Saturday, August 9, 2008

Must love dogs & good food

Hello

Welcome to my first attempt at a blog.

I'm single, have traveled to 22 countries, have 2 dogs and work full time.

I'm tall (6'1-1/2"), medium build, intelligent, 57 (have been told I look at least 10-15 years younger- and I am sure I am), light brown hair with a pretty confident personality.

I love to garden, cook, eat, travel, spend time with dogs, friends, and new acquaintances.

I've been told often that I lead an interesting life, and go to interesting places that others want to hear about, so i'm going to give this a shot, and hopefully will find new friends, and connect some people who really need to know me, and each other.

Oh by the way, I am a female, heterosexual dynamo.

So here's a review of my last week.

Last night I took a cooking class at Kitchen Witch in Encinitas with Arlyn Hackett. It was a class on Summer Tapas & Wine dinners. I don't think I've ever taken a class with him before although he does look familiar, but regardless it was very very good, and actually very healthy. I enjoyed his historic behind the food stories, and got several really good tips on the use of ingredients and substitutions that i'll be trying out at home. We also had two wines with the class, both Jewell - a unoaked chardonnay and a cab sav I think. They were great choices with the dishes he prepared. I would recommend his classes for anyone who is interested in challenging themselves to learn a few new tricks, or those who are just starting out. The owner of kitchen witch is also a really nice guy and I support his dream of making the store a success.

This morning I went to my weight watchers meeting (i've been going for years - as a lifetime member- keeps me honest, and my eating/drinking balanced). See lighterleader.blogspot.com for her blog. Lost .6 pounds despite the Cardiff dinner on Wednesday and a luncheon and the cooking class yesterday, so I'm doing something right.

I just got off the phone with one of my best friends, Saundra, who is a flight attendant, and called me from Central Park in NY where she has been wandering around all day and she said the weather today is perfect! It's pretty nice in So Cal as well.

I've been working on an event for the San Diego Press Club to be held on 10/21 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park..the 35th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. I'm a volunteer "restaurant coordinator" and the "J" awards team has managed to get 23 restaurants, and 8 wineries, one wine importer and a local brewery to provide "tastes" for the event, and all of us can hardly wait till the day. If you know any journalists, PR people, broadcasters, writers, marketing people and media types, this will be an event they will NOT want to miss!

I am also a volunteer for the National Philanthropy Day luncheon to be held on November 12 at the Sheraton Harbor Island - produced by the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I'm in charge of finding someone to do the invocation, the color guard, the music and someone to sing the national anthem. I am already speaking with a local non-profit that has both a color guard and a drum and bagpipe team, and they've given me a couple of good leads on a singer. I'm also going to have a chat and a glass of wine next week with the woman who lead the committee last year for her insights. This will also be a great event honoring the people who have made a major financial investment in San Diego philanthropy, and volunteers who are making a difference for organizations every day.

For those of you who love to read, the radio reading service, which in San Diego is produced by KPBS up at SDSU, is a great volunteer opportunity. I read for a couple hours once a month live over the internet, and over special radio receivers purchased or given to individuals who have visual impairments or are blind. I read the San Diego Union Tribune with a partner- allowing the listeners to keep up with current local events. This service is also offered nationally so if you are not in San Diego, do some research to find out who is producing this great service in your area.

Last year I discovered the Atheneum Music and Arts library in La Jolla and became a patron donor. My background working for a musical instrument manufacturer and my love for music spurred this action, and the Atheneum is a magical place for all of those who love the arts.

That's all for now, time to walk the dogs...........and go to a BBQ with friends

later

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