After arriving home at 5:15pm I ran around my apartment like a mad woman trying to make myself look presentable for the soiree. It was snowing heavily and so that walk from the car to the apartment building made my hair flat and my mascara run-not exactly the way I'd like to be seen in public. The problem with running around like a mad woman in my apartment is that you end up looking like you just ran a marathon=sweaty. Nonetheless I called my hostess to make sure everyone was still going. A few people canceled, she said, but she would be there for sure, along with a couple of others, making our total 4 instead of 11.
Getting to the T was not a problem, nor was making the connections. The problem was the 2 block walk from the T to the museum. The sidewalks that I have encountered in Boston so far are not very well maintained in the winter. They end up being a sloshy, snowy mess and are very difficult to walk on. I wore boots and jeans so it wasn't so bad, but it wasn't fun either. I got to the museum with flat hair-luckily no runny mascara.
Once inside the soft glow from the indoor courtyard warmed me instantly. Chamber music was playing softly and trendy people milled around with glasses of wine and sparkling water. It was just like I'd imagined. While I was in line, someone came up to me and asked, "Are you Mags?" She didn't look like any of the people who were supposed to attend the event with me, so I was very confused, but said yes. "Your hostess asked me to tell you that the rest of your group is inside." Um...ok. Thanks.
I checked my coat and walked around and it wasn't long until I found the group and quickly fell right into the conversation. Our hostess was a little older than I am and works as a holistic counselor. She's got a high energy level and is very welcoming-it was easy to feel like I've known her for a long time. Two other girls were there-a medical student (who I loved) and a girl who works for Harvard. I liked her, but not as much as the other two. We are going to make plans after the holiday for them to come over for dinner or dessert, so that's nice.
As we walked around the museum, one thing was constant-none of the art was labeled. I saw many nice pieces, but can't tell you what they were-with the exception of a Rembrandt painting that I recognized from art history in college. I take that back-one thing was labeled-the Rembrandt painting that was stolen-who's spot on the wall still remains empty. Another note about the museum is that because it was an after hours party, the lighting was very dim. While this was beautiful in the courtyard, upstairs near the art and exhibits it was quite frustrating. We found that appreciating the museum was rather difficult and instead opted to wander around talking to each other more than soaking up the culture.
Which is ok too. But I love me some art, and I was looking forward to seeing some and learning something new.
After taking a cheesy survey (where we were tricked into thinking we'd all get a gift afterwards but instead got 1 gift card to the cafe for all of us!) we began our journey back home. Three of us were taking the train while our hostess was riding the bus, so we parted ways with her and trekked back to the T, where the 3 of us slowly broke up and went our separate ways as well.
Overall it was an enjoyable time, and I look forward to visiting the museum during the day and perhaps taking a tour so that I can learn more about Isabella and her home, as well as identifying the pieces of art that are displayed. I also enjoyed meeting the girls and am happy that we all have interest in meeting up again soon.
A note about food/drinks. The food was in the cafe and the cafe was extremely small-it seats like...8 people. So we didn't go in there, but I did have a drink that consisted of the juice of a blood orange (yum!) and champagne. They served it in a stemless martini glass which was very cumbersome to walk with-I might have suggested they use a traditional champagne flute instead, but I didn't. It was a wonderful drink and very refreshing and I'm glad I chose it over my traditional red wine.
This long weekend is a full one with a special house guest, a haircut and lots of gifts to exchange. :) I may find time to post between now and Wednesday, but if I do not, please have a safe and happy Christmas. Lots of love to you all. :)