Sunday, December 21, 2008

Road trip, zoo lights and blueprints

We took a tiny roadtrip to our state capital today. We ate at our latest favorite restaurant, Red Robin, then did a little browsing and a little shopping, then went to the zoo where they had the zoo decorated in lights.

We went to Williams Sonoma were I totally lusted after the gadgets and gorgeous cookery. I LOVE to watch the Food Network, I love. love. watching Top Chef. I like to look longingly at all the awesome tools and doodads at Bed, Bath and Beyond or even Target. The weird part is...I don't really cook. I like the idea of cooking. I like to pick out recipes. Then, I get off of work and get Chick fil A, or order pizza. I like lazy better than I like cooking. Anyway, at Williams Sonoma, Mr. P bought me a book filled with gingerbread house blueprints. He is going to "scale a set" of plans for me tomorow, so I am ready to bake and construct on Wednesday. (I don't know if I have mentioned that Mr. P is an architect.) I am pretty excited.

Then we went to the zoo after dark. It was sort of cool, and kind of bizarre. We went right when it opened and we were walking through and there were really no other people, and the animals were sleeping, or hiding, and it was pretty dark. It felt like we weren't supposed to be there. Have you ever read the book, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler? If not, it is about kids who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and hide in the bathrooms until the museum closes, and then hang out in the museum in the night. Zoo lights felt like that.

There were some funny/cool lights, including a T-Rex mommy walking her baby,

and a steamboat.

The kids and I are off until after Christmas, but Mr. P has to work until Wednesday. So, remember the big Ebay idea? Well, now 30 items are selling, which means we will be having to go mail 30 packages on Tuesday. mmm. NOT WELL THOUGHT OUT.


Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Love Red Robin- they have great hamburgers- we just ate there Saturday night. We've actually had hamburgers the last 3 nights because I am some kind of hamburger freak.
The zoo looks cool, albeit a little creepy. Especially with the animals sleeping or hiding!

Tracy said...

yeah, the MAIN reason I don't sell my shit (besides my overflowing generosity)is because I am LAZY and don't want to deal with it.

The zoo trip sounds fun, I always want to go to those.

I'm at home ALONE today. So far it is awesome. I wanted to go shopping but the windchill is 0. I don't know how far I'll make it.

kathi said...

Thank you!! for reminding me of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler which was one of the favorite books of my childhood. When I went to the Amazon link, I saw the "Often Purchased With" books were also favorites: Island of the Blue Dolphins and particularly A Wrinkle in Time. I don't currently have any kids in/near my life of the right age to receive those books as gifts, but I might get them to re-read myself!

tara said...

But at least all that stuff sold! It might actually be worth it once it is all gone and done with.

I say start cooking! I have slowly developed a bit of a knack for it over the years, and food that you cook yourself feels so much better than pizza. If you are a Food Network junkie, you will learn to enjoy cooking.

DAVs said...

The zoo lights are cool. We always meant to go to the Bronx Zoo at Christmas but never made it on our NYC Christmas trips. Boo.

I have slowly learned to enjoy cooking. I enjoy it much much more now that we're vegetarian, not sure why. Except I never particularly enjoyed handling raw meat, so now that that is out, maybe it has helped. I love trying new recipes, but it has been a slowly evolving process.

Maybe the Red Robin's you have are good, but ours here suck. At least the few times we gave it a try, suckola. Or maybe just the burgers are good and well, you know the rest.

Alice said...

i'm the same way with kitchen stuff! except i've decided that enough is enough and I Should Cook Things and have actually started doing it occasionally. then i feel SO DARN PROUD afterwards.. haha

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