The workweek was ten hour days spent working at 300 miles an hour. We're doing good things, but we are all so tired now. September at a very large university is like that. And so I cook, and read good books this weekend.
Then I heard that all air traffic was grounded. I needed to get out of that conference room, so left the building to go walk in the garden. Everything felt surreal. I looked up at clear blue skies, and marveled at the weird fact that I wouldn't see any planes heading for the Lansing airport. A few students wandered out too, trying to get some fresh air and find answers. We didn't have any. But we stayed close together, not talking, because who had the words?
I still sit at that same desk at MSU, and every September 11th I go out to the garden and look at the sky. And feel awful. I can't even imagine how those who served us to save and protect victims feel on this day. Or those who lost family and friends. I can't. What I CAN do is assure them that I will never, ever forget. And I don't think I'll lose that strange prickly-creepy feeling I get when I look to the skies on every September 11th.
My Influential Authors
This article was in response to a meme. If you are inclined to spin it off to your most influental authors, I'd be delighted to learn who they are.
Also just finally read this article, from my saved links of "stuff I'll read later". Now you can read it too. If you have not met the Red Panda, he'd love to make your acquaintance, even if you are not Canadian.
Dynamic Duo-Radio and Superheroes
Cinnamon Sugar Flour Tortilla Crisps
Last night after work I got my hair cut VERY short all over (and shaved up around my ear curves) I blame the sweltering heat for this decision. Afterward, I lamented the newly revealed mousey blonde-grey hair. Time to henna! I'm wearing a large amount of Lush Mama Caca henna on my noggin right now. I love the cut, and once it is paprika red again I will be very happy. PS: I add paprika to my henna. ;)
And now it's time for another thrilling episode of What's In My Crockpot! This down-the-barrel view shows my pot filled with, from the bottom layer up, chopped white sweet onions, a handful of dehydrated green and red peppers (I dehydrated them last season), 4 huge garlic cloves, 4 quartered tomatoes from the garden, and a pile of venison chops. I'll add cracked pepper, sea salt and cowhorn pepper flakes, plus a cup of water so it doesn't burn. Late tonight this will be a lovely mess which I can hand-shred for tacos! Mmm. Think I will make a corn salsa to go with them.
On the happy side, after three years of lobbying for one, our department is finally getting a Intranet. We're probably the last department on campus to get one, but FINALLY. And guess who gets to play with it and make it shiny and fill it with all good stuff? Yeah, I basically spent the entire day yesterday ignoring all my other work so I could play with that. I can get so lost in Wordpress setups, they are so fun.
Oh and I finally finished my recap of Motor City Steam Con out at my bookish site. Most fun con EVER!
Crunched up a huge bowl of my homegrown Greek oregano, which was dry and ready for storage in a vintage blue glass canning jar.
Ground 2 pounds of fresh coffee beans. One pound is for the office, one is for here at home.
Reorganized all my herbs and spices, pitched the unviable ones, moved many into better glass containers. (Have I mentioned I am addicted to lovely glass containers and antique canning jars?)
Made a huge pot of chili. Huuuuuge. Will be dinner tonight!
Blended up some greek yogurt with honey, flax seeds and roasted fresh blueberries.
Sorted and stored garlic pearls (those little round seeds in the flower atop a garlic scape) for planting later in the year.
Made a weed salad. There was a lot of purslane growing wild where it shouldn't be. The stuff is healthy and full of omega 3 fatty acids. Washed and chopped it, added halved cherrry tomatoes and thin sliced radishes, with poppy seed dressing. Yum.
Got my sourdough starter out, fed it and let it bubble on the countertop. Later, got two large loaves of sourdough bread rising.
I'm working on a comprehensive post about the con, which will be first-posted at brassbrightcity.com, but I'll share it here too! Should be done, eh,either tonight or sometime tomorrow. I'm still relaxing. :) Today's my last day of this little vacation.