Archive for March, 2012

Sunday Salon: Learning

Major learning curve going on here! Learning my way around WordPress, the whole blogging system with its challenges and  Mr. Linkies (are there Ms. Linkies???) and on top of that, finding my way around a new laptop.

I really like the Sunday Salon posts that recap the blogger’s week, and, since I only seem to be blogging once a week so far, I’m going to try that formula for myself.

Monday I was learning how to edit CSS so that with a click on a drop down menu I can make a paragraph bold, italicized, and a smaller size than the main body text. I need to learn CSS for the work I do on

Tuesday I went to ACIM. I find that class really centers and grounds me for the week.

Wednesday I took a rare day off to see a classic movie on the big screen. It was, I think, the 70th anniversary of Casablanca. Had linner at Hard Rock Cafe afterwards and then drove by Warner Bros. Studios where the movie was filmed.

Thursday is the day I brought home my new laptop and spent the evening getting to know it.

Friday was a sad day. The company I work for is dissolving so periodically a handful of employees are laid off. It’s always a sad time. This week most of my lunch buddies were among that group.  Eventually we’ll all be gone.

Saturday I went on an adventure. Please excuse the messy look of that post as well until I figure out how to wrap text around images.

As for reading, I managed to sneak in a few pages of The Frog Hospital here and there before bed.

However, instead of spending my Sunday reading that book, I’m spending it trying to figure out how to make my text wrap around that image!!!!! Ugh.


Sierra Club Hike: Pastry Conditioning Hike 03-24-12

You really should join the Sierra Club. They do so many fun things and the small membership fee helps them lobby to save this amazing planet we live on.Yesterday I went on the monthly Pastry Conditioning Hike with the Verdugo Hills chapter. We met at The Doctor’s House in Brand Park and then hiked up the fire road and dirt trails.

The Doctor’s House is so named because it was owned and lived in by four different physicians between 1896 and 1914. Silent movie star Nell Shipman lived there from 1917-1920.

After hiking 4 miles with an 800′ elevation gain, we drove over to Kenneth Village for coffee and pastry at Village French Bakery.

Sunday Salon: The White Tiger

One of the main reasons I created this blog was so that I could participate in The Sunday Salon! On Saturday nights as I drift off to sleep I hear the soft chimes from my cell phone as readers start submitting their posts to the group and I know I’m going to have lots of good reading on Sunday morning.

I don’t read as many books as a lot of you do. I work outside the home and try to do something outside on weekends since I sit at a desk 40 hours a week. I’m actually quite pleased that I’ve managed to start and finish a total of four books this year… an amount some of you probably read in a week!

I haven’t really written a book review since they forced us to back in grade school, but here goes!

The book I read this month (ahem!) was The White Tiger by Aravin Adiga.  It won the Man Booker Prize in 2008, and according to the MBP website, went on to become one of the fastest selling novels in the prize’s history. I was not familiar with what exactly the Man Booker Prize is so I looked it up. It’s for full-length novels written in the English language by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe.

I chose this book, and several others, when I was reading The Millions: A Year in Reading series where they ask authors, editors, musicians and actors to write about the best books they’ve read that year.

The White Tiger is about a man in India named Balram Halwai. He tells the suspenseful story of how he went from being a servant to a successful business man (and murderer) via letters to the Premier of China that he writes over a series of seven nights.

I liked this book very much. It moved a long at a good pace and the author used just the right amount of humor.

And now it’s that glorious time where I get to go choose my next book from my TBR pile! I hope everyone has a great week!

Rainy St. Paddy’s Day

No adventures today! Staying in, enjoying the rain, coffee, setting up this blog, and reading.