Italian music is drifting over from Lincoln Avenue where the Italian Festival is going on. Meanwhile, I am drinking Pellegrino water and nibbling Roma tomatoes. The fan is running, while I have a big bowl of ice cubes sitting on the kitchen table, and thankfully, it seems to be cooling off already, and there's a nice breeze.
I picked more tomatoes, juiced more lemons and am freezing the juice in ice cube tray, the dishes are mostly done, and the oven cleaning is underway. Once the sun starts setting, I'll go out and water the yard. You could almost believe I was a real hausfrau.
I feel like I owe you another iPhone update. Three weeks in, and I love it even more than I did after three days. I hardly go anywhere without it any more. And ohmiGawd, I even answer calls now! Can you believe it?
Beside the Facebook app,
Birdfeed (truly a very nice Twitter app, and I'm not just saying that because I know the developer), Tetris, Fisherman, Things (the To-Do list app I also use on my Mac), a flashlight app, and a tip calculator, I'm also liking the following:
Thanks for your tips, my friends! And the feature sections on the App Store and on the Apple web site are also helpful - if you want more apps, that is. If you want to stop wasting your time on silly games, don't go there! Or go just for the productivity tools. :^]
Oh, and I have my favorite music on it too, and a couple of audiobooks and podcasts. And some favorite photos, to set as wallpaper (currently a jellyfish shot). And I get my email, and synchronize my calendar.
To think that I was convinced cell phones would never be useful devices for anything other than making calls ...
It's high time for a garden update. Well, truthfully, it's way past time for a garden update. How is it doing? Fair to middlin.
I killed the cukes; I didn't water them enough, most likely. Next year I'll give them a different bed and extra liquid. The radishes are very popular with something that keeps digging them up. Squirrels, probably. I've only eaten one myself.
The tomatoes are putting out very modestly. I ripped out the Mexico beefsteak tomato because it hadn't set any fruit at all. Stupice and Isis Candy are coming along slowly, German Red Strawberry is doing okay, and the Early Girl started first, true to its name, but none of them is very big or has lots of tomatoes on them. Gardening goddess Finny has pledged to help me with soil testing and amending next spring, so that I'll get decent results.
I like Adam Sandler when he plays seriously. Yes, he's a funny man, and here he gets to do both. I liked this, but do men really come up with nothing but penis and fart jokes when they're left to their own devices? I'm not complaining, exactly, I'm just puzzled.
I did like the story. And the performances. And how it kept going places I didn't really expect. Did I like the ending? Not sure, which is not a bad thing.
I've read five more books since I last reported, and I have three more in the works. They kind of all fit the "wild" theme, check it out:
Unearthed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the garage recently, and couldn't resist picking it up again. It had been so long, I forgot most of the characters. It was almost as funny as I remembered it.
Fledgling by Octavia Butler was a great read. I just love her writing. I never heard about her until she died, when my sci-fi reading friends lamented her passing, and I was all, "Who?" Picked up a collection of short stories, and was hooked. This one is a vampire story. But not exactly. Butler is a bit hard to categorize, because it's always more than just the genre. She always makes me think, but never so hard that I'm not entertained. But don't take my word for it. Check her out for yourself. I read this one on the plane to Chicago, and in my hotel room at night, in between pillowfights and partying.
Staying on my non-fiction/food roll, next up was Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms, which I'd started before the trip to BlogHer. I'd put it aside because it was hard to deal with the facts. Man oh man, we do terrible things to animals! And while we're at that, we do terrible things to the environment too. Oh, and the meat and eggs we get aren't so great, so we do terrible things to our health too.
So my brain was full of non-fiction, and I switched to something short, sweet, and lovely: Where the Wild Things Are. Really looking forward to the movie.
What. A. RIOT! I love how it starts with a premise so outlandish that you think it can't possibly make sense at the end. And then it does. Perfectly. I think this is going to be one for the DVD collection.
I am such a shameless hussy. I just met my new iPhone last weekend, and we're already in bed together. In my defense, it seduced me. On the other hand, it didn't make me do anything I wasn't absolutely ready for.
I've already bought a couple of apps, and installed a few more free ones. Here's what I got so far. Tell me what else I must have.