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Updated: 02/28/06

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Tuesday, 28 February, 2006

Yet another cat ritual is solidifying in our house. Gary usually picks me up after work and we drive home together. When we come in through the garage, Suki is there to greet us, or is in the process of racing from somewhere else in the house to do so. We pet her and ask her how her day was - usually she says that she missed us and we really shouldn't leave any more because she can provide us with MICE, yes she can because she is a HUNTER. And pet me more.

But lately she has been kind of rushing through the greeting part - "OK, you're home, that's great" - and then makes a bee line for the down stairs powder room. Where she stands in the shower and meows for me to come in. When I do, she writhes around on the shower floor for a minute and then, "OK, we're done. What are you looking at? Open the door."


I didn't like avocados when I was growing up. You know, in Southern California, right? Like, the HOME of avocados? Where you can buy a bushel of them for a dollar, or better yet, grow them in your back yard. [Right, Mark and Mary?] No, I waited until I moved to the east coast to decide to like, nay, LOVE avocados. Where you can buy ONE for two dollars.

Except at Costco, where they were selling a bag of FIVE for three dollars! Woo hoo! So we bought them and I took my as yet unripe treasures home and left them out to ripen. Which they did. All at once. So now I feel a bit like Bubba in "Forrest Gump" talking about all the ways to prepare avocados. So far we've had them as guacamole, in a romaine, onion and avocado salad, and halved with vinaigrette. I'm thinking a little shrimp/avocado combo next but I'm open for suggestions.



[Only 7,246 more needed for our wine cellar wall.]

Quote du jour:

"Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.
That- that's about it."

Bubba in "Forrest Gump"

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