Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I'm not really sure what a Madrigal dinner entails. (although with my minimal googling skills, I did find the website) We have to be there at 7 tonight for a Wassail Reception. I'm not quite sure what wassail is, even though I know the carol "Here we are a wassailing". I guess I'll be learning some new things tonight!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I miss Christmas markets with gift and food vendors and Svařak and Glühwein.
Old Town Square in Prague
Dresden Christmas Market
I miss good friends and times of celebration.
I even miss the Christmas carp (Kapri) vendors. A tiny bit.
I'm super excited to visit Prague and my good friends in February.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Gabriel Piriz, leading a class.
The male instructors following Hanife's belly dance lesson.
More belly dancing
Monday, November 17, 2008
I want these knives. They are gorgeous. I'm gonna have to start saving for some of them.
Make sure you check out the Steamy Kitchen for a chance to win one of the knives, and stick around for Jaden's recipes!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
One of my other fave food blogs, Cake Wrecks, usually shows cakes that are wrecks, as the title says. On Sundays, though, Jen showcases the outstanding works of art a talented cake decorator can create. This week, she linked to these awesome cupcakes by Hello Naomi on Flickr. If only I had that talent - these are wonderful!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Since I've been in the mood for Thai food, I decided to try a recipe I found for Thai-spiced Pumpkin soup. I bought small pumpkins from the market, hunted down red curry paste, and roasted my pumpkins today. They were great fresh from the oven (I couldn't resist a little taste), but my soup is not so tasty. Maybe it's too thick, maybe I should have added more red curry paste, maybe I just don't like the combination of pumpkin, coconut milk, and red curry. Whatever the case may be, I have made an important discovery: Not every kitchen experiment turns out the way you anticipate. Even with this setback, I don't think I'm done experimenting in the kitchen just yet.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Fall has sped past me this year - I haven't taken the time to enjoy it, and snow is starting to threaten. I need to take some time this weekend to enjoy the little bit of Fall left before Winter takes over completely.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday night I went to Covington to meet up with my sister to see her boyfriend play in the house band at a restaurant in the Main Strasse area called Dee Felice. The restaurant is New Orlean's themed, and the band plays big band and jazz music, as well as a few New Orlean's staples. My sister's boyfriend was the youngest guy in the band by at least 40 years. We had a great time listening to the band and eating great food. I had the Blackend Sea Scallops, which were wonderful and a nice glass of red wine to complement the meal.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday night, I attended a Carole King concert with my mom, aunts, two cousins, and one of my mom's good friends. It was a fun girls night out, although I worked late so I barely made it on time.
We sat up in the balcony, so the photos are kind of blurry (plus, we weren't actually supposed to be taking them anyway).
I have loved Carole King's music for a long long time. My mom is a huge fan, so I grew up listening to "Tapestry" on vinyl. When I was in the first grade, my school put on a production of "Really Rosie", which Carole did the music for. Even when I was in college, listening to "Tapestry" and belting out "I Feel the Earth Move" on the drive to Athens with my mom was a huge tradition.
Needless to say, I was very excited.
Carole was excellent. She put on a great show, including old favorites and some new songs. She rocked out on guitar and tickled the ivories. She laughed, joked, and kept everyone thoroughly entertained. What an experience.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It sucks. We are fortunate enough to have water (and even hot water!), so showering is not an issue, although it is kind of tricky in the dark.
In the big picture, we are lucky. We have friends who kindly took in our perishables, we have a surplus of propane camping lanterns and headlamps so that we can get around comfortably, we are back at work, and we have some great weather right now. We are not flooded, as are the Hurricane victims in Galveston. We are mildly inconvenienced.
It still sucks, though. Word is power should be restored by the weekend. I think we will be one of the last to get it back.
Monday, September 15, 2008
We didn't have any trees down, but a big limb did come down and hit my dad's car. Fortunately, there was minimal damage--a dent, but nothing serious.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Last weekend, my sister came up from Cinci. We all went to the Greek Festival on Saturday night, and had a good time. We ate Trigonia (spinach and cheese!), gyros, and Greek veggie pizza (from Dominos). We drank greek coffee and beer. We met up with my aunts and cousins, and got to watch the kids dancing. We even toured the Greek Orthodox Church! It is beautiful. It reminded me a bit of St. Vitus's Cathedral in Prague--very ornate with beautiful stained glass. My dad said it reminded him of the Church of the Infant of Prague. It makes me nostalgic--and excited to go back for a visit in February.
These pictures aren't of the best quality because I took them with my cell phone camera.
It's officially festival season in Southwest Ohio. This weekend we have the taste of the Miami Valley and Urban nights downtown, and I intend to take full advantage of them. I may try to get out to the Renaissance festival on Sunday.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It seems to be the time for babies, as my friends the Syvertsens are expecting a baby in March. I'm so excited for them and this addition to their family.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In other gardening news, I am overrun with tomatoes. This is my favorite time of year for produce, because everything tastes so good! I'll never look at a store-bought tomato the same way--they taste like sawdust.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
He looks great, doesn't he? Well on his quest for 8 gold medals this Olympics.
Unfortunately for me, I have managed to miss all three of his races so far this Olympics. Why am I always missing the swimming? Why? I think some of it has to do with my expectations of what NBC's coverage is, and the actual reality. Take Sunday morning. I got up at the obscene hour of 6:30 in the morning to watch the US Mens soccer game against the Netherlands, because Saturday night the announcer said "Coverage starts at 6:30 tomorrow morning." The game didn't actually start until after 7, and then it wasn't on MSNBC as advertised in their info blurb. I watched Italy v South Korea on the tv and the US v Netherlands game on the internet.
No wonder I have missed Michael Phelps! I'm gonna have to research the times for the rest of the sports I want to catch (womens gymnastics - yes, badminton - no) so I will actually see them.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
-Go to Nashville for the North American National Championships for Irish Dance (my team placed 3rd and many of our youth soloists placed)
-Take lots of pictures and promptly lose my camera battery charger--this is bad because my battery is dead and I can't take the pictures off my camera
-Discover the huge mystery gourd/melon vine growing in the compost heap
-Finally work in the garden after neglecting it for almost a month
-Work like crazy to make up the holiday weekend
-Zumba like it is out of style
-Dogsit for my favorite St. Bernard (Ruby) and Newfoundland (Harry)
-Visit briefly with my best friend on her birthday before she went back to Minnesota
-Paint the waiting area at the Celtic Academy
This week is proving to be very busy as well. This weekend is the Celtic Festival (and Friday is my bday!). I'll be teaching Irish social dancing on Friday, performing on Saturday, and working as volunteer on Sunday. This in addition to working like a fool and trying to fit the rest of my regularly scheduled activities in. I think I'm not going to make my softball game tomorrow,but I better make it home in time to watch So You Think You Can Dance! Plus, I have family members and friends celebrating birthdays as well in the next week or so, so I'll be shopping for cards whenever I get a chance.
I'm exhausted just thinking about it!
Monday, June 30, 2008
It's a year later, almost to the date, and I have a trip coming up. It's not so big as a trans-Atlantic move, and I'm not flying--I'm driving to Nashville for the North American National Championships for Irish Dance. I leave Thursday morning, and wonder of wonders, I started packing my suitcase last night. This old dog has learned a new trick.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
3:45-ish I had a caffeine craving and got an iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks.
4:00 pm: I must have had caramel on the brain. Recipes like David Lebovitz's make me want to get an ice cream maker.
7:30 pm: Walking to my car after a 1 hour zumba class. I've been going to classes at least 3x per week, I'm addicted!
7:35 pm: My dinky softball glove from almost 14 years ago. I recently joined a social softball team. I think I need to get a bigger glove--this on is a little small.
7:45 pm: A bird in my yard.
7:45 pm: Citronella lamps on the back porch. It gets very buggy in my neighborhood due to a semi-wetland at the bottom of the hill behind our house.
8:00 pm: My avocado treelings have grown quite a bit since I started them from seeds in January. I'm quite proud of them, even though I'm pretty minimal when it comes to gardening. My thumb has a hint of green.
8:05 pm: I became certified as a zumba instructor almost a month ago. It was mostly for my own benefit--to understand a bit more of the choreography and movement involved. I became part of the zumba instructors network (ZIN) and my new choreography dvd & accompanying music came in the mail today. I'm so excited, I can't wait to try it out!
8:10 pm: The crazy out of control rose bush in front of the house.
8:15 pm: One of my cucumber plants. Soon I'll have cucumbers instead of flowers.
8:20 pm: Silly puppies ready to go inside.
8:40 pm: Andy shamelessly begging for table food.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Kat and I met in 2005 when I started dancing again with the Celtic Academy. She and Zak met shortly thereafter, and the rest as they say is "history". Unbeknownst to me (for a short while) Zak and I actually attended high school together. We're the same age, but he graduated a year behind me. Even so, many of his friends are people I graduated with. It was very nostalgic at the wedding and reception, seeing people I hadn't seen since graduation.
Kat made a beautiful bride, and Zak was a handsome groom. I wish them the best!
More (poorly taken) photos are availabe at my flickr page--see the sidebar for the link.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Today we had a lazy morning followed by more shopping and a wonderful dinner at a nice restaurant in town, Prescotts. We will be gathering with a group of their friends for Easter dinner tomorrow, and I will be returning home on Monday afternoon. I would post pictures, but I have yet to take any. Maybe I will rectify that tomorrow.
Happy Easter, friends!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Anywho. One of the teams is from Kokomo, Indiana. Being that we're practically neighbors and all, I'd have to support them. The thing that's amazing though, is that they dance while on roller skates. It sounds goofy, I know, but it's really breathtaking. Last week the challenge for all the teams was to recreate in their own style some of Michael Jackson's iconic dance moves, while dancing to a song from the Thriller album which celebrated it's 25th anniversary. Breaksk8 chose "Beat It." Check it out for yourself:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
7:55 am: Letting my dogs out in the backyard before I leave for work.
7:55 am: Our patio. On the left you can see remnants of the 10 inches of snow we got last Friday and Saturday.
8:00 am: My avocado seeds, previously suspended in mason jars full of water.
8:45 am: I was running late for work this morning, so I ate breakfast at my desk. I had Yoplait Blackberry Pomegranate yogurt with Cracklin' Oat Bran mixed in and my ever-present Diet Pepsi.
11:30 am: One other downfall of running late this morning was that I did not get a chance to make my lunch. I had Chik-Fil-A instead.
11:45 am: I also made a Target run on my lunch hour. I was so happy to see a new (to me, at least!) Method cleaning product. I like this brand because it is environmentally-friendly and biodegradable. I also picked up some cards for friends, as there have been two births and there is a bridal shower on Sunday afternoon.
5:50 pm: Changing my shoes before heading off to zumba. My sneakers are much more comfortable than my work shoes!
6:20 pm: The entrance to Studio Zumba. I've become a zumba addict! I attend anywhere between 3-6 classes per week.
7:45 pm: Dinner of stir fried veggies and brown rice, followed by a pita with spicy hummus. Yum!
8:00 pm: My younger brother and I took the dogs for a walk before his Spring break is up and he returns to the University of Kentucky. It was nice to spend some one-on-one time with him.
8:40 pm: Unloading my trunk. In it you can see salt to weigh down the back for better traction in winter weather, a fan that is too big for my desk at work, a donated mobile phone with no charger, and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
8:45 pm: My brother demonstrating a new kata he is learning in order to progress in the Genwakai style of karate. He is a 1st level black belt and hopes to continue to move up .
That's it for me! Hope you had a great March 12th!