Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pick a Pear Please....

Hello there! Sorry for the lag in blog posts.... I wish I had a good excuse, but really, the lack of schedule in my life has led to idle hands. But no worries, I have big hopes for this week as far as productivity goes. I thought in the meantime I would share some photos of our outing to an apple orchard and farm yesterday.

Hudson was convinced that the only good pears were the ones at the tops of the trees

Apple Cider homemade donuts.... I think I shall!

Baby Goat!!! I want one......or two

Goats in the treehouse, no big deal

I would love some recommendations on how to use our apples and pears! Right now I am dreaming of pear and brie sandwiches...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Oh Cambridge My Cambridge...

So I just got back from a run, which was really more of a mixture of walking and faster walking, and I realized how much I really do love this town. I so wish I could take each of you by the hand and show you the places that we walk and the things that we see. But, a blog post will just have to do for now..... until each of you come visit that is!

First off, let's just say that its 60 degrees here..... yes that is correct, people are walking around in sweaters, scarves, and leggings, the way fall really should be in September. Once again I know the trade off of a long gray winter is coming, but for now I am loving this cool weather.

I love how people congregate in the streets, walking to the many pastry and coffee shops for a mid morning visit. I love how you can run into a post man and give him your letters and how there is a cop on every corner to greet you as you walk to the square. I love the historic cobblestone, the people who ride their bikes with their dog in the front basket, I love the little mamas and their babies across the street who always want to play with our dogs. I love that it is a two minute walk to the closest fro yo, coffee shop, pub, or restaurant. I love that there is life on these streets. And once you get past some of the quirky characters you might run into, with their offensive signs or clothing, you can really get to love this place.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Foodgawker Please

We are nearing the end of the week and I still have many-a-CSA veggie to cook before we get our next batch tomorrow. We have sweet bell peppers, sweet chile peppers, tomatoes and onions galore. Now what to do with all of these colorful lovelies? The hubs doesn't consider a meal a meal unless it is centered around some sort of meat..... so that leaves me with a dilemma. I have a selection of meats in the freezer but am not so sure what to do with them. Foodgawker had some interesting suggestions when I searched "Chicken peppers."

Chicken Rug.... no big deal

Any suggestions are welcome!


I don't even know where to begin with this post but I wanted to portray how thankful I am. God has been gracious over this last month in New England, providing us with new friends, church, and community. I knew that our lives in Boston would look very different from the one we have led so far, not bad or weird, but different. I was nervous about living in a liberal culture of academia, where churches are young and believers are few. But God has shown us Himself in so many ways.

Before moving here we had looked at churches online that we would be interested in making our homes during our time in Boston. We had basically narrowed it down to two in the whole city that we would be interested in visiting and one of those is around the corner from our apartment. We have also been placed in a church community group in our neighborhood with a couple who is starting their second year at HBS. It's awesome to see how the Lord perfectly orchestrated where we would live to bring glory to His church.

On top of giving us a church family, God has surrounded us with other Believers in the Harvard community. Last night we attended Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship and I was astounded by the turn out. It was also fun to see classmates who we didn't realize were fellow believers (not exactly the first question you ask in these parts :). I think I heard one of Hudson's classmates turn to someone and say, "Dude! I didn't know you were a Christian!"

There have been countless other situations with Bible studies forming, women's get togethers, and couple friends to get to know. So all that to say, I can't wait to see what God's plans are for the people of Cambridge and Boston, and I am excited that we get to be a part of His story here.

Friday, September 9, 2011

And these are some of my favorite things.....

I am pretty stoked for a couple things happening these days:

A. As may have been noticed by recent posts, I have a weak spot for Dunkin' Doughnuts Munchkins (translation: Krispy Kreme doughnut holes) and indulged in this weakness at the train station today (my parents would be so ashamed) I ordered six aaaannnnddd the dunkin doughnut lady gave my an extra six for free.... and then I ate all of them

B. New agenda/planner! This is my first year out of school but the days of early fall still make me giddy with the thought of fresh school supplies. So I splurged on a glitzy gold MyAgenda by MomAgenda to plan out our days. In past years I was known to plan out my day in fifteen minute increments to be most efficient with my time outside of class...thankfully I have mellowed out a bit. But, if I don't list it or plan it out... It probably ain't happenin'. So I am super pumped about the daily compartments included in MyAgenda where you can categorize things like dinner, exercise, etc.

Go get yo-self one!!

Ode to these Cobblestone Streets

You are beautiful and historic and I feel a bit more quaint walking around with you here. But oh how you make it difficult to walk in a heal, run without tripping, or roll my luggage to the taxi stand.....

We are going mobile....

Blogger just came out with a mobile app this month, which means... I can officially post from anywhere! Stay tuned for some weekend posts and pics of our travels to the Alabama Penn State game.... should be interesting with all of the flooding ;/

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I've been thinking...

So I wish that I had some wonderfully crafted post to share.... but I don't.... so that leaves us with some not-so-entertained readers and an empty-handed blogger. And here is where you come in! What do you want to hear about dear friend? Do you like the random posts on random happenings? Do you want to get more personal? More pictures? You tell me!

Email me at BeantownChronicles@gmail.com Anything and everything is welcome!

For right now all I have are some random thoughts on some random topics:

1. Our apartment is being overtaken by dust-bunnies.... no not from the dogs, but from the flokati rug. Apparently these things shed like a lab in an Alabama summer, and I have gotten aggressive. Can I be spotted sitting on our floor on summer evenings, brushing the rug with a metal dog brush.... perhaps?

2. I am feeling a bit like a bad dog-mom these days..... I know, you think I am the best dog-mom, but apparently in New England there is an entirely different "breed" (no pun intended.... okay it was intended) of dog moms. Yesterday I took B and P to the vet for their yearly check up and shots. I asked the vet what the best treats were to keep the tartar down on their teeth, also informing him that I brush their teeth every two weeks (which I feel is pretty good for a dog?) and he informed me that I should be brushing their teeth every day, or every other day at a minimum. Who has time for that?! Also, last night in the rain B and P were the only rain-jacket-less dogs. I guess that's the life of southern dogs in the big city.

3. Hudson's southern heritage is coming out in full force at Harvard Business School. Their class of 900 has been divided up into sections... well unfortunately for Hudson he was placed in a vowel section "I".... which nobody can understand him pronouncing. Instead of saying, "I am in section 'eye'", he says, "I am in section ayehe"..... "oh section A"?.... "No, ayehe" "oh section E?".... and on and on it goes

4. On top of that sweet southern accent he has also been identified as some as the kid in class who wears colorful polos.... not exactly the usual garb for these parts.

5. And just for funzies here is a pic of the hubs and our friend Mark hitting up the Brookstone chairs while we were on a double date..... typical.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Look to the right --->

Alright people, Beantown Chroncs just got a little cooler on the blog-o-sphere...... we are now tweeting! I know I know, I am not sure exactly what to tweet yet but I am most excited about the photo-feature, allowing me to take pictures on my phone and instantly upload them to twitter using instagram (blogger is yet to come out with something like this as far as I know). Soooo...... If you are tired of clicking the refresh button because there is nothing to see on the blog, then head over to the twitter page for the latest happenings.... Until next time!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands

I read this book as a sophomore in college and am starting to re-read it for the second time (don't be fooled - Hudson calls me the girl who likes to buy books and never reads them) and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. If you are a sinner or know a sinner, this book is for you. I would have to say it is the best book that I have ever read. Go get one for you and a friend A to the SAP!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tick Tock

It's 1:42 pm on Saturday..... and I am still in my pajamas, watching college football with the hubs, letting a can of diet coke try and wake me up (yes I have only been awake for about two hours), staring at the bed that needs to be made, the CSA vegetables that need to be put away (and eaten!), the floor that needs to be swept and vacuumed,and the dishes that need to be done. Ready. Set. Go.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hudson's First Day of School

Using the "How to tie a tie" app

Trying to be productive

Alright people, yesterday was a big time struggle..... as in I bought a pound of candy at the local market (and the cashier asked, "surely you are sharing all of that?"......), stopped at Dunkin' Doughnuts and bought some munchkins (doughnut holes), watched way too much of "Keeping up with the Kardashians", and then took a nap on the couch (sugar crash). So yesterday wasn't the best day for productivity, but today was different. I made a to-do list, went to an interview, washed the pups, went on a run, walked to the dry cleaners, wrote some letters, and put on real clothes.

What I wore -Thursday edition- the hubs won't get home until late tonight so unless someone sees that I put on real clothes does it really count? (sorry for the camera angle, my head looks strangely large compared to my body)

Afternoon tea and a little bit of reading

View from my run, the Charles River

Clean puppy