This past week I deviated a bit from my summer reading list. I found a book at the library which called out to me — Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska by Miranda Weiss. Alaska is a place that has always fascinated me. I have fantasies of moving to a remote cabin there where I can devote myself to drinking tea, knitting and playing music along with some cross country skiing. However, all the books I have read about living in Alaska have clued me in to the difficulty of living there. And this book by Miranda Weiss is no different. She makes it very clear that not understanding the environment around you in Alaska can be fatal. The book is beautifully written and I found it fascinating and hard to put down.
The author grew up on the East Coast but had a fascination with Alaska. She eventually meets a young man and moves with him to Homer, Alaska where the tides are extreme and the people stay grounded with the knowledge of fish, tides, boats and weather. Weiss endures much hard physical work to live in Alaska, but gives us glimpses into the wildlife of the area — from the marine life in tidepools to the local birds and moose.
I am currently reading one of the books on my reading list, Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, and will write about that next week.
I watched a couple of dvds over the weekend, New in Town with Rene Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. A predictable story line of career woman goes to small town Minnesota with an agenda set by a big corporation and becomes close to the locals and falls in love and thwarts the big corporation. The other dvd I watched was Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, and I liked the story line in it much better.
My holiday weekend was nothing out of the ordinary. The fashionista has a friend who is attending the new Paul Mitchell hair school here. We went out there on Friday afternoon to have our hair done so she can get more experience. She had cut and bleached the fashionista’s hair a few weeks ago, so the fashionista got a “shine” treatment. It really brightened the color. I had mine color balanced, all over color and a partial weave (highlights) and cut. About a third of what I used to pay — but this took ALL afternoon. But she is a student — the fashionista says she is at the top of her class — and she did a great job. I was very happy with it and gave her a nice tip.
Saturday morning I went to the farm market to buy veggies. I wanted green beans, but none were available at the two markets I went to — darn. I had to content myself with yellow and red tomatoes, bicolor corn, broccoli, spinach, and sprouts. At one market I also bought a jar of locally made salsa. I am trying hard to buy local as much as possible.
The fashionista wanted to do some shopping Saturday afternoon, so we spent several hours at the mall. I bought myself a few things also. My favorite women’s clothing store had 4 items, regular or sale, for 40% off. I found 4 items on sale and then got another 40% off. I bought a knit top to wear with khakis or jeans, a short sleeve cotton cardigan sweater, and two skirts. One is a plain black cotton twill skirt, and I have needed to purchase a new black skirt for quite some time.
I did make some food over the weekend. I made a broccoli slaw — found a non sweet dressing recipe — very easy! Packaged broccoli slaw mix, and then the dressing is simply 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, juice of 1/2 lemon, salt and pepper. Most slaw dressings are too sweet for me. The fashionista liked this also. Saturday dinner was veggie burgers, roasted corn, and broccoli slaw.
I also tried a new pasta salad recipe — spiral pasta, pesto, peas, grape tomatoes, pine nuts, chopped green olives. I added a few capers also.
And I made hummus in my food processor. It turns out so much better than in the blender. One of our favorite little places near Old Town makes a wonderful pita sandwich, and I have the ingredients to create my own. It is simply a pita pocket with hummus, red onion, cucumber, tomato, grated Monterey Jack cheese, and sprouts. I think I will make this for tonight’s dinner. It will be a quick and easy dinner for me. The fashionista is working, and I told her I would make lasagna rolls so that she could have something hot when she gets home late tonight.