Well, this entry belongs in the Have Fun column for sure. I have to confess I make an attempt to be in the know. And those efforts payed off handsomely when I rsvp'd in time to snatch an invite to Le Diner a San Francisco, the wonderfully white-themed pop-up picnic, if you will, that originated in France over 15 years ago. For a nominal fee to cover permitting, music, and porta-potties, I was all set to host a table of 4. . .all we needed was to dress in our best all-white attire, and bring all our own chairs, table cloths and settings, food, wine, and beverages. All communication was via email, and we discovered the location about 2 hours before set-up was to begin. Frankly, I was excited to learn the "Historic Music Concourse" (their description) in Golden Gate park was the location. The DeYoung off to one side, Cal Academy of Sciences on the other. Ooh la la indeed. Keep your ears and eyes open, we heard on good authority they're already planning an encore performance.
I can't imagine a more perfect evening in the City for this, San Francisco's first Le Diner. Mild, no wind, moon glowing, it was a magical night. My mother is a retired florist and party planner, so I wanted our table to but on a good show. With a great spot on the impromptu "promenade" between the two fountains, and conveniently located near the DJ, our four-top got more than a few props and photos taken. Please enjoy my petite tour of the evening.
Ok ok, first shot is of the centerpiece to try and impress mom, alright? Gotta love battery operated LED lights.
My shot of the table. That's big honey Regan with the lights on her top hat, and Laura toasting me while I snap away. Derek has quite the way of infusing spirits. . .
Laura enjoying said cocktail before dinner. Another shot of the centerpiece on purpose
Dinner was provencal white bean dip with crostini; golden beets with walnuts and blue cheese; crab cakes with red pepper aioli, and roast beef with horseradish sauce. A fabulous assortment of cheeses -- thank you Laura -- including a stupidly good triple cream brie. Dairy anyone? Petite fours, cupcakes, macaroons for desert, and enough champagne to last the duration.
Dinner began with a traditional waving of the white napkins, which I don't have a shot of. I recommend you waste some time on line searching for European Le Diner events to see how they swing their white thing as well.
I will say I had tons of fun trolling for a beer later in the evening. This was on behalf of Derek, who was having a craving. Since most folks weren't drinking beer that night it took me some doing, but I met some very fun people in the process.
The event was sectioned into the 8 arrondissements of Paris. Clever idea, yet we gloated all night at our unplanned location on what we decided was our very own "Champs Elyses." I really just needed a shot with my shoes.
Ready to Pop?
What inspires you? Something to think about it. It's good to know where we can go to get recharged creatively, stimulated intellectually, driven physically.
I'm often inspired by my clients and students. Helping someone recover from spinal surgery can be gratifying, and their hard work and determination inspires me. And sometimes you never know when you'll be inspired.
Last Friday Sara walked in the cycling studio at my gym 38 weeks pregnant and ready to pop, as people like to say. Now she may have began her pregnancy with a good deal of fitness on her side, but to see someone exercising for two; pushing herself when she's got the energy, going slow when it's a cruise control workout. . .she could put a guy or three to shame in that room :)
Thanks for the inspiration Sara, and for submitting to this photo! [something she really wasn't in the mood for]
Most people I know realize that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fundraisers abound, education campaigns premier new materials, articles appear with quotes on the latest research, and being America, the retail industry is in on it big time. Shopping with a cause is definitely a modern invention.
The October issue of SELF Magazine has a great article containing a selection of items that donate a portion of each sale (or a capped total amount) to a different charity. One of the better selections are the pajamas ($24) because 100% of the price goes to the Komen foundation. There are lotions to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Foundation (BCRF), Lacoste beach towels and a Wilson tennis racket that also benefit the BCRF. Buying categories are work, relax, flirt, play, primp, and travel, and the editors put together a super thorough selection of items. All the products are organized on the SELF website, with links for purchasing each item.
Hey. Retail therapy with a feel-good effect because you're actually helping the cause? I know somebody out there is on board with me.
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