Month: February 2011

Today’s salad

I waited today and had my salad for lunch instead of breakfast. The star was an amazing, oil-free balsamic vinaigrette. To make it, throw the following in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy:

1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
pinch of sugar
squirt of Dijon mustard
black pepper, to taste

I poured this over a combination of romaine, red bell pepper, corn, carrot, pinto beans, and chopped almonds.

February bouquet

Nick’s teammate, Ian, and his fiancée, Morgan, brought us some amazing flowers last night. It was fun to pull out the extension tubes and Lensbaby today.

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Warmer and wetter

When the snow level rises to 8000′ feet and rain is in the forecast, we hang up the skis and start putting in the base miles for the climbing season. John and I decided to attempt Teneriffe today. We didn’t bring crampons or ice axes, so when we encountered bullet proof ice about 500′ shy of the summit, we called it a day. I made John take the picture above, so I could compare it to the picture I have from the last time I passed Kamikaze Falls back in November:

Today’s salad

Call me weird, call me crazy, but sometimes I wake up in the morning with a hankering for salad. And yes, I often give in to those “cravings.” This morning I concocted a vegan chop chop with lots of veggies, finely diced and tossed with a bit of sweet vinegar:

Romaine, carrot, mushroom, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, black beans, almonds, and a splash of balsamic fig vinegar.

The score

January is now officially behind us, and I have one month of the 365 Project done. I am slightly disappointed that I missed two days of taking pictures. On the 16th, I simply forgot. On the 28th, I remembered that I hadn’t taken a picture, then forgot. Oops!

When I initially started this, I only committed to January. Now that I’m one month in, there are a few really great things that make me want to continue:

  1. I’m learning to use my camera better. I’ve discovered functions on my camera I didn’t know existed and some of the other ones are becoming more second nature.
  2. I’m always looking at my surroundings for an interesting picture. Sitting at the bus stop, walking around town, running errands, waiting for friends… There’s beauty around us every day and I’m on the lookout for it.
  3. I have lots of room to improve! I’d like to work on taking pictures more purposefully. I have a long way to go with my post-processing skills.
  4. I want to take more pictures with my Canon SLR and not rely on my Lumix LX-3 as much.

Here’s to beginning another month of the 365 Project!