2003-04-28 - 8:52 a.m.
The weekend was exhausting but sooo much fun. The swinging 80s thing was something of a bust; suffice to say some of the friends didn't bother. Sigh. But those who did made fabulous, fun effort. Miss Beek was Tom Cruise in Risky Business--squashed boobs, pink dress shirt and a candlestick. Cec dolled up well as Jennifer Beals, Flashdance style. I felt as though a 1985 prom had vomited me up from the past, shoulder pads included. Even Cappy and Gary had a good time.
J did his best. He came, he chatted...and he retreated to the bedroom, working on planning his job interview presentation. He's just not good with big groups.
Saturday we slept in late, stayed in bed a long, long time. I didn't even clean up from the party before we left for San Francisco. We ended up at a 5-course dinner with D&G at Zuni Cafe. I don't know what exactly to think about the restaurant. I loved that even though it's upscale, there was a group of students, dreds and all, sitting across from us perfectly relaxed. But the food wasn't quite up to my admittedly picky standards. Most of it needed something: more cracked pepper, some additional acid. The salad contained some unidentified green that caused my gums to swell up...not a happy thing. Another glass of red wine seemed to cure it, though. ;-)
But then came the risotto. First, it must be said that risotto is the ultimate. Starchy, creamy, but no real meat. And this had a good four ounces of whole morels. God, morels are just the best mushroom ever. Better than truffles (yes, I know these aren't really mushrooms, but...), better than chanterelles. They are just the essence of mushroom.
Sunday I slept until 12, then slowly regained consciousness enough to watch the reviled Lakers tie up their series with Milwaukee. Grr. They must go down so the Kings can pull through to the Finals.
All in all a happy time. J and I seem to be doing well. He has an enormously important job interview today and tomorrow. If he gets the job, he'll be an assistant professor...much better pay, doing exactly what he wants to do. It doesn't look good right now, but I'm so hoping for him. He deserves this.
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