Archive for May, 2009

Sweat, Books, & Art

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Because this JUST happened in real time, I think that’s a good place to start……When we were in the Red Sea (Stephen, Kris, & Lisa were quite literally IN the sea, I was lying inside the boat wrapped in a towel) the boat crew prepared a lunch for us that was really delicious. One dish was a black-eyed pea over rice concoction and I’ve been craving it ever since we went. Today I decided I’d try to recreate it and it WORKED! I wonder how long it’ll take before I’m not surprised when something I make turns out good………I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this will be the highlight of my day.

The last couple of weeks have been busy in a more conventional way.

On Mother’s Day we signed up for what Stephen and I call Globo Gym (Dodgeball reference – if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend picking it up). It’s a Reebok gym and it’s HUGE – 3 floors including a pool, rock climbing wall, steam room and the most fun class I’ve taken in a LONG time Reebok City Jam! Yeah! I’m so into this class and the teacher is amazing. Basically we dance for 45 minutes, get sweaty, and burn loads of calories. It has become a permanent appointment for me on Wednesday nights. Also a good reminder for me (and anyone else) to never stop dancing, never, ever.

Last week Stephen and I hosted a Happy Hour for Hope for the Starfish Greathearts Foundation (where I was an intern). It was also an opportunity for Stephen’s co-workers to celebrate a big deal they had won. The night went great and we had a good time. I don’t know how much money we made yet (still needs to be retrieved from the collection tins and counted by the Starfish folks) but the tins felt pretty heavy. Good times for a good cause, perfect!

This past weekend was absolutely brilliant weather wise here in London. I love how European cities transform when it’s nice out. We took the opportunity to venture into the countryside with our neighbors Daniel and Elena (who have become good friends AND they were nice enough to drive us all in their car). It’s no secret that I am a giant NERD, especially about books and art. So one day a while back I was reading a BOOK about ART (the artist Marc Chagall to be exact) and discovered that there is a church just south of London with all its stained glass windows done by Marc Chagall! Well since he’s one of my favs we just had to go and the day did not disappoint. Stephen took some great pix of course, so check those out. After seeing the church (which I could’ve spent the better part of the day in, just reading by the golden, blue, or purplish light cast into the nave by the beautiful stained glass) our friends knew of a cute little town to grab some lunch a take a short steam train ride for more country-side views and a beer at a pub. It was a most excellent day.

Speaking of books……….I’ve just finished reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. If anyone is looking for a wonderfully written, down-right disturbing novel, then by all means pick it up. On a 1 to 5 scale I would give it a 5 for sure, but reader beware, there are some brutal images (eloquently described) in this book. Next up is Three Cups of Tea for a book club here in London that I’m going to try (I think my wounds have finally healed from my attempt in the Netherlands – that Tuesday Night Book Club is a HARD act to follow I tell you).

GMT and -7 GMT (without daylight savings) OR My Two New Loves

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I got to spend the last two weeks of April in Arizona with my family and friends. My many thanks to you all for taking the time to spend with me and for making my visit an absolute joy. I know Phoenix (at that time) was still considered to be “not that hot”, but I was painfully aware the whole week I was there that I have definitely acclimated to a cooler climate. I still don’t like being cold, but my tolerance for heat has definitely lowered. A LOT happened while I was back – my good friend Kristin had her baby girl, Makenna (oh she’s a cutie for sure!); my other good friend Tina had a birthday (thank you for letting us celebrate with you!); and my heart was stolen by another guy (well, baby actually, my newest nephew Patrick!).

Whilst in Flagstaff, I played babysitter for a week, during the days while Lindy was at work. Even though there were some (not naming names, but you know who you are) that thought I might not be too savvy on the baby routine, I think Patrick and I had a great time. I knew I loved him before this because he’s my nephew and he’s Lindy’s son and all that, but I actually got a chance to get to know him and while I will admit I’m a bit biased, this kid is the cutest, sweetest thing. We went for walks, watched Baby Einstein, and munched on some yummy (NOT!) baby snacks. My absolute favorite part of the whole trip was going upstairs when Patrick had just woken up from his nap. He’d be lying in bed just talking away at the ceiling. He would smile when I walked in and lie still long enough for me to kiss his face a few times, gently closing his eyes and lightly smiling. Really, of all the images I have in my head, this one is the best, BY FAR! And I thought I missed him before………..

My next newest love was discovered this past Saturday. My good friend Chantal from the Netherlands was in town visiting (thank you again my homie) and we woke up to a very nice London spring day – just a few clouds in the sky but pretty warm and even moments of sunshine. So we decided to head to Greenwich. I had heard it was a cool spot and boy “they” were not lying. We walked down quaint (busy) streets and found a place for lunch, then walked over to the Greenwich Market (1 of 3 or so). People were packed into an area lined with stalls of vendors selling everything from clocks to fortunes (the palm reader’s booth was actually quite busy). At one end of the market area was an amazing assortment of food vendors – Ethiopian, Brazilian, Spanish and more! We had already eaten, but still shared a crepe on the way out (Nutella and banana, the BEST!). After a short walk in the HUGE park nearby (where THE spot for GMT is located) we made our way home. What a great, sunny, yummy, day. We’ll definitely be frequenting Greenwich in the future.

A big shout out to all the Moms today! I hope you had a special day. My friend Gin did a great job of reminding me just how special Mother’s are!