Saturday, April 19, 2008

Boston is a-bloom!

It has been a while since I've uploaded any of my mediocre nature photographs, so I thought I would brighten everyone's day and share what I've been shooting recently. I do have photos of people, some of which are pretty good, but I think I'll just stick to the pictorial photos on here. As my title suggests, spring has finally come to Boston. I haven't experienced a Boston spring in two years, and I forgot how beautiful the city becomes. There are tulip trees everywhere, and they are all bursting into pink and white flowers. The sun is shining, new grass is finding its way up, and everyone is outside, this weekend especially.

I went for a walk down Newbury Street (a popular street downtown with upscale shops and restaurants) earlier today, and it was jam-packed. I couldn't figure out why there were so many people, but then I started looking around: Most of the people were wearing or carrying Boston Marathon gear. Ah, that's right. The Boston Marathon is this Monday, and there are activities and conventions and conferences all weekend for the thousands of runners, many of whom are not from Boston. They are all wandering around, checking out the city before they have to run through it. There is also a Red Sox home game tonight, so a good half to three-quarters of everyone outside is wearing some peice of Red Sox gear. I saw one girl wearing a Sox jersey, hat and dangling logo earings. That right there is dedication. Oh and also: the Boston Bruins are trying to give the Montreal Canadiens a run for their money, and the sixth playoff game in the seven-game series is tonight in Boston. So there are a few people running around in Bruins gear. I think there is also a Celtics game tomorrow... Baseball, basketball, hockey, running, sun: spring fever has taken over, and I am so thankful to be here experiencing it. Not like a year ago when I wanted to come to Boston for the Marathon and was too sick to make it. Thanks, kidneys.

I have been doing pretty well. The way my schedule works, I only have five actual days of class left - BU finishes classes on May 2. I have a major photo project to do, as well as a big English paper, and then I only have to worry about finals. This year has gone by so quickly. The past eight months are a blur in my memory. Maybe one day someone will be able to explain to me how I did everything I did, but right now, I have no idea how I survived. It isn't over yet, either. My final final is three weeks from today. Once I ace that, then I can breathe. But I am still amazed that I have come this far. I can barely believe it, but I feel almost (knock on wood) healthy. I feel so much better than I did even a week ago. I am trying to start running again, finally, and I am back on my bike. I get my chemo again this coming Wednesday, which will leave me feeling unpleasant for about a week, but I can deal with it.

So that's it. Super busy, feeling good, feeling stressed; it all sounds about right. I hope you all can get out and enjoy the sunshine if you have it. Life, in general, just seems a little bit better when it is 70 degrees and sunny. Oh, and happy Patriot's Day. Peace.
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