1. I know. I'll try a burger at GJ's. Their breakfasts are generous, close to North Idaho quality; I'll try a burger. My bacon cheeseburger arrived, a thick patty, iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, crisp bacon, and thousand island dressing on the bun. No poupon mustard, no avocado, nothing fancy, nothing invasive, just a solid bacon burger, the bun barely able to contain it, and a copious helping of fries. I rarely find fresh cut fries anywhere. I've accepted I live in a world of frozen fries. I didn't have to eat another meal after this hearty lunch.
2. Got some shopping done at Albertson's and decided to buy a container of non-dairy creamer for the car. One thing I really like about drinking coffee at 7-11 is the non-dairy creamer, but Dari Mart only offers half and half and I like non-dairy creamer better than half and half so I'm going to have non-dairy creamer in the car so I can have my coffee the way I like it wherever I go. And I hear non-dairy creamer keeps.
3. It's true for me as well as my students: getting behind is demoralizing, especially when it's illness that stops me from working for a while. On the other hand, slowly catching up is energizing, encouraging and I made more progress today. My evening dessert was reading my ENG 106 students' "Where I'm From" poems. Very tasty work. Fun. Illuminating. Invigorating. I have about sixteen more left to read. Then I'll read their work poems: it'll be like ordering another dessert from the menu. (Similarly, I'm stoked to read my WR 122 students' personal essay and see what happens to their writing when they are free of the shackles of research writing and freely explore their own experience and insights without negotiating other sources.)