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To Do: #1. Throw away To Do List

I had a "to do" list that was tediously long this morning. I pushed it aside to write my morning pages. It would be good. It's been a long time. It won't take that long to write three pages long-hand.

I woke up at 10:30 today. I can do that on my day off. The night before I researched (again) coffee houses in the area and had decided to check out Coffee and Chrome but it didn't look inviting and there was only one car in the lot so I drove on. Passed Kimmie's because it looked too diner-kitschy and resolved myself to Jamba Juice because it was hot outside. I was disappointed. I don't know why I make such a big deal about where I go to write. I'm not asking for much! Just someplace that has Panera's food (but better) with the atmosphere of Cafe Veronese and the casual comfort of Mc Clain's. And air-conditioning of course.

Jamba Juice's patio is outside but I sat in the shade and almost made due until PEOPLE came and had the nerve to speak. Plus there were kalamata olives in the only veggie wrap they had. My morning pages were quickly becoming mourning pages. And it was no longer morning.

And then it occurred to me that the library is both quiet and air-conditioned with the added benefit of books! No food but I was already done with that part. So after a brief stop by the closed on Fridays Brea Library I am now a card-holder at the Yorba Linda Public Library.

When I was little I used to get dropped off at the downtown Anaheim public library and when I got my bike at 12 I would take myself. I remember spending a summer there participating in their kid's book club. I loved that gorgeous building filled to the brim with magic. My favorite librarian still works there. When I was on maternity leave with Sam and again when I took a year off of work I always returned to the library. Libraries give me all kinds of good energy and make me extremely happy. You'd think I'd spend more time there.

After I got my shiny new library card I quickly checked my email on one of their computers and then made my way to the uber quiet study section and wrote and wrote and brain dumped and made lists and designed the main living area of my dream house. That done, I went looking for a pressure cooker cookbook so I can begin using the one I got for my birthday. It must have been the new tickle me Elmo because all the books were checked out. hmpf. I did however find a book by Michael Ruhlman called "The Making of a Chef" which is all about going to culinary school. By the way, if I ever do go to culinary school it will be the end of my vegetarian days. One of the first things you do evidently is learn to butcher animals.

I needed to go to the grocery store but didn't know the ingredients that I needed by heart and thought I'd have to go home first. I knew the Better Homes and Gardens recipe was in my email but I needed my mom's lasagna recipe. Then I remembered that last week Blurb piloted new functionality where you could preview an entire book online. Some of you may remember that I took the three books that my mom put together of her recipes and combined them along with her recipe cards into a book that I gave my sister for Christmas. Of course my mom's lasagna recipe is in there and I could preview it online!!! It's a good thing too because I remembered later that Michele still has my copy!

On the way out of the library I decided to take a look at the movies and music. We don't have a VHS player so the movies were pretty much out. Plus that's what Netflix is for. But I realized that checking out cd's is free. It's a cheap and legal way to fill up my ipod and expand my musical horizons. I started with the A's. Today I got Paula Abdul since I loved "Straight Up" in high school. I know it's nothing I would want to actually BUY though. I also got Erika Badu because my sister Mary liked her, Joan Baez since I'm supposed to know about her but don't and Harry Belafonte because I love him and no longer have my cassette! If I keep this up I will know so much more about classical, opera and show tunes than I already do since that's mostly what the library has.

Even the grocery store was good today. I've always known the produce section at my Albertson's is good. Today in my leisurely mood I actually LOOKED. I was surprised to find Broccoli Rabe (or rapini), which I've never seen in a store but see all over European recipes. I usually just put those recipes aside since I never knew where to find the stuff. They also have an aisle of foreign foods that include foods from Germany and Great Britain along with the normal grocery store Asian and Hispanic sections along with a healthy/organic aisle. I usually bypass those aisles because they are not on my To Do list.

I was worried that after being gone today for five hours that I would crash from the high that was today and feel sad that my kitchen is still dirty and my To Do list still long. Kinda like you'd feel if you had a big hot fudge sundae even though you were on a diet. Instead I am sustained and nourished by my divagation. My list does not seem all that overwhelming or important anymore. It is more important to feed my spirit.



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Sep. 26th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
If you find yourself steering toward Asian foodses, the Albertson's at Malvern/Gilbert (the Target center) has tons of produce geared toward that. It's been a while since I've been there, so I can't name names, but I saw a ton of stuff I'd never seen in an American grocery before.
Sep. 26th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
That is good to know! It's a lot closer than finding a 99 Ranch Market!
Sep. 26th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
OK. Now I'm just laughing. We ARE totally leading parallel lives. The YL public library is my hubby's new hangout as well, and I've joined him more than a couple times, and I CHECKED OUT THAT PAULA ABDUL CD ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO. HAHAHAHAHA. We're totally raiding their cd collection to fill up our iPods as well!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

But seriously--their collection of CDs at the YL Library is AWESOME. I'm an indie-girl, myself, and I'm SHOCKED at some of the things we find there. Alexi Murdoch?! WHAT?! They even have REALLY current CDs too. It's awesomely bizarre.

But that place IS awesome. I quite like it there, myself.
Oct. 9th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I love the library! Check out other branches too. Many of the Boston area libraries let you check out DVDs and some even have more unusual items that you can check out like framed prints and computer software. I still drive the hour down to Boston to get books and CDs and and DVDs from the library. Even with overdue fines, it's cheaper than going to the video store or book store or Used CD store.
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