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Updated: 02/18/06

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by Neal Stephenson

glue corks


Saturday, 18 February, 2006

OK, that 65 degrees I mentioned the other day. Right, so forget that. High of about freezing, heading for 18 degrees tonight. Old Man Winter, right? Hi!

Today is Dad's birthday. Yea, Dad! He said Mom woke him up to see a beautiful, round rainbow this morning. A nice omen, I think. Mom, Gary and I gave him an iPod as a present and he was busy loading songs and watching the US perform generally poorly in the Olympics.

We had a really, umm, URBAN day. We both woke early but went back to sleep until around 7:30. I made coffee in the little kitchenette in the bedroom, we flipped on the TV and watched Discovery Channel and Food Network in bed until about 10:30 a.m. How decadent!

We had some errands to run, so we stopped at the post office, the bank and then parked down town and walked around, hitting some shops, stopping at Smith & Wollensky's for lunch and West Elm Street (furniture) before heading home. We saw some great couches and tables for the living room - we're going to measure and make sure they're what we want.

It was my turn to cook tonight, but I forgot to take anything out of the freezer, so I heated up some leftover crabcakes, flank steak and spaghetti squash for dinner. We ate early as we were going to a surprise party for David's 40th birthday. It was a great event, held at an empty art gallery in Manayunk. Well, empty until about 40 of David's friends and family arrived. It was great fun - he was actually surprised, too. His wife, Kimberley, and his Mom both gave lovely speeches in his honor.

[Hear, hear!]


We had a HUGE donation to the wine cork project today. Stephani, our friend who happens to be a professor at Cornell's Hotel School, has been saving corks from their wine tasting classes since this fall. A big box arrived with 840 corks, plus another 100 or so synthetics. So, wow - I need to get to work on gluing them up!

[Only 7,249 more needed for our wine cellar wall.]

Quote du jour:

"There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved; It is God's finger on man's shoulder."

Charles Morgan (1894 - 1958) English novelist

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