Sketches from Week 42 (Dec 23 - 29, 2013)

No one makes me feel both clumsily inept and exceptionally gifted as my family. How about that redwood low table? Too low! None of them are actually going to sit and eat there. When I asked my aunt which improvements she’d like to see for our next Christmas gathering: “Less bugs and clean, sanded floors!”

Needless to say, all this criticism has motivated me to start working my ranch again… plus it’s the winter, which means cooler weather and no flies! And miracle of miracles, my chainsaw is working…

We spent the last week in Las Vegas, all 16 of us… the Minakawas, the Kanashiros, and the Parkers. It’s fascinating- my experiment with veganism earlier this year has definitely left me with a far less appetite for meat in general. I really have no desire to chase down nearly as much meat as I used to consume prior to February 2013. I just enjoy spearfishing for food and I’m quite happy to have that be one of my primary protein sources. In addition to the realization that I don’t require much animal meat, veganism was a fun exploratory exercise in discovering new, sometimes underappreciated foods. I didn’t quite appreciate how limited my diet was until I took a bunch of stuff out of it and was forced to research alternative choices… much to my surprised delight! I could eat pumpkin/peanut/tofu coconut curries for a long time…

Sorry Arty: I had to dismantle that redwood and bamboo low table. However… I  modified and reused the leg frame to build a new picnic bench and the redwood slab lives on as the (now raised) dining tabletop, about 29” high. My parents can now dine in comfort :)