Sunday, January 13, 2013

Emily Thorne Uses Windows 8?

One night this week Hubby and I went out to dinner at a local Greek restaurant down the street. It's going to be another crazy few weeks so we wanted to take some time to enjoy a nice, quiet meal and each other's company while we can.

As usual we were greeted warmly and sat in the dining room. We love Kosta's not only for the great food but also because of the cozy atmosphere. It's a great place to really enjoy your meal and actually hear the people you're seated with. 

Over a glass of wine David and I replayed the events of the busy previous weeks. My sister had driven up with my niece, the "preen-cess." That gave us lots of material to replay for a laugh or two. Our conversation became muted once we started devouring our salads. 

In our quiet I couldn't help but hear the discussion at the next table. While stuffing fork-fulls of romaine in my mouth I became so excited. Gasp. They were talking about Revenge. Not just the act of it but ABC's hit television show Revenge. 

I leaned in to tell David, "Psst. They're talking about Revenge." 

He nodded knowing this is one of my favorite shows.

I reported to David, "She's explaining the show to that other couple perfectly. She's right. At first it was all about avenging her father's death but now it's a whole level deeper." 

David looked at me and blinked. He clearly didn't share my passion for the show but smiled. He smiled like a parent does when catching a child watching Sesame Street. How sweet. 

The woman continued to recount the previous season, "Well, she's killed off almost everyone involved. We weren't sure where they were going to go with the series this season." 
"Oh, yes?", the other woman said. 
"Yes. It's been taken into a whole other direction. It's been quite interesting actually." the woman explained. 
One man from the table inquired, "Now, this is the show that takes place in the Hamptons?" 

It was all I could do to keep from squealing, "Yes! Emily Thorne's beach house is gorgeous!" 

I didn't. I wanted to spin my chair around and bump myself in between the nice couple. I stopped myself. 

I looked over at David and smiled sheepishly. I was just about to apologize for not paying attention when one of the men in the group started talking about Windows 8. The couple was excited to upgrade to it but was still unsure. David almost dropped his fork. Suddenly he was eavesdropping in the adjacent table's conversation too. 

"I wish I could tell them how great it is", David leaned in to whisper to me. 

"They sound like such interesting people. We should say something. They're fun." I prodded. 

It was fun. It was big people conversation. They made watching TV sound like an intelligent use of one's time. To them Revenge was a poignant peak into the life of the rich and famous. A brilliant weaving of revenge and regret. Windows 8 is kinda cool too. 

Every now and then something happens, maybe something small, a thread the weaves through fabric of our lives and lets us all know we are connected.  Me and Revenge, David and his Windows 8 and the table next to us that provided the bond between our two interests.

photo: ABC

Then the waiter came to ask us if we would like to order dessert. Cheesecake. 2 spoons please. That's one interest we always seem to share. 



  1. Amy,
    I am sending you the recipe for the banana chip muffins I wrote about on Julia's blog. I did not bake them that day, of course, I just wasn't up to it, and when I read all the comments and read yours, I wasn't sure I should clog up Julia's space. It's so simple a whisk or spatula will do and 2 beater needed.

    1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour (or mix in
    whole wheat)

    1/2 cup granulated sugar (or some brown)

    3 tsp baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or more)

    1 egg

    1/4 cup cooking oil

    1/4 cup milk

    1 cup (3 medium)mashed bananas

    Measure first five dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly and make a well in the center.

    Beat egg until frothy. Mix in oil,millk, and bananas. Pour into well. Stir only to moisten. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake in 400F oven for 20-25 minutes. Yield 12-14 muffins.

    This is from Company's Coming by Jean Paré (Muffins and More) book. I would have e-mailed you, but you don't have an e-mail here. I hope your family likes these simple muffins. Enjoy.


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