Weekend Shenanigans

It’s been a long but exhausting weekend here at Catahoula Castle!  Here’s a rundown of events, some mundane and some exciting.

  • Greg bought a dresser and a clothes rod/shelving unit was hung in our closet.  We finally unpacked our suitcases and are living like civilized people!
  • Greg also picked up a free TV from the side of the road.  It’s a boxy one but also a flat screen, so there’s that.
  • It poured all day on Friday, which made for a nice day of unpacking (for us) and relaxing (for the dogs).

Murray and Selchie

  • We went to Ikea.  It was incredibly underwhelming.  However, they did have a fish ‘n chips special in their cafeteria – $1.99 for a platter.  Definitely the cheapest you’ll find in Boston, if you’re brave enough to eat it.
  • We bought a $40 futon off Craigslist for the extra bedroom.  It’s super comfy, so get excited if you’re planning on sleeping here at some point!  Also, this means that we’ve spent $70 on furniture so far and made $440 selling our old stuff in Knoxville.     Cheapskates = winners.
  • I made BBQ eggplant tacos with flame-roasted corn and nectarine-lime salsa.  This is significant because they tasted awesome and I also didn’t burn my hand off while cooking the corn.


  • We met up with Kelsey’s sister Meredith and her husband at the SoWa Open Market and ate some more fabulous food truck meals.  Peter and Stacie came, too, so we had a lovely little Midwesterner get-together.

Peter and Stacie

  • Murray has graduated from staying in his crate when we’re gone to having free range of the extra bedroom (congrats, Mur!).  So far he hasn’t destroyed anything, but he also refuses to sleep anywhere except on human furniture.  A montage of examples:
  • MurraySleepsWe dined at Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain on Saturday night.  They’ve been voted Best Burger in Boston and I had been wanting to go there for a while.  Also, Greg has a job interview there next week so we figured we had to try it.  Unfortunately it resulted in a scathing verbal review from me because their “black bean” burger was actually a MORNINGSTAR VEGGIE BURGER.  I was just so full of rage.  Don’t get me wrong, store-bought veggie burgers have their place, like, if you have nothing left in your pantry or you’re going camping.  But at a restaurant that prides itself on local grass-fed beef and charges $8 a burger?  For shame.  However, they redeemed themselves a bit with some delicious beet fries.

Beet Fries

  • Stacie and I went on a run on Friday to a new coffeehouse/bar near my old apartment for a free promotional coffee.  It was the perfect motivation to get out of bed on my day off, even with all the rain.
  • I’ve also been running with Murray in the Arboretum, which is just up the street from our apartment.  It has some beautiful paths and woodsy trails, as well as the most well-behaved dogs you’ll ever meet.  Most all of them wander around off-leash and mind their own business, which puts Murray’s skills to shame.  He gets so excited when he sees the other dogs that several people have asked if he’s a puppy.  I’ll take it as a compliment, I guess.
  • As for the rest of the weekend?  Right now we’re hanging out on the new futon, watching the Cardinals game with a lovely summer breeze blowing through the windows.  Back to work tomorrow is going to be difficult!

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