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26 February 2011 @ 10:20 pm
Still Cold  
 It was a cold day.  Snowing and about 15 degrees F.  It was the kind of weekend day made for staying home and perhaps baking cookies.  We did not exactly want to bundle up and drive the 30 miles to Madison to protest at the Capitol, but we did - and so did more than 70,000 other people.

I wore two hats, a tank top, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater, a coat, tights, long underwear, jeans, snowpants, boots...it wasn't so bad as long as you kept walking - the immense crowd kind of shielded you from the wind.  But who wouldn't want to stop once in awhile and listen to Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary?  Or (Madison native) Bradley Whitford? Or any of the other speakers.... anyway, it was important to be there.  A carried a sign from his Service Workers union, and I just carried one handed to me - "UW Teaching Assistants Deserve Rights." This rally was called by the unions but everyone was there anyway.  The issue is even more important now that it has been passed - illegally! - by the Wisconsin state assembly without giving the Democrats time to vote.  (The senators who fled the state are still in Illinois thus delaying the inevitable.  Or is it inevitable?  I'm a little cynical about our governor suddenly deciding to go back on his plan, but you never know what can happen.)

We were out in the cold for about 2 1/2  hours, and became thoroughly chilled.  When we got home, I made some spicy chili and cornbread.  I've always loved cornbread but it tends to be dry.... I've discovered the secret to moister cornbread, and that's the addition of a few tablespoons of yogurt to the batter.  (Today all I had was Silk vanilla, but that was fine.) Two bowls of chili, two cups of tea, and one mug of hot cider later, I am still cold... maybe I'll finally warm up in bed!

(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
That looks and sounds perfect. I wish I could have some of the leftovers. Can you maybe just bring some over?
cookeasyvegan.blogspot.com on March 2nd, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Live Journal has gone too far — they used to let me close the ad without watching, but that feature seems to have ended. Gah.

Someone from Madison sent us two protest signs in a tube, and I wish I could have been there Saturday freezing my butt in protest against this inane governor. Thank you for going!

The chili and cornbread look warm and delicious — too bad they didn't warm you up, but it's hard to get warm after being really cold. If there's anything left over after Kailah gets her share, I'll take some. :D

Look at Chow vegan's blog for a cool idea about what to do with leftovers. She makes hot pockets!
wingraclairewingraclaire on March 2nd, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
I will check it out. Thanks!

Glad you got a few protest signs. There are nationwide rallies in support.... you can start one there :)