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Pink Skies in the Morning, Sailor’s Warning.

The sunrise was beautiful and rosy this morning on my ride, even though it was so.foggy.I.couldn’t.see.

Now I’m enjoying NPR and some coffee, and thinking about how oppressively hot it’s supposed to get today.

I love summer. I love summer. I love summer.

But I’m dreaming about sweaters, apples, and boots a little earlier than usual this year.

Forgive me, my friends.

Up today: some hours in the office, a swim after work (hopefully with less waves than Saturday’s tossing-around), and then home for something grilled and to barricade myself in the blessed A/C.

When my friend JD and I were 22, so many years ago, she told me she worked for two objectives: the ability to have A/C, and the ability to purchase alcohol when necessary.

Necessary a lot, that year, for us.

Anyway, I think she might have been on to something.

Also: back on in full force with items from the library. Next up:

Cutting for Stone
As Husbands Go
The Hunger Games
My Father’s Bonus March

Of course, this is after I get through this recommendation, which is written in the vein of Lisbeth Salander, but of course, can’t touch how awesome those books are.

Also, I have another bunch of titles in my back pocket, on my desk, hidden in my bookshelves.

What’s everyone else reading?

All right,  it’s time to move this party to the public transit, kids. Have a good one!

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A new start…

So my other blogging attempts have basically fallen on their miserably, custom-designed faces. I think that maybe I was trying too hard to focus on one thing (books) or to use it as a diary (which I already have, hidden under my bed). So this is going to be an open forum for my thoughts on urban living, eco-friendly topics, politics, running, cooking, good times, and whatever else it is that I am up to in my life. I think in a fragmented, scattered, hectic way, so I don’t know why I try and write in an organized manner 🙂

So here’s a list of things that’s on my mind lately–

1. The election next week–anyone who knows me knows that my allegiance is to one of Chicago’s favorite sons, Barack Obama. The man has a powerful way with words, and is an amazing leader, speaker, and all around man. I think that he’ll bring a lot of insight and change to our country, and if one more person says we can’t change this country, I will seriously projectile vomit on them. You really don’t think we can’t EVER change ANYTHING about this country? Then you might as well roll over and die, because really, what’s the point?

2. I have recently become obsessed with eating, shopping, and living locally. I have always liked cooking (but not baking–oh no, that is far too exact a science for someone inept at using measuring cups or remembering whether or not I have added the sugar), but this is taking it to a new level. I like the challenge of using locally grown produce to make my nightly meals (though my boyfriend Jon might get sick of winter squash as we head into the colder months), and I like the idea of eating seasonally. Because seriously, people who eat strawberries in Chicago in January have always made me a little skirmish. It’s like people who are uber tan in the winter–there’s something a little unnatural about it. Anyway, if you’re interested in all the moral, health-related, politically reasons that we should all think more about what we eat, where it comes from, and what happens to it along the way, I recommend some light reading (I warn you, I am not an expert…yet.):

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

This one makes you feel good–it’s set up more like a journey novel, with Kingsolver at the helm. Her pledge to eat locally for a year and her adventures in doing so are informative and at times, hysterical (let me just say this: poultry sex. More fascinating than you would think). This book changed my life a little, and I liked it.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan

This one’s more like a good Italian Catholic mammina–once you understand what it’s saying, you start to feel pretty guilty. However, it has a lot more scientific information than the Kingsolver, and it reinforces a lot of the topics she touches on. I would recommend it for people who really want to learn more about why they should eat locally and seasonally. Also, there is a good section on pig hunting–intriguing, I tell you!

In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan

I liked this one too, but it was a short, easy read that basically covered things I already knew about. However, some of the interesting material in this one deals with how our body reacts to different combinations of food, and how instead of becoming food-centric, this nation has become nutrient-centric. Don’t know what the difference is? I didn’t either, until I read this book.

3. It’s fall in Chicago. While this means that my arch enemy (Winter Misery) is approaching, it also means Halloween, harvests, soup making, baked goods (created by professionals, not me), and football. I am sure that these are all things I’ll get to in the next few months.

Okay, so three isn’t that many, but it’s a start, right? Look for more from me, until then, I’m out of here.

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