This weekend was pretty fun. To start, Chris woke me up with breakfast in bed, including scrambled eggs, hash browns, veggie sausage, and toast. It was hot out, but after a leisurely morning we decided to walk to Coolidge corner to visit the comic book store and Booksmith. The Pride parade was also yesterday, so it was fun to see all the celebratory outfits of people heading downtown.
On the way, we got a call from our friends Nate and Diana, who were just coming from a garage sale of a former art professor in the area, and they wanted to see if we'd like to hang out. Particularly because they got me something at the sale. We met up near the Brookline Spa and they showed us this nifty wooden art box to store oil paints in, among other little trinkets and tools.
We all drove the rest of the way to Coolidge, and spent too much money at the book stores. I got a couple new graphic novels, including “POS” and “Killing and Dying”, and a copy of Snow Crash with a new cover since the original just looks so tacky. Chris got “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward and “Hitchiker’s Guide” since I’ve never read it and he wanted a copy anyway, plus two issues of the comic Saga.
We got lunch at the Regal Beagle, and later picked up some snacks at Trader Joe’s. We drove back to the apartment, hung out on the deck, and ate chips and berries and cheese. A perfect early-summer day. After Nate and Diana left, I spent some time meticulously organizing my oil paints, even though I haven’t painted in oil in over a year. Helps to have things in their place so when I come back to it, it’s not a struggle to track things down.
This morning, Chris and I went to Cafe Nero in Brookline Village to do some quiet activities. Chris did some reading and I did some brainstorming on my illustrations/comics. It felt pretty productive. A few hours in, we noticed cops were blocking off the street. I was concerned that there was some kind of safety concern, but then realized it was Village Fair day, so there were suddenly tents and vendors and games and music everywhere. We ventured outside and wandered around, then found a relatively new record shop close to the school. We browsed for a while and found several keepers. I came home with some classic rock staples since I'm just starting to build a library: Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Chris went for both contemporary and classic, with Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca and Van Morrison’s Veeton Fleece.
While walking home, we noticed that a house that had been getting renovated for the last couple months was having an open house, so we checked it out. It was pretty astounding. Built in 1864 and selling for 3 million. 5 bathrooms and 6 bedrooms. My entire extended family could move in and not see each other every day.
When we got home, I played Abbey Road and sat with my guinea pigs. They were not fans of the bass line in “Come Together” and kept making nervous grumbling noises.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based in Mansfield, MA.