Monday, September 7, 2015

Listen, Watch, Read-II

1. Alabama Shakes. Like everyone else in the world right now. Because they are fantastic. I also recommend looking up a video, because Brittany Howard is awesome to watch.
2. Darwin Deez. Mainly just the song Radar Detector. Sorry/You're welcome.
3. Goat Rodeo Sessions. This is not a super new album, but it's one I always come back to over the years and it never disappoints. It's perfect to put on while working in the kitchen. Listen on spotify, youtube, apple music, etc.
4. What Happened, Miss Simone? This was an emotionally intense documentary. Now that I've learned about the woman behind the music, they can't be separated. She was a beautiful, strong, and very complex individual. There is so much more to say about this that I could take up a whole post. It's a good one to discuss. Watch on Netflix.
5. The Jim Gaffigan Show. Because he is funny, I like his humor, and I like food. Watch it here. 
6. The West Wing. I am becoming a wing nut. It's quick, intelligent, and funny. Watch it on netflix.
7. Quiet, by Susan Cain. Anyone who has had any sort of semi-long conversation with me lately has heard me talk about this book. I think it's a very important book, and one everyone should read; introverts, extroverts, and those who don't like those labels ;) It just really opens up a great dialogue about the importance of introverts, and how everyone in this world can learn to recognize and appreciate certain skill sets. A really good book. Have I said that?
8. Where'd You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple. This is a book for fun. It's quirky, keeps you interested, and is one of the most original books I've read in a while. If a really awesome director takes over the movie version it could be delightful. But I'm guessing it might be a "stick to the book" situation.
9. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. There is a reason this book is acclaimed, and why it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It's a riveting story. It is beautifully written, and in my mind, while it did have some familiar themes/narrative, it doesn't fall back on cliches or tired story lines to interest readers. It is a cool 784 pages long, but doesn't at all feel like a chore to get through.

And that's what I've been Listening/Watching/Reading lately. I've got lots more to share in the near future, (which makes me realize I am a big media consumer...good/bad?) so look out.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Job Quotes

I found a note on my i-pad with Job quotes that I wrote down. That guy has some adorable one-liners. I've got to remember to write this stuff down more often. Other people document their babies, I document mine ;)

1. Watching this video of Zooey Deshanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt:
 "Now that's a cute couple, we should get them together.
   I'm such a matchmaker lately."

2.  Telling me a code over the phone and giving me words to help me understand the letters:

"It's-Mama Castle Pedo Castle Salazar"

(Probably only funny to those who speak Spanish)

3. I have this as "Job quote?" in my note, so I cannot 100% confirm I heard this from him. But I'm pretty sure it was ;)
"Deal or No deal...No wait, that is Shakespeare."

4. Looking over at me sweetly on a walk through the neighborhood:
"I love your hair today, it matches the fence."

And I love you Jobito. You're the tops.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happiness is living a life having fun, friends, and freedom. -Lorrin L. Lee

 Just a few photos from some of the activities Job and I fit in while he was here. Every little date was heavenly, no matter what we did ;) I could use a date with that guy right about now.

Anyways, one of the things we did was to head to the Mystic River to help clean up invasive water chestnuts. These plants were brought to the river by a Harvard Professor (jeez, thanks Harvard ;) and because they are not native to the area, they become invasive and hurt the local plants and animals. So we volunteered to canoe around and hand harvest the plants. It was actually really fun, and we felt happy we could do a little something to help our local river ways. I have a lot of work to do in becoming more eco friendly, but I really do love this earth and try to leave it a clean and happy place to live :) More about the Mystic River Watershed Association here, for any locals who might want to get involved.

We headed to Saus afterwards, because getting rid of those bossy plants works up an appetite for poutine!

 We came across Haymarket, and couldn't resist stopping in and buying some produce (a lot of it in fact).
 There were some fun fruits this weekend, including fresh lychees (not pictured), which I've always wanted to try! They are delish. We asked about 7 vendors for jicama, but everyone just showed us their cucumbers (not an inuendo. Real cucumbers). Whole foods saved the day with all the jicama we could want later.

One morning we meandered around our old walking trail with the dogs. These gals LOVE Job, and he loves them. I love walking with Job, and the podcasts we listen to, so everyone was happy and filled with good feelings ;)

These fine folks had us over for great food, music, and conversation. There is always great food, music, and conversation at the Navas. We like these people.
Desserts 1 and 2. I'm not even joking, and I'm definitely not mad.
                                                                               We played with food.

 We got to the temple together, which was much needed, and very calming. It is one of my happy places.

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company did King Lear for Shakespeare on the Common this year, and we partook. After reading up on the plot and story of course, because the tragedies are always harder for me to follow than his comedies. I imagine it's even harder when English is your second language, so I'm grateful for Job for being the intelligent, dapper, and cultured gentleman he is. He is always up for an artistic endeavor, and I really love that about him. The play was fantastically performed, the weather perfectly perfect, and the food truck pizza piping hot.

Just cruising around the city. Isn't this aerial sculpture so lovely! It's called As If It Were Already Here, and is by Janet Echelman, and is along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. I really need to go back at night when it's lit up. I've heard it's stunning. 

We stopped by Job's alma mater one afternoon to take some photos for a little project. It is so crazy to think it has been over a year since he left! Two degrees, four years, (all our money haha), and many adventures at that place. It's a really good place, but as Job is correct in saying, you really need to make your own good experiences no matter where you go to school. I think he made some good choices which helped him have a positive experience. It is a fantastic school, and we are grateful for the opportunity he had to attend there. Oh, and did you hear about the merger between The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music? Interesting....

I like it when Job serenades me on the piano or violin (or any of the instruments he can play). It's just romantic, ok.

This is my favorite.

This is the end.