8.07 18 Hours in Maine


Maine Photos
7.07 Mom Visits Beantown

A mere two months after moving into our new place, my mom made it to Boston for her first visit, in fact, her first trip to Boston since she was in her 20s! We packed our three and a half days together with sightseeing, eating and some shopping. We hit the Barking Crab for yummy oceanside seafood and Parish Cafe for deel-ish sandwiches. We went on our very first Duck Tour, ate frozen yogurt in the Public Gardens and took home some fresh veggies from the Copley Sqaure market. It was an awesome time, despite our interesting Monday night rendezvous with BPD (inquire within).

Mom Visits Beantown
5.07 Thompson & I "Arrive" In Boston

Thompson and I officially lived in Boston starting in January 2007, but there are a few reasons I'm counting May as the beginning. January to May was cold, and we'd like to forget those frigid times, and we were also living in a 293 square foot apartment, affectionately known as "the shoebox." When we moved up in the world, technically speaking, out of Cambridge and to the South End, I started taking pictures! Here's a sampling of our apartment and life together so far in Beantown.

Boston: Thompson & Jen
8.05 Portugal, Spain, London Trip

This summer (2005), Thompson and I took a 2-week trip to Spain to see our friends Hollis and Luisa be married in Santiago, Spain. For the first two weeks of August, we took this travel opportunity as a chance to see Portugal, many parts of northern Spain and London for an evening. The trip was an adventure and a complete success, except for our lost bag with our wedding clothes (recovered nearly 6 months later). The wedding was beautiful, the weather was perfect, the food was delicious and of course, the wine was plentiful. What else could you ask for?!

Pictures from Spain
5.05 Tour de Cure 2005

On June 30 and May 1, I embarked on my second charity bike tour, this time for diabetes, a disease I learned more about as I fundraised. I also have a close friend, who lives with diabetes. I also came to the Tour de Cure with a few more miles under my belt and a spanking new road bike. With less than 200 miles on my Lemond, the group, including many from the MS150, set out for two days of riding through eastern North Carolina. Our route: Buies Creek to Wilmington, approximately 160 miles. Saturday delivered wind and threatening rain clouds, but fortunately no rain. However, Saturday's challenges prompted many drop-outs. Sunday started dismal with rain, but we trudged through and by 10 a.m. the sun was out and it was a fast, comfortable ride to the USS North Carolina.. where my mother and godfather cheered us in! Overall, a memorable and rewarding weekend!

Pictures from Tour de Cure 2005
4.05 UNC Wins NCAA Title

On April 4, the UNC men's basketball team, a squad that suffered the worst record in the history of Carolina men's basketball only three year ago, won the NCAA Championship. The team faced number one seed Illinois, who was only defeated once this season. Under the coaching of Roy Williams, in his second year with the Heels, the team prevailed and brought home our first title in 12 years. As for me, I celebrated with Thompson and Hollis and 45,000 other UNC fans on Franklin street until 2 a.m. And the next day, I was able to field produce their arrival back in Chapel Hill from the Dean Dome.

Pictures from Heels Homecoming
3.05 Mom's 60th Birthday

On March 3, 1945, Mary Kelsey Biggers was born in Akron, Ohio. 60 years later a group of friends and family gathered in Marietta, Ohio to celebrate her passage into a new decade. Her 50's are a hard one to follow: Completing her Physician Assistant degree, moving to a new waterfront town, seeing her daughter through high school, college and her first job... it was busy. Among the guests for our small, but memorable party: her brother, Tom, in from Colorado, my godfather Beshara, Becca Brown, my best friend from high school, and many of my mother's local and not so local friends.

Pictures From Party
10.04 Trip to New York City

Thompson and I went to New York for about 4 days in October 2004. Stayed in Brooklyn, but managed to get through a long list of sightseeing. Went to Game 2 of the Yankees vs. Red Sox on our first night, bleacher seats, saw Rivera warm up. Walked Manhattan from Ground Zero, Chelsea, Soho, Times Square, Central Park, Rockafellar, Grand Central. Ate at some great spots: Grimaldi's Pizza in Brooklyn, Junior's (famous Cheesecake) in Brooklyn, Jay-Z's 40/40 Club. Went to David Letterman's Late Show taping with Billy Crystal, where Thompson made a cameo in the Stupid Human Tricks segment. Then to Hudson Valley, Cold Spring (my hometown) for evening, dinner at Riverview Restaurant. On to Connecticut for short visit with the Biggers Family. Long Drive.

Pictures From Trip