Well, even though I posted my last post a little late…I have to admit, that up until my vacation, I was getting bored. I mean, seriously, there’s only so much housework that one can do, right? I was off for over two weeks on sick leave, due to this tendinitis in my left ankle, but now I’m on vacation, and actually away from home and visiting family in the US of A!!
It feels good to travel and take a break, not just from work, but from the routine of the household and life in general. We are staying with family just an hour west of Boston and we are getting spoiled. I haven’t cooked a thing since arriving and the food is amazing!!! We don’t ever starve while we are here. As for the ankle, it was still bothering me before we left on our roadtrip to Massachusetts, but since being here, it hasn’t flared up too badly. I’ve been taking anti-inflammatories only on an as-needed basis, which hasn’t been often. I’ve also been stretching it, going for walks, swimming and of course, doing what vacations are known for: putting the feet up!!! Felt good to finally arrive here at our destination after a full day of traveling in the car, cooped up, unable to fully stretch until a rest-stop or a food/coffee stop.
Our first day here we took it easy, as we had arrived late the evening before and ended up chatting until the wee hours of the morning with our hosts, simultaneously unwinding from the drive. We did do a small amount of shopping for supplies, seeing as we were going to make steak on the BBQ with twice-baked potatoes for supper….YUM!! The following day, Sunday, was one of concern as we were facing a day of much walking and stifling humidity, deep in the heart of downtown Boston. We went to the beginning of the T-train’s Red Line, parked the car, hopped the train and headed for downtown, where we disembarked at Park Street. After the air conditioned atmosphere of the train, the sweltering downtown humidity hit us like a wall the minute the train doors opened.
We walked from there, through the Boston Commons, past the State House, to quickly walk through the “Set Bar” of the TV sitcom from the 80’s, CHEERS! We were sweating already and we had just gotten started. We walked all the way back towards Park St. T-train entrance, jumped on the Green Line and headed for the Prudential building stop, right next to the Cheesecake Factory’s entrance. After a light appetizer, we hit the waiter up for what we came for, and what the restaurant is famous for: CHEESECAKE!!!! Don’t get me wrong, their food is amazingly delicious, but the portions are huge, so an appy it was, in order to be able to fit in that slab of Dulce de Leche cheesecake. I highly recommend that one!!!! Soooooo gooooood!!!
After a wheelbarrow ride out of the restaurant (lol…just kidding, but I could have used one), we walked some more, through the shops at Prudential (wish we would’ve had time to shop that evening) and on to the next T-train stop, at Copley Street. This one we took to Kenmore Street, the closest stop to none other than Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. We couldn’t shop earlier because we had to make our way to the ball field…we had tix for the Yankees vs Sox!!! Exciting for us as it was Debbie’s first game ever!! It was my second time at Fenway, but third Major League ball game in total. I’ve seen one at the Skydome in Toronto, ON where the Jays faced the Orioles (back in 2007), then I saw one in 2008 at Fenway where we watched the Blue Jays beat the Sox, and of course, the one on Sunday where we watched painfully as the Yankees downed the Sox. It was hot and sticky in the ball field and after being soaked with sweat from all the walking, we were praying for a breeze….anything would’ve been lovely. For most of the game, the air remained still, barely a whisper of wind passed over us every once in a while, so by the end of the night, we were sticky, overheated and tired….but we still had fun.
My ankle was snug inside my ankle brace I was sure to bring with me and wear if we were to have a busy day of walking, which on Sunday, we did. I could feel the burning sensation ever so slightly climbing up the inside of my left ankle, resulting in a pinching feeling behind the leg, under my calf muscle. I was sure to take an anti-inflammatory before we set out that afternoon as well as another once I arrived home (well, my vacation home…lol). I stretched it out before going to bed and to be honest, it hasn’t really bothered me too much since. Finally, it is starting to heal and feel better…I am so happy about that because I am missing running soooo much. Until walking causes zero discomfort though, I must take it slow….patience with healing an injury is something I have a hard time with, but I’m working on it. It’s just nice that I can walk now without too much of an issue. Sunday was just a long day of walking in the heat so that was rough…lots of grinding in that ankle by the end of the night, all the stairs in the subway didn’t help. It’s okay though…I’m on vacation!!! Taking it easy is what I’m doing and enjoying every minute of it.
Stay tuned for the next post…I promise, I will get that retro playlist done one of these days.