getting old

November's sweet chill,
Pangs of ice that dull senses,
Frost at Llama School.

So I've decided to become one of the "hip" kids, I guess; I managed to pick up one of the bugs that seem to be floating around Bloomington.  I was running a 4 or 5 degree fever last night (although we have no thermometer, so that was just some educated guessing).  Did you know that H1N1 has sparked the College of Arts and Sciences at IU to extend their withdrawal deadline for classes?  If someone has been affected by swine flu, he simply has to petition and can get a later drop date.  Weird.

The thing about being sick is that it doesn't happen to me very often, and it's sort of cool to feel all the strange tricks it plays on one's senses.  I can feel the temperature of things, but it feels like I'm touching them through a blanket.  And I just get random tingles up and down my arms.  Also that feeling like my teeth are hollow, and every time I breathe the air flows inside of them.  Or maybe I'm just crazy and no one else feels these things.

Anyway, it was my cooking day today, so I fought off the plague and whipped up something delicious (thanks to Carlo for the recipe):

2 medium eggplants, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Italian bread (2 loaves)
2 tomatoes
  1. Combine salt, thyme, parsley, and rosemary into a bowl. Lightly brush eggplant slices with olive oil, and then cover in spice mixture.
  2. Grill eggplant slices in hot skillet, without adding additional olive oil.
  3. Grill onion slices and Italian bread in hot skillet with olive oil.
  4. Spread aioli (mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic) on bread, then assemble sandwiches with eggplant, onion, lettuce, and tomato.
4.5oz mayonnaise
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 cloves garlic (minced)
  1. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Use as a spread or dressing (like on the taste-tastic sandwiches above).

It was super tasty.  And I felt pretty fancy eating it.  (I think it was the rosemary).

I had a bit of a sad moment today when I was doing the crossword during operating systems: the clue was "Television program recorder."  My first thought was "VCR," but the space was 4 characters... it was definitely "TIVO."  ARGH.  THESE KIDS AND THEIR GADGETS.