Friday- I got a new haircut: chopped off about six inches, with bangs. Straightened, it looks stylish and more "consultant" than "grad student." If I let the natural curls have their way, it's very 50s housewife. After the haircut, I had dinner with Caro and Oscar at Casa Romero, a Mexican restaurant right near Newbury Street. Although it's a bit pricey, the food was delicious, the sangria superb, and the service excellent, so I'd highly recommend it. After that, we had drinks at Flash's, one of my favorite places for cocktails in the city.
Saturday- I took advantage of the beautiful weather and my proximity to the ocean by going for a run on the beach in the morning, then having a picnic lunch on Castle Island with a bunch of friends later on. We had a pleasant girly afternoon (nail salon + frozen yogurt) and then had pizza and beers at Phil and Sue's place. After that, I went to a crazy awesome party hosted by a French scientist. Approximately 100 people crammed into a tiny Beacon Hill apartment, about half of them French friends of the host and the other half international scientists working in Boston. I think there were only two other Americans at the party and I met both of them. The makeshift dance floor was packed all evening, with the music progressing from reggaeton to hip hop then French pop (a definite crowd-pleaser) followed by 80's, and finally salsa and merengue. I stayed until 4AM dancing with a cute Frenchman I met, but acted like a lady (ha) and took a taxi home alone at the end of the night.
Sunday- After sleeping in, I took advantage of tax free weekend and bought a new mop and cleaning supplies and put them to good use. Then, I relaxed at the beach for a couple of hours before heading into the lab, where I am right now, being entirely unproductive because my head is still a bit foggy from last night's revelry.