2007 has started off a bit stressful on the work front, with a big project that my group has been working on for the better part of the past year launching. It wasn’t so bad that I had to curtail my Real Life activities too much, but it was bad enough that I didn’t have a lot of energy left over to document those activities here. So here are a couple of things that we have been up to that have not made it in here yet.
Terri mentioned that we got an antique desk/table to use as a media center. But what she did not mention was that during the same trip to the antiques mart in Waltham, I scored an old Remington portable typewriter for $10.
I ended up having to work for my birthday, on the aforementioned big launch. It was really OK by me, because it turned the whole part of early February into a big birthday fest. Terri made me a fabulous dinner the night before. Amy made me fabulous cupcakes the day of.
Last weekend, we went to a chocolate & letterpress event and capped it off with birthday drinks with various friends at the Thirsty Scholar.For Valentine’s Day eve, we made these fantastic goat cheese and radiccio agnolotti from Terri’s Vegetarian Times Mediterranean Cookbook, while listening to music on my laptop, and iTunes was on some kind of crazy shuffle that had it only playing selections from “Walking After Midnight: Patsy Cline’s greatest hits”, Tom Waits’ “Nighthawks at the Diner” and some other assorted stuff. We later realized that one of us had searched for “night” and it was shuffling between everything that matched.
For Valentine’s Day proper, I worked from home in anticipation of the bad storm we were supposed to get, and ended up taking some breaks to shovel our sidewalk(s). Unfortunately, we got so much snow to start off that when it turned to rain, even with clever shoveling, the rain had nowhere to go, and so it just pooled up and froze into a beautiful speed-skating track, that the city of Somerville will probably fine us for.
Yesterday, I think I finally felt the effects of standing in freezing water and shovelling snow, and ended up staying home sick from work. Even the day before, I was finding it difficult to get anything done because my whole head felt like I was in a giant fog. Staying home to get some sleep was a good move; I slept until 10am, ran some errands, and then went back to sleep until 1pm. And then in the early evening, we drove up to Portsmouth.