June 16th, 2009

Fishy Circumstances

Teachers and Sweet Things

This afternoon, I had afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel near Victoria with one of my elementary school teachers. We haven't seen each other since I was in fifth grade; small city connections in Des Moines accidentally put us back in touch a few months ago, when she already had a trip to London planned. Today, we nibbled on crustless sandwiches, scones, and sweets, all bracketed by a seafood salad amuse-bouche and a final mini trifle. It's fascinating to hear of oneself from so long ago, from someone who hasn't had that memory confused and eclipsed by everything that's happened since.

Speaking of afternoon delectations, I spent a lovely loitering afternoon with rosamicula the other day, shopping for chocolates at Melt and having epic adventures in attempting to pay for a whimsical, now story-laden, dress I was buying. She was endlessly patient, and the shop people - indirectly family friends - diligently entertained us with videos of the fall collection, magazine articles about friends, and delicately-detailed shoes. We ate chocolate while waiting - it helps to shop at the chocolate store first. In the end, I went out and brought them cash, and they gave me a lovely hair ornament: perhaps I really should learn how to do anything else with my hair after thirteen years of growing it out.