Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thanksgiving in Boston

Il Moro di Venezia and America3 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Il Moro and America3

Closeup of America3, starboard side

Bow of America3

The rig is ~100' high

Bethany with the Cup Boats

Dan with sailboats

Il Moro from the bow

America3, port quarter

Beth and Dan at MFA

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Flew up to Boston early Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving. Since Beth was going to be on call at work all week, she couldn't leave town, so we set up for a family Thanksgiving at Beth & Ryan's studio apartment in Allston. Between inflatable mattresses and couches, though, there was room for all (barely).

On Tuesday, I really just hung around with the kids until Ryan went to work and Beth went to her Medsurg clinical. Then for dinner I met up with Nessa Bittermann and her boyfriend Ryan. I had been hoping to set up Nessa & Ryan with Beth & Ryan on a kind of "play date," since I think they'd get along famously, but it didn't work out this time. We had dinner at an Indian restauran near Harvard Square. It was extremely good, and I was glad to catch up with my friend.

Wednesday, Ryan had to work the morning and afternoon, so I got to hang out with Beth. We went to MFA, as seen in the pictures above. I didn't take any pictures inside, but the art was fascinating, and I got a few laughs out of Bethany. Then we went out to BC to pick up Ryan, who brought home a screen and projector for watching movies over the holiday. We went home and spent the rest of the evening watching videos and baking for the big meal. Chris arrived late that night, and we played more games and tested the quality of the cupcake batter.

I wasn't able to sell anyone else on doing the Somerville Turkey Trot, so I didn't join Steph and Heather. That was a little disappointing, since I wanted to do it, but I really wanted to do it with my brothers. Maybe next year. Check out the times for the Morrison sisters, though. The rest of the day was spent cooking up some gags and decorations for the parent's arrival, and cooking, and then welcoming the folks, then eating. And eating. And eating. And then we watched the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was very good.

Friday we slept in, and Mom & Dad shoved off a little before noon, since Dad had to work at 3 at LL Bean. Then Chris, Beth & Ryan, and I went to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which if you are in Boston you should check out sometime. It was very cold, but we fixed that by getting hot chocolate at Burdick's in Harvard Square. Jane had recommended it, and she was right, it was the richest hot cocoa I've ever had.

After returning to Allston, Heather and Steph called and asked if we'd like to join them in the North End for dinner. They had been out most of Black Friday, shopping. We had to hustle a little so they wouldn't be waiting too long out in the cold, but we met 2/3rds of the Amazing Morrison Girls at Giovanni's and had a great dinner. The pork chop special did not disappoint, and my family thought very highly of the Morrisons, and vice versa. Spent the rest of the night eating desserts we picked up at a pastry shop near Giovanni's and playing video games. It was a very successful holiday.

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