Today I did that thing where I get on the internet at 9 in the morning. My alarm goes off at 8:15 in the morning, and my first class isn’t until 9:50 on Mondays, but usually I
waste spend the intervening time making unnecessarily complicated breakfasts, or reading a book, or reading the New York Times, because it gets delivered to the building where I study first thing in the morning. (There’s a little coat rack in there that’s right next to the room where my first class is, and sometimes I sit in it. The other day one of my professors asked me if there was a housing shortage. Casual.)
But anyway, I don’t remember why I got on the internet so early this morning, but I did that, so I got to read this. My parents were in China for (most of) the Tiananmen protests. What? Also, they were the age of me next year. Casual.
I just ended two paragraphs in a row with the word Casual. This should tell you something about my verbal tics lately.
Anyway, then I went to my class, and my first class on Mondays is Liberation Theologies. It’s great. And we’re going to skype with this theologian whose book we read in class, and we’re skyping because our professor also went to grad school with him which is no big deal obviously. So our professor asked us for questions in advance, and I wrote a Very Good Question. I’m not saying I’m super pleased with myself, but I am. The book we wrote was like “So basically the liberation theologians at this point are a bunch of academics so let’s INFILTRATE THE SOCIAL SCIENCES because what if there were LIBERATION ECONOMISTS hey then we could make some real change”
good thing he will never read this; I’m not sure he’d appreciate that characterization
also he did talk about other things. But anyway, in that question, I wrote this question for him:
It’s the 25th anniversary of the most violent part of the Tiananmen protests, which were a major push for liberation in a highly areligious context. You write that liberation theologies should try to basically infiltrate the social sciences as a way of making change. Is God relevant to/part of liberation only as God is relevant to/part of the lives and motivations of the people working for it?
Yeah, I used the word “basically” in a question to a guy after I read his book. It’s no big deal. Acceptable answers from Dr. Petrella do not include “dude God is everywhere don’t worry about it.” Anyway. I thought this was an excellent question. His answer was: “I’m agnostic.”
ANYWAY. This is a food blog. (Just kidding? Is this a food blog?)
Then for dinner I made something that sort of resembles one of my favorite Chengdu foods. There was a connection. It was kind of tenuous.
This dish I like is some green beans with some chilies and some garlic and some SESAME OIL which is the actual important part. Something more or less like what I made is already on the internet here, though I definitely put the garlic and pepperbits in earlier.
Then I took the leftover beans and I put them in a salad with some mushrooms/onions/moregarlic that got cooked together with soy sauce and not much else, and with an egg, and with a LOT of cilantro, and with some white rice because I literally (non-ironic use of the word literally) always want rice, and with some rice vinegar. It was a follow-up success.
Note that my working definition of “salad” at the moment is “a bunch of things eaten together that are not cooked together,” which is Super Technical. Well, which encompasses most of the salads I have consumed ever, at least.
It was delicious. It was a super good dinner. I recommend it. I did not draw a picture of it, but yesterday I did find drawings of a couple old recipes in my backpack, so you might get some s’mores ice cream or Harper’s latest birthday cake (note: not taller than previous birthday cakes, just richer) in the vaguely-foreseeable-sometime-after-term-ends-and-before-I-probably-get-rid-of-this-scanner-because-I’m-moving-across-the-ocean future. In the meantime, just appreciate Minnesota’s odd fruit options (melons are totally everywhere, and I know they come from somewhere else, but seriously they chose melons…but we haven’t gotten to strawberries yet) and eat all the green beans.