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03-09-2002 @ 11:56 p.m.
One Year Anniversary

Hormones are a very good thing. And that's all I'm saying about that. Mmmm hmmmm.

Tonight was the first anniversary of the International Dinner Group and we celebrated in good style. I gave each couple a vintage apron to commemorate the anniversary and all of us cooks donned them. Marcus looked cuteste in the pink chiffon and lace number. He had to do some funny stuff with them other guys--playing with their hair and talking with a lisp.

The food was tasty. Pullet Broth with Prunes--quite delish. My minced meat pie consisted of small cubes of good steak, pork tenderloin, small bits of bacon, currants, raisins, figs, whole pearl onions and mushrooms with port wine and beef broth gravy and seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, allspice and black pepper. It was well-received. We also had an onion pie (kind of like a quiche), mustard sauce, rustic bread, poached pears and the piece de resistance--hot apple soup. Oh man, that soup was sooo good! Sweet, savory, oniony, smooth. Mmmmm. If you're interested, go to www.godecookery.com (I'm too lazy to look up how to link it properly here). It's a great website for medieval and Renaissance cooking. Great stuff.

Aside from grocery shopping, cooking and our dinner tonight, I did pretty much nothing. I didn't even get into the shower until after 1pm. It was great. Hanging out in my fleece nightgown until after noon? Oh yeah--that's a very good thing.

We're watching our DVD of Say Anything, one of the best and funniest movies of all time. Brilliant! We bought it last night on our Borders Fest. That and When Harry Met Sally. WHS was only $12.99! What a steal. And Say Anything was only $14.99. Man, cheap!

We bought a few other books, too, including Creating the Not So Big Home. That's a great book, BTW. Highly recommended if you don't live in a cavernous home or if you do and don't love it because it's not cozy enough. This book fills me full of lots of ideas to change our home. Ed is pumped up, too. We've got some great projects planned for the next six months or so.

Yesterday, Ed was informed that there will be no vacation for his group in Q4. Ack! We had to change our house reservations for Christmas to the weekend before Christmas, but my sisters were great about the switch. At least we'll still get a few days together this way. He just can't leave that week before General Ledger goes live in 2003. Too many things can go wrong. If things are ahead of schedule or doing well, he may be able to take Monday or Tuesday before Christmas off, but not after Christmas for sure.

Tomorrow one of my least favorite of Joey's friends is coming for a play date. She's delighted but I'm less so. Hope it turns out ok. I'd hate to have to kill anyone on a Sunday.

--L

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