Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Project 365: 29/365

It's official. I'm in love. 

With an inanimate object.

This is my wall a/c unit. Where I come from, we have central a/c, and these little puppies are mostly scoffed at. 

It's been over 90 for the last two days. I will never scoff again. I love this thing. Best $129.99 I ever spent!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Project 365: 28/365

I've finally figured out what all this MBA homework has been missing...

By the way, that is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment that I am taking. Turns out I am an ISFJ - Introversion/Sensing/Feeling/Judging. According to my booklet, this means that I am:

"Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home."

Anyone out there in the peanut gallery want to comment? :) Mom?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Project 365: 27/365

Have I started my paper (due Wednesday)? No.

Have I finished this book? Yes.

I highly recommend The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It's a little dark and twisty... but that's how I like my fiction. And my cable series... hmm... I wonder what that says about me?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Project 365: 26/365

Played kickball today. Grad school is making me do strange things, I know...

Me on the right. I didn't catch it. :(

Friday, August 27, 2010

Project 365: 25/365

One of the big differences between So Cal and Boston is that there is a distinct lack of fro-yo here. There are practically more ice cream shops than Starbucks... but barely any frozen yogurt shops. Tonight Diana and I made a late night trip to Berry Freeze in Coolidge Corner. It's not quite Yogurtland... but I think it will do the trick!

Plain yogurt with mango and mochi. Yum!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Project 365: 24/365

Today the weather finally cleared up for our day at the Warren Center. This is a conference center where groups can go to do team building exercises (ropes courses and the like). It was a beautiful day, and actually a lot of fun. I did the high ropes, though I didn't have the foresight to give someone my camera.

You get multiple photos today, because I don't feel like posting twice. :)

Like any large group activity, we were given ugly t-shirts to wear. Each cohort had its own color. My cohort was lucky to have shirts the color of melted mint ice cream. Yummy.

Me, Carl, Jess and Joanna. (Look, Jess, I wrote about you on my blog!)

This is not me, this is Erin. But I did do a course similar to this, only it was on a wire instead of a log. 

The bellay team. 

In the last activity of the day, we were put in small teams and had 30 minutes to build a raft. Two people then had to paddle the raft out to the platform, retrieve our team's numbered noodle from the bucket, and paddle back. Josh (front) and Sergio (back) were at the head of the pack heading out, but then our raft capsized. These guys then rode the raft home upside down, and we were in third place out of eight teams. We also took another team's noodle, but no one noticed until the end!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Finished Bedroom

The downpour continued into its third day today, and it really was truly miserable. It was cold, rainy, and so so wet. I woke up early this morning to the sound of rain pelting on the side of the house, dreading the service project on the Charles River that I was signed up for this afternoon.

Luckily, the project ended up being cancelled, so we would up with the afternoon off. I spent the time finally finishing my bedroom and getting it to square one before the semester starts. I also took a bunch of pictures - both to share with you all and to keep to remind myself what it's supposed to look like once the chaos sets in. 

I'm finally feeling settled here, and no longer wake up and wonder where I am. I'm actually really pleased with how the whole room came together, and I'm hoping that I can keep it clean and tidy for as long as possible. We can check in a month from now and see if I've been successful... 

Project 365: 23/265

More rain. But today it led to something good... our afternoon activities were cancelled so I got some much-needed time off!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Project 365: 22/365

Second day of cold rain and fog today... more on the forecast for tomorrow. What's up, Northeast? I thought it was still August here!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Project 365: 21/365

This new wall art will remind me every day of my personal motto for grad school.

My lovely roommate Diana helped me put this up on my empty wall tonight. We definitely needed to heed its advice during the installation - between our crappy walls and the package getting a little wet in transit those puppies did not want to stick.

Once I have the rest of the artwork up, I'll share photos of the whole room. :)

Taken with Hipstamatic on my iPhone.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Project 365: 20/365

View from my kitchen window on a cold and stormy night in Brookline.

Tried to be arty with this one... but limited by my camera. Methinks I need to ask Santa for an SLR this year...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Project 365: 19/365

Tonight I went with some of my new classmates to a concert at a local Boston nightclub. The show ended around 9, and they began turning the venue over into a nightclub. We decided to stick around and check out the scene, which was for the most part pretty predictable...

Until these guys came out.

And just so you can get a sense of scale... 

(Names withheld to protect the innocent)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Project 365: 18/365

Any of the readers out there that have any familiarity with my family know my father's love of Saabs... or at least one Saab in particular that met its final end earlier this year. 

When Dad was here in Boston, he noticed Saabs everywhere. They seem to be particularly abundant here in New England, because we saw them on a rather frequent basis throughout our travels. And every time Dad saw one, he'd point and yell, "SAABIT!" 

So, Dad, this one's for you. SAABIT!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Project 365: 17/365

Photo of team 3D at the completion of our GPS scavenger hunt today. These are the people that I'll be working with on my projects all semester. We were definitely the last team home today (so late that people didn't realize we were still gone, oops!), but we completed all of our tasks before heading back to SMG.

L to R: Trevor, Amy, Chris, me, Jim, Todd and Aneesh

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Project 365: 16/365

Happiness is... coming home to packages from West Elm waiting by the mail box!

After this, I swear... no more online shopping!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The First Fortnight

Yesterday afternoon I had a fleeting thought: maybe I should set an alarm for tomorrow morning so I can get used to getting up early again? Better sense prevailed, however, and I decided to forgo the alarm in favor of enjoying my last morning of shameless sleeping in. And I did enjoy it... until the trash trucks came by at about 7:45 a.m., and again at 8:30 a.m.

Tomorrow I will have been in Boston two weeks. Two weeks! The time has just flown by. I've accomplished a lot in two weeks. I'm glad to say that I'm all moved in to my apartment, and not one thing I own is in a cardboard box (as of this morning). That will only stay true until the box that Dad just shipped me arrives later this week.... but let me bask in that angelic light for at least five minutes, mmkay?

So far I'm really loving Boston. I'm liking getting around using my own two feet, and I'm liking navigating my way around on the bus and T. There are so many things to see and do in my little corner of Brookline that I haven't had to travel too far out to explore.

So far I'm really not loving the humidity, but I'm also trying to not complain about it either! We had a stretch of about 4 humidity free days, but now it's right back up there. I'm almost used to climbing the three flights of stairs up to my apartment... though sometimes I do have to run straight up and stand in front of my a/c for a few minutes so I don't feel like I'm going to explode. Some of the native and longer-term Bostonians I've met have assured me I'll get used to it. Or I'll leave after graduation. 

I've gotten used to not having a dishwasher. There are times (like when we brought home a brand new set of dishes from Ikea on Saturday) that it would be really nice to have, but it's really not so big of a deal when you are just one person. Cooking for a family of four? Not so much. The one thing that HAS been really hard though is not having a garbage disposal. It's not really an appliance I've ever given too much thought to, but damn you sure miss it when it is gone.

My roommates are great, and so is the apartment. For taking a place sight unseen, I really think I lucked out. I've also started meeting a lot of the people in my program, and everyone is so nice and excited to be here it's really got me pumped for the semester ahead. 

So overall, I'd say so far, so good. Pre-Term starts tomorrow, so that's all subject to change. More on that later... 

Project 365: 15/365

And here's the after. We painted the walls a gray-blue called "Silver Hill." Oh, and no that's not a light patch on the wall, that's just the flash reflecting off the vanity!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Project 365: 14/365

Bathroom: before. Tune in tomorrow to see the results of our little painting project this evening...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Project 365: 13/365

Accounting pre-work... check! Now, two days to play before school starts. What shall I do... ?

Living Room Rehab

Yesterday's IKEA frenzy definitely paid off, and we have a new, cozy living room to come home to as a result! We spent nearly four hours in the store, partly due to the tax-free weekend chaos, and partly due to the overwhelming nature of IKEA and our individual and collective reluctance to make hasty decisions.

We spent yesterday evening building (and in some cases, rebuilding) our new furniture over some good sushi delivery (yes, they have good sushi in Boston, hurray!).

I didn't think to snap any before or during photos, but here are the "afters" for you to enjoy:

I've nicknamed our TV Goliath. It's a 100 lb.+ behemoth that was quite tricky to transfer to the new TV unit. Good thing he works well, because if he ever breaks I don't know how we'll get him down three flights of stairs, and the people who brought him up are long gone. There has been talk of perhaps pitching him out the window one day... but we'll cross that bridge if and when we come to it.

As we finish off more areas of the apartment, I will share those with you as well. At least one room is done and cozy - and ours - and that's not too bad for one day's work! 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Project 365: 12/365

Meet Sharlene, our Zip Car for today. This weekend is a "tax-free" holiday in Massachusetts, so my roommates and I did a little damage at Ikea. We really pushed the limits of this car's cargo capacity - packing a kitchen table, 4 chairs, tv stand, coffee table, area rug, book case and other assorted purchases AND three people into it!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Maine Trip

After Dad moved me in, we decided to take a little roadtrip and see a part of the country we'd never seen before. We ended up deciding to go to up the coast to see a bit of Maine, since neither of us had ever been.

We had absolutely no idea where to go or what to see, so we really threw caution to the wind on this one! We made our first reservation for Saturday night in Portland, ME, which is about two hours north of Boston. After we checked in to our Motel 6, we headed into town to find a place for dinner. Surprise, surprise, we ended up at an Irish pub, Bull Feeney's. Dad was able to get in another helping of fish and chips, and I decided to sample the local fare and order a Lobster Roll.


OK, so no offense to Maine or the Northeast or whatever, but I do not get the big deal about lobster. It's kind of gummy and chewy. AND, it is served COLD in a traditional Maine lobster roll, which magnifies its disgusting factor by about 100%. I'd rather have shrimp or scallops any day before I have lobster again. 

We wandered around the streets a little bit to check out the town. The downtown part of Portland looked really nice to us on this first glance - full of cool-looking bars and tasty-looking restaurants. It was a Saturday night, so the cobblestone streets were packed with people (including two Bachelorette parties), despite the warnings clearly posted on every corner (see below). 

We woke up in the morning and headed north on our way to Bar Harbor. We decided to take the more scenic coastal route, which took about 5 hours, but was worth it for all the views.

By mid-afternoon we were in Bar Harbor, ME, and it was worth the long drive. It's a darling town, very upscale, and definitely very touristy. But, after all, we were tourists so that was OK with us! After we checked in at our Inn (such an upgrade from Motel 6), we grabbed sandwiches at this amazing deli on the corner and took a 1 mile walk around the shore line. We finished our walk by sitting on a grassy hill overlooking the pier and just enjoying the sunshine and the breeze!

Bar Harbor Island

Squirrel on the shoreline path

We wandered the town, sampled some local blueberry ice cream (they are almost as in to blueberries up there as they are in to lobster!), and then headed to the pub for a pint (you're surprised? really?). That night we had dinner at a seafood grill on the pier, but it was so windy that I was afraid my camera would blow away if I brought it out!

Bar Harbor is surrounded by the Acadia National Park, which was apparently the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Armed with an audio CD tour from our hotel, we drove the 27-mile loop through the park. What we could see was beautiful, but unfortunately most of the vistas were fogged out. Our CD guide told us that we were lucky that we were fogged out - it was the true "down east" experience. 

Dad at Sandy Beach. Yes, people were actually swimming!

From Bar Harbor, we headed back down to Portland for our final night in Maine. We stopped in Freeport on the way, which turned out to big a big outlet mall and the home of L.L. Bean. Dad was thrilled, as you can all imagine. I did get a fair amount of wandering out of him, though I only made one small purchase...

We checked back into our good old Motel 6 in Portland and headed into town to stroll in the early evening. Let's just say in the cold light of day, Portland didn't look so nice. In fact, it looked pretty junky. We looked at the menu of every restaurant, but nothing sounded good. We briefly considered Googling the nearest Outback Steakhouse before deciding to head back to Bull Feeney's. You'll be happy to know that I placed a better order this time (bacon-wrapped filet with garlic mashed potatoes) and Dad enjoyed something other than fish and chips (bangers and colcannon).

The next morning we packed up and headed back to Boston. We made one quick detour at Kennebunkport, which is probably where we should have spent our second night (in retrospect). It was a very promising looking little town that will go on the list for future excursions up north. I didn't get any pictures worth sharing, unfortunately, so you'll just have to take my word for it!

If you'd like to see more from our Maine trip, check out my Picasa album here.  

Project 365: 11/365

Just laying in bed... thinking... I really need to get a lampshade!

Taken with Hipstamatic on the iPhone.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Project 365: 10/365

The unopened text book, taken with Hipstamatic.

Things I did today instead of my accounting homework:

1. Unpacked two large boxes of shoes
2. Read two chapters of "The Red Queen" by Phillipa Gregory
3. Took a long shower
4. Grocery shopped
5. Called my mother
6. Poached some chicken
7. Bought a decal for the empty wall in my room
8. Looked at various people's wedding photos on Facebook
9. Looked up printers and camera cables on line. Considered walking to Best Buy to get them, but decided against schlepping printer on T.
10. Talked to Alex on gChat
11. Made a sandwich
12. Unpacked the Wii. Contemplated setting it up, but decided to wait until I have a basket to hold the paraphenalia.
13. Tended my Netflix queue
14. Contemplated walking to CVS to buy highlighters so I can start my reading and procure nail polish remover. Decide to file nails instead.
15. Changed my address on various accounts and magazines
16. Made a list of things I need to get at Ikea/Target/Best Buy - including a printer, camera cord, highlighters and nail polish remover.
17. Organized and reorganized my shelf in the pantry
18. Caught up on my blog reading, transferred subscriptions from another Google reader account
19. Took a nap.
20. Watched the finale of "So You Think You Can Dance"

Tomorrow is another day, I suppose.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Project 365: 9/365

A place for every thing, and every thing in its place. Laying in bed admiring today's work... 

Take a Walk With Me

So I can't entirely take credit for this post. It was my Dad's idea on his last day with me here in Boston. If you like it, you can tell him. :)

One of the most adventurous things I've ever done is take this apartment, sight unseen. I knew the general area of Brookline, but wasn't quite sure exactly where it was or what the street or building looked like. I'm glad to say that I lucked out. I'm on a really nice street in a quiet neighborhood just minutes from Coolidge Corner. Take a walk with me and let's check it out!

We start at my house, 25 Littell Road. 

We're on the third floor, so those windows up at the top are our living room/dining room. Now that we're outside, let's walk down Little Road to Stearns.

At the bottom of the street, we turn left on Stearns to get to Coolidge Corner. It's another quiet, tree-lined Brookline street.

We walk about a block and find ourselves on Harvard St. Up and down Harvard there are a lot of restaurants and shops (including Dad's new favorite the Corrib Pub). There's also a pretty stone church on the corner. Here's a view down Harvard St., looking in both directions. 

Now we turn right and walk up Harvard a couple of blocks to Beacon St., and to Coolidge Corner. 

My T stop is just out of the left hand side of the frame. Up Harvard St. there are more shops, a Walgreens and  a CVS. On both sides of Beacon St. there are lots of shops - Walgreens, CVS, Trader Joe's, Pier One - and more restaurants. 

So this is my new little corner of the world. You all have to come see it in person now! :)