Still warm, but it rained all day today. It is supposed to be nice although a little cooler on Saturday and Sunday, so we got that going for us. Which is nice.
I got Mom and Dad's presents mailed to them. *huzzah* Well, all but one, which can't be mailed anyway, so I'll just have to call them on Christmas Day and tell them about it. I'm almost done with the rest of my present shopping. I think. I even have an Emergency Gift. You know, a nice non-gender-specific, not terribly expensive, pleasant gift that I keep just in case someone from whom I am not expecting to receive a gift gives me one. I figure it's much nicer than the look of semi-horrified surprise and embarrassment that they would otherwise receive.
I went to dinner with a group of friends and their spouses (spice?) tonight. Ten of us used to work together until three years ago when five of them left to join another firm. But even though we are competitors, we have all remained good friends, and we usually manage to all get together a couple of times a year. David organized it - no small feat - and we had dinner at Roy's restaurant. It was great fun - we all had a good time and laughed way too much.
This is the latest branch of Roy's - Mom and I had dinner at Roy's in Hawaii last month, and I tried the new Philly location two weeks ago with my friend John. I am beginning to feel like Roy's food critic - three visits in three weeks.
I love the truffle/garlic butter they put on the table, although I cannot really recommend the crab cakes. The Duck Spring Roll is nice, as is the macadamia-encrusted Mahi Mahi and the Ahi Tuna. The company was great, and the food is good, but I have to say that it was surprisingly more expensive than I would have thought. For example, tonight after our shares of the bill were divided, someone asked, "Is that per couple?" It wasn't, but it probably should have been. Ouch.
The weather charletans are saying that our lovely spring weather is only going to hang around for another week or so. Then we'll be back to "normal."
At least I have one of my favorite days of the year coming up: December 22nd. That is when the year makes the turn and the days start becoming longer instead of shorter. I feel that it is one of the nice touches that winter allows us - just as it starts to become cold and miserable, it gives us a tiny glimmer of hope in the form of an extra minute of sunshine each day. A promise of things to come.
Quote du jour:
One cannot think well, love well,
sleep well, if one has not dined well.
-- Virginia Woolf
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