The Person You’ve Become

I don’t know who to credit for this but it sure resonates!  Are you content with the person you have become? Do you like the person that you are? If not, what can you do to find her?

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OGNO – Old Gal’s Night Out

Tuesday night was a long anticipated evening with hospitality industry friends – a social evening of dinner and Stomp performed by the New York Broadway national touring company. There were about ten of us – most of who I know from working in hotels or through a national association I belong to.

We met for dinner at 5:00 PM at Tequila Museo Mayahuel at 1200 K Street downtown, just a block from the Sacramento Community Center Theater.   An upscale, attractive restaurant right on the corner of 12th and K Streets.  They have a lovely selection of signature margaritas and varied and interesting menu items.  Their website was down at the time of this writing, but I’m sure you will find the menu interesting and varied!

I ordered their La Flor margarita – made with Frida Kahlo silver tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, muddled fresh cucumber, mint and grapefruit juice, served on the rocks.  Delightful, refreshing, NOT sweet – and one was plenty! 

For dinner, I thoroughly enjoyed CARNITAS DE ATTACHEO MICHOACÁN  which is an experience from the home of the owner, Attacheo Michoacán. Braised and simmered tender pork carnitas served with charro beans, pico de gallo, salsa de chile de arbol and a roasted jalapeño. Of course, one has a choice of corn or flour tortillas.  

The front half of the restaurant is ideal for intimate dining , while the back half is already set with large tables to accommodate 10-12 people.  Not unexpectedly, service is not QUICK, but then it’s not fast food.

stomp
taken from the Stomp! website

After dinner, we walked the short block to 13th and L Street to the Community Theater to watch Stomp!  I’m not sure I knew what to expect, but it was absolutely unexpected!  A delightful two hours of percussion created by everything from match boxes to broom sticks to newspaper to tire inner tubes to coughing to garbage cans and more!  Without any spoken lines this amazing troup of percussion and dance professionals absolutely entertains the audience through segments of unique performance and media, telling a story in each.  The audience is included in parts throughout in interactive joining in by clapping.

Well worth the money, and the evening with friends was absolutely exceptional!

 

Oh Joy …When It Rains, It Pours

rain cloud

It’s just a little black rain cloud …  you know the one – my car is due for an oil change (synthetic, of course, and so costs about $75.00 rather than the $29.95 specials), the suspension has started squeaking when I go over speed bumps, AND my dryer stopped drying (timer – and labor $350).

Tut tut, it looks like rain!

Oh yeah, and the lift gate on my VW Bug leaks (either a clogged tube OR faulty seal from when I had repairs done after being rear-ended in June) and of course our rain this year is exceptional.

And, oh yes, car registration is due in a month!

Oh the Joy!  Of living on a fixed income where, as I’m sure many of you know, gets you just by from social security check to social security check with not a lot left over for emergencies.

And yet, there is still joy – these things always have a way of working themselves out.  In spite of these “all at one time” challenges, I am fully grateful for all of the positive, loving things in my life and for all of the wonderful, loving friends I have.

And in the midst of these little challenges, I think of two friends today – one is grieving the passing of her younger sister two days ago; and I just learned this morning that another friend is celebrating the completion of chemo (as I just told her how the hell did I miss that?).  I had no idea she was undergoing chemo. I guess it’s been too many months since we visited … and she (a very private person) didn’t mention that she was going through this type of crisis.

I will take the little black rain clouds along with the sunshine – grieve with my friends their losses, celebrate with my friends their successes – and remember that life isn’t so bad – and even these challenging ones are ordinary days.