What is the image? Sur Le Table has Duralex glasses in colors, I have never seen the original french one's in colors. They only have the small size in colors. I have some of these that are literally 40 years old. I ordered them from the Williams Sonoma, the catalog described them as nearly indestructible - I have broken a couple of them in 40 years, but only a couple.
Where have I been? The office a couple of day, work from home the rest of the week. Out for a random lunch in old town (more on that on Friday.) The farmers market. The Kennedy Center for the season opener of the National Symphony Orchestra.
What are we planning? Dear friends from northern Indiana are going to be here next weekend, a trip planned BC, that is finally taking place. The weekend after that Jay's last department chair will be here for a few days (she grew up here and has family in the area.)
What is the weather like? It has cooled off, a few nights with lows in the 50f, highs in the 60's or low 70sf, a few rainy days. It was a long hot summer, it is a nice change. I bought a couple of long sleeve thermal shirts to add to the collection.
Who have I talked with? The office team, a couple of my board members, my boss, a couple of neighbors, and the sweet bear. Pastry Boy at the market, he was starting college this fall, and it looked like his rather buff brother was going to take over the market. At the last minute he was offered a seat at Virginia Tech's new Arlington Campus and decided to stay home for college.
What am I cooking? Early in the summer I made pickled beets, we ate the last of them recently and the sweet bear commented on how good they were. So I bought 5 pounds of beets from the organic gardener at the market and I will pack several more pints of them. I made my holiday fruitcakes and set them to soak up the booze for a couple of months to reach their peak of flavor.
What have I been reading? "The Creative Act" by Rick Rubin, it is unconventional, as Rick is. He is a music producer. I really liked the book, I ordered a print copy to have around for when I need to jump start creative thinking. I have enough books on my Kindle to blow past my reading goal for the year, at the pace I will finish 60 books this year.
Who deserves a slap? Congress. I really can't explain what is happening. How many slaps, 5 out of 5.
What surprised me this week? A man on King Street in old town Alexandria walking down the sidewalk with a Hasselblad. I am a camera geek. It was 501 series film camera. They are rare and valuable, I think it is only the second time I have seen one on the street. If I won the PowerBall, I'd have one as my daily carry. I know someone who carries one, he has never told his wife how much he paid for it, she would make him wish he was dead.