Friday, August 8, 2008

After 45 Years....

I finally went to a Red Sox game at Fenway! When I was a baby and my Dad was stationed at the Boston Shipyards (did you know I was a Navy brat?), he used to be able to buy tickets to Red Sox games for next to nothing. I think the last game my parents brought me to was a doubleheader against the Orioles when I was 2 years old~ and the Sox won 'em both!

So finally after all these years, I decided this was the year to go to a game. In January, I joined Red Sox Nation, which gave me 2 tickets to a game. Once I decided on the game, I booked a room through Recently when Mariko was getting ready to come home for a week, she mentioned she'd like to see a game while she was here. She happened to be coming home during the time I had the game tickets for. Robert asked a buddy of his if he had any extra tickets to the game, and his friend came through. We gave Mariko and her friend the tickets I had gotten through Red Sox Nation.

Last Friday we headed off to Boston and the Westin Copley Place Hotel. I love going through Hotwire for travel~ we save so much on rooms! Robert and I had a wonderful dinner at the Palm Restaurant, courtesy of a gift card from a friend, and had THE best steak ever. EVER. Seriously. It was the best Filet Mignon I have ever eaten in my life, cooked to perfection. The service was excellent, and there I was, with my best friend in the world, Robert. We walked around the Prudential Shopping Center afterwards, checking out our favorite stores, like Levenger, Sephora and Teavana. We ended up at Barnes & Noble~ for some reason, nearly all our dates end up at a bookstore. We bought books for the kids, Robert looked at music and architecture books, and I searched for Seeds of Change, which I found out isn't out yet (you can pre-order it though!). There's a story in it by a fellow classmate of Mariko's, Blake Charlton. Blake is getting some great reviews on his story, "Endosymbiont". His own novel, Spellwright, will be coming out soon!

Saturday Robert and I slept in. We had a bite to eat at Starbucks (have you tried their bacon, avocado, cheddar, & egg wrap? Yummy!) and grabbed our coffees to finish while we walked around the Back Bay. We stopped in to the First Act Guitar Studio on Boylston. Robert was like a kid in a toy store.



From there, we walked down Newbury Street, and criss-crossed the streets of Boston until we got to Fenway Park.

We bought some shirts and a new cap for Robert, then headed back to our hotel. We stopped at the Prudential shops and bought some tea, then met up with Mariko and her friend Jessica for a late lunch. After we got back to our room, it began raining, then came the thunderstorm, and right before we were going to leave to head back to the ballpark, the rain stopped.

We found our seats at the park, then went to get some paper towels and napkins to dry them off. And get some Fenway Franks and Cracker Jacks.
From our seats, I could zoom in on the Boston dugout~

I must have taken a ton of photos of David Ortiz, my favorite~

Throwing out the first pitch~ Joey Kramer, Aerosmith's drummer!

Jon Lester pitched for Boston that night.



Wonder what he's thinking~ *oh, man, they're walking me... again...*

Sox win!

We met up with Mariko & Jessica afterwards and headed back to the hotel. We stopped at The Cheesecake Factory for drinks & some food, and then off to our rooms.

Sunday we got up, checked out and drove up to the Burlington Mall to meet up with Jim and Steph so they could see Mariko. We met up at, where else, Cheesecake Factory!

Jim & Mariko

Robert & me

Jim & Steph, who celebrated their 4th anniversary yesterday!

Jim, Robert & Mariko

Mariko visited with her grandparents in Maine on Tuesday, then off to the airport Wednesday to get ready for her second year at Stanford Medical School!