Friday 7 Quick Takes #008

Friday 7 Quick Takes

I have had a lot on my mind these days, but I haven’t been able to put that into words to create one coherent blog post.

*begin brain dump*

01. My heart hurts not knowing whether the friends I’d made in Japan nearly ten years ago are okay. I want to know how they are, how their families are. We never did stay in touch after my year abroad, but I still remember them – the ones whose home towns were Fukushima and Sendai, and I hope that they are okay.

02. I get goose bumps [not the good kind] when I see/read racist comments/videos.

03. I wanted to participate in the Bloggers Day of Silence, but I found out a little late. So if you haven’t already, check it out: For Japan With Love.

04. I really hope it’s not during my lifetime, but with all recent events, it’s hard not to think that the world might be coming to an end.

05. Last weekend, we went up to Sonoma County for barrel tasting. We were only supposed to go up on Saturday, but RV and I couldn’t resist the sale of wine barrel planters at one of the wineries. Since we had passengers on Saturday, we had to return Sunday to pick them up. With the 1.5 hour trek each way, we decided to take advantage of the situation and try more wines.

I did check on Craigslist for comparison, and the price we got these planters was worth the drive. Now we just have to wait for the rain to stop, so we can clear out the backyard and get that going.
Surviving Your Serengeti
06. I was recently sent a copy of Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life for review. Stefan Swanepoel likens the business world to Africa’s Serengeti. The seven skills are seven animals in the Serengeti – wildebeest, alligator, cheetah, giraffe, lion, mongoose, and elephant.

This book is a quick read with a storyline that is interesting and keeps you engaged. By the time I was finished, I really wanted to embark on a trip to the Serengeti! At the end of each chapter, there is a summary of the animal and skills addressed in the chapter. There’s a quiz online to find out which animal you are [take it here]. I’m a giraffe.

07. My take on the salad course of the February Kitchen Play contest won! *pats self on back* Jennie’s take on the wild card appetizer was also a winner.

*end brain dump*

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  • Anonymous

    I found out about Blogger Silence Day too late as well; feel kind of bad about it in all honesty!

    And yes, with all the events? Totally terrifying. Really would rather the world not end.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the friends you made over there are okay.

    Re: the end of the world. I feel the same way.

  • I hope your old friends in Japan are okay as well.

    I totally treat the 7 takes as a brain dump :)

    • What’s funny is that after I dump stuff onto my blog, when people ask me what’s new, I usually don’t know off the top of my head because I’ve already written it down here. :P

  • I hope your friends are ok. I know I have some friends there too that I don’t have contact info for. I suppose if they’re not ok, I can’t help anyway…so I am just sending love and good vibes from a distance in case that makes a difference.

    I had no idea about the blogger day of silence.

  • I love how you won the Kitchen Play salad course. Hope you don’t mind me making that one night… :)

    • You should definitely try it out! :) Super easy to make and filling too.

  • Kconeil

    1) I don’t know anyone who lives in Japan, but I know people who know people who live there, and my thoughts are with them (more for the quake and tsunami than for the nuclear plant, which seems to be overblown by the meedja IMFO).
    2) Likewise.

    O/T, but I’ve just found a couple of kale recipes I could send you (I can’t try them out myself due to lack of source of kale!)

    • Please do send me the kale recipes! You have my email address, I think. :)

  • Ooh, how many planters did you get? I bought two (on Craigslist, $30 each w/drainage holes drilled) about a week ago but haven’t planted yet. I bought wheels this weekend which I’m hoping to install soon (since they’ll be going on our concrete patio, seems like a good idea to help them be moveable) and then I’m going to transplant the lemon tree into one and maybe do some veggies in the other. I need ideas! And lots of soil!

    • We bought three. Probably going to plant two trees and tomato plants in the other. We haven’t drilled holes or thought much further. We just have them sitting in the house. :P

      • Awesome. Do you have any idea how much soil to buy? I’m planning to just go to the nursery (after it stops raining) and saying “I have two half-wine barrels. How much soil do I need? And how can I buy it so that I can actually carry it up the stairs to our patio? :)

        • Kconeil

          The volume of a cylinder (and a barrel is near enough to a cylinder since you don’t want to fill it to the lip) is given as Pi * r^2 * h. If you measure the barrels in decimeters (units of 10cm), you’ll get the volume in litres, which is how most nurseries sell bagged compost. Remember though that the barrels have been halved, so if they’re different sizes divide the figure for each half-barrel by 2!

          As for carrying it up to your patio, my best suggestion is to go there and see if you can lift and carry 1 standard (usually 80l dry so no water mass here) bag. I’m fairly sure Suki could carry one, but have no idea how big you are or aren’t.

          • Thanks for the tips – oh, math math math. :) If you’re fairly sure Suki could carry one, I bet I could handle it. Or have my boyfriend handle it…

          • Then again, I’m weak sauce. I’m going to let Ryan handle it. :P