Sweat, Books, & Art

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).

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