Posts Tagged ‘friends’

Book Sale

Rob and I went to Powell’s City of Books to sell the books I sorted out the other day. We got $86 for half of them. The other half we carted home. Actually, we carted them to the end of the block outside Powell’s and set them down so Rob could fetch the car. While I was standing there a woman and her boyfriend walked past. I overheard her say, “I should just stand next to the book buyers and offer to buy things they reject.” So I said, “Do you want any of these?” She turned so fast her heel left a divot in the sidewalk. She bought a bag of them for $5. Whee! Fewer things to carry and store.

Making the Christmas rounds

Rob and I went around to various friends’ homes to drop off cookies that he had made and some Bethel Heights wine. After we finished making our social calls we saw A Series of Unfortunate Events which I had high hopes for, because I love the books. Sadly, the movie is aptly titled. The production design is perfect; the boy playing Klaus is really great, with a subtle, somber performance, but the movie tries to combine three of the books together which makes it a series of large misfortunes. Part of the charm in the original is the way in which the Baudelaire Orphans work together to overcome small misfortunes as well.

Merry Christmas!

Last night Rob and I incorporated one of his family’s traditions into our Christmas. We discussed whether we would open the gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning. They do this every year, so we merrily discussed the relative merits. Breaking with their tradition we decided on a compromise. We opened the gifts from his parents last night and from everyone else this morning.

I woke up at eight o’clock. I’m still startled awake by the daylight, convinced that I have overslept. It’s funny how quickly I became aclimated to that. I got up and made popovers and tidied a bit. Rob got up around ten-thirty.

We received wonderful gifts from our numerous friends and relations. If you need evidence of how many friends and relations we have, please examine the pile of debris.
(Note: Due to quantity, some of the gifts have crept near the debris pile.)

Once again, I have no pictures

The party was a grand success, but I didn’t even think about bringing the camera out. Eve contributed a lovely salmon, part of which I’m going to make into an omlette this morning. Sue brought hummus, olives, smoked oysters and… there was something else yummy on that plate, but I can’t remember what it was.

It was so good to see our friends again, but by eight o’clock my attention span had narrowed to that of a gnat. I made the mistake of having a glass of wine, and it’s not a good combo with jet lag. Neither is eggnog, but it’s so tasty.

The Menu
Eve’s Salmon
Cheeses and crackers
Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl, with carrot sticks, blanched green beans, and red peppers
Nori rice crackers
Icelandic Licorice
Icelandic Chocolate
Dolmas and cherry tomatoes
Hummus, smoked oysters, Kalamata Olives
Diablo Olives
Cookies
Wine, Icelandic Moss Tea, Hot Apple Cider, Rob’s Eggnog

Starting later

I didn’t have to come to work today until 4:45. Steve and I joined a group of the cast at Culture House for brunch. Afterwards we went shopping for groceries (ooooh) and came to work. We were going to go the Blue Lagoon, but there wasn’t quite enough time to fit that in. I’ve sent Steve off with Sarah’s friend Andrew. Andrew came in on the same flight as Steve–he’s also fond of beer, so they’ve hit it off well.

Thanksgiving pictures

Þor took these pictures of last night. Here we all are, as the bounty of food has been laid upon the table.

And as a sample of how quickly my friends in Iceland have come to understand Rob, here is a perfect photo of him

Rob!

Pat just forwarded two photos of Rob that a friend of his, Cliff Watson, took while he was visiting during harvest. Rob tells me that he’s shaved the beard off for his new passport photo.

This is my favorite. Cliff has somehow managed to make a cold, crowded, dark room look warm and romantic. But that might just be me…

Screening

Last night, after we wrapped, there was a huge screening of two of the new episodes. They set up a big movie screen and projected the episodes for two hundred people. It was a mix of people from work and their friends and families. They had fruitplates and cocktails to add to the festive excitement. The episodes were both really good.

Afterwards we all went over to Sarah’s for Raymond’s birthday party. This was more fun, because I got to really talk with some people that I only pass in the hall at work.