Alissa Lately

I’ve spent a significant amount of time watching Homeland recently. I made it through the first three seasons in about a week and a half, and then took some time off before starting season four. Plot lines were starting to blur, so I spent some time re-reading Still Alice, instead. It’s been on my bookshelf since I read it 6 or 7 years ago, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression. Now I remember why – not my favorite.

I can’t shake the feeling that February is going to be a long, slow month – despite the fact that it’s actually the shortest month of the year. I don’t have anything planned (which my bank account is happy about), so I’ll spend my weekends organizing my house, and maybe taking down my Christmas decorations. Maybe.

Remember all of that talk about me wanting to cut my hair? Well, it didn’t happen. Instead I spent some time practicing how to curl it with a straightener.  Yes, it works. And yes, it’s easier for me. If anyone saw me try to curl my hair with a curling iron, they would think I never used my hands before. 

Last Saturday, Kelsey, Kate and I went to Bennington VT. There’s a store there that has records for $1, and once again, we came back with some real gems. Afterwards, we headed over to Madison Brewing Co. for dinner (chicken wings and cottage pie!), and what turned into a few hours of drinking their craft beer and listening to a live band.

The band consisted of a woman, probably in her 60s, wearing a fedora and playing an electric guitar, along with her husband (or, maybe just a friend, or something) on the pedal steel, which I kept calling a “steel peddle.” Let’s blame it on the fact that I’m slightly dyslexic, or maybe it was the beer. Either way, I felt the need to leave in between songs so I could yell, “LOVE THE PEDAL STEEL, BY THE WAY!” on my way out the door. So, maybe we should blame it on the beer, after all.

Sunday night I made tacos, and I’ve been eating leftovers ever since. Homemade tacos are quite possibly my favorite meal, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I make them at least every other week. I have to take a break from green beans once in a while, you know?