Buckle your seat belts folks. Today we’re going on a little ride through the remaining fragments of my brain. Because, with a new puppy; a daughter back home for the summer; another daughter wrapping up her school year; and a husband always on the run, my brain exists in bits and pieces.
Let’s begin this journey with an interesting photo, one that is usually only captured by a great camera. Instead, I was able to photograph the spider web you see in the photo above one early morning that I was out with Pepper. The light was just right, revealing this web that I nearly missed, but allowing it to be captured against the backdrop of the tree trunk from which it was suspended. Nature, you’ve got to love her artistry.
Onward to an interesting fact, one that I would not know if Louise hadn’t taken over my computer this past week doing endless, end of year projects. And, in doing so, she opened her social media accounts on my computer. Because, if you’re writing an end-of-year English paper then, of course, your Twitter account needs to be open too. (Pause to shake head in parental disapproval.) Luckily for us it was open, because I learned a very fun fact about this week when I looked at her feed. This is Palindrome week. A palindrome is a word, phrase or sequence that when spelled backwards and forwards is the same. For example: eye, race car, and poop (signs of more puppy brain). But, even more fun than an ordinary palindrome is that every date on our calendar this week is a palindrome. Just look at today’s date, 6/15/16 and check out all the other dates too. Thanks Louisa for inadvertently sharing this fun, geeky fact.
I forgot to mention that one night last weekend when I joined Joe at the carnival for dinner, we treated ourselves to ice cream cones with hard shell topping. I forgot to take a photo, of course, because of the fragmented brain. Here’s a picture I drew to commemorate the occasion and as my daily drawing for the #the100dayproject I’m doing on Instagram. I’m focusing my 100 days on food – big surprise, right? Follow me there if you’re curious to see some of the other food drawings I’ve done. I’m pretty proud of some of them and others are quick and dirty, last minute efforts that I’d just as well forget. But the point of this 100 days is to make yourself do something every day, whether or not it’s good. It’s the effort that counts. Right?
Last night I made a much more complicated than necessary dinner with a recipe for Chinese Noodles with Tofu, from Food Network Magazine. I added to the complication by using sliced up pork tenderloin in addition to the tofu. Because I just didn’t want to hear anyone crying for meat. Some nights you just can’t deal with that, you know? Meat, give me meat mommy. I need meat. Actually, it was a really tasty addition to the tofu, which is a protein that I also like. In the old days, before my brain became fragmented, this recipe would have been a piece of cake to prepare. It had a well described sequence of procedures, not too many ingredients, tasty results. But if your brain is fragmented like mine, stay away until your puppy grows up, your kids return to school, or your life gets back to normal. Whatever that is.