stariel: (essex)
Today I went to Silver Falls state park and hiked to some waterfalls. One of the great things about the PacNW is that you *can* hike through woods to beautiful waterfalls after a short drive!

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The first waterfall we went to was the 177 foot "South Falls". It was a bit of a hike and we walked on the trail down behind the waterfall (you can see some people in the background there in the picture) and then around the front to a little bridge where I took this picture.

Next we headed to the smaller "Upper North Falls" - very descriptive names, huh?

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And last but not least, my mom and I thought this sign was funny:

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stariel: (happystar)
I just booked my flight for my birthday and sock camp. :D

I'll be in Seattle on my actual birthday (April 11) and would love to get together with you Seattle people for dinner or something.

So who wants to come?
stariel: (kitty)
I don't know if there's any better way to solidify my desire to move back to Seattle than what happened today.

I arrived back in Boston from the balmy mid-40s weather of Seattle (complete with a bit of pouring rain) tired and dragging a suitcase, to find the same snow that I left here two weeks ago and a high of 11 degrees today.

Um... yeah. Walking home in 9 degrees feels like -5 (gotta love the wind chill) is not made at all better by the fact that it is bright and sunny.

And least the kitties are happy to see me.

A recap

Dec. 24th, 2007 10:13 am
stariel: (happystar)
Well, I left my house on Friday *very* early to avoid any airport snafus. I walked out the door and down the street a bit and realized that I had my messenger bag but not my carry-on roll bag. (Yeah, wouldn't want to forget all my clothes and the gifts.) I walked back, got the bag, and continued on my way. Then a little further down the street I realized that I had dropped my mitten somewhere - the one that [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl knit for me when she was my secret cupid. :o

I went back and, luckily, found it sitting forlornly on the ground. I eventually made it to the T, and then the airport, and through security with about 2 hours to spare. I sat down and watched a movie.

At 5:30ish I started wondering why I hadn't heard anything about my flight boarding (the flight was supposed to leave at 5:44) and turned off my computer and went closer to the gate to figure out what was going on. It was then that I realized the state of the chaos. There were flights without planes, planes without crew, crew that was still circling the airport waiting to land, and landed planes with no gates to let people off. I am very glad that I was not one of the people stuck on a plane on the tarmac, that would have been even worse.

As my flight got later and later... and later... it became clear that making my connection would be doubtful. I went up and talked to one of the very frantic desk people who told me that at this point my best bet was to get on the plane and try to make the connection.

Twenty minutes later when my plane still wasn't at a gate, and after talking to my mom, I got in line again and asked what I should do. They couldn't get me on a flight to Seattle that left any earlier than Saturday night at 9pm. (!) I offered to fly into Portland which turned out to be the magic answer.

This still left me stuck in Cincinnati overnight, where I got to stay in the Sheraton by the airport and get up at the crack of dawn to get back on a plane to Portland.

Since then I've been hanging out with my family here in Oregon. My mom had a party yesterday, so I was helping to prepare for that yesterday and then being social. No big plans for the next couple of days, mostly just sitting around and knitting and such.
stariel: (rock out)
This article is cool. That is totally something I would think about (as evidenced by the time travel post.)

And then there's another supercool one about optimizing toilet seat position by minimizing total cost and equalizing work.

In other news, I went to see Saves the Day tonight and will soon be going to Rhinebeck with the girlies (road trip here we come!)

Saves the Day was good - it was an acoustic show. They played lots of good songs but the fans were singing along very loudly and annoying Rachel and me. Grr... I didn't pay to come to a concert to hear you sing random fan person!

Ok, it is obviously far too late for me to be writing since I' can't seem to form a coherent thought.

Goodnight!
stariel: (jay)
Guess who's coming to Seattle for her birthday.

So... did you guess? It's me!

Well, actually, I'm coming to Seattle a couple days before the b-day and then going to SOCK CAMP on my birthday, provided they email back and take my money. :) I know, I am a total dork, and I'm proud of it.
stariel: (start)
Well, I left off on Christmas morning when no one but me and my mom were awake. After posting that and checking the wakefulness of sisters again I decided to hop in the shower.

I was interrupted towards the end by Gina running in to throw up. A lovely start to the day.

We roused the troops and opened presents and ate some blueberry coffee cake.

My presents:

From mom:
blue star earrings (I picked them out myself)
a pretty mermaid with mermaid-unicorn mug
kitty socks

From [livejournal.com profile] meli88:
a pretty little blue box with a silver star

From my cousin:
a cocktail book

From my aunt:
candy and a promise of yarn :)

From [livejournal.com profile] hibrian:
marzipan fruits!

The rest of the day was spent sitting around knitting and playing Intrepid. And I watched V for Vendetta. :)

On the 26th we headed out to the outlet mall where I got some much needed comfy-yet-presentable black shoes and a T-shirt for myself. I contemplated and should have bought a jacket at Eddie Bauer, but I didn't. I watched Memoirs of a Geisha. That night we went swimming at a neat pool with tubes and a water slide, which was pretty neat.

I got up early in the morning to take a train back to Seattle...
stariel: (falling stars)
I've arrived in Seattle! (Last night, actually)

I got to the airport, got through security, and then was on the phone with a friend when I heard them start to talk about someone flying to Seattle on my flight (that would be me, I was supposed to transfer in NYC.) So I walked up to the counter and the ticket agent asked if I'd mind switching to fly through Salt Lake City instead, 1st class, and arrive at about the same time. Um, of course not!

So I had a 1st class airplane adventure - I've never flown 1st class before, it was yummy!

Here's the yarn I brought with me on the trip, cuz you know, I must knit constantly.



And here's the house (in West Seattle) where I lived when I was really little.

Horses!

Dec. 26th, 2005 11:36 pm
stariel: (happystar)
Today for our after-Christmas adventure, my family (and [livejournal.com profile] meli88's friend Cortnie) went horseback riding.

We waited in the barn and got to know the horses:

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And then it was time to ride, and we ventured outside into the light rain (which thankfully stopped soon!)

Pictures behind the cut )

And after an hour we came back to the barn, and my mom snapped this picture of me on Jose just before I dismounted.

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stariel: (mulitcolorstars)
Seattle places I've managed to hit:

Taste of India
Savan
Bamboo Garden
Chocolati x 2

Places I plan to hit tonight with [livejournal.com profile] hibrian:

Little Thai
Yunnie

Places I missed:

Taco Time (Hey, there's no Taco Time in Boston.) I always manage to miss this one.
decent Mexican (not to be confused with Taco Time)

People I saw:

Jason (kinda, only on the ride from the airport)
Aunts and uncles x 3
Cousin, wife, and for the very first time their baby
Mom
Melanie
Gina
[livejournal.com profile] hibrian (duh!)

People I missed:

[livejournal.com profile] chrssybr
[livejournal.com profile] halchedog
[livejournal.com profile] robb54
Brit (although I'll see him back in Boston)
Jason (kinda, see above)
stariel: (frogner)
Well, it's been a good trip. Much fun was had, much favorite places were visited. I didn't get to do all the things I wanted, or see all the people I wanted, but I'll be back in a month and hopefully I can do it all again then.

[livejournal.com profile] hibrian has been my savior, providing much entertainment and companionship and all that. Far beyond the call of duty. And tonight the poor boy has to eat dinner with me again!

I'll be heading out early tomorrow morning, back to Boston which is surprisingly much warmer, to be with my cats, and my lab, and my school-knitting-girls and all that.

I miss Seattle. I don't think Boston will ever be home to me.
stariel: (HIM)
Today [livejournal.com profile] hibrian and I went to Bamboo Garden for lunch. There was a slight complication getting there because of traffic from the Seattle marathon and ensuing madness.

After lunch we headed out to Southcenter to see Pride and Prejudice, but decided on the way to just go shopping instead. We made a quick run to Old Navy where I bought a black fleece and some socks, headed over to Borders to look for DV for Brian, which they didn't have, and spent some time getting creative in Jo Ann's while looking at furry yarn.

We headed over to Half Price Books where I found Lemony Snicket #10 and #11 (no DV there either) and then to Barnes and Noble. Guess what book they didn't have. ;)

We headed over to the mall. Outside the mall Eulogy came on The End, which is having a no repeat weekend. Otherwise they never would have played a song with such a long intro, but I guess they're getting desperate! Sad though, because they have an entire day to go - wpnder what gems will be coming on tomorrow...

I decided against a sweatshirt at Express Men. It was adorable - and Brian has one already, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money. At Hot Topic I would have bought a H.I.M. shirt, but all they had was Youth Large and adult Large, neither of which are my size.

After the mall we went to get Bubble Tea, but sadly Yunnie is closed on Sundays (duh!) so we couldn't. :( Instead we went to yet another Barnes and Noble, which also didn't have DV but did have other fun things. We browsed books and giggled for about an hour!

Now I'm back at my aunt and uncle's house, and looking forward to my last day in Seattle tomorrow.
stariel: (Default)
I'm here, after some slight travel adventures.

My first flight was really late. Late boarding, held up by the fact that the cabin pressure regulator-thingie was beeping even though pressure was fine, and then held up again after landing because another plane was in our gate.

It sucked for most people, but for me it just cut down on a very long layover. ;)

My second flight was also late boarding, but only arrived about 10 minutes late. Not a big deal.

So here I am, in Seattle, and feeling a bit strange because this trip will be a little different than past trips in terms of how I spend my time and who I spend it with. All of my friends are working or at school during the day, so a bit boring for me. :(
stariel: (frogner)
Well, the not-quite-cold that I had on Friday has turned into an actual cold. I feel crummy and I am personally a very cranky sick person, so this is not good. Tomorrow morning I must teach my section, so I'll be getting up bright and early to go do just that. I'll probably go home in the early afternoon, however, because I need to get better. I have to do various important school-type things this week.

I was going to watch an episode of Smallville (Thursday's, that I haven't watched yet) before bed. I think I'll just skip that and get to bed early - I need my rest and my head is hurting.

As for the trip, it was great. Friday after school/lab I headed home with Jessica. Nicole came to her house to meet us and we headed towards New York. The plan was to work on my sweater in the car, but it was raining horribly and I couldn't do it in the dark. So I mostly just chatted with Nicole. We stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner and continued on to Jacob's aunt's house in New York. Once there Nicole and I worked on my sweater, but it was late and we had no safety pins and quickly went to bed. In the morning we drove (not very far) to Rhinebeck. It was raining when we got there, but it cleared up pretty quickly and we didn't need coats or sweaters at all! I got some lovely sock yarn and some roving to spin and stayed within my budget.

On the way home we stopped at Friendly's (like Denny's, but with ice cream) and had dinner. I had grilled cheese. :) Then we had sundaes, and the cute waiter guy gave us (me?) a whole bowl of maraschino cherries. (I say me not because I'm conceited, but because I said I liked them when he asked if he should take them off the sundaes.) Luckily I don't get carsick because that would have been far from pretty.

Today I just stayed home and watched Roswel and knittedl, wallowing in my sickness. ;)
stariel: (mainestars)
A couple of days ago one of the genetics students came and sat next to me in class and started sniffling. Now I'm sniffling. Gosh darn it stay home from school when you're sick or at least don't sit by me! (Either that, or [livejournal.com profile] robb54 transmitted me his cold via phone.) I'm still in the not-yet-sick stage, so hopefully it will stay that way.

Tonight the plan is to head home with Jessica after journal club and genetics happy hour. Nicole will meet us there, and we'll head to New York in two cars, bound for Jacob's aunt's house. Tomorrow we'll head on over to the sheep and wool festival while Jacob and Tesla go to a Pyrenes thingie. I'll try to email-post, maybe even with a picture of me in my hopefully-finished sweater. I'll be seaming it tonight, but there isn't really all that much to do. :)
stariel: (blinkystar)
Well, quite a bit actually!

Today and yesterday are/were the Broad retreat. What's the Broad? Well, first off, it's not pronounced "brahd" it's "brohd" and it's where most (half?) of the people in my lab work. Yeah, the ones that don't work here at Harvard Med. And where is the retreat you ask... well, it's right here in my very own New Research Building. So I'm not retreating very far - just downstairs. As a result of this and the Monday holiday I'm getting just about 0 work done this week. Right now is a quick break between talks.

After hours the knitting is going quite well. This weekend (Friday night and Saturday) I'm heading to New York for the Rhinebeck festival (a sheep-y, yarn-y kind of thing) with some of the school knitting girls. I hope to wear my ever-so-fabulous cabled sweater which I am currently finishing the sleeve for. The knitting pressure is on!

In addition I am teaching genetics and wrangling 1st years on Friday afternoon as usual. Now envy me. ;)
stariel: (mainestars)
I was away this weekend at the BBS retreat. (That's my program at school, in case you didn't know.)

On Friday I woke up and got the kitties ready for their time alone. Cleaned and refilled the litter box and big (1.3 gallon) water dispenser. Gave them much food, etc. Then I headed to meet my ride. The ride to Provincetown was uneventful, and once we got there we had some lunch and started practicing for the musical. When everyone else arrived I put my stuff in my room, went to the reception and opening talks, and performed the musical! Then it was time for dinner. After dinner were a couple more talks, and then Casino Night. I was a dealer and dealt blackjack for the whole time. My table was mostly (all?) new first year students and they were a lot of fun so that went well.

Then I went with the intention of knitting with some of the girls. One of our knitting girls was manning the Dance Dance Revolution, though, so we stopped to say hi and ended up doing some DDR. I played for the first time, but the pad I was using was wireless and the signal wasn't picking up so I have no idea how I was doing as it only said "Boo" for every move. ;) After that it was pretty late so I headed back to my room, chatted with [livejournal.com profile] robb54 (yay for coastal time zone differences!) and went to bed.

Saturday morning I got up, went to breakfast, and went to student talks. After lunch we had some free time so Alice and I went and hung around P-town. I've never been there before, so it was pretty fun. There are a lot of cute little shops, and a lot of hot gay guys. Sad for me. ;) I have enough trouble checking out gay guys in normal areas, and when you're somewhere where at least 70% of males are gay (ok, I admit I totally made up that statistic) it's even harder. We headed back for more talks (a couple of students and our awesome keynote speaker Craig Venter) and dinner. After dinner I set up my laptop for karaoke and did a bit of laptop babysitting, a bit of singing, and a bit of knitting. Once again it was too late to do the planned hang-out-and-knit with the girls so I once again went back to my room and went to sleep.

This morning I got up, had breakfast, went to the panels, and started heading back to Boston with Alice and Nicole. We stopped for a little shopping detour at Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel. I got a lovely silicone spatula. When I finally got home I fed the cats and took a nap because I was sooooo tired. I'm still tired, and I have to be up pretty early in the morning, so I'm about to go to bed.

In other news:

The kitties are settling in well and generally behaving well too. We've had a few run-ins about refusing to come out from under the bed hello spray bottle, but otherwise everything is great. The boy (still unnamed, I'm working on it) even came and cuddled a bit during my nap. The girl prefers to follow me from room to room and rub against my legs. The kittes aren't allowed in my room at night, though.

My weekend

Sep. 12th, 2005 05:38 pm
stariel: (legolas)
I've been talking so much about the new kitties I haven't even talked about my weekend!

OK, so here's the deal:

On Thursday evening [livejournal.com profile] chrssybr arrived in Boston from Philly and we got some Indian for dinner. We headed back to my place and watched some Frasier before bed.

Friday morning I headed to lab with her and set up a PCR. Then we went to Harvard Square for wandering and some lunch. Tres cool. We came back by lab to put the PCR in the fridge, went to happy hour, and then headed to my house. Brit came over and we all got dinner at Brown Sugar. It's a good Thai place just down the street that I'd never been to before but heard tons about. We all went back to my place and watched Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human. Well, at least Christina and I did, Brit slept through the whole thing. Brit went home and us girlies went to bed.

Saturday morning the kitties were dropped off. Then Christina and I hopped the commuter rail out to Salem to meet Brit. And that's where the pictures begin so here's your cut: The rest of the weekend is behind this cut! )
stariel: (nemo)
My short-but-jam-packed trip to Seattle was great. I saw Garbage on Friday (as I said before) and Dashboard Confessional on Monday. I also got to eat at all my fave Seattle-area restaurants (Savan, Saya, Taste of India, Bamboo Garden, Pabla, and Chocolati) plus a yummy Mexican place.

I got some jeans that fit, I went shopping with my "trying stuff on buddy" [livejournal.com profile] hibrian. We're awesome shopping buddies, very honest without being hurtful. Like when I told him the sweater at Express looked like Mr. Rogers would be wearing it. And I trust him to tell me if the pants I'm buying make me look fat. He would do it in the nicest way possible. :)

Oh, and for the second of two times the girl at Express thought we were going to share a dressing room. It's very weird how they do that. I mean, maybe they're assuming that neither of us 'swings that way' or something, but it's just odd. Then we were at another store and [livejournal.com profile] hibrian asked the guy if we could get a dressing room. And then clarified that we each wanted our own, all because of those crazy Express girls.

Well, now I'm back home and the kitty stuff has arrived before the kitties. They'll hopefully be arriving this weekend. Then I'll finally believe that I actually get them and take massive amounts of photos to bug you all. :)
stariel: (everafter)
OK Seattle Peeps!

I'll be arriving in Seattle on Tuesday July 19th at roughly 1:24pm and leaving on Monday July 25th at 12:25pm.

So... who wants to pick me up at the airport? ;)

Start reserving your time slots now! Saturday evening and Wednesday morning are booked.

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