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Doctor Who Weekend

So, am very pleased with the beginning of Season/Series 6 part two. More information leaked about the enigmatic River Song, and yet, somehow, has only raised more questions. God, I love this show.

The gang took me out to dinner for my birthday (yes, it was last week, but the dinner got postponed) at the somewhat upscale and very historical Stockyards Restaurant, a place decidedly unsafe for vegans. Meat, meat, and more meat, in a beautifully Western style, with not only every cut of cow (done any way you want it) but also elk and pork and buffalo, and even fish! I had the New York Strip, steak soup (I had ordered the Soup of the Day, cream of broccoli, but they accidentally served the house special instead, and we didn't care because of the serious awesomeness of this soup), and potatoes; they serve a basket full of baking soda biscuits & cornmeal-jalapeno muffins along with a little veggie relish tray, and we had the venison and wild boar sausages for an appetizer. Everything was marvelous. NOM.

My gifties included Simon Pegg's book "Nerd Do Well" and a set of Yellow Submarine pint glasses (squee!), and all in all, a great birthday.

Only a week left until New York! I went back to Half-Price Books today (it's the only bookstore we have left in the center of town since both Borders and Bookstar are closed, except for two "first-run specialty" book stores); I found a copy of a 2009 Frommer's, so it's a little out of date, but the maps should be okay for use, since most of what I want to see pretty much doesn't move around (I had to be reminded not to say "the Empire State Building isn't going anywhere"). ANYWAY, using this in conjunction with my "walking around" on Google Maps, I pretty much know where all I want to go and how to get there, although we'll need to get a subway schedule once we get there. The only thing that's a bit out of the way is the Way Station (the Doctor Who bar in Brooklyn), but I noticed on the map that it IS close to what appears to be a MASSIVE cemetery, and I do love walking in cemeteries! So we shall see.

Today we talked to the pet sitter, since it's sillymagpie might or might not get sent on a business trip, and we didn't want to be caught short. Unfortunately Bo is already scheduled to be boarded, since he seemed to get on with her like gangbusters.

This is actually Hole in the Rock, I believe -- if you look close, you can see people (it's a very popular hiking destination).

We also rearranged the furniture in the living room. So far, no pee behind the two chairs we put in front of the window where the couch had been (moved the sofa to the side). Perhaps the whole incident was just Silhouette making a comment on our interior design, since it actually looks a WHOLE lot better this way, it's opened up the room and apparently given us more space to work with. Go figure.

Of course, now we need a new armchair. Maybe it will be cool enough to go shopping when we get back from New York.


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Aug. 29th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see the episode! Sorry I missed the Stockyards. Today I slept all day again. :-(
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Poor Maggie! *pat pat*

Apparently Steve has decided it's his new favorite restaurant, so we may end up taking him next year! I don't think I've ever seen him put away so much food (not even crab legs).

Aug. 29th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
And considering the way Steve can eat crab legs, that's amazing!
Aug. 30th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
A full 12-oz slab of bloody rare prime rib, plus the potatoes!
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
i forgot Dr Who was on even though mom told me.

sounds like the trip is coming together

nice pic

ETA - that restaurant sounds awesome

Edited at 2011-08-29 03:29 am (UTC)
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Well, they'll re-show it (several times, even, going by the "upcoming episodes" schedule I was setting up for our trip).


And yes, it IS awesome -- not cheap, but well worth the price. Definitely a place one should go when one is in Phoenix, if you like steak; and it's a very historical building, with a beaten copper door and information about all the stuff inside (the history of the place and all), and a magnificent stained glass wall. I wonder... sadly, no, there's not a picture of the whole stained glass in their photo gallery, but there are some nice shots.

Aug. 29th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
yeah i'll have to remember to look for it.

neat photos. i would love the place and I kinda want to eat the elk meat.
Aug. 30th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
They said it's actually corn-fed elk, so it's not even gamey. The venison sausages were excellent.
Aug. 30th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
now i'm drooling
Aug. 29th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)

Hugs and cheers for the New York planning!
Aug. 30th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Happy saguaro! :)


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