oh so early
mmmmm...I made Mango Berry Pie today, with a coconut almond crispy top. It looked so good I had to have a piece as soon as it had cooled enough. I am trying out this curry recipe for the first time, too, a nice lady at the yarn shop recommended it. I think it must be that Top Chef is on tonight, makes me want to try out new recipes.
practice 1.21 to 1.22
Hermie met Emily today, she is his new favorite person, he couldn't take his eyes off of her as she drove away. Emily is helping Hermie (+me and Case) so that one day in the future we can be part of a Pet Therapy program, if that doesn't happen though I am prepared to just be happy he is properly trained. This was his first time with formal training and it turns out he is quite smart (as I had hoped) and it might just be possible for him to get certified and share his love with others. Emily brought wisdom and bits of chicken, we were all delighted. So now the practice and homework must be done before we see Emily next week.
...been adding new cards to the shop this week, too.
what's for dinner?
Tonight's menu included vegetable lasagna, I even replaced the noodles with sliced eggplant (inspired by Rachel Ray and gluten free recipes) and an apple crumble with some of my own modifications (quinoa instead of oats, added coconut and substituted chopped pecans). All the time in the kitchen was worth it, soooo delicious!
Started a new book today, Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg...am just 67 pages into it, so beautifully written. It's a memoir written from the heart of a father who witnesses his lovely fifteen year old daughter at the moment she begins to go mad, she communicates some of her visions and thoughts to him which are quite thought provoking...
Genius is childhood. We are given it with life, and society drums it out of us before we have a chance to follow the impulses of our naturally creative souls. Einstein, Newton, Mozart, Shakespeare-not one of them was abnormal. They simply found a way to hold on to the gift everyone of us is given, like a door prize, at birth.
achoo! 1.10 to 1.12
The report is sunny and extremely warm with a stuffy head and flurries of sneezes. Case and I were successful with our mission to see three movies in three days before the Golden Globes, can't wait to see more to prepare for Oscar viewing...with all that running around I picked up a terrible cold, ugh. Looking forward to feeling better now and not carrying around a box of tissues...achoo!!
I wasn't having much of my normal sweet tooth this week, but today it came back. I have been savoring these exquisite lavender sea salt caramels (two of my favorites in one) since Christmas...so then there was one.
In addition to enjoying some sweets, Case and I are on a mission to see as many movies as we can in three days, which may only be three, not very amazing, but still very rewarding. Last night we saw Milk, and I'm glad I've had a full day to really appreciate it before seeing The Wrestler tonight. Then off to Revolutionary Road tomorrow, and if we had just one more day before the Charger game and Golden Globes (Sunday) I think Frost/Nixon would've made the cut...at least we'll see it before the Oscars. Happy Weekend!
I decided to watch Oprah yesterday even though I haven't really watched her show in a very long time and I am so glad I did. This week is about living your best life and all sorts of experts are on there telling how to do it, but it wasn't one of the experts or Oprah that stuck with me long after I had turned off the tv, moved onto something else and woke up this morning, it was John Diaz, a plane crash survivor. You can go here to read what he said on the show. It is a beautiful thing, no matter what you believe in and how you view spirituality, to live ones life in such a way, that when you leave this world your aura shows the brightness of the life you lived.
*read at least one book a month...so far two for January!
*keep a reading journal
*focus on developing street photography skills
*take lessons in something entirely new to me
*be completely in the moment with loved ones
*learn to cook an amazing Indian dinner
*snuggle with kitties + Hermie more than I did in 2008
warm as toast
Hermie has been wanting his own cowl ever since he saw mine, so Kadee knitted this for him with leftover yarn from Case's scarf and hat (I think it is super cute they are going to match when going for walks.) and Hermie loved it. Usually if I put something on him (like a Halloween costume) he fusses to get it off, but he snuggled right up in it. As you can see he can wear it over his ears if it is really chilly.
*Thank you, Kadee, it is a perfect fit!*
Been all through the house organizing, cleaning out, putting away, shredding, writing lists... this first day of January has inspired me to get moving with what needs to be done already!