|Tales from Left-Handed Bohemia|
Subtitled: I go to Cambridge looking for a job
Yesterday was a BIG day here in Monkeyville! First, I had a very exciting interview at a company in Cambridge. The application on Monster had the question: "What are your current goals in haiku form". How can you NOT want to work for a company like that?!
Of course, the first thing I did when I found out I had an interview for this job was to tell THE Ninja Muse, who was quite excited for me, though rather jealous that I would be going to such a pretty place without her. We tried the teleporter, but our prototype still isn't up to snuff. I teleported Ninja Muse's socks back to her (the only items that made it through-- coincidence? I think not!) and we sat and thought. Ninja Muse then mused "I wish I could shrink myself down and tag along in your bag".
Ah-ha! I set about to work instantly, and in under an hour, Wee Ninja Muse was born! Wee Ninja Muse was just the right size to fit in my bag or coat pocket without it looking like I was trying to smuggle puppies into Cambridge. This by the way, is why it's so good to have a Ninja Muse. Without Ninja Muse, there would be no Wee Ninja Muse, and my photos of my trip up to Cambridge would be much, much more boring.
Wee Ninja Muse with her ticket. Only pirates get smuggled aboard trains.
"Is it here yet?" Nope, sorry Wee Ninja Muse.
"Yay! It's here!" Wee Ninja Muse traveled via coat pocket for safety.
"This... is not very comfortable...."
"Ah, that's better. Wake me up when we get there." Even though I had only 10 minutes sleep the night before, the train was too loud for me to sleep. So while Wee Ninja Muse snoozed in my bag, I went over the notes I had made for my interview. I was excited, but NERVOUS.
Finally in Boston, it was time to hop on another train.
Wee Ninja Muse tried to be patient.
"Is that it?" Nope, right color, but wrong side of the tracks.
First stop in Cambridge? Breakfast!
Wee Ninja Muse was starving, she ate half my lemon square! That's okay though because I was hiding a brownie in my bag for later.
After that was the job interview (sorry, no photos of that) and Wee Ninja Muse was very good about sitting quietly in my bag for most of the interview. Little did I know this was because she was nomming my brownie!
However, she's adorable, so I forgave her... but not before threatening to feed her to the weird graffiti monster.
Wee Ninja Muse in front of a well known Cambridge landmark.
This was right up the street from the company I interviewed at. Any guesses?
Eli Monkey goes to Harvard, but Wee Ninja Muse and I agree that MIT is WAY cooler.
Of course, Wee Ninja Muse wanted to see Harvard too, since she prefers the old brick buildings. We were in Cambridge already, so we hopped on the train again and went two more stops to Harvard Square.
Sadly, we couldn't go to a few places that Wee Ninja Muse wanted to go, because I had stupidly worn boots expecting it to rain. It didn't rain, so I was stuck in big heavy boots with thick socks in 80-something degree weather. This resulted in a blister right on the heel of my left foot.
We stopped at Cambridge Commons for a while so I could sit and get my bearings (I was also kicking myself for not getting directions from Eli) and so that I could take my boots off and let my socks dry out. Yeah, yeah, gross I know. However it was hot out so they dried fast and we were once again headed for adventures.
With the help of the Mildy Intelligent cellphone, we found a quick way to get to where we were going.
Sorry, you can't read the text on the banner. The camera chose what it focused on based on cuteness.
We went to the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Wee Ninja Muse studies the Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt list in preparation for our tour around the Museum, while I drop off my coat and bag.
The first thing Wee Ninja Muse saw made her sad.
It's a display of birds hunted to extinction: the Great Auk, Dodo, and Giant Moa. I could only fit the moa's foot in the photo.
Then, we saw some funky looking pigeons (everything is stuffed and in a display case here).
And then it was on to what was probably Wee Ninja Muse's least favorite part of the trip:
Wee Ninja Muse posed very unhappily on a photo of a spider.
"These are all dead right?"
Um... sure... don't move Mr. Cockroach!
There were a few living animals in the insect area, including these guys-- Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. Wee Ninja Muse was starting to get nervous, so we moved on to the next area quickly.
For now, it's a display of all the cool things that grow out of animals noggings. There were lots of displays of various antlers and other animals horns. It was a museum/hunting lodge hybrid area.
After that, it was off to see some older horned (and some not horned) animals.
Big... thing... I can't remember what it's called. It was so huge I could only get it's head in the photo, no matter how far away I stood.
Moving forward in time:
This is a giant ground sloth, with a Wee Ninja Muse in front of it.
"The isolation of South America for about 75 million years led to the evolution of bizarre animals"
Yes, yes it did.
Wee Ninja Muse and I agreed this guy was VERY bizarre!
And look! in the next display, we found one of the scavenger hunt items!
I'll admit, our finding these was largely by accident, as there was so much cool stuff to see we forgot to specifically look for them. Well, I forgot. Wee Ninja Muse kept pointing them out to me.
Birds! Right to left: kiwi, puffin, ostrich chick. I always thought puffins were bigger.
Off to the next room.
Look out Wee Ninja Muse!
"Don't worry Ninja Writer, it's not like it can swim through glass!"
Me: *saves Wee Ninja Muse*
Wee Ninja Muse: "It's stuffed silly".
We then walked through the ocean mammals room (skeletons mostly). And then took a turn into...
"Can you see me?"
Okay, it looked like a forest, complete with trees growing mushrooms, but we were still in the building.
"You're SURE this isn't alive RIGHT?"
This was the North American Forest display, and the arrangement of everything was very cool.
We found lots of things on the scavenger hunt list here, including Snape's Patronus:
Aw, Snape had a cute patronus!
Wee Ninja Muse and I giggled over how dirty that sounded.
When we left the forest, I happen to take a break on a bench to rest my hot, sore feet, and Wee Ninja Muse found another item on the list!
Up and moving again, this time it was my turn to find an item:
Wee Ninja Muse was starting to get tired too, so we skipped the glass flowers and the rocks and minerals (meaning that we did not complete our scavenger hunt mission) and headed back to the train.
We used the Mildly Intelligent phone to find the nearest T stop, which resulted in us walking through Harvard Yard. We took the red line to South Station, and got there just in time for the 3:45 train home.
Click to feed us!