Erin Virginia

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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving was the first year we cooked at our house. All in all, it wasn't as hard as I anticipated, thanks to my Aunt Kathy troubleshooting the turkey. Chris and I tag-teamed the rest of the food, and everything turned out great! I even made a pumpkin pie and whipped cream.


The sky was rainy and overcast, perfect weather for sitting around and watching movies (James Bond for tradition). Even Greta had a good day, chowing down on giblets and leftovers.

On Wednesday, Chris and I visited the BodyWorks exhibit at the Museum of Science. I had two free tickets from my work that were about to expire. The plasticized bodies were not as shocking as I expected; however, Chris and I have both visited cadaver labs in the past. Wednesday was also my niece Malia's seventh birthday! Happy Birthday to Malia!

Kathy and Jim will be flying back to Minnesota Saturday morning. Today they plan to antique shop with Matt to fill up his apartment. I think Chris and I might visit another museum or just run errands. We'll all meet up for dinner tonight.
Hopefully, everyone had a great Thanksgiving - we missed spending the day with more family but were thankful Kathy, Jim and Matt were here.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Weekend

Friday night, Chris and I celebrated my cousin Matt's 30th birthday! We went out to a restaurant in Brookline called "Zaftig's" and hung out with some friends of his afterward.
Saturday, we saw the new James Bond movie. I would definitely recommend seeing it - Casino Royale is the best Bond movie since at least Goldeneye. They didn't have as many gadgets as in the previous movies, but there was a lot of shooting and fist-fighting and a little bit of torture...
Last night, Chris and I were invited to the house of a Brazilian diplomat. Chris' friend James (from work) is dating their daughter, Flavia. I think the man, Eduardo, is a vice-consulate. Flavia and her mom cooked us an incredible Brazilian meal of pork, rice, beans, vegetables and on and on. They've been here in MA for four years and spent the six year previous in Canada. They plan to finally move back to Brazil next year. Maybe we can visit sometime.
I'm excited for the coming short work week. My aunt Kathy and uncle Jim will be celebrating Thanksgiving with us and my cousin Matt. Good thing someone else will be helping me cook since I've never done a turkey.
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday week!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Cupcake Party

Chris and I were invited to a "Combat Cupcake" party on Saturday thrown by a friend of my cousin Matt. Basically, the party was the day after Veteran's Day and the hostess made a ton of cupcakes - otherwise, it was just an excuse to throw a party.

Everyone at the party was really interesting - Several attendees are pursuing Ph.D.'s at Boston College in political science. Chris had a great time discussing politics with that group. Others are obtaining Master's in Library Science - I got to talk about current trends in literature and swap notes on upcoming poetry readings.

In addition, there were six redheads in attendence! I can definitely see the Irish influence in downtown Boston, especially on the South End. Granted, not all of the redheads are Irish, but it's still fun to see so many. Chris always asks me if I feel an automatic kinship with them.

Before the party, Chris and I ran around downtown Boston taking pictures with "Flat Stanley." My niece Varsana, who is a second-grader at North Heights Lutheran Academy in Minnesota, sent me a decorated paper doll who, according to the story, was accidentally squashed flat and can now travel through the mail to other cities. The second graders send the dolls to different cities with instructions attached for the recipients to take pictures with Stanley, write about his adventures and send him back. I'm attaching a couple pictures I took. Chris and I were going to take pictures of him in the back of a police car, with a homeless person, etc. and put the "outtakes" (we wouldn't send them to the kids) on this blog, but we never got around to taking the pictures. We were distracted by a sale at Aldo and wasted the daylight.

The Old State House
(right across the street is the site of the Boston Massacre)













The New State House













A sarcastic tour guide


















In other news, my cousin Matt ended his brief residence with us. He signed a lease on a really cool apartment (part of a house) in Allston, which is only ten minutes from us. We're planning to still spend a lot of time with Matt, though.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween

Last night was perfect weather for trick-or-treating. We didn't get the deluge of trick-or-treaters I expected, but the kids still made quite a dent in the candy bowl. Greta refused to wear her angel costume for very long, but I still got a couple shots (with me in my 99 cents witch hat).

Angel Puppy...