Saturday Roundup

Stuff I Did
Watched snow fall and fall and fall.  Listened to thunder but couldn’t really see the lightning because the many windows of my house covered as they were with snow.

  • Did 2 presentations for work.

  • Completed scope of work proposal; finalized an RFP and distributed it; attended a Meet & Greet at the Huntington with Huntington staff and actors and director of upcoming production of Raisin in the Sun.

  • Teared up 2 separate times. (Sometimes there have to be tears.)

  • Made at least 6 loving gestures.

  • Listened to a friend vent (twice).

  • Vented to a friend (once).

  • Vented to husband (once).

  • Fumed about MBTA “service” (once – a future blog post will come of this).

  • Meditated (only twice).

  • Had wonderful talk with my daughter and basked in some good news.



Stuff I Read

by Keith Richards with James Fox – Written in a conversational tone as if he was talking to a mate, the memoir is enjoyable but long. When reading memoirs, one accepts the personality of the person writing it even if there were a few more descriptions of the lures and delusions of heroin and other drugs for my taste and too many uses of the words bitch, cunt, whore and chick when talking about women.  Many times I couldn’t figure out why one word was used versus the other.  I enjoyed reading about KR’s early life, philosophy of music, analysis of himself, Mick Jagger and other Rolling Stone members, musicians, etc. 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed – Just started this one. Had to force myself to put it down last night – always a good sign.  This is an account of her walking 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail on the West  Coast and what led her to do it.

(Some) Stuff I Cooked

Prepared four or five meals during the week, aiming, as always, for nutrition and deliciousness and minimal leftovers.

Oatmeal Cookies to help me & hubby get through the blizzard. (Recipe from The Best Recipe.)

  • Big pot-o-greens (collards, mustard and turnips with onions, garlic, vinegar, low-sodium chicken broth, olive oil, pinch-of-sugar, diced turnip)

  • Roasted baby bella mushrooms (EVOO, kosher salt, freshly-ground black pepper, garlic powder, tumeric)

  • Roasted sweet potatoes (with cinnamon, black pepper, sprinkle of EVOO)

  • Brussels sprouts with lemon zest, garlic, ginger & EVOO (trying to replicate the dish I had at PF Chang’s minus the overabundance of salt).

  • Simply roasted salmon (olive oil, salt & pepper), 5 fried chicken wings (shared with hubby). Guess who had 2 and who had 3?


Stuff I Thought
Get over yourself
Who thought that having the Charlie Card system meant thatvarious T stations no longer needed live staff on site?

Windsor Button Store downtown is closing after 77 years.  Drat!

Try again.  Don’t give up.  The resources you need will come.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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