For the Life Listers, in many ways, the past week was the beginning of summer. Three of us went on our summer contracts, and all of us liked the library’s shorter hours, getting home earlier in the evenings. Summer is a time when the pace is a little slower, so it’s a good time if you haven’t done your life list yet, to start adding some items.
In general, it was a good week for us. Here are our lists:
an excellent (flute) performance at my little brother’s wedding in May: DONE.
The wedding was Saturday, on a sunny overlook at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Our performance went well. More than one person called us “show savers”–we improvised a new arrangement of “I Love You Always Forever” when we saw that the mothers and grandmothers were being seated earlier in the program that originally planned. This meant we’d skip over the other two pieces we’d prepared for the processional, but the show must go on, yes? Yes. Even when the iPod we were using for the bridal party’s entrance (Daniel and Laura had decided on a mixture of live and pre-recorded music) mysteriously wouldn’t play–we played Pachelbel’s Canon instead–and even when pianist Dana Grace, who accompanied me, was stung by a bee! She didn’t miss a note. And, thankfully, we were able to remedy the unfortunate electronic issue just in time for the bride’s entrance. I’m glad that our years of performing together have taught us to prepare for the unexpected and to maintain composure while frantically thinking on our feet! So, whether or not I can honestly call this performance “excellent” (musically speaking, that might be a stretch…I let panic over the iPod nonsense affect my tone quality during the last piece we played), I’m checking this goal off my life list.
translate the book of Esther
I am woefully behind.
work toward solving the problem of homelessness in Nashville
Bought few copies of The Contributor.
give my best to the ESL classes I help teach
I ran Sunday’s class. We finished up the Clifford story we began reading a few weeks ago. The class went well.
Learn French: Still working on my Live Mocha lessons, but pronunciation remains a problem.
Cook dinner for friends (more often): Hosted impromptu dinner party. Menu included: grilled fish tacos, quinoa black bean salad, mojitos, and key lime pie.
Cook a new dish and/or pie each week: None of the above dishes were new for me; however, I did try my hand at duck over the weekend. Here’s my recipe (adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table):
Whisk together olive oil, honey, and balsamic vinegar, salt/pepper in a bowl.
Preheat oven to 250.
Heat stove medium/high.
Put duck in dutch oven skin side down.
Fill the kitchen ½ smoke ½ air
Get significant other* (or other person unafraid of duck fat splatter) to flip duck.
Wait for smoke alarm to go off (your kitchen should now be ¾ smoke)
Cover all exposed to skin (to avoid fat splatters) and remove duck from dutch oven
Loosely wrap duck in tin foil and put in oven 5 minutes to finish cooking.
Remove duck from oven (kitchen should now be ½ smoke).
Put balsamic mixture in dutch oven.
Put duck back in dutch oven to cook about 30 sec. on each side.
Serve with sauce
*Cook’s Note: If no one is available, use your favorite fencing move to flip the duck (I recommend a lunge followed by a cross over). If you’ve forgotten your fencing basics consult this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sUf_MlRow0.
- My leg is continuing to get stronger. I am still working on being able to stand up and pump up hills.
- I continue to tell everyone I meet about TEL and MERLOT. This morning I told the circulation staff from Volunteer State about MERLOT.
- New things learned this week:
How to use LibGuides and SoftChalk to make subject guides for the library. They both do some really nice stuff.
- The trees that I have planted are doing great because of all the rain. I just hope that the Cicadas don’t eat all of the leaves off the new little trees.
- I am still working on my “Cycling for Libraries” pre-conference idea.
- Assembled huge set list to prepare for a July trio gig in NC. Looking forward to learning and relearning songs. Not worried. Enjoying music again with no stress.
- Have begun a duet with a friend who also enjoys and plays ‘old-time’ ‘string’ music (guitar /clawhammer banjo/ mandolin/ singing). We plan to go down to Broadway and perform on the street corner 😉 I suggested we dress up like Civil War soldiers – me in gray, she in blue (of which she balked at my suggestion that she wear blue – since she is, in fact, “from South Carolina”, and I am from northern Kentucky, and therefore, should be the Yankee! (…of which I readily informed her that “we were neutral”). Still, a Yankee I’ll be, and she the Rebel. My suggestion is that we call ourselves Blue and Gray; she is considering this, however, is not extremely enthusiastic that we dress like Civil war soldiers. I am, however, shopping for a Yankee cap and uniform… 😉
- Watched a biker pumping by as I was riding along on my lawn mower yesterday. It occurs to me that I need to do an aerobic exercise at this age in my life. Must build a plan. I will, I promise myself. I will.
- Have recently checked out almost 10 books. Am perusing books on mountain climbing, mythology, etc. The world is so full of interesting things. Plan to finish the History of Everything by this weekend. My new endeavor is “Walking Across Egypt”, by recommendation of Charles May.
- My scale broke. Emily, please bring back the green scale…Will consider joining the upcoming loser’s club with MFJ and “The Michelles”. Am eating less and exercising more. Am trimming down a bit. Am fearful if I lose too much weight I will ‘look gaunt’, as I am so lovingly described by people who care about me – who don’t else know how to say, “Gosh, you’re looking old”. So, I think I’ll go for 135 and see how I feel.
ORGANIC FARMING / Farmer Gadd Chronicles
- Pam’s Pig Pen Produce Patch continues to thrive in Joelton. Have begun eating the radishes from my patch and will install new rows to replenish them this weekend. Also plowed up 2 new garden patches and plan to plant eggplant, squash, cucumber, okra, watermelon and more pumpkin this weekend. Yippee!
WRITE 1 LETTER A WEEK
Wrote to my mother this week 😉 What a joy.
KEEP HOUSE ORGANIZED
- Doing better with staying on top of my house and laundry! 😉 Those dishes, however…
Learned “Angeline the Baker”, “Little Sadie”, “Needle Case” and “Cold Frosty Morning”!! Am working on “Over the Waterfall” and “Jawbone”. To be continued…
New additions to my Life List:
- Do a 25 mile day hike
- Go canoeing this summer
- Camp out in NC and see a billion stars again
- Set my telescope up and see Orion’s nebula where new stars are being born
- Fix my bike up and start riding on the weekends again
- Make my office into a teaching studio
Reading: Finished Les Miserables, which was on my life list of books to read. It was also a real sense of victory when I finished the 1194th page.
Socializing: Went to the Paul Simon concert, (another life list item to see all great songwriters in concert) and Les Miserables, the musical, at TPAC.