So aloe vera juice is a thing. I had read about it months ago somewhere and didn’t give it another thought until I saw it on the shelf at Trader Joe’s. I bought a bottle and tried it the other day.
I found it to be kind of weird. Like drinking a flower…but a weird flower. I could only drink half of the bottle in one sitting. I’ll see if my impression changes after the second half.
I was in Wegmans the other day (my version of mecca) and noticed an apple called “La Piñata” in the produce department. That’s a fun apple, I thought. I should try one!
It was another shall we say odd experience (for my taste buds anyway, I must stress). It was fine overall, but it was a little too tangy/tart for my liking. I’ll stick to Golden Delicious and Galas.
I visited a friend in West Palm Beach, FL, last month, and we went to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, an animal hospital for injured sea turtles.
The turtles were massive and adorable. Many of them were there because they had gotten tangled in boat equipment or been attacked by sharks. We saw one turtle being moved from the hospital to a tank.
There was a museum section that featured information about the sea turtles. I had no idea that only one out of thousands of sea turtle babies make it to adulthood.
This is a super-cool nonprofit and I’m so glad that I was able to visit it.
I saw two 20th-century icons speak recently: Gloria Steinem and Dan Rather.
Gloria was a keynote speaker at the opening night of the Massachusetts Conference for Women. I hadn’t attended the conference before, so the opening night was a good overview of the event. The exhibit hall was impressive: areas for career resources, nonprofits, female business owners selling their products, and multiple authors available for book signings. There were other keynote speakers that evening as well, but my friend and I only tuned in for Gloria.
I wish I could pass on some nuggets of her wisdom, but since my dad’s sudden death, most of my day-to-day thoughts and memories are crowded out by my thoughts and memories of him. I do recall that she was fierce, real, and optimistic.
Dan is touring with his recently published book with Elliot Kirschner, What Unites Us. Again, I don’t remember a word he said, but he was also fierce, real, and optimistic. I saw him speak on the one-month anniversary of my dad’s passing, and I fell asleep that night wishing that I could tell my dad all about it, since he was a fan of 60 Minutes.
I’m trying to get back in the saddle regarding the birthday list, but I’m taking it slow and will give myself an extra month or two to complete it. Bear with me, dear readers.