Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer & Friends

Summer has been busy for me, not so much work, but I'm taking two accelerated summer classes for my MBA that end mid-July. I am very excited to finish. Summer is always kind to Chris in the absence of classes, but he's also really enjoying his internship at the District Attorney's office. He's already doing pleas and motions by himself, but by the end of the summer, he'll also be doing bench trials.

Last week, our friends, Mark and Shannon, flew in from Boston. They took the traditional tour of historic Boston one day, but we also drove to New Hampshire on Friday for lunch and then spent a couple hours on a beach north of Hampton. I brought back a handful of rocks from the beach. Chris used to laugh at me for collecting rocks from the shoreline, but now he helps me look for interesting stones. My big bookcase is overrun with rocks, but I can't help myself. We made a seafood meal of scallops and lobsters Friday night and left Saturday morning for New York City. I don't think Chris and I have visited NYC in the middle of summer since we moved to Boston. The city was overwhelmed with tourists who were constantly jaywalking and swarming the sidewalks in hot, sweaty clusters. We spent most of the day in the car driving but walked around for a bit through Little Italy and Canal Street. I took almost no pictures this trip, unfortunately, but here's one at our house and one of Times Square in the evening.

Thursday, June 03, 2010


Wow - May is already gone. We celebrated the end of Chris' semester and my birthday by spending a night in Portland, ME; otherwise, we've been sticking close to home. Chris started his internship two weeks ago in the District Attorney's Office in Marlborough. The courthouse is only a couple miles from my work so we've been carpooling the 25 miles and saving some money. Chris has spent most of his days so far in court, supporting the Assistant District Attorneys or doing motions himself.

It's been a quiet, relaxing few weeks. We took Greta to the vet on Thursday for heartworm pills, and the vet aspirated lumps on Greta's back and stomach, which thankfully both turned out to be benign. Our landlord is having the house re-painted but didn't let us know beforehand. We work up one morning last week to the sound of two Irishmen scraping right by our bedroom windows. I think our landlord might try to put the unit above us for sale soon; hopefully, he'll have some landscaping done. Chris and I sort of keep up the backyard and one side of the house. We planted flowers and herbs a couple weeks ago, but a cat across the street has eaten both of our basil plants. Sometimes we look out the window and the cat is sitting on top of our cars then scampers off, leaving dusty pawprints up the hood and windshield. You can imagine this all goes over really well with Chris, who is no lover of cats.

Here are pictures of some flowers in our yard (the bushes were here before we moved in).