Lets have a quick round up of some of the things that have slipped through the cracks. On Monday I had lunch at Republic with ankledeepruins. I had the catfish sandwich, which I'd never had-- it was pretty good. Basically a bánh mì with catfish instead of pâté. I joked to Alison that we are much better friends now that we don't live in the same city; she retorted with the fact that we've known each other like, five years, which is...pretty weird. After that, my day proceeded as related. Work party on Monday, which ended pretty early, then another work party on Tuesday-- I had a beer but then managed to escape! Some last minute holiday stocking stuffer shopping with Matt during lunch yesterday, then home. Went to the gym-- I had plans with Jenny to eat dinner at Kira & Nino's, so I kept it short. I just cut out the cardio & did fifty minutes of just free weights & machines. Then over to Kira & Nino's, where Jenny already was, along with baby Olivia who is increasingly a baby-- she can hold her head up! Also, Dennis & Ellen, Kira's dad & step-mom. I didn't know they were going to be there, but I should have-- I had all the puzzle pieces, I just didn't put them together. We had a beer tasting of seven or eight different beers-- the big winners were the Allagash White & the Harpoon Leviathan Barleywine. Dinner was a walnut & blue cheese salad & clam chowder with scallops, followed by an ice cream tasting of chocolate, dulce de leche, cinnamon & coffee. We stayed there till late & then came on home to bed.
Today I'm off of work-- I'm off till the third, actually. I've been sort of useful! I decided that the satirical misspelling "Amerika," used by protesters concerned with authoritarianism is to officially be replaced by my new neologism, "Ameri©a." I think it cuts unfortunately close to the heart of the matter. I also cleaned out the vegetable crisper-- did you know that we had food in there from back when the CSA was in season? Yikes. It was a bit scary. I also managed to complete the side-quest "Operation Tip the Building Superintendent," so that is another feather in my cap. Other than that, not much. I reviewed a couple of books this morning so I could finally sit down & do my Best of 2010 list, which is more work than it sounds like. I decided not to go to the gym-- I pushed myself fairly hard yesterday, trying to cram as much into fifty minutes as I could, so I am going to rest today & then go tomorrow. A reasonable plan, I think you'll agree. I suppose the big news is that Claudio is here-- we're dog sitting him over the holidays, & so Carla dropped him off at about two thirty. The only other news is that I finally found the song "Christmastime in Painesville" by Slackjaw, which I've been looking for for the past dozen years or so. Ever since WENZ 107.9 The End went off the airwaves. It is a melancholy holiday song by a Wasteland regional band, but I strongly associate it with the season, so finding it was a coup.