Erin Virginia

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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Massachusetts & Minnesota

As we try to chart out our future, Chris and I are struggling with a big dilemma: Should we move back to Minnesota in the summer of 2009? Over the past few months, we've been leaning towards moving back this coming summer. Chris would transfer law schools to William Mitchell, I could return to work for Boston Scientific in Minnesota (hopefully) and we could buy a house(for a steal) in the Minneapolis area. The benefits of this plan would be that Chris could make legal contacts in the state in which he will be practicing long-term, we could buy a house instead of renting and we would be near family.

However, lately we've been having a change in attitude. As the time nears for us to seriously consider the move, both of us are re-considering staying out here until Chris graduates from New England Law in 2011 (which is a better ranked school than William Mitchell). At that point, we would definitely move back to Minnesota. For right now, I'm happy in my job and Chris is continuing to gain great finance experience here in Boston and could most likely get a solid legal job here during his last year of school. In addition, the extra two years would enable us to continue to take advantage of the many weekends trip options within New England and Canada.

So that's where we stand now. I think Chris will put in a transfer application to William Mitchell just to see what happens. We'll make the final decision this spring!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Head of the Charles

Along with what seemed like the rest of Boston, Chris and I parked near Harvard Square and walked to the Charles River to watch the Head of the Charles Regatta. Teams and solo rowers from around the world compete in the two-day event, and local vendors set up tents along the river offering food for sale and free samples. I think I was able to get a picture of the University of Minnesota rowing team somewhere in here.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Exploitation

Just for fun...Chris without coffee.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mystic

Chris and I drove to Mystic, Connecticut today for the city's Chowderfest, but it turned out that that the local museum was hosting the event, and in order to get to the soup, each person had to pay twenty dollars for museum entry and then five dollars for each bowl of soup. No way. Instead, Chris and I skipped the chowder and perused the downtown shops, buying a slice of pizza at Mystic Pizza (site of the Julia Roberts movie) and a bowl of chowder at a seafood shack.

Friday, October 03, 2008

In Memorium

Today Chris and I found out that Mohsin Naqvi, a good friend of ours from medic training, was killed in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan, on September 17. He and three others soldiers died from wounds caused by a roadside bomb exploding into their vehicle.

All three of us were assigned to the same platoon in medic training, and Chris went through Basic Training with him, as well. Naqvi had a slightly insane sense of humor, but beneath his roughness, he had a huge heart that he tried to hide. He was dedicated to the United States, even though he was born in Pakistan and only became a U.S. citizen at age 16. Just like Chris, he signed up for the Army shortly after September 11, 2001.

Naqvi had decided to make the Army his career and became a lieutenant. He was twenty-six years old.

You can read more about him here.