Weekend in Review

This weekend felt super long – but maybe that was because I packed so much in!

Friday

On Friday Teddy and I had a relaxing evening. We started by heading to the Longefellow House, a historic house in Cambridge that I visited earlier in the summer. It was decorated for Christmas, and there were knowledgeable guides thoughout the house discussing Christmas celebrations during the time while the Longfellow family was living there. It was really interesting, and I loved all of the decorations! I particularly enjoyed the beautiful luminaries lining the pathways around the house. My mother used to make Christmas luminaries, so it reminded me of home!
After the tour, we grabbed a quick bit to eat before heading home for a relaxing evening. We’ve been missing each other a lot this week, so it was nice to make a pot of tea and catch up. We also finished the final episode of Sherlock, and really enjoyed it! We’re looking forward to the new season, and also looking for new show suggestions. Any thoughts?

Saturday

On Saturday our first stop was a Christmas Craft fair in Harvard Square. We enjoyed looking at the crafts, and even picked up a few gifts. Next, we headed down to Central Square to pick up our race bibs for our first race! (More on that tomorrow). After that we stopped at a few places to pick up more supplies for Christmas gift creations. After all of the errands, we landed at Mr. Bartleys, a Harvard Square institution, where we enjoyed milk shakes and burgers. Not exactly the world’s most healthy lunch, but boy was it tasty! We headed back to my place were I finished up the vast majority of my Christmas shopping (thanks, Amazon) and Teddy mass produced gifts for his family. Again – more later!
I enjoyed a relaxing evening of knitting and reading before heading to bed early. It was a very relaxing a productive day!

Sunday

Sunday started bright and early with a 5k race, which I’ll recap tomorrow. It was very fun, and my parents came into town to watch! After the race we headed over to Zoe’s for brunch. Very tasty, as always! We were craving some classic diner food, and they always deliver. After brunch we said bye to Teddy and headed over to my apartment for a while. My parents wanted to see our beautiful Christmas tree! After relaxing at my place for a while we headed over to the Coop. I always love browsing the books there, and end up feeling inspired and wishing that I made reading more of a priority. I’ve been getting through books quite quickly lately, but there is so much to read!
We finished our afternoon by enjoying an excellent concert by the St. Paul’s Boy’s Choir. The sound was incredible, and the program was fabulous. It was such a treat to hear a unique and world-famous group perform. I loved the seasonal selection, and the acoustics in the church were¬†magnificent! They’ve recently released a new CD, so the group has been receiving a lot of publicity lately. All in all, we were extremely glad that we were able to attend.
All in all, this was a very festive and productive weekend – hopefully the this week continues in the same vein!
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Fall – this time it’ different

This fall is the first time since I was a wee little tyke that I’m not in school. It’s weird.

It’s more weird because I live in the middle of a college town – Harvard, to be exact. It was super noticeable when the students came back into town, and it was odd that I wasn’t one of them.

I actually haven’t been as agitated about the fact that I’m not in school as I expected. Perhaps it’s because the past two years were excruciatingly difficult, or it’s because graduate school wasn’t as “school-ish” in the traditional way. Whatever it is, I’m liking it.

I like having time to take really long walks when the weather is stunning and all I want to do is be outside.

Sheraton Commander Hotel near Fall Foliage

I like having time to go apple picking and then make every possible apple treat because I have the time.

I like that I get to be excited about the start of “knitting season” because I will actually be casting on a ton of new things this season without feeling guilty.

I like being able to spend time with friends and not be concerned about how much studding time I’m missing.

I’m still having a hard time figuring out what to do with my spare time. This is a weird problem to have, I realize that. But I’ve never had this much free time before. Plus, income! It’s a different world when you aren’t in school. Needless to say, it’s been a transition, but I expected to feel more unsettled this fall than I’m actually feeling.

For that, I am glad.