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Got my Oregon driver's license this morning. I passed the computerized driver's test with 82% correct. I didn't look at the rulebook, and took the test at high speed. The guy next to me had been working on it for a while, and when I started clicking up a storm next to him he sped up. The ones I missed were questions like "You should turn on your turn signal 50, 100, 150 or 200 feet before the turn?" I wanted to say "it depends".

Last night I cooked dinner for my housemates. I fried up some local organic pork chops in season salt and served them with white rice, just like my mother used to do. To finish cooking the chops I added water and fresh minced rosemary and covered the pan. When the meat was done I pulled it from the pan and added fresh lemon juice and brown mustard to the rosemary pork fat, and made a delicious sauce. Lisa had bought a bottle of cabernet, and I had already made a crunchy quinoa veggie salad. We had a pleasant meal, and Brian joined us for as long as it took him to wolf down his food. I must remember that sauce combo: rosemary, lemon and mustard. It was magnifique!

I have discovered that my room is the coldest one in the house. I have a lamp trained on my fingers as I type trying to warm them up. I also have an electric blanket that I use to pre-heat my bed in the evening. It makes all the difference. My sunrise alarm clock has arrived. It didn't stay plugged in last night because the big plug won't stay in the wall if I bump it. So I rearranged the plugs to put that one where I won't bump it in the night. Tomorrow morning I hope to awaken to my own personal sunrise.

Yesterday I didn't ride my bike, but today I'm going to. I haven't been back in the saddle since the day the little old lady hit my handlebar with her rearview mirror. I haven't found my spike yet, but I'm going to get one somewhere.

I'm also planning to attend a yoga class after my academics are completed for the day. Maybe yoga will break loose my stuck female cycle, or my too slow elimination. My whole body is stuck. I'll probably end up putting my bike on the bus on my way home, and that's OK.


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Sep. 18th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Your pork chop recipe sounds wonderful - must try that myself! I have some rosemary in my garden (oh you remember.. you helped me transplant it into the big terra cotta bowl... and it is doing great, btw).

Be careful out there.
Sep. 18th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sauce was zingy and terrific. I recommend it!

The only way that I can ride my bike in traffic is if I trust the drivers to not hit me. I can't/won't ride if I feel that I must look over my shoulder when I'm just riding down the road. I have to trust them. So when one hits me, and my trust is broken, I have a really hard time getting back out there. I have to tell myself that MOST drivers are attentive and that those are the ones that will pass me on the road today. It could be a lie. But I have to put my trust out there and take the chance in order to be on the road at all....
Sep. 18th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
I hear ya. It is hard to trust drivers, but in order for us to ride on the road, we have to. I think that old lady was an exception to the rule. It's just unfortunate that there are any exceptions out there at all. :-/
Sep. 19th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
Your recipe sounds wonderful! I love pork chops, and what an interesting and mouthwatering way to prepare them!

Congrats on getting your Oregon license.

How is your truck doing?
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Labyris! My truck sounds like it could blow up any moment and is blowing clouds of blueblack smoke when I start it up or hit the gas from a stop. I can't believe it passed DEQ inspection! But it did. So I'm just keeping oil in it and driving it until it blows up. S says she'll help me sort out how to get a rebuilt motor installed in it, when she gets here. The estimates I've gotten from auto repair shops have ranged $3-5K. Too much. Thinking about my options.
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