Over the Week(end)

1.  Samosas for one dollar, what more could you want?  One dollar spring rolls?  They’ve got those too!  The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is the second best idea University City District has put into action this summer (first being Sustainable Saturdays, in my book).  On these magical Thursday nights, Baltimore Ave. comes alive with restaurants, food carts, shops, and craftsmen selling their wares on the sidewalk for a dollar apiece!   On my first Stroll I wandered the avenue, purchasing muffins, drinks, and produce from various vendors.  Then, right before heading home, I bought two samosas from Desi Village.  They were absolutely fantastic!  I raved about them for weeks and was determined to purchase as many as I could afford next time.  So, when I struck out for Baltimore Ave. this Thursday I had one destination in mind, and one only: Desi Village.  It was my first stop and my only purchase of the evening.  I bought five glorious samosas for five glorious dollars.  What a deal!  Next time I’m coming prepared with a little more cash.  Left over samosas for lunch the next day?  F@#$in’ smart!

2.  IKEAAA!  IKEA!  IKEA!  (Sing this like Tevye sings, “Traaditionnnn! Tradition!  Tradition!”)  As you may have guessed I went to Ikea this weekend!  Somehow I managed not to do too much damage to my meager bank account while still shopping victorious.  I’m so excited to crawl under my new queen size down comforter this winter!  In addition to bedding, I purchased a very practical reflective vest that I am determined to wear whenever biking.  Philly drivers are nuts, man.  Of course, before diving into the showrooms/shopping we had dinner at the Ikea restuarant.  Nothing beats Swedish meatballs, potatoes with gravy and cranberry sauce, a salad, and a drink, all for for five dollars (well, except samosas)!  I’m thinking of eating there on the regular. “Where did you take Eric this weekend?”  “Oh, I took him to this fantastically cheap little place right by the water.  Gorgeous view of a docked Titanic-like ship in utter disrepair.  The place?  Four letters.  I-K-E-A.”  Oh-jah.

3.  Eric has a stress fracture in his foot!  It’s very very sad.  Lots of limping and chair dancing.  No ultimate frisbee.  It should take 4-6 weeks to heal.  Hey fracture!  Eric wants his foot back! ♥♥

4.  The Garden.  I saw this DVD sitting on my boss’ desk and, judging the thing by its cover (which is beautiful) and the blurb I read on the back, became determined to watch it!  It’s about the largest (13 acres!) urban farm in the US, located in South Central LA.  I made Eric watch it with me yesterday and oh my lordy how tragic.  What a depressing documentary!    I recommend it but I offer you this warning: there’s a very high chance that you will get angry (you might even yell at the screen like I did) and that you will hem and haw about the injustice long after the credits roll.  That’s my warning.  Watch it, and then take action and help your (local) urban farmers buy their land!

5.  Today I participated in my first ever Sacred Harp singing!  I was introduced to this beautiful musical tradition by my dear housemate who has a deep passion for Sacred Harp.  She led a group at our college and regularly attends singings in the area and, in the summer, around the country.  I was eager to see, hear, and sing this thing that she, and many others, find so powerful.  So, today, I went to a “singing” with the group that she used to lead.  It was amazing.  What deep music!  What a crazy sound!  It was like nothing I’d ever heard before.  Sacred Harp isn’t your average choral music.  No no, it is something completely different.  First off, Sacred Harp singers use shape notes and often go over the tune their about to sing using the four shape notes fa, sol, la, and mi.  That’s different.  Second, the four parts (basses, tenors, trebles, and altos) sit together in a hollow square.  Third, all the songs are from the The Sacred Harp book which was published in 1844.  Fourth, everyone sings very loudly.  All these differences, and I’m sure there are many more, combine to make something that is at once beautiful and haunting.  I was more affected by it than I thought I’d be!  Check out this video to learn more.

6.  I’m thinking of dying my hair redish again.  Hmmm.

♥ Kylin