|My cat Fox, who has mastered The Art of the Nap.|
I should probably start by apologizing for not posting here for months, but everybody apologizes for not posting on their blog for months. And in fact, I've been writing constantly. I'm actually taking a writing break now since I'm between shows.
And yet, here I am, posting something personal instead of a review. Maybe I'm just not capable of taking a real writing break, as in actually NOT WRITING at all.
Last summer was incredibly busy. We'd just moved from one end of the U.S. to the other and whenever you move three thousand miles, there's a lot of settling in to do. But this summer has been different. I've mostly been writing reviews, painting, reading, listening to my neighbors' herd of yappy dogs yapping away, wishing I had a swimming pool, and avoiding Republican politics as much as possible.
Okay, I have to say something about Republican politics because it's all anyone is talking about right now. Can you believe the Republican front runner is a rich, racist, sexist braggart, the very definition of the Ugly American? What's really frightening is that this man who is running for president honestly doesn't realize how ridiculous his hair is, and even worse, he doesn't have actual policies to discuss. I suppose he could just borrow his platform from the other Republican candidates: war mongering, raping the planet, hating women, screwing over the poor, voter suppression, I could go on. But I'll stop now, hope I haven't alienated you, and move on to another topic.
The truth is, I'm having some empty nest issues. Daniel went to trucker school in June and got his commercial license, and now he's off somewhere in the midwest driving an eighteen-wheeler. I'm happy for him because he needed a job, but I'm not used to this much time alone. At least I have family and friends close by, which I didn't have in California. But I'm spending way too much time talking to my cat Fox. He's cool about it, but he misses Daniel, too.
What do I really want to do, other than lounge by my nonexistent pool? I want to travel. I dream about travel. I actually fantasize about throwing a mattress in the back of a van and taking off. But it's not in the financial cards right now. Plus my great aunt has Alzheimers. She was my favorite relative the entire time I was growing up, the woman I always looked up to and wanted to emulate. So I'm not sorry that I gave up my full time job and moved here, only a mile away from where she lives. I knew there would be money issues, and that's okay. But I'd love to travel. Hey, it's good to have goals.
At least the summer hasn't been a total loss. Pluto flyby! Can you believe Pluto has a heart on it? And I've been working on a new recipe for macaroni salad. It has balsamic vinegar and an entire can of pitted black olives in it. Maybe I should write a book. Not about macaroni salad or Republican politics, though. Science fiction, maybe. I don't think I could write a mystery or a romance.
So what are you doing this summer?
Added a couple of days later: I did finally perfect my recipe for macaroni salad. Here it is.
4 cups cooked, drained and cooled macaroni
1/2 cup red pepper, roasted, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons of thinly sliced scallions, or grated Vidalia onion
1 can large pitted black olives, cut in halves
1 cup diced celery
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
a little milk (optional)
salt and pepper
Assemble first five ingredients, and make dressing separately before combining.
Obviously, tinkering with this recipe to suit yourself is the way to go, and halving it is probably smart if you're not sure you're going to like it. I happen to love celery and black olives, but don't care much for red pepper unless it's roasted and peeled. If you can handle raw red pepper, go for it. One mistake I kept making was using too much macaroni and not enough dressing. I finally upped the amount of mayo, vinegar and sugar, and it worked. The balsamic makes the dressing look pale brown. That doesn't bother me, but if it bothers you, another type of vinegar might work. I like really good balsamic vinegar on my salads and it just tastes better to me than other vinegars.