Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Judging the Soup by its Cover --- Day 3/312

Walk: Trader Joe's, Mindful Body
Distance: 2 miles and teach yoga class

Ciwt's local paper did a spread on soups today.  In concentrating on copying them Ciwt - who Loves! soups - found they don't photograph all that appealingly.  Which brought her mind to soup Tureens, which she also loves and photograph much more handsomely.



The most expensive on record was this Germain Royal Soup Tureen which sold in 1911 for $9.7 million.  It was designed by French silversmith Thomas Germain, made in 1733 as a gift for Louis XV and weighs 30 pounds.

dominick and haff antique silver aesthetic japanese style tureen

But Ciwt found herself more attracted to this superb rectangular hand chased sterling silver tureen by Dominick and Haff, circa 1881.

    

But then there are these beauties.  Oh dear, what is Ciwt to select with her millions?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Glitzy Pleasures -- Day 3/311

Walk: Rabata Sushi, Fillmore Street
Distance: 2 miles and home practice




Tonight Ciwt learns which couple's name goes on the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy for winning this season's Dancing with the Stars.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

LINES - Day 3/310

Walk: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Distance: 1.5 miles and small home yoga



Ciwt is looking forward to Alonzo King's LINES ballet tonight.  She was also interested to read on his blog that he is a devotee of the late Paramahansa Yogananda whose name comes around often in her yoga teaching life.

".....Yogic master and Avatar Paramahansa Yogananda understands from atom to cosmos the entirety of the search for the Absolute, and details it with mind-boggling wonder in the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Autobiography of a Yogi is the Rosetta stone on the art of living. It has answered every question for me on art and how to live life. There are no words to describe the high realms of the writing, but more potent is the expansion that results from its consumption."

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Community Meetings --- Day 3/309

Walk: Waldorf School (Alta Plaza Park Renovation Meeting), Rose's Cafe
Distance: 1 mile and home yoga


   
    

          

Community meetings, an ancient practice Ciwt is trying to get better at.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Intimate Momentousness* --- Day 3/308

Walk: Opera Plaza Cinema (Citizenfour), Trader Joe's, Fillmore Street
Distance: 5.8 miles and, oops, forgot yoga home practice

Citizenfour

Ciwt loves a good thriller and this one is even though the bones of the story are well known.  She also loves a good psychological study, and Citizenfour fits that bill too.  She walked out of the theater spooked, tense bordering on paranoid after being so close to the actual Snowden events, but, even after spending 2 hours with him being entirely forthcoming on the big screen, Ciwt still has no real idea who Edward Snowden is. Something about that is also chilling and fascinating.

*Ciwt likes this phrase from a Village Voice review

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What Big Cut Outs You Have, Grandmother...Day 3/307

Walk: Small Novato, Ross
Distance: 6 blocks, home yoga



Here will be Ciwt soon enough. Those 'little' cut outs she has seen in posters and looked through glass cases to view in books sure have a different impact in such a large size.  Somehow she didn't know until just now large-scale versions existed, and she's excited about encountering them. (Matisse rules!  More Matisse to come on CIWT of course. Meanwhile she is still recovering from her harrowing yesterday of online bookings and thankful she isn't a travel agent).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

OK, Henri, I'll Get There --- Day 3/306

Walk: No.  All day on computer and no yoga either.  But worth it.



Henri Matisse, The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown, 1943-44. Maquette for plate V of the illustrated book, Jazz, 1947

She wasn't going to do it.  She poo-pooed the whole idea for months.  But, it's so so hard staying away from the one you love.  In Ciwt's case, Matisse.  So today she braved all the '8 people just looked at this hotel,' 'only 2 more seats left' and other flashing signs.  She hung in through the continually changing, often disappearing airline fares. And she emerged victorious -  with both airline reservations and hotel reservations and a Callie sitter for her beloved Matisse's cut outs show at MoMA in January!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A City of Their Own --- Day 3/305

Walk: Just up and down stairs
Distance: A block or two, home yoga practice



A friend of Ciwt's was going to leave for Sacramento at 5:00 a.m. Sunday to see the overwintering Monarch Butterflies at Natural Bridges Beach.  She invited Ciwt, but she was busy with Cinema Club thus sparing her or anyone else her 5 a.m. self.

In winter the Monarchs form a "city in the trees" at Monarch Grove which is filled with winter-flowering eucalyptus trees and protected by the state from human encroachment. The trees provide a food source for the Monarchs and also provide shelter from the wind and safe places for them to cluster together for warmth.

Then around mid-February they fly off to the valley regions west of the Rockies where its companion plant, milkweed, is found in abundance.  They drink nectar from milkweed flowers and lay eggs on their leaves.  Milkweed also contains a toxin that is ingested by the caterpillar then remain in the butterfly when born providing protection from predators that would otherwise eat them.

Who knew?  Wonder if my friend made that drive.  It must have been enchanting if she did.