Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. I had a really nice week with family and friends, which of course, are the best reasons to be grateful in life. My son’s class went on a field trip that week to the CA Science Center, and I always enjoy having a day out with the kids. For the holiday itself, we went to a dear friend’s house. She and her family are our California family, and her house is always filled with warmth and laughter and good Chilean food. I am so grateful to have to have her and her family in my life. It was also nice to have a little extra downtime, which of course, I had no trouble filling with knitting.

Here are a few highlights from the week.

Divers feeding the fish at the CA Science Center
Divers feeding the fish at the CA Science Center

I’ve been to the Science Center many times, but my son’s field trip was the first time we’ve had the good luck of seeing the divers feeding the fish. I’m happy I was able to get some photos without reflections on the aquarium glass.

Sunset in Burbank
Sunset in Burbank

We went to get some sushi one evening and I was stepping out of the car just in time to get a beautiful shot of the sun setting over downtown Burbank.

Bonita and Midnight - note the little kitty paw hugging the other kitty
Bonita and Midnight – note the little kitty paw hugging the other kitty

Nothing like two cats cuddling with each other on my daughter’s bed to make me feel like all is right.

Pisco sour at Thanksgiving
Pisco sour at Thanksgiving

My favorite Chilean drink to toast Thanksgiving. But you have to know a Chilean to get one because pisco isn’t available in the United States. I think we should all petition to get it made available! ūüôā

Just a tiny little part of a delicious Thanksgiving feast
Just a tiny little part of a delicious Thanksgiving feast

We did not have the traditional turkey and stuffing. Aside from all the delicious appetizers which were a meal by themselves, we had salmon and rice and empanadas. Life is good!

I hope your holiday was filled with warmth, good food and people you feel grateful for too! Blessings!

A Lost City Found

Part 2 of our inspiration-collecting trip to the California Science Center: the Pompeii exhibit. I enjoyed this exhibit very much, and found so much inspiration! It is filled with art and artifacts and gives the viewer great insight into the lifestyle of people in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius. If you are interested in Pompeii from a more scientific point of view, the exhibit also features background information about volcanic eruptions and details of the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius. You will see casts of the bodies as they were found in the ruins many centuries later. The city was so well preserved that it provided historians the most concrete information about Roman life.

 

Don't miss it!
Don’t miss it!
One of the many wall frescoes found in the ruins of Pompeii. Romans were social people - they loved to drink and have long meals lounging in their courtyards with their friends. No dining solo!
One of the many wall frescoes found in the ruins of Pompeii. Romans were social people – they loved to drink and have long meals lounging in their courtyards with their friends. No dining solo!
Statue found in a villa
Statue found in a villa
Pompeii's export. The people of Pompeii had a healthy diet - aside from fish, they ate lots of fruits and vegetables, cooked with olive oil, and drank wine with everything.
Pompeii’s export. The people of Pompeii had a healthy diet – aside from fish, they ate lots of fruits and vegetables, cooked with olive oil, and drank wine with everything.
I love the textures on their ceramics!
I love the textures on their ceramics!
A pitcher used for pouring drinks.
A pitcher used for pouring drinks.
Back to the al fresco dining - I loved this mosaic table top!
Back to the al fresco dining – I loved this mosaic table top!
This ceramic floor tile found in a villa near Pompeii makes me want to design some mosaic knitwear pieces!
This ceramic floor tile found in a villa near Pompeii makes me want to design some mosaic knitwear pieces!
A cast of one of the bodies found. The photo behind shows it as it was found.
A cast of one of the bodies found. The photo behind shows it as it was found.
Modern Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius - still looks like a beautiful, inspiring place!
Modern Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius – still looks like a beautiful, inspiring place!

 

 

Mission Objectives: Education and Inspiration

I’ve designed quite a few patterns in a short amount of time, and after working nonstop, I wanted to take a break from the studio. I have company at the moment, so¬†of course, we needed to entertain as well. Yesterday, we combined entertainment for our house guests with collecting new inspiration. Los Angeles has so many places to see new things, get inspired, and explore. I love a day out on the metro, exploring the city!

We saw so many things at the California Science Center that I will break down my visit into a few different posts. We will start with the Endeavour, something Angelenos are so proud to call their own, and so happy to have right here at home. The one and only sonic boom I have ever heard was when the Endeavour made its last reentry from its last space mission. And when it flew back to California and made its way through the city to its final resting spot at the Science Center, my children took a break from school to watch it fly over, and I stood in the middle of my street with my neighbors staring at the sky waiting to catch a glimpse. As you will see in my photos below, it is an impressive sight, worthy of inspiration.

Inspiring on the outside and inside!
Inspiring on the outside and inside! You can also walk through the rose gardens on either side.
Pure inspiration!
Pure inspiration!

 

Mission accomplished!
Mission accomplished!

 

Welcome home!
Hollywood welcoming home!
So big and impressive I can't even get the whole thing in my frame!
So big and impressive I can’t even get the whole thing in my frame!
Each tile is individually labelled. Knitters will appreciate the skill and attention to detail!
Each tile is individually labelled. Knitters will appreciate the skill and attention to detail!
I love getting photos from different angles. So much design inspiration!
I love getting photos from different angles. So much design inspiration!
SpaceHab. Yes, it's what you think: Space Habitat.
SpaceHab. Yes, it’s what you think: Space Habitat.
Mission control!
Mission control!