Monday, February 10, 2014

Amy Birthday and Weekend Update

It was Amy's birthday last Friday!  Amy had some comp time built up from having worked on a prior "skeleton crew" day, so she was planning on taking Friday afternoon off in honor of her birthday.  As it turned out, we had some freezing temperatures and a chance of freezing rain on Friday morning, so both the county and the state closed down our offices for the morning in order to keep things safe.  As a result, Amy got the whole day off, and I worked half a day.  It was nice.  The weather turned out not to be bad, so we got up in the morning and went and had some breakfast at Kerbey Lane.  We had a funny waiter with a low voice who told jokes, including one that required him to recreate a whale song.  The whale song alone was worth the cost of admission, people.

(the birthday girl!)

Friday night we went out to a birthday dinner at Uchiko.  We had a nice meal and a nice birthday date!  I like that place.  I used to be afraid of sushi, but they have lots of cooked items at Uchiko, and they've managed to turn me around on the uncooked fish.  Turns out that when it's done well and when the pieces of fish are small enough to be manageable, sushi can be really good.  That being said, I'm still not sure that I would eat sushi at just any ol' place.  I would imagine that when it isn't done well, sushi can probably be unpleasant.  But ours was good.  We had loup crudo, dewbee chicken, tempura nasu, brussel sprouts, hamachi, and a couple of desserts- fried milk an tobacco cream.  I'm not sure if we had anything else.  Seems like I might have forgotten something.   (I'm mostly writing all of these down so I can look this up for when we go back there again).

On Saturday we ran some errands and did some chores.  Saturday evening we went over to my parents' house for a really nice dinner with Mom, Dad, Jamie, and Ryan.  We had some tasty appetizers before dinner (Mama made some good little stuffed peppers), and then Dad grilled some really good steak and salmon for dinner.  Mom made rice, asparagus, rolls, and another veggie that I can't remember, and Jamie brought salad (as well as some really nice flowers for Amy).  Amy and I brought over some cupcakes from Sugar Mama's over on South 1st, and they turned out to be pretty popular with the fam. 
It was nice to get together and hang out, and the food was good.  We had intended to play some games, but we were all feeling a little pooped, so we ended up just hanging out, instead (although eventually- and unexpectedly- Ryan began to yell out trivial pursuit  questions at people from his Silver Screen Edition.  It was less akin to a game and more in keeping with an aggressive law enforcement interrogation).
We had a really nice time on Saturday.  Thanks, guys!

Sunday we ran a couple of errands and then took Cassidy to the park.  The weather was great, which is sort of weird, given the fact that we had freezing weather and road closures on Friday, and we're predicted to have more freezing rain this week.
Nonetheless, the park was nice.  We talked to a few people while Cassidy played with their dogs, and we did a little reading.  Very nice way to spend an hour or two.

Sunday evening we had a practice with Mono Ensemble.  We sounded good.  I think that at some point we might try to start booking some gigs again.  Maybe.  Hopefully.  We'll see.  At any rate, it was good to hang out with the guys, and nice to play some music.  It felt really good.


After band practice (and during it), Amy made a really interesting, tasty dinner.  Amy's grandfather, Jerry, is a hunter and a fisherman.  Last time Amy came back from Arizona, she stepped off the plane with a cooler full of fish and dove breasts.  We've been eating the fish for a while (Amy has gotten really good at cooking fish in a variety of ways), and last night Amy cooked up the dove breasts.  She cooked them in a marsala sauce with bacon and served them over pasta.  They were good!  We both really enjoyed the meal.  Thanks to Jerry for catching the dove, and to Amy for cooking it (with some advice from her grandmother, Carol, on how to prepare it).  It felt fancy!

Well, that was about it!  Happy birthday, Amy!  Love you!!


Jean said...

Cheers to both of you for braving the dove. Seriously!

J.S. said...

I had never had dove before, but it turned out to be very good. We enjoyed it!