January 30th, 2007


It's 8 AM and I've been at work for an hour and a half

I can really tell the sun is rising earlier and setting later, only a month after the solstice. This is great! And there were SO many birds singing outside. The song of the birds, that's always one of the most subtle of differences between home and Someplace Else, like seeing different constellations in the sky. I was guessing "Robin?" but I really just didn't know.

Oops, the build is released. Back after it's all done.

Now that we're on live I can talk about ceili and food

First, while there's a lot of Ceili going on, my plans are to go to the one in Camden on Friday the 23rd of February. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Second, Michael Pollan, the author of the incredible Omnivore's Dilemma, has a great article in this week's New York Times Magazine (also visible here if you don't have an NYT account). In short, his advice is: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He also mention that Thomas Jefferson advised treating meat more as a flavoring than a food, which is interesting because that's frequently been how I've approached meat in my diet; not as a main course, but as a garnish.

The article makes me want to come up with a bunch of new and interesting ways to eat vegetables, beyond my one vegetable curry, my vegetarian chili, my all-purpose vegetable pasta sauce, and pasta e fagiole. I mean, just because I don't like eggplant or asparagus or mushrooms or olives (etc. etc.) doesn't mean there aren't a lot of good vegetable recipes I can and should be eating.

What am I missing out on? What should I try? If I want to do a vegetable main dish that's not all about grain (or pasta), what would you recommend?
Sea dragon

The days are getting longer, is it spring yet? My crocuses are blooming ...

I had a good afternoon today. I left work early (well, after I'd been there for 9 hours) and headed off to a doctor's appointment. This time I got a good doctor; she diagnosed what I came to see her about AND gave me a referral for physical therapy for my knee. Hurray! She also helped me understand how she came to her diagnosis and gave me some information on figuring out how to use my employer health insurance. Oddly my blood pressure also was lower than it was when I was there earlier - go figure.

Then it was time for a bit of tottering around the high street as my ridiculous waking hour started to take its toll. I managed to find a copy of Kavalier and Clay (sp?) for £1 at one of the charity shops and my (free in the UK!) prescription at Boots, but at some point in the Sainsbury's I got a little brain dead and started feeling quite upset that I couldn't figure out where they were hiding the English muffins or the cookies that I wanted (Weston's Wagon Wheels, were you to be found with the "tea" items, the various cakes served with tea, the chocolate, or the snack foods?). This kind of near-breakdown is typical of me in an exhausted state, and I was fortunately saved by a phone call from shadowdaddy, who managed to talk me out of the store and back to the house, where I took a nap.

So a good afternoon all in all, and a pleasant slack evening with company for my Moroccan chicken with stewed squash and prunes (still working on that one) and doing little else. Hopefully I'll get enough sleep and tomorrow will go well - I'm excited because I'm taking my team out for a pizza party for lunch.