On Wednesday night, Heidikins came to visit. 

Because of things like “work” and “cub scout meetings,” I didn’t get to see as much of her as I’d hoped, but it was still a lovely long weekend. We had a few meals here and on Thursday night, with Bart home from a business trip, we ventured into the North End and visited Mike’s Pastry.

Yankee Girl wrote me a long long email a few weeks ago telling me all the things I must see and do in Boston and the longest paragraph of all was dedicated to the cannolis at Mike’s Pastry and how to successfully navigate the madhouse. She told me that, “when you have entered Mike’s Pastries with 30 people in front of you and make it out with your order in 5 minutes you may consider yourself a Bostonian.” Done and done. 

Also, she wasn’t kidding about the cannolis being the best thing ever. Heidi went back the next day. I spent the next day at work dreaming about going back. If you come to visit? I guarantee I will drive you there myself. And force you to buy a cannoli. 

Um, was that three paragraphs about a dessert? Yes, yes it was. You should see the inside of my brain. It’s the dessert channel all day long. 

Heidi spent most of Saturday with Nancy Pearl Wannabe and Operation Pink Herring, and then Bart and I met up with them in New Hampshire for the famed Pumpkin Festival in Keene.
Keene? Is pretty much Gilmore Girls come to life, gazebo and all. OPH said she expected to see Kirk skipping around at any moment.  There were pumpkins EVERYWHERE, close to 30,000, I’m guessing (we left before the final count, but they’ve had around that number in previous years).
You will not be surprised to find out that this was far and away my favorite pumpkin of the night. I will not apologize.

Also, there were these guys wandering around in super-creepy masks and Heidi noticed that they were sort of following us around, seeing as we apparently looked like a group of girls. When they noticed Bart, though, they turned around and headed off. Glad he was there. 
It was a delightful weekend, even though I know the winter is not far off (the numbness in my toes after walking around outside for 90 minutes reminded me of this fact. Also the call from Bart this afternoon to alert me that it was snowing). 

This brings my total number of blog friends met to four and I have thus far managed to avoid being murdered in my bed. I shall try to keep this streak going. 

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  • Reply Lady Susan October 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I adore Mike's Pastry. *swoon!* Seriously, I would consider moving to Boston just so that I would be in close proximity. 😉

    Sounds like you had a lovely time.

  • Reply Lisa October 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Three paragraphs about dessert!

    If you ever meet me (fancy a trip to SD?), I promise not to murder you in your bed.

  • Reply Melanie October 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Ooo, I want to be your next visitor! I hope you got the chocolate covered cannoli at Mike's because, really, that's what heaven will be like. You guys also need to go to Sound Bites in Somerset, Somerville – that area over near Tufts.

  • Reply Lisa C October 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I want to go to Keene. Or live there. But there will have to be a Kirk.

  • Reply Kimberly F. October 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Seeing y'all all bundled up in those photos puts me in even more of a holiday mood! Looks like y'all had a great time.

    There's still time for them to murder you in your bed though. Group efforts take time to plan.

  • Reply Melissa October 19, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Winter is a great time! Snow, ice, lots of outdoor activities that don't require sweat.

    If you're ever interested in the MidWest, we're a great place to visit. Of course, I'd probably drag you off to Chicago.

    BTW, Congrats to Texas for being #3 in the country in college football. If both are teams keep up (clearing my throat, if my team decides to play when on the field), they'll play each other at the end of the season.

  • Reply Yankee Girl October 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Am very impressed by you.

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe October 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I'm just glad Heidi requested that we go back to Mike's Pastry the next day!

    It was great to finally meet you- hope you had fun in Stars Hollow! 🙂

  • Reply heidikins October 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Mmmmm, Mike's Pastry…am still dreaming about it. Swoon!

    And am looking at dates for another trip for Stars Hollow Goodness, the coolest librarian's around, and, of course, cannoli. :o)


  • Reply RA October 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Hearing about this weekend makes me ache for New England like you wouldn't believe. Sniff.

  • Reply Bean October 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    So next time I come to Boston, we shall go get canolis because I've always wanted to try a real, authentic one and haven't…yet. Also, that many pumpkins?! I would have been like a kid in a candy store! That's amazingly cool!!

  • Reply Rhiannon October 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I don't think I've EVER had a cannoli. Sad!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader October 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I would love to head to Mike's Pastry for a delicious canoli! I haven't been to Boston for years!

  • Reply Noelle October 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Sounds so fun! I've never met a blogger I don't know but you're on a roll! I am getting hungry for "Mike's Pastry…."

  • Reply Katie October 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Looks like you were at the pumpkin festival at night. We were there earlier in the day. How did they look all lit up?
    Have you read any of the Pirates! In an Adventure with … books (by Gideon Defoe)? A friend suggested them to me. Very funny books, though not for kids even though they look like they should be.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Hopefully your weather in Boston is as lovely as it is here in RI.

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