happy birthday wee froggie (and lawrence too)!
and now, for the amazing mieko's frog army!
as an aside, i've been having really weird (not to mention stressful) dreams lately. none of them are recurring -- i've never really had a recurring dream -- but lately there's been lots of subway stations. really huge grandiose ones, and lots of weird trains. i always make it on to the train (sometimes it's a close call) and they're always different. sometimes they look like a generic subway train, sometimes they look like airport tram trains, and sometimes they look like old trains. anyone have any theories?
that killed a few hours but then it was time to go home and face the music. sadly (or not-so-sadly) weeding the backyard never happened. you see, i got distracted by a popsicle instead. if you ever pick up a box of trader joe's fruit frenzy bars, you'll understand how easy it is to get distracted. (seriously though, they're delicious, raspberry-lemon-strawberry.) also popsicle-approved days are rare in sf, so you gotta enjoy them when you can.
as an aside, every time i hear the word popsicle, i think of this song:
speaking of delicious, after beach time, randall and i came home and got ready for an early 5:30 dinner seating at baumé in palo alto. tonight was the quarterly scheelbarrow dinner (aka pitstop) and we decided to go all out and order the 15-course tasting plus wine pairing. it wasn't the most amazing meal i'd ever had, but it was definitely worth it. while i've had bits of pieces of molecular gastronomy infused meals, i'd never had one where it was the focus. i can't remember the last time i had so much fun at fancy dinner (even if it initially felt weird, stuffy, and with colorful plates out of 1997. sure it's gimmicky, but it was a blast, and luckily for us the gimmick tasted great too. plus they get bonus points for bringing us an extra dish just for photos/videos (they wanted to make sure we all ate ours right away). if it wasn't for that we never would have proof of randall the magic dragon - it was better the first time he ate it, but its still awesome, see for yourself:
okay. if i didn't make it clear earlier, i just had a 15 course menu with a wine pairing. it's time for a nap before bedtime.
but first, some random photos from today:
ps. it took almost an hour to get home today. apparently someone was hit by a muni train at my station. the news is pretty unclear, i'm not sure if it was an accident or on purpose. either way pretty awful, i wonder how the scene will look in the morning.
pps. we were totally sat next to former mayor willie brown. i wasn't 100% sure (it was dark and i didn't really want to stare), but it was confirmed when he got up leave and put on a ridiculously fancy hat.