today was reiko's birthday, and since she is a self-proclaimed little frog, we decided to celebrate froggie style (translation: lots and lots of frog things). there were frog stickers, frog mouse pads, frog gum, frog candy, frog absolutely everything. my contribution to the frog parade was the cupcake pond base (the talented made the amazing marzipan frogs) and the weird dopey frog headband that reiko was kind enough to sport.
happy birthday wee froggie (and lawrence too)!
and now, for the amazing mieko's frog army!
i have no idea why, but this evening i decided to pull out my sewing machine. i splurged on this sweet bernina baby right before i started working at sugar, but once i got the yum job i suddenly had no more free time. i was living, breathing (not to mention eating) food 24x7, and there was seriously no time for another domesticated hobby. but that was three and half years ago. we all know that time constraint can't have been true this whole time. i think the better reason why my bernina got dusty is that i have very little skill. seriously i can barely do straight lines correctly. maybe it would help if i had a chair that was the same height as desk. but well, that's another story.
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?
san francisco weather was amazingly epic today (even if i did spend the first few hours indoors reading comic books and crunching critters in a sunbeam). i was originally going to weed the backyard (it's out of control, i don't think i've touched it since october), but it was actually too nice to do so; besides sundays are open house hunting ridiculous new hobby day. we saw some interesting prospects, but nothing that wowed us.
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:
this morning samshrew texted to see what we were up to. since the only thing for the afternoon agenda was laundry, i told her that we had nothing planned. amazingly she also had nothing planned, so we decided to all meet up and go to the beach. that sushi dog entertained us for a while, but when we got bored we left and had joe's ice cream - for the record, root beer swirl ice cream is delicious.
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:
this evening randall and i headed over to baker and banker for a postponed birthday celebration. since we don't do fine dining much these days (thank you economy!), we decided to go ahead and splurge on the chef's tasting menu. i really enjoyed everything, and while it was all perfectly done, i actually thought it was a bit under seasoned. it didn't stop me from eating it though, it was definitely a great meal. the kicker though, was the dessert - a perfectly cooked (as in crispy on top, gooey on the bottom) peanut butter blondie, with bacon brittle ice cream and a stripe of chocolate. it was such a smile-inducing dessert, that it was sort of ridiculous that the dessert itself looked so unhappy. but then again, that made me smile doublyso.
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.