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Salt pork and beans

It's been a while since I posted. This week hasn't been... well, good or bad, really. It started pretty crappy (see rahirah's late afternoon entry for 01/16), and I couldn't seem to drag up my own feelings on the subject to write in even half so eloquent terms, especially since I wasn't here. And as time passed, I just got angrier and angrier over the issue, since frankly, a dog who will attack a stray cat today may attack someone's child tomorrow. I hate dog owners who don't take responsibility for their dog's behavior. It's remarkable how we get attached to critters.

So anyway, I've been doing some puttering around in the writing field and working on several reviews, including John Prine's "Fair and Square" (incredible, amazing, fantastic) and Rosanne Cash's newest offering, "Black Cadillac." It's a set of songs she wrote in the wake of the death of three of her parents (in addition to Johnny and stepmom June, her real mother, Johnny's first wife Vivian, died in 2005), so they're a little dark, but very emotionally purging. It's basically a book of poems set to music, and I've come to the conclusion in the last year or so that Rosanne Cash has one of the most underappreciated voices in country music. Then there's Jack Ingram's rowdy "Live Wherever You Are," which may have my newest favorite country song, "Happy Happy Country Country," yet another one of real country's pokes at the mainstream, and lastly there's Archer Avenue, which is actually an alt rock group, but because their disc was produced by Pete Anderson, I got asked to review it, so I am. The band is doing their own PR, so they've been sending me emails. Nice guys. They're "country" I suppose in the same way the Refreshments were, which is to say not at all, but just as much as Chesney or McGraw.

I missed out on a workout this week (I'm trying to do three days a week) because I've been so tired. Last night was the first good night's sleep I've had in a week (thank you, good kitty who didn't walk on me all night). BUT the good news is I've dropped six pounds in two weeks, so all my pants fit again. Now to keep it up and lose the rest of it. Yay for me.

There is a crock pot full of black-eyed peas and salt pork ready to head to work today, but I don't know if there will be any leftover to bring home.

I did NOT go to see Rodney Crowell on Tuesday (sad me) because of the tiredness. Today is the last day of work for a week, I'm jetting off to Vegas with Mom again on Monday (happy me).

I was listening to affairs of our state yesterday on NPR and came to the realization that for all the commotion it causes, things work better when the Executive is a democrat and the Legislative is Republican. Things are going pretty well in Arizona right now because the two keep each other on a check-and-balance (the way things are supposed to be), just like it was in the country back in the 90's when we had Bubba in the Oval Office and the Republican zoo for a legislature. He kept them from going wild and they held him to the flames (way too much, IMO, of course, but that's the way things have been for a while now, I suppose). Now, most of the Arizona Leg is going on and on about how "obstructionist" Gov. Janet is; while she's saying the same about them, but there's a budget surplus going into 2006, the right laws are being vetoed and the right ones passed, and on the whole... gee, whiz, maybe balance is a GOOD thing?!?

Anyway, that's pretty much it for me this week. I think I was going to say something else, but I've forgotten it. So much for being organized. I have to cart my beans to the truck.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 20th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
I still like the idea of a Democratic leader and legislature, just to see what would happen...the Republicans have become so conservative over the past couple of decades that everything is skewed far to the right.

I'm with you on the tiredness front. I'll check Sunday to see if I've lost any weight. I've been using Calorie King to keep track of my meals, calories, and nutrition. It's very like Weight Watchers online service, but this costs $39 for a year instead of WW's initial startup fee of around $80 plus monthly charges of $14.95 for online access. They allow me more initial calories than I was having, but I'm still staying fairly low. Pretty cool, though. :-)
Jan. 21st, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh, I'd love to SEE an all-democratic government, just to see it happen, but on the whole, balance is a good thing, I think. It's like I've said before, I used to be moderate, but these days everything is so far to the right I've become a raging lefty... :)

I'm just keeping general track of calories at the moment, but since I did a "weigh-in" at work on the 4th, I've just been checking on Wednesdays to see how it's going. Knock wood. :)
Jan. 20th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Sometimes balance is a very good thing, yes.

Hmmmmmmmmmm, crockpot. I could do something in the crockpot for tomorrow. Hmmmmmm...
Jan. 21st, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
I need to use the crockpot more often, but the new one I got is defective in several ways (for example, the "keep warm" setting is just as hot as the "high" setting), and unfortunately, I didn't use it right away so didn't find out until we'd gotten rid of the box, receipt, and everything else useful to get it replaced. So I'll use it until I get a GOOD one. It works fine for beans. :)
Jan. 21st, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
I can't believe you missed Rodney! I'd love to see him live sometime. And I've ordered Rosanne but I don't think it's come yet. I love her voice. Rules of Travel is one of my staples in the car.

<< I have to cart my beans to the truck. >>

Something about that line just cracked my shit up.
Jan. 21st, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I kick myself about it, too, since I checked after the fact and the show started at 6:30 -- probably didn't run that late. But I didn't have the $20 to pony up for the cover, either, so, well, there it is. {sigh} I should have gone, I should have gone.

I think Black Cadillac has a street date of 01/24, so you'll probably get it next week sometime. Extremely poignant disc. Just beautiful.
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