UPDATE: now with pics!
Is there a better kind of coma? Cause I wouldn't trade this one.
I met Irish* in the hospital on base - I was waiting for a prescription and she was waiting for a phone call, and she struck up a conversation about my knitting. Turned out she wanted to learn and I wanted to teach, et voila! A friendship was forged. Irish is strikingly good at knitting, having learned knit, purl, cast on, and CABLES in her first month or so. She is a PRO already.
Anyhow, Irish and her husband Steve had Josh and me over to dinner tonight. They went all out, those crazy kids - Irish made pumpkin soup IN A PUMPKIN, as pictured above. It was so beautiful and rich and tasty...mmm... Then for the main attraction we had cornish game hens and garlicky spinach canapes. We are spoiled.
I brought us a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert which was, to quote the character Mary Poppins (not my friend Nadine), quite satisfactory. America's Test Kitchen dessert recipes tend to be complex, but they are worth it. This one was a winner.
Irish and I managed to make it all the way through dinner before we started to discuss knitting**, even though we both knew that she had bought her first sock needles and Noro Kureyon sock yarn this very day! As we munched on dessert we got her all cast on, stitches divided on the needles, and she'd finished the first cuff round before I left.
What a lovely evening. We're headed to bed early now since we have a big day tomorrow - stay tuned!
*Thought you had me all figured out, didn't you? But Irish is her given name. Maybe I'll nickname her Scottish, just to shake things up.
**The men, I will add, did not even make it to the soup course before they started talking about Navy coin collecting. Nerdorama.