Hello and huzzah from my sofa, where I am languishing with my third cold in three months. Lately I feel like if someone sneezes three houses down, I get sick. There’s some chatter in scientific circles about Covid possibly knocking down immune systems by destroying T-cells. It’s no fun, but it could be worse.
- How did you celebrate your most recent birthday?
I WENT TO WALT DISNEY WORLD! I never traveled on my birthday, because when you’re around teachers a lot, vacationing during the first week of school is verboten. But WM arranged the time with his vice principal in advance, and I spent my big-ass golden 50th birthday in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.
- What was the subject of a list you recently composed?
Groceries, quite unexciting. This was the list: bread flour, popcorn, birdseed, yogurt, chicken, and bananas. I’m getting into the habit of baking bread again. I’ve given up on sourdough because I had a terrible time keeping my starter alive. Instead, I use this no-knead bread recipe and it has never failed me.
- What did you most recently use vinegar in?
Sometimes I’ll take a ramen soup packet and doctor it up with whatever leftovers we have in the refrigerator, and add sesame oil and rice vinegar to give it some more flavor.
- What can sometimes get you out of a bad mood?
Food, which is a terrible but true reality. A full belly has always made me feel better.
- How do you feel about shrimp?
Love it. Boiled, fried, sauteed, chilled – it doesn’t matter.
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