it was cold in the house this morning, temperature around the mid-60's, while it was lower 50's outside. i saw my upstairs neighbors go out for groceries wearing their winter jackets. i pulled out my china jacket from the closet: a uniqlo hoodie paired with a blazer. i left for belmont sometime after noontime.
i went with my parents to burlington to run errands. first to jo ann fabrics for my mother to pick up some yarn with a 25% off everything coupon (unfortunately jo ann doesn't have a large yarn selection). then market basket next door in search of black cherry jones soda. finally h-mart for some asian groceries. we saw farm-raised striped bass for sale, the same type of fish my aunt picked up from their friend on the cape. the store bass had 2 different prices: $6.99/lbs for USA, $3.99/lbs for taiwanese import. the fish looked tiny by comparison (the wild one that we got was 40" long).
once we got home, it was non-stop eating. first it was all the korean food we got from h-mart, then we steamed the mussels from market basket in a broth of white wine, butter, garlic, and salt. the mussels themselves seem kind of suspect, with no origin stamp or labels of any kind. perhaps these were local mussels? the shells seem different too, darker than usual. so imagine our surprise when after we cooked them we discovered they contained the largest mussels we've ever had, so even big enough to completely fill the shell. on top of that we also had some korean bibimbap rice. and i drank a whole 32 oz. bottle of strawberry kefir chased down with another can of pomegranate seltzer. i ate so much i felt like puking afterwards.
i ended up driving the honda element back home. that way i can bring back the ladders tomorrow, as well as my mother's bike parked at the cafe.