I cast on during the Opening Ceremonies, but was really disappointed that they weren't being carried live any place that I could find. So I listened to Brenda Dayne's latest podcast episode. Let's just say she made me blush!
So far I have completed one pair of size 6 clogs (for Norbert) in Gryffindor colors -- burgandy and gold. I'm half way through a second pair, Size 8, for Myfanwe in the same colors. Then It will be my turn, in basic black.
We celebrated Norbert's Golden Birthday -- he was 9 on the 9th -- with fireworks, dinner, and a sleepover with his best friend, also Norbert. The two Norberts could be confusing. Especially since they are best friends, went to the same school, and like to spend time with each other. So we called them Norbert G. and Norbert I. Then, one day when they were around 5, both of the Norberts decided to change their names. The only problem was they both decided to change their names to Nope. So I had Nope G. and Nope I. Nope I. soon got slurred into No Pie -- just about the saddest name I could imagine -- and the name has stuck. I sometimes forget his name isn't No Pie!
So -- No Pie, Norbert, Myfanwe and I went to my office Saturday night and, from the 32nd floor windows looked down upon the fireworks display -- part of Winter Delights. It was really something. Then we went to the plaza where we had free hot chocolate from The Signature Room at the Hancock Center (Yum!), watched tango lessons, and the boys had their pictures taken with roving candy bars.
(l to r, Norbert , Reeses, and No Pie.)
From there we went to dinner at Buca Di Beppo. The place was packed, so I'm glad we had made reservations. Buca is a fun place -- decorated with thousands of strange pictures on the walls, Italian music playing, lots of laughing. The theme of the pictures in the Gents room is statues of men peeing and/or pictures of little boys taking a pish. Cute.
My favorite room at Buca is the Pope Room. We've never had dinner there -- there is a minimum number of people required -- but it is quite fun looking. The people eating there didn't seem to mind it when I took their picture.
An unexpected party of 60 college kids arrived...without reservations... and had to spend quite a while in the bar. They were very strangely attired, making me think they were a frat/sorority party. A bunch of the men were dressed like miners, and all of the women werre dressed like floozies, so Myfanwe decided it was a "Miners & Golddiggers" theme. But then a lot of the guys were dressed like bad pimps, so I have no idea what the theme really was.
When they brought Norbert's cake, the waitress invited everyone nearby to sing Happy Birthday. The only problem was she made a mistake with Norbert's name, so about 100 people (include a large number of Miners & Golddiggers) sang "Happy Birthday Dear Miller!" We laughed until it hurt. Then Norbert decided that he was going to change his name to Miller Light. So No Pie then decided to change HIS name...to Bud Light. The Light Brothers! For the rest of the weekend we had to call them by their new names, or they wouldn't answer. Oi.
Wouldn't you like to taste this woman's meatballs?
I AM LOOKING FOR JULIE - STILL!
I still have not found Julie Pack. If anyone has any information which might help me find her, I'd be most greatful. Please see my blog entry for more details. And thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to those people who have tried. I appreciate it. Sorry no pictures of the clog -- I packed the camera in my knitting bag and then forgot the damn bag at home. So it's double rotten luck. But maybe tomorrow.