Well, the weather is still a little unreliable. It goes from triple digits to sixty degrees and windy and back again fast enough to give you whiplash!
I'm trying to work out a plan to get out of my pit. It's taken this long to get enough money to take care of the car tag, which is a big thing keeping me tied to the house (seriously don't want to get arrested!). This week I can finally get it taken care of (need to get the car smogged and one headlight fixed in the process).
Once I can get out again, I'm thinking of going out for an occasional wine tasting. I'd have to use my walker, which embarrasses me a little, but I suppose they've seen walkers before. It's a way to get a little elegance into my life, and it's surprisingly inexpensive. A lot of wineries don't charge, and those that do don't charge more than about five dollars. Before anybody brings it up, they don't give you enough wine to make a mouse tipsy, so it's safe to do and still drive. Believe me, they take the word "tasting" very literally.
(Me at my last wine tasting)
Ledson Winery, one of the most beautiful in the area. This is one of the best photos I've taken.
Anyway, once I can make a wine tasting once or twice a month, maybe I can think about mall-crawling again. Right now, the very thought makes my legs almost buckle. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley (like, I'm totally a Valley Girl, okay?), so I'm an old mall-crawler from WAY back. Funny, as I started gaining weight I began to believe that I'm not elegant enough to be in the mall. You'd think one look around would cure me of THAT idea -- everyone else is in grubbies. The only fashion plates I ever see are in the store windows.
I am SO tired. I spent almost an hour stuck in traffic. Gonna make hot dogs for dinner (and not apologize for it) and watch Chopped and Hell's Kitchen tonight. Although, I'm not enjoying Hell's Kitchen particularly this year. This has to be the worst crop he's ever had. I wouldn't trust any of them to manage a lemonade stand, let alone a top-level restaurant!
But tonight there's an awesome episode of Chopped repeating. One of the contestants was deaf, and absolutely the only concession asked or given was the presence of his sign interpreter. Aside from that, he got treated just like everybody else -- right up to being chopped after the entree! The judges praised him lavishly and said they hoped (as I do) that other hearing-impaired people would be inspired by him to consider a culinary career. He even does a commercial for a purveyor who has video conferencing and sign-fluent sales reps! I'm recording that episode to keep.
One more day...