Thursday, January 31, 2013

Shipping off to Boston!

Well it has been a hectic six weeks since my last post!
Christmas went well.  Even though I wasn't able to visit with my family, I still had a lot of fun.  Sagar and I opened our presents in the morning.  I got him some practical gifts- like a new wallet, watch and cuff links, and a fun gift of remote controlled helicopter.  He got me some lovely earrings, a scarf, and an owl that I wanted that you can warm up in the microwave. 
Sagar's family came for the afternoon at Christmas and we made a nice dinner and played Monopoly.  The British version is totally different from the American version, which was really cool.  However, it ended as all Monopoly games usually end...we just let Sagar's sister Avni win...:)

Christmas Monopoly!

Vegetarian Christmas dinner.  It was very tasty!
Festive beer served in the UK

 A couple of weeks ago, the UK got a ton of snow.  Ok, well for people like me from Michigan, it wasn't really that bad....maybe about a foot...but the country seemed to shut down for a few days.  The university closed on a Friday midday and didn't re-open until the following Monday late afternoon. Even Sagar's work sent him home early.  So there was not much else we could do besides go sledding!!
Sagar, in the hat I made him for Christmas.  There is also a matching scarf...somewhere underneath his coat I think...

Us in the snow!

Sagar, sledding

Sagar, sledding

Kenilworth in the snow

Right before Christmas, I met with John Stuart and Tim Brotherhood from PTC about my EngD project.  Steve had found some grant money available for post-grads to do an internship, but with a catch.  The grant money needed to be spent by the end of March.  The timing could not have worked out better though, because I've gotten to a point in my project where I feel I would like to know a lot more about PTC.  Therefore, this coming Sunday, I am shipping off to PTC's headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts!  I will be working with them for 8 weeks.  I hope to document my experience here on the blog.

This past weekend, Sagar and I went to London on Sunday to meet up with his family and say good-bye before I went away for a couple of months.  There was a lovely double rainbow on our drive.

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