Well, yesterday was a good day. After taking a pharmacology exam in the morning, Sarah and I baked cheesecake and watched a Russian movie, "Beloe Solnce Pustyni" (Whie Desert Sun). I translated through the whole movie - it's hard, but not as hard as I thought. The main difficulty is in translating long pieces - I lost concentration. Cheesecakes cracked a bitsy, but it was OK. After lunch in my house (I am finally succeding at convincing Sarah that beets are not evil), we took a walk around the lake - about three miles, and decided that if both of us can afford it, and we find a good deal, we should go to England for 10 days or so this summer. After all, this is the last free summer we have, and we planned to go to Europe, the three of us, since last year, but now that Maria had a baby, she won't be able to join us. Then we parted and went home to shower/dress up/put on make up (in my case, draw a fresh pretty face over my own tired one). At 4:30 she came back to my house and we decorated the cheesecakes (the most gorgeous homemade strawberry cheesecakes with whipped cream) and off we went. I volunteered to take care of the cakes, so she drove. I was eeping at every sharp turn and stop (though Sarah was driving extremely carefully) - any accident, and I would be covered with whipped cream and strawberries from head to waist. Not funny - showing to a margarita/tequila drinking party at a professor's house covered in whipped cream... Though we were laughing at the possibility throughout the twenty-minute drive with two U-turns.
Dr. Marky and his wife are the nicest people ever. I hope I will some day have a quater of Bianca's social grace... She is incredible. And cooks so well... And she is a neurologist to top it off. Dr. Marky makes excellent margaritas from scratch. And I learned that there is a way for me to drink tequila, which I normally don't like - if I use sangrita chaser. Very good. I also tried charronegro and some other things I don't remember. Few hours into the party we were all sharing glasses and trying everyone's drinks and not caring... Health professionals, all of us, mind you. There were seven P-3s and four of us P-2s and Megan's fiance Ryan.
I learned to make margarita a-la Marky (one cup tequila (he recommends San Julio reposado), one cup Triple Sec, a dash of orange juice to taste (freshly squeezed preferable), three limes, 100 cc sugar and ice to taste, blended). Must buy a blender and try. Food was also excellent - enchiladas and fajitas made properly are not at all like the typical fast-food Mexican food. Enchiladas were a bit too spicy for my taste, but very good. The souvenir stands were very interesting - Sarah and I were the only ones who thought so, apparently (most of the others came for the drinks) - stuff from all other the world. Interesting tradition - any elefant figurines/toys should be positioned with their tails towards the entrance into the house to ward off evil. Interesting, isn't it? Dr. Marky and his wife talked to the two us more, it seems, than to anyone else - could it be because others got their spot at the dinner through the auction, whereas we were invited personally? We left around 1 am, but P-3s were still drinking - they downed a lot of tequila... I can understand them, they have just 6 days of class left. I personally had four or five margaritas, a glass of merlot and a shot of tequila over the course of almost seven hours. Overall, great impression. Definitely will try to go again next year.
After the party, Sarah was going to Megan's to play pitch, but she dropped me off at my house - I was starting to feel tired, all the alcohol was making me say things I normally don't (nice things, just not the stuff I usually tell - I am normally very secretive). Besides, I have never been close friend with Megan.
And also, so there is also some non-substance piece,
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Off to work on powerpoint for presentation on Valerian. Fun.