Before the snow rolled in and shot most of my play-date plans to hell, my gal pal Susana Isakharova treated me to a lovely lunch at one of our fave places to eat: Kyoto.
We decided to go with the Rack of Lamb and the New Years Roll (Pssst... the weekly special changes all the time so we absolutely love this place). Miso soup and green tea is a must have when we dine Japanese. I also asked for OJ because I needed the sugar. Missed my donut and tea because I didn't get to Starbucks (LOL).
I was not kidding when I said we were working our way through the menu. We do that a lot (1- because it's good food and 2- so I can have something to eventually blog about - LOL). Sana is always giving me great blog ideas and periodically checks up on me regarding how many chapters I've written in my book. I'm juggling three so I asked her to write a couple of chapters to go with our pending podcast on the shorties and their quirks (LOL). Chicka is mad cool and Stephen has a bit of a crush so when it comes to writing about the boys she does not let me slack off. I appreciate that because I frequently backslide when it comes to sticking to the blog schedule because my kids are crazy, but I digress... :-)
Our goal is to eat everything on the menus of our fave restaurants at least once. The cool thing about Kyoto is the fact that meeting our goal may never happen because the weekly specials are divine and rotate constantly (LOL).
I love creativity. These people are creative. Their presentation has been flawless and I have never had a bad meal here. I am looking forward to having more business meetings here, not to mention dragging in my friends who have yet to experience this place. I bet I could get you addicted to food porn. Look at this dish. My camera simm cards are full of shots like these of meals I've enjoyed with my loved ones. :-)
Sana is posing for my next gallery show so I always enjoy observing her while we get together and talk about the shorties and trade tid bits and updates regarding what's going on in our lives. Sometimes I blog live here because it is such a stellar outside office. If you find a relaxing spot, nothing beats a laptop with an Air Card to capture the moment (LOL). The fun thing about being able to go online at the drop of a dime is if you get inspired you can get the thought down and delivered to where it needs to go. In this case, the lovely green of the bok choy had me creating a painting I need to get out. It's close to the "dried palm" gallon of paint sitting in my foyer. :-)
Another cool thing about having a wonderful meal with a good friend is if you are brainstorming over something tasty you get really great ideas when you are in your Zen moment. Painting the apartment has been slow going with Mikey in FL helping his Dad, but we are making some progress (if Stephen would stop scribbling on the walls I'd be done by next week - LOL).
Since the shorties are into creating impromptu works of art I took them to our fave art supply store to purchase a couple of 24x48 canvasses before the blizzard hit. We're painting something interesting together and I will let you know how our latest creation goes.
People who know Stephen, the Minion Blur, get the fact that insanity is giving my three year old a paint brush when we all know shorty would paint your hair and clothes just as quick as the wall, floor, rug and canvass (LOL). Did I mention I am just as quirky as mu kids? (LOL) Besides, to see him do the Stephen happy dance when ever we come here is worth the ruined laundry and a couple of impromptu showers. My little dude has rhythm. How could I not encourage that? (LOL) :-)
I think when you see our latest set of paintings you're gonna be amazed... My kids are great at swirling paint if you help them pick out the colors. I let them do my backgrounds and keep fixing the lines because they never color within them. Right now I'm sketching with a bunch of sharpies because I need something that will bleed through the thin acrylic washes until we build enough layers. I will be switching to oil to finish the works later.
The cool thing about getting them involved in helping me with my next gallery show is that they are usually less inclined to destroy what I am working on if they view it as their work (LOL). Then again, Stephen is into the ritualistic sacrifice of a lot of stuff so that theory may have an exception to the rule clause (LOL). You never know with that kid. He's prone to do just about anything and with a cool aid smile to boot. This is why you should not tell my kids that they are cute. Cute signals the get out of jail free card reflex within them. Think I'm kidding? I have digital film to prove this. Why do you think I have hesitated to post the ski trip? Seriously... (LMAO). :-)
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