Yesterday I wore a polo/tennis type shirt with a Portuguese flag as the logo on the chest. Kelly got it for me as a birthday present this year. I wore it to work because those kinds of short sleeve shirts are a lot more comfortable for me. Anyway, near the end of the day a visitor walked up to me and asked me if I was Portuguese and could speak the language.
Things are a little crazy right now. We’re both pretty busy through the weekend. But last weekend I was able to attend my friend Tessa’s Bachelorette party. Like Teri and me, Tessa is also taking the plunge with her fiance, Brian, in September. (Only, you know, I married Geoff and Teri is marrying Patricio.)
In the process of doing some research into foods and beverages of the Middle Ages, I made a fascinating discovery. There may be some historical truth behind the beverage “Butterbeer” from the Harry Potter books and films. I am guessing that J.K. Rowling probably had heard of the old beverage called Buttered Beere, which was literally beer that had been flavored with butter and spices and served hot. I made some tonight using a white lager as a base and it turned out beautifully. I hope to do some more experimenting and see what kind makes the best buttered beer.
One of the things I truly love about living in Cambridge is that sometimes you just find random stuff that is just hilarious, or generally awesome, or occasionally both. This qualifies as both, I believe. I found it while I was walking to my barber shop in Inman Square. I can’t remember which bar this was in front of, but it was one of those places in Inman Square where there are always lots of people.
We’re receiving wedding reply cards back a little bit at a time. This is great because the deadline isn’t until October 1. The faster we get them back the easier all of the planning will be for the reception. The cards have a note on them asking people to please inform us of food allergies or dietary restrictions on the back.
Anyway, I received one back today from a friend who is an incredibly talented musician, a devoted foodie and oenophile, and a generally funny guy. His “food allergy” note said, “I am allergic to less than $20.00 wine. :)”
That just made my day. My friends are the best.
There is a lot of wedding stuff going on in my life at the moment. We’re under the 90 day mark and it just occurred to me today that I actually have to investigate getting our marriage license. Also, I have a ton of work to do on the sheet music for the choir. Yay?
Yesterday Geoff and I went to the 2011 National Urban League Conference Job Fair. It was absolutely, hands down, the best job fair either of us has ever been to. The job fair was all of Hall A at the Boston Convention Center and was about half and half interesting vendors and people looking to hire. We had more interesting conversations with people from all over the country than I can remember having in a long, long time. Also, I got a pony.
My friend and bridesmaid, Amanda, is currently in the South of France. She’s blogging her adventures here. She’s an excellent writer, photographer, and she’s a total foodie. If you are at all interested in hearing about excellent meals, how to make them, and seeing photos of old churches and the hills and valleys of Provence (and who isn’t, really?) I highly suggest you bookmark the blog and check it every so often. She’ll be there for about 3 weeks.