1. Prior to coming down with the worst stomach bug of all time last week, I went to the Cubs game Monday night!
One of my friend’s parents have season tickets and couldn’t go to the game on Monday, so a bunch of us got to go instead. The seats were AMAZING–in the 130s, which was a bit of an upgrade from my usual nosebleeds–and it was a ton of fun! Plus, the Cubs won, so I got to sing Go Cubs Go after not getting to sing it on the Fourth of July when they lost, so that was great. I had a hot dog at the game that I am adamantly refusing to allow myself to believe had anything to do with my subsequent food poisoning, because I don’t want to have an aversion to ball park hot dogs in the future! Haha.
I had to do a bit of a double take early in the game when Alex Avila came up to bat. Alex Avila was a Detroit Tiger for most of his career (I actually saw him hit a home run for the Tigers when I went to a game in May), but got traded to the Cubs earlier this year. Avila was such a long-time Tiger that it was really weird to see him in a Cubs uniform. I’m wasn’t sure how I felt about it until he batted two runners in, and then I decided I could be all right with it 🙂
(I’m not all right with Justin Verlander being traded away from the Tigers to the Astros, though. That’s just wrong.)
2. Time for your semi-regular update from my garden!
I’ve harvested 15 tomatoes thus far, which have made appearances chopped up on pasta, in homemade BLTs (homemade as in with homegrown tomatoes and homemade bread – obviously I did not raise the pig for the bacon haha), and in bruschetta. My tomato plant stopped blossoming once my tomatoes started ripening, so all in all, it produced 42 tomatoes. Three of those were lost to the squirrels (thus far), but I’m pretty happy with how many I’ve gotten up to this point. One thing that has surprised me, though, is how small many of my tomatoes have been. It seems like once I had my first ripe one, they all just stopped growing in size and started ripening instead. I guess that’s not necessarily a problem, since the small red tomatoes taste just as good as the larger red tomatoes, but I didn’t expect it to work that way.
Speaking of losing things to the squirrels, destruction was wrought upon my garden by their furry paws once again on Saturday:
(This, by the way, is the new way my landlord rearranged everything at the beginning of August. I don’t think my tomato plant liked the change at all.)
Fortunately, the squirrels had the courtesy to only knock over plastic pots this time, so while I lost a fair number of leaves and flowers off the begonia plant that fell to the ground, at least I didn’t lose a pot, too. The closer it gets to fall, the less interested I become in maintaining summer flowers anyway, so I wasn’t too upset about the whole situation. Though I do wish they’d leave my garden alone!
When I was cleaning up the mess, I noticed what seemed to be a gigantic weed growing out of a pot that once held a fuchsia. Unconcerned (see: the closer it gets to fall, the less interested I become in maintaining summer flowers), I decided to leave it until a month or so from now when I pull up all my flowers for the season. Later that afternoon, however, I took a closer look:
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m almost positive that that’s a TOMATO PLANT growing in my fuchsia pot. The stem and leaves both look exactly the same as what’s on my plant in the bathtub, so I really think I have somehow accidentally started growing a second plant (though if I had to theorize on how that “somehow accidentally” happened, I would bet that the tomatoes eaten by the squirrels had something to do with it. That is, after all, how that’s all supposed to work: plants grow fruit with seeds, animals eat the seeds, animals poop the seeds, a new plant grows where the seed was dropped.). I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it. I know it won’t survive the winter outside, but it seems like it started growing too soon to bring it inside and expect it to live through next spring. For now, I figure I’ll let it continue to do its thing and see what happens.
3. Because there is no justice in this cruel, cruel world, this is the scene that greeted me in the office kitchen on Thursday, the day I mistakenly thought I was healthy enough to go back to work:
THREE DOZEN Glazed and Infused donuts of all varieties. Even though I felt better on Thursday, I knew I wasn’t better enough to eat deep fried dough slathered in sugar, so I abstained. But man, never in a year and a half of working here have we had THAT fabulous of a donut spread available for the taking, and OF COURSE it happened on the ONE DAY I couldn’t eat them. *sighs dramatically*
4. And finally: a poll of the audience. I go to trivia every Tuesday night with some of my friends, and this past Tuesday, one of the questions was about a children’s book published in 1972 with three commas in its title that was turned into a live action film by Disney in 2014. After thinking about it for approximately 10 seconds, I realized that the answer must be Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (I was right, by the way. I didn’t realize they had made a movie out of it, though.) However, when I told this to the group, none of the four other people at my table had even HEARD of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Plus, judging by the groans from other tables when the MC read the answer, it seemed like a lot of other people got this question wrong, too.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a staple in my literature repertoire as a kid. I must’ve read that book at least 100 times. This is as classic to me as Goodnight, Moon, or The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Am I crazy?? Did other people not read this book (or force their parents to read this book to them) over and over and over and over again?? Does this say something about me as a person that a book about a kid’s rotten day was one of my go-tos?? So, in addition to those questions, my main question for you, dear reader: are you aware of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? Is this a book you read as a child?
Do you have a favorite donut? I will happily eat anything from Doughnut Vault, as I firmly believe they have the best donuts in the entire world. But a cider donut also makes me very happy 🙂
What do you do with an accidentally grown tomato plant in September?