06/10/11 Make A Top 10 List Of Things To Do This Summer

A recent Daily Post writing suggestion was Make a top 10 list of things to do this summer. I thought this sounded interesting and fun but it’s actually taken me quite a while to complete, maybe because I wanted to come up with things that stand a good chance of being accomplished. My list, in no particular order:

1 Visit the beach
2 Eat a funnel cake
3 Try the rotary sushi bar in Bethesda MD
4 Do the Harley Davidson vehicle operations tour in York PA
5 Add some new music to my ipod
6 Start putting aside money for our 10th anniversary
7 Find a place that serves a French onion soup that I can add to my list of favorites
8 Get Nandy’s allergies under control
9 Find-and shop at-a farmer’s market or produce stand somewhere near our house
10 Get the last two refrigerator magnets needed for our ‘states we have visited’ collection

03/29/11 Catching Up Again

We took A to Ziki Japanese Steak House for his birthday. This is currently my favorite sit-down sushi restaurant. He had been to a sushi buffet previously but never actually sat at the bar and watched the chefs, which I think is a great experience. We each had soup and a hand roll, and shared five eight-piece rolls. On the way home we stopped at the grocery store so he could choose a dessert to have at home with the other kids.

Yesterday was the procedure. The only pain I felt was from the needles to numb the area, but the odd pressure feeling from the actual cutting and stitching wasn’t exactly pleasant either. There are two sets of stitches, one dissolves, the other will be removed in 10 days. Unless something shows up in the lab results I go back in six months for a follow up. So I now have a bandage covered by a 4 x 6 piece of tape that has a strong disinfectant smell. Showers will need to be done carefully or with assistance. There is pain but it isn’t constant; because of the location it’s worse when sitting. And as I discovered last night I won’t be sleeping on my right sides for a few days.

That was basically two days off the computer so now I’m behind again: Facebook requests, an email folder of blog subscription update notifications, another of blog comments. I’m going to make time this morning to start getting caught up on those, try for even a short nap early this afternoon, and continue reading the latest Jodi Picoult book that had been sitting on my desk untouched for over a week. The chores can wait another day or two 😉

02/19/11 Wind

I mentioned the other day that we were planning to do a group ride…unfortunately we had a big change in the weather which included a high-winds warning: 30+ MPH winds with gusts up to 60. This was one instance where the prediction was correct so we cancelled the ride and decided to go out for a family dinner. After a bunch of research we decided on Maggiano’s in DC. This was a first for the kids and I; D had been there previously for work functions. The three block walk from where we parked to the restaurant was certainly interesting with the high winds; at one point we actually saw a woman get knocked down from a particularly strong gust. With seven people we did the Classic Family Style Dinner: two appetizers, two salads, four main course selections, and two desserts. That was a lot of food…there were two large platters or bowls of each serving. We brought home a box of leftovers from everything except the ice cream 😛

And for my fellow sushi lovers it seems that I will be taking a sushi-making class next month thanks to D…very awesome and thoughtful birthday gift!

the only moto we saw all day

02/18/11 Sushi

I think number one on my dining out list would be sushi, simply because it’s something I don’t make at home. We often go to Sushi Chalet for their buffet, but tonight we decided to go back to Ziki Japanese Steak House. Miso soup, two hand rolls, and three eight-piece rolls…fantastic! I really enjoy sitting at the sushi bar and watching the chefs, every plate-or platter or boat-looks like a work of art.

We did ride the bike although the restaurant is only six miles or so from the house. Very nice weather on the way there but the forecasted winds had started while we were eating making for an interesting ride for me on the way home.