The slightly threatening sun

Dear internet,

A few days ago, I noticed a stunning sunset. The sun was a large pink disk hanging low in the sky. Felt like we were on Venus.

It was a bit puzzling, but you know how things are. When they are almost okay and mostly normal and also you have a lot on your mind, you look up at a slightly threatening sun and think, Huh. Then you look back to the ground and return to concentrating on the more mundane problems of life, such as, with outdoor temperatures chilling, has ice cream season ended for the year?

checking the weather report, it was indeed smoke from the forest fires on the West Coast, which blew across the continent. It took about a week to arrive.

It’s funny. You read about the forest fires, and think, wow that sucks. Glad I live on the east coast. But you know what? That smoke is coming for you, too.*

yours,

Daya,

*The sky is still grey from the smoke even now. natural global cooling.? 

Places (Not) in DC

Dear internet,

Another day, another edition of Places (not) in DC!

Where is this? it’s a suburb of DC. 

downtown Bethesda empty street with lots of tables and chairs
Not too many people on the street in the morning

I’m just going to write down the name of the place because otherwise I might forget: Downtown Bethesda. They closed down the road so people can sit in the street. Early in the morning, though, it was just a bunch of retirees arguing around the fountain in masks.

I always get lost in downtown Bethesda. I think it’s the general soullessness of the shopping district. Just feels like Standardized Upscale Outdoor Shopping Center. It could be anywhere-DC, Dallas, southern CA. Which is precisely the goal.

yours,

Daya

What can you buy at Whole Foods for $150?

Dear internet,

What can you buy at Whole Foods for $150?

Let us examine my most recent WF order:

  1. Spreadable butter 8 oz (I’ve tried the stick kind, it is the worst) 4.99
  2. Cracked black pepper turkey cold cuts 49
  3. Bag o’ Frozen green peas no salt 1.39 x 2
  4. Classic Sandwich Bread 3.49
  5. Unsweetened soy milk 2.02
  6. Allegro decaf French roast 11.99
  7. Mt Athos bread 4.99
  8. 1 lemon .79
  9. 3 loaves sourdough bread 4.99 x 3
  10. 4 roma tomatoes 1.50
  11. 1 16 oz box of organic grape tomatoes 3.99
  12. 3 sweet potatoes 2.57
  13. Beef stew meat 6.99 lb x 2
  14. Grass feed ground beef 7.99 lb x 2
  15. Honeycrisp apple (the best apple) 2.99 lb x 6 apples
  16. 10 organic bananas .69 a lb ($2.37 total)
  17. Raspberries 2.40 for 6 oz x 2
  18. Popsicles 4.99
  19. 6 Flour tortillas 2.29
  20. 3lb bag organic yellow potatoes, 3.99 x 2
  21. Swiss cheese in a packet, sliced 5.49
  22. Half a gallon of whole milk 3.99
  23. Taqueria sauce 2.99 x 2

These groceries last about 1/2 a week. what do I make?

-beef stew in pressure cooker

-beef burritos

-breakfast of toast and cold cuts and cheese and butter

-eggs and skillet potatoes

-lots of fruits and vegetables for snacks and dessert.

yours,

Daya

Old lady cookies

Dear internet,

Recently I’ve gotten so interested in Old Lady Cookies (OLC). You know, fig newtons and pecan sandies and lorna doones. 

this is crazy and out of character for me. if you’d asked me pre-quarantine, I’d tell you I was a chips ahoy / Keebler elf / dunkaroos person. Maybe this is what maturity feels like. Like how today I finally signed up for online access to my 401k statements. 

yours,

Daya