1. Now that things are pretty steady in the world of my physical and mental health, I can enjoy my quarterly visits to Dr. Ghandour. As looked over my numbers, almost everything confirmed that, yeah, I should be feeling pretty good. I have chronic kidney disease so that will never change. The hope is that my numbers remain at a certain baseline. That's where they are. Whenever I say anything about my health, it's in the context of my chronic illness and given that I am chronically ill, things look really good right now.
2. The other day I picked up a 3.8 pound porketta, a cut of pork roast seasoned in an Italian fashion, cut and seasoned by Carlton Farms. I'd never had porketta before. I covered it with foil, put it in a roasting pan which I covered with foil and left in the oven at 350 degrees for nearly four hours. The idea is to pull apart the pork, not slice it. The result: heavenly. It might be the best pork I've eaten. Carlton Farms seasoned this cut of pork beautifully and it fell apart magnificently. The Deke and I couldn't believe we were eating such good food in our own home and we have plenty left over for sandwiches or to reheat. It was a glorious discovery for us and I'm hoping Carlton Farms porketta is available pretty regularly at the local stores that sell Carlton Farms meats.
3. Whenever the Deke and I go to the Inland Empire together, we try to get off I-90 and take a spin through Cheney where the Deke earned her undergraduate degree at EWU and where she lived with her three children. It was a challenging, difficult time and a time that the Deke and the kids hold dear. For me, having all this family history, before I staggered into the scene, tied up in EWU made the fact that the Eagles won the FCS national football championship a source of happiness. I studied French for one summer term at EWU with Madame Siefert . . . so, I guess, in some small way, I'm an Eagle, too! Doesn't matter. I love Eastern Washington and North Idaho and Western Montana and I love it when teams from my favorite region in the USA prevail.