Friday, November 29, 2002

Whoa...busy few days. Skirted out of Connecticut as the snow was rolling in. Then checked out Harry Potter Part Deux on Wednesday. Thanksgiving was awesome. My family was invited over Jen's place. Turkey, squash soup, stuffing, baked fennel and cauliflower, homemade cranberry sauce, spinach, you name it. Lots of delicious red wine....of course, and I baked my world famous bourbon pecan pie, and also made a sweet potato pecan pie. They were big hits. I also managed to eat a ton without making myself sick this year, which was a great thing. My parents got along really well with everybody, and I have to say that it seemed like everyone had a fabulous time.

Last night, Jen and I just crashed from sheer exhaustion. I bought my last holiday gift this morning, just as the Black Friday rush was about to begin, and I am now relaxing in the comfort of my own home. I've got about a billion projects that I can work on, so I'm going to get to it.

Monday, November 18, 2002

Too much chocolate can kill you. This I am sure of.

This weekend was pretty awesome. I rescued Jen on Friday night and we rolled back to my pad, where we made some awesome chicken cacciatore with portabello mushrooms over fettucine and enjoyed a couple fabulous bottles of wine, including the Mark West Pinot Noir. Saturday, we were up early to meet up with Dave and Brooke to head to the infamous Chocolate Show over at 18th and 6th. I ate so much chocolate that I was bouncing around for hours. I'm talking chocolate samples, chocolate milk, aztec cocoa, chocolate peanuts filled with chunky peanut butter, crepes, just didn't stop. After the show, we braved the pouring rain, and headed over to El Cid for a great Spanish dinner complimented with Sangria. After that dinner and the journey home, we were pretty much shot to hell.

Sunday, I basically just chilled and got random stuff done while Jen was at work, and later that night, we rolled over to the new Monster Sushi in Summit and rented The Sum of All Fears. Quality veg-out time. I liked it.

I was up at 5 am today for my weekly jaunt to Connecticut, although I did not witness any of the fabled Ice storm I have been hearing about. It is cold as all hell though. I hope to get home early and pass out promptly. I will need to make sure and wake up for the meteor shower though. Keep an eye out, east coast!

Thursday, November 14, 2002

I finally located the area's sole Thai restaurant last night: The King and I in Bridgeport. I have to say that it was pretty damn good. I had Drunken Noodle, a favorite, although I almost had to try the Pad Thai in honor of Jennifer. One of the highlights of the dinner was watching this guy and his girlfriend next to me. The guy insisted to her that he was not going to try anything with shrimp or scallops or squid; he came for spicy and he was going to have spicy. He proceeded to order some beef dish, extra spicy. The waitress cautioned him that it was pretty damn hot on its own, but he wouldn't listen. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him sweat and tear as he strained to get through the dish. I think his girlfriend enjoyed it too.

Today was Thanksgiving at my client's cafeteria. They had turkey, stuffing, yams, peas and onions, squash, cranberry sauce, turkey soup, corn bread, apple cider and pumpkin pie....all for $6. Not too shabby. I had a nice long lunch with my bosses and we talked about the British Empire, the architecture of Dublin, and the perils of working with people who were idiots. Delightful.

I spent a nice portion of the afternoon responding to emails of several old friends and co-workers that responded to me after I sent out one of those big "I changed my phone number" messages. I forgot that I even had some of these people in my address book. Crazy. All in all, I have to say that I was pretty psyched to hear from everyone....including my long lost friend Harish who now has a beautiful baby.

I had a nice relaxing time after work today, complete with an episode of Malto Mario and 30 Minute Meals. Damn, those shows make me hungry. Right now, I'm just looking over a few small things and getting ready for tomorrow: going home to see Jennifer. Saturday...three words: Chocolate Show, baby.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 I'm going to be trying a few new things on the site in the next couple of days so bear with me. The first is changing my update notification service to Bloglet. Here goes nothing...
Iranian Reformers are revving up.
Whew....this weekend was crazy. I was down to DC on the train Thursday night. Got there by 11, downed a bottle of wine and it was up early on friday to pack stuff with Jen and Justin. After finishing most of the packing, we went out galavanting for a bit: had lunch at The Diner in Adam's Morgan, bought CD's, and ordered a German Chocolate Cake from Cakelove. We went out to dinner at 15 RIA with Lloyd, Dave and Ritu on Friday night and enjoyed some great food and wine, including a bottle of Ridge Petite Syrah. Saturday morning, we were up early to get the UHaul, pack it up and ride back to Jersey. By the time it was all over it was about 11PM. Ouch.

Sunday, Jen's Mom stuffed my face with Puerto Rican food and we just chilled out. I drove back up to Connecticut Monday morning (I never get the Veterans' day sort of holidays off) at six and was in by 7:30; needless to say, I was hurting. Went to the gym last night though, so I feel a bit better, although still very sore. Being out of shape can be a beyotch sometimes.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

I sometimes think that my job description should read: "Building Something Out of Nothing"

Tuesday, November 05, 2002 I was just looking at travel deals on Orbitz, and I noticed that among their various travel deals, "European Travel", "Carribean Travel", etc. they also had a link for "Gay Travel". I guess this means that gay people don't like the same vacation spots as straight people? Crazy. See for yourself.
As much as I've seen this many times before, it's always great to look at it again. Thanks to my Dad for forwarding this my way: the Earth at Night.

Monday, November 04, 2002

I probably missed the Halloween deadline for this article, but thanks to Mr. Gellar anyway: Halloween just isn't fun anymore.

In any event, I was in CT by 7:15 this morning, from which you can infer that I was up at 5:15 this morning. I've started the day off right though, with a nice cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee and a pumpkin mini-bundtcake from Cakelove courtesy of my baby. You've got to start the day with a little Cakelove.

I also haven't forgotten about my promise to write my novel this month. I'm going to start later. I'll keep you posted...
mmm...Great weekend, more on that later since my eyes are about to fall out of my head from zero sleep. In the meantime, you should check out this sample gallery of photos from this hot new coffee table book called Couples. I think I need to pick this puppy up.