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I went with my friends BE and KS to Mara's Homemade last night. We thought it was going to be their last night, but the owner has decided not to give an official date.

I've discovered I have a deep deep love for char grilled oysters. And they go exceptionally well with Pimm's. Mara's recipe calls for Pimm's, lemonade, Sprite, and mottled mint and cucumber. I could suck those babies down all afternoon. And it'll be my new summer drink, I've decided.

If only summer weather were closer. Today it's 37F with a constant misty drizzle that occasionally gathers the strength for rain in NYC. A part of me wants and needs the sun, because I'm feeling melancholy. But a part of me takes comfort in contemplating how much the weather reminds me of London and Edinburgh. I threw caution to the wind and wore yoga pants and a zip-up sweatshirt to work today.

I made one "April Fool's" prank at work - wrote a fake agenda for our meeting with a discussion of client issues. It took my staff a minute to realize it was a fake, too. But eventually they figured out that Lindsay Lohan isn't coming in drunk and attracting press, Dan Radcliffe doesn't need a pass for his evening job, and Muammar Gadhafi is not trying to rally troops to start a client coalition.

Speaking of sucking things down, I (SPOILER ALERT) inhaled Downton Abbey in two sittings.

And I can't wait for series two.

There was so much to love about this series. The class issues. The gender and sexuality commentary (in a first wave feminism sort of way). The costume pr0n. The acting.

It's an interesting premise - looking at how the Titanic upset a wealthy household from the top down. Setting it during a time of social upheaval makes for good multi-level exploration. I walked into a fully realized household, with multi-generational conflict over frustrations and changes and contradictions. Not only are women's roles about to change, but also systems of political power, the role of medicine, the impact of the Great War, and technology (which is treated with great and fitting humor). The characters are all fully aware that change is in the air. But not in a "breaking the fourth wall" or disingenuous way. This all combines to make for exceptional writing.

BE jokingly suggested I write a Violet/Isobel fic. I won't. But my mind does wonder what direction they will go in the next series - especially for Mary, Sybil, John & Anna, and in light of the final episode, Mrs. O'Brien. I love that there are parallel struggles 'upstairs' and 'downstairs', and the ways in which Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes experience middle management.

So, if you've watched Downton Abbey and wish to discuss in the comments, please do. I think I'll be making today an endless-cups-of-tea sort of day. I long to be curled up on my couch with my cats.


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