Five of the Top Chefs (Andrew, Spike, Antonia, Richard, and Sandee) came into the store to buy groceries for the challenge that aired during the Superbowl pre-game. I told them all what a big fan of the show I was and I got to check out Richard and Spike, who ended up winning the challenge. I was hoping for a celebrity sighting all week, but for me this was even better!
This thing is ridiculous.
Grey, rainy weather to suit a quiet day. I watched television, walked the dogs, and went out for a cup of tea.
Each day, I march excitedly to the mailbox, hoping for an offer of admission from any of the law schools to which I applied. Today, the mailbox had two measly pieces of mail—both junk, to boor. I photographed the mailbox, but it wasn’t very exciting. Here’s how I imagine the mailbox sees me each time it finds me disappointed.
My typical lunch break at work: a cup of tea, a book, bookmark (a cute gift from R early during our courtship) and my phone for telling time as I am, after all, a millenial. This wasn’t actually the most exciting part of my day. On a bike ride at a nature preserve near my house, two deer crossed right in front of me. Regretfully, I didn’t have my camera.
R making fun of me for being a Starbucks nerd. They were out of lemonade for our tea lemonade, so we tried the new berry chai. Not recommended.
Field goal attempt at the NFL Experience. Failed, of course. (Later I got booed at the Return to Glory drill, where I was unable to catch a punt.)
R picking corn out of his teeth. We rarely eat salad, but I made a late snack of organic romaine, corn, avocado and dairy-free ranch dressing. (R’s had chicken, too.)
Neither Sweetie nor I were particularly pleased to be going back to the veterinarian’s office, but apparently she did not want to leave after her visit. She sat in the driver’s seat and wouldn’t move.
I had a pretty low-key day, running errands and watching television before taking a nap, which I hate doing. Basically, I was in my pajamas until four o’clock and so I finally got dressed and went out for a cup of tea with my book. Like Erika in the Piano Teacher, I tend to buy clothes but not wear them often. I bought this dress months ago but wore it for only the second time.
dogs do the darnedest things
Toto with his head in a bag of pretzels. Sweetie skateboarding. (Before she got sick.)
I know it’s much colder up north, but today was cold by our standards. Today was only the second time that I saw the little frosty snowflake on my car’s thermometer.
I’m still frankly a die-hard Hillary supporter that never totally got over her defeat in the nomination race, but I was nevertheless excited to watch the inauguration and am definitely optimistic about the next four years. (And Sasha and Malia are so adorable!)
R and I bought our plane ticket for our trip to Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey in May!
I watched football all day with R, so he agreed to take a self-portrait with me and Sweetie.
I gave R his anniversary present, the Obama issue of the Amazing Spiderman.
The frames arrived for my vintage travel posters, which now happily grace my walls.
Someone left their gas cap at the pump. Bummer.
There’s nothing like a bag of goodies from Anthropologie. As always, I browsed wistfully through the full-price items before beelining for the sales racks.
While I was in London, I decided to read Harold Pinter upon my return to the states. The playwright died while I was in his hometown, and was already on my to-read list (Which matches, not coincidentally, the list of Nobel Prize for literature recipients). At the National Portrait Gallery, the plaque next to a photograph of Pinter bore his birth year, but not yet the year of his death. What a...
Yesterday was seijin shiki, coming of age day, in Japan. Young adults turning twenty during the school year mark the holiday with local celebrations during the day and now-legal drinking in the evening. When I was in Tokyo in January 2006, I was surprised to see hordes of young adults in the traditional dress worn on this day. I had headed to Senso-ji, one of Tokyo’s larger temples, for the...
I doodled this bear at work and taped it onto my dashboard for the ride home.
R and I decided to take Toto for a walk. We tried to put Sweetie in a stroller a neighbor had lent us, but she wasn’t having it. She jumped down and started walking with us, and actually made it the entire way around the neighborhood for the first time in months.
R and I before the wedding. I had never been to a school dance with a boy I was dating, so it felt a little like I imagine prom does for some people, with my mom taking a million pictures. The wedding was beautiful, and somehow I managed not to cry.
R met me at my house after work and tried on his purchases for the wedding. He told me proudly that he hadn’t worn a tie in five years, and that was one patterned with American flags for his Peace Corps induction ceremony.
I was trying to capture this truck, which was hawking its seafood. (SHRIMP STEAKS made me wonder if they sold both shrimp and steaks, or rather steaks made from shrimp.) Observe also the horrendous traffic with which I had to contend, even as I was heading home around seven o’clock.
I had to box up all of my things for a major and finally complete remodel. I set out all of my books and faced the task of deciding which would go on the shelves and which in my closet and other random cabinets throughout the house.
I went dress shopping for a wedding I’m going to this weekend. I’m not a big fan of my new phone, but I was glad that I could use its camera to help me make a decision. (None of the pictured dresses went home with me.)
Sweetie was not pleased to get a bath.
I’m finishing up Soul Mountain, by Gao Xingjian. It’s been an interesting read, and quite a bit different than what I’m used to. I was reading it while I was in London (more on that later!) and it was nice to read about someone else’s travels and search for home while I was doing the same. I really enjoyed this passage in particular: “You realize that the childhood...
January 5, 2009
I’m going to try to complete my own Project 365, taking a picture each day to capture the year. I started a few days into 2009, so if I’m able to keep this up, I’ll finish a few days into 2010. Sweetie spent the morning lying in bed with me while I read Soul Mountain.
Dinner during the half-time show. I wore a Rays shirt since they’re the team I most like rooting for. We all hoped the Cardinals could win, but alas.