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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Julianna Rose

My good friend Alison had a baby girl on Thursday at 7:30. Julianna Rose was 7lb 13oz. and 20 1/4 in. long. Alison and I shared a dorm room our freshman and sophomore years of college, and we were bridesmaids in each other's weddings.

Alison and Julianna Rose





The Whole Family: Alison, Noel and Julianna

Not another post about Greta...

Greta has made enemies with the squirrel who scurries about in the tree right outside the front door. These are her two poses:

Squirrel?!













I will find you...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Quick Weekend

This weekend, Chris and I drove to Hanscom Air Force Base to perform our monthly ritual known as National Guard. We are part of a headquarters unit that is tasked with performing physicals on Massachusetts soldiers. I gave hearing tests and Chris hooked up leads for EKG's.
My friend Katrina also visited us this weekend. Katrina and I roomed together our freshman and junior years of college. She had a two day span to book her flights, and I didn't have our drill scheduled yet, so she took a gamble... and lost. We were still able to spend time together in the evening. Katrina toured Boston and Harvard during the day. We met her downtown and had bubble tea in Chinatown (tea with pistaccio balls) and walked around Back Bay.

Greta had fun harassing Katrina, maybe because she's about Greta's size... Sunday, we ate at the Bombay Club in Harvard Square (just a couple miles from our house) and drove along the Charles River, with a quick stop at MIT.


Katrina carefully planned her return flight for 6:15 Monday morning. I dropped her at Logan Airport a little after 5:00 and drove to work. That's our weekend.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Montreal

Saturday morning, Chris and I drove through New Hampshire and Vermont, through Quebec to Montreal. The 4.5 hour drive was overpowered by the peak fall colors exploding on the White Mountains and Vermont hills. I snapped the below pictures out of the car window.
















We arrived in Montreal early afternoon and booked into our hotel which was situated along the main shopping strip. Chris bought a new pair of shoes at Aldo, and I bought a silver ring with strips of copper and brass from a street vendor. As we walked along the streets, we noticed a plethora of homeless people with cans and hats outstretched. I was tempted to give money to the people with dogs...

Sunday morning, we ate at a local cafe in Old Montreal which is down close to the water. We also poked around their famous church, which is supposedly a smaller replica of Notre Dame - we didn't explore the inside, though, as we were out of Canadian money.
















Montreal sits on the St. Lawrence Seaway and stretches up a hill called Mount Royal. Chris and I drove up the hill and hiked along the peak for a bit.














On the drive home, we sat at the border into the U.S. for about an hour and took a longer route home through the corner of New York and through Burlington, Vermont. Unfortunately, the French Canadians in Quebec will be collecting about $120 from Chris due to "excessive speeding."

We arrived home late Sunday. My cousin Matt watched Greta over the weekend and reported that she spent some time digging under our fence in order to sit in the neighbor's driveway...