Sunday, November 28, 2010

BIG Announcement

Whew, I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

We alluded to some celebrations last Sunday, one of them Megan's engagement, Michelle's engagement (though it happened a while ago, we never formally celebrated!) Meghan quitting her job.....and me.

I'm the type of person who talks about everything that is going on with her.  Every high, every low....and everything in between.  I'm an open book - which is probably fairly obvious since I log much of what I cook and eat for the entire Internet to see.  It's been hard to keep my secret to myself!

Most of you by now know about Rafe - my boyfriend who lives in CT where he's attending law school.  And you MUST know that I live in Boston. For those of you not familiar with the drive - That's a good 2 hours in the car - 3 hours if you're leaving Boston anytime between 5pm and 7pm.

Though we both believe that we've done incredibly well with the distance, its very hard being that far away from someone whom you'd like to share everything with.  A few months back, I started the search for a new job in the Hartford area....a few of my friends knew, but I kept it off the blog (for obvious reasons).

I was recently offered a job in the Hartford area - and I have accepted it.  I'm very excited about my new gig, and, in a few short weeks I will be joining Rafe in CT.  I've given notice at my current company and I'm currently in the process of packing everything I've acquired in my apartment in the last 4 years into boxes and bags.

The decision to leave Boston is a difficult one.  When I was in high school I dreamed of living in one of the beautiful brownstones in the Back Bay, walking to work, walking to dinner, and living the city life.  I've had amazing times in this great town, made some of the best friends of my life, and definitely eaten some of the best food.

I'm honestly going to miss my job, my friends, and a lot about this city.  I'm excited for all of the things I will have more time for without that awful weekend commute: blogging, hanging out with blogger friends, cooking, writing, and spending time with family.  I anticipate coming to Boston frequently to hang out with friends - and hopefully have more potlucks!

I am going to miss being part of such a strong food community, and seeing the same people I've come to expect seeing on a regular basis.  I'll miss my lunch dates with Michelle, my office farmer's market, Boston Blogger Brunches, and all the events in town.

I'm going to be living in a new community, and am looking forward to exploring and getting to know this new place the best way I know how.....through the food!  I'm really excited about what Connecticut has to offer.  Lots of opportunity for eating local and farm fresh foods, lots of ethnic influence, and a much much bigger kitchen than I have in Boston.

I've got a few more weeks of shuttling between Boston and CT, but I hope you'll join me in my next chapter!
 

22 comments:

  1. Congrats on this new chapter. I used to shuttle between Providence and Boston and it was tough... lucky for you, there should be plenty of great restaurants to explore and foodies to meet in Hartford- and the Boston scene isn't going anywhere! Good luck!

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  2. Congratulations again Alicia! This announcement is so bittersweet as I'm so happy for you but I'm going to miss you so much! Po5 will just have to extend beyond state lines! xoxo

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  3. Congratulations on the job!!! I'm so happy for you :) You'll definitely be missed in Boston and I hope you will come to visit often! And I can't wait to see you on Thurs :)

    Sues

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  4. I am going to miss you so much! I am really looking forward to learning more about the CT foodie scene and seeing what you whip up in that big kitchen. Rafe is lucky to have you full time but I see weekend trips in our future!!

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  5. I am really going to miss you, but I am SO excited for you to be with Rafe and for all of your Boston visits! And planning a wine country trip and visits to CT and who knows what else!

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  6. Congratulations Alicia! Moving somewhere new is daunting but so exciting. Hope I get to see you again before you move!

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  7. Congrats, Alicia! I used to live in CT, and New Haven and Hartford have some amazing restaurants. You'll be missed here in Boston, but it's great to hear you're doing what makes you happy. Best of luck!!!

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  8. So happy for you!!! Although I'm going to miss having you so close, we'll have to get together WMass style. Congratulations and good luck with your move! Can't wait to read about all the new spots you're hitting up in CT!

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  9. At least CT is not too far away!! And I can still stalk you on twitter and blog ;) tehehehe

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  10. Congrats on the move, change is good!!

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  11. Congratulations!! We will definitely miss you and Rafe at our Boston Blogger Brunches, but I am so happy for you...and 2 hrs isn't too long to drive for brunch is it?

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  12. Congratulations! This is a very exciting time for you. I hope you'll come back for blogger meetups every now and then :)

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  13. Congrats! That's so exciting!!! I know it's hard to move out of the city, but trust me, its worth it to spend more time with the one you love (oooh and to have a big kitchen!) Looks of luck on your future adventures!

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  14. Alicia, congrats and I'm so proud of you :)

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  15. Alicia congrats on the new adventure. I am so glad everything worked out for you and I am so excited! Congrats again!

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  16. I tried to comment last night and Comcast went down as soon as I clicked post. :(

    I'm very, very happy for you... but I am going to miss you oh so much! I'll look forward to your visits back up here, and we'll have to make plans when I'm driving through CT.

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  17. Congratulations Alicia! Such exciting news!!

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  18. Congratulations on your exciting new chapter. We (CT) are excited to have you!

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  19. Awww....thanks for all the well wishes everyone! It's bittersweet. I'll miss Boston and all my friends...but the best part is that I won't be far!

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  20. Congrats!! Changes are always hard but so very rewarding! Good luck!

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  21. Awww, congrats!! We'll miss you but it's awesome you'll get to be with your sweetie more!

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  22. Congratulations!!! I'm glad you were able to find something that worked. Long distance definitely gets exhausting even if you know it's worth it. Let me know if you have time to meet for lunch/coffee/drink... whatever. Would love to catch up before you go and wish you good luck in person :)

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