|Posted on May 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM|
Wowza!!! It's been 2 years of me living near Downtown Sacramento! As usual, life has brought many changes about. Especially since I started looking and finding different and more enjoyable ways to live in Sacramento, that I hadn't thought of before, when I first came back.
Well here's my recap of all my doings and seeings since I last blogged : quite a bit ago!
As of last August, I'm a continuing Insured Hatha Yoga Teacher! Which makes me an Insured Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. This makes me very happy! To be spending my pennies in the right places to help keep me moving onward and forward in life. This pretty much coincided with me being interviewed and hired to teach Hatha Yoga in September of last year at University Retirement Community at Davis.
I also went to my first live music performance since being back. I saw Matty Charles live with Katie Rose. They make quite the enamoring duet. I do hope they put out a cd soon : EP or LP!
Near the end of September, my favorite serial killer show Dexter sadly came to an end. He will be missed by me and a gazillion others! Still, here's my version of the start of Dexter Season 9: Dexter, Hannah and Harrison will meet up in Argentina. Soon after they will all three move to the Northwest. Where Dexter will double as a serial killing lumberjack! Just think of the new killing scenario set-ups he'd have access to as a working lumberjack. So all Dexter fanatics sign this online petition for them to bring on a Dexter - Season 9!
Oh!!! I'm so proud of myself cooking wise! I made a Tortilla de Patatas for the first time in a few years, and it came out pretty much perfect. Thankfully, since I was really looking forward to eating it.
Autumn was now upon us, and we delved into all of its leafy colorful changes.
At the end of September I went on a group haunt to the ghost town of Bodie, CA. It is located in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is one of quite a few ghost towns in the USA. It was truly interesting walking around and peering through windows to their past where time started to stand still for them many years ago before they abandoned it to the hills.
Afterwards a soak in nearby Travertine Hot Springs in Bridgeport was just perfect after haunting around there. It's a free soak to boot, so there's no reason not to stop by and take a rejuvenating soak.
Alas, my birthday came, and saw me turning 45. I celebrated deliciously with a delectable Birthday Lunch at Ciocolat in Davis that consisted of Mango Mousse Cake & Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate. I discovered Ciocolat, a veritable cornucopia of sweet delish desserts, via teaching yoga at URC.
Near the begin of October saw me start teaching Chair Yoga Classes at University Retirement Community at Davis.
Thankfully after using the Sacramento Light Rail a bit more, I discovered quickly that it works quite decently during regular working hours, as well as decently in the evening hours. Thank goodness!
Early November in Davis I discovered Davis Food Co-op in person. They have a wide variety of food/drink/desserts/chocolate/snacks across the board. Along with a produce department I fell in love with.
Mid-November I went on a Lake Berryessa group hike. We had a Ranger guided tour style hike, and he was very knowledgeable about all the aspects in this area : nature and human wise! I so want to come back here for a late spring/early summer hike! As I know it will be so green and vastly beautiful with wildflowers.
Also in mid-November I went on a group walk through Old Sacramento Underground Tour. Unfortunately we were not able to take photos on the tour underground! Though trust me, it's a really good Old Sacramento walking tour that I highly recommend!
Well the festive holidays came and went on a calm mellow note for me. First up was Thanksgiving. I started it off with a Thanksgivukkah Brunch. Then later that evening, I rolled over to a Vegetarian Potluck that had an abundance of delicious food and drink that I was truly grateful for.
On the Winter Solstice I celebrated it at a Secret Dining dinner. The Hostess cooked the bulk of the meal/provided the bulk of the drink, and us guests accented it with food/drink/snacks that we brought. I brought a tub of Taylor Market's delectable chocolate covered almonds & caramels, which everyone ate heartily, including me.
Sah-weet!!! Inbetween Christmas and New Year's Eve/Day I went on an awesome trip to Joshua Tree National Park with a really good friend! Its awesome desert terrain is like being on another planet! We stayed 4 days very close to Joshua Tree National Park at a sweet vacation house that he found on airbnb.
How I was mystified by how the Joshua Trees appeared to be silhouettes dancing in the moonlight after the sun disappears into the sky.
I rang in my new year wishes pretty simply at home with 12 grapes of luck at midnight! A Spanish tradition years ago I adapted into my New Year's Eve rituals.
The new year finally came and I found myself still enjoying stretching myself out with yoga at Yoga Seed Collective. Next door to it is Shine Cafe, who under new ownership, has for me at least become more enjoyable to stop in from time to time after my yoga class.
During this time, I came across more new music online. Some found through For Folk's Sake - a site that keeps up mostly on emerging and established folk, roots and country music acts; and others were found through facebook music pages I already liked! Sumie - Show Talked Windows : Coeur de Pirate - Flume : Pantaleimon - If I (Was) : Marika Hackman - Bath is Black : Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Fire and Fortune : Sophie Jamieson - Waterloo : Diane Cluck - Sara : Daughter - Youth : Sera Cahoone - Nervous Wreck : Josephine Foster - My Wandering Heart : Victor Herrero - Avellaneda : Hooray Matinee = Jim Bianco / Petra Haden - Tambourine : Kine Hjeldnes - Undress : Chrysta Bell - Real Love : Linda Perhacs - Prisms of Glass : Sibylle Baier - Tonight : Molly Drake - I Remember. When you have some down time, click on the links and discover yourself some new music! Who knows, you may just like it.
In the somewhat early part of January, I went on a group hike to the beautiful Angel Island State Park via ferry to/from the quaint town of Tiburon. After a day of hiking around Angel Island, grab a meal afterwards in Tiburon, as there's plenty enough restaurants to choose from. I'd like to come back in the spring/summer to see its flora and fauna in full bloom.
Of course, my chocolate love obsession lives on! With my two favorite places to get my more decadent chocofix at Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates and Taylor's Market. As for my everyday chocofix, it's supplied by Trader Joe's on Folsom Blvd. (between 50th & 51st Streets) with their chocolate covered anythings.
Oh yeah! Nearing the end of January I Megabus-ed it to San Francisco. It was only about $19 round trip. Their buses are quite nice and very comfy. Their S.F. stop is conveniently located right outside of the Caltrain Station at 4th & King Streets. It was so great a feeling to be back tromping around my most favoritest city in the U.S.A. and possibly the world. I always feel so free here on all levels. So of course I'll be visiting on at least a semi-regular basis (via Megabus). Hallelujah to that!
I went on a delicious TCHO Chocolate Factory Tour. They call themselves New American Chocolate, and every flavor I sampled was top quality! They really know how to make good chocolate! Their located on Pier 17 along the Embarcadero Center by the Ferry Building. Here's a map of The Piers, check it. You'll see there's plenty to do either before or after your chocolate factory tour.
I bought myself two delectably delicious chocolate bars at Chocolate Covered in Noe Valley - an international chocolate boutique. One of them was a delicious bean to bar camel milk bar made by Al Nassma. They fabulously cull and sell the finest chocolate bars/chocolates from all four corners of the world! If you truly consider yourself a bonafide chocoholic, you must stop here when in S.F. I promise that you will not be disappointed!
Right before I headed back to Megabus I stopped by The Rex Arms where I lived in the early 90's...ahhhhhhh the mostly good memories that brought back! It was pretty centrally located with access to public transportation almost right outside its doorstep. I really did love living in S.F.! and it's good to be at least living nearby it.
Oh yeah! in February at The Fifth String Music Store I took up guitar lessons to get myself in playing shape and to move forward more creatively in putting acoustic music to my lyrics. It is definitely helping and I'm making definite progress! As well, I'm definitely hitting the guitar practicing quite a bit more...which definitely helps in the most definite ways!
Early February, thanks to a friend/cleaning client, I discovered Midtown Sacramento Grocery Outlet. There are so many great $$$ deals on food, drink, snacks, chocolate, beauty and household products. Also great $$$ deals on items that come in as a one time special. Which is why it's a great store to pop in at any time of the week, as you'll always find something you actually need and can use. I stop in at least once a week, especially since I know they'll have some good chocolate to nom on my bike ride home.
On Valentine's Day I picked me up some Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates sweetalish chocolates & macarons. Everything they make is top notch sweet deliciousness. I like to say, I came for the chocolates and stayed for the macarons!
Mid-February I went on an Alamere Falls group hike. This time I took the longer hike trail down, which included a nice walk along the ocean. Finally I got to view the waterfalls in their full falling glory. They are so beautiful! As well, they are one of the relatively few waterfalls around the world that empty directly into an ocean.
The northern coastal views are breathtaking!
Nearing the end of February, I finally got my Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in the mail...as my original one was lost in a previous move!!! I'm really glad to have it in my possession once again.
I've read quite a few more books to boot! Quiet Days in Clichy by Henry Miller - a good read that's not as known as some of his others : The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace by Don Miguel Ruiz - has great advice on getting out of your own way : Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas - makes me want to visit the lovely city of Paris, and I discovered a few new chocolatiers through this book including Bernachon Chocolate : SongMan: A Melodic Adventure, or, My Single-Minded Approach to Songwriting by Will Hodgkinson - a fun read on stumbling and fumbling around to match lyrics and music worthy of playing live and recording at some point : Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo - a somewhat wiser way to look at being a guitarist/musician in general : The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 6: 1955-1966 by Anais Nin - her life continuing through some of her later years in life : Stand Still Like the Hummingbird by Henry Miller - another lesser known one by him, but definitely a good read : The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan - this is a must read for food lovers : An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro - a truly surreal read, need to read more by him : The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles - don't be fooled by the title, it's about more than making a lot of money in life : It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels by Polly Evans - this was a truly fun travel read : Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - read it 'cause it was recommended, and it was a trip of a read : Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márquez - his writing is beautifully poetic, and I must read more of his too : The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by Madeline Bruser - gives great tips and sound advice on getting your butt into practice mode especially when we don't want to, and we all have those moments : Seeds by Thomas Merton - his words are peacefully calming : The Malady of Death novella by Marguerite Duras - I just love her writing style : Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair by alias Elizabeth McNeill aka Ingeborg Day which is her real name - definitely better than the movie, though I must admit I enjoyed watching the movie : Hiroshima Mon Amour by Marguerite Duras : one of her best : Smara the Forbidden City by Michel Vieuchange - a good story, albeit written a little flatly, as it was written by his brother, as he died during his travels : Solo: Women Singer-Songwriters in Their Own Words by Emma Dodge Hanson - it's great to read a book that's dedicated to female singer-songwriters : Songwriters On Songwriting: Revised And Expanded by Paul Zollo - which was a very long read at over 700 pages, though it was well worth the read : The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974 by Anais Nin - this diary brings us to her final living years, and it finally finishes me up with her Diary Volumes 1-7.
At the begin of March I saw Tom Brosseau live at a Sacramento House Concert aka The Bungalow. It was put on by Third Space Davis as a satellite show. What a super show it was! At it I discovered the very lovely music of Diane Cluck, who also performed live that evening.
Mid-March I went on a group walk in Davis that passed through The UC Davis Arboretum and the California Raptor Center. It was really nice to see other parts of Davis, seeing as I teach yoga there three days a week.
Nearing the end of March I hopped on the light rail with my bike and headed out to cruise around Historic Folsom on my bike. In town I discovered We Olive Folsom. They are a true foodies delectable savory delight to find California Extra Virgin Olive oils (always board certified), Aged Balsamic, Flavored Vinegars and other Gourmet products from California and around the world at. Plus you can sample their products; and if they're selling them when you stop in, buy one of their blood orange brownies 'cause they're that sweet delish.
Very quickly, and fueled by a blood orange brownie, I rolled across their adjacent City of Folsom Bike Trails. Which I took quite a nice scenic bike ride down. I will surely return to take a much longer one.
Somewhere in the midst of living life, I discovered a too addicting online game = 2048!!! Yes I've made it beyond the 2048!!!
Early April I took another sweet bike ride on the Sacramento Northern Bikeway. I enter in Downtown Sacramento on C Street between19th and 20th Streets. It's an an urban bike route that connects Downtown Sacramento, Del Paso Heights, and Rio Linda. Its super great 'cause you can ride for miles and miles on paved with no cars to get in the way. Which means you can cycle as fast as you can. So fun!
During the mid-early part of April, I started moonlighting as a Voluptuary. Though by mid-April, and fueled by chocolate, I got my taxes done and sent off in time!
I also saw some really good movies in the actual theater over the course of these many past months. 12 Years a Slave - a brutal yet moving movie : Dallas Buyers Club - well acted by all, including Matthew McConaughey who prepared for his role by going on a special "lose a lot of weight diet" in which he could remain healthy : Kill Your Darlings - dark, disturbing and good : American Hustle - more than just a flash and jazz movie with an excellent ending : Inside Llewyn Davis - quite enjoyable, though the orange tabby cat Ulysses definitely stole some of Llewyn's acting thunder : The Grand Budapest Hotel - what a great movie visually and storytelling wise : Under Their Skin - dark, disturbing, strange, unpredictable with minimal dialogue to its benefit. All these movies I saw at The Tower Theatre Sacramento, 'cause it's just about around the corner from me, and most importantly, it shows the movies I'm really wanting to see.
I continue going out to mostly the same art outings at the same galleries and museums. Crocker Art Museum's Second Thursday and their 3rd Sunday Pay What You Wish. Second Saturday Art Walk in and around Downtown Sacramento. At which I pretty much go to the same 8 art galleries. Union Hall Gallery - K @ 22nd : Gallery 2110 | Sacramento Art Complex - K @ 21st : Alex Bult Gallery - 21st @ K : Viewpoint Photographic Art Center - J @ 20th : Kennedy Gallery Art Center - L @ 19/20th : Elliott Fouts Gallery - 9th @ P : Arthouse Gallery & Studios - 10th & R : E Street Gallery & Studios - E @ 11/12th.
Swoon...spring is now just an airy breath away from summer...and the beauteous flowers are blooming out all around us! Make sure to stop and smell them and enjoy their beauty.
~ Dive In and Live - Janice Marie Foote ~