We all just moved to Berkeley and lived in Cloud Ninth. It was fun times. I loved to ride my bicycle along the Bay Trail and see the birds at the Aquatic Park. Together we played Quiddler and Magic the Gathering.
Still at C9th this year and having fun exploring the Bay Area. I was going to SF for school and maiki to San Jose to visit SVBC. We had a projector and watched a ton of media.
We had moved to Highwind and it was a cold and drafty house! We drank a lot to keep warm. maiki figured out how to make fantastic hot toddies. I worked at the Bread Workshop and practiced calligraphy. In Japantown, Bushi Tei Bistro opened and maiki and I enjoyed Humanitas Cabernet and Sake flights.
Tim drove up to stay the week with us. It was really cool to have him here and soon he will our new house mate. I was so glad that his visit lined up with our spring break and I had four days off in a row.
Thursday night all six of us went to see the Watchmen in IMAX at the Metreon. I was one of the only ones that had not read the graphic novel and I did enjoy the movie, but I covered my eyes a lot. It was much more violent than I had anticipated. Pretty much the consensus was that the book was way better, but that is usually the case.
Colin came up the next night, just in time for us to really get into playing Settlers of Catan. It is such an awesome game and we played it a lot (maiki went back to Eudemonia to buy the expansion Cities and Knights and now it is even better). The game is both intuitive and interactive so I really get into playing it. Sunday Amy and Rodrigo came over to play some Settlers and meet everyone at C9th. More geekery ensued and we had a lot of laughs.
Tuesday Tim and maiki and I went to SF and walked over to Japantown. I bought my favorite melon pan we ate lots of other treats. maiki and I picked a bunch of stickers. My lappy looks so wonderful all decorated. I will post a picture soon.
Wednesday I walked with Tim up to the UC Berkeley library and checked it out. Tim said that he cannot wait to get a card there once he is a Berkeley resident. It is one hundred dollars a year and I know that he will get his use out of it, but I wonder if I would if I had it. I am becoming much more interested in teaching myself and learning everything that I can about what interests me. After being back in school for a while, I am in a groove to do this without getting too side tracked. I think that Tim living here will also inspire me—as my other house mates do.
Thursday night maiki and I went to a Literary Potluck at Susan M’s house. She is such a wonderful hostess. It was so much fun seeing familiar faces and meeting new people and everyone that came read something aloud. I brought The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey and The Persistence of Yellow by Monique Duvall, my two favorite yellow books. I read poems from the Persistence of Yellow and the other guests seem to enjoy them as much as I do. Before that night I had never heard so much wonderful poetry. I guess that in school I didn’t read anything that really interested me so didn’t I explore it further. It was a really special evening for me.
Now I’m working this weekend and I have some Typography homework but still feeling very much relaxed. The weather has been beautiful and warm and the flowers are all in bloom. It is so enjoyable to stroll along and smell the jasmine that I don’t even want to ride my bike lately because it will all go by too fast. I want to savor every beautiful moment, even if it makes my allergies crazy. Its worth it.
Tim took the train and got here this afternoon. We played a quick game of Quiddler and I totally won. Yahoo. _
When Kimi, Justin and Jason returned from their outings it brought our Cloud Ninth numbers to six people—which is awesome. I love when so many friends have the opportunity to come together. We ate some croquets and then trooped over to the re-opening party for our neighborhood library. We were really hoping for cupcakes, but they did not deliver. I will have to make some this weekend. We have loose plans for the days ahead and have talked about going to Japantown again, but whatever we do I am sure that it will be fun.
Tim visited us in Berkeley at Cloud Ninth this weekend. It was so awesome! I love when people visit because so many fun things happen.
Friday we took a cogmotive field trip to Japantown. It was quite an adventure and required so much walking that I didn’t feel at all the guilty indulging in decadent eclairs and cream puffs for dessert. We did some shopping and stocked up on stickers, notebooks, and other cute finds at the Kinokuniya stationary store. Also at the grocery store I picked up some melon pan and strawberry pocky.
Saturday night we played Magic: The Gathering. Tim and Jason to decided to buy liquor colored red, blue, green, white, and black to correspond with the different colored cards so that when you were attacked you would lose life and have to take a shot. Luckily they didn’t pick up anything too gross. Out of everyone at Cloud Ninth I have the least knowledge and experience of the game so I usually do not participate when they play. However, with Tim here I felt like it was a good time to jump in since he was not as acclimated either. I actually ended up doing really well and stayed alive the longest. I used Jason’s green and white deck and it was so cool. The funny part was that I dreamt about playing it all night because I was so excited. I am such a geek.
Sunday, Justin and I made a veggie stew for dinner. It was great collaborating with him because he contributed so much in terms of spices and such. I have to admit that when I cook I make it up as I go along and I love input from others so that I can tweak with the “recipe.” Our stew this time had onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, 2 kinds of squash and tofu. It came out delicious. I was glad that Tim could be here for a soup night. Later we walked to Andronico’s for cake.
So I guess that I like when guests are around because everyone eats together and there is always dessert. With five people in our house everyone eats at different times. The weekend days seem to be the best times for us to all come together for a meal. Before at the Hanover Studio I made soup on random Sunday nights. It was a favorite tradition of ours that of course had to be carried on here as well. Justin and I both love to cook and enjoy creating fabulous new vegan meals.