it’s been an earl grey kind of day.
did i mention i saw the backstreet boys on saturday for free?? i was roughly half a mile from the stage and only got to see anything because i was peering through my telephoto lens, but
bacKSTREET BO YS
okay so i never want to talk about the hours surrounding the ten minutes they were on stage but i WILL TALK FOREVER about those ten minutes, man.
things i have gotten done today:
- laundry sorted and laundry process begun
- trash taken out
- bathroom counters cleaned/organized
- a few entries in my journal
things left to do today:
- complete laundry
- wash dishes
- clean room
this morning i had my first day on the job, which was way less terrifying than expected, but still kind of scary, and after that i headed up to julia’s for a joint birthday party. whoever did the party set-up did a wonderful job—i’m such a sucker for fairy lights and ribbons. they even had garlands of flowers and beer bottles and bows! dreamy sigh.
the highlight of the night was definitely the games; we played a bastardized version of true american, the drinking game in new girl, which jacob renamed ‘mount crushmore’ and which lasted until it was too dark to see anything and everybody lost interest. and later rachael and i teamed up for a game of pong which we won! i sunk the last cup. so. you can all start referring to me as Pong Queen haha just kidding that has only happened once.
ps. check out the adorable candles i found to put on the cake shruti made!
today i went out and bought a new journal. it’s crisp and flat and clean, just the way all the others started out, and i can’t wait for it to start getting heavier and bulkier and full of secrets. this will be my sixth Serious Journal (my room is littered with little diaries with two or three entries in them, spanning the years of my childhood) and, like the others, its first few entries will be neat and color-coded and thought-out. ‘just you wait,’ i can hear my past self saying, ‘in a few weeks the honeymoon phase will be over and you’ll be back to half-assedly taping things in and scrawling in the margins.’
i’m disappointed i didn’t do a journal this past school year, since it was admittedly my most exciting and least depressive year in college. but to be honest my journaling career has been motley at best—one journal completed senior year of high school as an over-excited reaction to an english project, one during the summer of 2009, one freshman year of college, one for paris, and one for paris travels (admittedly the only journal with any semblance of neatness or organization). i’m hoping to use this journal to motivate myself to do things. now that i’m living at home, without a real job or many friends nearby, i need something to get me excited about the little things. since, in the past, journaling has worked for that, i’m looking forward to that again!
thursday and friday my family and i took a much-needed mini trip up to portsmouth, nh. we stayed at the wentworth-by-the-sea hotel, a renovated beauty left over from the gilded age (the above photo doesn’t do it justice). we didn’t do a whole lot—mostly, we ate a lot, drank a lot, shopped a lot. i’d never been to portsmouth and was pleasantly surprised by how cute it was; i’m a total sucker for places with tiny stores tucked into back alleys, bars and restaurants with lively outside decks, a sea breeze.
this weekend in photos: a long drive up to syracuse for a weekend on the lake, a homegrown breakfast and a kayak trip, running six miles with dad, watching the biggest pile of brush go up in flames
beaches beaches beaches beaches i spent two weekends at the beach
i had my camera in the car after a therapy appointment so i stopped along my running route to take pictures. there’s a new street going into the swanky neighborhood behind mine, but construction hasn’t started so it’s still very beautiful and peaceful.
tonight we went to see the two gentlemen of verona for free on the boston common! the commonwealth shakespeare company puts on shows there every summer, and this was the first time i’ve gotten to go. it was worth the wait!
this was shakespeare’s first play, a play i’d never read before, so it was interesting to compare to what i already knew of shakespeare; the cross-dressing (and the use of the name sebastian), the love mix-ups, the use of a forest setting as a transition—all techniques which show up heavily in his later pieces. (it helped that i just finished reading james shapiro’s biography of shakespeare)
did i mention it was free? you can’t get much better than that!