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