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Thursday, January 10, 2008

serendipitous sandwich

After battling a bat (don't ask) and getting home late, I didn't feel like cooking last night.
Still I quickly threw together a bit of black beans and rice with cilantro, roasted red peppers and avocado, but there were no leftovers. Quel dommage! That means Fred and I are eating sandwiches for lunch: Aunt Millie's Indian Grain bread (no HFCS, 3 g fiber a slice) with organic goat cheese, a handful of greens, avocado, cilantro and roasted red peppers. Heavenly, and very similar to Salt of the Earth's signature veggie sandwich.
When lunch is good, how can the rest of the day be bad? This more than makes up for getting one of my new heels caught in a sidewalk crack. (Cincinnati's sidewalk cracks are just wide enough to trip up someone wearing stilettos! My heels are slightly thicker than stilettos and still fell prey. They should really work on that! Plus, the cracks -- don't know the official name. caulking, maybe? -- are rubberized, so you get stuck. I digress.)
Are you enjoying your lunch hour?


at 2:17 PM Blogger Mary said...

Did a bat come in through your chimney? That's happened to me 3x now. (I also had a small duck fall through my chimney too. The cats went wild.) It must be a Covington thing. My landlord consulted her Native American Animal Signs/Mythology book and assured me that a bat flying into your home was a sign of an impending life change. Hmmm...

at 3:37 PM Blogger Stepf said...

(My apologies for my unappetizing comments... that is, unless someone has a recipe for bat stew?! Just kidding!)
Really? An impending life change? I hope it's a good one. My landlord told me not to worry. "Think of it like a big black butterfly," he said. My co-worker John Eckberg said bats are like rats: Where you see one, there are 30! Yikes!
My first night alone in my first apartment a bat flew into my bedroom. I was terrified. It was a time of great change. That apartment also attracted a baby opposum, which I thought briefly was a rat! (It was in the entryway, and someone had left the door to the dirt basement open. The building, in Columbus' German Village, was from the early 1800s. Neighbors also had critters from time to time, usually after a big rain. The unforseen joys of historic neighborhoods!)

at 3:49 PM Blogger Mary said...

Last time I checked big black butterflies did not have the potential to be rabid. I like bats and I understand their importance to the food chain blah, blah, blah, but I still don't want them in my house at 3 a.m. Nothing more terrifying than hearing that shrieky/squeaky sound as they come down the chimney. My landlord finally put a wire cover over the chimney opening and I've been bat free for a good six months.

at 11:57 AM Blogger Kel Klump said...

Funny you say bats... we have had 5 in our new apartment in Newport in the last 10 days most of them being with in the last 4. I agree with the lack of interest in cooking at that point. We were so creeped out (mainly because we found them in the kitchen area) we ate out until we can clean the area well. Bats have a habit of relieving themselves when they fly-- proof being on the walls of our apt. Good luck with them.

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