Cathy and Eric and suzanne came over at various individual times (although then Eric had to go home again because he was sick, poor guy) and we made dinner out of the tasty things:
1. Random Soup: leeks, carrots, fennel, broccolini, pea shoots, garlic, and miscellaneous spices.
2. Pesto Garlic Bread: unfortunately burnt :( but tasty nonetheless.
3. Battered Squash Blossoms: from this recipe, except that we didn't have most of the things in the stuffing, so we did a mozzarella, bread crumb, and almond one instead. Fun and tasty, but frying in hot oil is scary. Also we made a really massive mess of the kitchen.
Then Cathy and andres_s_p_b went to pick up the new coffee table, and brooksmoses washed the dishes and cleaned the counters while suzanne and I played with the rats. They went home, I swept for the first time (until now it's been too covered in boxes), the coffee table arrived, Cathy went home, and andres_s_p_b decided that it was time to iron the table.
This is not the new coffee table. This is the old coffee table. In the old apartment, the Evil Heater melted part of the side, leaving it shrunken and wavy, as you can very nearly see here. (I didn't get a proper "before" picture because I didn't realize it was going to look nearly this hilarious until he'd already started.)
To the uninitiated, it may appear that Andrés is ironing that bit of thin cloth on the edge of the table. In fact, he is ironing the table.
Is it done yet?
No, not yet. Must need more steam.
Andrés checks his handiwork...
Success! (We'll put that end against the wall. It'll fit there now!)