Roadtrip: Boston on Foot


Mr. Cleaver & I took the train down to Boston (our last visit was in 2006!) to wander about and have some fun on the last unofficial weekend of summer.

While we bought T passes, we kept looking at our map and saying "that's not too far", so we ended up hoofing it the entire day and racked up about 5 miles around the city.

Boston Walking Map.jpg

We promenaded the Boston Common



We munched lunch at The Paramount (after standing in quite the line - this is a popular and tasty spot!)


We stumbled upon the cutest community garden in Cambridge.




And found happy turtles and triceratops,  indoor lightning, and knitted brains at the Museum of Science.





Now, during this daytrip, Mr. Cleaver insisted on taking more photos of me than usual, because, in his words, "Your blog readers aren't interested in pictures of me, they'd much rather have picture of you."

So, as a concession to the mister, I leave you with this photo of me running from dinosaurs and an opinion poll:


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Roadtrip: Lexington, Massachusetts


Mr. Cleaver and I had been talking about how there are so many things we wanted to do this this summer, and how often we never get to them because we just never picked a day to do it. So late last week we pulled down the calendar and started putting dates: concerts we wanted to see, camping reservations, etc. and we decided that this weekend - with the forecast for rain and general dreariness in Maine, we would head down to Lexington, Massachusetts.

Every Sunday, Mr. Cleaver picks up two papers, the Portland Press Herald for him, and the Boston Globe for me. I read the paper in a very specific order: Comics, Parade magazine, Travel, Arts, Movies, Ideas, and Globe Magazine. Yes, I read no news in my newspaper.


A month or so back, I saw a review of Jim Henson's Fantastic World, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian, currently at the National History Museum in Lexington through June 27th (psst- Chicago folks, it's coming to the Museum of Science and Industry at the end of October). One of the first jobs I ever wanted to to be a Muppetter- so I was thrilled that we got a chance to catch this well-curated exhibit. Unfortunately photography was prohibited in the exhibition, but let this prove that I was there and that it was wonderful.

Mr. Cleaver and I both though our favorite part was the way the young children reacted to the clips from Henson's career - they were enthralled and laughing, even at the somewhat dated clips like "Visual Thinking" from Sam & Friends, from around 1959.


After we finished at the museum, which also had a beautiful exhibit of National Park photos by Quang-Tuan Luong, we hit the street of Lexington for lunch and history.


Lexington is the location of the "Shot Heard Round the World" or the first armed conflict of the American Revolution against the British. According to a marker for the men who died in the battle, it is the place where "The Dies Was Cast!"

The battle green where the conflict took place has several markers notating where the British stood and where the Revolutionaries stood, but otherwise, looks very much like a your standard municiple park. We also peered through the windows of the Buckman Tavern, not wanting to pay the tour fee.


After soaking in what history we could on the cheap, we went to a nearby Trader Joe's an picked up copious amounts of tasty food we can't yet get in Maine. All in all, a worthwhile trip.

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Roadtrip: American Textile History Museum

Textiles are Special

On Sunday my knitting group took a field trip out to the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. Tucked in the back of a former mill along with the Lowell Sun Newspaper and some loft condos, this jewelbox of a museum winds through  textile production, fashion, history, and innovation.

Our Intrepid Band

Some exhibits made more sense than others (I guess bicycle frames are a textile...), but it was a fun afternoon and I learned  how baseballs are tested and how linen goes from plant to fabric (Winnowing! Retting! Scutching! Heckling!).

Loom Room

The loom room.

Spools of color

Measuring warps.

Like Jewels

Circular Knitting Machine

A circular knitting machine.

Lacy Underthings of Other Eras

Bloomers and bustles.


We went to the museum specifically to catch the last day of a special exhibit "Aprons: Fifties Functional Fashion." We all wore aprons in honor of the event (and got a surprise $2 off admission!)

Apron Exhibit

The exhibit consitsted of about 50 or so aprons and I was glad to see the majority of pieces in the exhibit were homesewn, and some were quite dashing,



Christmas Kitsch



or busty!

Because sometimes your apron needs boobs.

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