Friday, March 10, 2006

Exile to the suburbs

Starting tomorrow, I will be spending the week housesitting for a coworker in Medfield, MA, a charming little town approximately 45 minutes from Boston. Aaaaaaah! What was I thinking, agreeing to this? Over the past few years, I've become a bona fide (now I only think of O Brother, Where Art Thou when I hear the phrase "bona fide") city mouse. I love living in the city. I love the people, the noise, the hustle, the bustle, and above all, the convenience. From my apartment, a grocery store, bank, dry cleaner, liquor store, coffee shop, video store, drugstore, beach, and several bars and restaurants are all within a ten minute walk, and it's a quick 20-minute bus ride to work. It's fantastic. Maybe the change of pace will be nice, and my sister has already dubbed the event "Medfield Detox." I'll be taking care of a dog and two cats and staying in a house built during the 1890s. I plan on watching lots of movies, (because what the hell else am I going to do there?) so let me know if you have any recommendations.

7 comments:

brigita said...

I was all ready with the living-in-the-sticks support until I Google Mapped where you'll be staying and saw that Medfield isn't even outside of the 495 loop.

DOOD, I have to drive 40 minutes to get to a movie theater, so by my POV, Medfield looks like freakin Gotham. ;)

Do you have a car? Maybe go hit the outlets in Wrentham or the new Ikea in Stoneham? The look kinda close to where you'll be...

eileen said...

You're right, it really isn't that far from Boston, and it's definitely east of Worcester. I've just been spoiled by living a stone's throw from downtown for the past few years. I will have a car that week- Ikea is a great, but potentially financially detrimental, idea. I haven't been to the new one yet. Well, I can always look- I still need kitchen chairs. Someday I'll write a post all about the chair saga.

ern said...

i too will be in exile! just a few quaint towns over, in the industrial giant of framingham! my exile includes more babysitting than housesittng - a recalcitrant and ornery old man too (uh, my dad), so i'm sure i'll be raiding the liquor cabinet frequently to keep my sanity. no detox for this city kid. good luck to you, city mouse. perhaps we can do suburban things together, like go to chilis, the mall, and an enormous grocery store (for good measure).

Megr said...

Hey M-Field is my next door neighbor on 109. You'll have a nice quiet weekend to yourself in miles and miles of trees, roads, and cows. It may not seem far from the city but sure does feel like it. Great! Have fun in my neck of the woods. Oh maybe you'll see the Schillings hanging around town.

E said...

You crazy massholes.
I'd muster a complete exodus.
West coast anyone?

Anonymous said...

You should get Lana Callahan to take you out on the town!

eileen said...

I will definitely give Lana Callahan a call. And Curt Shilling. And Megr- I drove by your street today! The pets are stalking me, all three of them follow me from room to room.