365: Day 27 – House Hunting

365: Day 27 – House Hunting

So it looks like we’re going to take a dive of the deep and and seriously make an effort to buy a home! Renting has been a huge waste of money and it seems like now is a great time to purchase a home due to the better rates and slight slow-down in the market due to COVID-19. The Los Angeles market is going to be brutal on the wallet, but in the long run it will be the decision that will make the most financial sense. Just barely getting started in this search for a home and probably won’t be posting too many details about it, so I’m expecting posts to be on the shorter side in the short term. 🙂

365: Day 25 – Reminiscing

365: Day 25 – Reminiscing

I again waited until the very end of the day to write on there, but this time it was for different reasons. I was looking at previous posts to see what number day I’m on and when I noticed I have written over 600 individual posts throughout the years, I began to skim through the past. The experience was heart-warming at times, funny at others, but mostly I found it inspiring. I made all those posts private for different reasons. I went all the way back to the very first post which was in June of 2011. Nine years ago! The me back then created this blog with the intention of reviewing concerts and art exhibitions. 🙂 Since then I have seen over 200 classical music performances and yet I feel like I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg of what there is to explore in classical music. A few months after launching this blog, I signed myself up for a fitness program that would quite literally change my life (and I don’t use literally figuratively like all the young kids now). Looking through all the past posts makes me want to bring in a little more structure to this new 365 project of mine–which by the way I’m quite proud of having kept at it this long so far! I think this speaks more to my better ability now to commit to goals and follow through, and to having more discipline. So my homework this weekend will be to establish some structure in terms of topics and style for these posts. 🙂

365: Day 24 – Talking with friends

365: Day 24 – Talking with friends

I procrastinated on writing to focus on some research for work, but I wanted to squeeze in just a couple of sentences about ho happy I felt today about calling my friend Paolo and see how they were doing. He retired a few days into the pandemic. It was planned before hand so it ended up being quite the coincidence. Anyway, in his new adventure he is starting a YouTube channel where he teaches how to cook. I love it! He uses to teach cooking and have his own catering business years ago and has been a long passion of his.

365: Day 23 – Longing to read

365: Day 23 – Longing to read

I unfortunately haven’t been reading my books these last few days. I’ve been reading a lot of periodicals these last few days instead given the many current events occurring across the globe and particularly in the United States. I’m not sure if I’m ready to share any of my thoughts regarding the state of race relations in the U.S. as this is a very delicate matter and the experience has been eye-opening on so many levels. I’m still trying to process everything that is going on, but I do hope that we will all be in a much better place both in the near and distant future.

So I have missed reading by books and tonight I will put my computer down and set the periodicals outside. I will take refuge in a world of fiction because the real one seems a bit overwhelming at the moment.

365: Day 21 – Letting old pains go

365: Day 21 – Letting old pains go

I’ve got only 15 minutes left in the day to get this in, so it’ll be short.

Without going into specifics, today I almost let ghosts from the past derail my day. I tend to extrapolate even the tiniest occurrences into how they may shape up in the future. It’s seldom a good idea, but far worse when you let the past indicate what things may mean and how they may play out into the future. Super vague, I know. I don’t want to share any specifics partly because it’s a little personal and partly because I don’t want to dignify that past by continuing to remember it.

Therefore, I pledge to myself to bury the past and unbound myself from those chains of the past to I allow myself to live freely. I know I can’t erase things that were done to me, but I choose to make that past irrelevant to the future. I am blessed with wonderful people in my life and I want to honor and respect them by trusting and believing in them.

365: Day 20 – My love of food

365: Day 20 – My love of food

A quick look at me and you’ll realize that my relationship has perhaps not been the healthiest, but I am proud to say that it has been improving quite a bit. Needless to say, I have always loved food and have been primarily focuses on how it tastes and how it smells.

I went through a period of my life few years ago where I was exploring the best restaurants like there was no tomorrow. I am honestly afraid to accurately tally up just how much money I spent (read charged to credit cards) to indulge in this fine-dining decadence. The experience was second to none. Everything–from the the decor of these restaurants, to the customer service, to the presentation of the food–was heaven. The tastes, textures, and smells of food were exquisite. The greatest irony in all of this is that I when a waiter would provide the obligatory description of the dish I was unable to comprehend half the things they said. I was just as clueless when it came to tasting the food. I could appreciate a good flavor, but I couldn’t provide a description of what I was tasting.

Then I started going out to all these restaurants a lot less: partly it was time to be more financially responsible, and partly I wasn’t a fan of this “foodie” culture that was just chasing the next instagram post. So in this time of less dining out, I have been cooking far more which has forced me to learn and practice new technique go to the grocery store and learn how to pick the best produce, meats, spices, etc; and it gave me new appreciation for the work that goes into these dishes.

The above was a little dessert I had earlier this evening. It was something simple at home, but I wanted to take a picture with my camera like old times.

365: Day 18 – My favorite sonnet

365: Day 18 – My favorite sonnet

Not much time again today, so I’ll leave you with this literary gem!

Sonnet 130

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; 
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, 
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; 
I grant I never saw a goddess go; 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. 
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
   As any she belied with false compare.

-Willam Shakespeare

Isn’t it beautiful?