Will write more later, promise.
4:40. So I'm back. Yesterday was a good day -- I finally got to meet Jordan Shelbourne, author of "Unwrap Party", one of my favorite ever on-line erotica stories. He was in town for a business meeting, and we managed to get together for dinner. Took him to Axum Cafe, which I repeat is the best cheap Ethiopian in the city. Afterwards was too tired to try to make it back across the Bay (the BART (subway) strike makes it harder), so called up Owen and Sherman and crashed at their place. They have new cats! Not kittens but sleek young adolescents and quite gorgeous; one black and white, one pure black. Miss my kitty. Petted them for a while, last night and this morning. Made me late for the bus (well, late is 6:30 instead of 6:00, but that still delayed me by a good hour, 'cause that sent me into rush hour and everything is appallingly slow because of the strike).
Great ensemble class, as usual. I'm practicing furiously, trying to catch up to these people who are *so* much more experienced than I am with recorder. If I can just memorize five more fingerings by next class, and get a couple sixteenth-note runs down, I ought to be okay.
When David moves out here, we're supposedly going to trade guitar lessons for piano lessons. That'd be cool. Hear that David? It's on public record now... :-) I really like the idea of coming home from class and practicing for an hour or two each day (my mother would *not* believe I said that. And meant it).
Spent some time this morning reading through some of the neat new sexuality-related webzines. I think I've mentioned some of these before, but I really do recommend you guys check out mouth organ, Hoot Island, and screech. I'd recommend Intersmut too, but they're on hiatus for a while. Links to them on my More Carnal Knowledge page.
I think a quiet evening tonight. I finished re-reading the Pierce Alanna books, and have started Nicola Griffith's Ammonite, which I'm enjoying. A trip to the grocery store, a long hot bath, a good book. It's not everyone's idea of an exciting Friday night, but after a tiring week, it sounds just right to me. I'm even eating leftovers (the groceries are for tomorrow, when Sherman's stopping by for dinner, and Sunday morning muffins to feed the people going to RenFaire who are gathering at my place).
I will tell you my leftover recipe. (Careful readers will note that this is a curry recipe much like many of my other curry recipes). Dice an onion (I would have used two, but I only had one. Sad.) and fry it in a little vegetable oil with a couple pinches of black mustard seed and cumin seed. While it's frying, peel and dice a big baking potato. Once the onions are golden, add 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (should be easy to find both of these in any decent grocery store, although they'll be cheaper at an Indian grocery store). Fry a minute or two, until the smoke makes you cough. Add 1 large cooking spoon of ketchup (yes, I said ketchup. What, it's not authentic enough for you? It's just tomato and vinegar and sugar...you want to add them all separately and take the time to cook them down? Fine, but you'll have to figure out the proportions yourself) and a 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add potatoes and 1/2 pound ground turkey and stir. Add some water if necessary to keep from burning. Bring to a boil, and then turn down to medium low, cover and cook until potatoes are soft. Don't let it burn. Yummy over rice or with bread (any bread. Naan is traditional, but pita works fine, and I must admit to a weakness for just plain white bread. Though a hearty white bread is better for this than Wonder. (Kevin couldn't believe that I actually ate Wonder bread with curry. I'm a philistine. What can I say?))
Revised my bio, one year after putting it up. Not much has changed. :-) Take a look, tell me what you think.
I may stop back in again, but if I don't, have a great weekend, everyone...