Monday, January 24, 2011

A weekend of adventures - Part 1

This Sailing Foodie had an amazing weekend that took me from a tattoo parlor in Worcester to a farmers market in Rhode Island to a swanky Boston Hot Spot and back to my cozy kitchen! 

For the sake of you my readers I thought I would break this into 2 posts - this first one will go over why this sailor felt the need to go for tattoo #2 and also an amazing morning at the Pawtucket Winters Farmers Market with the parents.

OK so when most people think of sailors they think of a navy officers on leave or the salty fisherman of Gloucester, MA.  Your first thought isn't a 30something city girl who knows the difference between pate and foie gras or has a obsession  love for the Food Network... But alas, perhaps it should be!

Tattoo's are no longer for navy sailors on leave, prison inmates or a Hell's Angel Biker!  Everyone from young college kids to soccer moms to grandparents are getting ink nowadays! And yet my mom you are still asking, "Why Beth, Why?"  Very simple, I LOVE IT and I love what it represents!

I have had some issues with change and self confidence the past few years.  A new job that meant a more challenging career, several apartment moves and generally a change from being a an entry level college kid to someone with the education and experience to manage others was a lot to bite off. 

Over the past six to eight months I have finally come to terms that change is OK, that I am OK and that nothing in life is perfect. It may not seem like a huge revelation to some but to a girl who has always felt the need to present herself appropriately it was a life changing moment.  To be ok going out w/ messy hair or excepting help at work is something that I have never been good at doing.  This is still a work in progress but knowing that its ok to have imperfections was a revelation I wanted to keep close to me.

Thus the tattoo!!  I truly believe that any tattoo is appropriate as long as the person getting the tattoo can stand behind it and know they will still love it in 70 years.  I already have one tattoo that I got just after college with 7 other girlfriends.  It is something that I can look at and know that no matter where they are, we will always be connected.

For this tattoo I wanted something that would represent my career, my new found strength and remind me that change is OK and will always happen. So I chose this design....

First a HUGE thank you to everyone at Miraculous Creations especially my artist Rob Levis for helping me design and create this one of a kind piece of artwork! 

The turtle represents not only my career on the ocean but also strength.  In both Native American and Buddhist cultures the turtle shell represents longetivity and strength. In Japan, the turtle is also the symbol for the God of Sailors.

The Celtic eternal knot is a reminder to me that change is continuous and that my Spirtual Path is also a continuous process.  

I chose to put this on my wrist because I want to be reminded of these messages daily. I love my first tattoo but I have it on my back and rarely see it.  It is for me and no one else, so as much as it pains my mom that her little girl has yet another tattoo I think she is happy that she raised a women who is confident to go out and do what makes her happy (at least that what she said while trying not to look at it! haha)

Ok, wow this is a long post... Sorry... so much to tell.  

On Saturday morning I dragged the rents' down to Pawtucket, RI to peruse their Winters Farmer Market.  I was lucky enough to hear about this from Michelle on her blog,  

I am soooo glad we went!  I was really quite amazed at the diversity of vendors, vegetables, proteins and other local products!  Below is a picture montage of our morning.  I think my parents where over the moon as well to try new vegetables.  The vendors were so helpful as well! Giving tips on cooking times, recipes (specials for the following week!).  If you are in the area I highly suggest swinging by either on Wednesday evenings (4-7) or Saturdays (10-1).

No road trip w/ dad can start without this....

Coins you buy at the start w/ you CC (come in $5 coins) GENIUS!

I left with a cart (my own reusable shopper) full of root veggies, herbs, apples, a few sweets and a enough stew meat to make a wonderful Beef Stew.  
It was a great way to start the weekend! 

Now, to get back to work but check back later for part 2 of the weekend.  Birthday party in town and a lazy Sunday with a baking adventure that was half win/half fail.....

Do you have any tattoos?  Have you done something for you lately that may not be a popular decision but you know is right for you?