Thursday, August 25, 2005

10:55 am
I’m blogging from the Starbucks at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston St. in Boston’s Back Bay. It’s a gorgeous day—clear blue sky, low humidity, coolish. Where’s my camera? The ride in took an hour instead of the usual 15-20 minutes. “Switching problems,” we were told. We were stuck in the midst of a beautiful freshwater marsh, surrounded by cattails, for about twenty minutes.

This Starbucks has an outdoor café; I’m not sitting in it because the wind would wreak havoc with the papers I’m supposed to be studying, but I love looking out on all the people relaxing there, the Bassett Hound who looks like he’s going to fall over from boredom, guys on bicycles swooping in and out of traffic.

My original purpose today was to go to the Boston Public Library, the oldest public library in the country, to search through the U.S. Patent Office indexes for the patents of women’s inventions from the 19th and 20th centuries for a project I’ve been hired to do. But, because of the train delay, there is no point in digging in over there, because by the time I get into the swing of using the data, I’d just have to leave to meet Barbara. She moved to the South End this summer, and her new home is so beautiful—bigger than a townhouse, four floors of lovely, big rooms. Sensational views of the park—lots of trees. I’m so envious.

I often have my most profound thoughts while writing in a city Starbucks, no matter which city I’m in. That’s not happening today, but I am filled with a feeling of contentment and, well, joy. I’ve been so happy this month, which is definitely due to the fact that I’ve taken lots of time to enjoy creative activities—cooking and experimental escapades in the kitchen, fun outdoor food gathering (visiting local farms and berry picking all over), doing some art—pastels, developing a new blog (La Cuisine Massachusetts), walking, seeing friends, discovering and learning all about wine. Everyone tells me I need the break, but the problem is I don’t want it to end! I do hope that by the time we return from vacation, I’ll be ready to hone in on all my work projects.

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