Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Very Good Weekend of Traveling Bear

This weekend we brought home Traveling Bear, a stuffed bear and his journals who spends a week with each of C's classmates; here is his travelogue helped along by AA Milne Winnie the Pooh quotes:

“So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing Introductions and get on with the book.” 

Fast casual Mexican on Thursday before swimming lessons. The low carb bowl is so good in that way that anything with 1/3 cup of guacamole is.

Christopher Robin nodded. “Then there’s only one thing to be done,” he said. “We shall have to wait for you to get thin again.” “How long does getting thin take?” asked Pooh anxiously. “About a week, I should think.” 

The girls spent Friday-Sunday morning at my parents' house. My coworker from San Antonio happened to be interviewing at a nearby hospital and we had drinks with him after his interview on Friday. (We met him at the same place he had lunch, unbeknownst to us). He is one of my favorite people and it was fantastic to catch up with him. (Luke finally got to see why I rave about the warm biscuits at Bristol.)

That evening we had dinner plans with friends but after their sitter cancelled, we brought food to their house.

“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” 

As plans were in flux we drove by Wonton King -- recommended by my Burmese Uber driver last month -- and stopped in for takeout. The proprietress is a funny, brash woman. She asked for our order but I said after meeting her, "Ling, you choose! We need food for four adults and maybe two kids." We left with a large mystery box that smelled delicious.

“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.” 

And it was! Fried pork belly with pickled vegetables; short wide noodles with braised vegetables; fried fish and steamed broccoli; beef and vegetables; huge potstickers stuffed with pork. We had a great visit with our friends. I love my STL tribe.

On Saturday we slept in and I ran some errands in the morning (including purchase of my first pair of Birkenstocks), went to a 1.5 hour yoga class, and finally finished Patient HM on the stationary bike.

“What I like doing best is Nothing."
"How do you do Nothing," asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time.
"Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, 'What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?' and you say, 'Oh, Nothing,' and then you go and do it.
It means just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."
"Oh!" said Pooh.” 

Dinner party time! (It was a very social weekend!)

A vegetarian feast at Angela's that concluded with bourbon - salted caramel - chocolate milkshakes AND gingerbread cake for dessert. She served the cake with a thin lemon curd spooned over - I had never had that combination before and it was delicious.

“Later on, when they had all said “Good-bye” and “Thank-you” to Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening, and for a long time they were silent. “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what's the first thing you say to yourself?”“What's for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”“I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting to-day?” said Piglet.Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It's the same thing,” he said.” 

My parents brought the girls home on Sunday morning. We (plus Traveling Bear) went to a Chinese New Year party at my colleague's home. She and her husband made so much wonderful food, including 200 handmade dumplings.

Occupied with stickers.

Because we had dinner plans at 4:30, we put the girls in the car and they (for once) napped while we drove around. We ended up in the Grove and I stopped into a kitchen shop, Lemon Gem. I bought an OXO food scale that had been sitting in my Amazon cart (so happy to buy it locally) and two "green" nonstick skillets that I had been intending to buy since reading this terrifying article about PFOA.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?” 

The next party! Black Thorn pizza with Becky and her crew. Traveling Bear met a backyard chicken!

“It is hard to be brave, when you're only a Very Small Animal.” 

Coloring before pizza.

Watching Trolls.

There's nothing like someone else's toys.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” 

                                                   What a great weekend!

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