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  • 24th Apr, 2005 at 11:46 AM

I have had a good night's sleep and am now coherent again. Yesterday was a day of tiring activity that could not have ended in a better way.

It began with my waking up late. This is normally a good thing on weekends, but not weekends on which you have volunteered to help people paint. So I rushed out the door into the pouring rain, hopped onto the bus just in the nick of time, and rode my way to angorian's new flat.

It's massive. There's a lot more room there than I expected and our painting-prep work certainly reflected that. I was met at the door by Damian wearing a dust mask and holding a block sander. For a while, I helped sand smooth the wall with the power-sander they managed to acquire on loan. Then, I moved on to sanding bare wood.

It's quite fashionable to have bare, blond wood in old Montréal flats. Perhaps a coat of clear varnish, but no paint. Sadly, the flat that we were in was very old, and had at least five paint jobs prior to this one. And some of them were quite awful. By awful, I mean that the painters wouldn't mask off the bare wood, so they inevitably got gobs of paint on them. The worst thing about this is that it would seep right into the grain and really hold in there.

I spent hours scraping and scrubbing door frames and window frames until they were clean. By the time I was done, my arms were aching and my dust mask was a light purple colour. Wonderful.

I hurried home to get the building materials out of my pores. I must have been showering when elliptic_curve called and left me a very irate message. I dressed and sat by the telephone until she called again. Then, in a fit of organizational mastery, I managed to get a Saturday night reservation at Au Bistro Gourmet on a moment's notice and invite two fabulous dinner guests.

The duck confit was tender and juicy. The frites were fabulous as before. They had a white-wine sauce for mussels that was heaven on the palate. The food was sheer bliss. We stayed and chatted as the sun went down and the rain began to abate. Eventually, the restaurant closed and the waiters bid us a friendly farewell. An awesome place to eat.


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24th Apr, 2005 15:52 (UTC)
imagine what your lungs would have looked like had you not worn the mask...
24th Apr, 2005 16:50 (UTC)
Actually, I don't want to.
24th Apr, 2005 20:52 (UTC)
Ah, the fabulous dinner guests who show up in t-shirt and ripped jeans at a classy french bistro. Well, azrhey is indeed very classy herself, I'm more the "classy bitch" type. ;-)
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