A very LJ holiday weekend

Man, every day has been just the most wonderful stuff! Got together with my brother to watch The Good Shepherd and cook together. I don’t recommend watching The Good Shepherd, as De Niro really didn’t know what story he wanted to tell or how to flesh it out properly, but if you ever get the chance to cook with my brother, I do highly recommend that. 🙂 We made roasted butternut squash soup with yogurt topping and a new version of eggplant parmesan. Yum.

Then I spent the day with 1knighthawk, and we wandered Union Square, (especially the Barnes and Noble, my home away from home), ate schwarma at that fantastic little spot down by Astor Place where it tastes like a proper Israeli vendor would make it, and then wandered some more, lost track of time and finally called it quits around 8:00.

Then osewalrus‘s parents were in town for a bris, so I went out to dinner with them, and Aunt Marcia said some very wise things, which is probably no surprise to anyone. I clearly don’t spend enough time with them; I really have to make it out to Boston to spend more time with family. And then last night after work, mabfan and gnomi treated me and my brother to dinner, and there was much rejoicing. I love hanging out with them.

Plus, I actually got some writing done on Monday, and did some more research for my Ben-Yehudah story. I’ve decided I’m actually going to treat it as fiction, not biography, so the things I need stay, but I’m allowing myself to tweak the history that doesn’t work for me. Ultimately, though, I think the core of the story is going to be very close to who he was and what mattered to him.

Life is good.

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