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Dept. of Possibly a Weeabo, Part Deux

Saturday Night Date and Good News

BB and I have just come back, happily stuffed, from our new favorite Japanese restaurant in Evanston. The place is called Kuni's, and it's a little bit more expensive than our previous go-to place, the sadly departed Tokyo Marina on the north side of Chicago, so we probably won't go there often, but it's really a great place for when you want really good sushi or chirashi or a nice dinner box of teriyaki and maki and whatever they call the fried rice balls, and the sweet omelet. MMmm. Also, red bean ice cream. But best of all, oddly, was what I've been faunching for for a few days - miso soup.

It was no big thing, but at the end of a week filled with (thankfully low level) stress, I'd told BB I wanted to go out for supper. After a very busy Friday afternoon, however, I changed my mind because I was beat, To my delighted surprise BB said "I'd like to go out tomorrow night for sushi," and it dovetailed so perfectly with what I'd wanted that I hoped all day today that both of us would have enough energy to do it.

It turned out we did, and the weather was much warmer, and I got a chance to try a new appetizer (fish jaw, which sounds gross, but isn't, especially after the waitress told us you just ate it with your hands), and we just talked about nothing at all stressful, and laughed, and enjoyed each other. And it cost less than stingy me had thought it would, which is kind of petty, but that's the way I think.

No big deal, and that's a very big deal for me. Next, I'm going to sweet-talk BB into watching three or maybe four Korra episodes. He's not yet as into it as I immediately got, but I suspect he will be.

And then there's this. Which I am very happy about. Our local has been able to organize two new units within the year, including this one, and believe me, there was a time I would have thought that no reporter on the Reader staff would ever deign to consider becoming a union member. My former bosses treated them with so little respect that, when they saw our unit members actually gain back some lost pay in our hard-won contract, when they got nothing so much as a sou, well, they came to us. Never forget, children, that management is often the best organizer a good union can have. 

So, yes, a post full of quiet and seemingly inconsequential, but actually very lovely, good things. I am a happy camper.

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Jan. 18th, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
This is a marvelous post!! Makes me squeal with happiness!!

And ohhhh....sushi!! Miss eating that! Color me jealous! (And a little hungry).

Jan. 18th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I figured that I've done so many oh woez posts, when I really didn't have anything to oh woez about, that I should start posting the good things in my life.

*Hugs back, hard*
Jan. 18th, 2015 05:33 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a really lovely dinner out! :)
Jan. 18th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
Indeed I did, and this one, being just BB and me, was of a different sort of fun than the mass dinner dates we had with our friends at Christmas and New Year's Eve. We don't get that many chances to do what we did last night, so I treasure it when we can.
Jan. 18th, 2015 08:11 am (UTC)
And the vote was 19-0. Nice!

Here's to lovely, good things. My year has started out with several along similar lines and I'm savoring the experience right along with you.
Jan. 18th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that 2015 is treating you well, my dear! You're heading east at Easter, I hear; one less reason to think about going to Minicon, but one more reason to cheer for you!
Jan. 18th, 2015 08:42 am (UTC)
Lovely indeed! I'm so glad you two had a good time and could just relax and enjoy each other's company :) You deserve the break.

And people joining up, that's fantastic too! :)
Jan. 18th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
And people joining up, that's fantastic too! :)

It certainly is; after the year and a half it took to get us our contract, and the tough breaks our local took during that time, being able to organize two new units is an incredible shot in the arm.

I hope your weekend went well!
Jan. 18th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)

It did, thanks! I hope you had a good Sunday :)
Jan. 18th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I did - I cleaned my refrigerator, with help from BB!


Yes, I get excited by things like that.

*scuffs foot in embarrassment*
Jan. 19th, 2015 06:43 am (UTC)
Haha, achieving things is always a good feeling! :D

Jan. 18th, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
Aw, hurrah for some nice things! \o/
Jan. 18th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks; believe me, I'm savoring it!
Jan. 19th, 2015 09:51 am (UTC)
Yay, sushi. And it is so nice and cheering to hear when small things make you happy. Reminds me to appreciate the small happinesses in my own life when big things are (as currently) toouuuuugh...
Jan. 19th, 2015 02:22 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the small happinesses are the only thing that get us through the tough trials. My thoughts are with you, my dear.
Jan. 19th, 2015 01:30 pm (UTC)
You didn't know about Kuni's?? Where have you been?
You need to know about Sunshine Cafe, too. It's a little Japanese (not sushi) restaurant in Andersonville (5449 N. Clark). I was just there a few days ago for the sukiyaki, a solid meal for cold weather. It and Svea are the only restaurants to come through the gentrification intact.
They're highly recommended by about e v e r y o ne.
Jan. 19th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
You didn't know about Kuni's?? Where have you been?

I've known about Kuni's for years. We just didn't go there because we had another place we liked to go. Once that place disappeared, we looked around for another place; when we discovered that Kuni's wasn't as airlessly expensive as I'd thought it was, we decided to make it our new place.

Thanks for mentioning the Sunshine Cafe - we've driven by it often enough, but never gone in. This looks like the kind of place BB and I would love.

Jan. 22nd, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
I love the Sunshine Cafe for many reasons! Lovely regular, cooked Japanese food (though they have sushi too), kid friendly, in Andersonville, and it's actually an old favorite, returned: Naniwa that used to be on Belmont next to the L back in the '80s.

Naniwa closed when the guy retired. Eventually he wanted a place to hang out with his friends, though, so he opened the Sunshine Cafe. No advertising or anything; I lived near there at the time, which is how I spotted it. Anyway, so the bunch of old guys had a place to hang out during the day and maybe have a nosh (or Japanese equivalent thereof). Then other customers started finding out how good it was, and they told friends . . and it got busy.

I still miss going to eat at Naniwa in the '80s with Danny and Rachel and them, but until I get a time machine, Sunshine Cafe will do quite nicely.
Jan. 24th, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
I think I remember Naniwa faintly, although I'm not sure how often BB and I ever went there. The place I was introduced to sushi (again by BB) was on Clark, I think, and I'm sure it's no longer around. But I'm definitely hunting down the Sunshine Cafe, especially now that I know the specifics of its genesis.
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