Minor league baseball and me

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Splash! My last-ever day of work at the Spinners. {via}

Fan Friday came at a really convenient time for me. Tonight, I’m going to my first Lowell Spinners game as a fan in eight years. Yeah. Saying I’m excited for it would be an understatement. Here’s why:

I was five years old when the Spinners came to town. I still remember my first game with my parents and the old Caligator prints that were painted on sidewalks downtown to promote the team. I was instantly hooked. A life-long love of baseball was formed. In the years that came, my family got season tickets, and I went to countless games, eating countless hot dogs, begging for baseballs off the players, and yelling so loud that my voice would go hoarse. It was my favorite part of summer for years.

Somewhere along the way, little kid me got it in her head that working at the Spinners was her dream job. So, when I was 14 I applied. And I got the job. That’s right…I realized my life goal at 14. Whoops. I would later go on to write my college admissions essay about this, but I digress.

I worked in souvenirs at the ballpark for two summers and it was pretty fun, but I definitely wasn’t living the dream. Then, right before my third summer was about to start, I got a call from my boss asking me if I wanted to do on-field promotions. Um….that actually was my dream job as a kid. So, of course my answer was YES! I then proceeded to dance around the house for 5 or so minutes. So, my job for the next five years was basically to do the chicken dance and Cotton Eyed Joe with little kids every night. It was a blast. I also got to flirt with cute ballplayers, which to 16, 17, 18, and 19-year-old Karoline was probably the best job perk imaginable. Working at the Spinners was always a highlight of my summer, and it was rare that I came home from work unhappy. I truly loved what I did.

Maybe little-kid me was actually onto something: working at the Spinners helped make me realize that I want to work in sports as an adult. I don’t really have a “dream job” anymore per se, but I don’t think the goal has strayed that far off.

Aside from giving me the best dream job that I could ever dream up, the Spinners gave me a life-long love of sports. I loved minor league baseball so much that during my junior year of college, I wrote for SoxProspects.com, a site that specializes in the Red Sox farm system. Fun fact: I might not be with Matt if not for my love of the Spinners–on the night we met, I hooked him in conversation with my dazzling knowledge of baseball. True story.

This is my first summer that I’m not working there. And it is going to be so weird walking into that ballpark tonight as a fan. I think it’s hard to make that adjustment, but I’m excited to just relax and enjoy the show, too. I’m taking my dad as a belated Father’s Day gift, cause we haven’t been to a game just him and me since I was a really young. I think that the same summer magic that was there when I was a kid will still be around. I can’t wait to feel it.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Does anyone have any awesome plans?

Oh, and HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

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Today I’m linking up with Sarah for Fan Friday!

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The thing about me is…

6Qs

On Tuesday my new blog friend, Candice, tagged me for 6 questions :) So, today I am answering the goodness she has come up with for me!

1. If you could only accessorize with one ‘type’ of accessory which would you choice?
This is honestly such a hard question! Yes, I love statement necklaces, but I am also such a huge fan of mixing and matching bracelets. And don’t even get me started on shoes! But I guess I would have to go with the bracelets. I’m wearing at least one all the time and the best part is making new stacks and looks with them!

2. How would you describe your perfect date?
No matter how many times I’m asked this question, I always have a different answer. Maybe I’m just easy to please indecisive, but it’s really not hard to make me happy on a date as long as the conversation flows easily. I hate awkward pauses. I think that’s why me and Matthew have gotten along so well–right from the moment we met, there was always something to talk about. If I really had to pick a “perfect” date, though, I guess it would be skiing all day, and then cozying up to the fire to get warm that evening. The way to my heart is definitely through conversation and snow sports.

3. If you could only pick one food to eat for the rest of your life (no matter the calories haha) what would you pick?
Sushi! I would eat sushi all day everyday if I could! Salmon avocado, spicy tuna, eel, sweet potato, yellowfin…they’re all so delicious!

4. (stolen) If you could have dinner with anyone dead of alive who would it be?
Audrey Hepburn. I have idolized her since I was in middle school! I have books upon books about her life and style, posters of her decorated my dorm rooms, and Matt even got me an Audrey calendar for my birthday last year! She was an amazing person on and off screen, so I think it would be fascinating to pick her brain a bit.

5. Go into your iTunes, on the left hand side click on “Top 25 Played Songs” What are the top three?
“Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” by Vampire Weekend, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson (I like to have personal dance parties…), and “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young (my dad’s influence is a little strong on that one!)

6. What are your guilty pleasures?
I LOVE following the lives of celebrity train wrecks. I know that sounds awful. But everytime we end up with a fallen Disney Channel princess or Amanda Bynes, I secretly (or I guess not so secretly, now) love it. Have you guys seen Miley Cyrus’ new video? Warning: it’s graphic (kinda) and straight-up weird. She’s definitely next on the Lilo/Amanda Bynes crazy-train express. Side note: I should mention that I also like it when these freak shows get their act together (looking at you, Britney), but it’s much more fun to watch them unravel. I just can’tlookaway.

So, now that I’ve answered Candice’s six lovely questions, it’s time to tag some more bloggers and ask some questions of my own! I tag Christine, because she wrote such a sweet post yesterday about me and some of the other seniors graduating from BSU this year; and Rebecca, whom I am so thankful to have connected with through The Prep Crew, she is so awesome!!

Here are my six questions for the two of you:
1. If you had to pick one color for all the clothes in your wardrobe besides neutrals (black, white, beige, navy), what would that color be?
2. Favorite animal at the zoo and why.
3. What is your perfect summer day?
4. Favorite Lilly print? (cause I know you two are a couple of Lilly lovers!)
5. Food you could eat over and over without getting sick of it.
6. If you could have any pet in the world, aside from any you currently have, what would it be and what would you name it?

I hope you all have an amazing Thursday! I’m getting back into the waitressing grind tonight, so that should be interesting!
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My best friend’s birthday!

Yesterday I helped my best friend, Christine, celebrate her 22nd birthday. We went to the beach (after the pouring rain all afternoon) and then went back to Lowell for dinner and drinks. It was a blast! Birthdays are always fun, but just spending the day goofing off and hanging out with good friends made it that much more fun.

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Me, the birthday girl, and Jess!

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There were a few no-music dance parties

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We found a beach ball to play with.

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Before we realized that the water wasn’t actually that cold, Christine tried to drag Jess in.
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Silly faces were made.

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Jess and I may or may not have pretended to get married, complete with seaweed bouquet….

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At dinner, we split beer samples and tried 12 different brews…yum!

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The girls! Me, Aly, Christine, and Jess!

Over all it was such an awesome day, and I’m so glad that I got to help Christine celebrate feelin’ twenty-two (I had to make a T-Swift reference sometime, didn’t I?). I can’t wait for more (sunnier) beach days this summer!

xoxo, Karoline

30 before 30

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I’ve been seeing a lot of “30 before 30” lists around, and it’s inspired me to write my own. I’ve always liked the idea of a bucket list, but didn’t like the death part. Hence 30 before 30, a bucket list of sorts for the next 8ish years (I turn 22 in September). Although, now that I’m thinking of it…30 is a looong way away. Some of my goals are pretty short-term, some are more long-term. Some involve more luck/chance than others. All of them, though, I think are manageable.

My list of 30 things to do before I’m 30

1. Get a “big girl” job.

2. Get my license.

3. Meet a player from every major Boston sports team (Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Celtics).

4. Go to a FIS World Cup race.

5. Sail in a sailboat.

6. Travel to all of the 50 states (18+DC down, 32 to go!).

7. Move into my own place.

8. Adopt a hedgehog.

9. Learn a new-to-me skill.

10. Ski in the Alps.

11. See a Broadway show.

12. Do karaoke.

13. Brew my own beer.

14. Try every flavor of ice cream at Meadowlands. (menu)

15. Ride in a hot air balloon.

16. Join a book club.

17. Get married.

18. Run a marathon.

19. Become a mentor to someone.

20. Stay on an island somewhere.

21. Visit every beach on Cape Cod.

22. Read 100+ books. (progress here)

23. Master a second language.

24. Visit Rome.

25. Pay off my student loans.

26. Wear high heels every day for a week.

27. Grow a vegetable or fruit and use it in a recipe.

28. Take a just-for-fun class.

29. Submit a postsecret.

30. Go on a road trip.

Do you have a 30 before 30 (or similar) list? How is your progress going?

xoxo, Karoline

Today I’m linking up with North East Bloggers Network!

Also, I’m not really into blog giveaways…I never enter them. BUT. I saw this one today on I Wore Yoga Pants, and I had to enter. Free blog advice? Yes please. If you’re looking for blog advice, I definitely suggest you check out the giveaway!

My Weekend Shenanigans!

I got my weekend started a little early on Friday afternoon when my godmother treated me to a manicure. It was a fun girl-date! After that I caught two trains down to Bridgewater and…

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He’s not a fan of me taking his picture…

I got to see Matthew!!! We met up halfway between our homes at his apartment in Bridgewater. It was our first time seeing each other in a month, the last time either of us had been on campus since my graduation. We had a nice and just overall relaxing weekend together, and it was just what I needed. We really missed each other and it was so great to just be goofy together and enjoy our time together.

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he’s really not a fan.

On Friday night, we saw Man of Steel, and it was awesome. I definitely recommend it! {Side note: I’ve come up with a superhero theory. I’m really glad that we live in a world without superheroes because it seems that in the movies with superheroes whole cities are always getting destroyed, and there’s a lot more destruction than normal.}

Saturday was really nice. We slept in, made lunch, and then just relaxed and watched For the Love of the Game, one of our favorite movies. In the evening we took a walk around campus to see what had changed. Our consensus was that the new park turned out really nice but that the new dorm is really ugly.

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The new park looks so pretty. I’m actually really sad that I wasn’t able to enjoy it as a student.

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Finally, he cooperates!

That night we stayed in and watched the Bruins and drank beers. I thought the B’s looked beyond sluggish in the first period, but they thankfully got their act together in the 3rd and the first overtime period. We went nuts when Paille scored the game winner! On to game three…this is turning into one heck of a series!

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beer is always better in a frosty mug!

Sunday was sad, because that means goodbye again, but we’ll see each other at some point in July. We went out to breakfast in town and then parted ways to spend time with our dads for Father’s Day. When I got back home, my dad was on the grill cooking up steak tips and chicken. It was delicious!

How was your weekend? What shenanigans did you get into?

xoxo, Karoline

Today I’m linking up with Weekend Shenanigans, #fundaymonday, Join the Gossip, This Weekend I…, and I <3 Bloglovin’!

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