Stuff with Pictures Thrown In

This is going to be one of those disjointed, free wheeling posts with photos thrown in. Just so you're duly warned up front....

I've started to document the food I prepare for dinner, as in creating recipes of my family's favorite dishes. I typically don't measure anything and create meals based on photographs, recipes I've read but not printed out - I "wing" a lot of it. Recipes I've started to document include Lemon Shrimp with Pasta, Secret Ingredient Meatballs / Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, Teriyaki chicken, and Black Bean Salsa.

Because I'm talking about food right now, here are some photos I took in February when I made Chinese dumplings for Book Club.
Step One

Its a Wrap
A college friend posted the recipe for Chinese Egg Tarts (Dan Ta) on Facebook. I need to make them - maybe this weekend.

Outside, plentiful rain is falling, mixed with thunder, lightning and wind. It’s a dark cloud day that makes you want to crawl in bed. It's warmer than last week when I took this photo during a morning run:
Still Waiting for Spring #seenonmyrun #morning #aroundtown
I ran two 6 mile loops that morning, with the first loop around sunrise. The rising sun transformed the cold, frosty, slightly misty landscape into a golden, glittery scene right before my eyes. It was pretty, albeit still cold. For the first time, I had to run with music in the background (I used my iPhone speakers). I normally eschew such stimuli, but I was SO bored running by myself. This has me thinking about my race strategy - I think I may need music to get me through the last 6 miles. Or I'll have to find a stranger to talk to.

My daughter competed in her first horse show last weekend. She entered the Dressage and Jumping events in the Starter Novice division. I learned a couple things that day - one, to rely upon the scheduled event times instead of waiting for my daughter to text me her event was coming up. I caught her Dressage ride, but missed her two jumping runs. Two, stick around for the show results - yes, I know, that's a no brainer, and I should have known better. She took home a first place ribbon for the jumping event and I missed it. Cue bad mom music, if there is such a thing.

Blue Ribbon Coming

During our visit to the Art Institute, we happened upon the staging of a future exhibit. I found it utterly fascinating - the workers had design drawings they were working from, several tripod set up with level cross hairs beamed on to the walls to guide them in the set up.

Behind the Scenes

I finally used the Panoramic functionality on my iPhone. It was perfect for this rendering of the Chicago Skyline in the Bean
Virtual skyline #chicago #bean

Finally, a cat photo, because you can't have a rambling blog post without something cat related.
Where He Shouldnt Be

Hope you have a great Friday! I've already gone to yoga class, will go to work and after work I get to pick up a case of wine, buy some art coloring pencils, pick up a library book before making dinner and sending myself to bed early in preparation for a 20+ mile run Saturday morning. I'm tired just thinking about it....

Amy at love made my home  – (April 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM)  

I like your rambly post! So, love the colour of your daughters horse and that she won!!! Well done to her, I hope that it is the first of many. Good to see that you have so much less snow now, I hope that things are starting to clear for you. Good luck with the running, I hope that you work something out with the music/motivation/company thing, can you do a few miles for me!! Hope that you have a good weekend. xx

tinajo  – (April 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM)  

Love the pics, especially number 3, 4 and 7 - gorgeous! Also; I do love free wheeling posts..! :-)

Nicki  – (April 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM)  

I applaud your food photography - it is no easy task. Congratulations to your daughter on her riding - I suspect there will be more events and wins. As for the iPhone panoramic feature - once you go wide, there is no turning back. Enjoy!

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