Saturday, March 7, 2009

Snow, Lit(eracy) and Flip

Okay, I'm having to play catch-up here. Let's start with the beginning of this week. We got snow in Atlanta on March 1st! (Happy Bday, Mom!) After a whole night and half a day of rain, fat flakes fell at our house from about 11:30 to 3 or 4 in the afternoon. We took Thoth out for a short adventure, but he did not like the big flakes landing on him and made a beeline back to the porch after walking out a few feet from the front door. Late afternoon, the snow slowed down and turned into sleet, and then the wind really picked up and melted/evaporated a lot away. The next morning, we only had a few patches left.

DH and I attended a free lecture Monday night sponsored by the GT Wesley Foundation as part of the Landiss Lecture Series, "Asking the Value Question in Science and Technology." The speaker was Dr. Stephen Prothero, professor at BU and author of Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know - And Doesn't. He was a really easy speaker to follow and understand, and his topic was really relavant to the college campus and specifically to the mission of the Wesley Foundation, I thought. Without getting in to too much detail, his research boils down to the fact that although most Americans are "religious" in some form or fashion, they really don't have a lot of knowledge about religion, domestically, or in a world view (knowledge about world religions). He has a quiz that you can take testing you on your general knowledge of religion, and I found it to be a little challenging. I did buy the book and look forward to reading it, once I get these AREs out of the way. My summer reading list is becoming quite long...

After the lecture, we decided to join our friends Denise and Brandon, who are old Wesley friends that also attended the lecture, for a bite to eat. First attempt was Figo, but alas, they close at 9:30 and we just missed it. Just down the street is a new restaurant with gourmet, but affordable (except the Japanese Kobe burger at $47!), hamburgers, called Flip, which happened to be open until 10, so we just eeked in there. Denise and I had both been wanting to try it out, and usually they are packed out, so this was actually perfect. Between the four of us, we tried, the Flip Burger (D), brisket burger (B), cheese and bacon burger (mine - yum!), and chorizo burger (DH). All were quite tasty, from the reviews. We also tried two sides - the sweet potato tots (tasty) and tempura fried okra (cut lengthwise - good, but like Six Feet Under's better). The interior has a pretty cool red on white theme, with very sparse table settings (white on white) and brushed aluminum chairs and fixtures. We enjoyed it, and plan to try it again sometime.

And finally, I got through the week and took my 6th ARE this afternoon - Mechanical and Electrical Systems. It seemed to take me a little longer to answer these questions than the other M-P tests so far, but then there was problem-solving and calculations involved in order to answer the questions. All in all, it seemed about the same in difficulty as the others. So now I am waiting for 2 results to come in and 3 more to go! I'm looking forward to enjoying some fabulous sunshine outside for the rest of the weekend - the first warm one of the year - and dinner with friends at Scalini's tonight - yummy garlic rolls!

1 comment:

geeky Heather said...

I'm so jealous that you got to eat at Flip! We showed up one Saturday at 5:00 to try and beat the lines, only to find out that they had stayed open through the break between lunch and dinner to handle the crowds (they're "supposed to" close at 3) and the wait was 50 minutes. Not going to let us make our movie. =(