stariel25: (start)
Cornwall's was my favorite bar ever, until I found River Gods. But that is another story. But this story is about how I went there last night and didn't get home till after 1am and thus will be posting two AMoB posts today, but one later.

What makes a great bar for someone who doesn't drink?

Board games!

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That's the solution (guessed by [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula) to our game of Simpsons Clue. I was Smithers.

And evening of fabulousness was also made possible by.... crazy friends:

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... and virgin Pina Coladas (not pictured). What a night.
stariel25: (start)
Tonight I went to Trident - a bookstore-slash-cafe on Newbury St. - to knit with [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl and [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula. I believe that I actually met them at Trident - and I know I met [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2 there. The three of us met because of a knitting group that used to meet at Trident (and then a few other places) and "the yarners" as they're affectionately known have made up a good part of my social life, both knitting and non, for a few years now.

trident

They also have killer breakfast burritos. :)
stariel25: (mulitcolorstars)
I'm lucky enough to have friends who are nuts amazing enough to get up at o'dark-thirty and go down to reserve fabulous seats on the Esplanade for the fireworks. It's become a 4th of July tradition!

I was still asleep when they got there, but I headed out around noon - just in time to catch a rainstorm on my way - and spent most of the day hanging around the esplanade. We manage to amuse ourselves:

popcorn

We spend the day hanging out knitting, playing cards, consuming plenty of snacks... There are beautiful views of the river and the boats on it:

river

The Boston Pops play, there are patriotic sing-alongs, and when it gets late enough there are fireworks.

fireworks

Even Tesla watched!

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stariel25: (essex)
Last night after work I headed out to Salem to meet [livejournal.com profile] bryghtrose for dinner and knitting group. We went back to her place and watched some Law & Order and did some more knitting before bed.

Then today we headed out to explore Salem a bit and visit the Peabody Essex Museum for the exhibit on Tā moko - the traditional facial tattoos of the Māori in New Zealand. It was really a very interesting group of photos and stories. I was especially interested when I noticed and then read about the prevalence of the spiral shape - I like spirals too!

We looked around at another temporary exhibit about weddings which showcased quite a few very interesting dresses and showed traditional garments and items from weddings in other cultures as well. Some of the most impressive were a huge wedding "cake" made entirely of frosting, a beautiful quilt made from pieces of wedding dresses, and the Korean wooden wedding duck.

We also saw assorted glass, maritime stuff, teapots, and the most gorgeous Japanese moon bed which I wanted for my very own. Combine that with hanging out in downtown Salem a bit and you have a very successful Saturday. :)
stariel25: (happystar)
As you probably read earlier, I recently decided that I needed to be spontaneous.

Randomly my neighbors are playing and loudly singing Hey Jealousy at 1:17am. Interesting.

Aaaaanyway...

Part 1:
Right, so Thursday I had an unexpected bit of spontaneous fun when Rachel called me during my lunch break and asked if I wanted to hang out that evening. I said yes and called her after work and decided I would head out to her neighborhood. After arriving at her house we made some tortellini (yum!) and then proceeded to do... not much. But in a good way! She gave me a gift of yarn which I gladly cast on on some borrowed needles since I had left my knitting at home and we watched CSI with her roommate and then part of Dodge Ball, and then I came home. Overall a nice evening.

Part 2:
Tonight I had my planned spontaneity (an oxymoron, I know) with Betsy. when I returned from my presentation at work I found a few emails planning our whole evening - we would go to Cambridge 1 for pizza and watch the Sox game. Not exactly what I call spontaneous, but it worked I suppose. Well, turns out we got a taste of real spontaneity when I got a text from [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2 asking if we wanted to go out to the Top of the Hub for dessert and drinks later in the evening. So [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl, [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula, Betsy and I headed to Cambridge 1 as planned (potato pizza, yum!) and then [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and I headed over to meet at the Pru while the other two went home to watch the Sox. We had an interesting evening, and the 2nd part was *definitely* not something I would have expected.

Part 3:
Today I was contemplating what "spontaneous" meant to me in the past - basically I decided that planning a time wasn't against the 'rules' because the reason it worked back in the day was because Robb and I had a standing date with Dan on Fridays for a couple of years. When that fell through it was a standing date with [livejournal.com profile] hibrian which, in my opinion, was even better.

As to the activities we did, they were many. I remember a lot of going to Blockbuster and endlessly contemplating which movie to rent, watching Black Adder or Jack of All Trades or The Prisoner, hanging out in the graveyard, midnight runs to Krispy Kreme, going to Denny's or Sheri's, or just hanging around Dan's watching the boys play video games in the basement. Of course there were occasional strange things as well - such as the time Dan made a paper replica of Fantoft Church and burned it - there may have been Lego figures involved - or the time Angela decided to teach me to do makeup by demoing on Dan while I put makeup on Robb.

Good times!
stariel25: (Default)
Tonight I went to Eric's surprise birthday party and had an extremely enjoyable time. I was reminded (again) how much I like meeting new people. Talks of France, music, snails, Denny's, Tool, and all kinds of randomness.

I came home and looked up The Price by Neil Gaiman and read it right away. I also listened to Sorrow by Flyleaf, which was hopelessly stuck in my head all night and causing fits of headbanging (lyrics below).

And I have confirmed, once again, how I really do not need to drink since I am perfectly happy to do things like jump up and down in public just because Love Like Winter came on and steal candles off a birthday cake because they have the letter A and are blue.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sometimes life seems to quiet into paralyzing silence
Like the moonless dark, meant to make me strong.
Familiar breath of my old lies
Changed the color in my eyes
Soon he will perforate the fabric of the peaceful by and by

Sorrow lasts through this night
I'll take this piece of you, and hold for all eternity
For just one second I felt whole... as you flew right through me.

Left alone with only reflections of the memory
To face the ugly girl that's smothering me.
Sitting closer than my pain...
He knew each tear before it came,
And soon he will perforate the fabric of the peaceful by and by

We kiss each other one more time
And sing this lie that's half way mine
The sword is slicing through the questions so I won't be fooled
By his angel light..

Sorrow lasts through this night
I'll take this piece of you and for all eternity
For just one second I felt whole as you flew right though me
and up into the stars
Joy will come ">Sometimes life seems to quiet into paralyzing silence
Like the moonless dark, meant to make me strong.
Familiar breath of my old lies
Changed the color in my eyes
Soon he will perferate the fabric of the peaceful by and by

Sorrow lasts through this night
I'll take this piece of you, and hold for all eternity
For just one second I felt whole... as you flew right through me.

Left alone with only reflections of the memory
To face the ugly girl that's smothering me.
Sitting closer than my pain...
He knew each tear before it came,
And soon he will perforate the fabric of the peaceful by and by

We kiss each other one more time
And sing this lie that's half way mine
The sword is slicing through the questions so I won't be fooled
By his angel light..

Sorrow lasts through this night
I'll take this piece of you and hold for all eternity
For just one second I felt whole as you flew right though me
and up into the stars
Joy will come
stariel25: (cookie)
On Saturday I went to an 80s party, as I mentioned in the last entry, so here are some pictures!



'80s hair is hard work!

The well-dressed trio:



And dancin' the night away:

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Thursday night I joined [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl and [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and a few others to go see A Midsummer Night's Dream on the common. It was very good, although the interpretive dance of the fairies frightened me a bit. It is a section that is a good spot for creative interpretation in the play, and their interpretation was certainly creative! The fairies were wearing bright fluffy pants and capes in neon colors and dancing rather erratically.

Friday after work I met up with Andreas and [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2 to go to The Garment District to pick up clothes for the '80s party we're attending tonight. I decided to go '80s punk instead of just general '80s so I picked up an old faded band T-shirt and cut off the sleeves and neckline, a pair of black jeans which I cut some artful "rips" in before I threw it in the wash today to make them fray, and pretty plastic earrings and a matching bracelet, and some hot pink fishnet gloves. I also bought some black lace up shoes that remind me of ballet flats. Sadly I had forgotten that I already bought black and white striped sneakers with charms on them on Thursday, and I think those are the ones that will make it to the party. I'm also throwing on one of the lovely skull wristers that [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2 knit for me and my normal wallet chain, and my spiked collar if I can find it. I wish I still had my dog chain with the padlock, but oh well...

Today I did laundry in between spurts of *very* heavy rain - it's been thunderstorming all day with intermittent flash floods. Soon I can leave to go to [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2's and get ready for the party. :)

:(

Jun. 15th, 2007 08:49 am
stariel25: (frogner)
I talked to Brit last night and he's moving to LA at the end of this month! It's going to be a cool job, I'm sure, but I'll miss having him around to hang out with.

And with Amanda leaving me too....

[livejournal.com profile] orionnebula you are not allowed to move!
stariel25: (mulitcolorstars)
Since I moved to Boston I've moved 3 times, and now I'll be making it four. Not counting the move from Seattle to Boston, that is.

My landlord is a psycho so I'm moving out, and in with a friend in a small but cute apartment in the North End - where all the cool Italian food is.

This weekend a new buddy helped me move my fish tanks, which was amazing. It's a good friend that helps you cart live rock around. ;) Tonight a few friends came over to help me pack and made short work of my back closet, the DVDs/videos/CDs, and most of my books.

And I've been working a lot, but on Saturday I did get to hang out with Brit and eat some Thai food and see Children of Men. It was good. I was hoping it would have more about why everyone is infertile. (In case you don't know, the premise of the movie is that suddenly in 2009 (or maybe 2008) everyone is infertile.) So the movie takes place about 18 years later when there are no children.

It's an interesting concept for sure. And I wanted to see it when I heard about it because I'm a sciency kind of person. However, the movie is not at all about *why* people are suddenly infertile, but about how the world is falling apart because of it. Still a very good movie.
stariel25: (mulitcolorstars)
For once I've actually been doing something!

Last night (Friday) I went and hung out with a friend, her coworkers, and some other random folk. We went to the awesomest bar ever which had board games and yummy hot chocolate! (Hey, I don't drink, what else could make a bar awesome?) We played Rummicube and Simpson’s Clue and it was superfun.

Today I had a cable knitting workshop with the PhD girls where I... knit cables. Self-explanatory, I know.

After that I baked some quick cookies - I even brought the dough with me to knitting - and headed to [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl to play games with her roommate, her boyfriend, [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and a bunch of other people. We played Family Fun Cranium (way too easy), Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture with the DVD, and Apples to Apples. All very fun. My knowledge of No Doubt figured prominently. ;)

I need to play board games more often...
stariel25: (juliet)


[livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and I saw the early fireworks show down at the Common. Then we headed back to her place to have dinner and watch Thank You for Smoking, watch the ball drop, and toast the new year with sparkling cider.
stariel25: (yellowstar)
Tonight I met up with [livejournal.com profile] ordinarydude and we went to the Panama Hotel, a little coffee/tea shop in the International District. I've been there once before, last year around this time. And last year around this time is also the last time I saw him, although it wasn't at the Panama Hotel (confused yet?)

We had herbal masala chai which was yummy and I had a donut from Top Pot or whatever it's called. And they have the most awesome bathroom! I didn't remember how cool it was from last time.

We sat and chatted about life and school and the past and evil scientists taking over the world. And how [livejournal.com profile] hibrian and I should blow up the bridges to Mercer Island with our death ray and then take over and let it be covered with jungle and import some tigers. Except this is Seattle and it would be evergreen jungle. Oh well...

See, that's the kind of thing that [livejournal.com profile] ordinarydude thinks about, and it's awesome. :)
stariel25: (happystar)
I got the keys to my new place today, and the reality is hitting that I'm actually moving! [livejournal.com profile] polarg88 was over yesterday and helped me with some packing (thanks again!)

I don't have too much packing left to do. I'll probably work on it quite a bit tomorrow night unless something fun comes up, and more on Saturday. Other than that nothing exciting is going on, which is why I haven't been writing much lately.

Tonight I went to a Pac-10 group (really just a bunch of USC people). [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl's roommate goes all the time, but today I went with [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl and her boyfriend. It was pretty fun, and Microsoft was having some sort of concert with Trains in Fenway park for a convention. We could see the video screen and hear the concert.

Buffy!

Apr. 28th, 2006 03:48 pm
stariel25: (juliet)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and I went to the Buffy singalong at the Coolidge theater. I heard about one last year but I think it was after it was over. I've been waiting for one ever since, and when she told me it was going down I was *definitely* there. :)

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I got there about 1/2 hour early and waited in line. Supposedly the doors were going to open 10 minutes til 10, but of course at 9:50 we were still waiting. And waiting... and waiting... So we started singing Buffy in line and taking pictures (like the one above).

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In this one the white balance is off, because Alexis was pretty close and it was dark out, but I think it just adds to my vampiric good looks. ;)

Once we got in the theater and got our goodie bags (mine had Spike on it!) they had a little intro. Part of that was a live acting of the 'morning after' seen with Buffy and Angel. I then proved that I will do just about anything and make a total fool of myself in public for free movie tickets.

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My male lead wasn't all that inspiring, though.
stariel25: (everafter)
"I was waiting for a cross-town train in the London underground when it struck me
That I've been waiting since birth to find a love that would look and sound like a movie

...

I want so badly to believe that there is truth, that love is real
And I want life in every word to the extent that it's absurd"


I went out with a bunch of knitters today. There was fun and craziness, and quite a few pictures!

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And life is just going - nothing particularly important, but time is passing and things are being done.

This weekend I went to a Pride and Prejudice party at Alice's house. It was a lot of fun. We watched the A&E miniseries version, which is about 5 hours long. Somewhere during the second disc someone decided that baa-ing like sheep was very funny. There was a whole room of us, 20-somethings, baa-ing and laughing. We had to pause the movie!

Other than that it's been life as usual. Tonight I had Thai and saw Brokeback Mountain again with Catherine.

I've been going to the gym three times a week, and I realized that when I don't go for a while I forget how much I enjoy it. Then I start going again and keep going because I have recent gym memories to spur me on.
stariel25: (start)
Last night I planned to go home and get some cleaning done... Maybe a little spinning, and some knitting and Netflix-watching.

Well, somewhere between leaving the lab and arriving home, I got an email from Brit inviting me to come out to Salem for dinner. I took him up on that offer and T-ed and Commuter Rail-ed my way out to Salem, MA. Which I must say I have still not really seen, being that I have only driven through it in a flash both times I've been there.

We went to nearby Beverly and had sushi at a Japanese place (and sat on cushions on the floor and had to take off our shoes!). I had Kappa Maki and an avocado roll - yummy! Afterwards we went to an (Italian?) place for yummy dessert. We went back to his place to wait for the last train and I saw a little of A Few Good Men, which I now must Netflix.

So I got home pretty late, and got up fairly early this morning and was picked up - along with my spinning wheel - by Jacob (Jessica's boy). We headed over to their house where I met Amanda and Nicole and we all proceeded to spin and knit. And because Jacob is so nice, he even offered to stain and finish my spinning wheel for me, so I left it over there. And Jessica made sweet potato pie, which was really yummy.

The only not-so-good part was that I had a fight with their cat, Lenin (who is quite evil) and he scratched my face. I think I won though, he went and hid for a couple of hours.

Hmm...

Jan. 9th, 2006 01:19 am
stariel25: (happystar)
Well, the weekend was filled with knitting and more knitting. Saturday I went out to Quincy (a suburb of Boston) to meet a knitting buddy, Jennifer. We headed out to Hanover, MA (I've never been there before, cool!) and went to AC Moore for their yarn sale - which resulted in me purchasing my promised sweater's worth of yarn for Tubey! Then we headed back to her house, ordered some yummy pizza, and knit for a good part of the day.

I came home and watched Serenity (Finally... It was awesome!) and a bit of Veronica Mars and started on my sweater.

Today I slept in - a bit too late, actually - and then cleaned up a bit around the house and went to Knitsmiths. I worked on a scarf for me - that shall be cool too. :)
stariel25: (blinkystar)
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I made a hat for the lovely [livejournal.com profile] hibrian, and there it is. He approves of CTHGSY too.

(If you're interested in seeing Life with CTHGSY: Chapter Two, it's here)

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