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How are you surviving the winter

how to survive a boston winterI hate to be a jerk to those who live in colder climates, but the winter weather will not be ending anytime soon.   To help you avoid a case of the winter blues, this past fall I wrote a five part series outlining how to survive a Boston winter.

Included in my list of tips were suggestions like, booking a trip to go some place warm; finding yourself a cuddle buddy; and tips on how chocolate can help. However it was my fourth tip in the series that I suggest you seriously consider and give a try: visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Aside from the Gardner being a beautiful place, the museum has a tiny garden that has flowers and grass.  Sit by the courtyard (preferably on a sunny day) and let the sunlight filter down to the ground level.  Enjoy the smell of the grass and flowers, and look at all the colors.  Trust me when I tell you this is some of the best therapy you can get in Boston to fend off a bad case of the winter blues.



new england weather, winter, snowI love Boston but sometimes this city can really be a tough place to love.  I’m sure all you skiers are thrilled with this forecast.  Thank goodness I have sun and warmth in my near future.

How much wine

winter snow storm, junoI love this picture that has been making the rounds on Instagram.   It  accurately depicts my sentiments (even if the amount of wine seems questionable).

My only beef with the image is that the circle of 15 cases should probably hover between NYC and Boston since southern New England appears to be braced for some of the largest total snowfall and biggest wind gusts.  I feel adequately prepped with my four bottles of red wine.  Are you ready?

Winter storm Juno is a dick

Winter Storm JunoOh crap… it looks like everyone just south of Boston will hit the jackpot with more than 2′ of snow (if weather forecasts are accurate).

I’ve enjoyed the nearly snow-less winter here in Boston.  I’m going to keep on thinking about my pending trip to the Grand Cayman in early February and ignore this forecast.

If I could turn back time

September 28 2014 BostonWhat a difference a week can make? Remember last weekend? Where’d all that wicked awesome weather go?

How to survive a Boston winter

For the past few years, I’ve been writing posts in the fall to help people prepare for the oncoming winter.  Earlier this week I shared two tips: BosGuy Tip #1: Book a vacation now and BosGuy Tip #2: Find a cuddle buddy.

Hot cocoaBosGuy Tip #3: Chocolate.  For those who don’t know me, I think chocolate is the cure for everything, and when the winter blues come – nothing fends them off better than a deliciously rich mug of steaming hot chocolate.  Boston has a number of truly delicious purveyors of hot chocolate. Turn it into an afternoon activity with a good friend if you are still on the hunt for securing a cuddle buddy (Unsure what I’m talking about? Read Tip #2.)

I know who makes my favorite cup of hot chocolate in Boston, and I visit them regularly in the winter.  Do you have a favorite selected? Do your research – don’t waste your money and calories on inferior hot chocolate.

How to survive a Boston winter

For the past few years, I’ve been writing posts in the fall to help people prepare for the oncoming winter and yesterday I shared my first tip, BosGuy Tip #1: Book a vacation now.

snuggle buddy

Cuddle Buddy Material

BosGuy Tip #2: Find a cuddle buddy. Since we can’t all afford to fly away every week, one needs a more practical if not economical option as well.  For this reason I strongly recommend identifying a cuddle buddy.

Not only can this help keep you warm during those colder months, but it has a number of other benefits that I don’t care to get into detail on this blog but probably are evident to my readers.  Summer is now over and hibernation is far more fun (not to mention warmer) with another.


How to survive a Boston winter

For the past few years, I’ve been writing posts in the fall to help people prepare for the oncoming winter.  Feel free to share these tips; pass them off as your own if you like.  Please feel free to share your own personal suggestions and tips in the comment section for this and the forthcoming, related posts.

W Hotel ViequesBosGuy Tip #1: Book a vacation now.  Our winter is at its worst in January, February and March so make plans now to get away someplace warm.  If you wait until the end of the year or early January not only are flights likely to cost more but you’ll also be saddled with paying off your credit cards during or after the busy holiday season.

You will be amazed at how therapeutic it is to get away – even if only for a long weekend.  Flights to Fort Lauderdale and other destinations in Florida tend to be quite affordable.  Sergio and I prefer Puerto Rico and have lucked out in the past finding affordable non-stop fares on Jet Blue.

Travel Tip:  When you book your flight check out departures / arrivals during the middle of the week; the flights are often more affordable.  I like flying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so I have a short work week leading up to and following a vacation, but if you can’t take that much time off, treat yourself to a long weekend. Trust me – you’ll be glad you did.

Chilling winter forecast for New England

snowfallApparently I’m a bit naive. I just learned EmpireNews.Net is satirical website – to which I say, “Phew”, but I’ll still bundle up just to be safe.

Waking up to this morning’s chill in the air only makes this post all that more painful to post.  I’m not sure who this is but the image makes me sick to my stomach as does the accompanying article, Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall Coming Soon

Starting tomorrow, I have a four part series, How to survive a Boston winter. If the winter is indeed going to be a tough one, you may want to bookmark my upcoming series.

Winter in Boston

Harrison Avenue

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I woke up this morning to look out at a blustery day filled with snow blowing up and down Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.

This is a view from my fourth floor apartment; to the left you can see Harrison Avenue heading toward E. Berkeley Street and to the right is a view of the BSC South End gym and Gaslight restaurant. Hard to believe that spring technically starts in approximately 30-days.

It is cold outside

warm kittyIt is so cold in Boston this week. I’m starting to wonder if the mild temperatures earlier this month was a hallucination. Dear Mother Nature, please tell Old Man Winter to buzz off.

Winter blues

The HulkNo wonder this part of the country has a reputation for being unfriendly. You try to smile and make small talk while your teeth are chattering and you can barely feel your toes.  It’s only January 3rd and I’m already over winter.

Bundle up

stay warmFor the sake of those living in the northeast my message is very simple – bundle up. It is FREEZING. Think I’m exaggerating? Check out the weather in Boston.   30 F is approximately -1 C and tonight’s forecast 11 F is equal to -11 C. OMFG

Weather Forecast

How to survive a Boston winter

Back in September I wrote my first How to survive a Boston winter blog post.  In that post, I encouraged people who live in colder climates to book a flight to a warm destination because airfares are (usually) cheaper if you make the reservation ahead of time.

Today I’m in Florida.  Sergio and I flew down yesterday, Friday, and we will be boarding a cruise that starts out of Fort Lauderdale tomorrow.  Having this trip to look forward to has made the month of January fly by, and when we return although I’ll probably hate the cold, I’ll be in a much better frame of mind.

If you are living in a colder climate – I hope you too have a trip to look forward to break up the winter months.  I’ll be sure to tell you all about this trip.

How to survive a Boston winter

Starting this past fall I wrote a few posts called “How to survive a Boston winter”. I thought I’d provide some guidance for all those who may not have had to ‘weather’ a New England winter before. While many of my past posts can be adopted by anyone living in  a colder climate (you can read them here, here and here), this months feature truly is advice for those in Boston.

When the mercury drops and temperatures are freezing, visiting a museum is a great way to pass a day, but Boston is very lucky to have the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  The original building was modeled after a Venetian palace and home to the eccentric woman who the museum is named for. Starting Thursday, January 19th The Gardner reopens after a brief closure to put the finishing touches on its largest expansion in the museum’s 109 year history. If you visit be sure to go to the original building.  In the middle of her house is a tiny, but beautiful garden where you can literally smell roses in bloom, see a beautiful patch of grass and temporarily forget that the weather outside is downright frightful. If you can’t get away and find the winter too much to take then treat yourself by visiting the Gardner; it’ll do a world of good.