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[ profile] plumtreeblossom and I are home after a really wonderful trip! The drive down was slow in places (in part because of one bad accident we passed), and we ended up arriving many hours after we’d hoped to, but we made it OK. We had a really wonderful time with [ profile] bcat1 and S. and the twins. And they had a rite of passage while we were there — we gave them their vuvuzelas!

They are such adorable, sweet, smart children, and we had a great time with them. Also with S. and [ profile] bcat1. We got lots of time with lots of various combinations and it was great. Oh, and I got to meet a cousin of mine who was also there visiting, who is a very nifty and interesting person.

The drive back home was quicker and easier and very relaxed. I love travelling with [ profile] plumtreeblossom; she’s a delightful travelling companion and we always have a lovely time together.

OK, very nearly ready to fall down go boom. I am not caught up on social media and may well not catch up, so let me know if there’s anything important I’ve missed.
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I’d been meaning to post some more detail about the visitation and the funeral for some time, but at this point I don’t know when I’m going to get that much time and energy, so I’ll just say that [ profile] ka9sqb’s funeral was lovely and moving and just about perfect. The officiant did a wonderful job, and lots of people who had been close to [ profile] ka9sqb got up and told beautiful stories about him and his impact on our lives. A metaphor the officiant used, which I really liked, was the wonderful quilt that [ profile] ka9sqb had woven of the people in his life. He had such wide interests, and he could talk to anybody about anything and sound (and be!) knowledgeable and engaged. And at the funeral, that quilt was very obvious.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, I was very glad to be able to show [ profile] plumtreeblossom where I’d grown up, and introduce her to so many of my relatives and old friends and family friends and friends of [ profile] ka9sqb’s. It was her first time in corn country, where the sky spans a hundred and eighty degrees. And on Tuesday (as part of a little tour of the town and the campus), we stopped in at the very pretty university library where I spent so many happy hours as a child and young adult. (As well as reading library books there, I used to take my own books there to sit and read, because it was quiet and pleasant and air conditioned.) That was a special sort of warm nostalgia for me.
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A very happy birthday to [ profile] desiringsubject, who got her birthday extra early this year due to being just a few timezones west of the International Date Line.

I have unfortunately been terribly remiss about birthday wishes lately. So belated happy birthdays to [ profile] majes and [ profile] dan4th, too, both of whom had birthdays earlier this month.
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The rest of our trip to the Cape was great. On our way back, we spent a few hours at the Edward Gorey House, which was great. It’s a fascinating place celebrating a fascinatingly weird person. (He let raccoons live in one of his rooms for quite a while, for instance. Whether that was because he didn’t want to inconvenience them or because he just couldn’t be bothered to do anything about them, I didn’t quite gather. Either one seems entirely plausible.)

I finished Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries, by Molly Caldwell Crosby. As I wrote earlier, it was fascinating, and I think the novelistic style that rubbed me a bit the wrong way towards the beginning ended up working for me (especially when I read the notes at the end and realized that a lot of the suspiciously detailed descriptions were in fact properly sourced). Very highly recommended for anybody who likes historical nonfiction, medical nonfiction, or both. Looking forward to reading (and perhaps watching) Awakenings at some point. (Crosby says she was inspired to write Asleep in part because after reading Awakenings she wanted to learn more about the epidemic, and couldn’t find anything else written since the 30s or so.)

Got an unexpected impromptu dinner date with [ profile] plumtreeblossom this evening. I was kept late at work, and she had her class schedule change unexpectedly, which meant we were both in Cambridge and free at around 7:30. So we met in Central Square for dinner. We first tried Mary Chung’s, but they’re closed on Tuesdays, so we ended up having a delicious Indian meal at Shalimar. Yay!

Oh, and it was very cloudy here all day, so no chance of seeing the transit of Venus around sunset EDT. (The new userpic is from the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite.) But as I was walking home from the T station the clouds had cleared a bit, and I got to see the International Space Station pass overhead.

PS — Huge thanks to [ profile] surrealestate and DD for inviting us to join them and Julian on the Cape!
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Too lazy to write up my own post, so I’ll just link to plumtreeblossom’s post about our weekend on Cape Cod. (I will add that I actually love the weather here, it’s got that sort of pre- or post-storm energy I really love, and it’s warm enough that the slight intermittent drizzle is pleasant.)
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Since last weekend (Circus weekend!), I’ve been busy.

You might need to click this twice; I do, on two different browsers:

  • Monday was the regular Poly Boston dinner at Bertucci’s. Unfortunately [ profile] plumtreeblossom couldn’t make it because of rehearsal. It was quite fun, with a bunch of cool new people!
  • Tuesday I had dinner with [ profile] xmelancholia near (my) work; she introduced me to a new-to-me restaurant, Mulan. I loved their chicken in chili sauce. More importantly, I loved the opportunity to catch up with [ profile] xmelancholia. She rocks, and I hadn’t seen her in a while.
  • Wednesday I usually get together with [ profile] cathijosephine for dinner, but she was out of town for a funeral (my sympathies to [ profile] buxom_bey, whose relative’s funeral it was), so [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I went over to hang out with [ profile] surrealestate, DD, and little J, and we had a blast. Love that little baby! (Actually, love all of them!)
  • Thursday I got together with [ profile] teratomarty, who works near me. Among the impetuses (impetusses? impeti?) for getting together were some biological specimens (small animals, mostly arthropods) in jars that I had aquired, and wanted to pass along to him. I had enjoyed the food at Mulan so much on Tuesday that I suggested we go there again. Had a great time.
  • Friday morning in the shower I heard that the annual sheepshearing festival at Gore Place was going to be Saturday. Oops! [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I love that event, and had tried unsuccessfully a month or so ago to figure out when it was. We ended up shuffling some plans around so we could go.
  • Friday night I drove to the airport to pick up [ profile] bedfull_o_books, who was arriving at Logan after a very very long series of flights from Beirut. Got to hear about her fabulous visit to Lebanon and Egypt with [ profile] r_ness, and she brought me some Lebanese coffee with cardamom which I look forward to making.
  • Saturday I slept really late (needed to; the flight was delayed, and I was sleep-deprived anyway to start with), so we were late to the sheepshearing festival, but we got there in time to enjoy epic fair noms, stroll among the vendors (and make some impulse purchases), and see the border collie demo (border collies managing sheep and goats). I had foolishly forgotten to bring my good camera, but I got a few photos on my phone which I may get around to posting eventually. Afterwards, we had dinner at Blue Ribbon Barbeque in Arlington, which I’d never been to before (although I’ve had it catered at work a few times). The brisket was quite good. (The sausage was good too, but, contrary to the menu’s assertion, it was not at all spicy.)
  • Today, after sleeping in (which we both needed) and breakfast at The Broken Yolk, I came home to Quincy for a very productive afternoon of yardwork and working on the house. I completed three of my four painting projects; just have a final coat on the office door left to do. I didn’t get as much cleaning done as I’d like, but I got lots of work done on the yard and I have the pleasant aches of a productive day of physical labour.

So, busy and happy (and as always, epically in love with my honeywuzzle).

beowabbit: (Travel: 1933 Ford)
So tomorrow [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I are driving down to North Carolina to visit my adorable niece and nephew, who are rapidly approaching two! We are so excited!

(Oh, we might say hi to their parents, too, if they happen to be around. :-)

I have it on good authority that there is also some Arby’s in our future.
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Hi! For the first time since we met, [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I are going away for Thanksgiving, to [ profile] bcat1 [who doesn’t use her LJ account] and [ profile] spacechicken’s [oops, who doesn’t seem to have one any more] in the land of awesome barbecue North Carolina. We’ll be away something almost a week, from the 22d through the 27th.

[ profile] plumtreeblossom’s wonderful housemate [ profile] vanguardcdk will also be out of town.

[ profile] plumtreeblossom’s cat Ben Ben (who doesn’t have an LJ name, silly boy; I think he uses the Face Books or whatever you kids are using today) is a finicky eater who needs is food and water changed on a regular basis. He also would probably like some company.

So, we are looking for somebody to look in on Ben Ben, feed and water him (and probably change his litter once or twice in there), and give him some attention. Anybody game? This could either be a drop-in-once-a-day thing or (if somebody wanted) a housesitting thing. [ profile] plumtreeblossom can pay something towards this (although I don’t know how much she’s offering). She can also offer WiFi, cable, and Netflix.

Anybody interested? You’d be helping us go see CUTE BABIES!
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  • Our bus did not catch on fire.
  • We spent a long time lost in the American Museum of Natural History, which is a great place to be lost. Among other things, we saw a neat IMAX movie about aquatic reptiles.
  • We spent some time at a dog run on the AMNH grounds.
  • We saw Bodies: The Exhibition, which is similar to Bodyworlds, but felt both a bit more commercial and a bit more informative (i.e., educational).
  • We had several great meals, notably lunch today at Ben’s Kosher Deli, which I highly recommend, and drinks at a nice little Japanese restaurant across the street from our hotel (when we discovered the bar we were originally aiming for was too crowded and noisy).
Of course the best thing was my delightful traveling companion. And now to bed!
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Headed off to New York with my honeywuzzle today, and so looking forward to it!

(Userpic chosen because I don’t have a photo of a Chinatown bus. I wonder if anybody got any pictures of that one that caught fire on the Mass Pike a couple years ago...)
beowabbit: (People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007)
Well, her flights were delayed, and it was around midnight last night before she got her luggage and we could go to the car (a rented Zipcar, since I took my car into the shop Monday and there were Unexpected Complications), but I have my honeywuzzle back. I am so glad she’s home.

And when we got to her place and unpacked, we opened all the wonderful gifts my family sent, including great cold-weather lotion for [ profile] plumtreeblossom and a fascinating-looking book on the history of the information age for me from [ profile] silverlibre and [ profile] ka9sqb, and some very useful cold-weather supplies for the car, and wonderful warm fleece blankets for each of us and a card with adorable photos of the babies from [ profile] bcat1 and [ profile] spacechicken. And did I mention the treats? Evidently my family thinks we’re too skinny! There ware all sorts of cookies and fudge and bread and excellent chocolate and just amazing delightful decadence.
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As previously posted, my darling [ profile] plumtreeblossom is stranded in Rochester. Today is her birthday. I wish we could spend it together, but I can’t wait to see her in any case.

Happy 47th birthday, love! Looking forward to your 94th! (Let’s hope you’re not stranded away from your wuzzle for that one.)
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[ profile] plumtreeblossom is out in Rochester visiting her family. She was supposed to be flying back tonight. This morning I got a call from her saying she’d be getting in very late on the bus because flights to Boston are cancelled due to the snowstorm and the trains were all sold out.

A few minutes ago I got a call from her saying that the bus was cancelled. At this point she has no idea how or when she’s getting back to the Boston area.

Tonight after I picked her up was going to be our little Christmas celebration, opening gifts from my family. Tomorrow’s her birthday and we were going to celebrate with dinner. At this point it looks not at all certain that she’ll even be home by any point tomorrow. Poor darling. But wherever she is, she knows I love her.

In other news, I’ve been spending most of this holiday break at work. (When nobody else is around is a good time to do upgrades.) I have to say, I really love being at work with no distractions and nothing in particular I have to do in the evenings; being able to get in when I feel like it, sit down and focus solidly on one project all day, and leave feeling accomplished when I’m hungry or tired or just slowing down. I feel like I accomplish so much more in a quiet uninterrupted day on a holiday weekend than on an ordinary workday. And despite the fact that I’ve gone to work every day, it really feels like a vacation. I really enjoy my job.

I am sure ready to have my honeywuzzle back, though!
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(Sorry for poor formatting; I appear to have lost the ability to type angle brackets on my phone.)

Went out to Western Mass with plumtreeblossom this weekend to attend the wedding of surrealestate and DDL. (Much of it, at any rate — for complicated reasons I ended up making myself useful with cupcakes during the actual ceremony.) We had a great time, and it was wonderful to meet so many of their family members, and it was nifty to get to break in the new car with a long trip. (Although I should get the brakes looked at.)

surrealestate and DDL, we love you, and we were so happy to see you so happy and to get to celebrate your life together!
beowabbit: (Travel: 1933 Ford)
Anybody with the mildest interest in the history of the technology of transportation, the history of advertising, or the history of Canada should go look at this very very strange vehicle from 1905. (The Shorpy’s photoblog is quite a treasure trove, but this particular one is exceptional.)

You can click on the picture to massively embiggen in case you want to try to figure out whether that thing is steam powered or not or what the weird black box is under the chassis in front of the things that might be batteries with all the little U-shaped handles on it.
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OK, I should have posted these ages and ages ago, but here finally are the pictures from my trip with [ profile] plumtreeblossom to North Carolina last month to meet Rider and Genesis, [ profile] bcat1’s and [ profile] spacechicken’s twin babies: Visiting the babies, June 2010 (on Flickr).

(Sorry for the lack of editing and the somewhat austere captions.)

EDIT: [ profile] spacechicken pointed out that I had a bunch of the photos miscaptioned as to which gorgeous little love-cupcake they depicted. Fixed now.
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No time to do this trip justice, but [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I had a wonderful, wonderful visit with [ profile] bcat1 and [ profile] spacechicken and their two wonderful darling little babies. They're four months old and so spectacularly sweet and adorable! It was wonderful, and I can't wait to go back.

Expect pictures later this week.

EDIT: I’m a slacker, but plumtreeblossom and spacechicken have pictures up already.
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In the cab with [ profile] plumtreeblossom on the way to the airport for a super-quick visit to North Carolina to meet our new niece and nephew, [ profile] bcat1's and [ profile] spacechicken's twins. Can't wait!
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Sorry for my long absence here. I’ve been too busy enjoying life to post about it. In fact, I’ve started to post a couple times recently and not gotten very far. So, since I don’t seem to have the stamina for a long post, here are some bullet items:
  • First, the bad news: As [ profile] plumtreeblossom posted here, her lovely grey Siamese Rowley was diagnosed with kidney disease on Saturday. But evidently it hasn’t gotten too bad yet, and the vet says he’ll definitely get some weight back with a low-protein diet and subcutaneous fluids, and it might even cure him. So we’re very glad we took him in. (He’d been gradually but very steadily been losing weight over six months or so.)
  • Everything else is good, starting with a lovely visit to see [ profile] eisa in New York City a couple weekends ago, which involved good food (as always) and meeting a couple of her friends. It also involved getting introduced to a new TV show (on DVD), whereon more later.
  • Mare and I saw Theatre@First’s production of The Winter’s Tale, excellently directed by [ profile] dietrich. Loved the staging, loved the somewhat quirky play, loved the performance. Congratulations to all!
  • The news from the vet was not good, but it was great to be there for [ profile] plumtreeblossom and Rowley, and I’m really glad we got him to the vet. And that morning [ profile] plumtreeblossom cooked me banana pancakes and bacon. She must love me!
  • Besides The Winter’s Tale, I’ve been enjoying a lot of classic or retro movies and literature:
  • On the bus on the way to New York, I finished the utterly bizarre Edison’s Conquest of Mars (Wikipedia; Gutenberg). Cut for length. )
  • Preparatory to starting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I read Pride and Prejudice, and enjoyed it quite a bit. The funnier bits reminded me a little of Saki.
  • [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I watched a DVD she bought of a 1964 adaptation of The First Men in the Moon, which we both enjoyed a lot. Cut for length. )
  • The TV show [ profile] eisa introduced me to was Mad Men, which is retro in a different sort of way. Cut for length: Mad Men vs. Star Trek. )
  • And it’s not historical or retro, but I also watched a weird French movie called La Moustache. Cut for length. )
OK, that was fairly long after all. Now it’s time for me to go to bed. Good night, all!
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Another lovely weekend with my sweetie. Saturday afternoon I got ingredients for crockpot chicken and dumplings (incidentally having to get out and sprinkle kitty litter under my wheels three times to get out of the driveway!) and got that started. Picked up [ profile] plumtreeblossom in the evening and we came back to Quincy for dinner. After dinner, we had a couple drinks and (as is often the case) ended up link-surfing on Wikipedia, and finally landed on this site of colour photographs of Tsarist Russia by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. I forget how we ended up on the topic, but something reminded me of that exhibit and those photos — oh, I remember now! We’d been listening to recordings from old phonograph cylinders on Wikipedia, and [ profile] plumtreeblossom mentioned how weird it felt to be listening to recordings from the 19th century and how it made that era seem less distant, and that reminded me of how it felt to see colour photographs from before the Russian Revolution, so I googled to find the Prokudin-Gorskii exhibit again.

This morning (after shovelling out the car with [ profile] cathijosephine’s help), I drove [ profile] cathijosephine and [ profile] m_c_t to the T station so they could go to the airport for [ profile] m_c_t’s flight back to the Wrong Left Coast. It was lovely having him here, and I’ll miss him.

When I got back my darling was making me bacon and eggs and we had a lovely breakfast before running out to the store so she could do a shopping run. (It’s handy to do that when I can drive her, so she can get heavy stuff and not have to carry it from the grocery store to the T to her house. And it’s fun to shop together.) I had only been planning on getting a couple things myself, but I failed to exercise any self-restraint and now I have yummy things in the fridge.

Then I drove her home, and came back to Quincy (stopping to get a few things for the house, notably sand, which yesterday’s experience demonstrated I need). I picked up some Chinese food on the way and ate it with [ profile] cathijosephine and [ profile] darxus.

I have a large number of things I needed to get done this weekend that I didn’t do, but I don’t particularly care. Life is full, and life is good.

EDIT: I forgot to mention; she gave me a couple more pieces of purple clothing, adding to the sweater she gave me a few weeks ago. And she took a picture of me in my new purple hoodie. )
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