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Duck and Bunny

Duck and Bunny

Another couch surfer story.

Today I have a girl staying with me from Bavaria. I've been really lucky to find not only awesome and kind people, but also really flexible, go-with-the-flow people since my schedule is so wonky and I basically have to tell them to entertain themselves for hours while I work. 

So this poor girl arrives at 12:30, and I tell her I'll be done with work at 6pm. I offer to watch her bags while she good naturedly goes off and does her own thing, returning at 6. But instead of saying, hey, let's do dinner! Or hey, let's go to Newport for a Greek festival! Or hey, let's do something Rhode Island-y and exciting! I have to tell her, "Hey, I have a magazine deadline today and haven't finished my article yet. Do you mind if I work on it from home?" 

She did not mind at all, and in the meantime, I poured us some Greek wine (the best Thassian rosé from Archodissa) and made a meze plate of feta, olives, and tomato. I worked on my article and she googled kayaking venues in RI. 

Yia mas, guys

Yia mas, guys

Finally(!) at 8:45pm, it was time to have dinner. She was open to anything--take out, dine in, Thai or pizza or Greek or whatever worked best for me. She seems like the kind of person who would like Duck and Bunny, so I said, "We're walking to a snuggery!"

Long story short: she loved it. Everything about it. The ambiance, the food, the staff, the cupcakes, the drunken raspberry hot chocolate. We shared entrees and cupcakes (clearly, we are meant to be friends for life), and we had the best time. 

It was a nice rewarding end to a long (but wonderful) work week!

And tomorrow I must rise at the crack of dawn to teach at the gym. So off I go to sleep. Happy weekend to all!

Sabbath

Sabbath

Brunch

Brunch