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Relaxing, what’s that?

June 4, 2012

This weekend, turned out to be a rather fun weekend. One of my husband’s college roommates came to visit, and my best friend came over to hang out as well. We ended up being “out-door cats”( i.e. we actually went and interacted with the public,) attending an outdoor concert my friend’s boss was playing in. They were really good, playing a mix of contemporary and older hits. After which we went to dinner at Hu Hot. Let me just say, Hu Hot is one of my favorite places to eat of all time. I can’t explain it, but I love the place. My previous residence was devoid of them and so I was eager to go back. (For those of you who do not know what Hu Hot is, it’s a “Mongolian” themed restaurant. Set up buffet style in the sense that you take a bowl and place inside your choice of meat (or tofu), noodles, various vegetables and sauces (again your own creation.) You then proceed to the “grill” and the cooks prepare your food while you stand around and watch (or make awkward conversations with people.) The cooks are a sight to see unto themselves. The “grill” is a large round metal circle in the middle of the cooking area, the cooks lay your bowl out and toss the food around with these nifty oversize metal spatulas. The food is cooked quickly (with the meat being sliced thin.) You then get to take the plate of steaming deliciousness back to your seat and devour it with gusto. This can be repeated as many times as you would like (or until you fear needing to be rolled out.) The only down side, is the food is cooked near enough to your line “neighbors” that sometimes the heat from their sauce invades yours. I am a wimp when it comes to spiciness, but my husband and best friend are always on a quest to find the hottest and tastiest combinations. (Which ends up with some residual heat in my dish.) For the most part it doesn’t invade it too much, but there are times when I can be overcome by the intensity, although I tend to try to solider on.)

Anyways, we finished the night with a game of risk and poker. It was a perfectly relaxing weekend, one I have not had in such a long time. The unfortunate result was I barely got any writing in, and I didn’t even pick up my pointy sticks. The writing contest is going all right, I was able to gain enough wiggle room that this past weekend didn’t throw me off track, but the lead I had, quickly disappeared this morning, as we gear up for the fourth day. I am still enjoying the process, but I can see why this is such an intense process. The story is playing out well, but it’s still difficult to not go back and edit or delete things that I feel are stupid (a no no during the contest.) I am sitting at a little over a tenth of the way in terms of the word requirement which is exciting, but also a bit daunting. I still feel like it is doable and so I will keep my nose to the grindstone and my fingers flying across the keys. Only 27 more days!

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