going on, it was amazing. We walked through. The weather that night was gorgeous, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
It was late, so we stopped in to the Hard Rock Cafe, had some snacks, a nice cold drink and then hit the streets again. We walked around and doubled back to the hotel but not before stopping for 99¢ pizza at a hole in the wall. I did not have any Friday night… Saturday was a different story. We got back to the hotel around 2AM and went to bed. I couldn’t wait to get up Saturday morning…
Saturday, April 14, 8:30AM.
Sleeping was a struggle after getting back so late and taking in all the energy of Times Square, but waking up the next day was not a problem at all. I was up bright and early and ready to go. SOME people though took a little longer… Oh well, all good. We stopped for breakfast at a place I cannot remember the name, it was tasty though. And off we went. Priorities first… NINTENDO STORE!!!
felt like a kid. The one and only Nintendo store in US was everything that I thought it would be. Expectations met. Aside from the kids running around, the store was awesome. All the lastest games, older games, original systems, new systems, and a whole display case of all the amiibo, EVER.
I bought a generic red Nintendo Store tank too, and I was satisfied. Next stop, LEGO STORE!!!!
ne of two Lego stores that we saw in our travels, but the only one that we went in to. As I write this, I may venture there tomorrow (Monday) before heading home to get the sets that I was eyeing but didn’t feel like carrying around. From there we took an Uber over to the High Line, where we got some gorgeous shots and a gorgeous view of the city.
There was a lot of construction going on everywhere, but it was still awesome. We walked that for a little bit before hopping off. From there we went to the Lomography Store.
Since I bought my Diana F+ camera, I was in need of a flash for it. It just so happened that there was a sale going on this entire week (what luck!) So I didn’t hesitate to spoil myself. Next up was Forbidden Planet, a comic store.
There was a Pusheen in there, but I reframed from buying it because, again, I didn’t feel like carrying it around all day…
By this point we were all pretty beat and just wanted a place to relax. So we headed to Arts & Craft Beer Parlor. I don’t drink beer, but a nice cold soda was just what I needed. The weather was gorgeous, but it was really warm with all the walking. A quest for sure glasses was also proving to be difficult, but we eventually found some. The Beer Parlor was the last stop before heading back towards the hotel. From there, it was nap time before Bar Bacon with the crew!
Before you ask, yes, it is exactly what you think it is. Bar. Bacon. And everything in between. Pretty much everything on the menu was bacon themed or related in some way.
A plate of bacon, drinks, and a quaint looking front. I will definitely go back here again when I come back to New York. Still the city called me, so we headed back towards Times Square. Test guys all wanted(needed) to watch the Bruins game, so we stopped in a pub for another drink and to watch the game for a bit. Most of the group split after that, but the Friday crew held on strong and we walked over to Times Square for a bit.
It was almost midnight and it was time for 99¢ Pizza!! I got a slice that night, I had to. And for 99¢ it was some damn good pizza. I was very intoxicated at that point, so the pizza was downright delicious. Ha! One of the crew came arrived late Saturday, so we stopped for Cheesecake. I did not indulge in any cheesecake seeing as it was almost 1AM, but it did look good. The walk back to the hotel was short, and it was time for two hours of sleep before waking up for the rally on Sunday.
Sunday April 15, 4:30AM.
UGHHH. Was all I had to say, and a few other choice words when my alarm went off the next morning. Shower. Hair. Clothes. Out the door. No makeuo this early. My roomie was still sleeping away by the time I was finished… Ha!
We met everyone down in the lobby of the Wellington and off to get our cars we went. One by one, the valet pulled them up out of the garage and lined them up. LuLu and I got the lead the group for a little bit before someone else took over. We arrived at Grant’s Tomb a little bit before 6AM. The air was brisk to say the least. It was cold. It was dark. And I was tired. Oh well. It was rally time. I set up my GoPro and off we went through the streets of New York. TWO classic MINIs also joined in on the ride from New York. It was incredible.
Just look at their cute little butts!
LuLu’s butt is still the cutest though… Photo courtesy of fellow MINIACs!
I have to say though rallying around the streets of New York at 6:30 in the morning was an awesome adventure. Talking about it, does not do it justice. So I have prepared this video from the rally. Enjoy!
The fun didn’t stop there though. Around 9AM, we all stopped and had breakfast at Opry City Stage. The food was alright, I do not recommend though.. but onward!! The weekend still didn’t stop there. Myself and a couple others headed over to Museum of Modern Art. Much different from the museum’s I’ve been too around NH and MA. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. It was awesome.
This particular one (above) was my favorite.
After MOMA we headed over to Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake for lunch. A huge Chicken Salad BLT filled me up. Also, it’s not a bad thing to have a Moscow Mule at 2 in the afternoon right? As they say, it’s five o’clock somewhere. After that we jumped in an Uber and headed back to where we had parked out cars after the rally. As we said our goodbyes to the last MINI member who stuck it out, I was still not ready to leave. Luckily, my good friend Dave and his son were kind enough to let me stay with them for a night so that I could experience New York for one more day. We headed back to the hotel, and at this point, it was time for a nap…
Fast forward a few hours, and I was ready to go again. I fixed myself up and headed downstairs to meet up with them. We decided to take a visit to Madame Tussauds wax museum. I have to admit, it was really strange at first. I could not get over how accurate they looked. It was scary, but also really cool. here are a few photos.
Madame Tussauds herself
Marilyn Monroe, her famous dress thing was an accurate representation of what my Friday night was like as I decided it would be a great idea to walk over a bunch of grates in the dress I was wearing.
And Ed Sheeran
The day was almost done, and it was time for one more Moscow Mule before bed.
BUT, the fun didn’t stop there. We decided to head over to Dave and Buster’s that was right next door for a little bit, before heading back to the room. I had to g out again though and stop for some clothes as I stayed for another day.
Monday, April 16th, 7:30AM
No.. I want to go back to sleep. Monday mornings weather was MISERABLE. It was pouring rain and cold. I did not want to get out of bed. I decided to watch some Good Morning America. Do you know how weird it is to watch show that is going on live a five minute walk down the road? Wicked. When I finally decided to get up and out of bed I headed to Sephora to get me some makeup seeing as I somehow lost my eyeliner (and then promptly found it as soon as I got home…). After that it was off to B&H Photo Video Pro Audio. The store was incredible. Every piece of photo, video, audio, surveillance, digital drawing, you name it. It was in there. It took everything I had in me not to buy everything I saw. I settled on a nice pair of headphone though… The rain was still miserable, and as I walked to get some Starbucks to wake myself up, I decided it would be a great idea to step in a lake on my way there. Shoes soaked, spirit sad. I waited for my shoes to dry a little and then headed back to the hotel. I changed and tried to blow dry my shoes. I still had not seen everything I wanted to, but the weather was killing me.
I waited for a about an hour or so, and to my surprise the rain started to let up, and the sun came out. I was thrilled! My shoes were pretty much dry and I went to leave. As I opened up the door, Dave and Luke alms gave me a heart attack as I was not expecting to see them there. We talked for a few minutes, and they were soaked too from their endeavors. I headed over to Fifth Avenue so that they could clean up.
Tiffany and Co. As beautiful as any store I’ve ever laid eyes on. I did not take any pictures in there as I just in awe of how beautiful the store was. Everything was my color. That Tiffany Blue is iconic, and I love it. I spoiled myself. And unlike in B&H, I could not contain myself and bought a pendant and a small wallet. My salesman was quite the charismatic guy. William, from Brazil, was making small talk. Asking where I was from, and what brought me to New York. Naturally, I started talking about the MINI club, and the fact that the car charm they had looked just like my classic. So obviously I had to take out my phone and show him some pictures of my babies, and from the rally the previous morning. He thought it was awesome. Turns out William also likes cars and has a Ducati himself. I told him I liked the car charm, but was hesitant as it was not quite a MINI. He gave me his card and told me that if there was ever anything MINI related that he would give me call, as he would definitely remember me. Okay, William. You probably sweet talk all the ladies who come in to the store. But can I pack you in suitcase?
After that adventure I walked around Rockefeller Center some more. It had turned in to an absolutely gorgeous day after the horrific rain that morning. I then met up with Dave and Luke at Bryant Park. Another gorgeous spot. ON the walk there I passsed by Radio City Music Hall.
It was later in the afternoon, and we headed to the Empire State Building. All I could think of was the movie Elf when we walked in.
The views from the 86th and 102nd floor was incredible. Truly breathtaking to see the whole city form that high up.
After that we headed out to eat, and then sadly back over to the hotel. Dreading this moment since I left for the city on Friday, it was time to go home. I think about moments in time, and how horrible it is to wait for something fun to happen. But don’t ever wish the time away, is what my mom always tells me. Because before you know it, it’s there and it’s gone again. I gathered my car from the valet, who was taking a peak at my puddle lights as he got out. Everyone loves LuLu.
As I drove out of the city, and away from the millions of lights that make it what it was, I thought about the weekend that I had, and the experiences that I no doubt would never forget. My first trip to New York was such a success. I had an array of mixed emotions. I did NOT want to leave that city. It was everything that I thought it would be, and then some. Good to visit. But I don’t think I would ever live there. I like my little pond out in the middle of nowhere. The weekend was filled with great friends, cars, experiences and food. I will definitely be back to visit you again.
Until next time…
Whats up everyone?? This post of mine is going to get a little more personal. But there are a lot of things that I feel that I need to write down and discuss with myself in order to sort out my thoughts.
A lot has occurred over the past few weeks that have me arguing with myself. Arguing with myself over what step I should take next. Arguing with myself if I should have just said no. Arguing with myself if I should have said yes. Arguing with myself if I should have said anything at all. Arguing with myself about the choice I made to have cake for breakfast was a good idea. (I did’t actually do that, but you get the point.) There have been a few points in my young life that I felt the universe testing me, and right now is another one of those times.
Looking back at the other times that I felt this way, my ‘problems’ that I was experiencing seem so trivial. And the thing I always end up thinking back to is that someone else always has it worse off than I do, and someone will always be better off. So what am I complaining about? I complain because that’s what we do. We’re human, we have feelings. We want answers. Answers to questions that we can’t have, and maybe never will. Are the choices that I make right now the best ones for me long term? Are they the best for me at all? Or are they just what I want right now and five minutes later that will change?
I have never been one to worry about things long term. Sure, I have goals and dreams and aspirations, but I have always been one to live in the moment. Today is now, make it count. It is what it is until its not that way anymore, right? Wrong. Maybe? I just don’t know. I wonder now, just a month away from getting my undergrad, if I went to school for the right thing. I did not get to explore a lot of what I loved for a while, like car shows, and being a leader, and having people look up to me for events, because I was trapped with someone who could not have given a shit less what I wanted or what I liked. That was one of the major tests in my life. I have learned a lot about myself over the past four years though. I have learned how strong I can be. I have learned that people suck. I have learned that I know what I want and what I don’t want. What I will put up with and what I will not. One thing I have not learned though is to have confidence in my decisions. Confidence in myself.
Confidence is a funny concept. I walk around trying to act cool. Trying to be unfazed and just go about my day. When in reality, my head a whirlwind of thoughts and scenarios that have happened, that may happen, that may not happen? What can I do to get what I want? How could I have made that situation better? I overthink to the point of exhausting myself and I still end up back at stage 1. An over thinker. Perhaps that will be my demise.
I confess that behind my calm, collected, and confident exterior is someone terrified of making the wrong decision. Is terrified of losing people close to me. Is terrified of the general unknown that life is. Is someone independent but terrified of being left alone. My only solace is the fact that I truly believe that things happen for a reason, and tests of life are there for a purpose. They are there to make you stronger. They are there to make you wiser. We are all here for a reason. We are here to fight our own fight and deal with our own demons. Nothing worth the fight is worth your time. It is not worth my time. Things that don’t make sense now, can end up being things that make sense in the long run. I’m taking one thing at a time while trying to keep my sanity. But nothing safe is ever worth the drive…
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. I’ll keep this post short. I had a chance for a little me time this weekend, which was a nice change. I spent some time at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday to view the Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics exhibit again before it was gone. The colors and creativeness of the exhibit was simply awesome. I got to view it at one of MFA’s Late Nights in early March with a good friend of mine, and I loved it so much I had to see it one more time. Here are a few of my favorites.
Now on to the car stuff… On Sunday, some MINI friends and I got together again for a Sunset Rally around Cape Ann, ending in Marblehead, Massachusetts. It was a gorgeous day, but definitely could’ve done without the wind…
It’s always fun to rally around with friends. The weather is getting nicer and I can’t wait to for the rest of rally season. Below is a video from today’s rally, enjoy!
First off, if you read the title and laughed you also probably cried. If you have no idea why I decided to title the blog post what I did, then you did not experience the pain and suffering that World of Wheels goers and participants endured for three long days… What a weekend!! Saturday consisted of the Brewery Rally with the MINI club, and Sunday consisted of not one, but TWO car shows. I’m ready for a long nap…
Sunday morning started with my little show, Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee that I run in Salem, New Hampshire. Because I am not a morning person, I was a little late to my own show, and by late, I mean 9:04AM. By the time I arrived, the parking lot was already packed, and I was lucky I found a spot near my fellow MINI drivers. I met up with my friends and we went to get some coffee from local coffee shop sponsor, The Coffee Factory. Highly recommend if you have never been, they brew all their coffee same day and breakfast sandwiches and sweets are made fresh. While that wait is long because of all the people, its worth it. I am also glad to bring business to the local shop. By the time we got outside, the show had just grown bigger and cars were still rolling in.
Here are two images that I captured to show the overwhelming support the show had for its season opener event. The air was brisk and it was col, but that didn’t stop 200+ cars from coming out to enjoy themselves with friends. Nothing will stop car enthusiasts in New England. While many still had their cars locked up in the garage, the daily drivers were out in full force. But we did get a few cool things to show up…
This Rat Rod has shown its support last summer, and we are glad to see it back out here again! I think my favorite part about this one is that there is a car seat bolted into the back.
Spot number two goes to this Rolls Royce with the interesting color combination. I like the colors, but I am not sure that it goes with this car. Still, an awesome sight to see!
Afterwards, the Knights and I went over to Rockingham Cafe for our monthly breakfast after the show. A little hole in the wall place that will serve you Eggs Benedict and Beer at 11 in the morning. Welcome to New Hampshire! #livefreeordie
From there I drove down to the Seaport District in Boston Massachusetts to attend my first World of Wheels. No one was able to go with me, so I was flying solo for this one. Getting there was easier than I thought it was going to be, and I didn’t get lost. The Seaport World Trade Center is a perfect spot to showcase these spectacular cars. It was unreal. My friend Jonny had his Dodge Charger registered, so I stuck with him for the afternoon. Here’s his baby in all her glory…
Pictures just don’t do some things justice, and this is one of those things. I’ll get to take it for a spot this summer… hopefully…
This show made me both super happy and super sad. Sad because, A, because I wish I would’ve known about it soon because I would have brought Louisa, my 1962 Morris MINI-Minor, and shown her off, and B, because I wish I had money to own more than one classic vehicle. But we all need to start somewhere.
The event really was spectacular, the cars from Fate of the Furious were there lined up, in all their move prop glory. beautiful on the outside, but not so much on the inside. The Chop Shop featuring Gene Winfield was there doing a demonstration, and there were also special guests like, Tony Stuart, and John Schneider. The age of spectators ranged from people in their 80s to little kids being held back by their parents so they don’t touch the half a million dollar car. Me talking about the event won’t do it for you, so here are a few photos of some of my personal favorites from the show…
This 1059 Austin Healey Sprite, which was one of the only smaller cars there.
The contrast of this rusted exterior and pristine interior had me at first sight. ❤
This 1930 Ford Hot Rod. I can picture myself driving this bad boy, hell yeah.
This Dragster that I would have loved to see doing its thing back in the day. Which according to the ropes surrounding it, did its thing pretty good.
Having a cold one with the boys…
And this 1971 Corvette Stingray… This will be the next classic that I will probably buy impulsively.
World of Wheels 2019 better watch out for Louisa and I. The weekend was a success, and perhaps the best part was being able to breath in all the fumes at the end as I recorded most of the cars leaving the show. Link is provided below. Enjoy!
Good day everyone!
It was a cloud day, but that did not stop me or some of my good friends from hitting the road on today’s adventure. The morning began, very early, at The Riverhouse Cafe in Milford, NH. An adorable little spot at the Oval. I ordered a half order of their Eggs Benedict and will definitely be returning for a full order. From there, I joined MINIs of Boston on their first rally of the season, The Brewery Rally! We took some great backroads through, Leominster, Westminster, Fitchburg and Framingham. Myself and about 20+ other cars all drove together to several breweries in the area. I know what you’re probably thinking, drinking and driving? A recipe for disaster, but A, I do not drink beer (I’m a whiskey kind of girl) and B, most everyone who was had a passenger who could take over for them. So it was all good! Our first stop was Wachusett Brewing Company in Westminster, MA.
WHERE ARE THE MINIS??
Oh, there they are!…
It was a quaint little place for a Brewery, plenty of space and a very unique looking bar. While I don’t drink beer I can’t tell you if it was any good there, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it, so I’d say it is worth checking it out if you are into that. The bar area was a hallowed out trailer. Available drafts were posted on old license plates above, a very unique idea. Very creative. On the other side there were picnic tables, in addition to the many available tables, where everyone could sit and relax. There was a band stage set up for live music, lights strung up on the ceiling, and a disco ball hung above. And they also serve food! I had a taste of their fried pickles and they were delicious.
From there, we all hopped back into out cars and took off to the next Brewery. We attempted to go to Jack Abby’s for lunch and some more beer, but there was a parade of strollers in the way and people passing their baby around the table. Who brings their baby to a brewery? Don’t even get me started. We all hung out there for a bit while we tried to figure out where we could go for a sit down meal WITHOUT having to worry about getting run over by a stroller.
One of the crew pointed out Ken’s Steakhouse, and before you ask, yes, like the dressing. The group arrived and took up two tables in the back part of the restaurant. It ended up being a very good choice. It wasn’t too busy yet so it was relatively quiet, and we could get a little noisy too if we wanted to. VERY good food, I had scallops wrapped in bacon, mmm my favorite, and a BLT. Most everyone else had steak and it all looked delicious. They also serve an array of desserts from Creme Brûlée to Canolis! I had a bite of their Canoli’s from a friend’s dish and it was delicious. After a nice lunch with the MINI family we all went out separate ways and traveled back home.
There is still a lot of snow on the ground and day was sort of dreary, but I still took a some video of our rally, a link is provided. I hope you enjoy! Next stop will be Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee tomorrow, and World of Wheels!