Thursday, October 9, 2014

Autumn from the Penthouse

Nothing short of gorgeous.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Autumn in Back Bay

The day after my committee meeting, it was time for a massage. And that meant an early morning walk through Back Bay.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

McCormick in Autumn

I can't get over how pretty Boston is in the fall.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Union Square

A walk to Union Square means I have my camera out!

I want the house that needs this radiator. 

A Fluff-colada at Backbar in honor of the Fluff Festival (marshmallow fluff was invented in Somerville, Massachusetts)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

at the BSO

My first BSO concert this year was led by the newly-minted conductor, Andris Nelson, and what a lovely performance it was!

We had killer seats, right in the center of the main floor.  The evening was a mix of pieces, from the overplayed (Beethoven's 8th Symphony) to something new to me (Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin) to an exciting favorite (Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony).  A great evening of music, even if it was on a Wednesday!

Monday, September 29, 2014

What a week....

This past week was a struggle.  Not one of the favorite weeks.  Nope, not at all. 

Monday, my eyes hurt...and urgent care said, okay, you have to go get checked out, we don't mess around with eyes.  I was then diagnosed with iritis, a painful inflammation of the iris of your eye that's accompanied by the oh-so-pleasant symptoms of severe sinus pain, light sensitivity, and a swollen eyeball.  No joke. 

So, Monday evening, I spent the night loaded up on steroid eye drops and tylenol, trying to work on my committee meeting update.  At 10 pm at night, I sat on my bed with my laptop, shades closed, sunglasses on, computer on the lowest brightness.  I looked (and felt) like a wreck.

Tuesday, after my evening rehearsal for the MIT Symphony, I find out that one of our members had passed away.  

She was 19.  A sophomore.  Heart-breaking.

Wednesday, a family health thing came up. 

Thursday, my eyes were finally feeling better, but then the nervousness was really starting to set in.  

But...things were starting to look up.  My friend Emily dropped by with some flowers given to her that she couldn't keep because of her kitties back at her apartment, the autumn ones pictured first in the post.  I got six emails from friends cheering me on.  I could do this.

Friday was my committee meeting.  I've been on pins and needles lately, trying to figure out graduation timing and research progress.  It's been a long summer, one where I made the conscious decision not to take a vacation in order to get closer to finishing, and this was the day that would tell me if that sacrifice was worth it.  I was so glad for that meeting to be over.

I came home to flowers from my family back home, crazy bright and happy!  That evening, I hosted a study break for my girls with 10 pints of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and the movie Grease.  It was just what I needed, oh yes. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

MIT Pumpkin Patch!

Every autumn, the MIT Glass Lab holds a two day event called the Pumpkin Patch.  On Friday night, all the pumpkins are laid out on tables under a tent in the Kresge Oval, and on Saturday morning, all the pumpkins are scattered across the ground awaiting the hoards of people in line to purchase their pumpkins. 

The system is unique - instead of bidding, or putting in numbers, marking down your favorite, you can get a number starting at 7 am for the opening at 10 am, and then they let you in.  You can buy as many pumpkins as you want, but finding your pumpkin of choice is an absolute challenge.  They aren't sorted by size, cost, color, anything.  You just wander around, seeing what strikes your fancy.  With prices ranging from $15 to $950, and every color of the rainbow, the pumpkin patch is full of every possible iteration you could imagine. 

I bought my mom one for Christmas my first year here, and now in my (hopefully) last year, I decided to buy pumpkins for my brothers and I!  Totally worth it. 

So.  many.  pumpkins.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kresge in Autumn

Blue sky, grasses, lollipop lamps, perfect day.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

...just when you thought they couldn't possibly be doing more construction on campus!

Not only is the building all sorts of chaos...

...but now the chapel across the street is being renovated! 

From my inbox: 

"On Saturday 10-11-14 we will be removing the Bell Tower on the Chapel roof, installing new roof anchorage for the tower and then reinstalling the tower later that day.

The purpose of this notification is to make you aware that a crane will be arriving on site at approximately 4:30 am and some noise may travel when crane is set up at first light (approximately 6:30 am). The actual rigging will start prior to our agreed 9 am starting time due to the anticipated duration needed to complete this work (estimating a 12 hour duration)."
The 9 am start time is there because of me: after two days of the most horrendous racket from jackhammer-led demolition starting at 6:30 am on a weekday, I emailed in and said, "The area between Maseeh and McCormick is essentially an echo chamber.  Can we push back the starting time at all?  Students are trying to sleep."

Here's hoping it looks pretty!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Autumn at the Farmer's Market

With the autumn comes apples, the last of the golden raspberries, and squash! 

It's funny...this farmer's market is technically in a residential neighborhood, but it's right next to the busy BU bridge, so while it looks like nothing is going on around, if it was rush hour on a weekday you'd be right in the thick of everything!

Perfect roasted beets (thanks Kenji at Serious Eats) - make two rectangles of foil that are about 18 inches long and place them on top of each other; crimp both long sides and one short side, opening to make a pouch.  Wash beets under water and then use your hands to coat with olive oil.  Add into the pouch and roast at 400ºF for about an hour, until you can press on the beets through the foil and they feel tender.  Open the foil pouches, and allow to rest for 15-25 minutes.  The skins will wash off under warm water with no trouble at all.  Then, if you're me, you cut them up and make a simple salad, adding just onions, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a criminal amount of dill. 

Why yes, happy faced squashes, I am glad to see you!