Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Okay, We've got NYC Pictures

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.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Phew!

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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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 leaves on the ground and still attached to the trees would just light up and practically glow with their fall colors. It was a truly stunning sight that you simultaneously wanted to share with the world and keep for yourself. Even on the gray, dismal rainy days, the leaves would stand out almost as a beacon.

During my travels for work, whenever I mentioned I was from Vermont, the person I was talking to would always say "oh, I hear the colors are amazing in the fall," or "I was in Vermont for fall foliage season once. Beautiful!" I always thought to myself "yeah, you don't get it, do you?"

Until you've wandered about in the silence of the woods, with no other tourists tromping through the trees, no tour guides telling you how maple syrup is made, or how they use only the finest apples for their cider, you just have no idea how beautiful it truly is.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy Sunday!

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 Vegetarian Times recipe. What can I say, I was looking for something different. The zucchini got a little overcooked so it looks more like a pickle than a zuke, but the curry is yummy and hit the spot.





I just had to post this because I thought it was funny. While I was at the local Health Food Store spending my paycheck on food, I noticed this can:











There is a translation on the flipside - Curried Seitan Niblets (hail Seitan!). I bought it mostly for the novely, as I'm a little nervous to actually eat it. They had some in faux duck too, but they texturized it to have "skin." As I never ate poulty skin even while I was eating poultry, it irked me out enough to not try it.

On another note, I think I've been fighting something off the last few days. I've had an itchy throat, but that's about it. It doesn't seem to be progressing, which is how I want to keep it. I'm heading down to NYC this Friday to hang out with some friends (one who lives in town but is from the UK, another who is from the UK and in on business). We're going to be on the go from the minute my airplane's wheels hit the ground, so the last thing I need is to be all stuffed up and hoarking up a lung.

Now, where did I put that vitamin C?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

'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 Columbus Day, I counted 15 in the 30 minute drive to work. I haven't been able to meet that number again.

Anyway, I'll be taking advantage of the farmer's market today while I'm still able. It won't be up and running for too much longer - a lot of the farms have probably seen frost already or will shortly. Still, I'll be able to get some tomatoes and root vegetables. I also discovered the other day that I'm going to need to buy some long-sleeved shirts this weekend, or I'm going to be very cold this winter.

"They" are saying that it is going to be a colder than average winter up here this year. I am sure that come January, I will be very, very happy that I have a friend I can visit in Florida. ;-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pictures from the Weekend

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

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hello, Lover...

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











Hello, Lover.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

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...

Friday, September 5, 2008

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. That's crazy talk.

Okay, rant over.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Change.

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

Having said that, a few things you should know about me:
  1. I hate change. I'm a Taurus. We prefer our ruts, thank you very much.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

So.... You Want to be an Artist.

For the last several weeks, I have been working through The Artist's Way . This book has been out since the 1990's and I've been...