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I heard part of This American Life today while I was out running errands and getting beautified, and it had a really interesting segment about immigration law. Some of the other segments were about the increased power of the executive branch, but I didn’t hear much of that. Their episodes are available at the iTunes store for $.95, and this one is Episode 353: The Audacity of Government, in case you want to listen to it before I get to hear it again and write more about it.

Anywho, I am having a lovely weekend so far. I’m healing up pretty well from surgery and this week I should be able to do just about everything I’d like. I even had some crunchy food today–just a little! I tore off little bits of my mall pizza crust and devoured them like a little hungry bird. The lack of variety of texture in my diet probably wouldn’t bother me if I weren’t aware of it. Unfortunately, I am very aware!

Also, Raleigh is a beautiful place in the spring. There are lots of cherry trees in the city–the fluffy white kind, like the one in the President’s Garden at UGA. That is possibly my favorite spring flowering tree, and I am so happy to see them everywhere! I drive home down Western, which is a 4+ lane road out of downtown, but it has a wide median and goes by Dorthea Dix’s campus. Both the median and Dix are pretty this time of year. It seems like it was just fall and that winter didn’t last very long.

Hope you are doing well, readers!

Doped Monkey

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Tiffany can’t come to the blog right now. She had three wisdom teeth removed.

[Edited to remove horrible picture of me! If you are curious, I hear Reed still has it up on his blog, because he thinks it is cute.]

When she wakes up she’ll probably remove this post, hehe.

FINALLY!

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I have lived in North Carolina for about 8 months now, and I have finally had decent hush puppies. Hush puppies are different here–they aren’t just fish-fry food, but they are served at barbeque joints and Southern/country-style restaurants. They aren’t round. Instead, they are cylindrical little worms of corn batter. And most of them are absolutely terrible.

Last night, we ate at the 42nd Street Oyster Bar for dinner. When we got our seat at the bar, our waiter tossed the obligatory basket of hush puppies up on the counter, with a side of butter. Great, I thought. Then I tasted one…and it was PERFECT. Add a little sweet butter, and it was marvelous. (Although if there is one thing hush puppies don’t need, it is butter!)

42nd Street Oyster Bar makes real hush puppies, with egg and onions added to the batter. At most other places that I’ve eaten hush puppies up here, the hush puppies are simply cornmeal and water, deep fried. Pretty much completely tasteless and they sink in your belly like you’ve eaten little bits of lead. It just makes you feel poverty-stricken to eat them. I have no idea why you would make them that way if there were eggs available to make them light and lovely.

Reed had crab legs because that’s what he’d been wanting, and I had their fried fish and oyster combo plate with fries. WAY too much food for me, and next time I will just get a fish plate. (Except that I just looked at the menu online, and the fish plate comes with 2 filets! That would still be about twice as much food as I could eat.) The catfish filet was also in the perfection category, although the rest of my combo was only ok. I will say that the ok-ness might be a result of the fact that I ate most of the catfish first and then tried the oysters and fries once they had cooled a little. Steamed oysters seem to be a big thing there–they bring a big bucket to the bar, full of steamy oysters, and a waiter shucks them for you one at a time while you eat.

It was a fun place to be on a Friday night, because it was absolutely packed to the gills. I’m glad we sat at the oyster bar because it was interesting to watch behind the scenes, and the bar is enormous, running the length of the restaurant.

Adventure 20

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This morning, I woke up and hit the road in pursuit of adventure…and I found one! After searching for Anderson Point Park, which has no signs showing you the way, and eventually finding it, I met up with the Wake Audubon group and built some birdhouses! We made 19 today, and they are for Prothonotary Warblers. Prothonotary Warblers are the Bird of the Year for the Wake Audubon Society, so there will be projects and activities about these birds throughout the year. The birdhouses that we built today will be placed in the park, and in May (I think) there will be a field trip to see if any birds are living in them! I hope I will be able to go and check that out. Maybe I can get Reed to go with me, since it is near the Sheetz.

Anywho, I can mark Adventure 20 off the list! I didn’t build one all by myself, but I was a significant part of building at least three of them. That means I’ve got 6 adventures down, and 24 to go by December 2009. I need to get cracking!

(I took this picture with my cell phone, so I apologize for the quality.)

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