After running our usual errands on Saturday, we stopped for a quick lunch at local fast-food noodle joint, TIN DRUM. We can usually count on Tin Drum for a reliable meal, but the basil spring rolls that we always get were terrible – they seemed like they had been sitting out all day, when usually they are made to order (their lo mein was good, though). Sooooooo…to make up for our disappointing lunch, we decided to treat ourselves to desert at CONDOR CHOCOLATES, the hip GOURMET CHOCOLATE “BAR” that recently opened up here in town. It was crazy crowded but Missy managed to snag us a couple of seats at the bar while I stood in line to order up a hot chocolate, some sipping chocolate, and one of their CARAMEL SEA-SALT BROWNIES…
We greatly admired Condor’s countertops which were made from RECLAIMED WOOD FROM A BOWLING ALLEY…you could tell because they had the tell-tale BLOWLING LANE GUIDE MARKINGS inlaid in the wood still:
Feeling a bit guilty after our decadent snack, we decided to take a brisk walk through near-by MEMORIAL PARK and the BEAR HOLLOW ZOO in a vain attempt to gain back some dignity:
We watched as a tour group stood around to watch one of the zoo employees hose off Turkey Turds from the roof of a little shelter in the wild turkey / deer enclosure:
After the zoo, we made our way down to the Memorial Park lake, where we fed the ducks and walked several laps. Along the way, Missy gathered TINY PINECONES for some woodland-inspired terrariums she will be working on soon..
Most of Sunday was spent in our DINING ROOM, here at Rancho Cocoa. We listened to music while we worked at opposite ends of our cluttered dining table. Missy worked on a bunch of brand new illustrations for an art show that goes up in a couple of weeks…
FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Getting a lot of art work done this weekend.
RAOUL – Ummmmm…sleeping in on Saturday?
WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Nilla eating on the new plants while we were away.
RAOUL – Cleaning up after Nilla’s three-room, seven-puddle, Barf-O-Rama.
FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – The little boy in Condor Chocolates who spotted my Tofu Baby t-shirt and then his dad taking him to meet us!
RAOUL – Shy little boy spotting your Tofu Baby shirt in Condor.
WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – “Ghetto Gas” (Thanks, Spellcheck!)
RAOUL – “Circle C…GOD”
FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Caramel sea-salt brownie and sipping choco at Condor Chocolates!
RAOUL – The caramel sea-salt brownie from Condor was sublime.
WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Quick frozen pizza.
RAOUL – Basil spring rolls from Tin Drum. The ones we got weren’t freshly made.
THREE THINGS ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST FOR THIS WEEK?
MISSY – Fruit, hay, cat food.
RAOUL – Apples, shredded cheese, orange juice.
FAVORITE BREED OF DOG?
MISSY – Pound Puppies!
RAOUL – Odie.
FAVORITE BREED OF CAT?
MISSY – Nilla! Turkish Angora.
RAOUL – Garfield.
PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Belle & Sebastian, Morrissey, The Smiths, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Echo & The Bunnymen, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Kate Bush, The Decemberists.
RAOUL – Belle & Sebastian, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, Pet Shop Boys, Velvet Underground & Nico, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Morrissey, The Smiths, Lucious Jackson, The Decemberists.