Monday, September 24, 2012



This is the chemical formula for Dichromate, and all I can really tell you about it is that it has a negative charge, and its one of the important compounds to know in Chemistry. I am becoming (somewhat) familiar with the basics of the Periodic Table as I have become the official index card holder and quizzer of chemical formulas, acids, and bases. Its fun to become a little more familiar with a subject I last studied as a senior in high school. What can I say..I love to learn! If someone came up to me randomly on the street now and demanded that I tell them the formula for Dichromate, I could rattle it off no problem at all. However, if I had to tell you its significance...well... thats another story!

Brandon is now fully engulfed in all things physics, chemistry and biology as he spends so many hard working hours in the library, studying in groups, attending labs and tutoring sessions. This past week was a huge one as he worked so extremely hard to finish physics problem sets due on Thursday as well as stay on top of all the new material and not get behind in the other classes. I just have to say how proud of B I am, and how much I admire him for not only committing and giving his all to this program, but for staying positive and showing his excitement even as the hours get long and frustrations set in. 

I don't get to see Brandon much at all (if anything maybe a lunch scheduled in-between a morning and afternoon study session) during the weeks, so its so exciting to spend an afternoon or night out on the weekend together! This weekend was a real treat as we caught a Red Sox game on Friday, Dim Sum lunch on Saturday AND date night dinner Saturday night. I am pretty much the luckiest girl in the world, even with all the deadlines and homework and readings to be done, Brandon still finds time for me. I can't tell you how much this means to me, it makes all the time that I can't see or talk to him well worth it. Especially when I know all this is the start of him following his dream.
Friday night at Fenway!

Sundays we have been attending Park Street Church in downtown Boston, and with Brandon's schedule its most convenient (albeit early) to catch the 8:30 service before his afternoon tutoring session. Its been hard for me to find another church that I really like as much as Church of the Resurrection back in Kansas City. Pastor Adam Hamilton is phenomenal and I really enjoy all of his sermons because they are relevant, meaningful and its easy to apply his message to my life. This week we decided to log on to the webcast of church back home, and it was really great to listen in again. B has a projector in his room which allowed us to watch it "on the big screen" aka his one blank wall. I was even treated to the musical guitar talents of Brandon himself before service!The church is starting a great sermon series starting called "Responding to God's Invitation with Power and Grace". Great start to my week!


 It's officially fall and time to break out the cardigans and boots and soak in all the beautiful crisp cool days. I am so excited for the leaves to start changing! I hope you like foliage photos because I am sure I will have lots to share!

First official day of Fall in Cambridge

This week should be another great week! Run club around the Esplanade tonight followed by taco night with the roomie and Mom is coming tomorrow night! Can't wait! 

Until next time, Ciao!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Boston loves runners + weekend highlights

I couldn't have found myself in a more runner-friendly city than here in Boston! You can imagine how thrilled I was on my first time run to scope out the area when I found that just a half mile journey south takes you straight to the bay! A sidewalk known as "Harborwalk" wraps around on the edge of the beaches and takes you out on a causeway and to Castle Island, an old army Fort that many people go to have picnics, toss around a frisbee, or just sit and enjoy the views of sailboats and cruise ships as they sail by. As you might expect, I have been in runner-girl heaven being this close to such an awesome trail that I can take advantage of every day!

Morning on the Harbor

Harborwalk in South Boston

Castle Island- Fort Independence

I still have much organizing and arranging to do in my room and this weekend I took some time trying to strategize on where to store certain things as I don't have that much storage space. It might be an ongoing project for awhile but it is coming along very nicely and overall I am extremely pleased with the layout and feel of my new place! Photos coming soon!

Everyone keeps saying how phenomenal the weather has been lately for Boston and I couldn't agree more! I also hear that we better enjoy it before the bitterly cold winter starts to rear its ugly head and every chance I get to be outside, I jump on the opportunity! On Sunday, Brandon and I went to church early at Park Street Church downtown, and afterward headed to Chinatown for some Dim Sum for lunch. We also did a little exploring and found a couple of interesting stores including this one that sells DVD's and goldfish. We are on the hunt for a Bonsai tree, but have yet to find one!


Should I get these Naiki headphones?

Brandon is working so very hard and is studying, reading and memorizing, at every chance he gets (besides the few hours I steal him for a few hours here and there during week to go eat or get groceries and give his brain a chance to breathe!). I am so proud of him and amazed by his dedication to the material and this program!

After leaving Chinatown, Brandon went back to Cambridge to study and attend a tutoring session, and I decided that I would go on a long run- to explore even farther past Castle Island and to immerse myself in the perfect 73 degree afternoon! I continued on past the island and along the marina where the cargo and cruise ships port, through the financial district and all the way past the Boston Aquarium touching the sign signifying the start of the Historic North end of Boston and then back again!
Painting on the side of a building in the Financial District
Seaport area crossing back into the city

I'm Halfway!

I'm done!! 13.6 miles!
What a perfect weekend! Thanks Boston!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weere in Bahstan!

The Freedom Trail

Tea Parties

Baked beans

Clam Chowder


Brandon and Megan!!

Two weeks ago we arrived in Boston- Brandon is living in Cambridge and has started a post baccalaureate premedical program and I am in the process of looking for a full time job after finishing my MBA program at the University of Kansas this past May. I am living in South Boston (or "Southie" as I am learning to call it) with my friend Beth in a pretty awesome condo and have been soaking up all that is Boston before I start working full time and while the weather is sunny and warm! ( I hear the winters get a bit cold?)

I am a big fan of letting photos tell the story so let me catch you up on the events of the past few weeks!

My new room and Tessie (roomie #2!)

My street in Southie
Brandon outside his apartment building in Cambridge 

Park Street Church across from Boston Common

Hours spent in IKEA on multiple occasions. 

Gazebo by the bay
Perfect Sunny Days

Copley Square

Farmers Market in Copley Square- Farmers markets can be found all over the city on different days of the week!

 More farmer's market finds
 All the market booths
The official finish line for THEE Boston Marathon!

Brandon and I outside of his science building

Two weeks in and LOTS more adventures to come! Stay tuned!