1) On Monday I made Peppercorn Chicken and Lemon Butter Asparagus for Tiffany, Krista and Seth.
2) I really need the sick day I took on Tuesday. I basically slept all day, except for an excursion to Stephanie's house for dinner. Even my memory of that is vague, but it's a good bet we watched Doctor Who and had something delicious. Oh yeah! We had chicken stuffed with spinach and cheese, it was amazing. And we watched one of the funniest episodes of the Simpsons: Lisa gets an A+++.
3) Talking with Adam, who is now back in the USA and once more headed to the farm.
4) The Wire. OMGMYBFFJILL One of the best television shows I've ever watched. Stephanie lent me the first season and I watched through it in 5 days. The rainy weekend was a good excuse, but I probably would have anyway. So amazing.
5) For dinner on Friday I tried out some new recipes that were all really good. To quote Stephanie "David, do you understand how good this is? It's so good I'm making myself ill by eating too much." The recipes I made were Sweet Potato Wedges (from Jenny), Salmon with Lemon and Dill, and Rice Salad with Tarragon Vinegarette (from occasional vegetarian). The sweet potato wedges are incredibly easy and delicious:
3 small sweet potatoes
1 1/2 TBL olive oil
1 TBL rosemary ( this is more than I used since we agreed I could use more)
1/2 tsp salt
some garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450
Cut potatoes into wedges
Combine everything together in a bowl, mix until the potatoes are well coated
Put them on a baking sheet
Bake for 30 minutes, flip them over at 15
6) Office was one of the funniest all season. 30 Rock was good as usual. And Dollhouse was unquestionably good. I've sort of been faking some of my enthusiasm for it in the past, but this episode I was hooked. And we're still in the "crappy" part of the season!
7)The titles of the books I read this week both end with the same word "Nine Stories" and "Haroun and the Sea of Stories", but they are very different. The first is a collection of short stories by J.D. Salinger. It's too bad that Catcher in the Rye is his famous book, all his other stuff is much better. The second is a light fantasy book aimed at children. Lila turned me onto it a while back because of this passage:
He looked into the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of one another like a liquid tapestry of breathtaking complexity; and Iff explained that these were the Streams of Story, that each coloured strand represented and contained a single tale. Different parts of the Ocean contained different sorts of stories, and as all the stories that had ever been told and many that were still in the process of being invented could be found here, the Ocean of the Streams of Story was in fact the biggest library in the universe. And because the stories were held here in fluid form, they retained the ability to change, to become new versions of themselves, to join up with other stories an so become yet other stories; so that unlike a library of books, the Ocean of the Streams of Story was much more than a storeroom of yarns. It was not dead but alive.
It was quick and fun, but sadly did not explore the Ocean nearly as much I would have wanted. It's no Library of Babel, but there were a couple other quotes that I really enjoyed.
Straight answers were beyond the powers of Rashid Khalifa, who would never take a short cut if there was a longer, twistier road available. 'Khattam-Shud,' he said slowly, 'is the Arch-Enemy of all Stories, even of Language itself. He is the Prince of Silence and the Foe of Speech. And because everything ends, because dreams end, stroies end, life ends, at the finish of everything we use his name. "It's Finished," we tell one another, "it's over. Khattam-Shud: The End." '
8) Went to Dana's on Saturday to celebrate Purim with puppets, hamentashen and alcohol. I really enjoyed making my Hamen puppet. If I had I picture it would go here. There was also delicious coal-fired pizza. It was a fun night. I walked home in the rain, even though I could have easily taken the train.
9) On Sunday Stephanie and I had brunch at Ann Sather. I had fresh squeezed orange juice, cinnamon roll, fresh fruit bowl, and a spinach, tomato and mozzerella omelette. It was heavenly. We ate like royalty.
10) More microbuildings