I recently attended UX Week 2011, a user experience design conference. Design professionals from all over the world gathered for four days of community, inspiration and skills building. It was beyond my expectations. The conference itself took place in San Francisco, a city of innovation and progress. It was an honor to be in the presence of presenters from such major companies as Google, Facebook, Pixar and others. I was truly inspired by the speakers and by the overall sense of excitement which is happening in the design community. Many topics were discussed, but the main theme revolved around the importance of user experience when it comes building technologies for people.
“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”
As we go through life, we tend to accumulate different things, such as photographs, keepsakes, and other precious items which remind us of something special in our life, whether it is a person or a memory. We like to keep these things close to our heart no matter what happens or where we might be. These special items make us feel at home, that’s why we decorate our homes and offices with pictures and other small reminders of who we are and what we love.
This year’s fireworks show was quite spectacular. My family and I decided to go to the Germantown 4th of July celebration. Since this yearly event is so popular, we decided not to go all the way into the main park but settle down on the grassy area nearby. Many other families had a similar idea as everyone put down their blankets and waited for the first “boom” with anticipation.
My son is growing up so fast, and the pressure of coming up with meal ideas for the toddler has not diminished a bit. It really takes some creative thinking sometimes to figure out what can possibly entice a toddler to eat some of the essential and nutritious foods which he normally wouldn’t eat otherwise.
Here is one of my favorite spicy recipes. Spices are an easy way to flavor your food without adding extra calories. The chicken goes really great with rice, however, in this recipe, I am using Orzo pasta. This dish is very colorful, bringing out all the fall colors into one tasty plate.