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Busy weekend! Happy 2013

An eventful weekend!!

Friday night we went with friends A. & R. and baby O. to free first Friday at the Bellevue Art Museum. Beforehand we went to the apparently famous Din Tai Fung for DUMPLINGS. Oh my goodness it was delicious. Highly recommended.

Then we moseyed down to the art museum, trying to keep our work- and Bellevue-related anxieties in check, to see the Nikki McClure exhibit that’s there through Feb. 3. Nikki is one of my favorite artists, and it was super cool to see the originals, as well as the calendars from the beginning, all the books collected, and some of her earlier works that I hadn’t ever seen.

Little O. was a champ at dinner and at the museum and on the way home, too; we read The Little Engine that Could, in which G. had apparently earlier showed O. some new things, like the meerkat; and we read the hunting supply catalog, which has a lot of food prep equipment. O. learned about cherry pitters, corn kernel removers, pineapple corers, meat grinders. Then there was a two-page spread with some guys in camo who apparently were very bold and strong hunters of … meat processing equipment. Seriously, there are three guys in three different shots, each posing with their truck or whatever hunting equipment, in full-body camo, and they are holding, respectively, a jerky maker, a vacuum sealer, and a meat grinder. O. was very insistent about the last guy, whose camo included some like textured leaves crap hanging off him: “is it? is it?” (This is O. for “what’s that?”) Um, O., it’s a meat grinder. “Is it! Is it!” It’s … a guy? “ON HIM??” Oh, uh, he’s wearing a very silly costume? That seemed to do the trick, and O. sat back down with a satisfied grin. A silly costume indeed.

Saturday, I woke up way ahead of G. and I was itchy to get some stuff done so I cleaned off the counter and started organizing the top drawer: fixed the broken utensils tray; weeded out stuff we don’t need, to be taken to Goodwill; put the stuff we’re keeping back into the repaired tray all nice and neat. Then the drawer underneath it, and then the cupboard above that holds the stuff we don’t use very much — water bottles, our nice serving trays, some semi-reusable plastic dishes for parties, our sushi plates. Weeded that too.

Then later in the day we went to the pub to have a drink and read the books we got ourselves/each other for Solstice. I am reading The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012, edited by Rich Horton; G. is reading The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2012, edited by Paula Guran. We’ll swap when we’re done.

We had a very delicious braised short ribs for dinner, with carrots and tomato paste and wine, served with polenta with freezer corn and freezer green beans with garlic.

Today after milking, I went to free community yoga with friend A., after which we took some stuff to Goodwill (my aforementioned kitchen weeding) and did some other errands in town, and we went to lunch too, yay. When I got home it was very hard to motivate to get stuff done, but we took the stinky trash out, and I took the stinky compost out, and then it was done.

Now I’m making some dashi for my miso soup breakfast tomorrow, packing eggs to take to work, and petting some puppies.

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