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  • adrienne 1:48 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Another Quick ‘n Dirty Catch-up, and I’m Nearly Halfway There… 

    and 25+ adventures is okay with me!  So, without further ado and mostly in bullet points:

    13 – Going to London (not my first trip to my most beloved city, but never for a seminar for Library School through UNC-Chapel Hill and the University College London) for two weeks, wherein I had several adventures:

    14 – Becoming a Bedford Babe because there were a few of us living in a different location, so we were a Very Special Group! ;)

    15- Exploring and Becoming part of the Bloomsbury group in spirit simply by living there and wandering and soaking it all in.

    16 – Over the weekend during the two weeks – I went on an “elephant hunt.”  There was an art exhibit on, with brightly painted elephant sculptures scattered throughout the city.  Lovely city exploration naturally coincided.

    17 – I conducted a personal As Time Goes By Experience.  Impossible to explain to anyone unfamiliar with the British show, and hard enough if you love the show as much as I and my family do.  Suffice it to say it did my heart good.

    18 – Immediately upon my return I went to a Red Sox game – six rows behind the dugout – AMAZING!  My long-term love affair continues though the Sox season does not.

    19 – Scooperbowl in Gov’t Center.  Free ice cream as far as the eye could see…delicious!

    20 – Fourth of July Fireworks in Boston!

    21 – First Simmons power outage, which was a perfect icebreaker as we sat in the hall chatting, playing cards.  I said we were The Kids in the Hall, but then we were sent outside…

    22 – I became LISSA Queen (ask Hula – she knows what that means).  It’s a little nuts…

    23 – After Hours at the Gardner Museum – crazy crowded, but there’s something about the Museum After Dark that is very different.

    24 – Started an internship I essentially “created” at UUSC in Cambridge.

    25 – College Night (or whatever they called it) at the MFA.  Yes, we students always get in free, but tonight there were temporary tatoos (sp?) to be had, music and coffee in the coffeehouse, and glo-stick necklaces.  Emulated a picture there of a woman with two elephants (what is with me and the elephants?  I’m not a Republican) as well.  Good times with friends.

    And I’m nearly halfway there!

     
  • adrienne 12:44 pm on March 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The 12th involves food, again :) 

    It’s just a quick adventure, but still a first. My birthday was Tuesday the 23rd, and I turned 38 for the first time (ok, that wasn’t it). My cousin Josh took me out for lunch, and I went to The Cheesecake Factory for the first time. :) Delicious and good company!

     
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  • adrienne 10:34 pm on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Recent Haiku (Stash haiku to come later) 

    The inertia hits
    A wave that pulls you under
    Soft and unyielding.
    —————————————-

    To Patsy Ann – a canine ship greeter in Juneau
    who, though deaf, always knew when a ship was coming in. A statue
    of her now sits on the dock to forever greet the ships:

    Immortalized soul
    Whose strange, gentle gift brought joy
    to all travelers.
    ——————————————–

    Thoughts flow unbidden
    Blinding, enshrouding, until
    All warmth surrenders.
    ———————————————

    Two-parter on – What it’s like to think you might be about to have a seizure:

    Throat tightens, hand grips.
    Threat of the simple partial
    Slaps me in the face.

    Panic stops my heart.
    Cannot have anyone see,
    Cannot be alone.

     
  • adrienne 8:09 pm on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A Quick and Dirty Catch-up… 

    8th Adventure – getting a haiku accepted into Sidelines, Simmons lit. magazine.  Not a big adventure, but nice to get a poem in the mag two years running (two last year, I’m slipping). :)

    9th – Going to Boston Beerworks for the first time on 12 March.  I decided it was no longer fair that I wasn’t supposed to drink at all (thanks to issues from a brain tumor I didn’t ask for), and so after nearly 12 years of nothing more than a couple of  sips of alcohol, I drank two beers and a little vodka (over the course of the entire evening).  I’m not going to go crazy, of course, because that would be stupid, but I’m not always going to say no.  A defiant adventure, it was.  Although the Beerworks is nice, and it was a fun evening with friends.

    10th – I joined Haiku a Day on Facebook, and will test my mettle with the poetry style I love writing. I reserve the right, however, to fall back on my older stash, and I firmly believe that haiku poems can be in two parts, like chapters. Themed haiku.

    11th – Friday 19 March I tried JPLicks ice cream for the first time – kahlua.  Yummy, but definitely get a cup because it is drippy!

     
  • adrienne 6:56 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    On the Barnes and Noble website, 

    under the book The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, is my very first review (name is pixie-girl)!  It’s my 7th adventure. I hadn’t ever really thought about doing it,  but this year I decided to give it a go.  The publishing class I took last semester brought me back to books, and the ALA Midwinter meeting garnered me over 30 free books – advanced reader copies and uncorrected proofs.  So the time seemed right, and right to start with Atwood, my favorite author.  Looking forward to making this more of a regular event, not just a one-time adventure!

     
  • adrienne 6:40 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    And the 6th – I went to Hogwarts 

    Who knew it was at the Museum of Science?  And I thought I liked the V&A in London.  The Harry Potter Exhibition was quite possibly the most brilliant thing I have done or will do in this town.  A mostly self-directed tour of the wonders of the Harry Potter world, the exhibit was filled with the creatures, props, and costumes used in the films.  A lot of what my friend Kim and I saw were in The Goblet of Fire, so that film now has a special place in my heart.  I wanted to try on Hermione’s Yule Ball gown in the worst way – I’m sure it would’ve fit.  I pulled up a Mandrake, threw a Quaffle through a hoop, sat in Hagrid’s big chair, which was really huge, and heard the Fat Lady sing!  There was so much I can’t even remember it all.  But it was brilliant – if only I didn’t have to come back…

     
  • adrienne 8:49 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Fifth Adventure at the MFA 

    We’re lucky here at Simmons because there are two great museums nearby, and both are free to Simmons students! Friday a small group of us took a trip to Ancient Egypt, looking at some wonderful pieces of the burial chamber of a Governor who was apparently quite important. The artwork was beautiful and the boats that had been buried with the Governor were unbelievable and in brilliant condition. The head displayed was impressive as well! I left with a bookmark of the Hieroglyphic Alphabet, and a yen to get a tattoo of the Eye of Horus! :)

     
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