Okay, this was a fantastic weekend (and would have qualified as such even if nothing else had gone right) simply because it started off with the consumption of mass quantities of Thai food. We had to find another unwitting couple to accompany us, since our last set of friends were repulsed by my swan dive into the mussaman curry. This particular couple has a coolness factor of five stars, since he hails from Ottawa and she is from New Orleans. See what I mean? Five star cool.
Ottawa is the capitol city of Canada and, as you know, is especially famous for having provided refuge to Princess Juliana of the Netherlands during World War II. As a token of their gratitude, the Dutch royal family scoured their palace, thumbing through their collection of van Goghs, Breughels, and Vermeers. “Maybe Canada would like Girl With a Pearl Earring”, they mused. Suddenly, the queen herself had an idea. “Seven billion Apricot Beauties should do the trick!”, she exclaimed. And that is how Ottawa came to have what is known as "The Great Northern Tulip Crisis." Once the bulbs arrived, they lost no time in cloning themselves and mutating into perennials. Next they were running around in garish bouquets and harassing tourists down by canal. But before you dismiss them as a bunch of petty thugs, let me assure you—these tulips are mobilized. They're savvy. They're in the right pockets. It’s not uncommon to see them out blanketing Parliament Hill, waving placards, protesting the brevity of spring.
I also made a new drawing, this one in honor of my own violin girl. I was at her lesson last week, watching Izzy and her teacher work through some very challenging passages, and it actually overwhelmed me for a moment to see this little girl’s capacity to be so sophisticated with her instrument. Even more amazing is how happy it all makes her.
My husband made a breakfast on Sunday morning that will go down for the ages. Waffles with maple-glazed bananas, which apparently he had to scale Mount Olympus and clash with the titans to procure. That's how good they were. And better yet? The waffles actually moo before you eat them.