Last weekend we were invited to 3 parties, but only ended up going to one. Why does it always seem like people have their parties on the same night? After the party we went to Siren's and I was far more drunk by the end of the evening than I had intended. :)
This week I've been a bit of social recluse because I'm concentrating on teaching myself PHP and CSS. For some reason I've always had trouble balancing my work/learning with my play/social life. When I am sucked into a personal project it's hard to switch gears.
Because of this I have a mailbox full of unanswered emails and I've also been avoiding livejournal, irc and icq. So yeah, I'm still alive (even if my brain is fried with code).
Saturday night Alix and Steve invited us to a small dinner party at a friend's house. Dave, who is a fantastic chef (he's worked in some top French restaurants in Seattle) cooked for us. He cooked for us before at Alix's a few months ago, where he made hazelnut crusted salmon fillets stuffed with portobello mushrooms with spiced butternut squash. On Saturday he cooked two tarts, one andouille sausage and the other portobello mushroom (for the vegetarians). A prawn, artichoke, and vegetable lasagna with freshly made pasta for the main course, and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. It was incredible, as his cooking always is.
The house the dinner party was hosted in was equally impressive. The couple, Craig & Kristy, designed the house themselves. It is immense and open with the living room to the right (with the biggest tv I have ever seen), the dining room, and kitchen all in the same large area. There was a purpleheart wood spiral staircase leading up to a loft where they keep their computers. I didn't see their bedrooms. The piece d' resistance is their kitchen, I had full on kitchen envy. Gorgeous old stove, a huge countertop (4 x 14 ft), warm but bright lighting, and a tiger maple wood breakfast bar.
The whole house had radiant heat, where pipes with 80º F water run under the tiles and keep the house an even comfortable temperature.
Yeah, it was pretty kick ass. :)
The party was fun, I met Dave's girlfriend, Ivy, for the first time. She has two children, Jessiah and Finn. Finn is Dave's kid. I'm hoping to get Dave to teach me some more cooking skills sometime. I've already learned a lot, but I'm certainly not to his level yet. He's excited to meet Max's mother some day, as her grandparents were cordon bleu chefs.
I have so much more I want to write about, but no time right now. I'm going to try to catch up this week.
Dave, my culinary muse.
It looks like Dave either has a hand made out of salad, or he's retrieving lettuce from another dimension.
Left: The lovely kitchen. Right: Lasagna and *chocolate covered strawberries*
Dave dishing up the tarts.
Left: Finn, Alix, Steve, and Kristy. Right: Dave dishing up lasagna
Dad and Jessiah
Gael eating a chocolate covered strawberry. Chocolatey fingers!
Left: Alix wearing her stove hat. Right: Ivy and Dave
Dave & Ivy
Left: Looking up at Steve & Gael in the loft. Right: Looking down from loft
Alix and Gael
first of all, HOLY GUACAMOLE, that's an incredible house!
second, you're more than welcome to bounce any CSS/PHP questions you have off me. not that i'm an expert in either, but i've had a whole lot of experience with both.. here's a link to my e-mail.
take care.. -Step
I know! It would be my dream house if it had giant windows and overlooked the sea. ;)
Thanks so much for your offer, I may take you up on it sometime if I'm stuck. Fortunately I have a dad and some friends who know PHP too, so that also helps.
good luck with PHP. I keep meaning to learn that, but with classes I never have the time, at least this semester I'm getting around to XML and such. And after that i'll get friendly with oop perl. at least if i know perl i can avoid php a bit longer..heh.