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Wednesday, August 8th, 2001
4:19p - Strong Drink is a Mocker
Well, actually, not quite. It's Laura and Sean who are the mockers.

Laura, Willy, Sean and I went out to Chiodo's last night and had dinner and a few beers, then went back to our house for margaritas and other liquor.

Beer specifics:
I had a "Sublime" hard raspberry lemonade. It was a good fruity chick drink; I might get that instead of the hard lemonade for our next party.
Laura had a peach lambic (Mmm) and a Foster's.
Willie had a Guinness and a lighter Belgian beer starting with a d whose name I don't remember. (Duvel?)

The margaritas were made with Williams-Sonoma margarita mix (bought with wedding gift money). We used the colored margarita glasses and the pitcher that we had gotten on sale for $5 with wedding gift money. I was very pleased with them; from the price, I had thought they might be nasty plastic things, but they had a nice weight and shape, and the colors were nice jewel tones, and the crystal pitcher did look nice.

Sean and Laura, as always, get along like brother and sister. They call each other names, shout insults at each other, and generally carry on. It's so much fun.

We all had enough alcohol to lose some of our inhibitions, and it was really nice to be in a safe environment with close friends, where it was safe to be uninhibited. It was lively and boisterous, but it was also kind of caring and sweet. My habit of old was to avoid alcohol, but there is something to be said for this sort of safe uninhibited happy time.


current mood: cheerful

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4:47p - Survey Question
Last night, there was banter about the survey that three of us had filled out in our journals.

I suggested that it might be better to just take one question at a time and let that disseminate through a local community. My thought that asking one question at a time might foster more discussion and commentary.

So, to try this idea out, I suggest a question:

Question: What would it mean for you to be one notch richer than you are now?

(I'm not sure I'm phrasing this question well. I don't mean to pry about dollar values; I'm more curious about how we define the notches of the financial yardstick.)

My Answer: The smallest notch up is the notch where I feel that we're making more than our living expenses and tax liabilities.
The next notch above that is where I feel able to buy a few luxuries as well as save well enough to re-establish our emergency fund in a reasonable timeframe.
The next major notch above that is the notch where we could have children and raise them in the lifestyle to which I've become accustomed without Lori needing to work. Who knows, we might get there.


current mood: hopeful

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5:13p - Turkey Joints
A co-worker brought back this candy called "Turkey Joints" that is apparently only available in Appalachian New York.

It consists of these candy "bones" of some pale sugar candy, with a "marrow" of chocolate and brazil nuts.

It is reasonably tasty, but it is odd in appearance. And slightly sticky to eat.

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5:19p - Current Music
Any of y'all know how to expand the "Current Music" field? I couldn't fit the radio station (WDUQ), the performer (Dianne Reeves), and the title ("He May Be Your Man But I'm Glad I've Got Him Too") in my last entry without fudging and omitting some whitespace.

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