Archive for September, 2008

Whale Tales

September 21, 2008

Yesterday was so great. Adam and I got up a bit earlier than normal for a Saturday and left for Gloucester, MA to catch the reservations Adam had arranged for the 1:30 whale watch (a fantastic early birthday present!). Having just been through that area scouting for another photo shoot, I knew it was pretty easy to get to, and that Rockport was only about ten minutes from there. We made plans to do the whale watch and then grab dinner in Rockport.

The actual whale watch was amazing– by far the best I’ve ever been on. We saw over thirty whales, seventeen of which the guides were able to identify. While most of them were humpbacks, we also saw some minkes, fin whales (the second largest of the whales) and even a basking shark– the second largest shark in the world. A species which is luckily totally nonthreatening to humans as it has baleen teeth like a whale. But boy was it huge! This is exactly what it looked like, but I did not take this photo:

There were just so many whales around us at all times, it was hard to keep up with them. The guide shouted just about every number on the clock to indicate which direction they were. It was truly something to be surrounded by groups of them coming to the surface and trumpeting. It was so noisy!

My favorite part were the rainbows formed by the mist blown out as they breathed.

I’m also pretty sure I’ve never really gotten a very good look at their baleen before– thanks super zoom lens!

The sea was very choppy on our way out to the hot spots, but it didn’t bother me at all. It was sort of like being on a kiddie roller coaster for an hour straight. I don’t think it was Adam’s favorite part though.

We stayed out in the area observing them as they fed, but around 4:30 we headed back to the harbour. We were off the boat around 5 and made our way over to Rockport.

Adam and I walked around for a bit and stopped in a couple of shops. One of which was a little toy store, which ironically carried the Red Farm Studios Paintable set for which I provided the colored versions of the drawings. (Of course we had to buy it!)

Then Adam and I stopped into a little place and hate burritos served to us by a very chatty nice lady. Before we left the shop area, we stopped into the candy store and got some salt water taffy, the perfect souvenir. Then I took Adam up to the beautiful rocky area that overlooks the town. It was very peaceful to be there as the sun was setting.

Then as it was getting darker, we hopped into the car and headed back.

On our way home we stopped at the North Shore Mall’s Barnes & Noble and Adam got me The Office season 4 and Pushing Dasies, which if you have not seen, you should! It’s adorable! We also found a very nostalgic dvd of Jim Henson’s Mother Goose Tales, a very strange but faciniating show I used to wake up super early just to watch when I was little. I haven’t watched it again yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.

All in all, it was the perfect surprise Saturday!!!

And today was also highly enjoyable. Adam and I drove to his house in RI this morning, and a noon I took the car and went to my Cousin Ashley’s baby shower while he hung out in Scituate with friends. The shower was so cute. I mean, come on. Basically six hours of opening adorable onzies, baby blankets, and stuffed animals. I loved it.

This is a picture of the diaper cake my mom made as a center piece.

Did I mention I love everything? Because I do.


Beautiful Things

September 20, 2008

I am a very lucky girl, I must say.

The past two (going on three) days have been fantastic! On Thursday I left work early so as to get home in time to leave for Providence to attend an 8 o’clock show by my favorite band, STARS. And although the trip started off bumpy (running late, hit a lot of traffic on the pike, thought our shaky car might have a flat tire…etc) we made it into P-Town without issue. We parked in a RISD lot and walked downtown to Lupos. And what a very nostalgic walk it was. It made my heart pang with longing to be back there again…going to classes, making art all the time, and having all my friends in the same place at the same time. The air was crisp and cool. The perfect fall weather. The air smelled like memories. I kept searching the faces of the people walking by, hoping that I might recognize someone I knew who was still around…but alas! We’ve all gone.

SO anyway…

We walked downtown to Lupos. We made it in the door before 8, which definitely surprised me. When we got there it was in between sets, so STARS hadn’t even come on yet. We may have missed the opening act but I did not care at all. It was perfect. Not very crowded, and the venue was cleaner and cooler looking than I remember. Adam and I sat on the floor for a bit waiting for them to start. And then the lights went dark and they took the stage at last!

They appropriately opened with “The Night Starts Here,” and then went straight into “Ageless Beauty,” one of my favorites. They gave themselves a very brief intro but mostly it was just song after song, not much talking. All of their best songs played in the perfect combination. The lead singer, Torquil Campbell did have a few imploring words for the college age crowd– something along the lines of saving “your” country by voting Obama. It was pretty interesting to hear such passionate pleas from a band of Canadians, who don’t even live here.

Here’s what I remember of the set list in no particular order:
The Night Starts Here
Ageless Beauty
Midnight Coward
Window Bird
Bitches In Tokyo
Your Ex-Love Is Dead
Set Yourself On Fire
The Comeback
What I’m Trying To Say
Soft Revolution
Take Me To The Riot

Elevator Love Letter
My Favorite Book
Calender Girl

They had a bunch of flowers on the stage that they would occasionally throw out into the audience, which was pretty cute. The lighting was also super awesomely coordinated perfectly with each song. Really dynamic and emotionally heightening.

The whole show was just soooo good! They really were brilliant, and after seeing them live, undoubtedly deserve to be called my favorite band.

After the show, Adam and I headed home to Somerville. I had to get up at 5:30 on Friday because of a photo shoot we had to do at World’s End in Hingham, MA. Even though it was a super long and tiring day, I really can’t complain about getting to be outside in a place like this… and call it work.

And now I’m off to a Whale watch in Gloucester! It’s an early surprise birthday present from Adam. I’m sure I’ll write about it when I get back!