I slice up a lemon, set the prettiest slices at the bottom of the pitcher, and pour the cold filtered water over it. Voilà - spa water!
And why didn't I think of this before? I just made a minty-fresh improvement to this "summer water": I picked a sprig of mint outside my kitchen door, ripped the leaves into my water glass, pseudo-muddled them with a cooking spoon, and poured the lemon water on top of it. Not quite a mojito, but nice and refreshing.
Reader Scott M. emailed me to share his story about being caught in an author rut. Reading the same writers over and over, he knocked himself out of the rut by compiling a list of 20 authors whose work he'd never read before.
I started this year with a new author - incidentally, the very writer of the Pulpnoir blog, Charlie Huston. Almost everything else has been familiar series and re-reads. The only other author new to me this year has been Ursula K. LeGuin.
Fall in love :: I saw a bumper sticker recently that said "I'd rather fall in chocolate!"
Tense :: past, present, future, conditional
Work! :: not today
Empty :: my glass is half-empty, and that's a good thing: it means it's almost time for a refill
Heat wave :: yup, we're having one. What global warming?
Why did I think of Rebel Heels all of a sudden? I dunno. That one line from that song crops up in my brain every once in a while. I must have seen them on Musikladen, a German music TV show. Just once. I conclude from Wikipedia that that was in 1988. Why this bit has stuck in my mind, I have no clue.
Sarah and I were going to make bacon cookies today, but then that didn't seem like such a good idea. Hmmm, let me consider this brilliant plan ... it's 100 degrees out. My house has no air conditioning. Turning on the oven ... smart move? Not so much.
So we rescheduled, and I checked the weather report and ran off to Santa Cruz, where I found a balmy breezy 84 degrees and a thunderstorm. Thunder and lightning! That is so rare in these parts. I don't think I've seen more than half a dozen thunderstorms in all the years I've lived here.
The other thing I found were three women with a table full of baked goods - they were holding a "Hungry for Change" bake sale. I had my own food and drink in my bag (cookies from Whole Foods, and water in a glass bottle from home, in my bleeding-heart liberal canvas tote), but I gladly bought something. I am not an American citizen, so I don't get to vote - at least not with a ballot, so I'm voting with my money, good taxpayer that I am.
The Enterprise and Web worlds use different frames, like Lakoff's political frames: one is the stern father (the IT department) with strict rules, transgressors to be punished; the other is the nurturing parent (the API provider) who encourages experimentation, self-development, and happiness. These two have trouble seeing inside each other's world-view.
This cracks me up - how about we start some positive "smears" about Obama? Here is THE TRUTH about Barack Obama:
There are many things people do not know about BARACK OBAMA. It is every American's duty to read this message and pass it along to all of their friends and loved ones.
Barack Obama wears a FLAG PIN at all times. Even in the shower.
Barack Obama says the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE every time he sees an American flag. He also ends every sentence by saying, "WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL." Click here for video of Obama quietly mouthing the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE in his sleep.
A tape exists of Michelle Obama saying the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE at a conference on PATRIOTISM.
Every weekend, Barack and Michelle take their daughters HUNTING.
Barack Obama is a PATRIOTIC AMERICAN. He has one HAND over his HEART at all times. He occasionally switches when one arm gets tired, which is almost never because he is STRONG.
Barack Obama has the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE tattooed on his stomach. It's upside-down, so he can read it while doing sit-ups.
There's only one artist on Barack Obama's iPod: FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.
Barack Obama is a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN. His favorite book is the BIBLE, which he has memorized. His name means HE WHO LOVES JESUS in the ancient language of Aramaic. He is PROUD that Jesus was an American.
Barack Obama goes to church every morning. He goes to church every afternoon. He goes to church every evening. He is IN CHURCH RIGHT NOW.
Barack Obama's new airplane includes a conference room, a kitchen, and a MEGACHURCH.
Barack Obama's skin is the color of AMERICAN SOIL.
Barack Obama buys AMERICAN STUFF. He owns a FORD, a BASEBALL TEAM, and a COMPUTER HE BUILT HIMSELF FROM AMERICAN PARTS. He travels mostly by FORKLIFT.
Barack Obama says that Americans cling to GUNS and RELIGION because they are AWESOME.