Saturday, June 2, 2012

Book Club - February

Host:  Sarah Lusardi
Book:  You Know the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
Date:  February 21, 2012
Food Theme: ? Anyone? I don't think we had one, but I'm pretty sure I made a cauliflower macaroni!

I for one really enjoyed Siobhan Fallon's book, and if my memory in June serves me correctly (gasp! I've not done a Book Club Blog post since January!?!) the other book clubbers liked this book too.  Short stories that all gently overlapped with one another in a way that left you hungry for more, but not so inconsolably dissatisfied that you were ready to give up.  A bittersweet glimpse into what some families might be experiencing as their partners and family members serve overseas in various wars and fluttering democracies.

It was on this night that we decided and comitted to finally doing a Book Club overnight at some point in the near future.  The dates in April were set, and the search for places to lay our book-reading-weary heads was on . . .

A Practical Wedding

I want to share with you all a FANTASTIC blog that all women (and perhaps men) should read when they're about to enter into marriage.

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A Practical Wedding

A sound resource for those who are already married, and for those who are hoping to one day enter into the union of marriage (whatever that might mean to you and your partner).  Be sure to check into the section, Reclaiming Wife while you're over there.

I am thankful for the very real and truthful ways in which the various writers speak to the issues that surround marriage and weddings.  The bittersweet reality of what it means to take a partner into your life for, well . . . the rest of your life.  I appreciate how they celebrate the joy, the union, the commitment as well as the trials, transition and loss that any marriage will inevitably face in the course of it's life.

I wish I'd found this blog about a year before I got engaged . . . It's helped me navigate the world of weddings and marriage since finding it and I hope it helps you, or someone you know find a quiet, calming place amongst what can be the chaos of commitment.

Also, one of the women who started the blog recently had a book published if you're interested in a more tangible version of the written wisdom. Buy it here! Or here!

Thank you the the entire APW team for creating such a dynamic and important space for couples to use as a support and resource!

Book Club: January

Host: Kim Keogh
Date: January 22, 2012
Book: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend by
Food Theme: Movie Food and Such
Movie Viewed: One Day

Kale Chips -
Popcorn with Toppings - Nutritional Yeast, Salt, Bragg's, M&M's, Hot Tamales, etc
Loads of candy
Other things I don't remember because I'm an inconsistent blogger

We spent a cozy Sunday afternoon at Kimmy's house eating food, munching on snacks and wiping our romantic-comedy induced tears at the movie One Day, a book we read ages ago that since came out as a decent film.  Am I right ladies?  We liked the movie right?  I know I did.

As for the book . . . I don't think I read very much of it.  I got about 1/3 of the way into it, but as soon as Rin Tin Tin hit the Hollywood scene I lost interest.  I did learn about the origin of German Shepard dogs though, and the story about how Rin Tin Tin was discovered at the end of (or during) the war was rather touching and sweet.  I guess I grew up as more of a Lassie re-run generation.

Yay for book club!  Yay for eventually updating the blog to reflect that we've been going strong for years now!  Let's see if I can catch up on February - June before we meet on Wednesday . . . Type like the wind fingers!!

Bay Area Bucket List: Mt.Tamilpais

The Bucket List was intended to be what it sounds like, a list of things to do before we left the Bay Area. We did many thing, but not all.  Near the end, or rather, well before our time was up we somehow became too insanely busy to do all the items we'd listed on our calendar.  One by one we deleted scheduled items from the list as more pressing things demanded our attention.  We did manage to get a few gems in there though, and this was one of them.

February 4th, 2012

Me and the boys.  Devin, Chris Myself & Wes atop Mt.Tamilpais.

I'd never even driven to the top of Mt.Tam, let alone hiked to the summit.  It's a mere 2,752 ft, but still worth hiking to the top if you're coming from the elevation of Berkeley (I half heartedly tried to find what elevation our home is, but have given up . . .)

It was a relatively easy hike on a wide trail with decent views most of the way up to the top.  The path was shady since we went up the north-east route, but when we found the sunshine the day was warm and lovely.

Little did I know you could take a car up to almost the tippy-top of the mountain, and there were many cars and bikes ahead of us by the time we reached the summit.  We scrambled around on the rocky top, popping a squat alongside the stone and mortar ranger station as we chomped into our snacks and sandwiches.  

The hike down was warmer and more simple than the way up, as the way down often is.  When you don't  know what's ahead of you the experience is strong and dramatic.  But when you've been there before things are a bit more dull and predictable.

Once we'd returned to our car and made our way back to the East Bay we met up with Chris' wife Kate and bought bags full of tasty, hot vegan soul food and strolled down to the waterfront at Jack London Square to enjoy the view as we devoured our tasty crispies (check the menu, it's a sandwich made in heaven!)

This summer Devo and I hope to conquer many a peak and trail on our way to Colorado, most of them well above the 2,700 ft mark.  But as far as Bay Area peaks go, this one was simply a gem. Worthwhile with breathtaking views from the top.

Zen Precepts

Some sound advice for living and for transitioning.
Inspiration from the Zen Hospice Project: San Francisco

1.  Bring your whole self to the experience.

2.  Welcome everything, push away nothing.

3.  Find a place of rest in the middle of things.

4.  Cultivate the don't know mind.

5.  Don't wait.