I have been wanting a pair of these for a while. They were on clearance and Jay had a rewards coupon so I paid next to nothing for them. My daughter has a similar pair that she wears for puddle splashing but mine will be used for gardening purposes. My garden isn't extensive, mainly just some easy to grow stuff like tomatoes and peppers, but I'm in it at least once a day. A few weeks ago while stirring the compost, a snake slithered across my foot. I was wearing flip-flops. I'm generally not squeamish around snakes, but I do have something against them slithering across my bare flesh. The wellies will prevent that from ever happening again. (As usual, it's nearly impossible to take a picture of anything around here without an animal hanging out in the background. The cat above is Dulce. She's big, cross-eyed, and dumb as a sack of dirt. But we love her. She and I play this game about a million times a day that involves her staring at my door to come in, me opening it, and then her turning around as if she never wanted to come in at all. It's a blast.)
*This weeks issue of The Nation. I'm not going to put up this facade that I'm one of those people that regularly reads The Nation. The Nation is for smart people. Jay reads it while I read Foxtrot anthologies. But the latest issue of The Nation has an article about Rachel Maddow and one about Elvis Costello. I have loved Rachel ever since her first Air America show with Lizz Winstead and Chuck D. I was thrilled when she started regularly appearing on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. I think she's smart and funny and makes politics (and the news in general) interesting and easy to understand. I cannot get enough of her. And as for Elvis Costello, well of course he's just awesome.
*Rachel's Yogurt.I don't know if these are new, or just new to my local grocery store. I like yogurt but get sick of the same boring flavors. Rachel's has flavors like Plum Honey Lavender and Peach Green tea. They are delicious. The only problem is that my children like them too. I may have to start hiding them behind the broccoli.
*The August edition of Bookslut. Every month I click over to Bookslut to see what the latest offerings are. I was overjoyed when I scrolled down and saw the interview with Jancee Dunn. I've spoken before of my love for her and I'm so excited she has a new book out. One more book for me to add to my ever growing Powells.com wish list. Plus, for the last three months my blogging friend Gili has had columns at Bookslut in which she interviews folks from various independent bookstores. Her interviews make me want to travel the country with the purpose of visiting bookstores. OK, I'll admit I've always wanted to do that, but Gili's interviews definitely reinforce the urge. If you've never ventured over to Bookslut, clearly you have been ignoring the links to the right and I must issue a disapproving tsk tsk. Those links are there for a reason people.