I’ll be honest, readers. Sometimes I sit down to write a blog post and I find myself with literally nothing to say. Much of Mike’s and my productive hours are spent at work. We’re definitely getting the whole ‘working as an engineer’ thing down, him as a hardware engineer and me as a software engineer, but that doesn’t leave much time (or energy) for lots of fun outside-of-work activities that make for good blog reading. This past few months have been especially difficult since both Mike and I have been completely swamped at work. We both see lights at the end of our respective tunnels, but we have been working hard. Thus if you’re interested in hearing about how Singletons are implemented in Ruby, how symbols are basically immutable strings, or how modules are used to create namespaces, I’m your girl. If you’re interested in hearing the details of the four hours on Friday I spent interviewing SDE intern candidates, I’m your girl. If you’re interested in anything that’s actually a part of a real, ordinary, fun-loving person’s life, I might not be your girl. At least not lately.
So where does that leave the blog? As you may have noticed in the past, most of the things I talk about on the blog involve day-to-day things, which often make up the high points of my day (or even week!). So today, I’m going to focus on those. Yay for the small pieces of normal, everyday life that are so wonderful, and I feel so blessed for!
* Mike drank coffee this morning and then went to take a shower. I washed the dishes while he was showering, washed the coffee maker, and looked for his empty coffee mug so that I could wash that too. I absolutely couldn’t find it. Either I’m blind or it’s just not here. Or he broke it and hid the pieces in the trash? Or he took it into the shower with him? He’s never done that… but where is that coffee mug??
* On Tuesday night I made chili. I thought it was delicious, but despite the fact that I didn’t add the crushed red pepper flakes Mike claimed it was too spicy. I argued that I didn’t have anything even remotely spicy in it (except for chili powder which is in all chili by definition), but Mike insisted I must have snuck in some additional spice.
* On Friday I stopped at the grocery store on the way home, and one of the things I bought was a carton of a dozen eggs. As I walked out of the grocery store, I accidentally swung the bag containing the eggs too close to the door, and the bag hit the door. I cringed, hoping that the eggs were surviving. I then proceeded to accidentally hit the bag containing the eggs with the other bag (containing heavy stuff like a bag of apples) while trying to do some kind of acrobatic move to switch the bags between my hands. I cringed again. This was bad. It was getting less and less statistically likely that I was going to get all twelve of those eggs home in one piece (or rather in twelve respective pieces). The bus was completely packed; it was standing room only, and we were packed in like sardines. I was sandwiched between about four people and had the bag with the eggs carefully balanced on my wrist trying to make sure it didn’t hit anything. The guy in front of me decided to be nice to the other passengers in front by backing up closer to me without watching where he was going. While I fully appreciated his altruism in trying to make room for the other passengers up front it was all I could do to keep from shouting, ‘GET AWAY FROM MY BAG!’ The funny thing is that even if I had, I don’t think anyone would have thought twice about it. If you ride the bus in Seattle, you encounter all kinds of characters, and even yelling in the middle of the bus I probably wouldn’t have attracted too much attention. Now, if I was yelling in the middle of the bus, wearing a pair of Rainbow Brite striped colored stockings up to my waist, had purple dreadlocks, was wearing a tribal necklace that hung down to my knees, and was carrying a woven basket filled with squirming ferrets, I might have warranted a couple glances. But as it was? Certainly not.
Anyway, I digress. When I got off the bus I managed to hit the bag again against the side of the bus in an effort to avoid hitting it against the other passengers. Aaaaahhhh! At this point I was just hoping that my eggs would be broken in pairs and I wouldn’t be left with some stupid number of eggs like nine.
I pulled open the door of our apartment building, and because it is so heavy and hard to pull (particularly when you’re pulling it one-handed as I was), it bumped the bag again before I got myself and both grocery bags through the door. This was becoming ridiculous. It was getting into sitcom territory. I could almost hear the canned laugh tracks as I hit the bag yet again. At this point I was just viewing any unbroken eggs as a bonus. The elevator finally arrived to take me up to my floor and I realized I was sweating profusely (whether because of carrying a heavy backpack and two bags of groceries on an almost-60-degree day or because of the stress of worry about my carton of eggs, I wasn’t sure). When I finally dropped the bags gratefully on the floor of my kitchen I almost didn’t have the heart to check on my eggs. I finally decided to peek in because my imagination was going crazy with images of yolks dripping all over. Imagine my surprise when not a single egg was broken. WOW to the engineering of both eggs and egg cartons! :)
* When Mike saw a picture of a regal looking Dominique rooster in a magazine, he paused on the picture and stared at the chicken for several moments. Then he held out the magazine for me to see. ”That is quite a bird!” he said. And for some reason I couldn’t stop laughing at his admiration of the humble chicken.
* Mike did some organization in his music room one night this week and he and I spent an hour coiling all of his unused cables. We spent so much time coiling cables that my wrist was sore for two days afterward. The joys of being in your thirties. :)
* Lately I have been loving Stash teas. They’re based out of Portland, and I love their holiday teas so I stocked up on some right after Christmas. (Who cares that I’m drinking ‘Christmas Eve in Paris’ tea in March, right?)
* Piper has been a very clingy cat lately. I’m not sure why. It’s almost as if she knows we’ve booked tickets and will be going on vacation in a month. She also loves laser pointers. With a passion.
* Last weekend we watched a move called Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett. She is SUCH a good actress. It was a very interesting Woody Allen movie that told the story of a woman whose very rich husband participated in shady Wall Street dealings and then ended up getting caught and thrown in prison and she suddenly found herself penniless, on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and moving to the west coast to stay with a sister she didn’t really know well or relate to. There were definitely some interesting elements to the story, and I always like watching Cate Blanchett as well. I found out afterwards that she just won an oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine, and I can definitely see why. She played the part to perfection.
* The last couple of mornings when I’ve been waiting for the bus I’ve seen flocks of geese flying over, headed north. So it looks like the geese have decided that winter is over! (Take heart Michigan family and friends who have seen enough snow this winter alone to last you a lifetime.) I’ve also been noticing birds singing enthusiastically in the mornings. I never realize until spring how silent the birds are during the winter. But then in the spring it seems like they all awaken as one and start chirping and singing their little hearts out. Piper is fascinated by them and spends a significant amount of time watching them from the window, I’m sure with less than charitable thoughts despite being an indoor cat with no front claws.
Last Saturday night we took a break from the work we were doing and went to University Village, an outdoor mall near the University of Washington. We were there to have dinner, and I was considering getting the new iPhone. We ate dinner at Boom Noodle, one of our favorite restaurants in the area, and just relaxed. I love the ambience there! Mike had hardly eaten anything that day because he’d been so busy cleaning and organizing, so he was hungry! He ended up getting a hazelnut toffee crepe for dessert. Boom Noodle has partnered with their next-door neighbor Tokyo Sweets to offer a variety of sweet crepes for dessert. Mike has had a couple of them over the past year or so and says they are really good. By the time we’d finished dinner, though, I had decided to wait on the new iPhone. I just bought the plane tickets for England and Ireland, so I decided I still wanted to wait and save up some more money before buying the iPhone.
Speaking of our England and Ireland trip, we have made significant progress in the planning stages of the trip. For starters, we bought airline tickets (which basically guarantees that we have hard dates we’re going), made sure that Piper’s usual catsitter is available during those dates, and we have both asked for the time off from work. We’re getting excited and are starting to plan out some things we want to see in both England and Ireland. We want to balance the touristy things (i.e. Stonehenge) with visiting local places and getting a sense of the culture. It’s hard to believe that in just a little over a month we’ll be on our way to London! :) We’re flying into Heathrow, which is definitely a great airport… very mall-like with a lot of stores and a lot of restaurants. Perfect for layovers, as we found out during our Italy trip last year. The next month we need to really focus at work to get stuff done so that we’re able to get our most critical work done before we leave. I also need to check the temperatures in England and Ireland as our travel dates get closer so that I have some idea what the temperature will be.
Last night Mike and I were both tired from a long week at work, and it was a beautiful day (a high of 58 degrees!) so we drove to downtown Wallingford and looked for a place to have dinner. We wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been before, so I suggested Djan’s.
“What kind of food do they have?” Mike wanted to know.
“Thai. And it’s supposed to be really good. And it’s supposed to be a really romantic place.”
Mike blinked. ”Is that what we want? Are we a romantic couple?”
I tried to resist rolling my eyes at him, but I didn’t try very hard. ”Yes, that’s what we want, and yes we are a romantic couple.”
And that’s how we ended up at Djan’s, a Thai restaurant located in an old white house near the outskirts of Wallingford. Djan’s didn’t have cocktails, but we had some Peter Lehmann Shiraz (me being careful not to have too much since wine doesn’t always agree with me) and just had a really relaxing dinner. The atmosphere in the restaurant was delightful… very quaint and old-fashioned, while still somehow seeming modern. There were some actual gas lamps positioned around the room which caused flickery shadows to dance everywhere, and every table was adorned with a little candle and a tiny vase of flowers. We both ordered wok plates, Mike’s with beef and fried green beans, and mine with an assortment of veggies and tofu. We got to pick our spiciness level between 1 and 5. Mike said I should just get a 5 because Thai food wasn’t very hot. I disagreed and got a 3. I said Mike should get a 1, because he cannot handle spicy food, but he disagreed and got a 2. And as it turned out, his food was a little spicy for him and mine wasn’t quite spicy enough for me. Apparently we know each other better than we know ourselves? :) The food was delicious though! SO flavorful, and perfectly paired with the Shiraz. I read the back of the Peter Leymann wine bottle and apparently he was a beloved Australian winemaker who was a huge advocate of the local growers and just passed away last year. He sounded like a really nice guy, so I was glad we were drinking his wine. Our server was a very nice young guy. He seemed young and new to the job and wasn’t sure how to pour the wine and then got a little flustered when the amount he poured for Mike and the amount he poured for me weren’t equal. I don’t mind inexperienced waiters at all (unless they’re rude or something). I really appreciate hard work (I feel like hard work has helped me immeasurably), and I appreciate the fact that he’s there working and learning, even if he’s struggling a little at first.
People were out in droves in Wallingford, given that it was the warmest day we’ve had all year. It was fun just being out and about, even though we really didn’t do anything except go out for a long dinner.
I hope everyone else is enjoying their weekends!