Thursday? For some reason I can’t remember what we did. Chika thinks we did something special, because we didn’t go to salsa, but I think we were just beat and turned in early.
On Friday I got a ride to work from Will (Strait), who I often commute to work with from
, and Chika met me in Greenville after work so we could look at a house. We checked out the house and I could see that it had potential, but this was the first house we looked at. It had cranberry colored, wall-to-wall carpeting and was packed to the ceiling with crap. After seeing some other houses nearby and in the same price range, I can only conclude that the people selling this house smoke crack. No, really. They’re shooting about $30,000 too high, in my opinion. Afterwards we were beat, so we had dinner at Swad. Spartanburg
Saturday was a lot of hanging out in cafés and reading, a bit of writing, and I finished The Fault in Our Stars and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. The Fault in Our Stars was fantastic, whereas The Girl in the Flammable Skirt left me … enh. Though there were some enjoyable stories, overall I was underwhelmed.
I sat down Sunday morning and, by , finished both critical response papers for both books, putting me way ahead of where I was last three week period. Yay! We met my friend Ken (Keith) and caught the showing of Safe House at Cherrydale. I also started reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius for my next set of critical response papers due. I have to admit it's going to be a bit tough that, completely by chance, I'm reading two cancer books back-to-back. Just missing Dad.
Monday we just chilled at home. I read a bit and wanted to crash early, but story ideas kept popping into my head, so I was up until midnight-ish.
|The Valentine's Day Card I Made for Chika|
Yesterday, Tuesday, was a wondrous Valentine’s Day with my wonderful wife. I made her a card like I usually do, and thought we weren’t buying presents for each other. This is how amazing my Chika is:
|White Chocolate Lavender Brownies!|
- She baked white chocolate-lavender brownies
- She made French style macaroons that were A-MA-ZING!
- And she put together a scrap book of all the tickets and such that I kept on wanting to organize, but kept not having time to get to.
|French Style Chocolate Macaroons!|
Super sweet, my wife! I’m a lucky, lucky man.
|The Scrapbook Chika Gave Me|
Then, having made some reservations, we had some fantastic sushi at Miyabi on
Congaree Road. We had a rainbow roll, veggie tempura appetizer, 5 pieces of shaki-shaki salmon (my favorite!), and some others. The ceiling of Miyabi is gorgeous, an arched ceiling with a mural of a night sky.
|The Inside of the Scrapbook|
This afternoon, we may have found a house that we’re interested in buying. It’s walking distance to both work (
) and downtown Spartanburg Day School . It’s in the posh section of town, Spartanburg , across from where I’m getting my MFA, Converse Heights . It’s also priced right, is yellow which might have to change, and built in the ‘20’s. After getting home, Chika made a fantastic Cajun-style dish of beans, rice and eggs. Yum! Converse College
Finally, I helped out an old student, Phylicia, with a lab report, and I have faith that she will succeed in her pre-med ambitions.
|Chika & Trav @ Miyabi - Arching Night Sky Mural|
Still rockin’ my beard, the longest I think I’ve ever stuck with one. Next stop, Grizzly Adams!