Lunch and “power hour” of work with Elizabeth at Collegetown Bagels. Seitan sandwich. Nom. Nom. Nom.
Our fourth (third full) day in Boston was rainy and overcast – the perfect day for a trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, admission which was part of our CityPASS. The MFA had just opened an enormous new wing in November, so there was a lot of excitement through the air. Even though contemporary art is always my favorite section in museums, I thought we should go through the museum chronologically. It was clear that George and I were going through the exhibits at different rates (he was enthralled by the boat models – snooze), so we separated and kept tabs via text messages. It worked out better that way.
The museum has a great collection of Asian art, and so many Buddhas! I loved it. The MFA had some Georgia O’Keeffee paintings I hadn’t seen before, and also the Winslow Homer, “Boys in a Pasture” which is currently on 44 cent stamps. I also enjoyed the folk art collection:
I’m kicking myself, though, for not taking photographs of one of my most treasured memories of the trip. That evening, I went to dinner with a dear, dear friend from college whom I hadn’t seen in over ten years. It was as though no time has passed at all – it was so good to see her. I hope another ten years doesn’t pass before we meet again.
Why go vegan?
- To save the animals
- To help the environment
- To improve your health
Some of our favorite Arizona folks, Jen and Brian, who are on a massive road trip around the US, came to Ithaca last night. We showed them Ithaca Falls, ate at Moosewood, and walked around the Commons. This morning, we tried to go to ABC but it was closed, so we ate at State Street Diner instead. Jen and Brian are on a tight schedule, so we had time to drive around the IC and Cornell campuses, then they had to get back on the road. George, Walter, and I were all so happy they visited and very sad to see them go. (Harvey was a little relieved. ; ) )
Jen and Brian are on to New York City. We wish them fun and safe travels!
More photos here.
Today, on NPR’s “Here and Now” program, Ellis Paul was interviewed about his children’s music album “The Dragonfly Races.” I have enjoyed the album–particularly the song “Abiola” which is about making one’s own decisions and confronting authority. He also included “Nine Months to Save the World” which I was happy to see since it wasn’t on his last album. George and I heard Ellis Paul perform the song, which he wrote when he learned his wife was pregnant, several years ago. Though the songs are geared towards children, they aren’t silly or dumbed down as a lot of children’s music is. Instead, they have the same trademark Ellis Paul sensibility, but told through narratives that make sense to younger souls.
Jen sent me an email letting me know that the Phoenix Zoo is planning a much-needed upgrade for the orangutan exhibit. The first stage of the upgrade is a night/cold-weather shelter. If enough funds aren’t collected for the shelter, the orangutans will have to be housed at a different zoo until the new exhibit is complete. This, of course, it totally unfair to these great animals who as Jen put it, “didn’t have a choice to be ambassador for their species.” (As a side note, when George was employeed at the zoo, he worked with these orangutans.)
If you visit the links below, you can read a story about the new exhibit as well as see adorable photos.
PLEASE think about donating. There is even a raffle with all proceeds going to this project. If you are interested, let me know and I will put you in contact with Jen.
Walter and I went to Anthem Pet’s Jackass Acres K-9 Korral grand opening today. (Harvey had to stay home because he’d be too much for me to handle with all the kids and food and excitment. Just Walter was challenging enough!) The park is nice–too bad we are so busy we can’t go often.
Every December, Amy treats the women of the PhD program to lunch at House of Tricks. It’s such a great tradition, and one of the few times we are all together in a social setting. This year was bittersweet, since it would be the last women’s lunch for Christy and me.
This year, I gave everyone handmade ornaments since I was obsessing over them. Amy O. is holding hers in the photo.
From left: Amy O, Carla J, Atira C, Christy S., me, Amy H, Kristie B (Thanks to Christy for sharing the photo!)