Monthly Archives: January 2010
I’ve had some. Apparently if I’m going to be the sole blogger on this site rather than a participant in a community blog, I need to rethink my mission here…since I very much like my website name, I think I’ll just make a mental change from DelSo to DelSolo. A simple adjustment which I hope will be indulged. I won’t be censoring myself so much or avoiding some topics as too personal. Look out.
I also need to change my photo – Virginia finds it too dark and not indicative enough of me. Ok. I’ll work on that. When someone you’ve known for 30+ years makes a remark like that, you’ve just got to listen, right?
Because I have a (slight) tendency to be a bit hyper about exercise, and the forecast for the beginning of this week is unusually warm, I went back again solo on Sunday and hit some of the more challenging trails. I definitely got a good workout – sweat was dripping down my back and my glasses were totally fogged up at times. I took one good spill and partially walked down a couple of Black Diamond hills since I don’t like the idea of breaking a limb when I’m skiing alone in a remote area – and I do mean remote. During my 2+ hours out yesterday I saw only 1 couple skiing. Other than that it was me and the mountain.
My most favorite place to ski is Albany Muni because it is 5 minutes from my home in the DelSo and I can bring Cassidy, but Pine Ridge is my new-next-favorite. Anyone interested in joining me next time?
Last night at the restaurant, I “hosted” 3 alumni, Classes of 2005, 2007 and 2008, respectively. It is always so nice to see former students, despite the fact that serving a Heineken to someone you “served” Research Skills to in a former life, is a bit jarring. Children, be them your own or simply those you have been blessed to come to know, truly demonstrate how quickly life moves. Seeing these lovely young adults doesn’t make me feel old, it absolutely makes me feel connected to the Universe in a very profound manner. I really do have a wonderful life.
1. A bite to eat and a delicious glass of wine at New World.
2. The fact that I don’t have to save any room in my brain to remember what that yummy Spanish white wine is that I love at NW – Nick remembers it for me.
3. A 6:45 showing of a terrifically funny movie, “It’s Complicated,” at the Spectrum.
4. No obnoxious people – or their cell phones, at the Spectrum.
5. Home by 9:00 to be fresh for my 3-day weekend.
Oh, DelSo, I love you so.
Yesterday I began feeling a bit under the weather – kind of sniffley and cold. Waking up this morning, I was achey and undecided if it was yesterday’s a.m. workout or some sort of cold-related symptom. Since it stayed with me all day, (and the workout wasn’t that hard), I’m inclined to think it is a, dare I say, a flu-like thing I’m battling. My answer is – SOUP!! Tom was a darling and headed over to the Asian Market on Colvin Ave and got me set up with my ingredients. Here’s what I did:
Thawed 2 quarts of chicken stock from my freezer in a big pot. Added a couple of minced cloves of garlic and a large knob of ginger root, peeled and sliced, of course. Threw in some bite-sized pieces of uncooked chicken and let it all simmer for about 25 minutes. Added a can of coconut milk, , the juice of one lime, a hearty squeeze of red curry paste, a good 1/4 c of kecap menas. some more ginger because it needed more, and finished it with a package of glass noodles and a coarsely chopped bunch of cilantro. Served it in a bowl on a bed of crunchy bean sprouts. I swear I feel better already!
Where to begin? That I needed a vacation (or detox) after my recent school break? That we had some excellent food in the month of December? That, for the first time ever, I was sad to see the holidays end? That I failed (sort of) to live up to my lofty goal of baking for 12 neighbors?
I’ll begin at the beginning – a very fine place to start, btw. When I reflected upon why I was so exhausted after not having been to school in more than 10 days, I realized that I had only been home 2 nights during that entire time. No mystery there, Nancy Drew! Of course one of those 2 nights was Christmas Eve when we (you owe me, Tom, for even considering that you assisted in the food prep/serving) hosted a dinner party, not exactly “downtime.”
I believe that my fond feelings for the Christmas season were created by my insistence that we not travel on the actual day of Christmas. It changed everything for me, and what has previously been a dreaded day of too little sleep and too much driving, became instead a lovely relaxed day, followed 2 days later with a happily anticipated visit with family. *sigh* It was really nice. Next year’s calendar, of course, will have the holidays falling on different days of the week, but we will make our best effort to remain at home on the years that we must work December 26th.
About my baking extravaganza…I completely underestimated how many other things would be going on (or simply overestimated my abilities :)), things that would prevent me from continuing to bake. I definitely provided more than 12 families with home-baked goods, however, they weren’t all in the DelSo. I will revisit this goal next year – actually, I will resolve to meet this goal in 2010. There – a New Year’s Resolution!