Tonight is Yeva’s birthday party at a Russian restaurant so most of the day related to this outing in some way.
I woke up this morning and turned on the radio to listen to 9/11 memorial. TV was on too as I was eating breakfast and I was watching the names of the dead being read. I watch it every year and it always makes me feel sad. I do like that part of the memorial is listening to all these names for hours and hours. It makes it more real, and not just an abstract tragedy. Just the number of people lost. A sister of one of the dead, I think Christopher Epps, read a poem referencing his love of Star Wars and while it was a pretty simple poem, it made me teary and emotional.
I spent the rest of the morning vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom since Bear would be staying over my house after the restaurant.
Mama was talking to my Aunt on Skype on my laptop, so I couldn’t go online. I just read Stephen Fry for a while.
At around 3:30 I left with my blue duffle bag full of restaurant clothes to go to Yeva’s apartment. Since Bear was working left, he was driving straight to Brooklyn and it made more sense to go to Yeva’s and change there. I had to take a slightly different bus route since MTA changed lots of bus routes this summer. There is a longer walk from a new bus stop to Yeva’s but the day was nice and clear so this wasn’t a hardship.
Yeva is very much a girl’s girl and she knows all about make-up and hair, beyond by paltry basics. She helped me with my make-up by showing me what to do and how to put it on and she has all kinds of lotions and foundations and other stuff to put on the face. One of these days, I will go with her to a make-up store where she can show me some basic things to buy beyond my lipstick and eye-shadow. I wore my black dress again with my new Thai pearl necklace.
Bear actually got to Yeva’s just as the family and boyfriend gathered to leave, so we took Yeva’s brother in our car and left for the restaurant. Instead of circling the block looking for parking, which is really impossible, we actually just went to a parking garage nearby. I’d rather pay $15 and have less stress.
The restaurant was a typical Russian restaurant with lots and lots of food, delicious too, with seafood appetizers and wonderful mushrooms with potatoes, and beef, fish and foie gras made with soaked pears, and good Napoleon cake. Russian restaurants don’t just ask if you want fish or chicken, they give you both. I don’t like that they start at 8pm because we only get to deserts at 12:30am but the food was delicious. One of Yeva's friends mixed some drinks and I had a really delicious pomegranate with vodka cocktail.
There were good singers accompanied by scantily clad women dancing around. At one point the back-up dancers wore pink leather corsets, at another they were in a fake boxing ring in bikinis. One of the parties in the hall was for a 12 year old boy, so I’m sure he had a very happy birthday. They were good dancers. One of the singers won a famous Russian singing competition a few years ago and she had a wonderful voice. And we danced a lot. I even got Bear to dance not just to slow songs but to some fast ones, although he mostly stood there handing my hands as I danced. There was also a guy who played the saxophone and he was wonderful. At the singing break, they randomly put on a screen and a silent Charlie Chaplin movie, while continuing to play music a bit softly. The music was a bit loud; Bear went to his car to get ear plugs at one point, and after a long bit of dancing the two of us stood outside the hall for a bit to get some air.
We got home at 1:40 in the morning, although we could have stayed later. But I not really a late person and Bear did have to go back to work the next day. It was a fun party. ( Highlander S5 E15,16 )
I’m performing a community service for Netflix. Highlander’s “Modern Prometheus” episode is only 26 minutes on Netflix. The whole episode is available for free on Hulu, so it doesn’t bother me too much, but I did call Netflix and let them know that there is a mistake on their site.