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the syrup was warm

Yesterday was my birthday, and it was fantastic.  It really started Saturday, when I woke up and made cinnamon rolls for the apartment.  Friends came over to eat dinner at Asaya, then hung around to play HeroQuest (I’m the DM!  So fun!).  Afterward, I opened presents!  Diminutive Roommate got me edible things (four packages of various flavors of ramen, some strawberry flavored Japanese chocolates, and mango and green tea flavored mochi), and Teacher Roommate gave me a card worth a custom-designed teapot!  So cool!  I can’t wait to figure out what I want.

Yesterday, I woke up and had the intense desire to watch Pride & Prejudice (with Judy Dench).  Is that what happens to females when we hit 28?  Sudden inexplicable cravings for Jane Austen?

Boyfriend took me to get blueberry ricotta pancakes at BLD for breakfast!  We had to wait about a half-hour for our table, so we took a walk.  Some people were moving out of their house near where we parked, so I poked through the boxes next to the trash cans on the sidewalk, and found some Goosebumps books!  I burned through dozens of these around age ten.  It felt like my brain literally gained sustenance from reading them.  We also found, amid the neglected R. L. Stine and old trophies, a choose-your-own-adventure book (ninja theme!), which I read to Boyfriend.  One of the characters was really chatty and annoying, so we decided that we should turn evil and kill her the first chance we got.  And we did.  The End.


We headed over to Treehouse Friend’s place to play Quarriors, a simple but fun dice-building game that we haven’t played in a really long time.  He and his girlfriend, Ballerina Friend, were going out on a double-date with some other friends after that, so we had to jet.  Dinner was at Tagine with my folks and Sister and Boyfriend, which is where we go every year for my birthday because it’s delicious, and too expensive to do more than once per year.

Once home, it was time to depart for ice skating!  We went to the Culver Ice Rink on Sawtelle, where I held Boyfriend’s hand and went backwards a bunch while Boyfriend showed enormous improvement.  Then we went home and hung out with friends, and I had a margarita.  Overall, an excellent birthday weekend.

that shoe looks familiar...

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Delicious friendship


soy sauce ramen, fresh watermelon, hot lo han

I had dinner with Little Iron Friend about a month ago, and really enjoyed it.  I made the ramen, and we chatted about how I got my ass kicked at that one sparring class at the kung fu studio.  She’s a solid person.  Plus, we drank Lo Han Guo, which I love and haven’t had since the old days of tae kwon do training!  Hooray, so good!

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A month of decadence

Sunday, February 6th
Home made fried chicken with BBQ’d carrots, garlic bread, lemonade, at the Treehouse (my friend’s apartment; the place a group of my friends is most likely to congregate to hang out, meet before an excursion, etc.).

Friday, February 11th
Bday dinner at Animal with Boyfriend.  Bone marrow, flatiron steak, ox tail, foi gras.

Saturday, February 12th (birthday!)
Bluberry pancakes for breakfast at BLD, mac and cheese for dinner at Barney’s Beanery, followed by ice skating.

my stomach is so happy, it's gone anime

Monday, February 14th (Valentine’s day)
Bday lunch with coworkers at MortonFig.  Dinner with Boyfriend: home made penne asparagus with garlic.

Tuesday, February 15th
Buffalo burger with sweet potato fries for work lunch at LA Athletic Club.  Ritzy!

Friday, February 18th (Treehouse Friend’s bday)
Medieval Times!  Soup, chicken, garlic bread, potatoes, apple dessert.

Saturday, February 19th
Bday dinner with family at Tagine.  Hummus, bell pepper salad, bastillab (sweet meat in phyllo), scallops, sea bass, lamb, vanilla ice cream in chocolate soup.

Monday, February 21st
I make ramen dinner at the Treehouse for Boyfriend, Treehouse Friend, and Artist Friend, with green onions, hot oil, and salmon and scallop sashimi.

Out of all this food, I only paid for two meals (Medieval Times and ramen).  So far soooo goooood.  I love food so much.  I need to go to Daikokuya with Boyfriend soon.  It’s my favorite ramen place so far.  I wish it wasn’t downtown, but its Little Tokyo location is part of its charm.

UPDATE February 25th, 9:58pm

Friday, February 25th
That wine I love arrived a few days ago, and I finally had some.  It’s perfect.  See my first drunken post, ‘El vino.’