Dec. 25th, 2007 12:31 pm
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Do you know how difficult it is to buy gift books for somebody who works in library collection development?

Just sayin'....
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I am thankful...

  • for walks in the park on a beautiful November day with [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere and the Things

  • <arlo>for a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat</arlo>, which we cooked together

  • that [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere and I, despite countless failures of communication, are still together and still trying to understand one another

  • that both [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere and I have jobs which

    • we believe in, i.e. the world is better with somebody doing this job than without;

    • pay a livable wage;

    • we're reasonably good at; and

    • we mostly enjoy.

  • that we can afford pretty much everything we need, and a fair number of things we want

  • that among all the centuries I might have been born into, I'm privileged to witness the Information Revolution (and therefore I have easy access to learn about the other centuries too, and email, and LJ, and programming languages, and...)

  • that although all four large mammals in the house have minor health issues, we have nothing serious

  • for friends and family, however eccentric

  • that I live in the US; as much as I kvetch about the way it's being run at the moment, there are many worse places I could be living

  • that I live within fifteen minutes' walk of groceries, non-blockbuster movies, doctor, dentist, vet, bike repair, library, barbers, post offices, banks, restaurants, drugstores, public transit that works, and a square mile of forest

  • (especially on Thanksgiving evening) for automatic dishwashers

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We did not go out of town. We did not go to an SCA demo. We did not get together with my cousin. Couple time.

Friday night we went to L'Ecole, our traditional celebratory-dinner spot (four-star cuisine for, let's say, three-star prices because the cooks are all students getting graded on their work). It was fabulous as always, despite the menu being slightly different from what [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere had read on the Web.

Saturday morning we went to the farmers' market (the one in Union Square, since the one a mile from our home hasn't opened yet for the season :-( ), chatted with farmers about their craft (sorta like chatting with SCA artisans about what they do with their hands) and bought some lovely fruits, vegetables, and meat. Dinner was grilled lamb steak, purple carrots, and sugar snap peas, followed by vanilla ice cream topped with really fresh raspberries (pureed with a bit of Grand Marnier). Yum! Somewhere in between, [livejournal.com profile] shalmestere finished sewing together the body of a fully-lined linen Gothic Fitted Dress; our nemesis, the sleeves, still lie ahead but the body looks really good.

After the traditional Sunday-morning low-carb pancakes, we went to the beach for the first time this year. The water was lovely, we started re-reading Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince respectively, and we'll probably both have sunburns tomorrow despite sunscreen and a beach umbrella. On the way home, we stopped at Circuit City and, as an anniversary present, bought a new clock radio that will talk to the iPod. (We'd been thinking of the Bose, but the iHome seems to do all the same things, with almost the same sound quality, for a fifth the price. Check back and see if that assessment changes over time....)

Tomorrow, back to work.


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