Monday, June 30, 2008

Small Paul Extravaganza

So you all know that I went to Small Fries' christening on Saturday, but what did I bring for the little guy? Traditional christening gifts were foreign to me. As a non-Christian, I didn't feel comfortable giving anything with a cross on it.

I decided to stick to something very familiar and near and dear to my heart.
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Closer up.
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I also picked up gifts for Mr. Monkey's cousin's daughter to make up for our embarrassing empty-handedness at the barbecue.
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Closer up.
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It is fun to spread my Monkey love to others.

I bought a little something for myself, too.
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It was half off (i.e., $11), and I debuted it on Sunday at Open Sesame.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's a Girl!

We welcomed a new addition to our family today. I'd mentioned in passing to Mr. Monkey awhile ago that I really wanted a little boy, but there were no more boys, so he brought home this little girl instead.
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"Pink Melody" isn't my coveted "Rhythm & Blue," but I do prefer it over "Bohemian Brown," which was the other option available, so Mr. Monkey did very well.

Buh-bye, old bulky point-and-shoot! I have a new pink baby for my purse now!
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If you'd like to add to your family, go to Fry's. My little girl cost only $199 and came with a free 2GB secure digital memory card. Score!

Baba Ghanoush! Baba Ghanoush!

I had brunch at Open Sesame today with 10Years, CBB, Y_L, KP, Nessdogg, starlily313, and JD2B. The decor was rich and colorful with a dash of kitsch.
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I love watching huge chunks of meat spin.
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Open Sesame adds mint to a number of its drinks, even to my Arnold Palmer. Nice touch. Refreshing. And I don't even dig mint that much.
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We started with some hummus and baba ghanoush for the table. Yummers.
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CBB had the chicken shawarma plate, which included tender thinly sliced marinated chicken, served with hummus, garlic sauce, wild cucumber pickles, pita, and a choice of salad.
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I had a bite of CBB's chicken and garlic sauce. Pretty awesome.

I opted for the kafta pita, which was a charbroiled skewer of ground beef and lamb mixed with parsley, onion, and Lebanese spices rolled in a pita with hummus, parsley, onion, and sumac.
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It was like happiness in my hand. Delicious. Please pay no attention to the fact that it looks like I'm holding poo in a pita. Best damn poo in a pita I've ever eaten.

More deliciousness -- CBB's Marc Jacobs' wallet.
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I think everybody was quite pleased with their meals.
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After brunch, we strolled down the block to get something refreshing for dessert. On our way, we ran into 10Years' secret side business -- a bikini store.
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And then we reached our destination. Mmm.
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Yogurt in hand, we walked along 2nd Street, chatting and enjoying the sun. We saw some kittens for adoption.
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We went into this store, among others, briefly.
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Then I got a call from my dad. It was about his sister-in-law. It was sort of urgent but not super-duper-right-this-moment-urgent. I told him I'd call him back in an hour. After walking around for a bit more, I decided I should go home to call my dad, so I bid my buddies adieu.

I had such a wonderful time. It was especially nice to meet starlily313 and JD2B. Thank you all for coming!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Baptize Small Fries

Today I went to the christening of Small Fries at Saint Monica's Church, where Curly Fries and Mr. Fries were married in 2003.
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It was an educational experience for me. I had never been to a christening.
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I wasn't the only shutterbug. There were a lot of snap-happy folks.
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After the christening, we headed to Mariasol.
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Motherly love times two!
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Random bonus pic: this is where Mr. Monkey and I had our very first "group date."
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I thought he was such a weirdo for ordering a gigantic blue drink. I'm pretty glad I got over that.
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