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Yes, I spent precious daylight hours gardening today, prancing about (inasmuch as a Clydesdale can prance) in my gardening clogs and the one pair of actually blue jeans that I own, playing with worms and getting worked up about not being able to properly label my dahlias as I pulled them up and dropped them into a container for their long winter's nap. This is decidedly one of the things that makes me laugh and say, "I am not goth!" Yes, I garden and I am obsessed with tulips and get giddy about inventing new strategies to counteract those thieving squirrels. Give me a dibble and a pair of rubber gloves and I am truly a Happy Girl.

Gardening is, of course, a very *ahem* grounding activity, and it was extra pleasant today as shadowdaddy was able to be outside working with me, hacking down branches of the damned laurels while the earth beneath them was still unturned. Despite having over 800 bulbs, I'm convinced I'm short, even though I've got at least six more hours of digging, amending, planting, and mulching before I've made it through this lot. Once it's all done I'm going to be a complete freak again and make patterns on the loam with seashells I collected this summer; for some reason I find it very pleasant to see their wiggly lines against the black dirt when I'm in the kitchen doing dishes and peeping at the Cold Cold World through the window over the sink.

Today will surely be memorable for marking the discovery of Our New Place for Dim Sum, which henceforth will be Jade Garden. We met Mr. and Mrs. angelsong (your first hit's free, Eric!) at this restaurant, and it was the miracle of many of manys as the little carts just kept on rolling by. Curse them for seating us in the stinking back room where we were far from the action, but we had no shortage of dishes to choose from (even given that angelsong wanted no pork and I wanted no shrimp). Things got even better when butterflake showed up, fresh from filling our car with goodies to take to the Goodwill, and proceeded to basically be the charming and fun person she is - with total strangers! I did my damnedest to try to convince her to come by our place for Thanksgiving dessert (and games!), so we'll see if I was successful and we have a few more folks to join in the fun.

Okay, now I'm off to jaquelea's for some card games ... let the whuppin' begin!


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Nov. 21st, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Mr. and Mrs. angelsong

Tee hee! I approve!!!

It was great to meet you and Jason finally. We are up for meeting you guys at Jade Garden anytime...maybe we can wait for a table in the front next time. :-)

Can you believe that we just got home?
Nov. 21st, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
Man, you were having quite the city day!
Nov. 21st, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was quite a day. We went to 3 stores looking at winter jackets for me. Northface was way too expensive (and I hate paying for just a name) and Patagonia wasn't to my taste. We struck gold at REI. We spent hours looking and were about to give up when we met a really great salesguy who knew what we were looking for...so we left 2 1/2 hours later happy. :-) We also got some kewl mitten/gloves.

What a great store, totally reminds me of the LL Bean huge store we used to go to in Maine.

I definitely would be up for learning how to game with you guys...if you don't mind a newbie.
Nov. 22nd, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
Thank you guys so much for taking those bags to goodwill (or wherever you took them)... and for inviting me to sit down and have dim sum. Jade Garden will definitely be my place of choice from now on as well - that honey mustard shrimp was quite impressive!
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