Monday, January 19, 2009

A Day to Remember

Not only is it Martin Luther King Day and the day before Barack Obama's inauguration (YAY!), it is also the day I give you this:

It's the yarn left from my Interlocking Balloons scarf!

I started this scarf November 7, 200-freaking-7, and I am indescribably relieved to have it off the needles.

For quite some time, I was convinced that this would be my perpetually unfinished object. I would work on it for hours, only to be disheartened at what seemed to be a lack of progress.

The lesson? Don't choose a scarf pattern that has a 44-row repeat and somewhere around 50 stitches per row!'s done. Now I just have to block it, and that, my friends, will require blocking pins (which I don't have).

Also today we baked honey whole wheat bread. Yum!

I spent a little bit of time this afternoon at Mississippi Mud House, and for dinner we had some cheap Chinese food. This is the time of my cycle during which I crave one certain thing and my brain won't shut up until I have it. The sesame chicken was most unhealthy, but nothing ever tasted so good.

Nothing, with perhaps the exception of dinner Friday night...

Acero (or, Total Deliciousness)
Porkchop helped a friend design wedding invitations, and I provided the letterpress printer hook-up, so said friend took us out for a very nice dinner at Acero. We all enjoyed the four course tasting menu (for a mere $25, one of the best deals in St. Louis), accompanied by a red wine, the name of which I can't recall.

I started my dinner with the chicken liver mousse crostini, which was totally perfect. I'm a secret chicken liver fan (I grew up eating chicken liver regularly), so I loved this crostini topped with the creamy mousse. For my pasta course, I had the orchiette with acorn squash and pancetta. Again, two thumbs up! However, I'm not quite convinced the squash was indeed acorn tasted rather butternut-ish (no complaint from me, of course).

For the main course, I chose the slow-roasted porchetta, mainly for the polenta accompaniment. The meat was tender and flavorful, and the polenta yummy and creamy. Finally, for dessert I chose the chocolate-pistachio bread pudding with espresso topping. It was good, but the bread pudding was a bit on the dry side. Not something I'd choose again.

In conclusion, I look forward to going back for another dinner!

What else...
I also finished my February Lady Sweater! It is blocked and ready for buttons! After finding some appropriate buttons and completing the deal, I'll post a picture.

Yesterday, Porkchop and I watched Slumdog Millionaire. It totally deserves the awards it's winning! Such a well put-together film.

Also, I can't forget... Happy Inauguration Day!


Bianca said...

Yay! The scarf looks great and I can't wait to see the sweater.

I'm also so excited about tomorrow's inauguration. Go Obama!

bek said...

Congrats on finishing the balloon scarf! It looks great :)

Anonymous said...

You may borrow my blocking set.
Because I love you.

And I am proud of you.
A lot.

Amy in StL said...

I have that scarf pattern and everytime I look at the pattern those two things keep me from starting it. It's lovely, though.

cj said...

you make purdy things.