That lovely Thai dinner
Tuesday, March 03, 2009      2 comments

There's an excellent local Thai place that will give you a free dinner on your birthday (or, more precisely, a discount that makes a number of entrees free, and the rest substantially cheaper.) I was expecting to get the coconut shrimp with man... Read more
Snow closes DC in honor of my birthday!
Monday, March 02, 2009      2 comments

It didn't occur to me that they would cancel classes over this wee little snowfall, but indeed they did. Nevertheless, I had a lovely Thai dinner with friends! More later - the festivities kept me out late.... Read more
One fewer Thai meal, alas
Sunday, March 01, 2009      1 comments

One of the birthday girls canceled, pleading homework. Ah well - my birthday's tomorrow, and I think I'll have that fabulous-looking shrimp with mango sauce someone else had last time!... Read more
Fried rice in a pineapple
Saturday, February 28, 2009      2 comments

For the first birthday today I got the Bangkok Fried Rice, which is served in a half-pineapple. I was going to say that the only problem was that I had to take half of it home, but honestly, how is that a problem?... Read more
Four days of Thai!
Friday, February 27, 2009      2 comments

So not only do Three Days of Thai Birthdays begin tomorrow - I got a last-minute invitation to a departmental dinner tonight at the same Thai restaurant. Free Thai food! w00t!... Read more
Rivendell won't walk to itself!
Thursday, February 26, 2009      1 comments

I planned to meet someone at the gym and ended up getting there early, so I supplemented my usual StairMaster routine with a half hour on the treadmill. As a result, I can log over eight miles along the road today!... Read more
A failed dinner experiment
Wednesday, February 25, 2009      6 comments

I picked up a whole perch at the fish department because it was cute and looked appealing. (It was under a half-pound.) Using the directions I found online and in the Joy of Cooking, I cleaned it and baked it. Unfortunately ... neither of... Read more
Mardi Gras
Tuesday, February 24, 2009      6 comments

Mardi Gras came out of nowhere this year - I'd totally forgotten until a classmate said "Today is Carnival". We talked about making pancakes tonight, but she has a cold and wasn't feeling up to it. Fortunately, my freezer is very efficient... Read more
Brown Betty ice cream
Monday, February 23, 2009      3 comments

Since the pub food at the Prancing Pony is a bit heavy, I'd vaguely intended to have a light lunch. As it turned out, though, I was really hungry by the time we got into town. We stopped at Spelunker's, a local place that's recommended by ... Read more
Sweet-scented osmanthus candy
Sunday, February 22, 2009      3 comments

Darwinista and I kicked off Prancing Pony weekend with a trip to the Pan-Asian grocery that's halfway between her place and mine. It's an amazing place - a huge produce section with foot-long mushrooms, fresh herbs, and all sorts of spiky and c... Read more
Prancing! Pony!
Saturday, February 21, 2009      1 comments

I came out to visit Darwinista today. We went hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains for three hours - and not only did we see golden eagles, but we were looking down on them as they glided by. The trail was a bit rough in spots (though much easie... Read more
Ad maiorem Riuendelli gloriam
Friday, February 20, 2009      1 comments

All my Friday classes are over before noon, so I supplemented my usual StairMaster with thirty minutes on the treadmill, then walked to Trader Joe's (a mile from campus, and will I ever learn not to get more than a bag of groceries given how far... Read more
Another dead oat soldier
Thursday, February 19, 2009      2 comments

I finished another huge container of oats by myself. Funny thing is, if you'd asked me before SP if I ate oatmeal regularly, I would have said yes. I did eat it; I even liked it. But this has made me realize how irregularly I ate breakfast. ... Read more
Birthday syzygy
Wednesday, February 18, 2009      5 comments

It turns out that three of us in my grad program have consecutive birthdays. And there's a terrific Thai place near campus that gives you a free meal on your birthday (so long as you bring at least one person along.) So in a couple of week... Read more
Back in the saddle again
Tuesday, February 17, 2009      3 comments

I was a little apprehensive heading back in after being sick - I finally had to stay home Friday, and the three-day weekend (we had Presidents' Day off) was not terribly productive for me. To my surprise, though, my usual cardio was easier than... Read more

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