Archive for the ‘Mass.’ category

Photos taken at dusk in Melrose, Massachusetts

March 21, 2011

My fiance and I returned from our trip to Charleston, SC last night. I will surely be blogging about our amazing getaway in the near future. In the meantime, here are two pictures I took the night before we left for South Carolina. I captured the shots from Melrose’s Main Street.

Doesn’t the sky look like it’s out of a Renoir painting?

Yeah, Save the Dates are ordered!

January 31, 2011

Today I ordered Save the Date postcards from Vistaprint, a Lexington, Mass.-based company. About 100 postcards and envelopes cost $75 ($15 of which covers seven-day shipping). I’m not sure if that’s a good price, but I am happy to have placed the order. Here’s what the front of the postcards will look like:

I don’t have Photoshop, so I added the text with Paint.

Some pictures from my recent trip to Manomet (in Plymouth, MA)

September 10, 2010

My boyfriend’s family has had a camp there for generations. A couple of long weekends per year I join them at it. We sleep in tents, build a fire, and cook on the grill. We drive to Manomet Point for a view of Provincetown, walk along the nearby Cape Cod Canal, and go to Gellar’s for ice cream.

We also canoe on the stream that runs behind their property, swim in a nearby lake (much warmer than the ocean) and play board games (I learned cribbage this year). On the Fourth of July we go down to the ocean to see fireworks and the big beach bonfires.

Here are some photos from my Labor Day weekend stay:

I helped collect firewood.

My boyfriend unloaded the wood.

We had lobster for dinner (the one on the left was 7 pounds)!

A boat on the Cape Cod Canal

My boyfriend and I at the Cape Cod Canal

I look forward to returning to Manomet next summer!

Some recent acquisitions

September 1, 2010

A cute key holder from Montreal:

A back massager (works quite well, though it doesn’t go as high as I’d like it too):

A ceramic coin holder (well at least that’s what I made it) from an antiques store in Plymouth:

A lighthouse piece of art (boyfriend loves lighthouses) from Plymouth:

Mums from my sister:

Stop & Shop cookies from my sister (I wouldn’t normally mention grocery store-brand cookies, but these ones are amazing! Almost as good as cookies from Weggies!):

A Frenchy shirt from Montreal (yeah, I know it needs to be ironed):

I’m so lucky with all this cool stuff!

Did you know there was a second Mayflower?

August 31, 2010

I didn’t, but recently learned this upon visiting Plymouth, Massachusetts with my parents. The replica of the original Mayflower sits at Plymouth’s State Pier.

Part of the Mayflower II

The original Mayflower transported the Pilgrims from England to Massachusetts in 1620. It returned to England and was likely dismantled for scrap lumber in 1623.

The replica ship was constructed in England in 1955, and sailed to the United States in 1957. The purpose of its construction and voyage was to symbolize Anglo-American friendship/the countries’ collaboration during World War II.

Here are some more pictures I took of the ship:

The Pilgrims ate such foods as beef, fish, oatmeal and biscuits on the Mayflower. They also drank beer and wine.

A whole family would share a space like this.

A window for fresh air

I learned that the Pilgrims left England a lot later in the year than they had intended, and due to harsh weather arrived a lot farther north than they had intended (they arrived at Provincetown Harbor instead of the Hudson River). They moved down the coast, exploring the Cape Cod area. Ultimately, after an altercation with Native Americans, they relocated to Plymouth.

On the Mayflower there were about 100 passengers plus crew. About half of the passenger died, from such diseases as scurvy.

Here’s a picture I took of State Pier last Tuesday. It wasn’t the nicest day:

My mom wondered how people get to their boats. Do they walk/swim, she wondered. I didn’t know how to answer this question.

Survived my first experience at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

May 18, 2010

My RMV resembled this one in California.

I had to go to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles the other day to convert my out-of-state driver’s license to a Massachusetts license. My New York license was about to expire, and I decided to get a Mass. one so bartenders, cashiers and bouncers wouldn’t sit there for 30 seconds trying to locate my birth date on my license.

Plus, I have no plans to leave Massachusetts in the near future, so why not get a Mass. ID? The one drawback is it costs $100. It would have only cost $64 to renew my license in New York. Actually another drawback is I had to wait for about two hours in a room full of crowded people.

Had I gotten my license renewed in upstate New York, where I’m from, I most likely would have gone to the Wampsville Department of Motor Vehicles. It is pretty much in the middle of nowhere so crowds aren’t a problem.

I ended up going to an RMV just outside of Boston. I thought it wouldn’t be too packed as I was getting there after lunchtime. I was definitely wrong.

There were so many people I initially couldn’t find a seat on one of the benches. I eventually got a seat right in the front row. Unfortunately, however, when someone sat down on the other side of the elderly lady sitting next to me, the lady chose to compensate by moving up against me. It was a painful two-hour wait.

I ended up getting a no-nonsense RMV lady. Without a “Hello,” she said “You need to give me “this,” “this,” and “this.” But before I had a chance to hand her the documents she questioned me about my New York license.

“Hmmm,” she said. “This says you are ‘C A Laubenstein.’ Is that correct?”

I said “Yes”, assuming she probably knew the “C” and “A” were just initials. She then goes: “Your first name is ‘C’, and your middle name is ‘A’?” She was serious. (more…)

Hello, everyone!

August 30, 2009

meHello, everyone! My name is Christine Laubenstein, and I’m a 28-year-old resident of Watertown, Mass. I’m also a journalist, and an avid lover of food, movies and French culture.

This blog is an opportunity for me to share my insights into these areas of life, and write about other topics that pique my interest.


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