Just say yes!

A little while ago, a friend at work recommended this TED Talk by Shonda Rhimes, titled “My year of saying yes to everything.”

Now, I have to confess to being perhaps one of only 327 people in America who didn’t know who Shonda Rhimes was or who had never watched one of her shows, ever. We’re not big on TV at our home, mostly because my non-work hours are filled with other things, from Virginia wine blogging to volunteering in our local citizen-police outreach group to spending time with family to revising (yet again!) that mystery/detective novel that’s been a goal for several years now.

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Gazpacho!

Last night I made — well, put the finishing touches on — homemade gazpacho. This is a two-day recipe or, at the very least, one that takes a full day because you’ll want to combine all the ingredients and then let them sit before puréeing them in a food processor. But it’s worth the wait!

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Slow down and take a breath

Sometimes, even when there’s a lot on your to-do list, you just have to slow down and take a breath and enjoy the world and life with those you love. This is what I did yesterday afternoon — a visit to one of our favorite Virginia wineries (Breaux), then back home for a light lakeside dinner at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Bliss!

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