Saturday, August 30, 2014

Intimidation and Dsousa Book at Costco

The more people tell me they read this website, the more intimidated I feel when I write. I'm not sure why I thought I was writing if I didn't expect it to be read? 

The answer is, I started to figure out if I could. Way back then, 18 months ago, I didn't know anything about setting up a website, had never heard of Blogger and didn't have a clue about HTML. 

Now, I have a clue about how much I don't know.  

But I still love Costco. 

In case you're looking for it, West Nashville Costco has the Dsousa book America: Imagine a World Without Her for $15.27. Limit 5.  If you need more, you can have my 5.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Moon Cakes to Celebrate the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival for Sale at Costco

The Chinese Moon Festival will be celebrated September 6-8, 2014.  I've posted before about the Moon Festival  and the traditional moon cakes available from Costco at this time of year.

Moon Cakes are traditionally given to friends and family on the occasion of the Harvest Moon Festival, one of the four most important holidays in China.  The cakes are complicated to manufacture, so are most often bakery produced. Auspicious words in Chinese are formed into the tops, and, inside, bean or seed paste and salted hard egg yolks mimic the harvest moon. 

The Joy Luck Palace Moon Cakes at Costco are in a metal tin that contains four cakes, each of which has double salted egg yolks and lotus seed paste. 

At $12.88 for the tin, these moon cakes are an inexpensive, unique taste and unusual cultural experience.  Give them as good luck presents to friends. Seems like they would be a great thing to share with an elementary school class.

Once again, here is the famous poem about the Chinese Moon Festival from poet Su Shi, (1039-1112).
The Moon Festival

Bright moon, when was your birth? (明月几时有)

Winecup in hand, I ask the deep blue sky;(把酒问青天) 

Not knowing what year it is tonight (不知天上宫阙)

In those celestial palaces on high. I long to fly on the wind, 


Yet dread those crystal towers, those courts of jade,


Freezing to death among those icy heights! 


Instead I rise to dance with my pale shadow;


Better off, after all, in the world of men.


Rounding the red pavilion,


Stooping to look through gauze windows,


She shines on the sleepless.


The moon should know no sadness;


Why, then, is she always full when dear ones are parted? 


For men the grief of parting, joy of reunion,


Just as the moon wanes and waxes, is bright or dim:


Always some flaw and so it has been since of old.


My one wish for you, is long life,


And a share in this loveliness far, far away! 


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nashville State (Part 2)

Spanish Language is the other class I wanted to take this fall at Nashville State.  Perhaps you saw the story in the New York Times by the man who took French to improve his brain function.  He didn't learn any French but measurement of his brain functions improved dramatically.

I mostly wanted to take Spanish because I'm GOING TO COSTA RICA in January.  But even if I didn't learn any Spanish, if my brain functions improved, that would have been good for me.  

Turns out, I probably won't be able to take Spanish because I don't have the required certification of competency in English. Bureaucracy wins once again.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nashville State Starts in Two Weeks:

I'm excited and nervous, getting ready to register for my fall classes at Nashville State. Seniors here in Nashville can audit classes at the technical institutes for free. This summer, I took Photoshop, which was much more difficult than I had imagined. Last spring, I took Introduction to Photography, and, last fall, HTML, and History of Photography.

Upcoming fall term, I'm hoping to audit Black and White Photography, which requires a black and white film camera. Luckily, my son held on to the one we purchased for him 15 years ago for a college photography class.  The camera wasn't new back then and has manual rewind and manual advance. 

As my son was showing me how it worked, he explained the entire content of my photography class in 15 minutes. At Nashville State I had learned about shutter speed, aperture and iso, so I could keep nodding as my son explained: "And the shutter speed, that's...."

He must think his mom is a pretty quick study. 

Even though I grew up with manual cameras, I found myself trying to snap photos without doing the manual rewind after every shot. So unused to thinking about film. 

When I took the film camera to have the sensor cleaned: "Ma'am," the technician said, "this is a FILM camera...."


"Well, film cameras don't have sensors...they have film."


Considering my beginner status, I'm amazed and happy with the first shots.  

These are from the 404 Kitchen, a local restaurant where we had an excellent meal, and a hilarious time, (sometimes, but not always, mutually exclusive). 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Halloween Costumes at Costco

I just had a great visit with my daughter and granddaughter in Washington, DC, where we visited the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of the American Indian, but also visited the Baltimore Costco.

Halloween costumes are in, and, while we didn't see the Frozen characters, we did find this Rapunzel outfit, which made my granddaughter almost as happy. Notice the tiara and gloves.  

I don't remember a pirate princess in previous years. I thought the mermaid, Ariel (?) costume was especially cute.  Costumes are in three sizes, largest is 4-6. I paid about $15. 

In previous years these sold out quickly, so, to get a choice of all sizes and characters, go now.