My life is so great. First of all, today I was pleasantly surprised with how many "ughhh Monday" statuses I saw on facebook. Second of all, I found out that my Verizon teacher discount is more than Verizon employee discounts. I had been having a good talk/laugh with the the Verizon telephone operator guy, but when he told me that, I GOL and said, "Now I'm laughing AT you." Third, my dear old friend Mark came to visit on Sunday from Santa Cruz and we had the BEST TIME.
First, we went to a delicious Indian place in the Lower Haight called Naan and Chutney. Then, we went to this outdoor beer garden in the Mission called Zeitgeist. It turned out to be a sunny day and we all split two pitchers, played a geography word game, and got a little tan.
During the day we started talking about how awesome grilling food is. We realized you can grill ALMOST ANYTHING. Anddddd when you grill, it basically means the only dish you have to clean is your plate. Then we realized we had a duty to ourselves and our summer. WE NEEDED TO BUY A GRILL STAT.
We rushed back to Cole Valley to buy a grill:
And bought an adorable lime green grill with handles that clamps the grill closed in case you want to take it camping. Unfortunately, Mark was over exhausted from all of the grill talk and went home. Lisa and I on the other hand, decided to form a grill group. We created Tuesday Grill Night. That's right, you're jealous. We decided we also had to grill that night because the grill was brand new and needed to be Christened. We got soooo many grill supplies that it was almost surreal and probably a little inappropriate. When we finally got home to start the grilling.... we found this.
Yep. Our brand new grill had a huge gash in the side. I cried, Lisa pretended she didn't need to. We realized we could still exchange our grill and have it ready for Tuesday Grill Night. Instead, we'd make a lil pasta and salad dish. (If you're still reading, 1. thank you 2. really? I've been talking about grilling for five paragraphs)
So we chopped a little broccoliiiii, chopped a little brocolIII (that's a Dana Carvey reference)
Got some chickpeas heated with some garlic paste (that's a delicious tip for you)
And made this Italian feast:
I know what you're thinking. "Wow that looks great! Invite me over." But I'll tell you this: Ehh, no thanks. Also, the Italian feast was good, but it was no grilling.