After watching the clips of the "restaurant slave" talking about her years of journalling/blogging, I felt like I'd known her forever. That's not true of course, but I did share many of her thoughts about why blogging is a good thing and that most people have interesting lives that would be well-shared with others. Made me think of a book about a mid-wife in the late 1700's that I'd read. I learned so much about what a woman's life could be like in that time and the perils and hardships.
It's the reason strangers talk on busses and planes. We're all here and in many ways our experience is similar. But perhaps you've already dealt with something that is in my future. Or perhaps something that's on your mind as a worry is something that I know something about already. Or maybe you do something that will open a new path of thinking for me, even if I never do it myself.
And so we blog - to share our lives and thoughts and the funny and sad things we encounter along the way.
I'm in the middle of the migration from my Pismo to the new 12" powerbook. It's had a few rough spots, but generally smooth going. In between installations and stuff, I've been using one of the non-involved computers to surf etc and well, there was Bill's blog post. I had to try it.
Becoose-a I hung oooot veet Beell, I cun't help boot be-a emoosed und inspured by hees muny interests. Um gesh dee bork, bork! Su vhee I sev thees deeelectizer oon hees veb seete-a, I hed tu try it tuu. Let's joost sey thet unless it's scutteesh, it's a lued ooff vell, ya knoo. courtesy of The Dialectizer
Let's just say when you've been moving computer stuff around, it might as well all be borked.
It's here AND it's out of the box. And it's gorgeous. Now I can't wait to get home, which won't be til much later tonight as scheduling would have it, so I can really play with it.
I'd forgotten just how exciting it was to take a new computer that's MINE out of the box. I guess I thought working all day surrounded by boxes of computers, that the novelty would have worn off long ago. Photos (with quarters for BtC) later.
It's here and .....it's still in the box. Will lunchtime ever come?????
ok, this is plain silly If I'd known, I could have waved as my powerbook flew over today
Arrived at FedEx RampEAST BOSTON MA -- 02/04/2003 19:19
Left FedEx Sort FacilityINDIANAPOLIS IN -- 02/04/2003 16:47
Arrived at FedEx RampCOLUMBUS OH -- 02/04/2003 06:52
Left FedEx Sort FacilityINDIANAPOLIS IN -- 02/04/2003 02:18
Arrived at Sort FacilityINDIANAPOLIS IN -- 02/04/2003 01:04
Left FedEx RampINDIANAPOLIS IN -- 02/04/2003 00:39
Arrived at FedEx RampTA YUAN HSIANG TW -- 02/03/2003 20:37
Left FedEx RampC.K.S. INTL AIRPORT TW -- 02/03/2003 20:36
Left FedEx Sort FacilityANCHORAGE AK -- 02/03/2003 15:32
Left FedEx Origin LocationTAOYUAN CITY TW -- 02/01/2003 23:38
Pickup statusTAOYUAN CITY TW -- 02/01/2003 22:56 Package received after FedEx cutoff time
Don't ask why - Fed ex seems to show that my powerbook went from TW to Alaska and back to TW. ACK! Hopefully this is a severe error in reporting. Perhaps they don't mean KS TW but KS, as in Kansas. oh. No?
I'd like to report, following up from yesterday, that the puttanesca was excellent. the meatballs are mighty fine (and how different the standard red sauce tastes next to that chunky mix of olives, capers and tomatoes).
But oh people - the pea soup.
let's review shall we? 1 pound of dried split peas. (about 50 cents). 2 quarts of water. 2 carrots chopped. Half a kielbasa, chopped (about $1.50 for the beef kielbasa I used. I've been known to chop up some turkey ham for soup like this. Meat though is really optional) A bay leaf. A sprinkle of pepper. Perhaps a little parsley. Throw it all in the pot (or crock pot in this case) and bring to a boil. Simmer until peas are totally cooked and the soup is smooth. Adjust seasoning if desired. Serve with croutons if you like.
There you have it. Thick, warm, nourishing and so satisfying. And so easy. If you like, you can do the same with yellow split peas. Add some cumin if you like. Make soup and live the good life. Share soup with friends and be a lunchtime hero.
To distract myself from my powerbook's journey, and since our kitchen drain is now un-frozen (thanks Ron!) I'm cooking. Pea soup in one pot. Spaghetti sauce in another. Meatballs ready and able to swim in sauce. I'm about to make Puttanesca sauce which is red sauce with olives and capers. Looks pretty easy and will be a nice change from regular red sauce.
The weather has eased a bit bt the skies are dark and grey. There's a stiff breeze. The smell of the sauce is filling the house with hope for a warm easy dinner. Perhaps a cup of coffee is called for at this point. Simple pleasures for a Sunday afternoon. The joys of big cooking pots.