The rest of Friday night, as well as most of Saturday, I spent with Sharif. Shopping. Over the two days, we finished off my Halloween costume, bought birthday presents for his sister, sought and failed to find inspiration for the boy's costume, and bought treats for ourselves like DVDs and books and slippers. Sharif's new pride and joy, however, is his George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine. And I must say, it's a handy thing to have. After the purchase of this new piece of equipment, we stopped at the grocery store, where we bought a steak, some garlic, and an onion . . . for $3.00. (The meat was deeply discounted.) Combined with the rice he already had and the corn from my cupboard . . . we ended up with a very good meal, and were very proud of ourselves. It seems that this was the first time Sharif has ever made real meals of that sort. It was all very domestic, chopping things, discussing seasoning, coordinating cooking times. Fun!
Saturday night was a Halloween party. I had my costume all ready- blue & white checked dress borrowed from Lacey + red heels + hair ribbons + dog in a basket = Dorothy. After failing to come up with any workable new ideas for Sharif, we went with his easy backup plan- bathrobe + pajamas + slippers + towel = Arthur Dent. At the last moment, I wrote "Don't Panic" in large friendly letters on the cover of a notebook, and he stuck that in his pocket. His costume was much more comfortable than mine. Pictures to come, but probably not until Wednesday. The party was fun, mostly the boy's friends that I had met the previous weekend.
Sunday to Sharif's parents' house to celebrate his sister's birthday. She really liked her gifts (or else she is an excellent actress), and tried to give me credit for them, but they were totally the boy's idea. I just showed him where he could find them. (An oil burner and a salon gift certificate.) We had a tasty lunch and some tasty coconut cake. Then we returned home by way of the grocery store, bought more meat on sale, and fired up that grill again, this time at Sharif's place, with the sounds of his roommates playing Dance Dance Revolution in the background. (stomp Deedle deedle stomp stomp dee deedle stomp dee stomp . . . )
Of course, a busy weekend means little sleep, which means that I was not particularly rested for this morning's Halloween festivities at work, in which I needed to star in a videotaped real eastate-themed performance of The Wizard of Oz. But everyone is telling me that I made an excellent Dorothy, so I guess I came through without embarassing myself too much. And tonight Rohini and Erica and Will and I are going to see Rufus Wainwright and OKgo in DC. So that's another night with little sleep and another day tomorrow for tired, but I think it's worth it.