"now the moon begins to shine"

Hello blog, have you missed me?  Much of what I've been up to lately has been documented over on Christine's blog but it's time to get my spin on things a-spinning again.  Christine and I have seemingly been working "eight days a week" through this first quarter.  It has hurt our social lives and our blogging lives.  I am finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

I will to "get back to where I once had blogged" by talking about yesterday (Thursday) evening.  After a day of oh-so-fun work we ate dinner with our neighbors, Pete and Cassandra.  I met Pete a few years back when we both used to play in local bands.  Back in those days I always thought he would be a fun guy to hang out with and now I know I was right.

We went out to dinner with them back in February.  During that evening one of the many things we talked about is how fun rhythm games (such as Rock Band/Guitar Hero) are.  I immediately knew that the next time we got together I would be cooking and we would be playing some PS3.  As many of you know I like to cook; I am also a social organizer.  So this kind of get together is right up my alley.

I had another reason to be excited for this night.  Though Rock Band is social by nature, I had not been able to persuade any of my other friends to come over play it to date.  All of my friends are big chickens.  Or maybe I just don't have any other non-imaginary friends.  Have you ever noticed that imaginary friends suck at Rock Band?

Enough preamble, let's get into the photos!  Pete and Cass like to cook too so they couldn't resist contributing to the fun and trying out our remodeled kitchen.

Enough room for two chefs.

We had Korean-inspired chicken and cucumbers.  Pete does not like cucumbers but we threatened that he would have to sing girly songs all night if he didn't eat any.  So he ate a few, and then a few more.  I also brought some "five minute bread" to the party.  I'll blog about that tomorrow.

Eatin more chickin

Surprisingly spicy cucumbers

Pete contributed the braised carrots.

Locally-grown and organic no less!

And though we did not "eat marshmallow pies," I did make some vaguely tasty lemon-blueberry cupcakes.  They must have been decent since each person ate two.  Except for Cassandra - the only one of us with a shred of willpower.


And finally it was time to get to the gaming and laughing at each other.  Pete and Cass somehow managed to hold it in when I took a turn singing.

Our drummer is takin' photos, leaving the rest of us white folk with no rhythm.

All too soon it was over and I was "sleepin' like a log."  Thanks for a great time, neighbors!

PS: in my last post I had pictures of two dinners and recipes were requested for both.  The pasta is Tomato, Sausage and Pecorino Pasta.  I follow that recipe almost exactly (it's very simple).  It will get better and better with tomato season approaching.  The soup is called Winter Potage and it varies a bit every time depending on what green vegetables I have around.