Last night Paul and I went on a date, the main goal of which was to research a piece of computer equipment. So we got the boring task out of the way first, and then it was WOOOOOOOO PARTYYYYYYY!!!!! by which I mean we went to Chili's and then browsed for awhile at Border's. That's our favorite date.
At Chili's we ordered the Fried Cheese appetizer, and why oh why do they make us SAY that? "Would you like anything to start?" "Yes, we'd like the FRIED CHEESE." The FRIED CHEESE never comes with enough dipping sauce, which is a constant heartache to us. We ask for a double serving of dipping sauce---but really, even a double serving of dipping sauce is not enough dipping sauce. We need more like a VAT. We always end up morosely dipping the FRIED CHEESE in salsa.
I tried something new: Firecracker Tilapia. I love fish and never cook it, and Paul hates fish, so it's an excellent thing for me to have at a restaurant. The Firecracker is a CRAZY FLAVOR. It's spicy-hot ("actual discomfort to mouth" level), but also tastes like.....cinnamon roll? It's sweet and also hot and also a very peculiar flavor. I really, really liked it, and I really liked TRYING it. I tend to stick to the two chicken dishes I know I love (the Monterey chicken and the Cajun chicken on penne), but trying something new was surprisingly.....fun.
We talked for awhile about something Paul is trying to figure out at work, by which I mean HE talked and I tried to look bright and affectionate so no one would be using US as an example of the sad married couple with nothing to say to each other anymore. He was explaining a computer concept that sometimes eludes the people asking for a task to be done: he says it's like, one woman can make a baby in nine months, but that doesn't mean nine women can make a baby in one month.
And I don't know what else he said, because I was busy inside my mind thinking OMG WOULDN'T THAT BE GREAT??? The worst things about pregnancy are that (1) it takes so long and (2) it TAKES so LONG. If nine of us got together (and in my mind I was already assembling a team) and each of us were pregnant for one month for the first person's baby, and then had a little break, and then another month to give the second person a baby, and then a little break, and so on---well, I'm just saying. I think he should be working on making THAT happen, instead of working on whatever little "project" they seem to think is so important.
I kept bringing up how agonizing certain things would be if we were on a first date (the way the FRIED CHEESE strung wayyyyyyyy out long after a bite; I dropped my fork and it spattered sauce; the silence that fell at the end of one topic; the time we couldn't understand what the waiter said), and Paul kept saying, "I don't even want to think about the horror that is dating." So I cheerfully picked a shred of broccoli out of my teeth, even going in with the floss when we got to the car, and he went right ahead and burped in the open air, and we held hands which felt weird because usually we're holding kid hands.
At Border's I bought another copy of this journal, which I think is so cool/fun and which they only had one copy of left. I figured I'll give it as a baby gift or a wedding gift or a birthday gift or something.
We also bought a dinosaur ABC book for Elizabeth's birthday (it has a pronunciation guide in the back, which is crucial), and I bought something for the pay-it-forward package---more on that later, probably Monday, but I will say this: it is SUPER CUTE, and I want to keep it for myself, and I might! Even PAUL agreed it was super cute, though he declined to use that specific adjective.
Then we drove home arguing vigorously on the same side of an issue: we think those electronic book-reading things should be usable at LIBRARIES. That is, you should be able to check out an electronic book that then disappears after 2 weeks. This way, we could all read Harry Potter at the same time, and maybe without having to actually drive to the library. Libraries struggle endlessly with an approaching-infinite number of books and a not-even-in-the-universe-of-infinite amount of space, and this way they could have ALL the books without taking up space. We think this is GENIUS, and now we are going to sit back and wait for it to happen. We don't want to hear about profits: libraries give out books NOW without charging, so we see no difference if it's electronic, except that it's easier and costs less to taxpayers and works better.
We got a little heated on the topic. There were lots of "I KNOW, RIGHT?"-type statements. Then we thought, actually this could already be a fully-realized dream, and we just don't know because we're a little behind the times. (For scale: we have not yet seen Juno. Or Titanic.)
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