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SSar's Beast
What a lovely, social weekend. It began with dinner out with Joel at Hazel, which as usual was really good. We ran into several people on the way to the bus stop - we were off to Kingston for Ellen's multi-themed birthday party. To comply with the cake/cheese theme, I attempted to make cheese balls (goat cheese & honey and pesto & walnut variations) and serve them in cupcake cups. This was a good theory - but it would have worked a lot better with some kind of miniature cupcake cups. The presentation discouraged people from dipping things in the cheese balls, and each cupcake was too large a serving for one person. Many of the people at the party were the barest acquaintances, but it was a nice atmosphere - not crazy loud, lots of whole-group conversations or jokes. We got home reasonably early.

I got a little work done for the Gisborne Photo News (job 3) on Saturday, slowly. Also some housework. Joel and I played Settlers of Catan with Nik, then walked to Karori and Mikey's party. In his last flat, Mikey's parties were always very loud and crowded and I always seemed to be too tired for them. Not this time. There was space for conversations, and a lot of Mikey's signature over-the-top food. A nine-layer cake, for example. My suggestion that we try to eat it like a Jenga set was, sadly, overruled. I talked to many people I hadn't caught up with in a while, and met new and interesting ones also. Finally, Joel and I were the last to leave - somewhere after four in the morning. Choosing to walk, we got home at 5am. That's the only time I've ever done that.

Today I crawled out of bed at about 11:30am, then convinced Joel to accompany me into town on my vege market run. We had brunch at Fidel's, then walked up the hill to Vic, at which point Joel went home with half the shopping and I spent about three hours at Wai-te-ata Press (job 2) finishing the typesetting of SHARP News.

Now I have made dinner and watched Supernatural and arrived back in bed, which is a good place to be.

There were lots of things to appreciate this weekend. And this week. For once, I actually got something done in both my part-time jobs (the Gisborne Photo News one I am really really behind in), as well as seeing a lot of people. I also got some exercise. Satisfying!


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