My New Little Friend: The Makala Pineapple-Style Soprano Ukulele
I really should do this more often. I started the day by downloading some new books to my Kindle. I enjoyed last night's book so much, I purchased another by the same other. It's called What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I am already hooked!
|My newest escape!|
I also went to church and the grocery store. I'm feeling really solid about my eating. I bought some chicken and made a recipe from my Wheat Belly cookbook: "Pecan-crusted chicken". I also made majadarrah in the crockpot. Majadarrah is a Lebanese dish I love. I discovered Lebanese food when I was 21 years-old, working for the Forest Service Information office downtown Portland. Abou Karim was just up the street and became my favorite lunch spot!
I spent two years as a vegetarian, so I became quite efficient at making majadarrah. But I must say, today was about the best! I slow cooked lentils with cumin, a touch of cinnamon and turmeric. When they were soft, I added cooked brown rice. Then I sauteed an onion with some minced garlic in olive oil until the onions were a rich brown color. I added this to the slow cooker with pepper and salt. Divine!
I also made a cucumber salad, with an olive oil/lemon/garlic/minced green onion vinegraitte.
My son and I ate together. He had seconds. While we ate dinner, I froze two containers of yogurt. Mango for him and coffee for me. That was our dessert.
My son drove me up to Portland Music after dinner. I needed to buy some sheet music for my students. For years, I would frequent the Portland Music store on SE Powell and 12th. But then they closed down and merged with the store on MLK. I ended up doing most of my shopping online after that. I don't get down to MLK often. I ride the bus and there is really nothing in that neighborhood that warrant a trip.
I used to love shopping for music in music stores. When I was young, I'd go with my dad downtown to Wiscarson's Music. It was near the Central Library. I was a shy little kid. So wandering around, peeking at piano scores was a nice way to pass an afternoon. Almost as good as the library. But I never remember it being much of a bonding activity with my dad. He would look at music. I would look at music. I don't remember us talking.
Wiscarson's went out of business years ago. When I started teaching piano, I spent many hours lurking around Day Music. I spent many a dollar there too! I was really sad when they closed. It was the end of an era! The internet really ate up little family music stores.
I feel silly that I didn't realize there was a Portland Music on SE Division near 122nd. I just stumbled upon it a few weeks ago when I walked past on my way to my church interview. I figured it was just musical intruments - guitars, electric keyboards and such. It was just a small, older looking store front. But lo and behold, a little sign in the window boldly proclaimed "Sheet Music"!
I went in to see what they had. I was pleasantly surprised to find they had quite a few of the books I preferred for my students. But better still, they had ukuleles!
I have been considering taking up the ukulele after a few of my students have told me what an easy instrument it is to learn. I played a bit of classical guitar back in college, but struggled because my small hands could barely fit around the neck. Not so with the ukulele! It only has 4 strings and a very narrow neck!
One unique looking uke caught my eye. Dark wood and a different shape than the others. The clerk said it was a "pineapple style ukulele" popular in Hawaii. $50 and they tossed in a free instruction book. Fun!
You know, it occurred to me just now that I am on my way to kicking my food addiction. And now that I am not constantly thinking about food, (and eating food, and regretting what I ate), I have time for other, more healthy life pursuits.
Like learning to play the pineapple ukulele! (LOL! Of course, it would have a FOOD name!)
Tomorrow is weight, measurements, and BP day. AND I plan on going to the gym. I need to get a good work out in. There I put it in writing. It shall be done!
AND I just found out my childhood friend, Sandra is in town and we are going to lunch tomorrow! YAY!! :) My daughter is out hunting with her husband, so I missed Bloody Mary Sunday today. Perhaps I will have to make it Bloody Mary Monday tomorrow?