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Three days of fun

Three-day weekends are great, and don't come nearly often enough. Friday after work rootbeer1 and I headed out to Tower Video to take advantage of the big weekend sale on family movies and TV series. I got amongst other things Lost In Space Season 2 Part 2. Then off to Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up a few items, then Trader Joe's to stock up on brown rice. I've come to like brown rice better than white, and you can get varieties like basmati and jasmine in the whole-grain versions now. We had planned to hit The Edge afterwards but just went home instead.

Saturday we did housework (4 loads of laundry!), then went to see Sideways with David and Andrea. Great film, and afterwards we just had to go out to dinner and drink lots of wine. Sunday we had dim sum with visiting nashobabear and his now-local partner Dale (whom Steve has known longer than he's known me), and a bevy of other local bears including that_dang_otter, poohbearjim, armaroundyou, and chriskomater. In the evening we had dinner and exchanged belated Xmas gifts with Gregg, and drank more wine.

Steve had to work on Monday, but I had the day off, so I slept in, then did some work around the house and went grocery shopping. Later our friends visiting from Australia, sydhart and ursusoz, along with the Chrissies and Dean, came over for dinner and tons of wine, of course. The Daves brought a lovely salad, and LC baked a delicious Frenchy-tart made of pears. I made a big lasagna, Carmela-style as seen on The Sopranos (with a layer of fresh whole basil leaves on top just under the last layer of cheese). Steve made garlic bread with rosemary from our atrium, and put fresh Meyer lemon slices in the water glasses, again from our own little lemon tree. We drank chardonnay, pinot noir, and then Essensia (an orange muscat) with dessert. We were kind of looped. The Chrissies and Dean left and the Daves hung out for a while in the hot tub, which is a tight fit for four, but we managed.

Something about being in a hot tub with the love of your life and friends from halfway around the world, hazy with food and wine, looking up at the stars--I was utterly relaxed and at peace, and once again thankful for all our many blessings.


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Jan. 18th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great time!
Love the new icon, too--your beard is perfect (..he said, without any beard envy whatsoever). Recent photo?
Frank was talking about a sunroom addition with a hot tub, but we'll probably wait 'til we're situated in the new place later this year.
Looking forward to a visit from you and Steve someday!
Jan. 18th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Us too!! And you have to let us know next time you're in SF!

Thanks re the beard--that was taken at the LJ convergence picnic in the park for low_fat_muffin this past summer.
Jan. 18th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
You never call, you never write...
Jan. 18th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
We'll call!! We'll write!!

How's things up in the Great White North?
Jan. 18th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great evening! You two are always such wonderful hosts.
Jan. 18th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
It's always great to see you guys--we should do it more often.
Jan. 18th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
Mmm...hot tub
I hope to get one someday at our house. We're far enough away from the city that you can see lots of stars in the sky when it's clear.

*thinks romantic, then naughty thoughts about hot tubs*
Jan. 18th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Mmm...hot tub
I think ours was still broken last time you visited. Unfortunately, we do get a lot of ambient city light, so we only see first and second magnitude stars, I guess. It will be wonderful to sit in your tub and look up and see the Milky Way in all its glory.
Jan. 19th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
The food and company were great - the Hot Tub was warmed to perfection!

Jan. 20th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
While nothing is tastier than bear broth in a hot tub, you might want to check out the wealth of strange rice varieties at Rainbow Grocery sometime...
Jan. 22nd, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
Oh yeah--we love the Rainbow!! They have all kinds of strange grains that we like to try.
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