During finals period it’s the small things that really make a day. For instance, the feeling of returning a ginormous stack of books used on a paper is beyond gratifying. I mean, I’ll never have to check out an obnoxious amount of books on ancient Egyptian literature and culture…I don’t think.
Something else that is quite wonderful to have during finals? Good friends. Yesterday afternoon, I hooked up with my three greatest Harvard friends for a little study session. We didn’t get too much studying done, in fact, we didn’t get ANY studying done; it was nice to have a few hours to devote to being human, though! I get so crazy whilst writing papers that I become a horrible recluse. I felt so refreshed after spending some time with my buddies, and I definitely think I can get through these next few days!
We ran into a bit of a snag in finding a place to set our bodies down to study talk and laugh. Evidently, yesterday was Mayfair in Harvard Square. Talk about an unexpected massive hoard of people, vendors, things to buy, and food.
I think this could have been fun to attend for a little bit if I had been expecting it. Instead, it turned out to be a real nuisance. We had to walk a little ways away from the Square only to find a shop with the teeniest little table to crowd around. As it turns out, we only needed the table for our elbows and the occasional glance at a website on one of our laptops. Time with friends is time well spent, for sure.
Something else that has made me quite happy during this hectic time is the Curious George store in Harvard Square. The building and Curious George signage has been up since I moved here in August, but I was happy to see that it was finally open!
It’s cute, right?!
Sure, Curious George is a children’s series, but it was one of my favorites! Plus, this store has other classic children’s books (Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz), and fun articles of clothing for adults and children. In fact, I made a little impromptu purchase yesterday afternoon:
I was going to wait to purchase this funsie in the fall, but my will power let out. I NEEDED it! My dogs, Mr. Gatsby and Hatter, are the Toto dogs, so it is only fitting that I have this piece of clothing. There are other shirts that I think I’ll need next semester: The Great Gatsby and Charlotte’s Web. But I can wait on those…gee, I’m so patient!
Oh, Monday. You’re no fun…
I love Cambridge. It’s full of eclectic people, most of whom go to really amazing schools and are part of a fabulous intellectual community. However, Cambridge-tons are gross. The smoking is OUT OF CONTROL. You cannot walk down a single street without having your lungs blackened by these so-called smart people inhaling their cancer sticks. It’s disgusting. Yes, I’ve smoked a cigarette (we all went through that period when we thought it was cool to be bad), but after growing up I realized it was a horrible habit that had zero positives. I don’t care if you want to smoke. Go ahead and kill yourself, that’s fine. What I take offense to is when you blow your smoke behind you and it travels straight into my face and clothes. THAT is going to lead straight to me giving you dirty looks and talking loudly about how deplorable I think people like you are!
This moan is a biggy. I hate moving. It’s not the idea of leaving one place and ending up in another. It’s the process of packing!!! It’s no fun, and it is so tedious and time consuming. I wish I was made of money so that I could have someone come do this for me, but unfortunately, I am not there yet financially. In the mean time, I’ll live in squalor:
I’m storing all of my things here in Cambridge over the summer. I am using PODS and will keep you posted on how I end up liking it.
So, there you have it. Another Monday gone!
Until next time…
Love in Friends and Curious George,