Archive for February, 2010

Another fabulous dinner

I’m still working through the amazing menu at Lily Macs. Tonight was the gnocchi pesto. I still haven’t made it to breakfast yet. Trying to convince myself that stuffed apple French toast is appropriate with beer.

Even better was the company! Introduced Curling Boy and Intern’s parents to my local Irish pub. (Intern has already been here, see karaoke night.) We enjoyed pints of Guinness and an always fabulous meal.

And sadly, come Monday, Intern will need a new name. I think he is jealous that there will soon be a new intern trying to full his shoes.


Lilly Macs grand opening saturday night

Pure promotion. My favorite Irish pub, where everyone knows my name, is having their grand opening tomorrow night. Live Irish music by Celtic Soul. Come one, come all!

Lilly Macs, Murphy Street, Sunnyvale.

We won!!

We finally won our first pub quiz night! After coming in second, and then third last week, we won by three points this week. We even aced a quiz about names of people from the bible used by rock bands. The answer to the first question (Judas Priest) we guessed after hearing the title of the quiz and before heating the question. The last question we managed to guess right. Do you know which book in the old testament is alphabetically first and the name of a female rock pianist? No fair googling!

And the best part, besides Lilly Macs giving us $50 off our bill for coming in first, is that I’m in bed by 2230.


Mood lighting

I’m sitting under the television in Lilly Macs, waiting for quiz night and trying to catch up on blog posts. Under the tv was a poor choice in location. Why? Because the tv is behind me, and as advertisements play, the brightness changes.

And when the brightness around me changes, my laptop adapts to the change by dimming or brightening the screen and the backlight on the keys.


My favorite flowers

Great Grandmother would be so proud. I’ve finally come to appreciate flowers. As if you couldn’t tell from my obsession with posting pictures of trees blooming in February. Part of the reason is also because I never saw flowers on trees in Maine other than apple trees. So many trees here flower!

In the last few weeks, I’ve started picking up flowers at the farmers market to suppliment my strange assortment of plants. The way I pick plants is that the ones that survive my sporatic watering live and the rest die. I have a Swedish ivy that has been with me since college. I’ve left it with friends and taken only a clipping and it keeps thriving. Mainly because it looks sad when it needs water. My mourning doves have been contemplating using their old nest in it again. I should water the plant before the birds lay eggs.

I’ve tried a couple kinds of flowers. I have these crazy tulips right now, but they have bent way over and I don’t think they are going to last. I need to get some taller vases.

I love the color of irises. They’ve done well in the past. But my favorite so far, despite the mess they leave, are lillies.

I used to hate lillies because of how smelly they are. But the odor detracts from the smell of wet dog. And it would help cover the litterbox smell, but The Archivist assures me there is none. She feeds Mitsy and Pablo sometimes and is so impressed with the Feline Pine that she has started recommending it to her friends. That says something when a person with no pets recommends a cat litter!

This latest batch of lillies is amazing. Potent beyond belief, they are slow to open. I bought them Saturday and only one has opened so far. I will certainly get two weeks out of them. Long lasting, they are also able to handle their own weight, which is important because I seem to be lacking tall vases. I didn’t see any in Goodwill when I looked through the window this weekend. I was hoping to find something vintage.

In other flower news, one of my orchids has four new open blooms. It has been amazing to watch it grow every day. I don’t notice until I leave and come back in the morning. It is making me think I have a green thumb, so I now trying to get my other orchid to bloom a second time. Wish me luck!

Reasons I don’t live in New England

Saw this on this morning and it made me laugh. It is wicked accurate!

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Reasons I don’t live in New England

The cherry trees have been in bloom for the last week. It is February. :-)