Saturday, January 26, 2013

Garden Therapy

After a long and stressful week in court, I needed to have a relaxing weekend. On Sunday we were invited to a wedding, and I was looking forward to that. But on Saturday I thought do something therapeutic - I baked Varuzh's favorite vanilla cupcakes in the morning, then I read a few pages of a novel I recently purchased on my Nook. But I still felt restless. The weather outside was warm, but soggy. Rain just would not go away.

A week earlier I went to Roger's Gardens and, as always, could not resist from purchasing lots of plants, thinking I would plant them this weekend. I did not expect that rain would be like a guest that never leaves! I even dragged my niece to the store again on Friday afternoon to get potting soil for planting... and more plants, of course.

While last year I planted lots of herbs and veggies, this year I decided to tap into the world of planting flowers, flowers of all colors and shapes - white, purple, yellow, pink, red...

Rain, rain, go away, I thought at first. But then I texted my friend that inspite the rain I was ready to plant the flowers. Luckily she agreed to join me - she is a gardening expert and I would not dare doing it without her!

Ah, if you never tried gardening, you should - choosing plants, touching the dirt, digging, planting and watering helps to clear mind of all unnecessary thoughts.

When I was done, I took some pictures, sat on the bench and enjoyed looking at my new plants. My boys loved my new flower corner...

The rest of the day went pretty quietly. We had tea and cupcakes, watched Pixar's WALL-E, hang out...

With love always,
Zuma A.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Endeavor Encounter

"Can we go there again?" my eight-year-old asked after visiting Natural History Museum to encounter creatures that lived on our planet Earth hundreds of millions years ago. "It's for learning..." Yes, he knows which buttons to push to get his way, so I agreed... reluctantly - I drive to downtown Los Angeles to work every day and mind taking such long trips on weekends too.

But then, Endeavor landed in Los Angeles and made its way to California Science Center which is conveniently located across the street from the Natural History Museum. Mysteries of the past meet mysteries of the future! Wouldn't it be amazing to see world's only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit and then see the world's only Endeavor, shuttle that completed 25 missions into space?!

So we did. And while you read how I felt about Dinosaurs when I wrote The Encounter, I have to say that Endeavor was as majestic as I could have possibly imagine...
Twenty five incredible missions

Majestic! I felt so small next to this giant machine, but, on the other hand, I thought that it's human brain that built this machine. And I felt so empowered...

"Can we go there again?" my eight-year-old asked.

"Anytime," I said...

Useful tip: Science Center can get very crowded, especially during weekends and holidays, so plan your trip in advance and reserve Endeavor Pavilion tickets on-line.

Zuma A.