Sunshine and corn salad.
And then... I ate some corn salad! (Wow, what an incredible transition.) Boil 4 ears of (husked) corn for 3 minutes. Cool, then cut off kernels. Put in a bowl with 2 c. of halved cherry tomatoes, 1/4 chopped sweet onion, chopped chives, 1 chopped jalapeno, 1 T. red wine vinegar, and 2 or 3 T. olive oil. Mix, and salt and pepper to taste (let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes or so for maximum tastiness). Delicious and summery, to remind you of what you won't have in a month or two.
So, there's this Gilmore Girls episode on right now, and a bike race is coming through Stars Hollow. All of the bikers are yelling "big hole!" as they ride past Luke's diner. Before my long-distance biking experience, I thought this was really stupid. But now I know that's totally necessary! If you don't yell "hole" or at least point at the ground, someone's going to fall. So there, Luke! Don't be hating on the bikers.
I've managed to keep relatively calm (besides becoming irate at the government) while watching hurricane footage on the news. But this afternoon, watching Oprah (OPRAH!), I started crying and couldn't stop. Nate Berkus (her decorator guy who survived the tsunami--his boyfriend died in the tsunami) was interviewing people at a temporary shelter. A bus had come to take people to a more permanent place in Baton Rouge. But animals couldn't come on the bus. The camera showed all of these shots of these dogs just waiting by the side of the road. (Started crying here.) And then there was this guy who refused to leave his dog. He was just hugging the dog and wouldn't look at the camera. So then Nate said something about "I don't give a crap about the cameras here, I promise you that I'm going to save your dog." He told the guy to get on the bus and that the show would take the dog to Baton Rouge. Then there was a shot of the guy and the dog reuniting the next day. Oh man. Leave it to a story of a man and his dog to really hit me.