Thursday, August 6, 2015

Refreshed, back, and better than ever...

 So, I have been thinking about my blog a lot lately and how I have neglected it for years. Today, I have decided it is time to start again and hopefully keep it up. I promise to try my hardest. Since my last post, I have moved, moved again, and got promoted. I have been working hard to become a skilled florist at Whole Foods Market and it finally paid off with my promotion to Floral Supervisor and Buyer at the Arlington, MA location. I know you are probably thinking, "Isn't that a grocery store? How is that a real florist??" I can tell you that while it is a grocery store, I am very much a florist as any other. I do floral arrangements for all sorts of events and people. It really is an amazing job where I get to personally positively influence a person's day with a beautiful floral arrangement.

 Since I have moved to Massachusetts, I have really been trying to explore new places and get back to nature, wildlife, and photography. These are my passions. Being in nature and experiencing firsthand wildlife going about their day is amazing to me. From a family of foxes playing on the beach, to a bee pollinating flowers, I will never tire of observing and photographing their beauty and brilliance. Some of my favorite go-to places are Parker River Wildlife Refuge and Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

 Another thing about Massachusetts that I have really been able to enjoy is the food. Oh my goodness, all the amazing food. I do miss my beloved Tex-Mex and Chicken Fried Steaks, but here I am forced to branch out and try new things. I never knew I liked sushi until Karim basically forced me to try some. Okay, he didn't force me, but he made it look so good!! Our favorite spot for sushi right now is a little place called Thelonious Monkfish in Cambridge, MA. They have this awesome roll with strawberries that is to die for. Another thing that is new and so very tasty to me is Ethiopian food. They serve you all these amazing portions of meats and veggies atop this awesome, almost spongy in texture, sourdough flatbread called injera. You rip pieces of it off and eat them with the meats and veggies on top and slowly you devour the whole plate. One of our favorite places for this is again in Cambridge, MA at a restaurant called Asmara. The best food though, that we enjoy takeout of every chance we get in Indian. Oh my gosh the naan. Bring on the garlic naan. Freshly baked flatbread on a tandoor with little roasted garlic bits and parsley. Excuse me for a second while I go order some Indian food. The restaurant we usually always fall back on for consistently amazing Indian food is called Punjab in Arlington, MA. You can even watch them make the naan. I will end on one last mouth-watering favorite, Union Square Donuts in Somerville, MA. This place took me a while to warm up to because it is open at weird times. I held a small grudge against it for a while for not being open until 8am on a Saturday. We had woken up early to go try some before I had to be at work at 8am, mind you this was about a 20-25 minute drive one way. We get there in just enough time for me to still make it on time to work and they are still not open! What kind of donut place isn't open until 8am on a Saturday?!?! Anyways, since Karim kept insisting they were the best in the world, I finally went back and gave them a shot. And let me tell you, wow. I had a brown butter hazelnut crunch and some donut holes. These two things on the menu are without a doubt a must-have, can't-miss, heavenly bite.

So for future blog posts, I intend to explore these interests of mine and really let you get to know Lindsey. Floral, nature, wildlife, food, and photography, these are a few of my favorite things. Head over to Instagram and follow me @l_proton to see more of my photography.


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