Now that I’ve handed in the essays for the contests I wanted to enter, I have lots of paperwork to take care of.
First off, my writer’s contract. There’s so much to fill out! But it gives me assurance that I’ll most likely get paid and that I’m one of their official “vendors.”
The guy who did my taxes suggested I start collecting my writing expenses so I could write them off next year. I’ll have to go back and see if I had anything from this year. Then I may start keep a spreadsheet. (Yay, spreadsheets!)
Also, I got a NY jury duty summons. I had gotten one back in August but postponed it till February. I was worried that I’d have to actually fly back to New York, but I called the place and they said I just had to send them evidence that I do indeed live in SF now. I wrote an anal little cover letter and need to make copies of stuff to send.
I also need to hit the gym and go to yoga.
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Had a nice weekend. My brother was in town so we got to see him a couple of times. Otherwise I worked like crazy on my essays and MB played his new guitar all day long.
On Sunday, we were supposed to get dumplings, but didn’t feel like schlepping out to Richmond. It was such a beautiful day, we decided to walk to Fisherman’s Wharf instead. It was pretty crowded, but tolerable.
We wanted to eat at that seafood restaurant we tried when we first moved here, but they had an hour and 45 minute wait. At first we thought forget it, but then decided to put our names down. We took a leisurely walk out to the water, down this long pier. The sun was setting, which was beautiful.
“Do you want to take a picture?” MB asked me.
I shook my head. I find that with sunsets, my photos never live up to the real thing. I prefer to just enjoy it in the moment.
We returned to the restaurant a little early, but our table was already available. It was such a lovely unplanned Valentine’s Day. I noticed other couples around the restaurant, all dressed up and formal. You knew they had been planning this evening for a while (like the young dressed up couple in front of In ‘N Out Burger: “I gave my girl a rose and took her to In ‘N Out!”).
To me, the most highly anticipated events never live up to expectations. Weddings, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day. Why wait till a specific day to celebrate? Why not just act like that every day?
Anyway, we both got the prix fixe dinner: soup or salad, a fish entree, and dessert. At $30 it was a little overpriced, but the food was good and the service excellent. I got the salmon poached in olive oil with rosemary and garlic.
Now I’m hungry.
Yesterday MB had to work so I was on my own. YP and I had our long-distance photo expedition – the theme: good luck symbols of Chinese New Year – so I hoofed it to Chinatown and took some pics. I ran into lion dancers and their noisy firecrackers, “bai nian-ing” at businesses.
Here’s the whole CNY set.
All righty, off to the gym!