Saturday, February 09, 2013

It Snowed

Can you see our car? It's very nearly in the center of the photo.

So, it snowed. Started around 10am Friday, ended around 11am Saturday morning. Something like 24 inches on the ground, but really impossible to say with the huge drift enveloping the front half of our car. Here Sean is doing some good work.
The larger road down the street doesn't look so bad mid-afternoon Saturday. Driving ban still in effect but a few cars were venturing out.
Our street is currently significantly less passable. And our car is behind one of these giant snowpiles. By the way, shoveling snow onto a pile much higher than your own head is not easy.
Here it is.


Thursday, January 03, 2013


So I haven't updated in a couple of months for obvious reasons if you've been keeping up with my life. And my updates will be sporadic at best for the next few months. But to tide you over, here's some silliness involving hair. I grew my hair out for 18 months and then cut it off and donated it. How much does 12 inches of hair weigh?

As it turns out, only 2 oz., if you're me. On the other hand, if you cut out all the hair (all mine) that wrapped around the roll bar of my vacuum cleaner, it really seems to be about the same or more. (Sadly, I forgot to weigh it before discarding.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Five Turkeys

Sean and I saw these guys just moseying down the street and through a few yards in Cambridge. It's not a rural area at all. Maybe they got scared away from the riverfront by the Yale-Harvard game?

And some more pics. 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Post Storm

By last night, I was pretty 'meh' on the whole hurricane thing.
Everything in the Boston area was shut down Monday, but it didn't feel
like we got anything more than some pretty strong wind gusts for a few
hours. Power stayed on the whole time. This morning, it turns out we
were just lucky. I saw two downed trees and one downed school speed
zone light signal on the way to work. A few houses down the street
were cordoned off, and a work crew was just arriving when I walked
back on the way home (so presumably, those houses have been
without power for ~24 hours).


Monday, October 22, 2012

Fact of the Day

Did you know that is the website of the American Society for Radiation Oncology? Their annual meeting (seriously, referred to as 'the ASTRO meeting') is in Boston next week.

Other astro related webpages: is the website of Moravian College Astronomy is a list of astrology links is an amateur astronomy website is an astrology website is the website for Astronomy magazine


Monday, August 27, 2012

Leibniz Cookies!

Leibniz cookies! Here! In the US!

I've had the LU brand Petit Ecolier butter biscuits you can get at the grocery store. They are not the same. Leibniz are much lighter, more cracker-y compared to the dense butter cakes from LU. And the Leibniz is oh-so addictive. I'd basically given up on finding it in the US, but we just stumbled upon them this weekend in a small market in Harvard Square.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Seen on the Way to Work

This is a fire department call box I pass on the way to work. It's right on the sidewalk, head height:

And close up:
I hope no one tries to pull it.


Monday, July 09, 2012


If you find yourself on the MIT side of Cambridge, MA some weekend, tickets at the Kendall Square movie theater cost $11, which strikes me as pretty reasonable nowadays. Also, Mead Hall next to the Marriott Hotel, has a cool oval bar and an extensive number of taps, including Gaffel K├Âlsch which I haven't had in years. Finally, EVOO despite the ridiculous name, does a fine 3-course meal for $42. The pappardelle with lamb bolognese is good, but it comes with a lamb croquette, which is a fried pocket of lamb goodness.


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Embarrassing Disclosure

Sean and I moved into our place last summer, and he does nearly 100% of the cooking. Last night was the first time I'd ever turned on the oven. I wasn't sure how. (It has more buttons than you might imagine!)


Sunday, May 06, 2012

Computer Proliferation

I'm impressed as every year my electronic gadgets become smaller and sleeker. My current computer is a MacBook Air. And, yet, technological progress doesn't translate into carrying less stuff. Sean just left for Japan carrying an Air, a iPad, and an iPhone.