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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.

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Dave, my culinary muse.

dave & inter-dimensional lettuce

It looks like Dave either has a hand made out of salad, or he's retrieving lettuce from another dimension.

kitchen lasagna, strawberries

Left: The lovely kitchen. Right: Lasagna and *chocolate covered strawberries*

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Dave dishing up the tarts.

finn, alix, steve, and kristy dave dishing up lasagna

Left: Finn, Alix, Steve, and Kristy. Right: Dave dishing up lasagna

dad and jessiah

Dad and Jessiah

gael and chocolate covered strawberry gael with chocolatey fingers

Gael eating a chocolate covered strawberry. Chocolatey fingers!

alix wearing stove hat ivy and dave

Left: Alix wearing her stove hat. Right: Ivy and Dave

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Dave & Ivy

steve and gael in loft looking down from loft

Left: Looking up at Steve & Gael in the loft. Right: Looking down from loft

alix & gael

Alix and Gael

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On February 11th, 2002 03:53 pm (UTC), ogonzoo commented:
you are all beautiful people... i love your photo posts..
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On February 11th, 2002 07:24 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
(icq message sent to Max when I read your comment):

Perelandra: wow what a sweet comment i just got. made me smile

Atlaz: awww

hehe :)
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On February 11th, 2002 03:59 pm (UTC), closethipster commented:
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
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On February 11th, 2002 07:27 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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.

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On February 12th, 2002 02:12 am (UTC), atlaz replied:
I'm just a friend now am I? :P
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On February 12th, 2002 02:15 am (UTC), nomi replied:

I have friends besides you who know PHP, you know. The benefits of being a female gamer with geek friends. ;)
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On February 11th, 2002 04:29 pm (UTC), steveeeee commented:
is that your house? wow! and those photos are gorgeous, everything looks so warm. dp61 is my favourite.
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On February 11th, 2002 07:30 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
ha, no, I wish it were my house!

Still I'm pretty happy with my current place. :)

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On February 11th, 2002 04:47 pm (UTC), sorrento commented:
Can i have a stawberry? Thanks for the photos.
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On February 11th, 2002 07:31 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I would have gladly shared. They were wonderfully messy. ;)
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On February 11th, 2002 05:00 pm (UTC), mrbad commented:
Decadent, perverse.
What a house !
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On February 11th, 2002 07:32 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
oh yes!
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On February 11th, 2002 05:12 pm (UTC), ex_malachi411 commented:
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.
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On February 11th, 2002 07:35 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks. :) I'm curious about XML and Perl, but they will have to wait. I currently have enough on my plate as it is.
On February 11th, 2002 07:38 pm (UTC), ex_malachi411 replied:
teach me perl and I'll teach you those. heh.
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On February 11th, 2002 05:50 pm (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
you are evil. always making me hungry. belgo, wagamama, food pictures

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On February 11th, 2002 07:37 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Yes, my masterminded plan to make Ben continuously hungry is succeeding! ;)
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On February 11th, 2002 10:46 pm (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
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On February 12th, 2002 03:35 pm (UTC), keith_london commented:
I'm drooling over the food... and that kitchen! Apart from the spaciousness, the cost of fitting out a kitchen like that in London would run into thousands of pounds.
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On February 12th, 2002 10:05 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm sure it ran into thousands of dollars for them to put in, I can't even fathom what the whole house cost. Still it would be much more expensive in London. I shudder to think about it. :)
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On February 13th, 2002 08:46 pm (UTC), hobbitblue commented:
I loved this post... great photos and it really captures the mood of the evening.. makes me wish I could have been there too.
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