I am easing back into work life with getting organized, making plans, print out stuff, etc. The last hurray of vacation was a trip to Portland yesterday, I was finally in the mood for it, driving on a sunny interstate I-95, with significantly more traffic than usual. Freeport, the closet place to find a Lindt chocolate store, was packed and parking was hard to come by. Portland was emptier, probably everyone was at the beach and a short trip to Trader Joes revealed: California black figs are back! Yeah! They made it immediately into today’s lunch salad, together with some TJ grape tomatoes, and home-cooked chickpeas and greens from the farmers market.