Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Wordy Wednesday - Highs and Lows

I'm not going to talk about the weather. I would have done, but I don't want to upset Bee, who has been complaining that temperatures in her part of the world aren't what they could be. So in order to avoid accusations of gloating, I won't mention anything about a week and a half of cloudless skies and warm weather. I won't mention that I had to leave my windows open all night in order to get any sleep. Because it wouldn't be like me to gloat, would it?

At the weekend, I decided to experiment, and suggested to Helena that we have a Chinese take-away for our evening meal. Helena hasn't eaten Chinese food, but she was happy to try it. At this point, I might have mentioned that it was a nice sunny evening, so we walked round to the take-away place. But I won't.

She had King Prawn Chow Mein, and she ate the lot. My Sechzuan Beef and egg-fried rice was excellent, though after I'd ploughed through it I thought I'd never have to eat again. So my next challenge is to get her onto Indian food.

Last night I wandered down to the pub to see what might be going on, and felt obliged to chat to a drinking acquaintance of mine. And of course, that meant having to buy some cool refreshing lager. I might have mentioned that it was particularly refreshing in this hot weather, but I won't.

There's a Chinese take-away next door to the pub, so it didn't seem right not to stop by there. They close at the same time as "Last Orders", but they were happy to deliver our food to the pub after they shut, so it didn't seem right not to get another round of drinks.

The low point of my week so far? Their beef szechuan isn't as spicy as the one I had at the weekend. And I didn't sleep well last night. Something to do with the weather, but I'm not going to gloat. I hope it's been warmer in Chicago this week.


Jean Knee said...


Jean Knee said...

it's hot and boiling here. we had frou frou little sandwiches and tomato soup.

our Indian restaurant closed :(

we are about to leave for swim lessons which means I'll have to chit chat with people :(
I don't enjoy chit chat

This comment is like a few little personal twitters

Brian o vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

I like tomato soup. Especially Heinz's.

Never mind - people tell me that you can't get a decent Indian meal in the US anyway.

Personal twitters are always welcome on this blog.

Maybe you can chit chat about vampires, serial killers and Korean dog poo films.

Bee said...

I hate you both.

Bee said...

Our low tonight will be 41 degrees.

It's cold enough to freeze nipples to testicles.

Jean Knee said...

41? it was rarely that cold here all winter

for a different kind of girl said...

Are you sure it's not beer and Chinese food in the dark evening hours that are the sleep-impeding source?!


Jean Knee said...

I did not have to chit chat at swim lessons. two jabber mouths were next to me jabbering at each other :)

Brian o vretanos said...


You should be happy for us. Just like I'm devastated to hear about your 41 degrees...


That was definitely a contributory factor.

Chris Wood said...

To follow your excellent example in restraint, I won't mention how I met up with a friend for beers during a sunny evening yesterday.

That would be wrong.

Tracy Rambles On And On said...

If I were one to point things out and brag I would say that I am ELEVENTH!!!
But I am not one to do that.

Tracy Rambles On And On said...

Uhm, Brian Dear, I feel that you have been doing a huge disservice to your daughter by not giving her Chinese...uhm.."take away" or as we say in West Virginian "take out".
I was gnawing on Sweet and Sour chicken at birth!
Let me know if she likes Indian food. I've never tried it and, sicne kids tend to be brutally honest about things like food, I want her opinion before I try it myself.

Tracy Rambles On And On said...

Hey, Jean Knee, if you're gonna talk about vampire and korean poo, I'll come with you!
I'll pass on the serial killers though. They scare me!
But I will take some cereal if you have any. Preferable Captain Crunch. With Crunch berries of course.

Tracy Rambles On And On said...

Shoot, I can't leave it at 13!
Oh, I forgot to say, Brian Dear, that maybe you are better off refraining from bragging about the weather there. Isn't your part of the world known for rain, rain, fog, and rain?

Brian o vretanos said...


I'm guessing you didn't show as much restraint with the beer ;-)


In an attempt to get Helena onto Indian food early, her mother ate a large quantity of Prawn Madras when she was pregnant. However, as with most children, Helena is very cautious when it comes to trying new food, and she doesn't like anything spicy.

Dan said...

What do Indan people eat? Do you mean Indian like Pochahontas or Indian like Apu from the Simpsons?

Bee said...

I was sitting at work today and looking at the sunshine and hating old people for being retired because I wanted to be out there soaking up the my vitamin D. It is still going to be cold but at least the rain has stopped... for now.

I predict jean knee will get a leg cramp this summer.

Jean Knee said...

leg cramp nothing. I have shin splints from running with Lean. I had no idea what was even going on
until Dr.Drew diagnosed me, apparently he had them in the army

damn I'm old

I did run more than 2 streets

Jean Knee said...


I was just practicing

Brian o vretanos said...


Like Apu. They eat curry.

Jean Knee:

I presume that was a hint? I've now put another post up, so I hope all your practising pays off...

Jean Knee said...

hell no, you'll have to do another one now