|my leash was caught on the camera tripod|
Yesterday morning I met Leah. She emailed me a few months ago from the contact form on this blog and asked if I’d teach her surfing. At first I was worried I was too busy and that I didn’t live anywhere near her home in Seal Beach, but she was persistent and I was persuaded. Of course, I’m so glad. She has a good energy and helped me remember how much fun it is to teach about the beginning phase of surfing. Leah is actually from Vietnam, but fell in love with surfing here in California in April. She told me she had never felt “stoked” before she tried surfing. I love that.
After my surf session with Leah, I went over to the skatepark for a minute. I met this guy named Mario. He was 53 years old and the first Skateboarding World Champ from Brazil. He could do 50-50s and ollies in the bowl. He told me I need to extend my legs and push my board above me and against the walls more when I’m skating because I’m loosing all my speed. I think it might take me a little while to understand what he meant, but I’m excited when I think about practicing it. It was kinda cool I got to teach and learn in the same morning.
Lately, I haven’t been as excited to cook. I think my tastebuds are getting a little bored with my usual recipes and concoctions and I’m thinking making foods from other parts of the world might be the solution. I should have asked Leah and Mario if they had any recipes from their home countries, but I did find the one above from my Ina Garten cookbook when I got home. It’s from the Middle East. Scott and I had it for dinner and I had the leftovers for lunch atop microwaved rice cakes with parmesan cheese and soy sauce. I know, that part’s kind of weird, but my taste buds were happy.