Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Jamie and Tara

My oldest brother, Jamie, and his girlfriend, Tara, spent a few days with us last weekend. It was a really relaxing weekend. We slept in, walked around Harvard Square, toured Boston and the South End co-op gardens, did a little shopping on Newbury Street and ate a couple really great meals. Friday night, we drove to Charlestown and ate at a Moroccon restaurant, where a rather unimpressive bellydancer briefly shook her way around our table. Saturday evening, Jamie treated us to an incredible steak dinner at Mooo, right off the Commons in Beacon Hill.

Friday, July 16, 2010

For Katie's Special Day(s)

Last week, Katie flew out to Boston for a long, fun weekend. Chris picked her up from the airport Thursday morning and took her downtown Boston for a while. On Friday, we drove to Gloucester to spend the day at Good Harbor Beach, one of our favorite beaches on the East Coast. I got a ridiculous sunburn on the back of my legs where I missed applying sunscreen; meanwhile, Katie and Chris turned golden brown.
Saturday morning, we left early for New York City and then spent the day walking the city. We hit the highlights: Times Square, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty (from afar), Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, Washington Square, etc. Chris grandmother, Bobbi, had sent along money with Katie for us to have a special dinner, so we ate at a wonderful, little Cuban restaurant in Greenwich Village. Afterwards, Katie took her first subway ride surrounded by some colorful characters (to say politely) and we jumped off near Broadway. Times Square at night is incredibly packed, lit up to simulate frenetic daylight. It becomes almost too much after long.

It was a great visit. I don't know when we'll see Katie again as she's off to Purdue University this fall.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Fourth of July

The three day weekend over the Fourth was wonderful. Chris and I didn't plan anything ambitious. To acknowledge Greta's birthday, Chris made her a scrambled egg on toast, took her for a bike ride and then we ditched her for the beach. We spent a couple hours just east of Boston on Winthrop Beach. The water was warm in the shallow inlets, and I, of course, loved all the barnacled rocks. We even saw a little shark washed ashore (the Cape is under a warning right now for Great Whites). As a side note, Chris seems patriotic in the first picture below, but look a little closer, and you'll see he's wearing an English soccer jersey - tsk, tsk.