Thursday, April 7, 2011

Outstanding in the Field

Found out about Outstanding in the Field via Oh Happy Day!. Their mission is as follows:

"Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table.

Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table."

Albert and I will be going to this on May 1st at Fogline Farm in Santa Cruz. So excited!!!

Day Off

Heh, I played hooky with Albert this past Monday. We spent the day getting brunch, going to the beach, fixing the braking mechanism on his road bike, drinking beer and wine, bike riding along West Cliff, and sleeping at 9pm. Awesome.

Housewarming Cushions

I made these cushions for a coworker as a housewarming present. The cushions were purchased premade and I picked out some fabric to sew into cushion covers. I picked three different prints from the Echino line: an old school radio print, a view master slide print, and a car print. I didn't take any pictures, but the raw edges were overlocked using my Janome for a finished look. Easy project! My only hope is that the prints aren't too juvenile for a bachelor pad!

Pillows and fabric were purchased from Stone Mountain and Daughter fabric store.

Daily Goals

This post is very, very late, but better late than never. I was in a slump these past few months as I haven't been doing anything creative, productive, or physically active. Luckily for me, other people have had a similar problem and have tried different strategies to get out of their slump. The tactic that struck me the most was written up on say YES! to hoboken. Basically, Liz tries to do something in each of the following categories each day:

Physical Activity

While I haven't been doing all of these things everyday, it helps to be reminded that these are the important things in my life and to keep doing them little by little until they amount to something big. And as a way to help me keep my eye on the prize I've got the following goals in mind:

Creative - Sew this tote bag
Outdoors - It's getting warmer - must start going to the beach as much as possible.
Physical Activity - Albert signed us both up to do the Wharf to Wharf in Santa Cruz. I will need to train for it so that I don't pass out during the event.
Educational - This is easy because I do it all the time. I like to read Sociological Images everyday and I plan to finish Infections and Inequalities, which was loaned to me by a friend.
Organizing/Cleaning - Spring also means spring cleaning. I will also be moving to a new place at the end of this month.

So much stuff to look forward to these upcoming months!