mood: stuffed...! Hero Material and I had three days of gluttony starting Friday
eureka of the week: figured out two important world building / plot elements in All the King's Women; must incorporate them into the current draft
Happy belated V-Day!
Hero Material and I ate tons of food. On Friday, I made cheese fondue -- very very good! -- and on Saturday, we had Italian and on Sunday, I made beef stew and a ton of garlic bread.
I still feel stuffed.
We also went to a local jewelry store on Saturday to look at some custom made rings and design diagrams (pics). I do like diamonds, but for our engagement and wedding, we decided to go for sapphires. Hero Material has six loose gems, and I love their deep blue color. The issue, of course, is the right setting.
I liked some of the designs, but it was much more than I expected to pay. And to be honest, I'm not sure if I want to spend that much money given the current economic condition (recession) and so on. Hero Material thinks that I'm fiscally conservative -- meaning I don't like to spend money even during bubble -- but we'll have to see. The designer told us that it takes about twenty days, so if we give her a month, she'll have all the rings ready for us.
(My mom was determined to send me hundreds of jewelry store catalogs. I had to ask her to not bother since it's really not necessary.)
Speaking of spending money...
Numerous Japanese news stations reported about U.S. "stimulus" bill's "Buy American" clause. (BTW -- it was very amusing to watch it since Japan is incredibly protective of its own domestic firms.) The foreign countries' problem isn't that the U.S. is spending the money it doesn't have, but that it wishes to use that money to buy American-made steel and so on for construction projects, etc.
Now, I'm not a big fan of protectionism -- I'll blog more about how it can really hurt consumers later with some examples from Japan -- but come on! The bill is supposed to stimulate domestic economy. The American taxpayers are going to be infuriated if the government uses $800 billion of their money and stimulate the economy of some other countries, when American economy is in recession.
I can't help but think that the countries that complain are just looking for "free lunch". They don't want to spend the money but still get the benefits. If they want to stimulate their own domestic industry, they too can pass a $800 billion stimulus bill.