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Amoeba’s Day

As you know, yesterday was Amoeba’s birthday.  As was his wish, we spent the morning in his lab cleaning and rearranging.  He’s had a couple pieces of equipment in there he doesn’t need for his research that could be better put to use by someone else, so we facilitated their removal.  We also broke down a bunch of boxes he’d been storing and I washed some glassware.

Then we went to the Hungry Clam for lunch.  Amoeba ordered the scallop basket with fries and I had a fish sandwich with clam chowder.  The scallop basket is Amoeba’s favorite  item on the lunch menu.  (For breakfast we both always order Eggs Benedict.  The Hungry Clam makes the best Eggs Benedict I have ever eaten!)  I had never before ordered the fish sandwich.  I usually get the fish basket.  I just wasn’t up for a gigantic mound of fries.   The fish sandwich was excellent.

After lunch Amoeba went back to his lab and I came home and tidied up the Avon half of my office.  I purchased booth space in a flea market this April 23rd, and I needed to audit my inventory.  I also took a shower and got ready to go out.  Amoeba came home, mowed the lawn, then got cleaned up as well.  We went to the Rumor Mill.

I haven’t quite decided if the Rumor Mill is a restaurant with a lively bar, or a lively bar with really great food.  Either way, I always enjoy good food and good music whenever we go there.  Of course Charley wasn’t playing.  I asked him how it felt to sit in the audience and listen to the music for a change.  He said it seemed weird, but that didn’t’ stop him from enjoying his dinner!

Amoeba ordered Pasta Puttanesca with Mussels.  I ordered Mushroom Gorgonzola Flat Iron steak.  We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We also had dessert.  When we arrived at the Rumor Mill, Amoeba let me out at the door, and then drove around the block to park.  I went in and got a table, and asked one of the waiters if I could order dessert now, but have it served after the meal.  I told him it was Amoeba’s birthday and I wanted the dessert to be a surprise.  He assured me he would let our waitress know.

Amoeba and I ordered our meal and ate it leisurely while listening to Kate Schuman & Friends.   Kate is a local singer/song writer and she and her band (group of friends) are quite enjoyable.  Kate’s music presentation was a “show” this time, but we also enjoy her when she leads sing-a-longs, which she has also done at the Rumor Mill.

ANYWAY, when it was time to pick up our plates the waitress confirmed that she’d put in my dessert order.  There was no cake on the menu.  My initial reaction was to order the yummy, gooey sounding brownie, but it is made with Kona coffee, which I would love but Amoeba not so much, and it was his birthday.  Another dessert featured coconut, also not one of Amoeba’s favorite things, but the third dessert was apple crisp and apple pie is one of Amoeba’s favorite things so  I ordered that.

This was no ordinary apple crisp.  It was made with perfectly spiced apples and walnuts, but it had a Phyllo pastry crust.  Light, flaky and yummy!  It was served with ice cream and whipped cream.  I ordered one dessert with two spoons and we shared it.  I didn’t want to share, but as I said, it was Amoeba’s birthday!

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


    1. Doug — excellent guess. Worse yet, I realized I spelled it wrong but for some reason didn’t go back and correct it!

    2. Two T’s, Dawg. From your Department of Pedantry. Or maybe you can say I’m just earning my propeller blades. 😉

      1. Ah, yes love, Doug did spell Puttanesca with only one T but it was mussels I spelled wrong! You didn’t see it until after my correction.

  1. Sounds like a lovely birthday celebration. He got to do the things he wanted to do with the person he most enjoys doing things with! Win-Win!

    Have a great trip to the New England cold!

  2. .
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!
    Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba! Happy Birthday (late) Amoeba!

    That’s about all the better I can sing since the Methodist choir director
    asked me to not sing in his choir. He said my ear was bad.

    Perhaps the Rumor Mill is a pub but not called a pub. Mrs. Jim makes
    delicious mussel dishes. Our favorite is Mussels In A Garlic White Wine
    (Mussels Provencial) but she can cook anything she has run into so far.
    Oh yes, I have some boxes stored in my office that aren’t flattened. What
    did you do with them after you flattened them? Mrs. Jim thinks to chunk.

  3. Happy Birthday to Amoeba! That was certainly a HAPPY, delicious day. You really made my mouth water. I do love seafood and scallops is my favorite. You sure went all out for his birthday, even organizing his lab. My goodness! You are a very special wife.

  4. Thanks for all the well wishing, folks. If the bucket rope don’t break, I should be able to get out of this well in time for our flights tomorrow …

  5. It sounds like a wonderful day and the Rumor Mill sounds like a fun place…with yummy food. We don’t really have a place like that around here. Wish we did.

  6. A belated happy birthday to Amoeba! Cleaning out a lab might not seem birthdayish to many people, but it can feel really good to get those things done and to have help doing it. The dessert sounds scrumptious.

  7. Happy Birthday to Amoeba! Sounds like he had a day of his liking and had some good food. My husband would love a birthday like that. He dreads having all the family and friends over, with the gifts an so on.,….

  8. A very happy belayed birthday to your better half ! Mine will have his birthday tomorrow, but we won’t clean anything that’s for sure, lol !
    Our neighbors are coming over for a glass of champagne and a tiramisu, he doesn’t like birthdays, lol !

  9. A very very very happy birthday to Amoeba. Sounds like he spent his day just the way he wanted to!! And the bonus….you got to enjoy it too! Here’s to many more!


    Quilly, what a delightful way to spend the day/night. Too bad you didn’t take pics of the food. It all sounded delicious. And what a great name for a restaurant: The Hungry Clam. Wonderful!!!

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