Let me tell you about the Easter Mauraders.
Easter is my bestie Manda’s favorite holiday. One year, I visited her for Easter while she was in college in San Diego. On that Saturday, her big brother drove us to Mexico to eat some awesome food. Manda and I sat in the back seat of his convertible and got our hairz whipped into a frenzy. That night, Manda REALLY wanted to dye eggs, so at around midnight, we ran to the store and bought eggs and dye and all manner of candy and decorations.
We spent hours making all this Easter business, and we had nothing really to do with all of it. We decided to Easter-bomb her big brother’s house. We packed up the car, and drove over to his place.
His neighborhood was REALLY QUIET. We wanted to surprise him and his family by decorating his back and front yard with Easter madness. It was like 4 o clock in the morning, and we couldn’t stop laughing. Our shoes crunching on the gravel made us laugh. Tiptoeing on the lawn made us laugh. And as we laughed, Manda farted. We were the WORST marauders EVER!!!! Do NOT hire us for your top secret missions!!
We had also blown up balloons and decorated them to look like Easter eggs and we set them afloat in his pool. We went all out. We covered his bushes in streamers. I was afraid the whole time he would hear weird noises outside and come after us with a shot gun or a baseball bat. None of that happened tho. It was actually really funny, and he didn’t get mad at us for ruining his yards. HAHAH.
Anyway, we had such a fun time of this, that we wanted to Easter Maraud someone every year. One year, when we were living together and I carried her spare car key, I marauded the inside of her car. But of course, when you commit yourself to such an annual task, you are probably bound to not live up to it at some point. I feel like this year, we were both really busy. I didn’t even buy one single thing for Easter. Look at my photo above from today. It looks like I was dressed for the wrong holiday! AHAHAH.
I ended up having coffee with my friend Margaret who was visiting from Houston, and this was her only full day in town. They just had to put her dog down like a week ago, and it made me want to run home and snuzzle Bibi. Afterwards, I hung out with Manda and she lavished me with about 20 pounds of Easter chocolates!!!!!! She so crazy.
Earlier in the day, she had an Easter get-together with her BF and some of his friends. One of them, from Ireland, made this interesting dessert:
It’s chocolate chip cookies, soaked in sherry, covered in homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries. I asked Manda what shape the cake was in before it was cut up into piece, and she said A HORSESHOE!! I have never heard of such a dessert!! It smelled really boozy, but didn’t taste super boozy, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that I was eating cookies moistened with liquor.
When I got home, Hairy had cooked a tasty din din, so we ate and watched PRECIOUS.
In other weekend news, we went to see a 35mm screening of The Last Unicorn, one of my most favoritest movies ever.
Hairy remembers seeing this in the theater with his mom and sister, so I didn’t feel that bad about dragging a boy to what is ostensibly a super girly cartoon. Peter S. Beagle, the author, was there to answer questions, and he was quite a funny guy. The print of the film we were watching was really old, and I think cobbled together from various prints, and I think that a whole song was cut from it, but overall, it was a very cool experience. Also we bumped into Star!.
We also took the dogs for another walk on Saturday, outside of our regular neighborhood. There is an incredible view up above the Castro!
There is also a little dog park that Bibi and Bunny ran around in for a few minutes. Bibi has been somewhat banned from dog parks, because she can be territorial about other dogs’ toys and balls, and I don’t want other dog owners hating us for having a pushy dog. But she had a very fun time chasing a little dog named Trudy, who seemed to love being chased. It was perfect. She LOVES other dogs 100%, but I think she just has weird manners and communication issues. One of the things she does is she must BARK CONSISTENTLY while chasing another dog, which can scare the dog owners, but all it is is loud and hound-dog-like and not really aggressive at all. I was glad that Trudy’s owner seemed to understand this.
We couldn’t play for too long, tho, cuz we had dinner at Millenium, our local fancy vegan restaurant, with Elysse (yes I am pimping her brand new nerd blog), Emily and her cute family, and their pal Jillian. Hairy had never been there before. I don’t recall being super zazzed about the one time I went, but this time it was suuuuuper yummy. I asked Elysse how they made the creamy part of trifle so creamy without any dairy product in it, and she said, “Magic.”