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Monday, August 30, 2010

Lazy Weekend

After going out an partying like rockstars last Friday night, our weekend was pretty tame. Bob and I worked/recovered all day Saturday. And by that I mean that we woke up at noon and then worked very very slowly while watching more Battle Star Galactica. I know, we're super lame, but it was very relaxing.

We ordered in that night and had blah food from Organic Kitchen. To be fair I think it might have been my selection that was blah, and we'll likely give the place another chance.

Sunday I made us leave the house for brunch. We found the most Mexican restaurant in Shanghai and had Mexican brunch. It was actually pretty good. It was all you can eat, and there was a Mariachi Band playing covers of Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles, which was weird but okay. And we participated in the all you can drink Margarita special, because, well how could we not? I liked the place a lot and took some pictures that will be going up on the food blog. The place was called Mi Tierra and there were a bunch of pictures from Gone With The Wind on the walls. I don't know what Gone With The Wind has to do with Mexican food, but it didn't ruin my experience.

I spent the rest of the day cleaning up the house in preparation for Richard's arrival. Bob was amazingly helpful and cleaned up the living room. My office is currently our dining room table, but other than that everything looks great. Richard got in around 7pm and was pretty tired. He was coming to stay with us after a short visit with his brother in Singapore, where they were apparently party animals! He told us he didn't go to bed until 5am that morning, ew.

Richard got settled in and then I took him for a walk around our neighborhood to help him get his bearings. We picked up some drinks and ordered in from a Mediterranean place that does wonderful slow cooked vegetables stuffed with minced beef and rice. It's kind of like a vegetable that's been stuffed with meatloaf, but it's delicious. We got a variety of hummus and things and then we all hung out for a while until bed.

Today Richard and Bob went into the office early and I did my usual routine of waiting until Bob left to get up and putter about. I took care of all my Mochi stuff and then did some research on the Expo. I've picked out the pavilions I'm going to go see, and I plan on starting tomorrow. The weather has been great the past couple of days and is suppose to be just as great tomorrow so I'm going to brave the EXPO!

My list is as follows: (obviously not everything will be done tomorrow)

- Afghanistan Pavilion
-Syria Pavilion
-Uzbekistan Pavilion (Their national celebration day is August 31st, the day I'm going.)
-Democratic Republic of the Congo Pavilion
-Mauritania Pavilion
-Zimbabwe Pavilion
-Romania Pavilion
-Nepal Pavilion
-Denmark Pavilion (They brought in the Little Mermaid statue, so I have to go see it.)

If you want to look at the pavilion descriptions you can check them out here. There are soooo many and everything I've read says pick the ones you want to see because just wandering around will kill your soul slowly. You'll notice that I didn't put the US Pavilion or the China Pavilion on there. I did that on purpose. The US one didn't really look very good and the China Pavilion will be up for longer than the Expo. I will likely add another European Country or two to the list but as of now I feel pretty good about my choices. Let me know if you've heard anything wonderful about other pavilions. I will of course take many many many pictures and post them for everyone to see.

I think tonight we're going to go out to a place called Xibo (pronounced she-bow). I found a write up about it the other day, and they cook with a lot of pumpkin which I think is delicious, so I thought we should try it.

Loves and kisses,

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