We went to Cambridge on Saturday so I could shop for a couple of new throw pillow for my old couch (a compromise since I'd intended to buy a new couch when I sold my condo, which of course didn't happen). My 23-year-old couch will have to stay for now, but stuffing was flying from the holes in my throw pillows so they had to go. While in Cambridge, we stopped in at the Porter Exchange and had some excellent tempura at Tampopo, one of the tiny (and cheap!) Japanese noodle restaurants that are usually packed with Asian students, but at 3:00 had a few tables open. I had a nice miso soup and tempura that was amazingly tender and light -- delicious.
I didn't have any luck finding pillows for my couch in Porter Square (we later drove out to the 'burbs and found some at a Home Goods store), but I did find a small area rug to go under my desk chair to protect my landlord's carpet. (One night last week, I had an overwhelming desire to finally move my almost unused desk out of the din of the dark spare room into the sunny back room in my apartment, which I should have done two years ago.) Anyway, rather than put a clear plastic desk mat under the chair, I found this wild Turkish-patterned "Mad Mat" at Nomad (see mat example here, except mine was half the price) that will protect the carpet and might induce inspiring hallucinations besides. The mats are made from woven recycled plastic, are easy to clean, and should be pretty sturdy as they're meant to be used outdoors. Fun!
On Sunday, we drove back into Cambridge (a couple of miles from my apartment) so we could wander around Harvard Square and down by the river. On Sundays in the warmer weather they close off Memorial Drive to traffic and leave it to cyclists and runners and strollers. I wasn't feeling too well, but wanted to get outside and enjoy the warm day. We ended up at the Algiers coffee house on Brattle Street, which I've gone to for years but never realized has a roof deck! It was beautiful up there, at least until our food arrived and attracted bees, so we moved inside. I guess they run out of pollen this time of year, because they get very pesty if you try to eat outdoors.
September can be such a lovely time of year in New England. The oppressive heat of summer is gone, yet the sun shines and it's warm enough to be outside without bundling up. The grass hasn't gone to brown yet and a few flowers remain in bloom even as the leaves on the trees begin to turn from green to red and yellow. Even so, the early fading light makes us a little sad as we know what's coming!