Unbelievable. We’re already in April. After a two week “winter”, I’m wearing tank tops and sandals and throwing all the windows open. My son removed the doors and the roof from the Jeep and the kids are asking us to turn on the pool heater.
It’s deceiving, though. We often start Spring this way, and May and June can be chilly. I’m talking days dropping down into the sixties. Brrrr. : )
It was a tough week for the blog. Between my attendance at the culinary conference and my son’s car in the shop, time was not on my side.
I’m catching up, though, and thanks for all the social media love. You all keep me going.
First quarter with The List is down. Three more to go.
#365, Do a Weekly Photo Shoot, 14/52
This week I had the rare privilege of taking a photography workshop called, “Hit the Streets and Start Shooting!” It was part of the IACP conference. The instructor was Penny De Los Santos, the celebrated contributing photographer to publications like Saveur and National Geographic.
It was no surprise that Penny can make herself at home in countries all over the world, she is laidback, unguarded, and inherently cool. People just want to push her into a dive bar, open a bottle, and let the stories fly.
At least that’s what I wanted to do. Even though it was eleven o’clock in the morning.
Instead we walked the streets of Hollywood.
We all grumbled over the harsh mid-day light, but Penny asked us to try to find interesting light anyway. We were also trying to create a sense of place.
We were a little excited to be kicked out of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel for randomly descending on them in a swarm of amateur poolside snappers. Penny discreetly waited outside while we were chased out by guys wearing suits and headsets. We felt like papparazzi. So L.A.
We made our way to Hollywood Boulevard and the out-of-towners gawked over the Walk of Fame. Penny asked us to look for details. I took lots of pictures, but I like this one.
We scattered and shot for awhile and then Penny left us to our own devices. She took the fun with her.
I felt dissatisfied.
During most of the conference I felt the same way… I was inspired by the talents of others yet I felt disheartened too.
I feel like I need to climb a rope to get to an open window, but the rope is dangling thirty feet (or perhaps thirty years) above my head.
I know the rope will just keep moving further away from me, so all I can do is speed up my stacking of the wood blocks beneath my feet.
For those of you who can still reach the rope, seriously, what are you waiting for?
It will never get easier.
You might think you will always have the fiery desire to climb, but time dims all things.
#14, Watch one Annenberg Series Lecture each week, 14/52
Standing in for the Annenberg Series Lecture this week, I watched Penny De Los Santos TED talk. If you have 12 minutes, watch it.
#211, Listen to a Weekly Podcast, 14/52
I attended a workshop at the conference called, “Life after ‘Serial’: Navigating the Current Podcasting Landscape.” It was fascinating to hear a panel of podcasters talk about the state of podcasting today, and learn about several new channels I hadn’t heard about.
Here’s the one I listened to this week. You can see I’m fixated. More Penny.
#127, Perform a Weekly Random Act of Kindness, 14/52
I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time this week. Shirley Corriher, who is cookbook royalty, attended the culinary conference in Hollywood.
She is the author of CookWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, winner of a James Beard Foundation award, and BakeWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking. Her books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
I’ve seen her and her 92-year-old husband, Arch, at conferences through the years, but rarely spoken to them. This year, I saw Shirley zipping through the conference on a motorized scooter. Arch trotted happily beside her.
When I exited the elevator Saturday morning, however, I found them stranded in a hallway. The scooter had stalled, Shirley was unable to walk very far, and Arch was unable to push it.
I drug the scooter to the elevator, escorted them to the lobby, arranged for a manual wheelchair and then pushed Shirley to breakfast, because Archie is unable to get the chair over thresholds.
I was amused at the disappointed look that Shirley gave the vegan sausages and eggs that were featured at breakfast, and I piled her plate with fruit and cream cheese. I poured her coffee and left her with a few back-ups to save Archie the trips.
#119, Attempt a new recipe each week, 11&12/52
This week I made rose geranium cake from Emelie Tolley’s, Cooking with Herbs. See that blog post here.
I also made Tyler Florence’s easy chocolate pudding to use up the leftover egg yolks.
I’m still catching up!
#21, Try a new restaurant each week, 14/52
Technically, I tried LOTS of new restaurants this week, because they were all serving small plates from stations by the pool during the conference. I ate sweet potato tacos (insane), lentil salad, pork belly, oysters, crudo, and many, many other things.
But after several little bamboo plates of precious food, a girl has a hankering for a solid meal.
So this week’s “restaurant” is Loew’s Hollywood Hotel’s room service menu. Mmmm.
That’s it for this week.
270 days to go!