December 2000

Summary: Received furniture orders and started setting up the house

Dates on this page

Sun 3

Bought office supplies at Office Depot.

Mon 4

We receive our two Brava trunks, but one is defective and must be returned. We also receive our coffee table, and it is in good condition.

Tue 5

FedEx picks up the defective Brava trunk.

Wed 6

Bought a tablecloth ($25) and Vornado EH1-0015-04 IntelliTemp heater ($80) from Amazon.

Fri 8

Bought mulling spices ($9) and a 10-inch omelet pan ($82) at Williams-Sonoma.

Sun 10

Celebrated Vicki's birthday at her potluck in Berkeley. Celebrated Dexter's birthday at Outback Steakhouse. It's the first time I use PayPal to pay someone (Rob) for a share of a meal.

Mon 11

I realize today that I've neglected the journal for awhile now. Today I hemmed curtains with Lani's sewing machine. Patrick made jambalaya for an end-of-quarter party for his class. I discovered that Victor has quite possibly the world's longest amazon.com wish list. We receive two of our dining chairs, but one is defective and must be returned.

Tue 12

Patrick and I find a great little antique desk at One Eyed Jack's. Bought a variety of kitchen utensils and a steel and glass teapot from Amazon.

Thu 14

Last day of teaching for this quarter for Patrick. He must write a paper for Brighde this weekend, however. I finish the curtains. We receive our small rustic table and rustic nightstand, but the rustic nightstand is defective and must be returned.

Fri 15

Breakfast at Lakeside Cafe with Patrick. Patrick begins painting a reproduction of Bruno. I install the front speaker shelves and front speakers. We receive four more dining chairs, and all are in good condition. FedEx picks up the defective chair and nightstand.

Sat 16

Our first official house guest, Aaron Jason, comes over for lunch—shrimp bisque and mint iced tea. Patrick and I build a dummy box that is the size of our soon-to-be-delivered Manhattan Sleeper Sofa. It's 86" x 40" x 35" and I fear it won't fit during transit up our one flight of stairs.

Sun 17

Domenica visits, and we customize a birthday present for her friend D.J. Jinx.

Mon 18

Patrick finishes and delivers the paper he had to write. Tina, Nicki, and Shannie visit San Francisco for the day. We meet them at Cafe de la Presse, shop in Chinatown, and dine at Stars.

Wed 20

Patrick takes care of business at school. Frank stays home to let the plumber in. Huge shopping at Crate & Barrel. Bought a french press at Sur La Table.

Thu 21

Buy drill and wood stain at Home Depot. Buy table linens at Williams-Sonoma. Buy housewares at Pottery Barn. Pick up plates that Crate & Barrel forgot to give us.

Fri 22

Buy wood putty and screw hooks at Home Depot. Buy bundt pan ($28) at Williams-Sonoma. Buy Reflections mugs and bowls at Crate and Barrel. Buy ducks at Tower Market. Install stem rack in kitchen. Reprogram garage door opener to new secret code. Move unused furniture to the garage. Go to Aaron's Hanukkah party with Aaron, Georgie, Patrick, Tara, Dazelle, and Nicole. (I was shocked when I realized that this sounds like a day from Martha Stewart's calendar.)

Sat 23

Stanford Shopping Center: bought housewares and a gift certificate at Williams-Sonoma. Bought housewares at Crate and Barrel.

Sun 24

Dinner with Tina, Daniel, Joseph, Aaron, and Patrick. Sewer Rat Plumbing calls at 10:00 pm to say that their office is closing and will reopen at 9:00 am in the morning.

Mon 25

Patrick's mother arrives from New Orleans.

Tue 26

Breakfast at Ambrosia Cafe. Shopped at Stonestown Mall with Patrick and Mom. Bought housewares at Pottery Barn. Napped. Patrick made salmon for dinner.

Wed 27

Patrick makes pancakes for breakfast. Patrick and Mom ride the cable car and see Lombard Street and Union Square. Frank stays home to let the plumber and the DSL installer in the house. Dinner with Tina, Daniel, Patrick, and Mom at The General's Daughter. Mom stays with Rose Marie and her husband in Sonoma.

Thu 28

Went to Lakeside Cafe for breakfast. Bought groceries at Tower Market. Napped. Went to Jitra for dinner.

Fri 29

Cereal for breakfast. Napped. Leftovers for lunch. Paid bills. Fixed stem rack. Felted the small rustic table. Pot roast for dinner. Bought power strip liberators from cyberguys (6 for $15.65 after shipping and tax).

Sat 30

Patrick makes beignets for breakfast. Errands: pay rent, computer recycling, Crate & Barrel (champagne flutes), Sur La Table (rolling pin, sieve), car wash. Dinner at Firenze by Night with Patrick and Pat.

Sun 31

Spent New Year's Eve with Patrick watching Mission Impossible: 2, eating popcorn, drinking champagne, and trying to find a webcast of the new millennium festivities (but none existed).