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.