Earlier this week I helped inflate some balloons for a proposal on the MIT campus, the proposee (?) is a former coworker who worked in HR before I started working in Talent Acquisition. The proposal went well and she said yes!
Also been trying to bike into work more, now that it's warm. We have a new bike garage at work which is pretty cool. I store my bike on my deck and have to lug it down the stairs and up the stairs whenever I want to ride though. It really hurts my wrists because of the awkward angles.
Fun fact: my friend Thomas lives in Detroit and sold me this bike a couple years ago. It has a sticker from a bike shop in Geneseo, NY, where my parents met, went to school for their bachelors in history/political science and masters of Library Science, and got married - almost 40 years ago. As a kid, they took us there every year to walk around the campus and get subs at Aunt Cookie's Sub Shop. As a teenager, I started putting a notch with my fingernail in the sub shop's wooden-framed order window to track my visits over time. When I stopped by last month after my sister-in-law's baby shower, I found they had replaced the order window with a new one. But I added a new notch to that one.
Anyway, this bike is kismet.
It's going to be a very busy summer. I'll be back home visiting family for various reasons (mom's birthday, Father's Day, my dad's retirement), my brother and sister-in-law are having their first baby next month so I'm hoping to go down and help them out around the time the baby is due, and we have four weddings between the end of June and Labor Day, plus some functions related to those. One of the weddings is for my cousin Katie and her fiancé Lukas, who is from Austria. They will be getting married on the outskirts of Vienna so I'm pretty stoked for that and to then have a full week in Europe!
This week I went home for a dinner in honor of my dad, who is retiring from his post as Library Director in my home town. He had me take a photo of him to use for press stuff. The next day, we went to Nanticoke Gardens, a local flower nursery, and picked up some pansies and hanging geraniums for the deck. Mom also sent me home with this cool fiberoptic grass plant that seems pretty pleased with itself.
Chris and I took a walk to the Brookline Reservoir to catch the sunset. Mom and Dad visited for the weekend and we went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. We had blackberry pie and pasta primavera and during the prep I cut my knuckle with a mandoline slicer (and almost blacked out because I don't like seeing blood). But other than that last bit it was a really nice weekend. On Mother's Day my parents and I walked around different neighborhoods for several hours. The last photo is the stairs at Charles MGH. The light looked really nice.
This is my cousin Andy's son Theo. Andy asked for a portrait of him for his wife Bellmary, for Mother's Day. Theo is about 18 months old and quite adorable
Feels like it's finally warming up. My neighbor's tree in starting to bud and we have the deck set up with chairs and pillows (and solar lights for the evening). Can't wait to get some plants out there too.
Also enjoyed these tiles in my coworker's bathroom. She just renovated her bathroom and had a "Cinco de Baño" party.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.