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Between September and December, I will have flown to:

Sweden
California
France
Arizona
Wyoming
Chicago

and I will likely fly to Seattle in January, for that matter. Purposes for trips include

conferences
colloquia
job interviews

I'm starting to get awfully tired of planes and airports.
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Title says it all, really.
RSVPs appreciated, but please feel free to simply show up.
I have been having difficulties with internet access, so apologies for the late notice.
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So, our plans for the next week or so are coming together. This, despite the fact that I have seem to have lost all ability to map out logistics. Or maybe it's because we've suddenly decided on a spontaneous trip to Florida that I've been thrown for a loop. Whatever.

Anyway! You all were no help in coming up with good days for dinner plans. So much for relying on the internet for advice. Instead, I will simply declare spontaneous dinner mobs and hope for the best. We will be coming in to Boston late enough Sunday that I doubt we'll be in a very social mood. Monday looks promising. I will tentatively say Bertucci's in Central Square, but I have yet to clear this with the rest of the family. Still, if you're interested in trying to meet up with us for dinner Monday night, let me know.

We have the Museum of Science scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. No other firm plans beyond that.

We will probably leave Saturday evening so that we can be home by Sunday to catch our breaths and fly down to Florida, because WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH!!! This is a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Plan, but life isn't any fun without one of those thrown in once in a while, right? The launch is currently scheduled for pre-dawn on April 5, but OMG DID I TELL YOU I'M GOING TO SEE THE SHUTTLE LAUNCH?!?!?!
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So, DH and the kids and I are coming to Boston March 28-April 4 or thereabouts. We're coming to renovate my brother's bathroom, which is a whole story in and of itself, but better told in person rather than over LJ. Anyway, this clearly calls for one or more dinner mobs, since we'll need to eat anyway. So here's your chance to help me plan:

[Poll #1540171]

Suggestions for restaurants can be made in the comments.
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Good thing I'm not Julius Caesar, because things are actually starting to look up for me.

I spent last week in Boston and Philadelphia, giving a talk and attending a conference, respectively. They both went well, although I was about ready to weep with homesickness my last night away. I'm glad I punted the idea of spending Friday in Philly and came home instead.

On Saturday, I attended a concert given by my grad school chorus, who were on tour for spring break. They sang quite beautifully, and I felt quite proud and nostalgic that I used to sing with such a marvelous group. I was pregnant with Son the Elder my last year with the group, and I brought him to the concert both because I thought he would enjoy it, and to freak out other alumnae who sang with me at the time.

On the job front, I finally have a bit of good news! Not that I have a real job offer yet, but I found someone with money to support a postdoc for a year in the area. So now I have a backup plan in place. I'm still hoping for a faculty job, but at least I'm not staring unemployment in the face anymore!

That, and spring is in the air! I don't even mind the rain so much because at least it isn't snow!

Upcoming: I'm bringing the family to Boston the week of March 29-April 2. We will likely be staying in the Allston area. I'd like to visit the Museum of Science, the Aquarium, and the Freedom Trail while we're in town. Anybody want to join us and/or like to help me plan my week? ([livejournal.com profile] astrogeek, maybe we can actually connect this time? And [livejournal.com profile] chenoameg, we should have a more extended visit!)
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I'm retreating to my hotel room with bibimbap. I plan to knit and watch Lost and go to sleep early. Life is good.

EDIT: Gah! Foiled by craptastic Comcast!

Boston!

Mar. 7th, 2010 07:57 pm
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Well, here I am back in the Hub! I'll be here until Wednesday morning.

Tonight, I'm holed up in my hotel room working on my talk for tomorrow. (Who knew that there was this awesome little place right here in Cambridge, anyway?)

Tomorrow night, I'm taking my kid brother out to dinner, probably out toward Allston.

Tuesday night, I plan to grab dinner someplace in the Porter/Davis Square area. I think I hear Redbones calling me. If you want to tag along, please let me know!

Wednesday night, I'll be in Philly, but I doubt that anyone will want to meet up with me for dinner there.

Boy, have I missed Boston. Also, it's disturbing to see the things that have changed since I've been gone.

EDIT: Dinner plans for tonight (Tuesday) remain vague. It may amount to eating a burrito in my hotel room, I don't know.

Update

Feb. 27th, 2010 03:53 pm
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When I go long periods of time without posting, it either means I'm too depressed to, or too busy to do so. Unfortunately, it's impossible for any readers to know the difference.

I've been hella busy of late. In the last 24 hours, I finished a grant proposal, performed in a play, and threw a birthday party for Son the Younger. I have a job application due Monday, my mom is staying with us for the weekend, and I have two more performances before the weekend is over.

Also, I need to prepare the talk I'll be giving in Boston on March 8.

Oh by the way, Boston folks, I'm coming to Boston in March. I'll be there March 8-9, and again March 27-April 3. The first visit will be just me. The second visit, the whole family is coming up to renovate my brother's bathroom. But, I'm sure we'll have plenty of time to visit with people, especially those with new babies.

Also, I'm going to Philadelphia on March 10-12, with a Friday all to myself. Any recommendations on what to do with myself? I'm leaning toward finding a nice spa and checking in for the day.

Sometime in April, maybe I'll have time to see my family again.
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[livejournal.com profile] unclenomer and the kids and I are coming to Boston this weekend, and we'd like to get together with folks. Please let us know if you'd like to join us for any of the following:

Friday 6pm: Bertucci's at Alewife
Saturday morning 10am: China Pearl in Woburn
Saturday 6pm: Greek Corner, near Porter Sq.

You can comment here, or email me at astra.nomer at gmail dot com.

Also, DH and the kids plan to drop by the big yellow house Saturday afternoon.

We're camping in Vermont right now, so we probably won't be able to respond to email or voicemail until Thursday afternoon at the earliest.

Hope to see lots of you soon!
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I have decided that there's no such thing as too much Chinese food.

A Plan! )

Bleg

Jul. 8th, 2009 10:45 am
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I've made a change of schedule, and I'll be getting into Boston/Cambridge/Somerville at around midnight tomorrow night. Anybody out there willing to give me a place to crash for the night?
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I declare a dinner mob on Friday in Central Square. 7pm.

Also, dim sum Saturday morning. China Pearl. What's the canonical time for such things?

Let me know if you're coming to either excursion.

I am being really indecisive, so bear with me here. See, I would go for Mary Chung's for the dinner mob on Friday, except would that be overdosing on Chinese food, given dim sum Saturday morning? Other suggestions on Central Square eats?

(I'm a bit distressed that I've been away from Boston long enough that I'm unsure what's still there anymore...)

p.s. I'm traveling solo this week, but I'm coming back with the whole family in another two weeks, so don't fret if you miss me this time around.
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Here's a head's up for all my Boston peeps that I'll be in the area next weekend. I'll be getting in around the afternoon of the Friday the 10th, and flying out the evening of Saturday the 11th. I have no firm plans yet, so feel free to make suggestions. Possibilities include dinner mob on Friday evening and dim sum Saturday morning.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Penguins?

France

May. 26th, 2009 08:48 am
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Spent a very busy day and a half in Paris. Hit the major attractions (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Champs Elysee, Arc de Triumph) but it was quite the whirlwind tour. Overall impression: Paris is a very small but very densely packed city.

Yesterday, I took the train to the conference site. It was 6-hour adventure on three different trains with tight connections between each, not helped by the fact that the TGV was 10 minutes late getting in. But I made it.

On to the conference.

to France

May. 22nd, 2009 02:02 pm
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I'm off to France for a week! I've never been to France before, unless you count the couple of hours I spent there on a jaunt from a summer school in Geneva as a teenager. I may have once changed flights in Orly, but I'm not quite sure.

I'm spending a very jetlagged Sunday and part of Monday in Paris itself.

For the rest of the week, I'm going to be at a scientific meeting en provence.

I would be practicing my French, except I've been told that I will merely be mocked for my bad French, and should just stick with being a gauche américaine. (Or is that américaine gauche?)

Son the Younger wants me to bring along one of the Madeline books, which are set in Paris, of course. I'm tempted to visit all the monuments depicted in the books and take pictures for the kids. And of course, the internets have already thought of this for me.

Anyway, back to working on my talk.
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I'm done with all my talks! Now I just need to sit through two more days of this meeting...

My talks have for the most part been well received, and I had useful discussions with several people that might potentially lead to collaborations. If only they could offer me jobs, too...

I'm beginning to really like this part of California. I drove from Livermore to Mountain View yesterday, and it was quite a lovely drive. Even the haze wasn't so bad -- it gave the hills a mist-ical quality. (Ha! I kill myself.)

However, I've been away from home much too long and I'm quite ready to go home now. I'm sure DH and the kids feel the same way.
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I spent today roaming around San Francisco today, vaguely aware that there was a football game on today.

At some point this evening, someone mentioned who won the Superbowl, but I've already forgotten who it was. I was a bit puzzled that the game was over so early.

It didn't hit me until still later in the evening that duh, I'm on the West Coast! Of course the game was on much earlier!

The problem with all this traveling is that I kept leaving my brain behind.
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Santa Cruz is warm and sunny! Not iced-over like home.

Gee, maybe I should work harder on convincing DH to like the West Coast...
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Some people leave their hearts in San Francisco. I left my brain in Long Beach. Ahh, the joys of jet lag. It's almost 4pm, and I've not been able to get a single piece of real work done. On the other hand, I turned in my receipts for reimbursement and secured a hotel for my next trip.

Remind me to tell you how much I hate Continental some time.
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I heading off to Irvine, CA tomorrow, to return Monday.

I would say this means I'll be posting less, but it would be hard for me to post less frequently than I have been doing lately anyway.

Conversely, anyone out there want to see me Sunday afternoon? Caveat: I lack transportation.

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