—My gym, which is a YMCA, is delinquent in many ways, but it is cheap and near my apartment, and most importantly today, the elliptical machines have iPod hookups that actually charge your device, so that if your iPod battery, say, drains all the way to zero while you're at work after being fully charged when you left the house this morning, you don't have to run off some frustration in silence. That was nice. Also, after a period of me wondering if the Armory would ever turn off the heat, they now chill it to a pleasantly glacial level. Which encourages me to go to the gym.
—This turkey tenderloin I grilled yesterday is absolutely perfect. I've been having a lot of difficulty lately with cooking larger pieces of meat properly—the last flank steak I did was so rare it was mooing, and I nearly ruined a pork tenderloin by putting it back on the fire after I cut into it and discovered it was red inside. But I marinated this turkey overnight in olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, and grill seasoning and basically threw a no-hitter on the grill pan and it is amazing, juicy, flavorful, like someone else cooked it. I am a little too impressed with myself.
—The heat broke. A little. It's actually really nice outside.
—I have a red tomato on my plant. It is the size of a hazelnut, yes, but it is a TOMATO that I GREW.
—I got to watch, er, listen to the USA-France game today and it delighted me right down to the floor. Honestly, my girl crush on Hope Solo is getting a little out of control. I want to be her when I grow up, which I can say because she is about three weeks older than I am. I'm super, super excited about the final on Sunday and considering making some sort of egg and bacon casserole.
—My Amazon stock is up. Thanks for that, Cristin.
—Shaka Smart! Shaka Smart is back on my TV! I missed him. And Joey Rodriguez suits up good.
Rebecca wrote makes my heart sing.
—I discovered powder sunscreen
and it's changing my life. Also ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are just the greatest things.
—Harry Potter is this week. HARRY POTTER IS THIS WEEK.
—The French paid me relatively swiftly this time (and by that I mean I did the work in May), and the money came in at a very opportune time. I've actually been managing my money really well lately, which makes me feel like a grown-up in the good way.
I think that'll hold me for a while. Well, until I get back on the R tomorrow.
I had a lousy, frustrating day that is part of a larger, kind of rotten pattern and now I have to remind myself of all the ways that I'm immensely lucky and should not whine nearly so much. Apparently that is what I use that journal for now.