Monthly Archives: September 2014

Days 267 – 271: Ginger-Carrot Soup, Cutting the Book, Viva Los Chuys

20140928_094754This past week has blurred together under a haze of sweat and busyness, so much so that I’m having to work backwards to know what I did each day. Today is another lovely day alone at the apartment, washing skivvies and pjs by hand, baking my most-necessary “miracle bread,” and doing some recreational reading for the first time in a week or more. It’s hard for me to be with other people all the time, no matter how much fun I’m having. I start to get crabby, crabby, crabby. David, wise man that he is, vacated the premises this morning, leaving me to defrag in peace. Continue reading

Days 264 – 266: Thirsty Cougar, RECORDING! & Fire Dancers

20140921_194511Everything is new in Mexico! But at the same time, it is life just like anywhere else, with meals to eat, shopping to do, dishes and laundry to wash, and routines to slip into unnoticed. The view out the window is different, but I still sit there staring, staring, staring, just like I did back home. I still have facebook and I send and receive texts. I meet new people every day, I eat at new restaurants, and it starts to feel like new is old. Sunday, Day 264, I ate pot roast on a sticky hot balcony at the Thirsty Cougar, a very cool little second story bar/restaurant. Really? Pot roast in Mexico? Yep. And it was darn good pot roast, too. I chatted with the server, Tina, a new person but my usual behavior. Is all that new, or is it old? We came out into the cooling street and there, standing on the the sidewalk and tied to a nearby railing, was a donkey. Okay, that was new new! Continue reading

Testing Uno Dos Tres

20140922_084229Here in Puerto Vallarta, David and I have some interesting challenges with this audio book project. We are working in his apartment. He’s made me a little booth of sorts with foam padded walls, tucked into a corner of his living room/office. Even so, we need to pick a quiet time of day to work or the noise will encroach into the recording. Even with all the windows and doors closed (hot, humid!), loud noises will penetrate. All those noises that are just part of every day life suddenly become challenges to a recording project. Weekday mornings are out, because the apartment is close to a grade school, and those little kids generate an incredible amount of noise. And let me just mention here that the neighbors with roosters are not winning any brownie points. Neither is the guy who seems to be a compulsive hammerer.  Continue reading

Days 262 & 263: Dr. Fish & the Texas Embassy Blues Band

While David’s general response when I first told him about One New Thing was that everything anyone ever does is new because it’s never been done this time before, he still seems to be getting into the spirit of it now that I’m his guest. Yesterday he talked me into what may be the most bizarre ONT of the year: a Dr. Fish spa treatment. No, Dr. Fish isn’t the name of an actual doctor. It’s the nickname of garra rufa, a species of small fish from Turkey.

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Days 259 – 261 Flying Standby & Hello Puerto Vallarta!

Tuesday  was – at last! – the beginning of my Big Mexico Adventure. I was flying on a buddy pass, which means that someone who works for an airline intervened on my behalf and got me a great deal on a flight (many thanks to David’s friend Kathy!). It also means that my dates of travel are optional, that is I have a year to use the tickets, and I’ll get refunded for any and all air miles that I don’t actually use. And it means I was flying standby, my first One New Thing of day 259. Beth had me at the airport by 5:15am for my 6:59 flight to LA. I was told that the flight was pretty tight, but they’d let me know if I got a seat. So I waited. And waited. And waited. I did a pretty good job of not panicking. There are many flights from San Francisco to LA on any given day. However, there is only one flight from LA to Puerto Vallarta every day, and it leaves at 10:10am. If I didn’t get on the 6:59 flight from SF, I’d be kicking my heels up in LA overnight, which was not my preference. Continue reading

Days 253 – 258 Trader Joe’s Grilling Cheese, Getting Ready for Mexico

20140910_214413I’m so focused on getting ready for an extended stay in Mexico that I keep almost forgetting my One New Things. However I’m pleased to report I still haven’t missed a day. It was close on Wednesday (day 253), but at 10pm or so I suddenly jumped up from the computer with the realization that I hadn’t done anything new yet. Off to the kitchen in search of something – anything! – that would do (even though I hate eating so late). I ended up grilling some Halloumi Cheese – “A Grilling Cheese From Cyprus.” It is very delicious, and squeaky against the teeth, but like the other grilling cheese I tried, it is very salty, too salty for me. But if I put a big fat juicy slice of heirloom tomato on top, it would probably be perfect! Continue reading

Days 249 – 252: YouTube, Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa & Sonoma

20140909_130128Last Saturday my big excitement and ONT was learning how to put a video on YouTube and then how to get it to show up properly on my blog. In theory, it was a straightforward and uncomplicated process. In reality, I could do the exact same process three times and get three different results. Very frustrating. However, I at least get the concept now, and a few more of my past posts have been successfully updated.

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Days 246 – 248 New sarahjfaulkner.com Up and Running!

20140905_101312WELCOME TO MY NEW SITE! Please forgive the many old posts that have lost their formatting. Many comments were lost in the transition also. My sincere apologies. If anything isn’t working that you want working, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it. 

As I suspected, the last three days have been full of me doing new things to get this new website up and running, things like adding plugins and widgets to the site. I didn’t even know what those things were (and I’m still not exACTly sure!), but now I can (sort of) figure out how to add them and use them. Soon I may even learn how to design a custom widget! (oooooh!!! ahhhhhh!!!) 

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Days 243, 244 & 245: Changes

This One New Thing, the way I’ve been doing it, is becoming increasingly difficult for me to manage. As I prepare for my big adventure to Mexico, I realize that I’ll be doing many new things. Yet I also realize that I’m going to have to have a very different focus there, because I have an actual task I’m going there to accomplish. Beyond that, more and more I find that I’m writing about my ONTs when there are other topics that feel more important to me that I’m neglecting in favor of ONTs. And last but definitely not least, since my focus for the last 2/3 of the year has been on ONTs, I have barely worked at all on my manuscript. And as the days fly by, I have come to realize that that’s simply no longer acceptable.  Continue reading