I don’t like the word staycation (nor do I like the much used webinar) although I have stayed home over school break and attended a seminar on-line – I just don’t like to use those particular words. I’m quirky like that.

So we had one of the aforementioned vacations this April (and this February for that matter). What did we do? Well, we live just off the route of the Boston Marathon so we are pretty blocked in for much of the day, so we baked (a cheesecake, an apple pie and a chocolate pudding pie). Sure, it was 95 degrees that day. Hottest place in Massachusetts – anywhere on the Marathon route (especially if you were running). Second hottest place…my kitchen.

One or more of our family did some or all of the following: Caught up with friends and family, watched the Marathon, had a lemonade stand, went to soccer camp,  sailed, ordered takeout, watched movies, ate donuts, read books, had a sleepover  (still recovering), went to Six Flags, took driving lessons, music lessons, did some homework and went away for weekend to Block Island, worked, went to the new MGH museum, walked, rode bikes, went to soccer practice, played in a soccer game, went to shopping in the burbs and in Boston, went to a photo exhibit, cooked dinner, kicked around Beacon Hill and Charles Street, grocery shopped, cleaned the house, did laundry, drove carpool, went to brunch at The Common Ground, put away winter gear, started a new job. Guess which of the fun things I did?

The Common Ground (85 Harvard Avenue, Allston) has a terrific brunch – now 11 – 2 but starting 10- 2 with an newly expanded menu next week. Great home fries, eggs, toast, and turkey bacon and sausage, apple crisp, yoghurt and homemade granola and a lovely salad.¬† All you can eat or you can order off the menu. I had the incomparable French toast – get it if you love Bananas Foster – you will be in heaven! The home fries are delicious and I barely restrained myself from swiping bacon off my friend’s plate.

Stuff we wanted to do but didn’t… go to historic Fenway Park, the MFA (although I tried), or the beach, and we still have to get to Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Maybe next weekend. Happy back-to-school!


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