Friday! Woo hoo! Friday, Friday!
I didn't do too many exciting things, but I kept myself busy. I was dancing at the Renaissance Faire again Saturday and Sunday and slept quite well both nights. It's a good kind of tired.
Wednesday I interviewed Kirk Whalum. He will be headlining the Jazzy Jam in Pasadena over Memorial Day Weekend. He is primarily known for his saxophone prowess, but also writes and arranges music-- smooth jazz and gospel. He will be performing with the same band that appears on his most recent album, "Romance Language," including his brother, who handles the vocals.
Yesterday I got to see two of the homes that will be on the ASID Home and Kitchen Tour in the fall and meet their designers. They were two very different residences.
One was a huge mansion, with lots of space to fill. The designer did a good job of blending in the owner's Navajo art collection with furnishings that blended contemporary and classic styles. I also liked the unusal color pallette of gray, mustard and brown. What could be dreary or sterile was calming, yet bold and quite nice.
The other home was converted from a carriage house. It was small and the designer did her best to create plenty of storage space and still keep it from being overcrowded. I was especially impressed by her use of a long thin dining table, which worked surprisingly well in the room available. I could easily see a group of people enjoying a meal there.
In the evening I went to the Lighten Up SGV talk on Obesity and Diabetes. I learned about the ties between the two and tips to lose weight and keep your insulin level in check. I'll be posting my notes on our Skinny blog http://www.insidesocal.com/dieting/ today.
Today I'll be talking to Cathy Rigby about her role in "Peter Pan." It's coming to the La Mirada Performing Arts Center at the end of the month. And tonight, I'm off to see DragonForce- woo hoo, woo hoo indeed.
Next week I'm looking forward to sneaking out a night to see "Dark Shadows" with movie critic extraordinaire Vernor Rodgers (www.insidesocal.com/vernorsticket www.twitter.com/vernorsticket ) and finding a few other adventures.
There's two more weeks of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (http://www.renfair.com/ ) in Irwindale... ahhh, soon to sleep in on a weekend... If you come out, please remember to keep hydrated and put on some sunscreen. I don't want to see you at First Aid or read about you in my newspaper!
Also, please take time to check out our newly launched features and entertainment sections on the web, where you can not only read my stories, but get a bit of everything that's cool:
In rotation this week: Terrible Things, Kirk Whalum, DragonForce, Sabaton, Tracy G Group and some other odds and ends.
Photos we got 'em: All of the photos on this post were taken by my friend Joanne Wilborn at the Santa Fe Dam. Enjoy her views of Ren Faire people and art, plus a mom (complete with a yummy breakfast in her talons) and her fledging owl in a tree on the grounds.
Thought o' the week: Have patience. I've been stressing out over a decision the last few weeks on whether to keep a relationship I have with someone or let it go. It's been stagnant for a while and I had become frustrated and disappointed with it.
A relationship between two people takes work on both sides. Both need to give and take and, most importantly, make time for each other. I know I'm tough on my friends because I have a crazy schedule, but I try to e-mail and call them a little more when I know I can't see them in person. And with some of my friends it's even harder because their schedules are as nuts as mine. I may be wrong, but I expect these friends to make the effort I do and stay in touch, even if it's just a short note or a five-minute chat.
I need to remind myself that not everyone is like me. In fact, some people react to the stress of an overly full schedule by retreating from others to focus on the immediate tasks at hand. You need to give these friends some space and time and they'll be back around as soon as things are back under control. In the meantime, you must also realize that their feelings toward you and your relationship haven't changed-- everything's just on hold. If you can get through this with some understand and sympathy, all will be well sooner than you realize.
Yeah, yeah, I tell myself this, yet I still get upset. But I have also told my friend how I feel and hearing their response is reassuring and now I'm feeling much better about things. My friends are very dear to me and I'd hate to lose any of them.... A little patience and the relationship will bloom again.
Keep on rockin'