JUNE 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Hey. It's me. I know, I know, it's been a while. I guess I'm still not real motivated. And then all kinds of other things started happening, like I went to NY for a week, and then I got a crazy double eye infection, and Paul's been using the computer a lot to digitize his enormous CD collection. But mostly it's me and my lack of motivation.

And now it's been three weeks already! I thought it was only two, but yeah, it's three. And so much has happened, like I saw the Gin Blossoms in the rain, and I went to the David Byrne installation in lower Manhattan, and the utility company left a funny sign on my yard, and cousin Alex is just so unbelievably cute and fun, and the weather's good, and the strawberries are just got too overwhelming, and how can I possibly catch you up on all of that stuff? I could, but again: I just can't bring myself to sit down and type it all out. Really, all I want to do these days is sit in the yard with a good novel. (Yes, in case you're wondering, I'm reading a lot lately! A pace not seen since last semester of grad school, probably.)

I'm not taking the summer off completely from this space, because that would be thoroughly lame. I'll try. Just keep expectations to a minimum. I'll try to be more diligent about this. If I'm gonna be a writing teacher and tell students that they have to write, I should at least do the same. Don't you think?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
So you might have noticed that I haven't exactly been super motivated to write here. I'm not sure why. To be honest, I'm not super motivated to do anything these days. Also, I'm not sure why. All I know is that what I feel like doing the majority of the time is sitting in the back yard with a book and a continually refreshed glass of iced tea. I will work on that. (The motivation, that is, though I'm sure I'll be working on the book and the iced tea too.)

One recent item of note: I have been on a Greek yogurt kick lately. Greek yogurt is much thicker than regular yogurt, and it's not sweetened. That might not sound great to you, especially if you favor the sweet, fruity yogurts that occupy most of your supermarket's dairy case, but Greek yogurt is just so creamy and tangy, and it's apparently good for you, and it's even filling enough to eat for lunch. Sure, I put some honey on it, and maybe a sliced banana, but I love the thick texture and the slightly sour taste. It's sort of like eating sour cream, know...more acceptable. (Who the hell eats a bowl full of sour cream? On a regular basis, I mean. Okay, so maybe I've been known to eat a bowl of sour cream once in a while. Is that so wrong?)

So I've been eating a lot of Greek yogurt lately. But a few weeks ago, I had a cup of it that was really grainy-feeling. The texture was all off. It tasted fine, so I ate it, but I thought I would email the company that makes it and let them know; maybe it came from a bad batch, or maybe my local supermegamart wasn't storing it properly. Besides, cups of Greek yogurt are relatively new to the area, so I thought they'd appreciate the feedback. Plus, it costs $1.79 for a seven-ounce cup. I don't mind paying the money, but I want it to be right and not all grainy.

Anyway, I sent a quick note through the website feedback form. I wrote that I love their product, but I had gotten a cup with bad texture, and that I thought they should know, especially in case the local store wasn't keeping it cold enough or something. Within two days, I got an email from a customer service rep thanking me for the feedback, telling me they're glad I like their product, and that to show their appreciation/compensate for my less-than-excellent experience with their product, they would like to send me a free case of yogurt. A free case of yogurt! This rocks!

Anyway, I got a voicemail today confirming that my case of delicious, overpriced Greek yogurt will be arriving next Wednesday. Paul says that I maybe shouldn't be so excited, since it's not costing the company much money, and they're creating lots of good feeling about their yogurt because I will now tell everyone I know how great it is that I'm getting a case of yogurt. He's probably right, but I don't care. All I care about is lots of free yogurt!

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