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I voted! And other weekend shenanigans.

Overall, I had an uneventful but fun and (mostly) relaxing weekend. Friday was spent watching golf and baseball, on Saturday I voted early in the Massachusetts senate election and went to work, and Sunday meant a grad party and errands with my madre. It was a great kick off to summer!

Friday afternoon, my mom and I watched day two of The Cities, Lowell’s annual golf tournament between the three local golf clubs. We hung out on the lawn at our local course and had a great time hanging out on the lawn, talking to friends, and watching the golfers come in for the 18th hole! Also…I had a drink with a movie star!

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Our view…isn’t it pretty?!

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It was fun watching the golfers come in!

Later that night, me and my dad went to the Spinners. It was the perfect night to watch a ball game and the Spinners ended up winning 4-0 while the pitchers combined for a 2-hitter. It was a great way to re-introduce myself to the ballpark as a fan!

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We’ve been enjoying driving with the top down and the doors off the Jeep!

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View from our seats at the game!

Then on Saturday, my family went to early voting for the MA senate race. It was my brother Tom’s first time voting in something that isn’t a primary, so that was a cool experience for him. I really love voting, I don’t care if it’s just a local election or for president, I just love getting out there and making sure my voice is heard.

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Tom after voting.

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Doing our civic duty!

After that, we went over to the Library so I can get cracking on that 100 books for my 30 before 30. I ended up getting Girls in White Dresses on the recommendation of Katie, a collection of funny little short stories called The Last Girlfriend on Earth, and a book on modern feminism called The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. The latter selection I think was heavily influenced on the feminist bent I took with my courses in my last semester at school. Just because I graduated doesn’t mean I have to leave the academic reading behind, right? If any of you have read these books yet, please don’t hesitate to let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Oh, and I also bought that really creepy awesome Brad Marchand head at Target, and I can’t wait to figure out fun things to do with it. Like scare people. And bring it to the bar to watch game six of The Cup. Or sneak it into group photos…stay tuned!

How did you spend your weekend?

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today I’m linking up with Weekend Shenanigans!

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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!

Some Instagram shots from the week

Here are some of my favorite pictures that I took and shared on Instagram this week! (follow me: @karolinez!)

My Aunt Mary and Uncle Dean are currently on vacation in Italy, and they’ve been sending me postcards from all the cities they’re visiting! These are from Venice and Rome, but they sent me some from Florence too!

On Friday, my mom and I went to see Michael J. Fox speak at Middlesex Community College. He was a great speaker, really funny and inspiring. One really cool thing was that the Delorean from Back to the Future was outside the auditorium so that people could take pictures!

This week was super warm and sunny here in Lowell, so that meant one thing…sunbathing!

On Thursday night, the Lowell Spinners had their Media Day to meet the players before the season starts on Monday. It was so cool, and they gave me a press pass! I’m so excited!

I got back from a weekend on the cape Monday evening, and I was sad to leave. This is my train ticket to head home sitting on top of my suitcase.

Have you taken any cool Instagram shots lately? Share in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

Happy birthday, Fenway!

You’re looking “SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!” for your age.

Today, Fenway Park turns 100 years old. It’s more than just the home of the Red Sox, it’s a spot that holds so many memories for so many people not only here in Massachusetts, but around the world. At Fenway, I’ve seen a lot of baseball games. I’ve seen the Sox win and lose there, but it’s always a magical experience.

I have a lot of amazing Fenway memories and moments, from seeing a couple clutch grand slams to every time I get to belt out “Sweet Caroline” in the bottom of the eighth. However, my absolute favorite Fenway moment was when I got to run the bases at the Futures at Fenway game. That one is pretty unbeatable.

Yesterday, the Red Sox opened Fenway to the public for the Fenway Open House, and I went with my dad and brother Walter.  We had a blast exploring the park, walking the warning track, and getting up close and personal with the Green Monster. It was a great day. I’ve got some pictures of our day below! :)

The open house was an amazing opportunity to see, touch, and experience the historic ballpark.

Pesky's pole!

The weather was perfect. Warm, sunny...the perfect spring day!

"I always wanted to do that!" Walter after he spit out of the dugout.

It was so much fun to spend the day with my dad and Walt! Especially since I don't see them all the time cause I'm at school.

I totally put my initials in the dirt.

We toured the visiting clubhouse, AKA where the Yankees are hanging out right now!

The Green Monster...up close and personal.

Smiles all around!

Of course I had to get a picture with the cutout of Jacoby!

Pretending to have my dream job in the press box!

Most pictures were taken by my dad, Chris!

We had an amazing day, and I just want to say a big THANK YOU to the Red Sox and Fenway Park for opening their gates to the fans and letting them explore their amazing home. Fenway is a true gem, and it’s looking amazing for 100 years. Here’s to the next century of awe-inspiring Boston baseball!

What’s your favorite Fenway moment? Share in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

Opening day! It’s HERE!

Oh, you know...just hanging in the Red Sox dugout. NDB.

Drumroll please…

It’s finally Red Sox opening day!! I posted about it a bit on The Prep Crew yesterday, but I really am so excited for baseball season.  I’m super passionate about the game and especially the Red Sox.

The beginning of Red Sox season means several things.  For one, it means that there’s something to watch on TV every evening.  Also, it means that NESN will be covering my two favorite things: the Red Sox and the Bruins.  Basically dream programming.  And three: it gives me something to look forward to: I have tickets to the Sox game on the 15th…that’s home-opener weekend!

I’m also looking forward to fantasy baseball.  I’ve played since high school, and this year I’m in two separate leagues–one from school and one from work.  It’ll be interesting to see how I finish and how competitive everyone gets!

I’ve been a lifelong fan thanks to my parents bringing me and my siblings to literally hundreds of Lowell Spinners games throughout the years.  Since then, I’ve worked for the Spinners for the last seven summers, and this year, I even get to write about them with my news writing for SoxProspects.com.  It’s going to be fun.

Are you as excited for Opening Day as I am? Leave it in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

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