Sunday, June 30, 2013
Last night I returned from a crammed but wonderful week in Boston, working on my writing with a very fine & generous poet, Brian Turner, at the Joiner Institute for the Study of War & Social Consequences. It was inspiring--exhausting & renovating at the same time. I stayed with friends & none of us got enough sleep (which was NOT because we were staying up late talking, but because we were overstimulated in a good way!), but we had rich hours sharing our poems & processing our lives.
Because of the insomnia & the crammed schedule, I got very little exercise. But at least I challenged my body every evening as I left the T (subway): I walked up the long long steep escalators in the station--at least 2 of the 3. And it was definitely a vacation eatingwise, though I got plenty of freggies & good protein. Several incredible meals out, including Vietnamese (my favorite cuisine!) & Mexican complete with an excellent margarita.
I've been spending this afternoon doing laundry & loving on my plants. Housemate was kind to check on them daily; they didn't need much watering from her because there was rain virtually every day here in Chicago. But I've been deadheading & adding water to those that need it.
And I clipped some HUGE tops off my basil plants! There are tons of large, developed leaves still on them. This calls for some serious cooking. I'm going to start with this Sparkrecipe, fresh tomato, basil & garlic sauce over pasta, adding some sprouted tofu for extra protein. YUM!