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Okay, We've got NYC Pictures

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I'm sure it's fairly obvious, but these images are in no particular order.

Guy, Mary and myself enjoying cocktails Saturday evening. Our night had just begun.







Guy and Mary at Tao, the amazing restaurant we ate at Saturday night. If you're ever in NYC, make reservations at this place!







Mary and I at the rooftop bar later on Saturday night. I don't know about you, but I think I look like I've had three glasses of wine and an appletini.






No special effects here. This building really did look like this Saturday night. Cool, huh?











The huge Buddha in Tao.








The three of us in Central Park during the day on Saturday. I like the picture well enough, but I've definitely looked better, LOL!









A picture of how hazy it was Saturday. This was taken in Central Park looking out to the West Side.

Phew!

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Horrendously, marvellously busy weekend. More fun than you can shake a stick at! I hope to have some more interesting pictures soon, but I must wait for the owners of the respective cameras to download them and send to me. In the meantime, I can give you this:

We'll call this an intimate look at the Brooklyn Bridge. Click to enlarge.

Walk

Every day at work, I try to get out at lunch and take a walk around. I work in a very small town, so theoretically I could walk around most of it in an hour, but I digress.

Anyway, today I took a slightly different route and followed a path along the river. I think it actually follows the river for a while, but I only walked a little way along it. Anyway, along the river there is a narrow band of trees, and the path winds through them. You can hear the water gurgling past, and the squirrels scattering about up above. It was a sunny day, and the light was dappling through the trees just so. It was quiet and peaceful.

As I was walking along the path, it made me homesick for the walks in the woods I used to take with my dad in the fall, or that I would sometimes take by myself. In the fall, the woods take on this wonderful scent. The crisp, cool air and the leaves on the ground and the ever-present pines and firs combine into this spicy, earthy scent that just... fits. On a sunny day, the …

Happy Sunday!

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Busy Sunday today. Lots of cooking. I also took a new (to me) bellydancing class. Of the "American Tribal" variety, as opposed to the more classic version I have been taken. I really enjoyed it, and think I have found a second class for me.

I have pictures (of the food, not the class), but unless you want to come face to face with blurry images, I wouldn't recommend clicking on any of them.

Adzuki Miso Stew. This came out more of a soup. Made from a recipe I got from Vegetarian Times. This was the first time I used dried beans instead of canned beans. Obscenely easy. I'm learning that all of these culinary things I always dismissed as hard or time consuming are really not that bad. Good to know...




Blueberry Oat Bars. I got this off Fat Free Vegan Kitchen (a link is at right). Yummy way to get some whole grains and fruit in, for not a lot of cost calorie-wise (only 2 points/serving, if you do Weight Watchers). I would definitely recommend them.





Thai Red Curry. Another Veg…

'Tis the Season...

...to wonder where the heck the year has gone.

The nights and mornings have cooled off considerably over the last week or so. To the point where not only has the fan had to come out of the window, but the window has had to be shut. We haven't had frost where I am, but it's only a matter of time. Several of my friends already have seen frosts at their homes. Before too much longer I'll be scraping my windshields off in the morning. Shudder.

Some of the leaves have started to change, but it won't start picking up for another couple weeks. Then I'll be able to play my favorite game: Count the Tour Buses. It's very easy, you can play too! Every day on your commute in to work (or during the 2 hour drive up to your Mom's house), you count the number of tour buses you see. Greyhound buses don't count, bus-sized motor homes do. The tour buses down from Canada are particularly amusing as they get the same foliage we do, just a week or so later. One fateful Columb…

Pictures from the Weekend

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My friend Marie and I went to the Great Escape this weekend. She's got two kids ("Peanut" and "Britches") who have been itching for months to go there. We all had a great time - here are a few pictures. I'm not in any of them as I was the only one with the camera, LOL.

Here is Peanut on a "ski lift" kind of ride









Here is Marie and Britches on the same ride









The two kidlets playing in the water









Britches on the log ride before the plunge









The happy family

Hello, Lover...

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As Carrie Bradshaw said once to a pair of Manolo Blahniks, so I say now to my pair of Miss Bisou's:











Hello, Lover.

I am so proud of me.

I got into the html code and figured out how to change the background color of the description block up there from orange to the color it currently is. Considering how computer-challenged I am, this is a small victory!

Now, if only I can figure out the code to move the title down a little bit so it's not riding the top of the box...

Today's WTF Moment

Okay, it's Friday night and I don't have any plans. So I settled in for my guilty pleasure: TLC's What Not To Wear and Say Yes to the Dress. Totally girlie, I know. Twice since I turned the tv on, I have seen two commercials flat out saying that there was nothing wrong with high fructose corn syrup, and you should go to this website to "get the facts."

WTF?!?

These commercials, and the website, are funded by the Corn Refiners Association. Um, biased much? I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. I mean, with all indications pointing to HFCS being a leading factor in today's obesity rates, they had to do something. I mean, what if all these major food processors stopped buying it to put in things that don't need it? You can't have bread without it, oh no. Or ketchup, or soup, or crackers.

What would we do with all that extra corn? We certainly couldn't plant a different crop. Or, deity of choice forbid, feed starving people with it. Oh no. Th…

Change.

Change. Pervasive, all-encompassing change is needed in my life.

Having said that, a few things you should know about me:
I hate change. I'm a Taurus. We prefer our ruts, thank you very much.I am lazy. I would prefer to not have to work for this change. I just want it to magically appear and be exactly what I was looking for, with none of the hassles or "be careful what you wish for" caveats.I'm a wimp. There's a 50/50 chance that staring pervasive, all-encompassing change in the eyes would send me running back for my comforting ruts with a crazed look in my eye and babble streaming out of my mouth.
So, keeping all that in mind...

...what I want right now is pervasive, all-encompassing change.