As I reflect on the last 365 days, I cannot help but feel gratitude…a sense of accomplishment…a strong sense of purpose. I’ve discovered novelties about this flourishing county and about myself; forged new friendships and reconnected with old friends; developed healthy new SLO habits; and now entertain a more positive outlook on life. I bought my first piece of real estate, tested my own limits, and had a few “a-ha” moments about what’s really important. I immersed myself in a community event that I felt passionately about and ended up on the board of directors—a huge feat for me. But the past year wasn’t all rosy. I lost a good friend to an untimely death and dealt with a few conflicts. But here I am. Still moving ahead. Still in SLO.
I will continue to hit "publish," as each story provides me with a huge sense of joy and satisfaction. I appreciate all of my readers, all of the feedback, and all of the encouragement. My blog is an outlet that's pushed me to explore my own backyard and will remain a constructive outlet that helps me connect with you—the reader, the adventurer, the creator of your own reminiscences. As I promised one year ago: As long as I continue to live in this vital, inimitable spot on the globe, I will continue to seek out the innovative…the delicious…the SLO-made products, services, and traditions. For better or worse, here I am—trapped in paradise. Here’s a look at some of my favorite things.
|With a farmer's market in almost every niche of SLO County, the bright colors and fresh seasonal produce continue to lure me back every week.|
|Fanciful SLO County crops keep my creative juices flowing and my recipes imaginative.|
|So many tasting rooms. So little time. I've barely scratched the surface.|
SLO County celebrates many of its novelties throughout the year. I attended wine festivals...olive and lavender festivities...a Renaissance Faire..even a surfing competition. But my favorite festival of the year goes to the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival—where "movies matter." Pictured here are actor Alan Arkin (SLOIFF's 2010 King Vidor Award Recipient) and director Norman Jewison (and me, raisting a toast in the background).
|But my most beloved memory of the year? A visit from my brother and sister-in-law from Switzerland who introduced us to my new little nephew. He just turned one in July. How time flies!|