If ever there was a week that was trying to undermine my ability to maintain a blog, this has been it. I don’t know if this intensity is just a fluke, or if it is an indication of things to come, but either way it looks like I’m going to have to get better at juggling.
I hope you are enjoying fine weather wherever you are. Where I am, birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and everything seems blooming and alive.
#365, Do a Weekly Photo Shoot, 16/52
This week I ran out the door with my mother-in-law to visit Descanso Gardens. I managed to leave the house WITHOUT MY CAMERA. I tend to get distracted when I am with other people, and this was no exception. I made do with my iPhone, but it definitely wasn’t the same.
We had a lovely visit, but the photo shoot left something to be desired.
#14, Watch one Annenberg Series Lecture each week, 16/52
This week I watched Ami Vitale discuss creating compelling visual stories that make a difference. She delivered a lecture called My Eyes, Your World, and shared stories from her worldwide travels. She revealed how she connects to people and diverse cultures in order to capture the unique essence of place.
Like Toni Greaves last week, Ami Vitale said that it takes time and patience to know people and to understand a place. She also stressed the importance of research and going through the proper channels and demonstrating respect in foreign places.
#211, Listen to a Weekly Podcast, 16/52
#127, Perform a Weekly Random Act of Kindness, 16/52
This week I let a little lonesome dog sit on my lap for a spell even though I was in a hurry. He was a shop dog named Ricky at the auto body place and he looked like he was in need of some company. He looked a bit listless and I said, “Do you want to sit with me?” He responded by leaping into my lap. We sat there for about ten minutes, mostly chatting about the weather.
#119, Attempt a new recipe each week, 16/52
I have cooked a lot this week, but mostly from memory. Since I have houseguests, I made tacos which are usually a crowd pleaser. Another night I made baked salmon which I marinated with a miso salad dressing that I found in the fridge, and I made a rice pilaf with a knob of ginger and a handful of cilantro. I baked pork chops and sweet potatoes and a salad with avocado and feta. I also made chocolate chip pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream. Another morning I made breakfast burritos.
The new recipe I made was Foolproof Fondue. It was great. Give it a shot.
#21, Try a new restaurant each week, 16/52
I went to El Cholo twice this week for coconut margaritas, once in Pasadena and once in downtown LA. But since I’ve been there many, many times, it doesn’t count. The only new restaurant I went to this week was the Wolfgang Puck Express restaurant at UCLA, where we spent Saturday at the Bruin Day event. I had a ground chicken burger. It was quite good. College dining looks a lot different than I remember it.
Incidentally, there was no winner in the cookbook contest. I am loathe to admit it, but there was not even one entry. I will donate the book for this month and find another way of dispersing books in the future.
That’s it for this week.
263 days to go!