That lovely Thai dinner
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Back in the saddle again
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