It was the Summer Solstice on Saturday, so it seemed apropos to go see the solar-powered Tûranor PlanetSolar boat docked at Fan Pier in Boston. We'd read that there wouled be some sort of events going on around it, but all was quiet on the waterfront. We've been known to misread these things before, showing up for events a week ahead or going to the entirely wrong part of town. Anyway, the boat was there at least (checking the local website, apparently events were not on the boat itself, but at the Children's Museum and the Museum of Science - go figure). A large plaque explained the boat had recently completed the first trip around the world powered entirely by solar energy. Alas, there was no vantage point to get a good look at the flat expanse of solar panels on the top -- unless you went over to the second-floor Sam's restaurant a good distance back from the pier, which is what we did.
Sam's at Louis (Louis is the ultra-prestigious, ultra-expensive clothing boutique and longtime Boston institution) turned out to be the highlight of the day. I'd not had great expectations, assuming it would be snotty upscale and expensive, although the place does have a prime location overlooking the harbor. But the staff were pleasantly friendly and the lunch prices reasonable, the view from the covered deck of course fabulous. I ordered an herbed chicken on quinoa salad and D had a tuna melt sandwich. When the food came, it was not only beautifully presented, but plentiful and absolutely delicious. The chicken breast was perfectly seasoned, hot and juicy, and the nutty quinoa tossed with slices of sweet-tart pink grapefruit, arugula and Marcona almonds. Wow. Well worth the $17 price.
I'm busy trying to finish up a project this week so I can have a bit of free time before I go back to work full time (offer came in a week ago, and now just have to clear the background check for it to be official). Start date is scheduled for July 8th. I suppose it would have been nice to start after the summer holiday season since I won't accrue any vacation time for awhile, but that's the way it goes. I did the same seven years ago when I started my last job on July 10th in 2006. Maybe I can get a long weekend in some time...