Friday, November 30, 2012


Where it all began by Nieve44/Luz
Where it all began, a photo by Nieve44/Luz on Flickr.
Word of the day: Sobremesa
Music: Morning Arrival in Goa
In my glass: Holy Mole

Inspired by a twitter conversation with Ottmar Liebert about sobremesa. I replied how I miss it and love it. His reply -"it's more valuable than anything money can buy". Indeed it is! Yesterday at work, we had a small going away reception for a co-worker and after we ate it was so nice to sit in conversation and catch up with one another.

Photo above is a reflection shot from 3 years ago when friends/fanmencas had finished lunch and we were just sitting, conversing and enjoying new friendships.

Last month one of my Chinese students invited me to his house for dinner and there were other guests--one from Pakistan who has traveled extensively.  While the food was wonderful the conversation after was so engaging.

Just this week, I re-connected with another co-worker who has moved to Eugene, Oregon and despite the distance we're talking about getting together again soon for lunch and catching up with one another. I look forward to the sobremesa!

Think I'll throw a dinner party soon but who to invite for the sobremesa?! ;-)  Who would you invite for your sobremesa?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nuevo Mexico, 2012

-or as close as you get too it found in and around Santa Fe (The City Different), New Mexico on a quick four day weekend topped off by some great music at Tiny's to see Anthony Leon & the Chain and attending an Ottmar Liebert benefit concert on Sunday evening.  Nice to see my fellow fanmencas Cheryl Cox and Linda West and indulge in some great food--green chile burgers, and a wonderful breakfast at Chocolate Maven-(thanks to fellow fanmenco/Michael).  Of course there were plenty glasses raised between vino & some nice pale ale.  It all went by too fast and I'm ready to do it again in May 2013 in Albuquerque. Who's in?! ;-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

ChimayĆ³, NM

Beautiful day in Chimayo! by Nieve44/Luz
Beautiful day in Chimayo!, a photo by Nieve44/Luz on Flickr.

Did you miss me? Took a quick weekend trek out to my fav place-Santa Fe. The weekend seemed so short but it was sooo sweet for many reasons of which I divulge in another blog post.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Raul Malo: El Paso

I am a big fan of Raul Malo from the Mavericks and here he's signing a classic song that's one of my faves.  He's such a versatile singer!  iTunes writes, "Cuban-American Raul Malo's tenor is so exquisite that it should be placed in the Smithsonian" and I couldn't agree more!  The CD, What A Crying Shame is a brilliant piece of music!  I wore out that album and fell in love with Raul then!  Here's another song out of this world!