A lot of good stuff happened today!
Got up at 8! OK, not exactly a triumph for most people, but for me, a notable incident.
Had a yummy breakfast -- toasted bagel, prunes, a tangerine and tea. Mmmm!
Caught the 10:30 (a.m.!) showing of Chronicles of Narnia
, over at the awesome new theater at Atlantic Station. Caleb wanted to take advantage of the early show time (he hates that movies are at night) so we went. And what an AWESOME movie it was! I could never get into the books as a kid and I normally have an aversion to talking animals, but I really got into it. Meanwhile, Caleb is infatuated with the White Witch, which should come as a surprise to no one.
After the movie, I followed Caleb back to his place, where he heated up the frozen "brotchen" (bread rolls) he bought in Germany. Daniel came over and we all had cheese, tomato and Nutella sandwiches, along with big mugs of tea. I also got to see the new ATB DVD Caleb got. The "tour" section is a hilarious home movie of ATB on tour in the U.S., in unlikely places like Dallas and Atlantic City.
Back at home, I took care of various financial housekeeping tasks, then decided to make a nice dinner. Got one out of the Moosewood low fat cookbook that was DELICIOUS!!! -- "Persian Split Pea and Barley Stew." I actualy used lentils, but it turned out fantastic anyway. It's basically a stew with a barley & garlic base, mixed with a vegie mix of potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions and parsley, plus a whole range of Middle Eastern / Indian spices & herbs, including cardamon, cinnamon, cayenne, etc. You serve it with roast pine nuts on top (and if you have it, which I didn't, yogurt.) If anybody wants the recipe, let me know!
I had two heaping helping and am looking forward to lunch tomorrow :)
While I was cooking I managed to take care of a "to do" item on my list for around a year: writing an evaluation of a manuscript Immanion Press couldn't accept but really wants to offer feedback on. I promised it ages ago but finally I've commented up two large chunks and written a general critique, so I think the author will be fairly happy. Who knows, I might be the first person to ever offer real advice!
Right now I think I may go watch that documentary on East German Commiee musicals, East Side Story
. Netflix sent it to me like three weeks ago but I've been traveling the whole time it seems, no time to watch it! It's by the same director as The Nomi Song
, so I'm pretty hopeful!
Meanwhile the pets have been amusing me today. Luckie has demo'd some new tricks and odd behaviors, like attacking and ripping apart the broom (WTF?) and jumping up inside my skirt. She spent a lot of the day hopping in and out of the piggies' cage. I'm a bit worried she's going to mistake their new litter for *her* litter and poop in it, but so far, so good.
As far as the piggies go, they still don't care about her being in the cage. Abbie walks right up to her and sniffs her on the way to her hay. YinYang will keep on eating even if Luckie is sitting there two inches away staring. The cat doesn't DO anything, but is just sort of an honorary pig!
Today I gave Abbie some "floortime" with Luckie. Now normally you give pigs floortime with their (piggy) cagemates, but YinYang never can just hang out and have fun -- she runs back to the cage. Luckie, on the other hand, is a good playmate. Abbie actually follows the cat around! OMG, it's the cutest thing. Abbie will run over to the cat as if to say hi, sniff her, look all curious, and Luckie reacts like she's kind of scared to be so close to her! I wonder sometimes if Abbie somehow secretly bit the cat on the nose at some point, to make her so cautious. I've seen Abbie snap at Luckie, but never bite. It's funny to think she can actually look after herself, given that she looks like a fluffy Muppet, but I think she can.
One last thing: I recently got a stuffed guinea pig
and it's fun seeing the animals' reactions to it. I keep thinking it's REAL, the pigs think it's a real pig, and the cat agrees with us both! Alas, I've discovered I really can't let Luckie play with the fake critter, because tonight I saw her rolling around with it on the floor, wrestling, biting its neck, etc. She has NEVER done this with the REAL pigs, but I don't want her to get confused between real/fake, so I am keeping the toy out of reach and/or out of sight from now on.