I’m so much better about utilizing days off now that I’m working than I ever was before (like when I had three months off straight recently…!) Today I slept luxuriously until 9 o’clock, then I took the returnables in (and was pleasantly surprised by the kindness of the strangers who helped me unload my car while their own bottles were being counted).
I took myself out to breakfast at Martha’s Diner, and went grocery shopping and beer shopping (hurray for money from the returnables!) and book shopping at Scotties Used Books (I picked up some Agatha Christie mysteries, and a Dorothy L. Sayers Lord Peter Whimsey novel, as well as a collection of short stories by Tobias Wolff).
Back home and sick of the cold and damp I built a fire and arranged some flowers to sunny up the place, in spite of my cat Bree’s best efforts to hamper me. Then I took pictures with my iPhone and played with them in my new favorite app, Instagram, while sampling Rising Tide Brewing‘s Ursa Minor Stout (yummy!).
And finally (so far) I made a chicken salad. I discovered Smitten Kitchen a few weeks ago and love Deb’s mix of fantastic food photography and great sounding recipes. I finally got around to trying one today. I can’t abide touching raw chicken, so I had to beg CP to cook me up some. He did so most accommodatingly the other day. I followed Deb’s recipe pretty closely, with one major adaptation – I used the dehydrated ramps that I brought back from West Virginia with me last month in place of the shallots. The salad is really good, if I do say so myself. I ate a bit for lunch on a bed of romaine and spinach. We’ll see just how strong the ramp flavor is by dinnertime, but I’m pretty sure the concoction will only get better.
My final project for the day is deciding if I will watch No Man’s Land or the rest of Doctor Who season 4… Cheers!