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02062017-16


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Same shit, different day: yesterday I left work at 4:30 and was home by 5:20. Shobhit asked what I wanted for dinner and I said I was thinking veggie burgers. "I had a feeling you'd say that," he said -- because we have several sample boxes of Dr. Praeger's veggie burgers, which are not my favorite at all, but hey -- free food! Still, I'd like to burn through them. We chose the Korean Bibimbap patties -- and they proved surprisingly tasty, if annoyingly mushy. That's my issue with this brand of veggie burger: they fall apart so easily, and then start oozing out the other side of the buns. It really did taste good, to be fair.

We aren't currently carrying any of their veggie burgers, incidentally. They just sent us a shit ton of their samples and Noah told me several weeks ago to feel free to take them home. I've had to do so in increments, because of both the volume of samples and how small our freezer is at home, which we share with a roommate. We already carry nine other brands of veggie burgers; I can't imagine we need another right now. (And as far as I'm concerned, the Field Roast burger patties are the only ones truly worth carrying anyway -- I don't even care how expensive they are. They are the best.)

I watched two episodes of This Is Us, having discovered the night before that I'm four episodes behind. Shobhit took his laptop into the bedroom to watch his own shows there. Slight irony with that: I only watch This Is Us because of him; he told me the pilot was really good and so I gave it a look. And then he lost interest after about three episodes, but I continued to watch. I really like it, for several reasons. But, then I watched the episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with John Oliver on as a guest, so Shobhit came out to the living room to watch that with me. And then I went to another episode of The Is Us and Shobhit left again.

Shobhit had mentioned a couple of days ago that The Late Show beat The Tonight Show in total viewers last week. I see now, though, that Fallon is still ahead in key demographics. Whatever. I still liked hearing that. I can only tolerate Fallon for a few minutes at a time. It's not just that he ruffled Donald Trump's hair. He's sickeningly fawning over all of his guests and it's so overt in my view that it actually makes me uncomfortable. Bleh.

So anyway. That was my evening, as it so often is: dinner. Television. More television. I keep forgetting about this Michael Bolton Valentine's Special for Netflix, though. I'm not a huge fan of Michael Bolton but it looks just cheesy enough in a self-aware way to make me interesting in watching. So I think I probably will tonight.

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02062017-15


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I just had lunch with Karen down at the Six-Seven restaurant at the Edgewater Hotel. I came up with a new idea today: I suggested she text me when she left rather than when she arrived, and that way, for once, I could walk down there while she drove from work, rather than having her wait for me. She texted me an ETA of 12:05 when she left at 11:50, and I left at 11:55. I saw valet drivers getting into her van when I arrived at the hotel, and there she was at the hostess podium when I got into the restaurant.

A guy at the entrance to the hotel lobby recognized me and opened the door for me. "Welcome back," he said. I guess we're becoming known regulars now.

We split the truffle macaroni and cheese from the specials menu yet again -- third time in a row now. I thought these specials rotated? I guess not very frequently. Not that I mind. That dish is spectacular. My weight is always up the next day but whatever, that's one thing for which the calories are worth it. Also, at least this time I actually ate only half the dish instead of taking three quarters of it. I left Karen's half in the dish for her, and what she didn't eat, I let the waiter take away. Good for me!

There was mercifully little talk of Donald Trump this time. We actually talked a lot about the surface street design set to replace the Alaska Way Viaduct once the tunnel finally opens. Karen consults on construction projects for accessibility and she had recently sat in on a meeting where she saw what the new streets will look like, and the way the surface streets will run into Elliott and Western Avenues on the north end are kind of weirdly convoluted. Apparently the new street will at one point become a short hump/bridge over the railroad tracks so there can be through traffic without train traffic holding things up.

It was raining rather hard this morning, but the weather was surprisingly nice for lunchtime. I took my umbrella to walk down there but never had to use it. The view of the waterfront from our table was spectacular as usual. The restaurant was busier than usual, though, and we were warned from the beginning they had only two on staff, so service took a while. It was after 12:30 by the time we got our food. It was well after 1:00 by the time I could ever start my walk back. So I really should get back to working now, I suppose.

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12082016-10

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