Searching for the Moon

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Posted by shannonclark on June 5, 2002

Wednesday will be the day for me to shop, at least for vegetables and perhaps fruit. The city of Chicago has a number of Farmer’s Markets, a week ago one near my house started. It is every Wednesday from 7:00am until 1:00pm.

This morning it was raining when I went there, so the merchants were all very pleased to see me, a potential customer. They had free coffee (organic and “free trade” if you care) and some free raisin bread that I munched on as I shopped. It would have been a great place to buy a live spice plant, lots of options to choose from, but I have a brown thumb so that is not a good idea. Lots of merchants had various types of greens (the name of this market is Chicago Green Marketplace I think, so that is very appropriate). And for some reason lots of radishes and asparagus.

The asparagus was fresh, but mostly of the rather thick variety that I am not overly fond of, and I was not in the mood for radishes. So this morning all I purchased was one bag of mixed greens with which to make a salad or two over the next few nights.

But as I said, Wednesdays are now my day for shopping for vegetables.

After shopping the marketplace this morning (before 8:00am, very early for me indeed), and getting a bit wet on my way back home to drop off my greens. I decided to sit at Seatle’s Best and read for a while, had still more coffee (well caffinated today I am).

It was a good routine, one I have missed these past months, I think I will resume spending more mornings in a coffeeshop, good for my mental attitude, productive in terms of catching up on the dozens of magazines I get each month, and great to be surrounded by people. I even got some productive work done via some phone calls that came in on my cell phone, set up a meeting for later today with a possible client. I also finished two of the many business and trade magazines I get each month, and looked over another enough to know that it is not a high priority on my reading list (this is a very valuable discovery).

Now I have an afternoon looming ahead of me where I need to make lots of calls and write lots of emails for work, then a business meeting and then a networking event this evneing. A simulcast from MIT of a panel of successful entrepreneurs – should be a useful event for me to listen to and learn from.

But what will see me through today is the salad I have planned for dinner tonight, and the writing on my novel that I will do after dinner (probably while doing my laundry in the laundry room tonight). My planned salad is mixed greens, onion, apple, raisins, pecans, and grilled (fake) lobster in a balsamic vinigrette dressing – should be mighty tasty, very quick to prepare, and probably even rather healthy!

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