Today we had a great meeting of The Coffee Shop Bloggers but instead of the usual L’Aroma in Newton, we headed into town and met at the Newbury Street location. Now, you are thinking, get out much? Umm…no, not really and we like this place and the owners and the food. Great vibe and even better people watching.
We had the meeting in Boston so that we could get a tutorial from a friend who is a TweetDeck and overall social media expert (actually there were two social media savvy individuals in attendence – my, aren’t we impressive?) but you are asking what the heck is TweetDeck? It is a way to manage your Twitter account(s) and connect them to FaceBook and LinkedIn. As we are in varying stages of using TweetDeck and social media, our questions were all over the map (plus we all talk over each other anyway) and I think we exhausted our guest speaker. That’s okay, he’s young and will probably recover quickly.
We were on Newbury Street so a few of us accidently fell into Jonathan Adler. Love that store! Gorgeous, whimsical and fun. The small picture is of the Mother Child pillow (it comes in other colors) – so sweet and the table is just gorgeous – a lacquer tray table that would look amazing in my family room.
Design Track Mind’s Melissa Gulley was there and is super fun to shop with – she has such a great eye – Pragmatic Mom and I want to steal her for a day (or two) and make her, I mean, ask her nicely if she would like to, shop with us. The sales people in the store were friendly and helpful and we walked out with a pillow, a heart locket key chain and the most adorable sticky notes ever.
Jonathan Adler has just introduced Jonathan Adler Junior, a line for babies and children. So so sweet and fun, great furniture, wallpaper, rugs and more. This chair is super sweet and there is an adorable kissing giraffe rug that I love.
Last week (yes, the same day I resisted chocolates from Fancy Nancy – only to succumb another day), I went to a fundraiser for Families First , a great organization that offers parenting workshops in the Greater Boston area. It was held at the Boston College Club in downtown Boston (on the 36th floor of what I call the pregnant building or, really, the Bank of America building). Great views, a nice glass of white wine, some killer appetizers and a great group of people…now we were all in the mood for…more wine? Nope, a parenting talk. Fortunately, and as is customary for Families First, we were in for a treat…not just a parenting talk but a truly inspiring parenting talk.
The first speaker was La Verne Saunders, a wonderfully enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable parent educator from Families First. She did a fantastic job of engaging the audience (of mostly tired parents) and showing how a parenting class would be run. We laughed, nodded and smiled at each other as we all made connections to her presentation of how the principles and values in our lives affect our parenting decisions and how sometimes we ignore them and why.
Next was the keynote speaker, John Palfrey of Harvard University, who immediately charmed the audience by sharing that he would not take up much time as he had a date with his son at the Red Sox game and joking that La Verne was a tough act to follow – she is – and he was as compelling. He has co-written, Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives and here is a link to his site Digital Natives at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He spoke about children and their digital experience and presented a short film (by a student) that showed it clearly and wonderfully. Here is the video. It is amazing to visualize your – or your child’s – tracks in the digital age. Digital Dossier from Digital Natives.
I have several friends who have long been involved with Families First and have been lucky enough to see first hand (at workshops and other events like this) what Families First can do. I have always been impressed by the program offerings, the parent educators and the people involved and this night was no exception.
After the event, a group of us met up at The Local, a great neighborhood spot that is truly the neighborhood’s favorite spot, a great space with friendly staff and wonderful food. Home to amazing burgers, fries (and I do know my burgers and fries) and phenomenal flatbread pizzas and some lobster mac and cheese dish that I want to try. Definitely not your standard fare. The chef is Brian Counihan (he is also the chef at Isabella’s in Dedham – more amazing food!) We watched the finish of the Red Sox game, chatted with the super friendly owners… it was the perfect end to a lovely evening.
Just went into Boston and visited Old State House (http://www.bostonhistory.org/)
Who knew there was a kicking museum inside? I must have passed that building hundreds of times and never even thought about it. My oldest child is studying the American Revolution and it was great to visit and make connections with the Social Studies curriculum.
We also went (on a different day) to the North End. We went with family friends and visited The Old North Church (http://www.oldnorth.org) and the Paul Revere House (http://www.paulreverehouse.org) both very worthwhile and well-run. The guide in the Old North Church gave an informal talk while we sat in boxed pews that are still in use today. The Paul Revere House had a lovely tour as well. Just right.
We also had a nice lunch and visited a wonderful market that has the most amazing balsamic vinegar on the planet (really!) http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/. They also have great cheeses and gorgeous pesto.
We also stopped by two favorite bakeries on Hanover Street: Mike’s Pastry http://www.mikespastry.com/ and Modern Pastry http://www.modernpastry.com. Biscotti, cannoli and cookies…Yum.
I am making plans for another visit soon – no historic sites – just food foraging and sweet clothing shops that I had to bypass this trip.