This past week was actually quite fantastic. I was extremely busy during the school week. I had to turn in a paper for International Relations on Thursday, and I had to finish translating Pro Archia for Latin by Friday, but it was all worth it for this wonderful weekend.
On Saturday, all the FYP-ers and the FYP professors headed off to Walden Pond in Concord, as we’ve been reading Walden for a common reading. I first studied Thoreau in my junior year of high school, and I’ve wanted to see Walden Pond ever since. It was a beautiful day to go see it too. It had snowed the previous night, so the pond was frozen. It was excellent timing because all the sections had just finished reading the chapter called “The Pond in Winter.” Reading Walden is such a wonderful experience in of itself, yet actually seeing where he lived just added such a wonderful element to the entire experience.
After we visited Concord, we went to Cambridge to go and tour the Peabody and Fogg museums. Of course, most of us stopped by Mr. Bartley’s Sandwich Store for an excellent lunch.
On Saturday night, Haley and Jess hosted a “Recycled Goods” party.
Everyone had to make costumes from reused goods – newspapers,
magazines, bubble wrap, etc. I re-used one of my dance costumes (it
counts!), but Haley and Jess actually made dresses out of bubble wrap.
It was a great time!
Right now, there are winter “squalls” going on. The temperature is
dropping quickly, and more snow is expected until Tuesday. Needless to
say, after ten o’clock mass, I’ll be curling up beneath my blankets
with a cup of hot tea and a book. Call me a nerd, but that sounds like
a perfect ending to a perfect weekend!