Monday, August 22, 2005

random moment no. 46

Z-Bot and I creeping down rush-hour LSD, singing along to Three Mo' Tenors' version of "Minnie the Moocher".

Sunday, August 07, 2005

good bread

This is not a pregnancy thing. I've been into La Brea Bakery's bread. It is one of the few things I miss about L.A. I was very pleased to find their bread in one of the small markets where I used to shop when we lived in Streeterville. Now it's all over town at Jewel, and damn if the bread is STILL good even at a regular supermarket.

To describe the classic French baguette or Vienna petite loaf: the crust is not hard but firm. There is a definite crunch as you sink your teeth in. The texture of the bread itself is light and chewy but with some structure. Day-old holds up as french toast or with dip. I've frozen slices before and spread sweet butter and preserves on the thawed ones - still okay!

I've been buying the petite loafs and sharing them with Z-Bot. She likes her bread plain this week. I made a cream cheese and tomato dip for her to try, but she was not into it. More for me, then.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

what I did on my days off

1. Have breakfast at Julius Meinl and Cafe Selmarie.

2. Go to the farmers' market in Lincoln Square, where I bought baskets of plums and blueberries, a bunch of green onions and some rather good-lookin' heirloom tomatoes. I bought the latter on the strength of the sign that proclaimed them as keeping well. I'm planning to make some kind of tomato salad tonight but need the others to keep well because I can't eat two pounds of tomato by myself.

3. Straighten out a lot of the closets and tossed a lot of crap. It felt good.

4. Changed the sheets and did laundry, though I still have two or three loads left.

5. Finished the OX's birth plan and sent it to our doula.

6. Found fun new food ideas for Z-bot, because one cannot live on fish sticks and Kraft American singles alone.

7. Sorted out the library and pulled books to donate to The Newberry Library. Its annual book fair is my new favorite thing about Chicago.

8. Finally went to the post office to send off a book return to

9. Cook dinner for la familia.

10. Uploaded ten cds to my iPod.

All in all, a very productive use of time, if I do say so myself.