The Day that Dad Came to Play

Dad had a conference here in Boston, so he stayed afterward to play tourist with me. First, we went to Cape Cod. He’d never been there before. We had fried things (I had oysters but can’t remember which seafood he…

No More Corporate Casual

No More Corporate Casual

We have company coming over in a bit, so Merry has dressed up a little.

Joppa Flats: Wildlife-free Reserve

I heard rumors of bald eagles up by the Merrimack and Parker rivers, and so made the drive  to Newburyport today. Zero eagles (and zero snowy owls and not even a single brave sparrow clinging in the brush). I think…

Playing Tourist with My Dad: DC, MD, VA

Dad had a conference in DC, so I flew down to mooch the free sofabed in the hotel and play tourist. Dad was able to join me occasionally between conference sessions. The weather was surprisingly warm, so we decided to…

Team building

A couple of months ago, my team at work realized we haven’t been spending much time together–other than sitting next to each other all day long, I mean. No, we hadn’t bonded in a long time. So after much discussion,…

Jack o’ Lantern Spooktacular

We went to the Jack o’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo last night. Oh, wait. Let me back up. First we ate macaroni and cheese at the Red Fez. Yum-o. But the pumpkins. I remember there being more of them…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Rhode Island

Last day of being a tourist (which is to say, last day of company and last day of not working—sigh). The consolation was a very pretty day with clear blue skies and a steady temperature around 50. We started with…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: New York and New Jersey

Friday morning we head across MA and CT to where Mom had flown to stay with Jenny and Brent. The drive wasn’t bad except for a strange section of snow in the middle of Connecticut. We took Gail out for…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Cape Ann

I had to work this morning, so after a delicious breakfast at Henrietta’s Table, I sent Gail off to watch the boats on the Charles and then check out the glass flowers at the Harvard Natural History Museum. Today she…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: New Hampshire and Vermont

After I wasted a ton of time working like a sucker this morning on my vacation day, we headed up 93 to NH. And lo! There was snow. That was hereish. It wasn’t all that cold (about 40), but all…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Boston

You’ll notice the singular in the title (tourist). That’s because I abandoned Gail today and went to work like the sucker that I am. I won’t bore you by telling you I was in a data model meeting. Gail took…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Maine

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Maine

I know I promised a full report on the Topsfield Fair, but Tanya ruined everything. She ended up staying in western MA too long and decided not to join us today, and I decided that was a good reason to…

The Big E (belated)

The Big E (belated)

I’ve had my camera stuffed away and haven’t downloaded in nearly a month, which means this report on The Big E comes too late for you to go see for yourself. I’m sad to report that, in my estimation, you’re…

More Vancouver

More Vancouver

Ah ha! Remember the floating gas station I found so amusing? Now that I’ve switched hotels, I can see it from my window. This one’s from yesterday too. I really did intend to spend the day at the anthropology museum,…

Vancouver (3)

Vancouver (3)

A few photos from today’s drive to Lillooet and back. I planned to go farther, but Lillooet was under a fire evacuation warning, so I thought I shouldn’t get trapped away from my hotel. The photos don’t even come close…