I had a fabulous time yesterday. It was such a wonderful day, from start to finish. I headed over to Olympia Spa for my free day of soaking and steaming. I love the hot tubs, but the best thing, to me, is the mugwort steam room. I always finish up with it and a mugwort rinse because it leaves me feeling fabulous. I will admit, though, that I've never been in the place when it's been so busy. Women everywhere, and the restaurant was full the entire time I was having lunch. I shared a table with another woman who was also waiting because they were so full. We didn't really talk -- she was busy texting the entire time, but that was okay. I was more focused on some notes from the mystification Thursday night and thinking about some poems I wanted to do.
After the spa, alfrecht
and I headed down to Seattle to pick up wellbeing333
at the train. We snatched him off the sidewalk and went up to Travelers to sit for a bit and have a chai. I picked up my Laxmi by aion131
and will be hanging that next to my little Ganesh shrine in my bedroom in the next day or so.
We stayed at Travelers until about 6pm then headed by Half Price to see circularruins
, who was working there that evening and couldn't come by for my birthday dinner. There was happy conversation and nattering. I picked up a copy of the Dudley Moore comedic version of "Hound of the Baskervilles" for cheap. We headed off for Kalia's and arrived in Greenwood about 7:30 to claim our table.
Folks filtered in one or two at a time, bearing gifts and hugs. I hadn't been expecting anything other than dinner with friends, so the prezzies -- from chocolate bars to things much larger -- came as a real surprise. The big excitement of the night was wellbeing333
's gift of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary -- my grandma Swehla had one of those when I was a kid and I loved it beyond all measure. This version comes with the CD for the computer and features random words and audio files for pronunciation. I had myself a bookgasm right there on the spot! *squeee!*
I was delighted with all the gifts I received -- thank you EVERYONE for your kindness and generosity -- I was just a little overwhelmed with the dictionary as it is a princely gift. *happy sigh* Wonderful conversation was had by all, and I had the chance to see several folks I haven't seen in a long time, most notably sionheaney
, who came up from Tacoma and whom I haven't seen in probably 10 years. I made him promise to come up with his partners to visit me in Everett so that we can hang out and I can feed them.
The folks who hadn't been to Kalia's before were very pleased with the food. I usually go to the one in Lynnwood (they're run by brothers), but Greenwood was much closer to most of my friends, especially the ones on the bus.
We stayed at Kalia's until the place closed down and they shooed us out -- they were very good to us, including giving us free dessert for my birthday. Service was a little slow, but we were a big group and they wanted to give us space for the party as well as the eating. They were very pleased that we'd made the reservation for later in the evening, as they were incredibly busy until about 15 minutes before we came in and that allowed them to deal with their usual dinner crowd and then turn their attention to us.
When we got home, I hooked wellbeing333
up to my invisible wireless network and we all did some email checking. Afterwards we watched the Holmes comedy. WB was zonked by the time we got about halfway through. Three days on a train and being three hours out of his timezone will do that. He's off right now taking a walk about the lake.alfrecht
has offered to get me season three of Venture Brothers if I'll take him over to Alderwood today, and yiaya
will be coming over later so we can all watch the next volume of Jai Hanuman. Tomorrow I'll be heading down to Seattle to see tedgill
at Cornish with Gamelan Pacifica at 4pm. He's got a comp ticket for me and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the gamelan with a modern musical performance.
Life, she is good. *purrs*