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PRESERVING RANDOMNESS
Even though we are "in Boston," we are technically about 45 minutes north of the city, and so far what I have seen of Boston is limited to the skyline at dusk and the airport. We plan to meet up with e11en on Sunday downtown so we will be able to finally see something OF Boston. We would have gone some evening this week to see something of Boston, but hello horrible weather, we've been living through a real live nor'easter here and it's been raining cats and dogs all week. Feels just like home, though my children informed me on the phone that it's beautiful and sunny in Sweden. NOT FAIR. If it starts raining when I get back, HEADS WILL ROLL.

There are "peepers" outside our hotel window, and though we are on the 4th floor with closed windows, they come through loud and clear and they peep all night. Peepers are tiny spring frogs. We saw one in the parking lot, not moving, though he wasn't dead, and we stopped to admire him against the glossy shine of the wet asphalt. He didn't seem interested in moving out of the risk zone though, so I hope he doesn't get squished by a car.

We trawled the wilds of Burlington Mall tonight, and walked the entire 2nd floor. We wandered in and out of nearly every store. Mom bought shoes and put 2 shirts at Chico's on hold for tomorrow. Not one of the boutiques in the mall has clothes in plus sizes, which was a little aggravating, though probably just as well considering what I have spent on this trip so far. We walked into the Coach store just to look (since I really only like their old classic styles, and also GOOD GOD ARE THEY EXPENSIVE) and while we were there a really nice saleslady spent 30 minutes (!!) cleaning the inkstains off the front of my mistreated 1996 Coach bag and moisterizing it into beauty. Her colleague yabbered at us about how we should buy the cleaner and the moisterizer but we ignored her and eventually she wandered away and then we left without buying anything AND with a completely rejuvenated almost-like-new purse to boot! Score!

Great-Aunt Mary turns 96 this year
Mom: I'll go tomorrow and look for a birthday card for Aunt Mary. I can't find anything funny enough, though maybe it doesn't matter.
Liz: Well, you can spend the whole evening looking for something, since I'll be at a work dinner. Surely that must be enough time to come up with something suitable.
Mom: Hrm...pretty doubtful. Most birthday cards say something like "Happy Birthday and many more" and that's not really appropriate.
Liz: So buy one and cross that part out.
Liz & Mom: *giggle madly*
Liz: I am so going to hell.

The marketing department took me out to lunch today and after we pulled back up to the office, as we were getting out the car and heading toward the door, one of the girls pointed and said "There are our turkeys." ...? "What?" I said, and sure enough, there were two huge wild turkeys walking placidly around in the drizzle by the door, completely ignoring us. They're much more colorful than one might expect.

My journal layout is all brokey, but I can't figure out why or how to fix it. It looks fine when I look at comments on a post, and it looks fine on the friends page, but not on the regular journal. Argh.

I have been in the US of A for 3.5 weeks now. I'm loving it, but I'm beginning to miss home and my regular routines, which is just about the time it usually starts hitting me.
location: Massachusetts
 calm
mood: calm
music: Mom talking on the phone to her friend Jane


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oooo...im envious! boston! i was there some years ago..its a great city and im pretty sure i spent another lifetime there! haha! have a great time :)

I was here in 1992, so a damn long time ago, and it was only for 1 day but I saw some really cool things then: the glass flowers at the Harvard Museum and the Mapparium. Don't know if we'll have time to see them again, but we'll see what we come up with on Sunday :)

Just hold on, they are promising the weekend will be beautiful. It had damn well better be. Did you hear that we New Englanders are even allowed to turn in our taxes late and just write "April 16th storm" on the return and it will all be ok? I mean, this is not normal weather here.

See you soon!

I didn't hear that! Are you sure that's not an urban myth? :D

I'm not lying! http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=169582,00.html

Of course I did mine early so as to get that refund sooner. ;-)

The sun is out!!!

Ooh, hey, I'm here this weekend--any chance I could meet up with you to say hello in person?

There's a giant turkey in Kendall Square, too. No idea how he got there, but he's been there for two years. He especially likes parking garages, although it's uncanny to see him on the third floor of a somewhat dark and gloomy parking garage. He's the size of...well, smaller than a Volkswagon, but bigger than you think any bird should be.

We'll be gone all weekend, visiting Bluepoppy and then Ellen on Sunday, so it's not likely I can manage to meet up with you this time, I'm sorry!!

I say you and the whole family back it up and take a spontaneous trip to California. ;-) We've got warm weather, blue skies and the strawberries are ripe and heavenly.

Ok I won't rub it in. Frankly I'm quite envious of your Boston trip and it's hopefully one of my next destinations in the next year or so. Hopefully as things clear up, you'll forget this yucky weather and only remember the next coming days.

A million years ago since I was in California...sigh. The weather is finally improving though and the weekend is supposed to be nice. Of course, we are heading 2.5 hours north where last I heard there was over a foot of snow on the ground, so we shall see!

I have to recommend this (CA) as a fabulous trip!!

Ally you should come here in the fall when all the leaves are ablaze. Or summer could be good too, though it can be really humid.

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