Yesterday was a gorgeous, summer like day so on my way home I got off the bus early at a park called Liberty Park and sat in the grass and sun for awhile. I read through my Brenden Brazier book I had checked out from the library. I think Liberty Park is Salt lake City's second largest park. It's really beautiful, and I'm very lucky that it's only about a mile away from my apartment. We've gotten quite a bit of rain lately, so the grass was nice and soft between my toes. My toes don't touch the ground very often as I live in an apartment without much of a yard. And what little grass we have usually has a lot of dog poop so this felt wonderful. Back when I had yards and such you would rarely see me with shoes on.
On my walk home I saw this sign in someone's yard. It just made my day. Take that Dump and Dump supporters! Lately it's been really easy for me to feel very cynical and hopeless, but this restored some hope.
For dinner I whipped up this super simple but so, so delicious black bean and corn soup. I used black beans that I cooked from dry, leftover salsa and various spices. Black beans are one of the easiest beans to cook from dry besides lentils. They cook pretty quickly even if you haven't soaked them. I like to add garlic and cumin to the cooking water to make them extra flavorful! I also made baked tortilla chips for dipping, and of course doused the whole dish with green dragon sauce. Back when I was a nanny, I always joked that food was just a vessel for the kid to get ketchup in his mouth, and I believe I am now the same way with green dragon sauce!
Here's another picture of Etta giving me great face! Three in one week, that's a record. But this picture did take like ten minutes to take. As you can see by her ears she's kind of over it!
And here's Roxy just totally letting it all hang out! She was having the best nap ever, and could care less who sees her!