Birds of a Feather

Doodle April 26, 2011

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 1:05 pm

Every so often, Google has a doodle that I love so much I just have to share.  Like this one.

Today’s is another example (and appropriate for this blog, based on the title).


Marathon Monday April 23, 2011

Filed under: Beantown — kcfeather @ 3:06 pm

Up here in Massachusetts, we get a lot of holidays that didn’t exist (or at the very least weren’t celebrated) out West. Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day are two holidays that we never got off in California, but are celebrated as work holidays here. Add to that a few days that are ONLY celebrated in Massachusetts:

Evacuation Day – Commemorates the British evacuation of Boston (conveniently for those who like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Evacuation Day is also on March 17…but is only a work holiday in Boston proper)

Patriot’s Day – Commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord (and is conveniently the day of the Boston Marathon as well)

C’s work doesn’t really lend itself to holidays (or weekends), but my place of work does celebrate Patriot’s Day…and so of course, what better way to remember the first battles of the Revolutionary War than to cheer on those running 26.2 miles through Boston!

The city was pretty crazy, and I got caught on the T for quite awhile (so missed the elite runners). By the time I got to Brookline, where I met up with some friends, the middle-of-the-pack runners (who still run pretty fast with 8 – 8.5 minute miles) were just going by. It was a lot of fun to cheer for the runners – if their name was on their jersey, we would yell it out. If not, the more generic “run, run, run!” sufficed.

There was a lot of energy in the air, and it was a fun afternoon…I’m definitely planning to make it out next year (only as a spectator, though).

Spectators lining Beacon Street

Cheering on the runners!


The Big 3-0 April 17, 2011

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 11:10 pm

It’s the time of year when K is the older lady (a cougar, if you will)…if only for a month and 3 days.  And so begins the month or so of celebrating 30 years.

For the first of the 2 big days, K’s birthday, we headed out of town for the weekend, to Newport, Rhode Island.  We had heard great things and weren’t disappointed – Newport was indeed a lot of fun, and we got 2 straight days of sunshine!

Perhaps most famous as a holiday home for the uber-wealthy of the Gilded Age (think robber barons), Newport is now an idyllic seaside town, even despite being over-run by tourists.  We enjoyed walking around the town, eating tasty food, and enjoying the ocean views.  We also took a tour of Marble House, once the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt.  In fact, it was a gift for Mrs. Vanderbilt (Alva) on the occasion of her 39th birthday (K told C he had better get to work…only 9 years left to go!)

K at Marble House

We’re also happy that the trees seem to have decided to join us in celebrating – everyday, the trees all around Cambridge are more and more full of buds, and even leaves!  Despite pretty horrific allergies/hay fever (what’s the difference?), even K can appreciate the arrival (finally!) of spring.


April Fools Day April 1, 2011

Filed under: Beantown,The everyday — kcfeather @ 12:37 pm

Who are the fools?  It’s us – we’re the fools, for thinking:

* That it was not going to snow anymore this year

* That it was warming up

* That we could put our winter boots away

Yes, that’s right – last night was yucky wintry mix (again), and then this morning when I looked out the window: SNOW.  An inch or two had accumulated overnight.

Last night at dinner, I said to a more experienced Bostonian, “I thought that spring had arrived!”

And he said, “The snow in the spring is warmer.”  And just to make me nervous, he followed up with, “And the summer snow is even warmer than the spring snow.” (But I am really hoping he was kidding about the summer snow).

This interesting list made it into the April issue of Boston Magazine. Hopefully 2011 won’t be a new addition to the list!