Had a wonderful weekend. On my way home, I stopped at a fabric store and found quilting 'squares' of fabric to use to make bags for the wine tasting. Hide the wine while creating a fun take home gift for each person. White cord for the pull closures on the white wine, burgundy cord for the reds. (Yes, I'm a geek AND a dork. Is that a problem for you?)
Friday night I offered to treat Jrex for dinner. There's a good local Mexican place (with white tablecloths and creative food options). It was fun to just talk and enjoy each other. At the next table there was an Asian family. One of the two daughters was there with her Caucasian fiancee. He was ALL over her. Arm around her most of the time. Touching. Leaning in to nuzzle her neck. Whispering. I realized I'd been Koreanized because it made me REALLY uncomfortable. It felt so inappropriate to do that, especially in front of her PARENTS. If they'd all been white, it might not have bugged me as much, though, I still would have found it distasteful.
Then, Saturday, I met my two buddies for climbing. Afterwards, I went to downtown Mtn View with Graceful. She introduced me to a sushi place that is true 'fast food'. There's a sushi bar in the center that's surrounded by a trough with little wooden boats that travel around and around. Each new dish is put onto a boat and you just pull off what you're interested in eating. Yum! Quick, creative and cheap. That's my kind of food. Not great sashimi, but I don't eat raw fish anyway, so that doesn't affect me.
Next, she showed me the bead store. Their front windows are filled with clothing so I'd never noticed it before. It was the perfect place to get all my goodies for making wine charms. A set for the party and then a set for the prize. I'll put up pictures when I'm done.
Then I headed over to Lovey's house to case the joint (at her invitation). Also used her sewing machine to whip the wine bags together. Lovey and I are really looking forward to doing this party. The intimidation factor for me is that two of the guests REALLY go overboard in party decor and food. I'm trying to keep it casual, so it's fun for ALL of us. Both of those guest grew up in upper class homes and have standards like having drinks in the living room before going in for dinner. Smart Girl is the one who offered us an "Amuse Buce" before dinner and was concerned about the plating for each course (when it was just me and Jrex at her house for dinner...) We're just grilling in the back yard, so they'll have to come slumming with us.
Wait! We'll be doing the wine tasting and crackers and cheese before dinner. That counts, right?