Once a Year

Friday was my birthday.  It was a pretty fine day.

It just happened to be one of my normal Friday’s off work (2 per month) which was handy.  I went for a little jog in the morning, then DB and I headed to Amsterdam for the afternoon.  We went to see Hinke’s showing at the Weterings Gallery.  I’ve give her a little plug here:

“Hinke Schreuders shows a new series of small works on paper. For them, she has selected pages of ladies’ magazines from the fifties and sixties. These pages with their pictures of fashion models have been treated with ink and yarn. Additions and changes have infused the original photographs with a different atmosphere.”

In de groepstentoonstelling Works on paper zijn verder werken te zien van Arie Berkulin, Jonathan Bragdon, Karin van Dam, Chiaki Kamikawa, Hamid El Kanbouhi en Lotte Klaver.
Zie het persbericht van de galerie voor meer informatie.

5 juni t/m 3 juli 2010

Wetering Galerie
Lijnbaansgracht 288

Opening zaterdag 5 juni, 16-18 uur

Galerie geopend woensdag t/m zaterdag 13-18 uur

After that we walked around a bit and headed over to Soap for massages.  If you need a good deep hardcore massage, go there and ask for Rachel.  She’s a goddess with her hands.  And her elbow.  My shoulders get big digs from her elbow.  Ahhhhh!

After that, while trying to come back to the real world, we returned to Haarlem and ate dinner at the just opened Sumo.  What a great find!  This is a Japanese place that just opened up, right behind the church at the Grote Markt.  It’s an all-you-can-eat place, but not what you imagine those restaurants are like.  This is big, spacious, nice, with friendly and efficient service.  Beat THAT anywhere else in NL!  Oh, and the food is really good too.  Here’s how it works… you get an order form with 6 columns.  Each table can order 6 times.  Each time you order, each person is allowed 5 items from the extensive menu.  Do the math – that equals 30 things you can order.  Believe me, that’s a lot of food.  We didn’t come close to ordering that much.  What stopped us?  Well, if you order more than you can eat and they have to take food back to the kitchen, you have to pay extra for that food!  Great concept, no?  I think it’s great and I’m sure it works.  We had sushi, dumplings, salad, edamame, tempura shrimp and more that I can’t remember.  We ended with the ice-cream you see above.  That’s green tea, black sesame and white sesame ice-cream.  Mmmmm yummy.  You can also see the bottom of a sake bottle there in the photo.  We had warm and then cold sake.  Also YUM-MIE.  I recommend Sumo to you.  Go there.  Give it a try.

So that was my birthday.  The rest of the weekend has gone by in a blur.  I got some knitting done.  I’m ALMOST finished with the brioche lace shawl I’m making with lace yarn from Pigeonroof Studios and a new pattern from Nancy.  I’ve also started some top secret socks using a brioche stitch from Nancy’s book.  Why are they top secret?  I might submit them for publishing.  Then again, I might just offer the pattern on Ravelry.  We’ll see how they come out.  Maybe the pattern won’t be worth writing up at all!
We’ve been watching a lot of football this weekend.  The US tied with England 1-1 which was a surprising score to a pretty boring match between 2 pretty poor teams.  Tomorrow the fun begins when the Netherlands plays their first game.  I’ll be wearing my World Cup socks to work!  Photos to come!

One thought on “Once a Year

  1. Bonny June 14, 2010 / 19:02

    What a wonderful way to spend your Birthday!! And the ice cream was a little bonus, too.

    Belated Happy Birthday Greetings from the west coast of Canada!

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