butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
Because despite anxiety dreams (my subconscious is Captain Obvious), I'm in a great mood.

1. I am thankful for Christopher, who let me set up a late appointment to get a very overdue haircut. Nevermind that I live above a different salon. I don't wanna trade.

2. Tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] divinityof_fire and I are finally having our hooray-we're-done-moving celebration dinner. I get steak!

3. I've been paid, which makes 2 and 1 both possible.

4. Yesterday, I sorted out the last file in the Space-Making Project of Doom: going through two years worth of completed files, pulling out duplicates and unnecessary items. All that's left is the shredding. I've already separated out non security-issue papers into the regular recycling.

5. Funstuff on Saturday!
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Parsol Girls)
In spite of the loss of a few yeahs and maybes, Sushi Night at Ohana went well. This was my first time to the Japanese Polynesian tikki bar, and while I had heard reports of its goodness, I was still happily surprised. From the decor to the food, it's a lot of fun. The service in the bar while we grazed on happy hour gyoza and sushi hand rolls (the cone shaped ones) and the service at the table rated far above the typical. A glance at the menu might make Ohana look like an expensive place, but as [livejournal.com profile] ironymaiden noted, the drinks are enormous and don't skimp on the booze. All the food that we ordered was delicious. I strongly recommend the "half-baked" sushi roll and the bananas on fire dessert.

What we ate )

I was happy to spend some time talking to [livejournal.com profile] varina8, who I don't see often enough, and [livejournal.com profile] amheriksha, who is now employed in downtown Seattle, which means more after-work socializing, yay! As ever, [livejournal.com profile] ironymaiden and [livejournal.com profile] llynecat and [livejournal.com profile] samildanach are great company & conversation at dinner. Hopefully, [livejournal.com profile] heidimo and [livejournal.com profile] graphxgrrl and the rest of you sushi-nighters will join us for the next one. Ohana does happy hour all evening on Monday nights; we may need to go there again.
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
Sushi Wednesday #...6?
Aug 16th at Ohana

We have seem to have 8 including me. If you haven't yet spoken up, let me know if you want to be counted in. My plan is to start at 6 so that we can do happy hour and continue into dinner time.
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
It looks like it'll be happy hour+ at Ohana, next Wednesday, Aug 16th. A proper post will be up, I need to review the poll more closely, but I wanted to give y'all a heads-up before I crashed tonight.

(edit for date correction)
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (food)
quiz )
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (sushi)
So I called our IT guy to see if there was anything he could do about this monitor. He couldn't see the headache-causing oscillation of light! Are people that used to it? But on the up side, the monitor seems to be working when it's hooked up to a Dell computer instead of the Gateway I'm on. So he says that if it's still being obedient on Monday, we'll just switch out computers. Good news.

I'm still looking forward to sushi tomorrow. That will make sushix2 for this week, since I went to Blue C last night. (Rating for meal: B-. Food was average at best, but the Plumtini was nice. Rating for company: B for better than expected.) Wild Fish on Friday makes my week happy. For dinner, I'm booked with my Papa, a belated birthday meal.

Saturday night will be... sushix3! There is a birthday thing going on at Red Fin. I'm only planning on a drink or two, maybe a bite, but not dinner. At 10, Daylight Basement is playing at the Crocodile, and for $7, I am tempted to go. The CD is good, though "Just Kiss Me" may have the power to get on my nerves with repeated listenings.

Sunday, I would like to sleep, but I might take another offer. I've been out every night this week except tonight (boozey chocolates from Rose's await me). Anyone want to take me out/let me take you out on Sunday? ^_~

Tuesday is Steak & Pi day. I think most of you have other things going on, but if you are available for a steak dinner (no promise of pie, I'm afraid), [livejournal.com profile] divinityof_fire & I are going to Jax in W.Seattle for dinner, 8pm. RSVP if you want to join us and/or need directions. You are absolutely welcome.

And that's about as far as I like to plan anything. Except that I might be going to Norwescon this year.

Also, on the subject of food & dining, I must bring your attention to the 25 for $25 deal that I heard about this afternoon.

That is all.
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] llynecat smartly suggested Shalimar for a quick dinner before the "Stardust and Rare Earth" lecture last night. The butter chicken, chicken tika, and the spiced potato appetizer that we had were all tasty. I also ordered a spiced Darjeeling tea; it had the same failing that I have found in all the chai and chai-like drinks that I have had in restaurants. I am fairly certain that more coffee drinkers would be tea drinkers as well if the tea wasn't so often weakly brewed. I recommend Shalimar if you are in the U District (and if you have this year's Entertainment Book you can get 2-for-1 on dinner entrees) though I prefer the biryani at India Bistro, and Flavor of India overall -- particularly for prices & portions.

The lecture was an overview, not very technical and also not too in-depth. The speaker was lively and enthusiastic. His love of his field was obvious, and you know I love to see that. He has a pocket sized rant about how everyone should know what an isotope is. I agree that it's not a difficult concept. I think the problem with science's reputation is that that science, like Shakespeare, is thought by the general populace to be the purview of smart people.

We arrived only a few minutes late due to finding our way. L won a free book of award winning science articles. (And now she is mildly anxious about gravity leakage.) Introductions were made between [livejournal.com profile] bdkellmer (don't forget about that shrimp recipe!) and [livejournal.com profile] llynecat & [livejournal.com profile] samildanach, so once again, the world grows smaller through LJ. If [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands or [livejournal.com profile] spider88 were in attendance, we didn't know who they were, though I was looking for clues.

As cool as comets are (and they are), I am now facinated by aerogel. Dude. It has the same density of air but is essentially glass. This was the medium used to capture the comets and transport them to Earth. I wish the speaker had brought some actual aerogel with him. Like a little kid, I'm more interested in the bubble wrap than the Ming vase. (Metaphorically speaking. In actuality, I am equally interested in both Ming vases and bubble wrap.)
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Four Sleepers)
March 14th. Not only is this Pi Day, but depending on who you talk to, it's the reactionary-to-Valentine's-Day holiday called Steak and, um... well, Steak Day.

So let's make a date of it, hey?

Here are the possiblities: )

EDIT: Pies and Pints, for savory pie, is a good suggestion. This is a full restaurant, unlike Australian Pie Co., which I love, but didn't suggest because they lack any frills.

butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (sushi)
I know it's not sushi.

I created a username on Citysearch so that I could put up a positive review for Flavor of India. The review takes 24 hours to appear. If you could, please pop over to it tomorrow afternoon and mark the "Was this review helpful" with a yes. If you came to dinner last night, please take a few minutes to sign up and leave a positive review for the restaurant, also. Like Wild Fish, this is a good restaurant that has been overlooked. They are both too often empty. It will be difficult to continue the "crawl" onto another restaurant.

Especially because the food is so good. The waiter (the only server that I have seen there) is gracious, soft-spoken and welcoming. He made sure to say, "until next time" when we thanked him as we left. He brought us a free dessert! a list of what we ate )
and how it was )

And the company was pretty good, too. {grins} We missed you, [livejournal.com profile] varina8 and [livejournal.com profile] spazzychic! Both of you, get well soon so you can come out & play.
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (sushi)
Sushi Wednesday #1, Dec 2004

Unlucky fourth! This sushi night awry,
yet I will say it never is a loss;
just think of how a year has circled by
marked by delicious fish, sake, soy sauce,

green tea, edamame, and miso soup,
sought each occasion at a place that's new,
by friendship in a growing, changing group.
Four in a year is certainly too few!

Goodnights are said with kiss, or hug, or wave;
We plan the next, even as we depart;
I organize, but this began with Dave,
since he is where these friendships had their start.

Edmonton is only a throw away;
"Thank you" is never full enough to say.

I know *somebody* saw the mistake... )
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
Sushi Wednesday #4 (for real this time) is on December 28th at 7pm, that's this Wednesday, at Wasabi. I'm not going to make reservations this time; show up at 2nd & Bell in Belltown and we'll see what happens. [livejournal.com profile] amheriksha can use a ride home if anyone can offer one.

Some of us are going to meet up before dinner at Casuelita's , something that seems to be becoming a tradition. (No complaints here.) Meet-up is whenever people get there, somewhere around 5:30 seemed to be the concensus, early = happy hour. (Around 6 for me.) That's on Western & Vine (?), a short walk stumble to Wasabi.

I have used my creativity elsewhere today, so all I can offer you now is a meme full of answers I've given before. Did you know that 4 is considered a very unlucky # in Japan? )

I need a sushi icon.
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Snow [Jill Johansen])
I believe in sushi. Which means that I think we should have Sushi Wednesday #4 (for real this time) on December 28th at 7pm, and Wasabi is still my candidate. I know I said Friday, but I'm afraid that Friday is going to be busy at restaurants, and I don't know if we'll be a big group or a small one. All in favor say "hai"?

I believe in rum drinkin' with friends and friendly strangers (how friendly depends on how much rum ^_~). The Casuelita's Night vote points to a gathering on a Friday, post-New Year's Day. If there is a week that is bad for you, let me know before I pick an evening.

In the vernacular of pirates who sail on Christmas ships, "Yo Ho Ho".
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
Here's where I get to be evil and make you pick a day, place, and time. If you aren't sure, or want to see who's going on what night, that's okay. Pick your "most likely", or leave a comment and add your choice into the poll later.

Day, Place, Time )
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (discoball [poisoned skin])
It's looking like an there is a strong pull for SUSHI, so I'm going to say let's do that, for starters. WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 has the most votes. (Dim sum can still happen, maybe in June.)

Any problems with that?

Ototo was the 2nd most favored last time, so I think that should be our restaurant this time.

Let me know in comment, yay or nay. I'll do an RSVP post this weekend.

butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)

Shall I write fondly of the divine meal,
Of how we laughed, of ev'ry lovely dish,
Tempura fried to aesthetic appeal,
The beasts and beauties created in fish?

How seven sat with chairs enough for eight,
How even while we dined without one there,
His absence had a near and subtle weight,
Presence marked by more than the empty chair?

'Tis true, Dave introduced most of our lot
To each other, in his own grenade style,
But I must ask, was this part of the plot --
The women's talk, the shared, sarcastic smile?

We parted late, in camaraderie;
'Twas greatly fun ~ 'twas brilliant company.

Not exactly iambic, but it's only been about 14 hours. ^_^;


Dec. 23rd, 2004 10:17 pm
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
Did anyone miss the sushi invitation? (Friends locked, so... log in!) Give a yell if you can partake in the feasting. I'll post a poll in a couple of days to pick place & time, so suggestions are very helpful!


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