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Today we went to the laundromat down the road because I haven’t called to have our washing machine repaired yet. It cost $1.75 to do a load of wash, which boggled my mind since I’m sure (10 years ago) when I was using the laundromat across from Rivermill it did not cost that much.

No a/c at the laundromat, just the front and back doors open and a few slowly spinning ceiling fans. We were the only ones there doing laundry who waited on our clothes. A woman wearing a bizarre dress over a flowered tank top and sneakers without socks sat on the folding table by the door, and stared at me while I sat in the cracked plastic chair beside the door. A couple of other people wandered in–a man with laundry and a man without laundry.

At first, of course, it was unbearably hot. Reed escaped to the next door Family $. After a while, you get used to it. Reed brought back a cold coke from the store and we sat reading what we brought with us. For me, it was the latest Gourmet mag. Reed was reading his space opera. In no time at all, our clothes were done, so we piled the damp clothes into the laundry basket and brought them home. Soon they will all be dry.

Oh, and here are some helpful hints if you ever open your washer and find it full of half-washed clothes and soapy water. We drained most of the water while we watched tv because Reed remembered he had a hose for siphoning gas in the car’s emergency kit, and we set it up to drain into a tub. Also, don’t do what we did and wait til the tub is full before emptying it. Otherwise, you will wind up with a tub of dirty water that is too heavy to lift and you’ll have to bail it out until you can lift it.

Happy July 4th!! I hope all of you had a good time today. We went to the movies and for a walk around the millpond to complete my 50 mile hiking goal. Woohoo!! That is more than twice as many miles as last year, although still less than a mile a week and less than the 150 mile goal that I was trying to build towards. But that’s ok.

This year I would like to do more than 50 miles–at least 52!! I think I will work on 10 miles a month, because breaking it down to smaller steps was very helpful.

Chimichurri sauce

I’m really enjoying the recipes from Bon Appetit’s June issue. The article 15 Dishes in 15 Minutes has had 3 out of 3 great easy dinners. The trout recipe I posted earlier was also from this article, and I made a portobello burger while Reed was gone to conferences as well that was delish and reminded me of a sandwich I used to eat at Zim’s in Athens.

The latest dish was Flank Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing. I’m a big fan of flank steak over a green salad to begin with, so they didn’t have to do much to win me over. But this was the first time that I ever made a chimichurri sauce, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. It is fantastic, if I do say so myself (even though it, of course, involved dumping olive oil all over the place). If you want a different steak sauce, you should try it. All you need is a food processor and the ingredient and then you’ve got a delicious, garlicy, herby sauce.

In other news, Reed and I decided that we would go to the pool over at Lake Johnson today since we both had the day off and it was so nice here. We had a great time, despite not being big swimmers. It only costs $3 a person and is open until 8 pm, so we will probably go more often and splash around. We also bumped into some people we know, so that was nice, too. Besides the main pool, they also have a baby pool and a sprayground, which has fountains and things for kids to play in. It was nice to kick around in the pool a bit!

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