I’m lazy and it’s really hot here. I offer that not as an excuse for not posting, simply as a statement. For two weeks now we have been breaking records with temperatures well over 100 degrees and no rain. The forecast this coming week is…you guessed it – hot. When you work in a kitchen for a good part of the day, you learn to appreciate little things, like cold wet napkins fresh from the cooler tied around your neck and the joy of standing in the walk in freezer with the door shut, not to mention the cold shower when you get home from work and sitting in the bought air directly under the vent while watching a movie!
This summer has been hectic. I received a promotion (and raise!) at work, which of course means more responsibility. The extra work would not have been so hard had not my assistant decided to throw himself down the stairs, breaking his ankles and leaving me to cover his job in his absence. This has given me a great deal more time in the kitchen to develop a lot of new recipes so prepare to be overloaded on my food blog, as soon as I get a chance I will be adding some really great new recipes.
I have been downsizing a great many things in my life. I read a book called Zen Habits and I have been restructuring not only my blogs, but my life in general. I really find that making things simpler has led to so much less stress and made life so much easier. If nothing more, it has certainly streamlined house cleaning and anything that shaves time from my Saturday morning domestic Goddess routine is a good thing!
One of the things I have most enjoyed downsizing is music players. I put my old iPod, Walkman, and Zune on Craigslist and invested in a new Z series Walkman Android. I love it, the sound quality, paired with Mog and a new pair of DJ quality headphones is amazing! I have spent the last two months rediscovering songs I had forgotten I loved. The new music player is 32gb and holds all of of my disc library as well. Although my Samsung Galaxy II has the same capabilities, I often kill phones and the sound quality isn’t quite on par. Besides, there are times that I just don’t want my phone around, I get so little time away from work these days that sometimes it’s nice not being ‘in touch’.
I’ve been working on lots of new playlists, but I don’t have them quite ready to share with the public yet, but for now, here’s a link to one of my more favorite blues lists, a collection of songs that inspired some of rock-n-roll’s greatest hits. Clickie
Bring It On Home by Sonny Boy Williamson
The Sky Is Crying by Elmore James
Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton
Baby Please Don’t Go by Big Joe Williams
You Shook Me by Muddy Waters
Statesboro Blues by Blind Willie McTell
Keep A Knockin’ But You Can’t Come in by Louis Jordan
Back Door Man by Howlin’ Wolf
Can’t Quit You by John Lee Hooker
I Just Want To Make Love To You by Muddy Waters
Crossroads Blues by Robert Johnson
Suzie Q by Dale Hawkins
Killing Floor by Howlin’ Wolf
Come Let The Good Times Roll by Earl King
Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
You’re No Good by Betty Everett
Love In Vain by Robert Johnson
Take Me To The River by Al Green
Midnight Special by Leadbelly
Stay cool, dear friends!