* telling XL i was going out for hot pot tonight but didn't say who. maybe she can guess, or maybe she's suspicious, but she didn't ask any questions. maybe she didn't care. but normally i'd invite her (many times as well) but since i was silent on the matter, it probably seemed unusual. also tomorrow night cost control is inviting ellen and i to dinner (maybe a farewell feast for xiaolong).
* ZF came to visit my cubicle area (actually just to pick up a new phone line cable from LH). we chatted, she'll be gone the tomorrow and wednesday to be the sole bridesmaid for her friend's wedding. i gave her some chocolates. she said she likes dark chocolate.