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January 9, 2011

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We celebrated J-’s birthday at Korean Grill House last night. During a lull in the conversation as people digested the vast quantities of food we’d just consumed, she took out her iPod and started flipping through an e-book.

Her uncle asked, “What are you reading?”

J- answered, “Pride and Prejudice.”

Simultaneous jaw drop from uncle and aunt, grins from W- and me.

“Pride and Prejudice?! Are you reading that for school or for fun?”

“For fun!”

We’ve been on an entire Pride and Prejudice kick this past week. We watched the 2005 movie, the Lost in Austen miniseries, Bride and Prejudice (the Bollywood version; quite a few laughs); read “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls” (the prequel to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”); quoted and joked and improvised.

Yes, we’re geeks.

We spent a very agreeable afternoon in the kitchen. We chopped up vanilla beans for making extract. I made pandesal. W- discovered a good combination: egg tarts (3 whole eggs + 3 extra egg yolks), coconut macaroons (4 egg whites), and oatmeal cookies (the recipe we use involves 2 eggs and an extra egg yolk). All in all, nine eggs and no extra parts languishing in ramekins in the fridge.

Of course, now we will need to find coworkers and friends willing to take some of these baked goods off our hands (and away from our waistlines)…

Life is good.