Valentine’s Day 2016

Dear Readers,

Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day. We had a great day. It wasn’t romantic as one would expect,1 since we have two little kids to take care of, but we had a wonderful day.

In the morning, we shared cards, then for lunch we went to a certain Japanese bakery here in Seattle calle Hiroki’s. When we were first married we lived fairly close to Hiroki’s and would visit often, but after our time in Ireland, we lived further north in Seattle and could not visit often. Plus, with two active kids, it was hard to take them to a nice place like that. 

“Princess” is now 9 years old and “Little Guy” is 2, so we felt they were now old enough to go. Plus, we missed the place very much.

Hiroki’s makes truly excellent pastries. Here is a turkey, egg and ementhal cheese sandwich I ate. It was truly wonderful:

My daughter got a tiramisu (also super delicious):

Also, I got a cappucino today, even though I am trying to cut back on coffee overall. It was not bitter like Starbucks coffee and the cream was very frothy.

We couldnt stay for too long, since Little Guy was getting sleepy and wound up from eating a chocolate cake. But it was a great lunch, and we were happy to see that Hiroki’s hadnt changed much in all these years. 

Finally we had dinner at a friend’s house. The kids were playing in the empty garage all night (I supervised) and wore themselves out. Both of our kids slept really well that night. 

It was a great Valentine’s Day because I could spend the day with loved ones, eat good food and not worry about work since it was a Sunday. 🙂

P.S. Double-post today. It’s funny how Valentine’s Day (the 14th) is immediately followed by the death of the Buddha the following day (according to Western calendar). For some reason, I get a chuckle out of that every year. 

1 Romantic love is nice to have, but it is fickle and fleeting especially of you have too much expectation. 

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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