Thursday, January 31, 2008

If this line of study was a major, what would it be?

Harvard started back up this week, so Keith and I are busily shopping classes. MIT starts next week. One thing I love about this academic set-up is that my slate of classes don't need to add up to any particular major. When you see my list of classes, you'll understand why I say that. Here's what's on my short list this semester:

- Near East History from rise of Islam to the 11th century
- Czech Culture from Prague Spring to Velvet Revolution
- Decipherment (learning to decipher ancient texts - this looks so fun)
- Politics of Congress (taught by the professor that leads the program that all newly elected members of Congress take!)
- Quantitative Reasoning OR Psychology & Economics
- Women Writers of Imperial China
- Strategic Organization Design (my only MIT class this semester)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bread slices back!

Have you ever heard of anyone getting a finger cut from a crusty ciabatta? Well, now you have! I have a quarter-inch cut on my knuckle...the knife was nowhere in the vicinty. It was the blasted crust!

I opted not to post a picture of the injury, instead you see a picture of the rather harmless looking perpetrator.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Do you know the way to San Jose...?

This was Keith at 4AM today heading out for the week-long fellowship field trip to Costa Rica. Look at what he's missing out on:

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Inconvenient Beauty

Heavy snowfall blanketed the area Sunday and Monday with more headed our way tomorrow and on Friday.

Yesterday, the we couldn't get the car out, so we had to hoof it across town to observe a violin lesson (Miles wants to learn how to play). Snapped some pics of the lovely scenery we encountered. From a distance, the trees look like they are all abloom with white blossoms.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Fun with friends and webcams

We had our first SKYPE video call with Rosa & the girls was so great to see them! Great idea Rosa...let's do it again soon!

Today a new Boston Tea Party begins...

(or alternative title: Ode to Joy)
Thank you Jen and Ryan for supporting my habit, you are the best!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

We're back from a fantastic week in Floria. We had 80+ degree weather everyday, with only 2 minutes of rain during the entire trip. The wildlife in Florida is breathtaking. Thanks to EJ for all the insider tips!

Below is a little video snippet of Miles and Keith kayaking in a mangrove "tunnel" in the Everglades, the expert paddler ahead of them is yours truly. The space is pretty narrow and there is often very little clearance over your head, so it's often easier to just push off of the mangroves rather than paddling.

This slideshow has some of the better pics from our trip, including a decent shot of a mother alligator and her babies that we paddled past while kayaking.
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