Happy Birthday Liz! It’s Liz’s son Dev, her husband Gary, and the honoree herself.
Hot time, summer in the city. (I said that at the beginning of the month – actually it’s been a nice cool July.)
Dee and Kelly and their young dog Bodey, a rescue Border Collie. He’s a good dog. I will though mention that one or the other of them was very often off on a little walk to keep him happy.
I took him for a trot and he wore me out, twice. It seemed he could have gone on and on for a very very long time.
Nancy and I went to the Getty today and particularly enjoyed the on-loan exhibit ‘The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme’ and Spectacular it was, a full life retrospective.
I’d never even heard of the guy! I was taken with his technical skills, his feelings of his subjects in the portraits, and his ability to tell a whole big complicated story in one visually commanding picture. He’s criticized for his theatricality and I could definitely see why, but I liked it anyway.
From the website: “Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904) was among the most officially honored and financially successful French artists of the second half of the 19th century. His brilliantly painted and often provocative pictures were at the center of heated debates over the present and future of the great French painting tradition.”
Still, every day I’m going to the Gyrotonic class around the corner. The woman is my teacher Shevi and the man is Juliu Horvath, Gyrotonic’s inventor and guru.
Today was Bill’s birthday dinner with me and Ken, full of fun but absent a decent picture.
It’s been a quiet few days – a termite inspection (grrr), Tuesday with the kids, lunch with Marsha downtown, a movie and dinner with Nancy. Home sweet home.
My across the street neighbor Kathleen, on the left, had a lovely soirée last night. Also attending were her New York cousin and the guest of honor, my young next door neighbor, Melissanthi.
Melissanthi was Kathleen’s tenant who just graduated from UCLA and is moving on now. She was an excellent next door neighbor – quiet, sweet, helpful, and kind. Congratulations Melissanthi and all the Best in the next phase of your life!
Me and Bonnie, at Farmer’s Market. Bonnie rode her bike to meet me. You can click on this link to see Bonnie and her bike from the last time we met at Farmer’s Market more than two years ago. I gorged myself going from stand to stand enjoying various delights.
Yesterday I gorged myself eating an early dinner with Nancy. The body-benefits from my daily trips to the Gyrotonic class are suffering from all this gorging. Mostly I’m relatively modest, but two days in a row? Right now I’m going to stop for at least two days!
Yup, out there in my backyard, settled up next to the garage you will find a Washing Machine and a Clothes Dryer, all hooked up and busy making things clean, thanks to L&H for their efforts on behalf of building out this laundry.
For five years I’ve done my laundry here and there, fluff and fold, the sink. Now it’s nice to have machines again. Like when I went a year without a car, and now it’s nice to have a car.
On our way out of the Omni to the Water Court to see a Grand Performance. . we find these guys.
Whooo, what’s going Here?!
They are off to a costume ball: “An Amazing Weekend of Elaborate Costumes and Entertainment The Labyrinth of Jareth 2010 – The Fantasy Masquerade Ball XIII July 16th & 17th, 2010.” This night the theme was Steam Boy, the next night the theme was Pixies.
There are worlds within worlds out there and we don’t live in them all.
Here’s the promotional pitch for the group we saw. We liked them!
“Parisian sensation Caravan Palace is one of the few groups that the phrase “unique sound” truly epitomizes. 1920’s flapper swing, Django Reinhardt-style Gypsy/jazz arrangements and generous scoops of electro pop wrapped with wacky, energetic lyrics are all held together with virtuosic performances on guitar, violin, double bass, trombone, clarinet and electronics. It’s festive, frantic music, just perfect for our Bastille Day week celebration.”
Here’s what I’ve been doing eleven days out of the last fourteen. That’s right. Exercise.
And not just exercise. This is Gyrotonics and I LOVE it. LoveLoveLove it. The owner is amazing and fantastic, and I feel taller and more flexible already.
It’s a new studio about 100 steps from my front door and they are offering a Grand Opening Summer Sale where for a month you can pay once and go as many times as you want. So I’ve been going Every Day I can!
We gather in celebration of Happy Birthday ANN!
Other party highlights include: Bon Voyage Marija and Ljubica. Congratulations Becky on your new kitchen. Hurray clean-bill-of-health Alicia. Hurray Maxine can WALK.
front left-Ljubica, Maryanne, Alicia, me, Maxine, Lourdes
back left-Marija, Marsha, Ann, Becky
At Sharon’s we watched the Pacific Palisades fireworks peeking up over the trees in her back yard.
Then we watched the DC and NY fireworks on TV. Definitely, those amazing displays are art projects, a melding of design and technology, like Dancing Waters with fire, colors, rhythm, and Noise.
…and the Food, all of it mind bogglingly delicious. We blathered on and on about all the deliciousness, and then we went back to Michi’s place for just made mouth watering nectarine tart.
Carrot, cashew, and ginger soup; green salad (to say ‘green salad’ does not do it justice); a yam noodle, stir fried vegetables, and pork salad; soy and flaxseed chips with tomatillo guacamole; faabulous beet salad; faabulous fresh corn salad; faabulous bean salad.
June 30 (here in July…)
Christa and I had our birthday day together and it was Excellent fun.
First we went to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo after which we enjoyed a delicious shabu shabu dinner, Christa’s first. She ate the whole complicated meal with excellent use of her chopsticks.
We topped off the evening at the Ahmanson where South Pacific was playing. What great music. What a great time!