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OMG it's hot

Okay, NOW Phoenix resembles the description that Tony Dinozzo gave it when he and Ziva came here back in a November episode. It was "only" 110 today, and so humid that movement meant that one was instantly coated in sweat. I went out early this morning to cover up my (still broken) rear window just in case of rain and was hard-pressed to take the few steps around the house to where the truck is parked. We knew we wanted to go out and get the shopping done (and, in fact, HAD to get cat food, lest there be a revolt), but neither of us could stir out the door until after noon (which, in retrospect, was a mistake). (The current weather is 107, but apparently it only feels like 105. Bite me.) We got the shopping done and then came home. That's it.

The crock pot is filled with ropa viejo, the fancy Spanish term for pulled pork (it actually means "old clothes," because that's kinda what pulled pork looks like), all spicy and tender, and Bo has demolished the shoulder joint that the meat all fell off of after about six hours of cooking.

Apparently this was the week of nothing, since my DVR is completely empty, except for a few saved items, like an episode of Simply Ming wherein he prepares fried shrimp Kung Pao, which I want to make, and the Boston Pops celebration, which I was going to transfer to the PC but for some reason PC and Tivo aren't playing nice right now. (They can see each other, but they won't transfer shows.)

On the plus side, in addition to the crock pot filled with pork, there are fresh rolls to eat said pork on, avocados which Barb will turn into World's Greatest Guacamole to go with, chocolate cake in the oven (I have been wanting chocolate cake for a while, and despite turning on the oven = evil, I went ahead and made one, anyway), AND my "Complete Farscape" arrived, one of the little things I got for myself with the little extra money I had. There are also figs. Lots and lots and LOTS of figs. It's fig time! And there's Rainier cherries in the fridge.

Also, chocolate cake aside, I have lost eight pounds in the last month, and that with hardly any exercise. Go, me. (My goal is to weigh 148 pounds on my birthday. It's a tough goal, but doable, I think. It would put me three pounds over my college weight, the weight I was at when I was told I had to lose 20 pounds to stay in the Army and I quit ROTC.)

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Jul. 11th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Now I have to see that episode again!

Thank you for the icy tree!
Jul. 11th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm melting just thinking about your weather. ::shudders::

I always think of ropa vieja as a Cuban dish. I first had it with Cuban friends at a Cuban restaurant in Miami, and back here, I've only ever seen it in Cuban restaurants in NYC. I always order it, too, because it's one of my favorites.

Ranier cherries! ::makes grabby hands::

You don't watch Eureka?

Hurray for weight loss! (Words I doubt I'll ever get to say to myself again.)
Jul. 11th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
It's the nasty time of year. We've been fortunate that it hasn't shown up until now (usually it swims in the last week of June).

I'm not entirely sure of the origins of ropa vieja; I don't know that I've seen it by that name in any Sonoran or Tex-Mex place around here, but it's pretty common just "around" (I think Carnitas is more what this is, since I believe REAL ropa vieja is beef, not pork).

Nommy, nommy Ranier cherries! They should start coming your way soon, they're already dropping to the $4.99 range here, for a quart.

I should watch Eureka, but since I didn't start with it, I thought I'd rent the first season before I did (and haven't done so yet). Other summer shows I watch have either already finished (Doctor Who, Merlin) or haven't started yet (Psych, Dexter). I was hoping to use this time to finish re-watching Deep Space Nine and maybe get in a re-watch of my newly-acquired Farscape!

Jul. 11th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
just ate the last of the ranier cherries

the guacamole sounds yummy

good luck with the weight loss

you can keep your heat. ..can i blame the heat for why I'll be late with Link THIS time
Jul. 11th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I've been eating figs today, so I still have cherries! (And lj user=framefolly> brought treats from Taiwan, so am very full now.)


Sure, why not?
Jul. 11th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
ooo figs

gotta blame something for my usual lateness
Jul. 11th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
We has tons and tons and tons of figs.

Jul. 11th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
tried to buy a dwarf fig today but no luck
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
I saw all your pretty flowers. Am somewhat jealous myself, since we can't plant anything this time of year.
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
yes, they'd probably spontaneously combust out there
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Yep, withered and brown. I've seen people try to plant here in the summertime. It's never pretty!
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Florida wasn't much better in the summer. might have more moisture but it was so freaking hot
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Yep, I've been there!
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Sigh. Sorry to have missed it! Steve was helping renovate a friend's house today, and was basically dead by the time he got in, so not safe to drive, and as he said, not great company. Save him some figs, eh? ;)
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Hopefully soon! There are prezzies and all for the birthday boy!

There should be figs for a couple weeks yet (perhaps longer); the tree is packed with 'em!
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
[hugs and ice]
Jul. 12th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
This is your week of nothing... while my Tivo has to record the Friday night rebroadcast of The Good Guys each week because too many things are going on at once on Mondays...
Jul. 12th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Okay. I don't see anything on Mondays right now except TBBT, which is in re-runs; I'm catching up on all the HIMYM that I missed because I could only record Chuck and watch House during the season.

When the new season starts, it'll be Mondays and Thursdays again that'll give me trouble, even with the cancellation of Flashforward, since they moved TBBT to Thursdays.

This is the first time I've been fully caught up on Craig Ferguson in months.
Jul. 12th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Big Bang Theory is reruns for you... but because I seldom catch it in season (and didn't watch the first season), is almost always new. I'm catching up on How I Met Your Mother, as well. The Closer has new episodes. So that's too many things at once to catch The Good Guys.

Warehouse 13 and Eureka both came back this last week, as well.

I should have sent you a recommend for Memphis Beat: I think you'd like it. The promos make it look like a Memphis version of Reno 911, but it's not. I don't know why they're focusing on the small number of comedic elements in all the promos, it's weird...
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Since I never got started on Eureka early, I want to watch the first couple of seasons before I start in on it.

I was curious about Memphis Beat, but to be honest, I've been burned so many times by getting involved in shows only to have them canceled on me, I'm skittish of starting anything new!
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