having some time to kill before eliza arrived, i worked on the house a little bit, sweeping the acorns off of the deck, doing a little bit more of sanding and vacuuming. i took a shower and fixed myself a toaster oven pizza. i brought my infrared filter today and took a few infrared snapshots of the views to the front and back of the house. i watched some new people moving in next door - looked like real world cast members. i met a friend of steve's - my upstairs neighbor - who came by his house to pick up his mail and send it to him in martha's vineyard. she was surprised that i haven't moved in yet and i showed her the work that's been done on the place. eliza arrived just as my pizza finished cooking. i showed her the newly renovated place - she hadn't seen it since her visit at the beginning of july. that was a long time ago, back when the house was in its original purchased state, pre-renovations. we climb onto my neighbor's 2nd story deck, sneaking a peek into his house, whistling with acorn caps, me finishing the rest of my pizza.
destination unknown (did you catch my 80's reference to missing persons?), we peddled our bikes and set forth for adventure. the charles river was suddenly decided upon as the place to be, as we cut through the posh avon hill area of cambridge enroute to harvard square and beyond. we came across a house that had boxes of free books left outside on the curb. unable to carry them with us, eliza and i vowed to come back for the books after we were done riding. we saw some really nice single family houses, large and old and beautiful, nice quiet streets, areas of town i've never been in before. on the charles we crossed the jfk street bridge down the other side of the charles to the eliot bridge region, where people were out enjoying the weather on the grassy bank of the river, sunbathers, volleyballers, boaters. from there we headed back to my place in cambridge, returning to the site of the free books. i grabbed a book on raising rabbits, clipped it to the back of my bike, but the book later fell off without me realizing it until i got back home and saw that it was missing. eliza attached her bike to the rear trunk bike rack of her car and drove off.
i spent another two hours at the house repairing the walls before leaving. i stripped some windowsill trims, covered up some nail holes with wood filler, and patched some imperfections in the walls with joint compound. for dinner i had some rice noodles sprinkled with tabasco sauce washed down with a bottle of perrier water, with some rice pudding for dessert.