When our daughter, Cody, was little, she liked any break from the ordinary routine. It could be a trip to the grocery store, going out to dinner, a visit from relatives, going shopping for school clothes rearranging the furniture, anything. It didn’t really matter what, just a break from routine. This developed into her asking “What’s good about today?” I always liked that question and the sentiment behind it. Years later, while still waiting to retire someday, I started looking for things that were “good about today”. Monday sucked, obviously. Nothing particularly good about Monday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday had their obvious attractions. But what about Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Well, Tuesday was sort of a lost cause and I just wrote it off. Wednesday already was “hump day” and that’s certainly a good thing. Finally, we decided to celebrate Thursdays as Friday Eve or Frideve. What did it mean? Not that much. It was a good excuse to have 3 beers instead of 2 and maybe stay up an extra hour watching shows like we usually did on Friday night. But it was just enough of a “special” night so that, when we woke up on Thursday and asked ourselves “what’s good about today?”, we could answer. “it’s FRIDEVE!”. Set a positive mood for the whole darn day.
Today I worked on the lifelines some more. Got everything on the port side done except for the two gates which I’ll do tomorrow. Lulu worked her cleaning magic on the Cobb cooker I bought used the other day. It’s gleaming like it was new.
Dinner tonight was a variation of Macaroni & Cheese Carbonara. It was a variation because we used some sausage I made instead of pancetta and we didn’t have Asiago cheese, Irish white cheddar, American cheddar, fontina or fresh Parmesan. What we did have was a block of Queso Chihuahua tipo Chester which is pretty damn tasty, and ‘green can’ parmesan.
Of course, Lulu didn’t think to cut the recipe in half which would have been a smart move since it called for a full pound of dry noodles. But, no matter. We shared (and still have plenty for tomorrow night). Took a big ol’ slab to John, a single-hander who has shared his food overages with us as well. Also took a slab to our next door neighbor, Mike, another singlehander on his 22′ Falmouth cutter. Speaking of Mike, I need to give him a plug. He just recently completed his first novel, In Deep Salt. It’s only been available for a week or so and I’m pretty sure I was the first purchaser. It’s only available as an e-book but that just keeps the cost down and, since you can download a free Kindle reader onto your computer, smart phone, iPad, etc, what the hey? Anyway, I’m about 70% through the book. I’m kind of dragging my feet because it’s such a good yarn I’d hate to rush through it. As soon as I finish, I’ll post a review on Amazon. But, if you like John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels, I’m sure you’ll like Mike’s Deep Salt novel (I understand that Mike’s got a sequel in the works). Check out Mike’s website out and read the first 3 chapters. Then order the book. Mike’s a good guy and writes an engaging story. Plus, it’s good karma to add to a cruiser’s cruising kitty when you can. Also, Mike’s background lends a believable component to his writing. Check him out.