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Sunday, August 31, 2014

嘆息橋 I Will Cross That Bridge when I Come to It

八月是生日月, 忙忙碌碌又過ㄧ年長ㄧ歲.  不是沒停下腳步思考人生意義, 而是往往來不及感嘆便讓生活排山倒海而來的考驗淹沒… 口頭禪:  船到橋頭自然直, 直不了便橫著過吧?  賭氣得來理直氣壯, 十足草根韌性兼升斗小民, 雖然內心深處亦有舊時浪漫… 等孩子大些放下俗務再修個學位:  Crossing  the Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge - 那是徐志摩再別康橋的情懷, 十年前的我揮揮衣袖間滿滿自戀, 如今, 嗯... 但覺肉麻難耐 :P
The long mild summer winding down with the birthday dinner at Ame in St. Regis San Francisco
- I am a big fan of the husband and wife team, Chef Hiro and Lissa.

月初孩子仍於臺北過暑假, 偽單身日子愜意.  晨起好整以暇烘麵包煎蛋餅, 大餐當早餐.  那天享用著名糕餅工坊以兩種蘋果烤製的甜塔, 青蘋果微酸, 紅蘋果熟醺… 頓覺現下年紀挺好, 嚐過歲月苦頭懂得珍惜, 也還夠年輕仍具勇氣和好奇心.
Growing older can be daunting yet becoming wiser is definitely a blessing.  The other day when I was savoring a perfectly baked pastry of two kinds of apple, I suddenly realized I am loving where I am in life - old enough to have cultivated a palate for refinement yet still young to take risks.

趁孩子不在多試幾道菜收為口袋食譜, 依照The Family Meal畫葫蘆的椰絲球簡單美味gluten free, 異想天開的青檸酥炸沙丁魚佐西瓜沙拉淡香襲人, 低溫慢煮的羊腿上桌前蒜泥爆炙濃郁的難以招架!
Taking advantage of my summer freedom, I experimented with recipes from the maestros and also created my own.  The coconut macaroon from The Family Meal was effortlessly delightful.  My lightly air-fried sardine in avocado oil on watermelon salad was utterly heavenly and sous vide goat osso buco was… ah, debauchery :P
LK先生出差新加坡, 捎回格友Silvia精心挑選的葉形白瓷小盒, 存放平日配戴的耳環剛剛好.  此次與Silvia緣慳ㄧ面, 恭喜她年紀輕輕福慧雙修, 不僅升格當媽媽, 也錄取名校MBA, 來年將於美麗楓丹白露圓夢.  右邊長手長腳的布娃娃前陣子托才華洋溢的娃友Terri客製, 俐落的短髪, Dior的紅領巾, 拎著Laduree的紙袋… 絕對是LK的理想自我.  Terri心細如髪, 知我是赫本迷, 附上禮物黑色小洋裝與蒂芬妮藍袋 :)
Tokens of friendship from afar put a smile on my face.  My blogger friend Silvia's baby boy decided to come to this world earlier than his due date so she and I had to cancel our July get together in Singapore but she sent me this exquisite porcelain leaf shaped trinket box designed locally.  The incredibly intelligent Silvia not only was blessed with a healthy son, she also got accepted into the competitive INSEAD MBA - you go, girl!  I have been an admirer of Terri's art dolls and commissioned her a while ago for my alter ego - a lithe stylish lady with red Dior scarf and Marc Jacob dress gone macaron shopping at the Laduree.  Knowing I love Audrey Hepburn, the amazingly talented Terri included a LBD and the little Tiffany blue bag.  You're too sweet!   

今年LK先生孝妻生日禮我早早指定愛馬仕… Philippe Dumas複刻畫冊! 金錢價質遠遜凱莉包柏金包, 然文化傳承亦是名牌的真諦.
This from Hermés has my name written all over… nah nah nah Birkin or Kelly, it's the collection of Philippe Dumas' watercolor sketchbooks!  Yes, we walked out Hermés San Francisco with the lowest spending ever in the landmark store's history :P

我的生活形態用不著華衣美鞋昂貴手提袋, 總是扛ㄧ只包山包海帆布工具袋, 其實內裝百分之七十皆非必需, 只是杞人憂天的保險.  近日有所領悟, 復古學院風的袖珍皮書包頓成新歡, Cambridge Satchel品牌創業史小資立大功也是鼓勵.
Although I am far from a handbag aficionado, I fall in love with the Cambridge Mini Satchel instantly perhaps the design reminds me of Hogwarts. 

放縱口慾的狂歡於年度例檢劃下句點, 哭喪臉向Dr. N抱怨醫院磅秤ㄧ定是壞了!!!  卻心知肚明該開始新生活運動.  加入距工作室只有幾步之遙的健身房, 精華地段俱樂部會費自然不貸, 然沒什麼比投資自己健康更划算, 瑜迦課著重調整呼吸放空冥想, 倒是緊湊工作天後紓緩心情的有效練習 :)
The best present I am giving myself for birthday this year:
1.  Start a healthier routine.  Yoga, Bollywood dancing, elliptical training… I am determined to have a balanced life and stop being a workaholic.
2.  Do more volunteering!  Here's the awesome team work at the Compass Children Center for the Back To School make over :)
持續當義工自助助人, 與團隊赴舊金山田德隆區的托兒中心進行改造計劃, 替小朋友遊戲室手繪壁畫時不禁莞爾… 我從小便愛天馬行空塗鴨, 長大後選擇了設計為志業, 現在以童年原始的夢想小小回餽社會, ㄧ秉初衷人生無憾 :)

14 comments:

聚水藏風 said...

Belated happy birthday, Miss LK! :) 前幾星期在東歐也去了名氣大的餐廳,食物卻一般,遠不及前不著村後不著店鄉野莊園內的在地食材烹煮的家常菜。
也許這也是另樣嘗過歲月苦頭懂得珍惜,珍惜平凡珍惜真心的體現?:p

Miss LK said...

謝謝!回工作室收到團隊送的花束,不常見的鮮花顏色,卻是我喜歡的,還有位手巧的同事編了仲夏夜夢的仙后花冠,老闆替我載上,大夥對著一大盤甜甜圈唱生日快樂,有點童心未泯:)
旅行異地,除非有有熟門道的人帶路,多少只能依據店家名氣,期待你的東歐遊記!
以前覺得'知足常樂'這cliché令人呵欠連連,現在頗有領悟:快樂是份智慧.

Silvia said...

读了那段提到我的完全是躲在电脑屏后满面通红啊,我哪有你说得那么好...

迟来的生日快乐!

Rice Bowl Tales 有碗話碗 said...

中秋追月快樂!!
更要給 Miss LK 送上遲來的生日祝福,願妳新的一年每天過得更充實滿足,健康幸福, 創作靈感源源不盡!! :)

Miss LK said...

Silvia,
You deserve every word :)
當媽媽頭三年最辛苦,你明年開始還得兼顧學業,加油!
任何挑戰皆是開濶眼界胸襟的良機.
家人好友多八九月生辰,一連串互道生日快樂有份平凡的喜氣洋洋;)

Miss LK said...

Jane,
這兩天的確追著月亮跑呢!孩子學校正教導関於月亮的知識,功課便是每晚得賞月兼記錄... 遙望暈黃的月亮,神似玫瑰豆沙月餅裏的鹹蛋:p
謝謝祝福!
生活並非一帆風順,挫折失意此起彼落,這禮拜公司又人事驛動,多位團隊成員(前團隊成員...)對我説謝謝LK being LK , 雖是莫大讚美,卻讓我一陣鼻酸...

Echo said...

每日淹沒在公事 私事的繁瑣中 竟又錯過 Miss LK 的生日 送上遲來的祝福 可喜歲月為妳添增生活的智慧 也更懂得珍惜身邊的人與事 水彩畫冊好生讓人羨慕 帶來的感動和喜悅絕對勝過一只皮包 Hope this is the beginning of your greatest!!

Miss LK said...

謝謝祝福!記得Echo生日也快到了,預先說句生日快樂 :)
前幾天讀到某篇Bill Murray訪談,這位演技精湛的諧星侃侃而談生活哲學:The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything. 頗有同感, 眼界開闊者路自然愈走愈寬,反之, 路窄的只容得下自己.
Of course I have not peaked yet(perhaps except my weight :p)

V said...

不管哪一天,祝妳都能快快樂樂!我最近常想,不是單身的人,要如何放下俗物,達到自己想要的,但又不自私。

Miss LK said...

謝謝祝福!長途通勤大抵用盡我粗暴情緒quota, 只要不卡在水洩不通的車陣中,我都會喜從天降:今天真走運哪!
昔日繡花針似的尖銳心思竟成無堅不摧鈍鐵杵...
生命的本質為孤獨,與其說自私,不如說於實踐自我的過程中某些雜念和人與人之間的互動需過濾.
V是聰明人,比誰都更知道自己要的答案:)

teri said...

Happy Birthday Linda! I'm so sorry to have missed it...looks like it was a decadent one.

Miss LK said...

No worries! I already weathered many storms to rather not remembering my age(excuse my Shakespeare :p)
Your blog has been quiet that I hope meaning prolific on the doll making front :)

軒帆 said...

好久沒來,結果錯過了說聲Happy Brithday的機會了!囧
MissLK還是過著既充實又優雅的生活,處處可以窺得忙裡偷閒的愜意感。
能夠將自己的專業奉獻給公益真的很了不起,期待後續看到成果以及孩子們的笑顏。

Miss LK said...

謝謝祝福!
看到孩子們開心的模樣還頗有成就感,只是踏出托兒中心 門口,滿街的流浪漢的垃圾,心頭一酸... 能幫多少幫多少.

回家忍不住提醒小V: 珍惜自己的幸福啊!

現正要啓程飛東京出差,昨晚小V撒嬌摟著媽咪睡,已經開始掛念了... 想到你為了圓夢曾放下小恩赴日本求學,那掙扎的心情.

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