Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving Weekend

Joe, a former co-worker of Chris' from Eastern Bank, invited us to his house for Thanksgiving dinner. Before earning his finance degree, Joe not only served in the Marines in Hawaii but also worked as a chef here in Boston. Joe and his wife, Jennifer, prepared a fantastic dinner for us and Jennifer's mom: Hawaiian flaky pastries, mashed potatoes mixed with maple syrup, French Canadian sausage stuffing and three types of pie for dessert. And that's just a sampling of the wonderful food. We also got to meet their two children, Henry and Kaya, who reminded me of the benefits of only managing a dog. I was worn out just watching them.

The rest of the weekend has also been fun. On Friday we watched a comedy show in Harvard Square, and on Saturday we ate dinner and dessert downtown with a friend from work and her husband. Afterwards we played pool. Pooja, Guarev and Chris are all great pool players. I was definitely the worst player - I just feel lucky if I knock a couple in. Today we attempted a bit of Christmas shopping and have been avoiding homework.

On another note, the tree in the backyard finally shed most of its leaves - Chris took the first two pictures below on Thursday and the last picture was taken today.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Friday night I picked Chris up from the subway at Harvard Square. Since he works downtown, he can sometime walk around the city on his lunch break. When Chris got into the car, he had a couple bags in his hands, one of which held a "surprise" for me. He had purchased a five pound pummelo (a sweeter form of grapefruit) at a local Asian market! We ate half for supper - it was wonderful.

Chris and I played racquetball at the gym yesterday morning after a break of several months - it was fun to play a competitive sport since we usually run for exercise. We watched Gone, Baby, Gone at the Belmont Cinema last night - the plot of the movie left us with something to talk about on the ride home. The movie is based on a book by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote the book that sparked the movie Mystic River. It's interesting to think about the flexibility of the legal system and how to overlay our own ethics upon it, especially where right and wrong have not been clearly defined. Has anyone else seen the movie?

Not much else is new - we're both looking forward to heading to Indiana and Minnesota for Christmas and New Year's. Here's me with my pummelo.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


I survived the layoffs at Boston Scientific. Everyone selected for layoffs in clinical sciences at Marlborough was notified this morning and asked to go home for the rest of the day. The atmosphere has transformed from tense anxiety to sadness for the people leaving, some of whom were very shocked.