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ladybug days

Woohoo, we leave on our 10th wedding anniversary trip tomorrow!

Went to King's Garden last night with Scott Murray. Our server (one of the assistant managers, I believe) thought I was Chinese and offered us selections from the "real" menu. So we had a VERY yummy soup (he wasn't sure what it was called in English, so I asked him to write down the name so we could order it again sometime, see below), steamed eel and melon, chicken and pineapple dish, fried rice with shrimp. It was all delicious, though the eel had too many bones for me to be likely to order again. We went to Second Cup for coffee with Parki afterwards.

A while back, you may have heard about the aphid swarms in Toronto. Well, now it's ladybugs! There were a bunch of them on the condo window as Jeff and I went out for dinner last night. I like ladybugs more than aphids. I suspect that, like the aphids, the ladybug increase is due to the recent heat wave.

Jeff is hooked on a PC game called Bridge Builder. It's free, it's simple, it's incredibly addictive. The goal is to design a bridge for the least amount of money that will support a train without collapsing.

Today's Blatherpics

- I took this photo on the Dingle Peninsula overlooking Brandon Bay in Ireland, just after Jeff proposed to me in June, 1990. We were having a picnic on a sunny hillside dotted with foxglove and daffodils, sheep grazing in a nearby field. Near the end of the meal, Jeff pulled out what looked like a small silver bell. I thought, very nice, but what is it? and then he said, "Open it." Inside was a ring. :-)

- I asked the waiter last night to write down the name of a Chinese soup he had recommended, so I could order it again. If any of you out there can read it, I'd love to know the English equivalent.

- The programs I designed and made for our wedding. I hand-painted a watercolour design on each individual program, as well as doing the calligraphy. In retrospect, I realize that I must have been out of my mind to create about 110 programs by hand. I was much more craft-oriented back when we lived out in the country, and also hadn't yet gotten hooked on the Internet. :-)

- Our wedding site. We used to live out in the country, and decided to have our wedding ceremony across the pond beneath willow trees. It rained very early in the morning, but cleared up into a gorgeous day.

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