March 31st, 2005

duck from book icons

#19

As before, I finished reading another odd book by Ben Schott, this one called Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany, which is chock full of information about a wide variety of food or beverage-related topics. Interesting, not really intended for much more than momentary amusement, though it could be useful for bar bets.

Another thing completed has to do with the Portable Professor series. I've been listening to a number of lecture series that Barnes & Noble sell at their website as well as at their stores. Earlier, forestcats and I listened to one about the Roman Empire while we were on a long drive. I've also listened to one about the negotiations that took place following WWI in Paris, among which was the Versailles Treaty with the defeated Germans, and another about the history of Jerusalem. All of the above were pretty solid. However, I just finished one about April 1865, which dealt with the momentous occurences that led to the end of the American Civil War. The topic was interesting; unfortunately, the lecturer was, at best, irritating. I started counting how many times he'd repeat himself, or use the same, tired descriptions...argh! 3 out of 4 isn't bad, and this series is much cheaper than some lecture series I've seen for sale, but still, it rankled a bit.

Anniversary night was marvelous. My beloved made a wonderful dinner; we had filet mignon with a Maytag blue cheese sauce; her double-baked potatoes; creamed spinach; and a sparkling wine. Yum! What a skill she has in the kitchen!

We've spent a bit of time with another DVD from Netflix; again with season 2 of Gilmore Girls, and I think we're finally catching up to when she pulled me to the couch to watch, as I think I remember the episode (could have been a repeat, though). They're still very witty.

...back to being oncall...
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