Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunday, August 26, 2007


Yesterday afternoon, we spontaneously drove to Providence, Rhode Island, not even an hour away from Belmont. The city reminded me of St. Paul, with its stately residential buidings and small concentration of skyscrapers. The Providence River snakes through downtown, slower than the quick current of the Mississippi River, but Chris even commented that he expected to look out on the river and see Harriet Island. Chris and I wandered to the shopping center, to the State House, where an international festival was winding down, and to Waterplace Park, where the river bulges outward before narrowing again. Below are pictures of the State House and Waterplace Park which apparently hosts gondola rides.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Today, Tomorrow and Four More Years

After paying hundreds of dollars for books and signing up for a yawning chasm of a tuition plan, Chris starts law school tonight. He's actually downtown Boston right now for his week of orientation and will officially start classes next week. I strolled with Greta on a long walk tonight in the cool air, listening to my ipod and wondering where we'll be in four years when Chris grabs his diploma. I don't know if I'll still be working in the medical device field or if I'll be teaching college English somewhere. I don't know if Chris will complete law school here in Boston or if he'll transfer back to the Midwest. I guess Greta is our constant - and each other.

In other news, new tenants moved into the second floor of the house: Tania and Lara. Tania is an accountant at an insurance company downtown, and Lara is her thirteen year-old, shockingly red-headed daughter who plays league basketball. Good deal, huh? I've already heard Lara tell Greta that she loves her, and she's taken Greta on two walks already. Their friendliness feels starkly different than the previous tenants who often woke us up in the middle of the night screaming at each other.

God provides.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

August Weekend

Today closes out a beautiful, sunny weekend here in Boston. We lazed around the house Friday evening and shopped in the suburbs Saturday. Today we drove downtown to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Isabella Stewart Gardner was an eccentric woman who had a mansion/museum built in 1903 to exhibit her incredible art collections, such as Botticelli's Madonna and Child. One story I've heard about her is that she persuaded the Boston Zoo to lend her two lion cubs for a couple days and proceeded to parade the pair up and down Commonwealth Avenue. She also stipulated that after her death all her artwork must remain in her original arrangements. Here's another fact: Anyone named "Isabella" gains free entrance to the museum. Below is a picture of the glass-domed courtyard.

Chris has been occupied the last couple days with his latest hobby: smoking salmon. He bought three pounds of salmon, soaked it in a salt concoctions for 36 hours, let it dry in the refrigerator and then smoked the fish in the smoker that he purchased on craigslist. He just put everything away, and unfortunately, I didn't get a picture. I think it tastes great, but Chris thinks it's a little too salty and is already scheming for his next batch.

Monday, August 06, 2007

The Long Weekend

Chris flew to Kansas City last Wednesday for his friend Ryan Paulus' wedding. Both Chris and I are friends with Ryan - we all suffered through medic training together in San Antonio five years ago, and Ryan actually attended our wedding. Chris was able to spend a few days with Ryan and two of our other friends from military training, one who we haven't seen for two years. It worked out better for me to stay home. Even though Chris' four days away allowed me to watch some movies, clean, read and lavish Greta with attention, I am very thankful to have him back. Every room in the house felt hollow. I picked Chris up at the airport yesterday at noon and we ate a late lunch on the patio of an Italian restaurant. After that, we saw the new Bourne movie, which was great. Today, it's back to work.

Here's a picture of Ryan McGahan, Eric Molina, Ryan Paulus and Chris.