02 July 2017 @ 10:22 am
 
Friends, I am one tired-out Cate today. The early part of last week was all about work, and then I left on Wednesday for Boston and spent less than forty-eight hours in the city before flying home. I don't recommend this as a person's first opportunity to see a place, but I'm glad that I got the chance to see a bit of the city amid all the stuff I had to do. (I was in town for the meeting of a national board on which I now serve, and we met in Boston Public Library, which is really freaking beautiful, and has an exceptional café that I highly recommend.) By virtue of getting up early and pounding the pavement before my meeting started on Thursday morning, I managed to see the old statehouse (which is so integral to illustrations of the Boston Massacre that it made my history geek heart all aflutter) and the long wharf, which is allegedly where everyone dumped the tea. And then I was in a basement conference room for two days (which is not nearly so bad as it sounds - it was a very nice conference room!).

What I saw of Boston was charming and inviting, and I experienced some real cognitive dissonance about how much like England so many of the green spaces were (not to mention the older architecture) while Cape Cod houses abounded. I liked it, though. I wish I had had more of a chance to explore! That said, I can say this for sure about Boston:

1) All coffee products, everywhere I went, were inexplicably cheap.
2) Logan airport is tiny
3) You should visit the new part of the Boston Public Library and snag one of the chairs by the huge windows so that you can be online and people watch at the same time. Perfection.

When we took off from Logan on Friday afternoon, we did a huge circle above the bay, and I could look out and imagine the whole harbour besieged by British tall ships in the 1770s, and it gave me the chills. Clearly I need to go back to Boston and soon.

Got back to my home at 10pm on Friday night, and then 8.30am on Saturday morning I was on the road with my friend M and her two daughters to go shopping for their family vacation in Florida. We shopped like champions, ate gloriously fried food and milkshakes for lunch, and got home in time for me to get a hair cut. Then it was time for our friend and neighbor S's popsicle party, so all the kids went in swimsuits and had epic water fights for three hours while the parents/assorted other adults sat around and drank beer and chatted. It was a lovely way to spend an evening, and when I got home I went right to bed and slept the deep sleep of the righteously tired for ten hours.

I am glad to be in my own home today, able to nest a little! I hope your weeks have been good to you, too! And here's to a good week coming up.
 
 
 
 
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lexstar29[personal profile] lexstar29 on July 2nd, 2017 03:52 pm (UTC)
Boston has long been on my list of places to visit. I'm glad you managed to see a tiny part of the city. I hope you have a peaceful Sunday and a restorative weekend ahead.
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 2nd, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
It's so beautiful there - I think you'd enjoy it a lot. It's a tiny toy town compared to NYC! ♥
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kass[personal profile] kass on July 2nd, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
That does indeed sound like an exhausting week, though also one with some good stuff in it. I support the "return to Boston" plan. :-)

And yay now for being in your own home!
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kouredios[personal profile] kouredios on July 2nd, 2017 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, back to Massachusetts and let US show you Boston someday! <3
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 3rd, 2017 03:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan! :D
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 2nd, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hurray on all fronts! *mwah*
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adafrog[personal profile] adafrog on July 2nd, 2017 05:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, quite a weekend.
Boston sounds like a great place.
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 2nd, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
It was such a lovely place. And yes, it's been a little non-stop, but I am about to go nap, so I'm winning at today :D
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Sam Johnsson[personal profile] samjohnsson on July 2nd, 2017 06:04 pm (UTC)
I approve of people falling in love with Boston.
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 2nd, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
It was so charming! I told my mom it wasn't an intimidating city (to distinguish it from NYC, which she's afraid to visit) and everyone was so friendly. I went expecting Massholes, and while I saw that in the driving, it wasn't anywhere else.
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Liz / pyrrhical / anoyo: hp mcgonagall nuuu[personal profile] anoyo on July 3rd, 2017 01:34 pm (UTC)
I have to say: I love that Masshole got added to the OED. Driving with them makes it less amusing.
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 4th, 2017 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can imagine! :D
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Liz / pyrrhical / anoyo: greys mark/lexie[personal profile] anoyo on July 3rd, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
Boston is fantastic. If you're here again, I highly recommend driving down Memorial (in the middle of the day; avoid it during rush hour like the actual plague), since it follows the Charles and you have a beautiful view of downtown and the bridges. (You also drive past MIT, which, while less pretty, is still sort of a landmark.) Harvard campus is gorgeous, and MIT has a series of underground tunnels that link most of the buildings, and are basically a labyrinth.

Any of the Charles River Valley preservation sites are beautiful, too. It's a very clean city, so there isn't really anywhere you could go that won't be at least a little pretty (unless you enter the concrete jungle that is the closest suburbs). So much street cleaning. So much.

You missed the Tall Ships by a weekend, which is really sad. They were in the Bay and super gorgeous. The area around Fenway is also really old, and really cool. I'd recommend eating there (maybe a max of once, it's sort of expensive). If you can drive anywhere, Ipswitch and Salem are gorgeous, and, obviously, so are the Cape and Martha's Vineyard.

We also have an absurd number of really, really awesome museums. (And we're only an hour from the Printing Press Museum, which is amazing.)

And there's so much more. The T station with the windchimes, for one cute little thing. ♥ Boston
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 3rd, 2017 03:12 pm (UTC)
I did get to see a little of the Harvard campus and MIT-land coming back from dinner on Thursday night. I can only imagine what a zoo it is when school is in session! But what I saw was very beautiful.

I'm sad to have missed the tall ships! That would have pleased my history geek heart very much. And on my way into the city we drove past Fenway all lit up for a game, and THAT geeked me out also. My favorite book is Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, and in the movie version, when Ray heads into the city on his quest, you see Fenway lit up at night. It gave me chills - and cemented my sense that I am a fan of the game and not so much a particular team :D
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the_shoshanna: mounties[personal profile] the_shoshanna on July 3rd, 2017 03:26 pm (UTC)
Man, in a lot of ways I really miss Boston (and that area generally). I grew up in Cambridge and went to high school six blocks from the Boston Public Library; we didn't bother having a school library because hello, we were six blocks from the BPL. It sounds like they've remodeled the new part; I used to love going into the old part, which was gloriously stately and had a reserve reading room that made me feel like a Serious Scholar and also a tiny enclosed garden that was a beautiful space in the summer and some lovely displays.

I have to say I would not call Logan tiny, but maybe if you're comparing it to LaGuardia or something?
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 3rd, 2017 03:52 pm (UTC)
The two airports I fly through most frequently are O'Hare and Detroit, both of which are huge. Logan was a delightfully small airport in comparison!
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flaming_muse[personal profile] flaming_muse on July 4th, 2017 10:16 am (UTC)
You made me laugh at calling Logan tiny; I think of it as more ridiculously cramped because there's no land for it to expand onto! Who builds a major airport on the edge of the city between houses and the bay? WE DO.

I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. There is SO much history; it's one of the reasons I love living here. And it sprawls so much less than NYC, for example, so it's easier to get places. As long as you aren't driving. :D

Thank you for trying to squeeze me in; next time I hope it'll work out. <3
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sheafrotherdon[personal profile] sheafrotherdon on July 4th, 2017 01:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can see the ridiculously cramped part of things, too. And yes, the spot is a wee strange!

The only time I understood the concept of Massholes was while in a cab, watching how people drove. I look forward to avoiding all Boston roadways as far as I can in the future :D

I hope it will work out, too! And hopefully the next time I'm there it will be for pleasure, not for business, so my time will be my own. ♥
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flaming_muse[personal profile] flaming_muse on July 4th, 2017 06:50 pm (UTC)
You just need a native to drive you! We're only Massholes to people who don't know how to drive our roads. Don't yield! Just go! If you aggressively merge like a native, everybody gets along. It's actually quite smooth. When I'm in other parts of the country, I actually have to remind myself - sometimes aloud - that I'm not in Massachusetts. I have to remember to be more polite.
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