Wednesday, March 14, 2007


It was sunny and seventy-one in DC today, real surfing weather, yet I never left the house for longer than it took me to take out the recycling. I do feel like I have finally caught up on the sleep I missed this weekend, so that's a plus. Did I ever mention that our unit is positioned right over the complex's playground? I am not complaining too much since every unit is right over something annoying and loud (tennis courts, swimming pool, the lively Vietnamese Eden Center). Only the people facing away from the exercise yard, in the backside of our building, look out over something quiet: the adjacent Oakwood Cemetery. There it is, I assume, much quieter when the kids gather after school. Did I ever mention we live right beside a cemetery? What I did today: I cooked my first real meal in the unit. I would have imagined that the sheer smallness of our kitchen might make everything somehow handier--since everything is only a few steps away no matter where I stand. Still, with the lack of storage space, everything I need has somehow landed right behind things I don't need, and there's an awful lot of required rearranging to get anything done. Otherwise, except for some slow habituation with regard to these electric burners, the kitchen and I got along well. Today's menu was spiced black-eyed pea soup and a medley of stuffed pasta shells (some with herbed muenster and others with parmesan and rosemary cream cheese) in paprika sauce, accompanied by toasted pita. It all turned out pretty well. In between fussings with the strange range, I managed to upload the handful of pictures I took at the National Zoo when we were there Saturday afternoon. Start here if you are interested. [Cavin]

Then, a 2 sided conversation ensued...

To which Blogger Ellie added:

I love that zoo. Firstly, it's free! But it is also so accessible. I love your pictures. The Coati pic is great. At the NC zoo the Coati is never out in the light. Are the pandas still there?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:54:00 PM  
To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

See the coati movie linked in the next day’s Update. Sure, the Pandas are still there somewhere, but they don’t seem to be on view during the winter, and slash or maybe they are only viewable on a reservation-basis. I’m not really sure. But there is definitely a panda house (which closes at four thirty until April when it’s open a little longer), but, well, it was closed.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:12:00 AM  

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