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Things here have been pretty good! I will enumerate, because transitional sentences are too complicated for me today.

  1. Friends threw me a small graduation party/baby shower this weekend at the beach! It's been overcast, but the sun did come out for a few hours, and it was lovely. Lots of tasty food -- the eeee! wowed everyone with his spicy grilled corn -- and lots of fun. One person got us this navy blue hoodie that has a SHARK embroidered across the front of it, which is totally awesome.

  2. The eeee! and I are incompetent when it comes to grilled chicken -- we burn it, or undercook it, or both. Blah! But we tried the Italian Grilled Chicken in a recent article of Cook's Illustrated, and it was amazing. We might blog about it at some point, but highlights include butterflying the chicken, pressing it on the grill with a hot cast-iron pot (or bricks), and eight cloves of garlic. It came out perfectly, and as we were eating it, we were exclaiming, "We could actually make this for a guest!"

  3. I will actually need to buy maternity clothes soon, because while my low-rise jeans still fit (especially the sexiest ones, which is kind of hilarious), my skirts are getting tighter and tighter. This means I have to buy stuff before I leave for Europe, ack. But! I have a gift card for the Gap (graduation present from my brother), and a 25% off coupon. So I am about to go crazy online.

  4. When I go to Italy in July, I get into the Venice airport at 9 a.m., but my shuttle to the middle of nowhere isn't until 6 p.m. or so. I started doing some research on the Venice airport (awesomely named Marco Polo), and I think I might actually be able to get into Venice for the day. Yay! If any of you have been to Venice, I would deeply appreciate any and all advice about transport to and from the airport, and about Venice itself.

  5. We finally watched the pilot of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency last night, and loved it. We have the whole season recorded, and so far I cannot recommend it enough. It's shot in Botswana, and is so beautiful and funny and interesting. Now I need to read the books -- which will require going to the library, which will require paying my library fine, egad.



Okay, I guess that wasn't all strictly about my weekend. Anyway. Happy Monday! The sun is shining, our new chairs are coming today, and life is good.
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Three things are vexing me, so I thought I'd ask the collected wisdom that is all of you!


  1. I need a pair of black boots. I have needed a pair of black boots for quite some time now. These boots seem like they might fit the bill, especially in the calves. But the sizing of Clarks is totally wonky. Do I buy them in a 7 1/2 and an 8, try them on, and return the pair that doesn't fit? That's the whole point of the free shipping both ways, right? It just seems so wasteful, though! Ugh. Maybe I should brave Nordstrom, first.

  2. I am vaguely considering jogging in the mornings, instead of the early evenings, because I often have stuff going on in the evening. There are two drawbacks, though: I am not a morning person, and I am hypoglycemic. I can barely shower in the mornings before having at least orange juice, let alone jog 2-3 miles. However, jogging right after eating is usually unpleasant. Any suggestions for what the pre-jog breakfast sweet spot might be, so that I don't feel like passing out or throwing up?

  3. Uh, for those of you who use supermongo, any advice on string manipulation? I want to put together a filename from many pieces -- can I only concat two strings at a time?

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