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Whoops

So, sometimes I really suck at writing posts…mostly because my life has been so up in the air in the last few weeks.

Already halfway through the semester, which is both nice and terrifying since that means I have final papers and exams coming up in 2 months. The classes are mostly easy, but boring this semester…I’ve taken to doing Sudoku puzzles in my Tuesday night class.

Family life has been a shambles. My Dad went back into the hospital 14 days ago with a high fever which hit 104 degrees. He’s finally getting out right now and will be going back for regular blood counts on Friday. We are all going to be getting tested for a bone marrow transplant in the next few weeks to see if we match up.

I’ve also started throwing out a ton of crap from our apartment. We have so much that we don’t use at all…bags, movies, household items, craft stuff. I just want it out of my house. Tomorrow, I’m going to go drop it all off at the Salvation Army. The house looks so much better already; now if I could only find our new shower curtain.

We also went to Toronto to go see the Hockey Hall of Fame and then stopped off at Niagara Falls on the way home. They were both awesome, as was the city…and we plan on going back when the Falls aren’t as frozen.

Now, I’m trying to slog through a mountain of laundry and dishes to get the house cleaner so that when our landlord comes in to fix the two burnt out lights, we don’t look like slobs.

The Ocean

One of my favorite Dar Williams songs is “The Ocean”…it seemed especially relevant to me when we moved near Belle Isle Marsh and the Harbor. While I adore mountains, the ocean has always been a constant in some way throughout my life. We’ve been going to Cape Cod for over 25 years now, one of my first memories is getting bitten by a crab while splashing into the Atlantic Ocean…and every time I go over the Sagamore bridge, I visibly relax.

Now, living near the water, I’ve begun to appreciate other things. Today, the most important was that there was almost no ice to navigate while getting to the car. It stayed warm enough here, probably because of the ocean, to not hard freeze everywhere. There is literally no ice in front of my house…nor is there any salt melt put down. I love it.

I also love the fact that on some nights, foggy ones especially, I can smell the ocean at our house. There is nothing like going out onto your back porch with a drink and some good conversation, smelling the ocean and watching planes fly over your house.

Unfortunately, I do not have time to go walk by the water today 😦 Our teacher gave us 3 chapters of reading! 3! In the first week! Geez 🙂 and I have to clean up the house. Its amazing how much dirt gets tracked in with boots.

Back Again

Ice EricWe made it back alive and without any fights! 🙂

I am not a great teacher for skiing as I had to remember how to actually ski, so every once in a while I would tell him a new nugget as it popped back into my head from the back of my brain.

Overall, the mountain was pretty good. A few people were real big idiots, 2 snowboarders who were just lying across the steepest part of the main trail and a woman and her daughter standing at the end of the ramp for the ski lift. We actually ran into them because they wouldn’t move.

However, ending the day with a warm waffle dipped in maple syrup was a stroke of brilliance! So tasty and hot and sugary. Just what I needed.

Mount Washington

Here it is, in the negative temperatures in Boston and all I can think about is the next time I get to climb Mount Washington. Its become a bit of an obsession for me. I’ve been up 4 times, twice on a charity hike for a women’s shelter here in Boston (each one 20 miles long), once on a 20 mile hike with my boyfriend, and the last time with my boy again hiking to raise funds for the Observatory.

It took me 4 tries, 2 of them sleeping over at Lakes of the Clouds Hut, to see anything from the summit. And it was totally worth it.

We’ve already planned at least one trip back up to the summit together this year, probably for Seek the Peak (The charity hike for the Observatory), and the boy is going sledding down Tuckerman’s Ravine again this April for the Inferno. But, National Geographic just put out a beautiful 12 photo spread about the Obs and has a huge article on it in the Feb. issue about the mountain and the Obs. Cannot wait to pick up a copy and drool over the photos. My favorite is below…the landscape there in the summer is so weird at times, in the winter its even more stunning.

Mount Washington At Night
Mount Washington At Night

The View from Eastie

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Well, our little party was a success…only 1 car got lost and ended up by the airport. They were also the car that had a person slightly freak out when they went through the tunnels under the harbor and who asked every few minutes “Is that an airplane?!”

Too bad about the Patriots, though. The Jets suck.

BSO

Holiday Show with the Pops
Holiday Show with the Pops

Watching Keith Lockhart wander around in the audience, shaking hands and hugging old ladies is amusing. However, even more amusing is seeing him try to do a can can dance. Too bad I didn’t have my camera ready for that.

Good show, either way…however, I think next year I want to do something differently since we’ve been to the Pops the last two years and have been about 5 times in our last 10 years together.

Tomorrow, we host the Patriot’s game and hopefully Miami will lose so that we will continue on our season. If not, then we will be able to talk a lot more during the Superbowl game. Oddly enough, it sounds like we’ll have about 5 extra people coming over tomorrow so I guess we’ll actually have to do the cooking and whatnot.

An Open Letter

Dear Woman on the Blue Line (Morning, 12/22/08),

I appreciate the fact that it is the holidays and you are probably bringing all those bags in either because you: A) like your co-workers and want to shower them with holiday cheer or B) feel obligated to give your crappy co-workers equally crappy gifts/treats. And I know that the floor of the subway is both disgusting when dry and so incredibly scary when wet, like on a morning like today’s was.

HOWEVER!

That does not mean that your presents have the right to a seat on the subway. Especially when there are no other seats. I’ve checked the rider’s bill of rights and no where in there do they mention anything about crappy co-worker Christmas presents.

So, do not give me a dirty look when I gesture for you to move your bags before I sit on them. I’m doing you a favor by not just sitting on them with my smashing green snow pants. Although I might have spared your co-workers from your ensuing crappyness distribution, which would have made them happier.

Oh, and the next time you spend the rest of the ride with your presents resting on my leg? I will tear them to bits.

I don’t like to mess around in the morning.

The Green Monster on the Blue Line


2 hours

This morning, I was smart and called the snow line for work before getting too awake and discovered there was an hour delay. Love it!

Went back to bed for an hour and got up, ate two bowls of cereal, put my layers on (love my gore tex pants!), and trekked into work. Found out there were two people who showed up early, which is good because our automatic door opened up at 9 AM.

Spent about 2 hours at the front desk talking to a lot of people from Austrailia, and then got the news at 11:55 that we were shutting down. Got home about a half hour ago and am in my pjs waiting for the Patriots game to begin.

I wish all days could be like this…go in an hour late, work for 2 hours, and get paid for 8! Love it!!