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Happy New Year! No travel plans settled yet except Sharon’s generous invitation to visit Kauai in April. That’s my goal for January – to work out 2016!
The LensCrafters eye exam group have gone digital now. The process was so very much less annoying than I expected and when they’re done you get this totally cool 3D picture of your eyeball that they can rotate any which way.
Despite having it be a big chain operation and despite having to wait, I left there surprisingly satisfied mostly because the ‘is this better…or this?’ portion is not so bad with their new digital machine, and because I got to see my eyeballs in 3D.
January 24 too
In between Angela’s run and lunch and CUPCAKES I buzzed over to Westwood to check out the current group reading Proust.
It was awesome. Look at all those people reading Proust! Most of then are on their second and third go-round and all of them are Happy to there.
Yes, look at all those men in a book club of sorts. It’s actually mostly in seminar format where the main guy is always cutting off any chit-chat…Focus People! is his mantra. And yes, mostly the men talk but the women are entirely welcome to chime in and mostly they don’t have to raise their voices to be heard. Everyone is actually very courteous and anyone who wants to talk can take the initiative to do so.
It was good fun and I’ll love to check in again in a few months. I’m more glad that it’s happening than I am able/willing to attend…if that makes any sense.
Here’s a quote from the artist Bill Schenck, 2014, about this painting called A River Runs Through It:
“This painting is a made-up landscape with the front mesas being from Monument Valley and the back mesas from Canyonlands. There is obviously no river that is running through there, but I like the idea of a river running through it. All the trout are more than 15 inches long in that river.”
Lona and Hartley, under the weather sitting in their spots looking out their faaabulous window. You can move the chairs 180 degrees and see these boats settling into the marina at Marina del Rey.
Not only is it gorgeous but you can also hear the water lapping on the rocks, the birds and the fog horns, and the laughs and cheers of the party boats.
I made fried matzos for Lona just like our mom used to make. Feeling so much pain with her shoulder, her elbow, her hips, and her knees, she hadn’t eaten much in several days. She ate a mountain of fried matzos and was so happy,
Nancy and Sharon and I went to the Annenberg Space for Photography today and saw a fabulous fabulous show of a Frans Lanting project called “LIFE: A Journey Through Time”. Those Annenberg shows are so well done I feel like I know him.
Lanting is a National Geographic photographer and if you’ve ever seen a National Geo photo that made you want to tear it out and put it on the wall it likely was his.
This show closes March 20 so you have plenty of time. I took a picture of one of his Galapagos shots right off the wall.
Yesterday I had the perfect chance to take a picture of Lilly and her bff Roxi and I should have because I knew I was going to see Roxi’s grandma Pauli today.
The two girls are always talking to me about Pauli and they love it when Pauli and I have a play date.
(a guy at Canter’s took the picture)
We had lunch at Canter’s, walked up to Samy’s camera – this is their distort-o mirror (I’m thinking about an underwater camera for the Galapagos), and then we had pie at Du-Par’s in the Farmer’s Market before returning to our cars at Canter’s. What a lovely day.
I got to hear about Pauli’s recent trips to run with the gorillas in Uganda and hang with hill tribes in Papua New Guinea. Let me add that Pauli is 12 years my senior. She’s an inspiration and a roll model!
I had planned to pass through the SF Valley at dinner-time but the Monday Nighters weren’t having the Monday Potluck so Ann took me out for my gift exchange GIFT and what a gift it was! It is pretty crazy how this old Benihana-style restaurant across the street from the Northridge Mall has such wonderful sushi.
Hiro has been here for decades so that probably has something to do with it! It was a Monday night and from 6:30 every seat at the sushi bar was full.
January 9 and 10
Happy Birthday KEN…we went to Cirque du Soleil and had a birthday dinner extravaganza at Lawry’s, Ken’s favorite restaurant in all the world.
Then the next day I went with Sharon for a nice and surprisingly ‘lite’ lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and to see Star Wars! (Are you humming the theme just from reading the name? I do.)
This is how they left it after running the new gas line. I’ve been in touch with Edgar asking him to get those guys back! But I’ve been trying for 6 weeks now to get them back…
I can not believe I didn’t take a picture at Marsha’s where we were 10 people gathered around their dining room table for a completely delightful (and delicious!) evening including sister Nancy and her husband Henry who I haven’t seen in ages. So annoying to forget the picture but not as annoying as my dug up yard.
Thanks to Marsha and Tom for a New Year’s Eve festivity including the best chili ever.
I’ve been a bit under the weather with a strange dry cough and no other symptoms at all, so not an allergy attack and not a cold…so what? I’m laying low and very much hoping it will run its course without morphing into something bad. Crossing all my fingers and toes!
FOR ME (you don’t want to look! trust me!)!
2016 January same as Jan 2014&2015, lax on the meds since Thanksgiving (cough and subsequent sore throat)
2015 January not allergy, same as Jan 2014
2014 January not allergy, got meds after this DR’s visit
2013 July Kauai/Honolulu; August&September UK SOO BAD
2012 June in MN; November baaad at home
2011 March in MN; November after W’s wedding
2010 February; June (both mild)
2009 December at home
2007 November during the fires
2006 March just back from Hawaii
2005 April; June; October; (now that was a bad year!)