Tonight he had his relatives over. That's his cousin from downstairs, another cousin from Melrose, that cousin's friend, and Nate's sister and her friend. Too many people I don't know, and such a high concentration of RealMan™ that Ernest Hemmingway and Jack London would have trouble making headway in the conversation.
I stayed up here in my bedroom until they had gone to his parents' house, and then I went down and had some of the chicken parmesan left over from the dinner he made. It's fantastic. Nate's a very good cook which you wouldn't guess from the kind of things he usually eats at home. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese mixed with a can of tuna used to be one of his dinner staples, but his tastes are actually pretty diverse and he's developed the kind of cooking sensibilities you can only get with a lot of practice.
He's gonna read this by the way, and that's a little embarrassing, but whatever.
I see he also made a salad with leaf lettuce. I have a head romaine in the vegetable crisper and I hope that's what he used, but that's my section of the fridge so I bet he doesn't even know it's in there. I'll have to find some other way to use that stuff up.