Wednesday, May 31, 2006

1986 Bryn Mawr Class Reunion 

Another road trip this past weekend, with our destination being the Bryn Mawr College reunion, where the class of 1986 would be marking 20 years. The Girl, soxfan, soxfanwife and I (soxfanwife and I are the alums of the car) piled into the car Friday evening and off we went. We opted to stay at Biggest Sister's house about 45 minutes from campus rather than staying in the twin beds and shared bathrooms of the dorms.

Saturday was spent on campus with old friends not seen in way too long, but it was as if no time had passed. Even The Girl and soxfan enjoyed themselves enough to agree to accompany us to the next event, on the agreement that we limit the Step Sing attendance to Pallas Athena and one Anassa Kata, then off to dance or something. I guess there's only so much ancient greek song and Mawrter Mirth that a woman can expect a spouse to endure...

For those of you willing to endure the photo essays, click on the group shot below, and view each photo for the commentary.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:58 PM
Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Avon Walk Photoset Ready 

I've finally loaded and assembled all the pics from the Avon Walk, from the regular digital camera and the camera phone. For all the details of the walk and the visual aids to go with them, click on our photo below. That's me on the left, Biggest Sister in the middle, and Middle Sister on the right. Middle Sister did fundraising and support this year, but has signed up to walk with us next year!

Remember to view each picture rather than doing the slide show, or you won't get the commentary. There are a lot of pictures. Feel free to skip around.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:47 PM
Monday, May 29, 2006

Full Service Passenger 

On the way back from the reunion, The Girl discovered a jagged edge and talked me into performing a little nail repair from the passenger seat.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:59 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2006

Reunion Picnic 

The Girl and our Merion Green picnic, as we awaited the return of the rest of our group.

Originally uploaded by RSLS.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 5:12 PM
Thursday, May 25, 2006

Reunion Weekend 

I know, it's been another quiet week. I was pretty stiff for a couple of days after the big walk - Biggest Sister and I did the 13.1 mile option on Saturday and then the 13.1 on Sunday. We signed up already for next year, and convinced Middle Sister to join us. Our plan is to start training now so we can do the full 26.2 day one and 13.1 on day two, for the total 39.3 miles at the 2007 Boston Avon Walk.

Now The Girl and I are getting ready to drive down to Pennsylvania with soxfan and soxfanwife for the 20th reunion of Bryn Mawr College class of 1986. I'll probably phone in a couple of photos from the weekend. Next week my job will be to organize all the phoned-in photos from the Avon Walk with the ones still on the non-phone camera, and also any pics from this coming weekend. Then I'll get them all up here with the stories that go with them.

Should be fun - have a great holiday weekend!

And by the way - can you believe Pres. Bush admitted that his statements such as "Bring it on" and "Dead or alive" were errors? I heard the press conference live on the radio this evening. I was astonished.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:49 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2006

Walk Wounds 

Originally uploaded by RSLS.

Biggest Sister developed one blister on the walk, and discovered another small one after we were home. But the friendly staff at the Medical Tent fixed her up and sent us on our way.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 4:34 PM

Walk Complete! 

Originally uploaded by RSLS.

Here we are, having completed the 2006 Boston Avon Walk.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:55 PM







Saturday, May 20, 2006















Avon Walk Morning 

It's way too early to be up, and yet we are. Biggest Sister finally arrived last night from Pennsylvania after dealing with the Mass Pike being closed for the day. She didn't make it in time for the check-in and I wasn't able to check in for her, but they have a late registration session today starting at 5:00 am, prior to the designated arrival time of 5:30-6:00. Damn, that extra 30-40 minutes of sleep would have been really nice after my company's user meeting this week which kept me to about 6 hours of sleep per night.

But we're off. Check for pictures from the camera phone during the day.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 4:07 AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Mud Flat Orleans 

Mud Flat Orleans
Originally uploaded by RSLS.
One of my first attempts at scanning a slide. This was from about five years ago, when my sisters and I were kayaking around Orleans, MA on Cape Cod. The tide was going out, and this is a shot of the edge of a sandbar. Way cool, eh?

Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:34 PM

We're Being Scanned! 

No need to fear, no need to raise shields. It's a photo scanner. Pictures, slides, negatives - it does them all! And yes, I tried a couple of each, just to be sure. My summer project is underway. To see the improved quality, check out this digital photo of picture (left) v. scanning picture (right) comparison:

Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:02 AM
Friday, May 12, 2006

Another Vampire Slayer Against Bush 

Another Vampire Slayer Against Bush
Originally uploaded by RSLS.
So I'm driving home after work yesterday, my first day after the semester, when a car passes me with a "Vampire Slayer Against Bush" bumper sticker! I whipped out the camera phone, but she was gone. Of course traffic truly bit, so I spent the next 10-15 minutes trying to catch up enough to get a picture. I got in view several times, but was blocked in and couldn't maneuver around. Finally the traffic eased up a bit around Rt. 3 in Burlington, so I was able to close in.

Sadly, it turns out the 1 point something megapixels just aren't enough for capturing the details of a bumper sticker unless you're very close. Which isn't recommended at highway speeds.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:33 AM
Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Time to Wrap Up the Semester 

I'm just about to pack in the studying for the night so I can get a decent chunk 0'sleep before my Business Organizations exam tomorrow evening. After that, I'm done with school until mid-August. It's a welcome break this year, which seemed to be an especially exhausting couple of semesters.

I did get a fun little break reading Prof. Child's tort exam that he posted up on his blog - check it out if you're a Whedon fan. It's great when folks put some creativity and imagination into what could otherwise be dry material or a stressful experience. Who could get overly stressed when dealing with a fact pattern involving Buffy, Angel, Spike, Faith, et al? And dolphins!

Less than two weeks to the big Avon Walk. The forecast for this weekend looks like good training weather once again, so I hope to get in a 10-miler on both Saturday and Sunday. I hit another milestone this past Sunday when I actually sucked down all the water in my Camelbak. I hadn't filled the 63-ounce pouch all the way up, though, and I didn't polish it off until about 9 miles.

Clif Bars are going to be my snack of choice for the event. Yum! Now to sleep.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:30 PM
Sunday, May 07, 2006

Three Down - Bus Org to Go 

My take home exam for Criminal Procedure II with Justice Cordy is printing out as I type. Mischief (see previous post) is quite happy, as he is fascinated by the printer. The minute he saw me open the drawer for additional paper he perked right up from the pillow on which he's been napping while I worked for the last several hours. He stares, leans over, jumps back, gets in close - he loves the thing. The Girl has been known to print random pages just to watch him in action.

I'm happy, because this third of my exams/papers is out of the way, except for the handing in part. A classmate of mine and I have been commiserating over the course of the weekend, updating each other on how many questions we've each made it through so far, giving mutual encouragement, etc. He finished his up about a half hour ago. We'll see each other tomorrow at the Business Organization review session, as he's in that class as well. That exam is Wednesday from 6-9 pm. Think happy thoughts for me.

Dammit - my printer is doing this thing again with the page numbers. It looks fine in the preview, but when it prints instead of printing "Page 2 of 10," "Page 5 of 10," etc. it prints "Page 2 of 2, "Page 5 of 5," etc. Then I stop it and reprint, and it's fine. Except this time it did it again the second time. Grr. I've now (after cancelling the second print job) removed the "of x" portion, and each page will simply have the page number. He'll just have to figure out how many pages there are. The answers are all numbered, at least.

Good night, and good luck.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:27 PM

Photographs and Memories 

Not my memories, but my mother's. I've got a shoebox full of old photographs that my mom gave me, and I've got it in my head that I need to digitize them. Since I woke up extra early this morning, I experimented with just taking digital photos of them. The results are the in the photoset you can link to by clicking on the photo of my great-grandmother, below. I'm hoping to get a photo scanner this summer and do them up right. Then I can also do all our wedding pictures, slides I've taken over the years, and other pictures.

For those of you keeping track of my training, I did 9.7 miles in the Lynn Woods Reservation today in four hours. I forced myself to stay on the dirt roads rather than veering off onto the more entertaining trails. Okay, I veered once. I've got lots of pictures, but they'll have to wait until I'm done with this take home exam. And the in class exam on Wednesday. I know you're all dying to see even more nature photos, so I'll try not to take too long! Yes, I'm being sarcastic. But I do have a cool one of a steel girder tower. Even The Girl thought it was interesting. Ciao.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:41 PM


Originally uploaded by RSLS.
Open window & sunshine!
***UPDATE: The above text and photo were sent from my camera, as a test before the big walk in less than two weeks. Looks like all systems are go, but the posts during the walk will be mostly pictures, with little text. Punching in words on a phone key pad really bites.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:17 PM
Saturday, May 06, 2006

Breakheart Reservation, Saugus 

I haven't been sleeping very well this week, I think because of exams and the related stress. But last night I slept like a rock. Today I got up and tackled another of the Department of Conservation and Recreation parks, Breakheart Reservation. This one's about a 10 minute drive from the house, and is near Route 1 in Saugus. When I first got to the parking lot by the entrance, I was a bit concerned. It's next to a DCR hockey rink and appeared to be very small, but if you go in you'll see the entrance to the very large parking area.

Then it's up the road to the park entrance (photo below), and in I went. This is a great park when you have limited time, as along with lots of trails through the woods and around the lakes, there are also several miles of paved roads that are closed to motorized vehicles. So today, when I was expecting my parents for lunch, I knew that as time got short I'd be able to make an easy exit from wherever I happened to be.

The trails are very well-marked, and were relatively quiet today. I did see a couple of people on horseback on the road, along with a bunch of runners in some sort of road race. I got in about 2.5 hours of hiking before heading back out. Click on the entrance below for the full photoset. Don't forget to view each one individually if you want to see the commentary.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 3:43 PM
Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Two Down, Two to Go 

Turned in my business plan for Law Practice Management yesterday, and had my Admin Law exam this evening. I feel confident in my belief that I spent the evening kickin' some Admin Law ass.

Now to do the Criminal Procedure II take home exam for Monday, attend the Business Organization review session Monday evening, and take the Bus Org exam Wednesday evening at 6:00. And then school's out for summer.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:31 PM
Monday, May 01, 2006

Middlesex Fells, Mountain Bike Loop 

Took the day off from work today to prepare for exams, and went out for an early walk since we're expecting rain later today. It was back to Middlesex Fells for me, with today's route being the Mountain Bike Loop, also known as the green trail. Much of this is on fire roads, but much of it is not. On the east side of the loop (the second half) my GPS went a little wonky after losing the signal for an extended period. When it reaquired, it decided that I had traveled 35 miles away and then 35 miles back between signal acquisitions, but I really don't think I traveled 76.4 miles. The trail is measured at 6.44 miles, so I'm taking that as being more likely for my 2.5 hours of fast walking.

Just five photos today. Click for details.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:39 AM