Thursday, September 30, 2010

Where Have I Been?

It's been just under a week since my last post, but it feels longer. I just haven't been taking many pictures. Simple as that. 

sunset at HBS

I spent yesterday afternoon working from HBS, since I was nearby after running some errands in Inman Square and Harvard Square. I took this picture from the 3rd level of the parking garage, as we were leaving campus. I really needed a day in a different environment; a day of sun and a sparkly sunset.

Friday, September 24, 2010

End Of Summer

It's fall, but there are still signs of summer. They're fading, but not gone yet!  

end of summer

I'm looking forward to watching New England turn red and gold. It's already starting, but right now I'm enjoying this period of seasonal overlap. It's been in the 80s the past few days, but I think it'll be cooling down next week. Then maybe we'll settle into autumn. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Harvest Moon

Did you see the Harvest Moon last night? If I understand correctly, last night was the first time in nearly twenty years that the Harvest Moon  -- the full moon closest to the September equinox -- has actually occurred on the day of the autumnal equinox. 

traffic + boston through chain link fence

Since it's a pretty rare event, Eric and I went hunting for a good place to check out the sunset. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy. We stood on this bridge (which was sort of scary, because when a truck drove over it the whole thing shook like crazy) with a few other nerds and waited for the moon to show itself. I took the photo above during the wait.

harvest moon through chain link fence

Every once in awhile, it would peek through the clouds for a second, and I'd snap away with the camera. I really struggled to get a photo because the chain link fence was obstructing my view. But look how golden the moon was! 

harvest moon + boston through chain link fence

It really was pretty cool, and it was fun trying to figure out where we could go (by sunset) in order to have the best view. We had a little Wednesday adventure!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ryan + Sara's Wedding

We went to another wedding on Saturday! Ryan (aka Q), was Eric's roommate for 3 years in college, and for a year after we graduated. He's also the first person I considered my friend at UMass. 

sara + ryan

Ryan and Sara became an item (as they say) just 6 months after Eric and I started dating. We've always thought that these two suited each other, and it was a pleasure to see them tie the knot.

Since they're a UMass couple, it was like a mini reunion! The DJ was actually a friend from school, too, and he got everybody on the dance floor. We had a wonderful time, and we're so happy for the bride and groom.

Three weddings down, and one to go before the year ends. I'm looking forward to it!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Little Emmy

Friday night we were invited to a friend's house for a little dinner party. We had fondue, and it was a brand new experience. I'd only ever heard of cheese or chocolate fondue, but this was a real dinner. There were potatoes and mushrooms plus chicken and beef, all of which could be cooked on our special forks in either oil or a beef broth. Who knew? 

little emmy

We also got to meet this cutie patootie, named Emmy. She's about 3½ months old, and weighed something like 3 lbs. She's so tiny! Emmy's a Maltese, so I guess she won't be getting too much bigger; she'll probably get to be around 4 lbs. Holy moly, huh? She's pretty irresistible, and ridiculously well behaved!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Blue Eggs

A while back, we picked up an info sheet about the eggs sold at our local Whole Foods. It was pretty interesting, but we were both really excited about the fact that they occasionally have blue eggs. When Eric went to pick up a few things the other day, he saw that there were some local Azuluna blue eggs in stock, and he brought them home to surprise me! 

blue eggs

They're really pretty, that's for sure. They also tasted really good -- rich and creamy. According to the company website,"Azuluna hens are descended from the Araucana chicken which originated in the mountainous regions of Chile in South America. These hens have been imported and raised in the US since the 1930’s." 

Did you ever have a blue egg (Easter doesn't count)?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Harvard Stadium

Last night we had the first HBS Partners book club gathering of the new school year. My friend Daniela hosted, and she and her husband live on campus. The bus I take to HBS drops me off right outside Harvard Stadium, and it was stunning last night.

harvard stadium

The sunlight, blue clouds, and the blue sky sure made for a pretty picture. I like how the cyclist on the right is just entering the frame, too. 

Book club was super fun, by the way. There were some newcomers and only one person read the book; we spent the whole time catching up and talking about our summers. We also ate a lot (or too much, in my case). It was great! 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cambridge Carnival 2010

Yesterday Eric and I decided to go to the Salvation Army. We looked online to find a location, and we were directed to Cambridge. When we got there, we realized we were on some sort of parade route. (It's not the first time we've stumbled upon a parade.)


It was pretty exciting, and we walked along with the masqueraders in search of the store. We had to weave in an out of groups of onlookers and it was fun to be in the midst of the celebration. Everybody was dancing and there were hundreds of bright, elaborate costumes to be seen. At the time we had no idea what was going on, but I looked it up this morning. Turns out, it was 18th Annual Cambridge Carnival! On the website, it's described as "a colorful and festive celebration that is rooted in African traditions." 

fried dough stand

At the end of the parade route, there were booths selling all sorts of food. We didn't get anything, but man oh man did the fried dough smell good!

We never did find the Salvation Army; I guess that's an errand for another day.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Saturday Full Of Work + Play

Yesterday, Eric was doing some school stuff, so I caught a ride to HBS to do some work before meeting a friend in Harvard Square. I enjoy working at the school, because it's a nice change of scenery. Spangler was deserted and peaceful; no distractions whatsoever.

the spangler center, hbs

I worked quickly, and then headed to Harvard Square early to spend some time in the sunshine. I bought myself an iced tea lemonade, and found a nice spot to read in Harvard Yard

reading in harvard yard

It really felt like fall, and so many people were out enjoying the weather. There were kids running around, people working at outdoor tables, groups of new students looking slightly lost and amazed, and tourists everywhere.

a long shoe

Somebody lost a shoe. But quite frankly, I think these are a fashion travesty, so at the end of the day it's not a huge loss. 

a busker in harvard square

At 2:00 it was time to meet up with my friend. How lucky that we had arranged to meet right where this busker was performing! I was a few minutes early, and I got to enjoy his singing up close and personal. He was quite good.

I spent the late afternoon with Eric, and then took him out to dinner. Afterwards, he treated me to ice cream. Aren't we just too cute?

I hope you all are enjoying the brisk weather and the seasonal changes; just another reason to love New England! 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Steps With Chipping Paint

When I take the long route of my daily walk, I pass these steps. They're on small stretch of road with slightly rundown houses, and I think they're absolutely lovely.

steps with chipping paint

I like the way the paint's chipping off, revealing the concrete underneath. These steps somehow seem like they belong in a beach town, and for a second I can pretend I'm by the ocean. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

HBS Clambake

On Labor Day, the HBS Partners Club held a Clambake for partners and their students.

hbs partners club committee members

These are the Partners Club committee members; they organized the big event! I'm glad they were able to enjoy themselves, because I know they worked hard to put this all together.


We missed most of the appetizers, because we were late, but we were in time for the clam chowder. Then they served full lobsters, grilled chicken, corn and coleslaw! There was watermelon for dessert, and it was absolutely perfect.

english mastif

I guess we needed more dessert though, because after the clambake we got ice cream! While we were in line we saw this gorgeous English Mastif. She was pretty shy, and very soft!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Meeting Sofia

On Sunday I met Eric's babysitter, Lexi. It was exciting, because his family speaks very highly of her and I've been hearing stories for years! She brought her daughter, Sofia, who is 11 months old and very well behaved. 

lexi + sofia

Sophia was happiest when she was sitting on her mom's lap or eating Cheerios. 

sofia in the sunlight

She spent some time basking in the sunlight and standing at the coffee table while playing with coasters. It looks like she'll be walking really soon.


She's a cutie pie, isn't she?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Avocado Plant

As August came to a close, the heat and humidity around here started to feel unbearable. For people, that is, because my avocado plant has been loving this weather! It has two new leaves, and it's looking very jolly.

my avocado plant

I like to think the piggy bank keeps it company. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Moving Day In Allston/Brighton 2010

September 1st makes me really happy that we like our apartment so much, because otherwise we'd have to battle the masses of amateurs driving big trucks and sit in a lot of traffic waiting for people to unload those trucks. But it's not so bad when you're just on onlooker with a camera!

moving day in allston/brighton 2

If there's one thing I've learned from observing moving day for the past few years, it's that everybody has way too much junk. There's so much trash lining the streets on the first of September; it's pretty gross.

moving day in allston/brighton 10

We made it through another moving day. And we've officially been living together for 3 years! See more photos of the big day on flickr.

Also, have you checked out today's Lost in Thoughts?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Waiting At South Station

Here's what I didn't tell you about my trip to Norwood to visit Sara: I missed my train. It left South Station at 5:20 pm, and I was still at least 15 minutes away. Ooops. Funny thing is, this is not the first time I've had a commuter rail snafu while trying to get to Sara's. Once, I got on the wrong line and got off in the wrong town, without even realizing it! What's wrong with me?

seagull at south station

The next train wasn't scheduled to leave South Station until 7:20, so I had some time to kill. I sat on bench outside the station and called my dad and took photos of the seagulls swooping overhead.

P.S. Sara called me and told me to take a different train to a different station, so I only had to wait until 6:45. Not bad at all!


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