sometimes, when the weather is like this, life feels like a surreal movie. today, after another fruitless afternoon of househunting, randall and i headed over the golden gate for some fish. we also strolled down main street sausalito just for fun. okay, it was actually just to buy candy, but still, we strolled around. i don't get this place. folks who live there, is it weird that you live in a movie set, including all the shops no one really wants to shop at?
this evening, after what seemed like the longest week ever, i met anneh at the latin american club for a quick drink. it had to be quick because she had to pop back online for the independent spirit awards.
afterwards randall and i went to dinner at loló where we ate some delicious foods. i particularly liked the pistachio encrusted salmon, as well as the complimentary harissa sauce and bread. i also really liked the fact that we were seated immediately, even if it was because someone had canceled their reservation at the last minute.
on our way back to the car, we stopped by fabric8, a gallery/shop in the mission district. i splurged and bought a painting from husband and wife team scuba. this painting, called fall collection, is love love love. i mean, just look at this bear, and owl. they're so great, and so fashionable.
ps. one of the cutester things about loló was their check. when it came, instead of being in a small folder, they put it inside of books about dogs.
this is dhatt (aka a geek) and today's his last day in the office. for me it particularly feels like the end of some sort of era. mostly because dhatt was one of the reasons i was hired. he interviewed me back in the day and we had the best conversation about food and science known to man.
i'm sad to see him go, but am excited to learn what he has up his sleeve. and mostly i'm bummed that we didn't know it was his last day (no one ever said the official farewell date). if we had known we'd have had a pinata with the most amazing candy ever. because that's what i think of when i think of dhatt. amazing. and candy. of course the candy.
best of luck a geek, best of luck!
tonight's NERT class was all about search and rescue. we learned how to identify how heavily damaged a building might be, whether or not it was searched, and how to get people out of the building if it's unsafe. one of these techniques is the blank technique. essentially, you get the blanket under them, and then lift them out to safety. but what if you can't lift them? well then you just drag.
this evening, i jetted out of work and missed the train by 2 seconds. So i took a cab, caught up with the train and headed down the peninsula. tonight was the scheelbarrow quarterlyish dinner potluck hangout fun time. it was supposed to be a couple months ago, but the scheel's just had a baby (say hi to new cutie mikela!), and first she was sick, and then we were. but tonight, tonight we were all in good health and ready to hang out.
we were also ready to eat. which, was a really good thing, because there was some frigging great carnitas, homefried tortilla chips, beans, rice, and delicious guac. after a short digestion period we then topped it all off with tres leches cake topped with whipped cream and strawberries.
like i said, it was a good thing that we were ready to eat.
the scheelbarrows are old pals of ours (randall thinks he's known dave for 13 years and eric for at least 8), and the relationships sort of feel familiar (as in family, but more like cousins you don't see that often). you know, just this sort of comfortable whatever feeling.
and while we've been hanging out for a while, it's been particularly interesting to see how our lives are changing as we get older. the parents now out-number the non-parents (translation: randall and i are now the only ones who aren't willing to grow up), but it doesn't matter. we're all in this journey together.
tonight was night two of nert training. the main focus of today's class was how to shut off all your utilities (don't turn the gas back on once it's off folks!), how to deal with hazardous materials, and how to put out small fires (and when to know when it's small). we also watched them set things on fire in the church (where the class happens to be held in).
the class is pretty interesting so far, and i'd recommend it if you're interested in this sort of thing (aka paranoid like myself). the only downfall is that the class is from 6:30-9:30, which means dinner is late on tuesdays. tonight we ended up going to pomelo. we chose it because it's open til 10, and isn't too far from the class. it was also really delicious. you know how i know it was delicious? randall ate the tofu. that's how delicious it was.
this evening the thirtieth issue of the bayfarer hit the (faux) newstands. this time around the "reporter" i worked with wanted to do a piece on how a radio works. we had way too many pages of research to plow through, but in the end we had an illustrated numbered diagram on how it works.
i'd have taken a pic of my "reporter" for you, but that whole we're not supposed to have contact outside of the workshop rule probably also includes a don't exploit their little faces clause. however he did tell me that he had a facebook and lots of friends. i think this might mean that facebook is officially over?
ps. i wore this ruffled sweater today even though i though the dress also has ruffles on the top and the sash. it was sort of a ruffle overkill and kind of bothered me all day, but oh well.
ladies and gentlemen, much to my chagrin, the house husband days are over. randall is back on the worker bee train. i thought i'd let you know just in case the stripes, wings and antennae didn't give it away.
and while losing the house husband is a bit sad, not feeling guilty when we go out for sushi dinner (which we did tonight nom nom!) is sort of worth it.
i wanted to say that it's been a long week, but somehow it's only wednesday. my eyes are exhausted and it's time for a nap.
a few months ago my pal scottel and i started a dueling photo blog based on vocabulary words. the concept is simple, we take the vocab words of the day, and we take pictures of them. this week is a bit challenging in that the words are actually names. this is an outtake of what i'm posting tomorrow. if you want to know the word, you'll just have to check it out in the morning.
ps. if you missed it, the improv video i tried to upload yesterday, fear not, the technical glitch was corrected and you can now watch and mock all you want.