Today, the whole family headed over to Off Leash Studio where photographer Kevin Sarasom spent the better part of an hour snapping singles and group shots of our muttly crew. Lulu and Suji were naturals, sitting pretty, preening, and occasionally mugging for the camera while Bubba required a little more work to bring out his natural derpishness. But we got there. Eventually.
Kevin was terrific with the the gang, directing them with care, confidence – and treats. The dogs loved him. And it seemed the feeling was mutual. By session’s end, as I was packing up, I glanced over and noticed he’d abandoned his camera to better shower Lulu with belly rubs.
I’ve been on a reading tear of late, blazing through 28 books to date in 2017. At this pace, I should easily surpass by annual 100 title goal and maybe even challenge my 2014 reading record of 180+ books. Or not. Some of my favorite reads so far this year include Revenger, an epic space adventure from Alastair Reynolds, Tade Thompson’s fiercely original SF thriller Rosewater, Matthew De Abaitua’s AI conspiracy The Destructives, the first book of Brian McClennan’s Powder Mage series Promise of Blood, Emily Fridlund’s mesmerizing coming-of-age novel History of Wolves, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari’s non-fiction treatise on the intersection and potential merging evolutions of humanity and technology, and The Core of the Sun, Finnish author Johanna Sinisalo’s utterly delightful scifi tale of a capsaicin addict’s descent into the dark world of black market hot peppers.
Many of these books were released in 2016 and yet I’ve heard no mention of them as award season approaches which is altogether baffling (or, to be somewhat indelicate, kinda bullshit).
This weekend, I made it a point to try out a new restaurant – and was richly rewarded with Bar Raval serving Spanish Tapas on College Street. A few of the culinary highlights of our back-to-back visits: The kitchen bread: red peppers and anchovies.
Crispy cheese, serrano ham, and caramelized onion pastry.
Bacon, chorizon, red pepper and quail egg atop grilled bread.
The Basque cheesecake – Akemi’s favorite.
Their version of a chocolate-hazelnut donut.
Hey Jeff and Barb, maybe the next time you’re in town?
Back at it tomorrow! Main unit Episodes 309 and 310. Second unit episodes 308, 309, 310, and 313. Prep meetings for Episode 311. And possible Pink pages for Episode 311?!
Don’t push it.