Monthly Archives: January 2007

In which B. J. Hill meets the governor.

It’s a go! On Monday Jan 29, B. J. will present Governor Deval Patrick with the book of messages he collected during his walk across Massachusetts.

Check out his blog. There are some new pictures from his walk across Mexico, too. Plus, he’s scanned in some of the actual notebook pages.

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The best Christmas present ever.

OK, there was the cellphone, and the skis, and the special dolls, and the 128 box of Crayola crayons, and all the other things I’m leaving out, but this Keurig Gourmet Single-Cup Coffee Brewing System is definitely my favorite present this year.

It’s a cross between an espresso machine and a drip coffee maker. It makes the best coffee I’ve ever had. It makes me very happy. I’m actually drinking less coffee, because that one cup in the morning is so good.

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A walk across Massachoo-choo.

Also of local interest…

As you may have noticed, I’ve started a little collection of Massachusetts-related links in the sidebar. My latest discovery — A Walk Across Massachusetts — comes a little late in the game. B. J. Hill (a 30-year-old special-ed teacher who seems like a really cool guy), has already completed his walk from the New York border to the tip of Cape Cod. B. J. finished last fall. He started out just wanting to walk across the state to get to know the place better, much the way he walked across Mexico when he was in college.

Then, as B. J. tells it: “after being invited to a town meeting in Charlemont, I found a mission. The selectmen were complaining to their state representative that the governor doesn’t seem to understand life out in rural Massachusetts. It felt like they were a million miles away from Beacon Hill.” B. J. added a notebook to his backpack and started collecting messages from the people of Massachusetts, with plans to present them to the yet-to-be-elected governor.

Although the walk is done, the blog is still worth a look. The pictures he took along the way are excellent, and, yes, there’s one from the Mexico walk, too. (He got a much better tan that time!) Also, the most exciting part is yet to come — newly sworn-in governor Deval Patrick has agreed to meet with B. J. and collect the notebook! I can’t wait to read the writeup of that meeting!

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The Amazing CharlieCard Mitten.

Of local interest…

The MBTA (Boston’s transit authority) has recently switched to a system of rechargeable fare cards. To gain entry to a subway line, you have to pass the card over a reader at the turnstyle. And an ingenious woman who takes the “T” everyday and uses her commute to get some knitting done came up with an idea — mittens with a special buttoned pocket to hold the CharlieCard. To use it, you just pass the back of your hand over the reader — no need to remove the card.

The Subway Knitter doesn’t give a pattern. Presumably, if you can handle kitting a pair of mittens, you can handle knitting a couple of extra flaps for the front and attaching a button.

But if you’d like an authentic pair of Amazing CharlieCard Mittens, she’s raffling off a pair to benefit Rosie’s Place, a Boston women’s shelter. (Click the PayPal link in the upper-right corner of the Subway Knitter’s main blog page to enter the raffle.)

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It’s here.

GE delivered our new refrigerator today. I put our food in it.

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Swimming for Kristina – Week 3 Update.

My performance in weeks 1 and 2 was worse than embarassing. But I’m posting my update again because things are looking up. Besides, it’s not as if I can actually back out of this.

This week’s accomplishments:
Increased distance. This past Sunday I swam 2/3 of a mile. My longest swim in about a decade.
Increased consistency. Today I swam for the 3rd day in a row for the first time since I started this project. Heck, it was the first time I’ve swum 3 times in any one week since I started this project.
Increased endurance. I can swim more laps — and with better form — before taking a break.
Improved mood. You mean, my life isn’t hopeless after all? Coolio.

Spreadsheet.

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Frozen non-frozen yogurt.

How can an entire quart of yogurt freeze in the bottom compartment of a refrigerator door? When it’s our refrigerator, of course!

I got quite a surprise this morning when I planned to have a healthy breakfast of yogurt and a banana. That stuff was frozen solid! I couldn’t even chip a piece off with a spoon. I moved the quart up to a higher shelf, and it’s begun to thaw. It’s about the consistency of soft ice cream now.

This well-chilled sauvignon blanc from the bottom shelf, on the other hand — mmwah!

I raise a glass to our new refrigerator, which is due to arrive on Wednesday.

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