sometime around 3pm eliza jones showed up on my front doorsteps. despite the bitterly cold weather (temperature in the 30's), we made plans to go running along the charles river. dressed in our cold weather running gear, we headed out. eliza had a baseball cap but it didn't cover her ears. i had a pullover cap which did cover my ears, but my hands were cold because i didn't have any gloves, unlike eliza, who was wearing a pair. we made it to the charles with the strong late afternoon sun casting a strong golden glow on the river's edge. we ran a few bridges down before crossing over and running back to where we came from. back at the warm and cozy house, i followed eliza's lead and downed some water while snacking on some food in the kitchen. we went back into the living room where i revealed to eliza my extensive internet explorer bookmark list, a list so long that MSIE doesn't even bother scrolling it anymore. i visibly cringed and covered my face in shame as she visited a few of my more embarassing links. i reminded eliza that for every sexual or inappropriate bookmark, i have a perfectly legitimate and useful bookmark to match it. i think she was delighted to suddenly discover within the span of an hour all these things she never knew about me. she left close to 7pm. i noticed she left her water bottle in my house and i quickly ran out to try and catch her before she left. i ran all the way down to the end of my street behind her car with her water bottle in hand before she turned the corner and sped away, oblivious to the fact that i was chasing her.
i changed out of my running clothes and went to porter square, to take the subway to alewife so i could walk to lisa's place for her housewarming party. before i entered the station i got a cellphone call from john miller. i told him about the party and where to find the place.
i was the first guest at lisa's house, and got the very first tour, asking all sorts of questions and making all kind of comments that only home owners would know to ask. for me, the house wasn't just a lovely home, it was also a project, and i could totally appreciate the effort and hard work that went into the place. lisa told me that she'd been following the progress of my own home renovation work on my weblog. the next guests to show up was todd and his boyfriend dan. todd very stealthily gave me a present. i was cutting some peppers, and accidently cut myself in the process with my rudimentary food preparation skills. sam and his girlfriend were the next to arrive, followed by john miller. other guests included scott, michael and his wife, and paula/jonathan (they were the last to show up). there were plenty of drinks and food, which was perfect because i didn't have lunch or dinner. michael was the most dressed up, arriving in a suit and tie. besides me, scott and lisa both had digital cameras as well. i was blown away when todd told me he was born in 1974 as well - i always thought he was 3 years younger than me.
around midnight, i got a ride home from sam and his girlfriend. i discovered that we actually live very close to one another, practically neighbors.
finally, maureen wrote me an e-mail saying how her roommate anna thinks my vertical striping idea for the kitchen looks like victoria's secret. that's a good thing, right?