Posts Tagged ‘Project’

Honest Answers | All Volumes

Friday, January 1st, 2016

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A couple of weeks ago… the kids and I grabbed some paper and a pen and we each thought of 7 questions each and we would sit in front of a video recorder and say the answers.  Some of the answers can’t be shared.  Some of them we will…

Honest Answers Part One from Makeit Count on Vimeo.

 

Below is round two.  We gathered 10 questions from each person and we sat down and answered all 30 of them.  I left out some questions since I appreciated their honesty.

Round Three is below and filmed in Toronto at Honest Ed’s on Bloor.

Pending List3 | #7 of 101 | Install a “Before I Die Wall” Somewhere | 101 Things in 1001 Days

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

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My goodness.  A year has gone by since K-Land got me a “Before I Die” book last November.  Candy Chang first started the project in New Orleans.  Last year… I contacted the Town Of Ajax Library about putting up a wall.  I could not get anywhere with them.  It’s time to get a wall up.  Maybe if I even start a small one with one piece of plywood to start.  It can be in Peterborough or Ajax.

I will keep my eyes open for somewhere in the community that a wall could be added.  Inside a cafe or a public space.  I’ve added it to my 101 list.

I emailed the Town Of Ajax tonight to try and start a talk between us about a wall that could be in Ajax at the Library and could also be portable and be moved to Town Of Ajax events at the waterfront.

Update:  I need to follow up with the Town of Ajax.  I’ve also been in discussion with the building manager where I work to do this project.  I also need to look more around Peterborough for options.

What Do You Fear? |What I Fear | What People I Know Fear

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

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I came across this video about 3 months ago and it sparked some thought for me.  I was also curious to what people thought that I knew.  I sent out about 100 emails through FB asking people I knew to reply back.  I told them I would not name them and that I would just cut + paste replies.

The video above was done and the request they sent out was asking anyone to leave them a video message via Skype telling them what they feared. They received over 2500 submissions from twenty countries around the world. The following is a compilation of those messages.

Since the people in the video looked like around the 20 year old mark… I wanted to ask people I knew that was over 30.  Below is their responses.

People are still sending me replies so I will just add them in to the post as they come in.

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Woman | Mid 40’s | So many fears as my kids approach the age of leaving me!! However I think my biggest fear is being alone when I am older. Like between 60-80. The golden years alone would be sad. We work so hard when we are young that not to have someone to share those years with would be awful.

Woman | Mid 40’s | The one thing and only thing I fear in life and that is my kids getting sick with an incurable disease and not being able to go through a full life.

Woman | Mid 40’s | Honestly? I already had my deepest fear, loosing both parents. Single with only a few short term relationships in the past 7 years, my deepest fear is not finding love again. To die alone and to feel that my life was never complete.

Man | Mid 40’s | I’d have to say at this age my fears would be retirement and financial security and aging along with possible health issues that could happen as we age

Woman | Mid 30’s | As for my list of fears….i have way too many to list lol… but the ones that stand out the most for me ( and many others too) – is; public speaking…..heights….wasps lol….snakes.  Those are pretty generic. From a very personal and emotional point of view – I fear exposing myself, fear vulnerability – I’m scared of having to go through another separation one day….wayyyyy down the road ( i’m going through a messy one as I write this) …

Woman | Early 40’s | I fear the unknown future for our kids with all of the war & climate change we face in today’s society. Otherwise just spiders

Man | Mid 40’s | I fear dying and not being able to see my kids grow into adulthood… I am going to need a heart transplant in 5ish years

Woman | Early 30’s |  I know a few things about this must seem ridiculous. Firstly, that from all the fears in the world, from venomous snakes to crazed killers to the uncertainty of death, that being ordinary would be what petrifies me. But I’m not afraid of anything else, and I’m not ashamed to admit the cause of my deepest anxiety.

That one day I’ll wake up and discover I’m average. That nothing stands out about me. That I have no discerning qualities, no noteworthy characteristics, that nothing within me thirsts for more. That one day, I’ll discover I’m unremarkable. That one day, I’ll just be a shadow.

What is interesting about this reality is that I’m also terrified to demonstrate vulnerability. Yet, as Brene Brown says in her book, “Daring Greatly”, in order to be creative and innovative and to truly stand out you MUST be vulnerable. I fear that if I showcase the most remarkable things about me they could be rejected and I will be just a shadow.

Woman | Mid 40’s | I fear that people are going to start seeing me the way I see myself.

Man | Almost 40 | Cows – those big paranoid eyes beading on me. #getaway #cityboy

Woman | Mid 40’s | I’ve had few deaths in my family over the summer and some single people like myself and what resonated with me was how everyone was extremely saddened that they died alone … My fear is dying alone and will just be alone in general with nobody to share my life with.

Man | Mid 40’s with an ugly jump shot 😉 | Fear of failing and large bugs.

Man | Early 40’s | I fear my parents and my elder siblings and family in general passing away. It’s life changing and the next big change to happen in life. It scares me because I consider myself a family man and to lose them would devastate me. It really scares me.

Man | Early 40’s | My profession has definitely hardened me from an emotional standpoint; however, my fears I find are now much more organic. I fear losing love, particularly that of Kim or Danni. I fear this mostly because I truly believe I have found ‘true love’– the kind that would be crippling to my stability if I were to lose it.

I also fear the flip side of not being able to see Danni daily. Lord forbid something were to happen to me at work.

Woman | Mid 40’s | I fear ….disease. As we are pre- disposed to cancer I have to say that I research many facts and stats, but always fear that the chances of any of my family members getting and battling cancer are truly great. Even when we think we eat well there are preservatives in our foods – this does not help our family that has cancerous genes.

Man | Mid 40’s | My biggest fear is dying before I can walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.

Man | Early 40’s | My greatest fear is definitely living an unfulfilled life. At an old age I don’t want to look back and feel that I have wasted my life and not lived up to my potential. But trying to work on that it’s never too late right?

Woman | Mid 40’s | I fear that my children will never be proud of me . I’ve made mistakes in life… my marriage failed… I’ve had financial disaster… I’ve been in deadly dating scenarios. I feel like the bad … overpowers the good sometimes . I often feel judged… not good enough. Not a strong enough role model. My hope is that one day they will both appreciate that while I may work alot to provide for them… I really wish I was hanging out with them. I hope that one day I’m a person they can say … yup that’s my mum and she rocks… rather than an embarrassment. The last 4 years have been rough… but I’m recreating a healthier, more positive ME… and I fear that my children won’t look back on their childhood and have happy memories …. I want them to recognize and appreciate the resiliency of not only me… but of themselves. My biggest fear is that they never have the sense of … hey mum… through it all, you did a good job of raising us. We are so proud and lucky to have you. Cause at the end of the day… they are my everything

Woman | Late 30’s | My biggest fear is that I have not prepared my kids enough to handle relationships. When my kids were being bullied and treated in an unfair way by others, I always taught them that they have to be on some sort of terms with everyone because we lived in such a small town. I am afraid that I have taught them to let others’ needs be more important than their own. I am fearful that others will take advantage of them. I want them to be strong. I want them to know that they can walk away from unhealthy situations. But I fear they may put others needs before there own resulting in an unbalance.

Man | Mid 40’s | Mines simple. My greatest fear is to be alone. But in the same breath I fear of hurting the person I could be with. So I isolate my self from being loved but yet I keep a lot of people around me but at a distance.

Man | Mid 40’s | What do I fear? – In all honesty the only thing I fear is the safety and future of my kids. That they go through life confident, humble successful, caring, modest and happy not only in there professional but also in their personal lives. Even though they will be prepared to deal with the wickedness and evilness of people in this world. I hope they never have to come across them

On a lighter note, I fear tight spaces.

Man | Late 30’s | The thing I fear most, hmm… Probably inactivity. Not trying to achieve what i want to have, out of lol fear.  I decided to never be afraid again

Woman | 30’s |   Fear. I fear scary looking dogs, I fear getting old, fear dying young. Fear of commitment, fear of not being committed too. Fear of falling in love, fear of never falling in love. Fear of rejection. Fear of abandonment. I’m afraid of change, and afraid of not being able to change.

Man | Late 30’s | First thing that comes to mind is the fear of losing my wife and children.  I think every husband/father would agree

Woman | Mid 40’s | I fear daddy long legs. I fear death. It scares to me to think about getting old and waiting to die or worse not getting old.

Man | Mid 30’s | The thing I fear most, hmm… Probably inactivity. Not trying to achieve what i want to have, out of lol fear. I decided to never be afraid again

Man | Late 30’s | I fear getting old and not being able to walk, ride my bike and motorcycle, f**K, run, hike, think, eat whatever I want, climb, etc.

Woman | Mid 30’s | Lately, as I have been watching my children, suddenly, for a split second, I become terrified about something horrible happening to them the next moment. It is often a slightly plausible but wholly improbable event that would befall them. In that moment, I experience absolute terror that I will lose them, and sheer relief after the moment passes. A few years ago, I met a woman who was potentially going to provide home daycare for my son. A few months later I learned that her oldest son (out of 3) and her husband were killed in a horrible car accident. I often think about her. I fear losing one of my children and trying to find the will to live afterwards. I fear finding out that one of them has a terminal disease. It feels like as a parent, I will always have this fear inside me of not being able to control what happens to them.

Woman | Mid 30’s | I have a list of my fears with some being common but others being silly.

I’m scared of being old and alone. I don’t have siblings or any close friends and even if my parents are alive at that point, I’m not close with either of them. I don’t want to be that sad old lady that has no family and ends up in an old age home watching the other elderly have their families visit them.

I’m scared of failing as a parent but I know I’m not the only one out there. I’m scared that we won’t be close and that he’ll dread visiting me the few times he should a year.

I’m scared of not having enough money when I retire and that I will have to struggle to make ends meet. I don’t want to work 50+ years then not be able to enjoy the remainder of my life.

I’m scared of becoming a hoarder, getting divorced (again), not being able to provide for my child, my house burning down, being robbed and last but certainly not least being abducted by aliens (I did say some were silly fears lol).

That is just some of my rational and irrational fears that I try to not spend too much time dwelling on because I will drive myself crazy.

 

Me | I’m 45 and separated and for the most part… I feel alone, thankful and grateful for the little that I have.  Being disconnected from my kids… I fear that they don’t know me.  The reason for this blog in a way.  I fear that the mother of my kids is telling them that I don’t care about them they way I do.  They know I do, but I fear they have doubt since I don’t know what she tells them about me.  That’s my biggest fear.  I laugh and casually tell people that I know that I’m going to get hit by a bus… but what that really means is that I won’t be able to say “goodbye” to people and my life will be cut short.  My Brother died of Cancer at 36 years old and left two kids behind when they were small and my nephew was so small that he doesn’t have vivid memories of him.  He can see pictures of them together and he feels he can remember the moment but is not sure if he remembers the picture and visualizes what the memory was like.  So that’s my fear that my legacy in the minds of my kids will not be vivid to what I would want it to be.  Since I have two kids.  My biggest fears surround them.

 

 

Thanks to those I reached out to via messenger through Facebook and replied back to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Second Everyday | The App | The Project

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

1-nThe other day… I downloaded this app and started using it.  I have reminders set up to capture 1 second per day.  I find it kind of interesting just to document 1 second.  It’s actually kind of hard to pick just 1 second in a day that you could do a couple of activities.  Which second do you pick?  The app lets you take the seconds for a period and push them together into a video.  It would be kind of neat to look at and see how your month was.  It also lets you have a couple of themes.  One of them is “being active” and so far I don’t have a 1 second from the past two days.  🙁

Here is more about the concept, project and the founder of the app.  It’s kind of cool.  Download the free app and check it out.

Cheers!

Dan

The App demo is below:

From Fast Company:

Two days after launching a Kickstarter project, Cesar Kuriyama found himself bombarded with questions and requests. It was tempting to work around the clock. But at 6 p.m., he got up from his desk and went for a bike ride. Because he needed to find a moment worth recording.

Kuriyama is fundraising for an app that makes it easy for anyone to record one second each day of their lives. It’s based on an experiment he has been conducting on his own life since February 20, 2011, when after saving for years, he quit his job to take a year off from work. To chronicle what he assumed would be the most adventurous year of his life, he started selecting one second of video footage from each day. His plan was to compile the moments into a six-minute memento. Soon, however, he found the project was doing more than documenting his life–it was changing the decisions he made about how to spend time.

“[The project has] made me realize I need to do one interesting thing to make today count,” he says. “It’s been an incalculably positive influence on my life. The reason that I’ve really decided to stop everything and try to build this thing is that I genuinely think it can have that same influence for others.” Here’s how he believes chronicling a life in one-second chunks can change it.

Remembering Good Times:

Initially, Kuriyama started his one-second-a-day project in order to chronicle the adventure of his year off. Others have put the method to similar use. Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, for instance, recorded one second each day during his two-month vacation in Asia in order to create the 90-second video (Above)

Remembering Bad Times:

During Kuriyama’s year off, his sister-in-law became severely ill, and many of the moments in his video for that year (above) document the two months she spent in the hospital.

“It was horrible to record those seconds,” he says. “I hated doing it. It made me miserable. But looking back on it I’m glad I forced myself to record those hard times… In order to appreciate the good times, you have to be aware of the bad times. We always want to take our cameras out and record awesome moments. But we don’t even remotely think about doing that when there’s a bad day, obviously.”

Even if the day is gloomy for reasons less severe than the life-threatening sickness of a loved one, having a documentation of it can provide some perspective in the long run. “You realize those days are far less often than the good ones,” Kuriyama says. “And I think that’s really good information to have on your own life.

 

Detecting & Correcting Patterns:

Before taking off on a 95-day road trip, Kuriyama spent the first weeks of his year off working on freelance projects. When many of the most representative moments of his days involved sitting in front of the computer, he noticed.

“It’s really difficult for me to just close my eyes and say, what has your past year been like,” he says. “Up until now, that was extraordinarily difficult to do. Now, all the sudden it’s like, wow, if I just take this one moment every day to record something that signifies what the day has been like and be able to easily replay that, I see the patterns in my life. You can say, oh, how much time am I spending at work? And you can see how many times you decided that work was the most meaningful moment of that day.”

Not everyone approaches the one-second-a-day project the same way. The woman in the video above, who recorded her life in 2011, set the video to music, and it has an artistic quality to it. Another woman records a self-portrait every day. But the opportunity for reflection is constant.

 

 

 

My Story

February 20th, 1981

I am born in Peru.

1987

My family moves to New Jersey.

1996-1999

I spend my high school years making 3D computer animated short films for fun. At this time I begin to come into the fullness of my geekdom and movie buff-ness, and develop a passion for story telling, so short animated films become my way of exorcising those creative demons.

2000-2004

I move to Brooklyn and enter Pratt Institute of Art and Design as a Computer Animation major. My time is spent in being mesmerized by extraordinarily talented artists and I am immersed in non-stop inspiration. While other animation majors students focus on courses in that field, I can’t help but explore classes in a spectrum of artistic disciplines, including film, graphic design, and photography. By the time I conclude my last class, I’ve realized a most important lesson: all knowledge is connected.

2004-2006

I start working in advertising.

2007

I discover—and become addicted to—TED Talks. Like many people who are drawn into the world of TED Talks, it becomes a life goal for me to be worthy of that stage someday. To have an Idea Worth Spreading.

2008

I spend my rare free time working on personal creative projects and teaching classes at schools like Pratt & NYU. One of these projects is directing a music video composed of 45,000 photographs. The video ends up on the front page of Digg, Gizmodo, and Wired, and is staff-picked by Vimeo. This is an exciting, exhausting time for me, but I’m not in a situation that allows me to dedicate myself fully to this kind of work.

2009

I’m still in advertising… constantly working long nights and long weekends. I find myself increasingly dissatisfied creatively. My social life is nonexistent, and don’t get to spend enough time with my family.

 

 

October 2009

I watch a TED talk by Stefan Sagmeister—The Power of Time Off. My life is changed forever. In his talk, Sagmeister (also a Pratt alumni) explains how his creativity has benefitted from shutting down his studio every seven years and taking a year off from work. I’m instantly inspired. I immediately start crunching numbers and looking at my savings. I figure out how much I will have to save in order to take a frugal year off from work, and start saving saving saving.

Feb 20th, 2011

I turn 30 years old! I quit my job! I start a year off from work so I can do all those things I’ve never had time for, like travel, spend time with my family, and focus time on my own personal creative ideas.

The first of these ideas is a project I call “1 Second Everyday.” The concept is simple: every day I record one second of video—something that will help me remember that day. I then begin chronologically compiling these tiny slices of my life into a single, continuous video.

March 2011

The 1 Second Everyday idea begins as a fun way for me to chronicle my year off, but it quickly grows into something more important. It allows me to easily reflect on my life and to look back at my decisions. I start re-evaluating how I approached each day.

After only a few weeks of compiling clips, I’m able to look at the video and identify instances when several days go by without anything remotely interesting or outside my typical routine occurring. It starts encouraging me to wake up & seize the day.

I decide to continue doing this for the rest of my life.

March 27th & 28th, 2011

I forget to record a second. It torments me, but I learn a valuable lesson: when you’re not doing anything interesting, it doesn’t occur to you to capture the moment.

April 15rd, 2011

A once in a lifetime opportunity pops up on my Facebook feed. TED decides to hold the first ever TED talk auditions. I have doubts about anything in my life being worthy of the TED stage, but I’m plagued by the thought that if I don’t apply, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.

April 23rd, 2011

It occurs to me that my 1 Second Everyday project might be an “Idea Worth Spreading.”

April 25th, 2011

(thank to the 1SE project, I now know exact dates for these notable moments)
I post my one-minute audition video to TED with just minutes to spare before the deadline.

 

May 6th, 2011

A dream comes true, and my life changes forever. I receive an e-mail from TED that out of hundreds of submissions, I’m one of 17 (including Reggie Watts!) to be chosen to audition live on stage at a special TED event in New York!

May 24th, 2011

TED talk day. Many fly in from around the world to audition, but I only have to take the subway. I’ve never been more nervous. Worst-case scenario… I tell myself to just speak from the heart. I walk off stage convinced that I was horrible. I unintentionally close off my talk by saying that I’d like to build an App that would make this easy for anyone to do. Ultimately, I’m happy just to have done my best and pleased that I now have a photo of me with a TED sign behind me. I’m convinced it’ll be my last Facebook profile photo ever.

 

 

June 6th, 2011

I fulfill a lifelong dream to drive around the USA to the West Coast, return through Canada… and do it slowly. My friend Schoneck and I head off, and will not return to New York until 95 days later.

June 15th, 2011

I get a phone call from TED, asking if I’d like to come speak at TED2012. I freak out! Somehow, I’m able to keep it a secret for the rest of the year.

October 26th, 2011

A catastrophic event hits my family. I don’t forget to record a second every day. It devastates me. Learn a valuable lesson, when you’re going through horrible times, it doesn’t occur to you to capture the moment… but my 1SE project forces me too.

December 24th, 2011

After 2 months in the hospital, my sister-in-law returns home in time for Christmas. In the months that follow, I’m grateful that I kept recording 1SE. Reflecting on the bad times allows me to better appreciate the good times. Before 1SE, this wasn’t easy to do.

January 11th, 2012

The secret is out. TED announces the speaker program for TED 2012. Now I can tell my friends and don’t have to freak out alone!

January 25th, 2012

Finally, after a long absence, I fly back to Peru to spend time with family.

February 20th, 2012

I turn 31. It’s a wrap for the first year of my lifelong 1SE project.

February 27th, 2012

The TED conference begins & I’m utterly overwhelmed in every conceivable level. I meet some personal heroes of mine included Bill Nye (the science guy). I mention to him how nervous I am about speaking at the end of the week. He replies, “if you weren’t nervous, it wouldn’t be worth doing”.

March 2nd, 2012

One of the best weeks of my life comes to a close as the TED conference concludes, and I give my TED talk.


June 29th, 2012

After a meticulous search for the right developers to team up with in order to bring my vision of the 1SE App to life, I get rolling with the über-talented crew of Alchemy50 here in Brooklyn.

November 27th, 2012

I nervously hit the launch button on a Kickstarter Campaign to attempt to raise the funds I desperately need to pay my development team & finish the App.  We end up getting funded in just a week & I proceed to freak out.  TONS of press follows.

December 10th, 2012

Kickstarter Project of the Day!

 

December 27th, 2012

Campaign ends with 11,281 backers.  Insane.

January 10th, 2013

Just 2 weeks after the Kickstarter campaign ends, we launch on the App Store.  We end our first day just 2 spots away from Instagram.

RIGHT NOW!

We are putting the finishing touches on the Android version of the App.

The Future

I can’t give anything away, but I have some rather ambitious goals for the future of this project.  Stay Tuned!

 

 

Movie | Living On One Dollar | College Students Learn What It Takes To Live On $1 A Day

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

 

1-April 2014 Tumblr4I had the opportunity to watch a great documentary called “Living On One Dollar” which is a 7.2 on IMDb.  I rated it an 8 and loved it.  It mad.e me think about my situation as well as the benefits of KIVA.  I would recommend to anyone to watch it.  You can stream it here on Watch32.com (just close the pop-up’s)

Below is a little article about the project:

 

An estimated 1.1 billion people in the world survive on just $1 a day.

 

It’s a figure Claremont McKenna College economics students Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci couldn’t get out of their heads.

 

“What can I do? That’s the hardest part about it … there is no one answer,” says Temple. “[The U.S.] has poured $2.5 trillion dollars into international development trying to end poverty and a lot of times it just made things worse.”

 

Together, the pair decided to take their studies outside the classroom, to someplace more practical –– the edge of poverty itself.

 

Living on $1 a day for two months, they moved to a remote Guatemalan town to study the people’s relationship with money and see firsthand how access to small lines of credit could impact their livelihoods.

 

They documented their journey in a new film called “Living On One.”

 

“For all our academic learning, there were some things a textbook just couldn’t answer,” Temple says.

 

The pair made their way by plane and multiple bumpy bus rides to the village of Peña Blanca (White Pain), along with two videographers. There was nothing luxurious about their living arrangement.

 

On a budget of $224 for 56 days ($1 per person), they squeezed into a tiny shack on the outskirts of town, with cardboard boxes and a few blankets separating them from the dirt floor.

 

To make their experiment realistic, they split the $224 into random denominations between 0 and 9. Each morning, they drew a slip of paper out of a hat with how much money they’d “earn” that day.

 

Their logic was simple: Most people in the town were day laborers and never knew how much they’d earn on a typical day. To see firsthand the benefits of micro-lending, they, like many others in the village, took out a small loan to start a side business to supplement their income.  They settled on a radish farm.

 

In the ensuing weeks, they dealt with exhaustion, food deprivation, E. Coli, parasites, and a bed bug infestation. Temple dropped 20 pounds by day 56.

 

“That was the point where I was like, I want to go home,” says Ingrasci, who had fainting spells from fatigue. “I need to get out of here. Why am I doing this? And we were eating better than a lot of people in the community.”

 

It was Temple who fell ill with E. Coli, and the $25 medicine needed to treat his symptoms would have bankrupted the group. It occurred to them that like low-income consumers in the U.S., people in the village lacked quick access to emergency funds.  Banks often required a host of financial documentation like bills and proof of employment they often couldn’t produce.

 

Instead, they relied on loans from neighbors, or banks specializing in small loans like Grameen.

 

“It was so huge to see the potential for what even the simple access to credit could do,” Temple says.

 

If the name Grameen sounds familiar, it’s likely because it was the brain child of economist Muhammad Yunus that earned him the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

The Bangladeshi economist pioneered the micro-lending movement and has been widely known as the “banker of the poor.”

 

For all Yunus’ positive press, critics claim the micro-lending movement is simply a band-aid on the larger issue of widespread poverty.  Once microfinance made waves, large banks began targeting low-income customers in developing nations as a new source of revenue, sparking Business Week to run a piece on the “Ugly Side of Micro-Lending.”

 

But by Ingrasci and Temple’s account, small loans were already changing the fates of Peña Blanca residents, often meaning the difference between getting an education or dropping out for a paycheck.

 

“That’s what we’re trying to prove,” Temple says. “So much here is the power of partial solutions.”

Make 10 Things | New Cookbook | @keener1111 is a rockstar

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

On Saturday, when I was picking up my kids… my Son brought out a wrapped gift with my name on it.  He told me that his friend from school gave it to him for me.  I was confused.  I stood there and wondered how his friend would do this for me.  Also… what was it?  I opened it right away and could see it was a book.  Again… I’m thinking… why would his friend give me a book?

I then noticed it was a cookbook and I could see the blue sticky that said #59/101 and it hit me.  It was from Christine.  Her Son is my Son’s mate at school and I had the opportunity to hang out with her last fall at the Pumpkin Patch.  She noticed my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days and number #59 was to get a cookbook and make 10 things from it.

Challenge accepted.  I have 10 things to make from this book.

1-20140303-DSC_0086So sweet of her to do this for me and to give me one of her fave cookbooks.  I’m back up in PTBO and I’m looking through it and I’m going to pick out the 10 things.  You seem like a “Pay It Forward” type of person.

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Thanks so much Christine!  Would be great to connect with you for a coffee and find out more about your business.  I’m looking forward to the next school trip & hopefully we can be put in the same group.

Here is my 10 things I need to make:

– Sweet Corn Chowder (pg. 29) | Done March 12th | See Below

– Mexican Albondigas Soup (pg.58)

– Roasted Beet & Arugula Salad (pg.77)

– Flank Steak w/ Lemon Shallot Marinade (pg.112) with all the fixings on the side

– Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps (pg.151)

– Ziti w/ Ratatouille (pg.186)

– Farm Stand Spinach Cannelloni (pg.194)

– Sweet Pea Risotto w/ Prosciutto (pg.205)

– Spinach, Feta + Mushroom Quiche (pg.292)

– Summer Berry Crisp (pg.346)

#1 | Corn Chowder:

1-Corn ChowderThis was pretty yummy.  I found it better on the 2nd day and I would make it again.  It’s a Winter thing for sure!1-20140312-DSC_0002

Update:  This task was never completed and I feel bad.  I still have the cookbook but one day when I get a kitchen of my own… and I pull this cookbook out of the box… I know I will finish this off.  🙂