Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The Code and The Plan
There were so many temptations today, but since they all involved disposable $$$, I opted for my original plan. Well, almost. Walked to the ocean to watch the sunrise and almost froze my arse off. Sorry, but true. The wind, non-existent when I left, was harsh when I arrived at the beach. Tears froze to my cheeks as I made my way back home where I brewed a hot green tea with honey and thawed out a while.
Playing the charwoman, I mopped the kitchen floor, did a load of laundry, folded and put it away. C'mon, you know my daily life is riveting, don't you?
Took the Magical Spo Shirt to the Post Office to send it to its next stop. Portland Oregon. Sent it priority mail to catch up on lost time, yes it cost a bit more, but it's worth it.
Returned home to run another load of laundry and while that was happening, decided to experiment with a new chili recipe sent by a friend. I don't usually use ground beef in my chili (although I have made a really good one using ground turkey, which was to die for) but this recipe sounded interesting, so I had a go. The recipe called for diced pepperocini, garlic, dark red beans, and port wine. Added a bit of my own little extras and let it simmer.
Each time I went downstairs to attend to the laundry, and returned, the aroma became more heavenly every time. Must admit I was hesitant to make a large pot, but in the end I am very glad I did. The flavors are bold and will only get better after a day or two, and the fact that I have enough to last the rest of the winter gives me joy beyond imagining right now. Sad that, ain't it?
Hoping the new Lands' End coat arrives today or tomorrow because more snow is forecast for the weekend and I don't relish the thought of enduring another freeze-fest without ample protection.
The days are getting longer. The sun set a little bit later than yesterday and that's encouraging. Sunlight was streaming through my windows at 4:55, making me feel warm all over.
You know, the more I read what I've written the more I realize that I really, really, REALLY, need a vacation and a little excitement. Talk about the "bleak mid-winter" - I lives it. yes, I does.
Time for olives and a good dinner to prepare for work tomorrow and whatever weather the weekend brings to us.
And so it goes.