Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A pair of pandas

Last Friday evening, we dined at a restaurant (to remain unnamed) specializing in seafood. One of the specials was a whole lobster, which someone at the next table ordered. It was delivered to their table and about five minutes later, the waiter stopped next to our table, stooped down, and retrieved the lobster's tail, which had apparently fallen off the plate on its way to the table. The waiter strode over to the diner enjoying the [partial] lobster. "Excuse me," said the waiter, waggling the tail at the diner, "this still has a lot of meat on it. Would you like me to rinse it off for you?" The diner replied "That'd be great, thanks."

It was a busy weekend--RB was visiting from the West and it was so fun to see her and her crew and hang out. We wandered around the neighborhood and did some shopping (mostly looking) in SoHo. On Saturday I had a luxurious sit in the park, ate some delicious gelato, walked back and forth along the High Line, visited Mast Bros' chocolate, and ate a super great and slow French meal.

There were a few chores, too. The winter clothes were all rotated for the summer ones, and we finally hung the art on the walls. Not everything is framed yet, but we're off to a start, at least. The walls in the apartment are suspicious. They're a hundred years old, made of lots of different materials, and have been shoddily patched innumerable times. Sometimes when you hammer a nail into the wall, you hear little chunks of ancient plaster crumbling beyond the nail. There was one area of the wall that literally disintegrated as we painted over it earlier this year, and then there is the matter of trying to make something level. The floors and walls in the house are so crooked that anything truly level or plum to the ground would appear horribly askew, so instead, you have to just hang everything equivalently crookedly. The point is: it's always perilous and unpredictable nailing things into these walls. As Jordan wielded the hammer, she said "Never forget that we are expert carpenters." I am not sure this is a true statement, but the pictures haven't fallen down yet.

Here's the wall so far.

3 comments:

Jill said...

I love the wall color and choice of hangings. I would love to see your place someday.

Holly said...

try putting a little piece of tape over the spot you are going to nail through...i don't know why but it helps to decrease the crumblies....

Unapologetically Mundane said...

Red Lobster!