February 26th, 2005

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We had quite a nice evening last night. When Cory got home I had dinner almost done, and after dinner we got gas and then I drove out to the beach. We stopped in Newport to play with the dog in front of a strip of oceanfront motels that shine their lights out on the beach at night so we could see. Remmy found a huge stick and tried her best to bring it with her when she followed us, but it was so heavy that she started whimpering and almost howling when she couldn't lift it. It was pretty funny. Cory started feeling better once we hit the beach (he was stressed out from working all day) and he had a good time running around and playing. At one point we found a big flock of what I think were sandpipers, and they ran so smoothly across the sand that they looked like waves reflecting the light. I wish i'd gotten a picture of them, but it was so dark nothing showed up. Case in point:

Then we walked back up the staircase to the parking lot and it made my poor legs hurt. I'm such an out-of-shape wimp. Heh.

And then we drove down to Yachats to The Landmark, which Dad said was the only bar in town but we parked in front of another bar across the street. We got there right when "Dad's" band was supposed to start their set but Dad still had time to hug me before they started. And we sat and drank $4 pints of beer and listened to Dad play the bass. After a bit over an hour they took a break and Dad and his friend came down and sat with us for a couple of minutes. 'Twas nice to talk to him. I think he really is sorry he and I didn't talk for so long. I took off my glasses to clean them and he reached out and touched my cheek and said "isn't she just so cute? You're a lucky guy, Cory." It was sweet.

And then I drove us home, after Dad went back up on stage. They were playing until 1am and we didn't want to stick around that long. So Cory slept part of the way while I drove, and we got home at midnight and went to bed. It was really nice to be in bed, I tell ya. Except for this morning when Remmy got off her corner and it was covered in sand.

And now Cory's at work and I'm here again. I'm going to go grocery shopping, and that's going to be so much fun. Whoopee.
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Ah, the grocery store. I got almost everything I needed for a new recipe I'm going to try. I'm excited.

On my way in with six bags of groceries, the little boy (I think he's probably 6) who lives upstairs was holding the front door open, waiting for his mom to come downstairs. Three or four college kids were coming out, and they just kind of looked at him and didn't say anything. When they moved, I went through the doorway and said "thank you!" to him. He kind of paused for a second, and said "you're welcome!" in a little quiet voice. I came inside and put some groceries away, and then went outside again for the pop that I didn't have enough hands to bring in before. The boy was out there with his mom getting buckled into the car, and I heard him say "there's the girl who said thank you to me! That girl in the pink shirt!" :D I think that even a stranger can teach you things, like how good it feels when someone tells you thank you, and that's why you should do it to other people.

And now I shall go to Safeway to get the last ingredient or two for dinner. Cooking it is going to take awhile, I think. But first, a yogurt. Oh shoot, and I have to take Remmy out too.
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I'm going to start trying new recipes once a week, or once every two weeks, and see if we can start to branch out when it comes to dinners. We usually eat baked chicken and potatoes or peas or stuffing, which is all well and good, but it's kind of fun to try new things. A couple of weeks ago I went through my year's-worth of Cooking Light magazines and cut out all the recipes that looked good, and I glued them to copy paper and put them in page protectors. They're all out of order, so a good table of contents needs to be organized soon.

Anyway, tonight's experiment was Shrimp Pad Thai for dinner, and Indian Rice Pudding for dessert. I was mixing my countries of origin. :) The pad thai wasn't nearly as good as Beau Thai or even Thai Orchid, so Cory gave it a 4 out of 10, and I probably won't be making it again. There rice pudding is good, but not great. It said to chill it but I'm eating mine warm because I like it like that. Cory gave it a 5 out of 10, and I'll probably try it again someday after I try the other one or two rice pudding recipes in my new book.

All together, I feel bad for Cory for having to eat stuff he didn't like all night. Poor guy.