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(Feels like) a long weekend in New York

It’s been a long and very good weekend.  Ez and I spent Friday and Saturday in New York.  On Friday Ez worked and I wandered around, checking out Tinsel Trading Company and spending a couple of happy hours browsing (and eventually buying) at The Strand.

Spotted after lunch

On Saturday Ez was kind enough to walk with me to the vegetarian cafe S’Nice in the West Village, where I know they have delicious steel-cut oatmeal with all the trimmings.  There I ate said oatmeal with dried fruit and honey and enjoyed one of the tastiest glasses of apricot-orange tea ever.  We went to The Strand again because Ez needed to get his fix (he didn’t really have to twist my arm to get me to spend more time there), and then Ez took me to the Chelsea Market, where the New York Lux office will soon be moving.  It’s quite a nifty building.  I’ll have to upload a picture or two.

I fell in love with this spot at the Chelsea Market.

Then we met up with Ezra’s old friend Jen Williams in the Cooper Union area (Jen went to Cooper Union and now teaches there).  I’d never met her before, though I’d heard a lot about her.  She seems pretty great, and we had a really nice time chatting with her, wandering around the Lower East Side, popping into a small gallery to check out her friend’s show, and just basically hanging out.  For dinner, the three of us went to the tasty Pan-Asian vegetarian (and largely vegan) restaurant Wild Ginger (it’s just as good as Ez and I remember).  We’re hoping it won’t be another 10+ years before we see Jen again.

And oh, hey, the Steelers won their NFL record sixth Super Bowl (that’s about 14% of all Super Bowl games that have been played).  And the game was actually exciting.  I am not a big NFL person, but we’re Steelers people in this house.  (And, incidentally, it was a day of more pleasant sports news, as PSU men’s basketball upset ninth-ranked Michigan State, the Celtics won again, and Rafael Nadal beat Federer to win his first Australian Open title.)

Every time I go to New York I want to spend more time there.  I like its energy and pervading spirit of creating new things.  I think it improves my health to be around that vibe more often!

A Romantic Start to the Weekend

Today was a slow day work-wise, which was a-okay for a Friday.  After breakfasting at Diesel and working out at the gym, I came home to some cats, puttering, and knitting.  While knitting, I watched the 1934 Katherine Hepburn film The Little Minister.  It’s a romance set in Scotland.  Hepburn’s character dresses as a gypsy, and when she and the town’s young new minister fall in love, it’s a bit of a scandal.  John Beal plays the young minister.  Beal’s face is somewhat familiar, but most people don’t know his name.  Though he worked more or less steadily throughout his life, I think this is considered one of his best films.  It’s sort of a shame he didn’t get more interesting roles after this.  I think he shows potential in this one.  I mean, if he can hold his own opposite Hepburn (which I think he does), he’s got something.

I’m still here!

So it’s been forever and a day since I last posted anything here.  But I’m still living, breathing, and sometimes doing other things.

Last night we made tofu florentine.  Alas, I did not take a picture, because it really was a pretty sight.  It’s much like eggs florentine, except vegan.  So instead of eggs, you use broiled tofu, and instead of whatever sauce is normally used on eggs florentine (er… not sure… hollandaise?), you use a vegan “cheezy” sauce made of veggie broth, flour, nutritional yeast flakes, and spices.  Ez and I are already pondering other uses for the broiled tofu and cheezy sauce–both were quite tasty and not too hard to make.

I’m knitting a little blanket with Mission Falls 1824 superwash wool.  You can even put this stuff in the dryer, which is pretty unusual for decent handknitting yarn.  So far so good, though I did have to start over.  I’m trying a design that I sort of made up, and after getting through 50 or so rows I decided that I wanted to revise the design a little.  It’s easier to decide this now than it would be after 200+ rows!

It’s supposed to be snowing today, but I’ve seen nary a flake.  I have my doubts.  I feel like I’m the only person in the Greater Boston area who is annoyed that the forecasted snow is not actually falling.

Today for the first time in ages I was actually looking for my 1990 and 1991 high school yearbooks and I can’t find them!  So annoying.  I have a feeling they might be tucked away in the bowels of the hall closet, or even somewhere in the basement.

So you can see why I haven’t been blogging much–not much to report!  I’ll try to be better about it, though.


Goodnight, Opus.  I’m sad, as I’d held out hope that maybe Opus was returning to Bloom County, but it looks like he really is done. *sniffle*

Goodnight McCain in Pennsylvania!!  I’m hoping my wishes on that front are a little safer.  Note that does show McCain making a little bit of headway in PA (gasp!… It’s still leaning Obama, though).  Come on PA, don’t blow it!!