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Not so neighborly, a new restaurant and learning to ride.

The neighbor I don’t like (and boy do I have a lot of reasons) is having a rummage sale today in his front yard. I’m having ethical debates with myself about it. I really want to run out and warn the poor people that are buying his crap that the velvet furniture has sat outside in the rain for the last few months (they use the velvet furniture to sit outside and smoke and drink). I’m going to be good and not do it, but I do feel really sorry for whomever buys the furniture, can you imagine what creepy crawlies are in it?

In other news, I ended up walking up to Alberta St twice yesterday. Once for a good wander and once to go get some drinks and dinner with Brian.

We decided to try out Branch Whisky Bar. It is in the location that Alberta Street Oyster Bar and Grill was originally, and I believe the man who owns Branch was the former chef for ASOBG. Really like the feel in the place altogether, and our waitress rocked. The have (unsurprisingly) a lot of whisky, including tasting trays (yowza!). I didn’t want to drink whisky with my meal, so I tried a Rye beer by Upright Brewing (the brewers in Left Bank).

I’ve tried two of their beers now and really have like both of them. This one was unusual – Brian said that it reminded him of Duchess – and I don’t know if I’d want to drink it all night but I really liked it. Brian got a whisky (can’t remember now which one) which was an Irish single malt.

We had burgers for dinner which were very tall, featuring house-made bacon and what appeared to be house-made pickles – both pickles for the burger and a pickle spear on the side. The side dish was potato salad, which was very good – not a mayo potato salad, which I can’t stand, but a homemade German potato salad. It was all very good, and too much food for me (even though I kinda finished the plate). After dinner, I tried their whisky sour. Super awesomeness – both Brian and I liked it even better than my whiskey sours. Definitely will wander back here again – the food menu is very limited (I think the burger was the only thing on it that appealed to me) but I’ll be back for drinks for sure.

Today, we get to go to Polish fest, I’m super excited. We are going to take the bus there so we don’t have to worry about driving back. It will be my first time aboard Max! Wish me luck. I haven’t been able to pick up my bus pass from PSU as it goes onto your PSU ID and mine doesn’t have my picture yet. Will try to write about all this tomorrow, if I’m not distracted.

Alright, better go study. Am sure you are all going to tire of hearing me say that!

Yikes, it’s been a while

I know I’ve been neglecting this, I definitely go through times I feel like writing and sharing stuff to not at all.

Last night we went to Doug Fir to see Tango Alpha Tango (Oh Darling opened). It was a good show! My favorite bartender at DF was there, she’s really awesome. That always makes the night go well. T.A.T. didn’t play until around 11:30, and they were taping a video. Fun stuff – I want to know who their guest musicians were, he introduced the singer as his neighbor, but if he said her name, I didn’t catch it. Gorgeous voice, they did a Fleetwood Mac cover.

Let’s see, other news. I’m waiting for one of my closest friends to have her first child and am trying really not to bug her (“any news yet? where’s your son?”). Two other friends are celebrating their marriage today in Madison, and I wish I could be there to cheer them on (they married last year and this is the reception).

I also decided to go back to school full time to get a BS in CS to match my BA. So I’m going to be all about some C++ for a while – it will be strange to work in C++ as it’s somewhat similar to Java but different enough I’m going to have to concentrate. I’ve been studying math like mad for the last few weeks. I haven’t studied math in about 14 years, yikes! I am glad I am doing that too after meeting with the Comp Sci adviser – she told me their Calculus class has a 50% fail rate, and I need three semesters of it. I’m going to be living in the math tutors center, so if you ever need to find me…heh.

It will be great too – I can catch the bus a few blocks from my house and then presto 30 minutes later I’ll be dropped off on campus. I’m trying to think of knitting projects to work on for the commute, assuming I can find a seat on the bus.