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Last week was really nice. Four of five of my work days I got to hang out with my wife for lunch, most of those times meeting near the Aquarium and sitting on a bench looking out over the water. The water taxi port just south of the Aquarium has some nice spots that are pretty quiet even when the tourists are out in force. Work is also going well, we just completed another "sprint" and I got basically all my tickets done.

This weekend we had a lot of walking outside. Saturday I hopped the subway to Sullivan station and then walked a mile down Broadway to get a haircut and some Chinese food, then grabbed a bus+subway to State St. station where I met my wife and we walked to the stores at Downtown Crossing, walked out to the stores by Copley by way of the Commons and watched the geese/ducks and lots of folks out there, then into the BPL to check out some CDs, then back to Downtown Crossing to finally buy something that I'm going to return today anyway. Oh well. Yesterday was back out to the Commons where my aunt and my cousin came up from Scituate and we meandered for a few hours down to Chinatown and back. There was a group of college kids playing Qwidditch which was funny. (Though I think the rule on snitches is stupid - they should at least be forced to stay in sight of the arena.) It was nice to see some family. For me it's been over a year to see any family at all, and these particular people it's been four years. Now I'm sunburned pretty good and getting ready for another week of work.

I'm also officially kicking off my actual hard-core diet today. I still won't watch the scale (it's been hidden since the move), but I know I've been losing weight without really trying. I'm down a pants size and my shirts are getting a bit baggier. I'm almost able to truly fit into my smaller sweater, probably another month or more at full diet pace.

Well, off to get my breakfast and make my salad for lunch.

Surreal

Apr. 15th, 2013 07:21 pm
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This morning while walking to work I passed what looked like 20+ buses in a line slowly working down Cambridge street. Then I spent the next few hours closing two tickets and getting two others to needs_qa, and my wife texts me to call her. She had seen the news down in Texas while I had no idea. I bailed work at 3:30ish and walked home in a bit of a daze.

It's so weird today. The city keeps moving, but there's this ... thing in the air and on everyone's face. A lot of people didn't know and were doing normal touristy stuff, but you could quickly see the people who did know. A bit more obsessive over the cell phones than normal. Some folks hugging or holding each other.

12 years ago I lived far away from it and my first reaction was anger at being attacked. Today it was only about a mile away and I only feel sad for the people hurt and killed. Maybe it's the scale of it: thousands killed are so many it becomes abstract, especially if you don't know anyone from there. But Boston is different now, I really live here. We had marathon signs up for weeks already. It's not far away, it's my almost-home now. I'm sure I know a friend-of-a-friend who was hurt.

I think I will finish off my bottle of port in the bath now.

Rest day

Mar. 16th, 2013 08:36 am
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We are finally taking a day to rest after the last 4 weeks of crazy. The plan is to watch Netflix, get me a haircut (very easy as we are only a few blocks off Broadway in Somerville), take some naps and a hot bath for her, and maybe get into the moscato but maybe just stick with water.

So far I have done three lunches with coworkers which included sandwiches twice and Umberto's Italian (calzone and one pizza slice). I must conclude that a) city food tastes really good and can be almost as cheap as suburbia food, but b) my digestive system is approaching celiac-like anyway due to simplifying it so much. In other words it tastes awesome going down but hoses my evenings at home. I really can't wait to get our own place and have the fridge space to get back to salads, vegetables, and simple meats and fish.

Work is doing good. I got my first ticket done (trivial) and am almost finished with the second. I'm now running a 100% Linux desktop (Debian and KDE/XFCE) and can reach nearly everything I need: the Windows share, a printer, email via IMAP (both mutt and kmail), IM through Googletalk/Jabber, and of course my dev VM via ssh. Yeah, I really missed this. Right now I am in a weird corner room but should be joining the rest of my team in 2ish weeks.

Boston itself is awesome. We've had some nice sunny mornings that make my current commute through Bunker Hill very pretty. I've found both bus and subway routes to work. Last night we had food at the Burren in Davis Square, the best clam chowder I think I've ever had and she was happy with her fish and chips.

Off to the day then.

Done!

Mar. 10th, 2013 08:53 am
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We made it to Boston yesterday evening. We are a mess of hurts and aches but we managed the tightest fastest move in our lives and I am damn. proud. of us both for pulling it off.

details of the timeline so I don't forget )

I have never had this kind of energy before. We schedule in some rest and a few hours later I bounce out of bed ready to do more. I got my first 8 hour night last night and I'm finally slowing down.

Last night we took a cab from our hotel near the airport to an Italian place in East Boston and had ravioli, meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, and some really nice bread to scoop up the sauce with. The noodles were a huge cut above the standard chain fare, and the crowd was mostly locals with a very distinctive Boston accent. Even though we were bushed, it was very nice.

The hardest part is not thinking that we are tourists who will have to leave someday. No, we are really here now.

I start my new job tomorrow, and next week we get keys to the new apartment. This afternoon we head to an AirBNB in Somerville and begin exploring the area. Next weekend I have a Linux thing to do at Harvard and we have a date.

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