Sunday, July 10, 2011

Time for a tax increase

Yes.....that's what I said. Time to raise federal taxes on everyone. This morning I sat listening to the Sunday morning news talk shows and they talked about how the United States in the first time in its history may have to default on payments for its debts. This caused me to think about where that money was spent.

Let's begin by pushing the wars to the side of the table. We all know that because the U.S. can't stay out of everyone's strife and struggles.....we have been financially drained with no paybacks from the countries we have "saved". What does that leave us with? Well.....the other areas where we have spent money are for all the special requests that each state has for new parks, libraries, schools, museums, environment research, etc etc etc. Somebody had to request those things and it is my belief that if Congress can be blamed for pork barrel spending then we should also accept part of that blame.

Look, we are not going to get out of this debt without adding more money out of our pocket. I agree that we have to pay more in gas and food so that pinches everyone's pocket already. Trust me....I know! However, if we do not bring more money in, we are never going to get out of mess we are currently facing.

Now there is one tax that I would like to see go away if income taxes are raised. Eliminating the Estate Tax - the taxes that you have to pay on monies that you inherit from parents, spouses etc - would bring more money into your pocket that is tax free. I know that those inheritance times may only happen one or two times in your lifetime, but why pay on that inheritance when that money was already taxed a lot during its own lifetime? Makes no sense.

So as the clocks ticks down and the IMF (the world) sits back and waits in anticipation on some kind of cataclysmic event, I have to wonder as Americans........can we do more?

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Casey Anthony

Well, how about that folks? She was found innocent of the three counts of murder and manslaughter. I have to say....part of me was shocked but the other half was not. I listened to closing arguments and without more evidence that showed that she put that duct tape on her was going to be tough to get Murder 1. I thought that they would get her on a lesser count, but clearly.....she was smarter than any of else realized.

At this point, after spending three years in jail already........she will walk free on Thursday. Ahhhh....but where will she go? Do you think her family was really ok with being dragged through the mud during the trial? She has her freedom but at what cost? It is a bit bittersweet methinks.

Her family will never get the answer on what happened to their granddaughter. Some may think that the parents would cover for her but how could they? The crime was heinous if it was committed by her. These folks seemed like stand-up folks. I don't buy the sexual abuse claims for a minute. All lies manufactured by the "lying Queen". Casey Anthony wanted attention and she got it for three long miserable years.

And now.........she's free.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Ahhhh....the holiday weekend - July 4th

Day Two of the holiday weekend and I have already traveled 700+ miles! I took Friday off and drove over to St. Louis for the day to spend some celebratory time with one of my favorite aunts.

So here I am at home....a little tired and a bit hungry. I stopped by one of my favorite chicken places on the way home so I am waiting for a friend of mine to stop over and join me for some fried chicken and beer. Lovely way to spend a holiday weekend night.

Tomorrow....I will spend a little time in my backyard. I am thinking about putting in a fire pit a little closer to my house so it can be enjoyed by all. I have one already but it is on the corner of my lot.....down a small but steep hill. My friends wouldn't even be able to manage it more less my family. So I am planning something a little closer, more convenient. Perhaps I will have my act together enough to have it in place this weekend. Hmmm....maybe.....but not likely.

Here's hoping that you.....wherever you are......are having a lovely weekend.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Running and more running

Today was a day of running of all kinds. I spent most of the day with my dad running him to and from the medical center so he could have some tests done on his lung. This alone turned out to be a day long adventure especially for him. Long story short......he is resting comfortably at home after being poked and prodded.  

And now......I am heading to the park to run my c25k (w3d3)for the day. Just waiting for my iPhone to charge so there is no chance of it leaving me "musicless" during my run. Besides....if I wait a little bit I buy myself some cooler temperatures. I miss the days of running in 55 degree weather. Those were good days! to my running!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Work tomorrow

The last two words that anyone wants to hear when coming off a week's vacation.

I just went through 8 days of work email to get a jump on my day tomorrow so it isn't as hideous as I would imagine it will be. The confusion is not as bad as I thought from the emails that I have read. Now I might hear otherwise tomorrow but looks like folks were challenged but not overwhelmed. There are a few folks who simply can't follow directions even when they are spelled out in a document written at a 5th grade level. HA! And these are the folks that we are allowing to make application changes to our environment! Amazing!

Is it too early to it Friday yet?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Last day in Boston/Cape - Airport

We left P-Town about 9:30 this morning for the trek back to Logan Airport. It has been a nice relaxing trip. My head feels clearer and I feel like I can now redirect my energies to things that have drained me. Of course.....the sun was shining most of the drive back (and it is still out here at Logan). We had two sunny days to speak of.....our first day and our last day. It's gotta be Murphy's Law. :(  I packed sunscreen not dreaming that I would never even contemplate applying it. Ahhhhh......such is life. Tomorrow I will get up, cut my front yard and then go to the pool for a little Indiana sunshine.

My ever faithful pooch Kip will return to me tomorrow night after spending a week at mini-boot camp. He needed a little refresher course on how to be a well behaved 92 pound doggie. I missed him every time I saw a dog in P-Town. The town was crawling with canines so I thought of him often. He has a few pig ears coming home with me so he will have a nice little treat waiting for him.

It's a little after 4pm. Our flight leaves at 5:50 or so. We got here about 2:45 so we have been here a little while. You never know about the Boston traffic so it was probably a good thing that we got here early. The "accommodations" at Logan are quite nice. Lots of power stations to plug into, nice comfy seats and free wi-fi for those of us who feel the need to blog a few lines. It's lovely, just lovely.

A quick glance at the weather radar shows rain in the Cincinnati tri-state area. YAY! More clouds and rain.........I love it! Perhaps I should get a cocktail before I get on the plane.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 3 - Cape Cod

After a fabulous day with friends in Boston, our vacation takes us to Cape Cod for the remainder of our stay. Yesterday was an incredibly rainy and cloudy day in Boston, but the good companionship made up for the lack of good weather. Today looks to be much more of the same except much chillier.

I have relinquished all driving responsibilities this trip much to the surprise of Lyn who is used to me wanting to drive everywhere! Currently we are on the rental shuttle that has taken us well away from the airport to pick up our car. Who knew that we would go all the way to Revere? hmmmmm....

Next stop....the Cape.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 2 - Boston I am in the lobby of the Westin Waterfront just killing a little time on my blog. Our first day in Boston kept us busy with visiting some of my regular "haunts" such as the Union Oyster House and Mike's Pastry. It is a must stop for me! After that we spent a bit of time walking around downtown Boston.

We went over to the North Chuch so that we could "right" the Sarah Palin facts that she was spewing on her stop here a few days ago. What a piece of work she is! She has her defenders and I still don't know how any decent educated woman can support someone who lacks the educational foundation to speak about even the most minute things! I just don't get it and maybe that is what some of her supporters would say of me! Ha! I will happily give any other Republican woman a listen if she is even 25% more eloquent in her responses to life's easy and difficult questions. Bring it!

By the fact that Sarah Palin missed last week. Paul Revere was a Bruins fan! He was! I have proof!

Today.....we head back into Boston for the Pride Parade. It should be a full day and I am really looking forward to it! Unfortunately the weather looks like it is going to suck (rainy and chilly) but I am willing to roll along with it!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Just love this blog!

Ok....I just have to share how much I like this new (well new to me) blog that I found. C'mon people! Who doesn't like Grilled Cheese?

Grilled Cheese Social

I love the simplicity of the blog and the many blog topics dedicated to Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! You have not had them like this so get on over to this site and check it out!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Ramblings of a woman ready for a vacation

Yes......I start my vacation on Friday. Heading to my favorite spot in the U.S......Boston MA. So these are my ramblings as I moan and groan my way through 3 more days of work.
  • Sarah Palin - still an idiot. It's funny. Every time she embarrasses herself in front of the entire world, those who support her attack President Obama for all of his shortcomings. When she is quiet....they are quiet. All political leaders have had gaffes, mistakes and blunders. Why can't they just call her out on it just once?
  • Great news! While I am on vacation, Kip will be spending a week at the trainer's getting a refresher course on manners. He is all of 16 months and he is feeling his "oats". It is so nice to know that I can fully relax and not worry about him. Phew!
  • I had to skip two days of my c25k program in the last week due to a sore Achilles heel. I decided to play co-ed softball this summer and of course.....I am doing a lot of sprints which have left me feeling all of my 45 years in three weeks. Ugh. My grandmother was right when she told me "don't ever get old".
  • I am bringing a book along with me on vacation. I'm not a huge reader but when I do pick one I like non-fiction stuff. I chose the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton book "Furious Love" to read while I lounge around and eat chowdah and lobster!
  • Speaking of chowdah.....I will be sitting at my favorite chowdah spot in downtown Boston around Noon on Friday - The Union Oyster House. I have not found a bowl that I like any better. I have heard that there is a place in P-Town that has pretty good chowdah. Hmmmm we shall see!
So what are your plans for the weekend? Relaxing? Yardwork? Chowdah?!

Somebody get me to the airport!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I have thought about my brother many times since he passed in October 2008. Many times is probably an understatement. It is interesting how the new "normal" comes to be after you lose someone. Things seem to evolve in different ways. The void is clearly still there but like the changing seasons.....things keep growing and changing.

I miss my brother most when I am with my parents. I miss being able to reach out and talk to him about what's going on with my parents lives. I am still trying to get a handle on what an only child feels like now. Oh I think I am understanding the stress. No problem there. Sometimes the loss of my brother feels like my left arm is gone but somehow its still there.  That probably doesn't make much sense I know.

I see how his friends - who I thought were pretty good guys - simply not call or check-in on my mother anymore. They seemed so attentive at first but now.....the silence from them disturbs even her. Maybe it's the difference between Mars and Venus.......women are a bit more sensitive in that way. Maybe it is simply life evolving and people moving on from a sad experience.

Anyway, my two cents on a hot and humid evening. Summer is here, the Reds are struggling, time to take a vacation, mow the lawn, walk the slowly moves on in the new normal.

Casey Anthony Trial

Has anybody else been following this circus over the last three years? I gotta say that I have been watching this drama since day one and I have never doubted that Casey Anthony is guilty of the death of her two year old daughter. This is some crazy stuff!

Let's start with the first revelation - she doesn't tell anyone that her child is missing for 31 days. I mean....who does that?? And then.....her parents have to hunt her down to find out where their granddaughter is just to find out that her mother has no clue where she is! Oh wait.....Zanny the Nanny took her. That's right. This was revelation #2. The nanny had her last and she ran off with her. Uhh yeah.....that turned out to be a lie. She then took the police on a wild goose chase all over town with her lies - all of which were found out by the police. Then came the party photos, the boyfriends, etc etc. Her home computer had been used to search for recipes for chlorophyll. I do not have children but I have to ask those who have children.........would you sedate your child to that extreme if you thought you could get away with a few hours of peace?  I mean.....I can understand pressures of raising a child but what type of person goes to that extreme?

I've been watching Nancy Grace every evening to catch up on the testimonies during the trial. I have to say I have been pretty irritated with the grandparents as they stood by Casey Anthony all of this time. heart breaks for them because they are really really suffering. Clearly, the jury has to see that something doesn't make sense here. As the trial goes on, Casey Anthony sits there watching it like an obstinate, spoiled little child. Oh yeah.....she's crying....but I think her tears are just an overflow of the frustration of all of the lies she has perpetrated. She is in so deep she can't dig herself out now.

I hope that the jury can see the honest raw emotions coming from the grandparents and send this girl away for a good long time. Does anyone else have any thoughts about this trial?

Monday, May 30, 2011

So what's next for Ohio State?

I hated to hear about Jim Tressel resigning from Ohio State this morning. With NCAA violations hanging over the team's head, he decided to vamoose before he was fired. The "crime" itself was really minor in grand scheme of things - players selling trophies & awards to raise money for tattoos, etc etc. It was the cover up on the part of Tressel (to protect his idiot players) that killed him. He knew what was going on and instead of answering truthfully to the NCAA when he was asked directly about it........he denied knowing anything of what was going on. It looks like this wasn't the first year that his players were selling stuff and the more those stories were leaked........he had no other recourse.

OSU loses a good coach and I am not so sure that someone from his coaching staff can do a better job. I'd like to see them go outside and bring in a heavier hitter. The team has a lot of talent that has yet to be exploited under Tressel's conservative game play. I hear Urban Meyer is available. I wonder what it would take to get him to Columbus?

Either way.....this team has some housecleaning to do in regards to integrity. The star players were selling off sacred trophies just to gain a few bucks for whatever. Oh yeah.....some claimed early they were trying to help their families but that was squashed after we heard about the tattoo purchases. I have no respect for those players and I am glad that some of them are in their last year of play.

I will continue to support the Bucks and look forward to the beginning of football season however bittersweet that will be. The whole mess smells bad and the foul odor will unfortunately cover this team for the first five games of the season. I hope it is something that the Bucks put behind them so they can salvage a half way decent season.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Children on bicycles

Dangerous and unsteady. That's all I can say.

When I was a child, my mom and dad were pretty close by on my first few trips around the neighborhood on my bike. I guess it was more out of my own welfare than anyone elses. Too bad that parents don't watch their kids as closely these days.

I was in the middle of my W3D2 of c25k yesterday afternoon when I was "taken out" by an eight year old boy on his bike. Seriously. I was hit from behind without any warning that the little devil was creeping up behind me! I went down pretty hard but did the kid on his bike. Hmmpf. At least he was wearing a helmet. I received a beautiful ostrich egg size lump on my upper thigh. No skinned or scraped up skin....just a painful lump that will likely turn into the ugliest bruise known to man.

The child's father.....yes...he was jogging some ways behind his son and witnessed the whole sorry scene.....was apologetic and asked if I was ok. Of course I said yes and I told the boy to yell loudly when he intends to pass me the next time. I continued my run despite the fact that I was a bit shaken up. They both steered clear of me on the walking path for the rest of my 30 minute run. pain no gain? This experience gives that new meaning. Beware of children on bikes my friends. They are quiet, stealth-like and deadly!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Get along little doggy

This seems to be a theme for the last two weekends for me and my dog. Kip has had an on and off week with some digestive issues and I have been moving forward with c25k. For both of us it has been a slow week. Kip took in some rice this morning at 7am.....and at 8:45 has managed to keep it down and in without an issue. I started my W3D1 in the c25k program. I didn't think I would be able to run 3 minutes straight but I did.....not once but twice. Yay!

So it is measured success at this point but we are still moving forward. Hopefully, Kip will continue to progress during the day so he can get a bit more of a meal this afternoon. Kip likes to eat things outside so at some point he got a hold of something that has his digestive tract doing flip flops. Some days I think I own a goat instead of a dog.

I have managed to turn few more folks on to the benefits of the Couch to 5k program. I am down 27 pounds so far. Not all of that is due to c25k but I can attribute 16 pounds to it. My goal is to lose an additional 13 pounds by August 6th. It is much needed weight that needs to go away. I think that I am losing more inches than pounds at this point. It is obvious in my clothes. Unfortunately, I work at a company that still clings to the "business professional" attire (my company is more concerned about "presentation" while the rest of the world is more concerned about how well you provide your services and how much your services cost) so shopping for new work clothes could be expensive if I buy every time the waist in my pants loosens. In the end, this is all about me and my clothes will catch up once I get close to a good maintenance weight.

As for today.....time for me and Kip to move forward and continue our progress. Tomorrow is another day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


What comes to mind when you think of Oprah Winfrey? Some key words that come to my mind - powerful, strong, confident, leader and communicator. I must say that the world is a different place since Oprah first took to the airways. I mean.....Phil Donahue was still on the air! With her last show coming up very soon, I don't think there is anyone in the wings who has the kahunas to take her place.

I can't remember the early years of Oprah very well. I was 20 when she aired her first show. I was in college at that point and just didn't have much time to sit down at 4pm in the afternoon and watch a talk show. I was busy with other things. Over the years, I have managed to catch a few shows here and there but the time I got home from work, she was off the air.

I guess this is why I have enjoyed watching the OWN network. The variety of shows have been interesting and I actually have had time to sit down and enjoy a few of them. She's gotten some bad press lately about the ratings of her new network, but I think that once she has her daily shows completed she will be able to grow OWN and prove that it can be successful. I mean.....she's got the golden touch. Look how many books she has managed to race up the best seller's list. I am guilty of buying at least one just because she recommended it. I figured if she had time to read it so did I.

Here's to Oprah and her life after the Oprah Winfrey Show. Methinks she has more to come......

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Just another rainy Sunday

It has been quite the week. I am busy with a big project at work, still running the c25k and now I am sitting in my garage with my ailing dog. He came down with a serious case of the "pukes" this morning so until his stomach seems to be better. He is not going back into the house. Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do. Right? I must say that blogging in the garage is a unique experience.

So what can I say about the Couch to 5K program?! I am into week five. I have had to repeat Week 1 twice and I am repeating Week 2 three times just to get myself acclimated to this whole program. While I am running, my body is still fighting the whole idea. It is telling my brain to not come up with any more bright ideas! On the upside though....I have lost 14 pounds in four weeks! Isn't that crazy? So all of the aches and pains of running are really paying off huge in inches and pounds. I am actually looking forward to doing the program on Sun/Tues/Thur. It is crazy but I will keep it up because I am seeing fantastic results! 

This is my last week at Week 2 (five min warm up followed by 6 reps of 90 secs jogging and two mins walking ending with a five minute cool down). I have to push myself into Week 3 which will really stress and test my abilities and my body. It's something ungodly like two reps each of 90 secs jogging/90 secs walking and 3 mins jogging and 3 mins walking. Yeah. Jog for three minutes? So soon? Eeeeeek!

Anyway.....I will look and feel good for my vacation in June. Lyn and I are heading to Boston Pride weekend to catch the parade and then its off to the Cape for some seafood and R&R.

Sooooo looking forward to June!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Happy Mother's Day to any mothers who may read my humble little blog. I have found readership to be down since I stopped blogging last year. Ahhh is what it is.

It is a blah day here in the Cincinnati area. After a fairly nice day on Friday.....the clouds crept back in yesterday and have hunkered down this morning. Luckily, there are no plans for grilling out dinner for Mom. We are heading out to the restaurant of her choice. We are keeping it fairly simple and avoiding the showers.

I ran the c25k program again this morning. I am still jogging slow but steady. I am into my fourth week of this interval jog/walk program and I must say I look forward to it on Sun/Tue & Thurs. I had to repeat the second week of the program - as I did with the first week - but I think once I lose more weight I will find that I am repeating less. In the last three weeks I have lost eight pounds so something is working.

I am going to have a complete physical this coming Wednesday to ensure I am on track with my new healthy living. I've been having some interesting pains starting in my upper chest and I want to have that checked out as well. They are not sharp.....dull and only last about 10 seconds. The best part is that it doesn't occur during my exercise routines and I don't have one family member who has ever fallen over with a heart attack! It's a "come and go" type of thing. I just want to eliminate it as a serious issue so I can pick up my jogging routine. Got to keep my eyes on the target dammit!  Life is good.

Make it a great day with your Moms, Mother-in-Laws, etc!

Friday, May 06, 2011


Ok.....I have tried to not complain about all of this rain that we have gotten so far this Spring because I knew that it would stop eventually. Now I am not so sure.

In April....we had about five sunny days free of rain and clouds. The other days......cloudy and lots of rain. I now can rest easy knowing that I do indeed have a dry basement. With this much rain.....if it was coming in it would have by now.

Has anyone else experienced it by the buckets this year? I have heard the East Coast has had a nice Spring. I am hoping that it continues to be nice up there when I head to Boston next month. It will be nice to spend some days with the sun shining on my face instead of all of this rain!

Ahhh it was partly sunny and tomorrow we are back to showers. That's ok......tomorrow I am treating myself to Fried Chicken at the Old Brick. It can rain all it likes tomorrow afternoon.....I will be happy.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Third week of Couch to 5K

I can't believe that I am beginning my third week of the C25K program. For those of you that need to be caught up on all this, I decided that to accelerate my weight loss program and road to healthy living, I would begin to run. The C25K program (iPhone or Droid) walks you through a 9 week interval program of jogging and walking so that you can actually run 3.1 miles afterward in 30 minutes.

I had to repeat week one for my second week. I just was not ready to move ahead. I have run on the sunny days (1), cloudy days and two rainy days to move forward with my goal. This morning, I started on W2D1 (week 2 day one) part of the program. I was amazed that it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Am I getting used to this?

My scale at home says that this is working. My clothes are saying this is working. My body after the run says it is working. body screams a lot too during and after the run! It is not easy for me, but I am pushing through it. There is one thing that you have to know about me........once I am fully engaged in something, there is no one who can stop me but me.

So I am happy with the progress thus far. I am pushing forward with the program and my eating habits. I have lost 20 pounds so far and I am confident that I will drop a few more this week since I have two more days to hit the pavement.

Am I a runner now? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Royal Wedding - Wills & Kate

So where were you when Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married? It was thirty years ago folks. Really, it was! It doesn't seem possible that it was that long ago.

I was a freshman in high school. It was an early morning on that day too and the middle of the week no less. It was the talk of the day back then. Of course we know more about their relationship now than we did back then. Diana.....a local girl from an aristocratic family, no college and worked as a nanny. A pure soul with no earthly idea that she was marrying someone who was in love with another. It didn't take long for her to be unhappy and the pictures looking back at their life together portrays the thick air of misery. But what a happy wedding day it was on that day - like something from Cinderella.

Fast forward 30 years......and this time it's a bit different. Prince William and Kate have had years to get to know each other, appreciate each other and grow to respect each other. No one can accuse the guy of rushing things. Yikes! Kate is well educated and does not come from an aristocratic family. Just a normal girl in the world really. Normal changes on Friday for good.

I am really looking forward to catching it on TV. I can you not watch? If you miss it in the morning, it will be rerun all day long and then rerun during prime time that night. This is the next monarch-in-waiting and one day he and she will be King and Queen. What's not to love about the spectacle and the pomp and circumstance? It is a nice distraction to all the other things going on in the world that we are weary of hearing reported. A little good news isn't hard to swallow every now and it?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Prelude to "the wedding"

LONDON - A British guard has been removed from his duties at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton after calling the bride-to-be a "stuck up cow" on his Facebook page.

Scots Guardsman Cameron Reilly, 18, was axed from the April 29 event after using the social networking website to launch a foul-mouthed rant against Middleton.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to those who read my blog!

I believe that it has been raining 40 days and 40 nights here in the Cincinnati tri-state area. It has been quite gloomy - very green but gloomy. Not a particularly good time for an Easter egg hunt. I don't envy the parents who forge ahead with their egg hunt plans despite the weather. It will be a mess.

The whole Easter basket thing has been missed by me as an adult. I can remember getting an Easter basket from Mums and Dadums and then heading over to my grandparents for more Easter basket goodies. Fabulous time for the candy industry - not so fun for the parents who will spend the rest of the day waiting for the sugar rush to end in their otherwise sweet and well-mannered children. Ahhh.....good times.

My favorite "eggs" were chocolate marshmallow. this day, I can easily finish off a box of my favorite brand - Papas & Sons - located in Covington Ky. I wish they had a website because I would direct everyone to their site. The chocolate marshmallow eggs they make are small and simply fabulous. For those of you on Weight Watchers......1 point a piece. That's right. I know that because many moons ago I was on WW and I needed to know this basic fact so I could indulge without guilt. But I digress.....

Papas & Sons make at least a dozen flavors of their eggs. They have peanut butter, opera creams, maple creams, etc etc. There is one to meet every foodies craving and they are available in local stores. My grandmother pinged Papas quite heavily for our baskets. It was she who introduced me to the chocolate marshmallow egg and I found out years later that this was her favorite too. This explained why I never had any of these in the baskets from my parents. Grandma made her baskets herself and the ones I received from my parents included toys and other fun items besides candy. Usually the pre-wrapped cellophane baskets from the local grocers.

Despite the variety of baskets that you indulge in today, let us remember that it is not all about the Easter bunny and all of his tasty treats, there is religious aspect to this day which is the basis of this celebration for all Christians - the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday ramblings

Just a few odd and end ramblings this evening. I simply don't have one topic that I could talk all night about so I will choose a couple.

I found out tonight that my dog Kip, the 92 lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever, likes Brussel Sprouts.....uncooked Brussel Sprouts. While that seems a little odd to me that a dog would like something with such a strong flavor, he has a high food drive and will try just about go figure. His owner likes them cooked by the way. :)

I completed my third day of Couch to 5k. I don't like running and it is more strenuous than my spinner bike. I got through it though and the app said I jogged/walked 1.84 miles and burned 437 calories. Weeeeee!

I have been taking part in a weight challenge at work for the last eight weeks. Tomorrow is not only the signal that Lent is ending.....the weight challenge ends also. I am hoping for a big finish because I have only lost 7.5 lbs in eight weeks and I am very disappointed. According to my clothes however, I have lost some serious inches. I have to keep telling myself that I actually have lost about 12+ lbs since 2/1 so I need to be grateful. However! I want 2.5 lbs more!! Not too much to ask right?

I am looking forward to my trip to Boston (my favorite place to be!) and the Cape in June. I have bought a book and I am ready to chill out and not worry about anything. Just walk the beach and think about the meanings of life............ahhhhhh!  Oh yeah....and chowdah! Lots of chowdah!

That ends my brief ramblings for the evening. Kip is getting restless and likely wants to go outside for a bit. He's a good boy and my faithful companion. Who like Brussel Sprouts as much as me!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tuna Steaks

Love them! I have found my most favorite way to have tuna salad. Find a nice tuna steak at your local seafood shop or grocer......I prefer one that has a peppery coating on the sides of the steak....and then throw that baby on the grill! When cooked to perfection, a cooled tuna steak makes homemade tuna salad something spectacular. There really is no better way to enjoy tuna.

I have been purchasing the tuna (usually Albacore) in the foil packets instead of the awful cans. Did you know that the canned tuna actually can contain several different types of tuna? Predominately, Skipjack accounts for most of the canned light tuna and contains less Mercury than yellow fin and albacore. Yep....limit the amount of albacore. It may look great and seem healthier than the gray stuff in a can but its not. Anyway....I am sure that my tuna steak isn't any more safe.

So the next time you want to make some tuna salad, start with a Tuna steak on the grill instead of reaching for the can opener. It is very tasty and you will not be disappointed!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


I'm not a good runner. I never have been. As a child playing soccer and softball, I was never the quickest up and down the field or rounding the bases. Thankfully in softball I didn't need to be quick because I was gifted with a solid bat. Even at my healthiest weight running just wasn't a gift that I was given in life.

As I have said before, I have been shedding the pounds over the last few months. Today I decided to download an iPhone app that seemed to be built just for me - Couch to 5K.  The premise of this app is to get you up and moving in a running/walking interval program over a 9 week period culminating in your ability to run a 5k. Again.......culminating in your ability to run 3.1  miles without stopping.


I downloaded this app with much optimism. My feeling is the old adage "no pain no gain" is one that I need to live with if I want to be successful with my weight loss. And what better than a program that plays to my weakness? Now I don't expect to actually run a 5K after this is all said and done but its nice to think that I would be able to do so.

I tried it out this afternoon and it wasn't fun for me but by the time it was over I was doing better in my run/walk reps. Basically, in the beginning, you perform 8 sets of 30 second runs and 60 second walks. The program is set up for a three times a week workout. At some point the length of the runs will increase and I will be walking less. Oh goody. At the end of my workout, I looked like I had had a good workout and I was glad I did it.

Do I really think I will run a 5k after this? I can't see the light at the end of that tunnel as of yet. However, I will give this program a shot and reap the health benefits from it for now. I'm not ready to ask miracles of myself just yet.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bookstore Saturday

It's a perfectly gloomy rainy Saturday. An ideal day for hibernating in Barnes and Noble. It's a past time I thoroughly enjoy from time to time. I'm not an avid reader mind you but I do enjoy days at BN perusing books and purchasing the most interesting non-fiction reads.

Today I am purchasing a "beach book" for my upcoming New England vacation in June.I have chosen Furious Love as the perfect book amongst one or two other books.

It is a great day to be here. Did someone say its raining?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fried Chicken

I've been eating less and exercising more since the beginning of February. Just trying to shed some unwanted pounds accumulated from the stress and strains in my life. Whenever I find myself "back on the wagon", I always come up with one stark raving mad craving.....Fried Chicken.

Now its not like I eat Fried Chicken a lot in my less than healthy diet. I do like it and when I have a chance to eat it I want to eat the best fried chicken available. Crispy, a little juicy with just the right balance of spices. Mmmmmm.....

I am lucky.....well....some may say not so live in the Midwest. Here is the Midwest you are going to find some of the best Fried Chicken around. We know what's good and tasty and I am lucky to live in Indiana where they do succeed at chicken dishes.

I have a goal on this diet...umm...change of eating...phase 1. If I can lose at least 20 pounds by May 7th, I am going out for Fried Chicken at a local establishment called The Old Brick Tavern. It's located about 30 minutes from my house up the highway in Sunman Indiana. It's a little hole in the wall family establishment and they do fried foods right. Their Fried Chicken is outstanding and well worth the drive. You can get a whole chicken for $10. They cut it up just like your mom does at home. Yes.....there is a back piece and a wishbone. What do they do with the wishbone at KFC? can get a whole chicken (among other lovely things on their menu) on a big platter with a pitcher of beer. Mmmmm.....It is a real treat. I suspect that they use half flour and half cornmeal as their breading. Don't know if there is any buttermilk involved but the breading has a lovely flavor and is just crispy enough to be entertaining. Hungry yet?

I am looking forward to taking my friends - who I have stirred into a frenzy about this chicken - with me on my FC excursion. I will be that much better eaten amongst friends. For my blog readers, I will post a picture of the large platter of goodness before it is completely devoured. :)

It doesn't get any better than that.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011



Don't get me wrong - I love the fact that I can communicate with someone immediately. I mean...that's what communications is all about these days right? Instant gratification. Breaking news on TV or the Internet allows no delay in getting a message to all of us.

I may be sentimental, but to me there is nothing like a good handwritten letter. It conveys much more these days to the receiver of the letter. It says that you sat down, took time out of your day to convey a meaningful message to someone. Now before anyone says that emails can be meaningful too......yes they can fit into the meaningful category as well. However, in this day of "instant on", I still think it means more to the receiver to receive a handwritten letter. I will go out on a limb to say it states that the person is important to you - they mean something to you. You value them enough to take a moment to hand write a letter.

I have a copy of a letter sent from my great-grandmother to my grandfather when he was overseas in WWI. Timeless words during a period when getting the mail from the mailman meant everything! It was our only source for good news or bad news from family or friends. I believe that this has all been lost on society today.

How do you feel about letter writing? What does it mean to you?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Riverside Korean

So we went to Riverside Korean after all and I was very impressed by the cuisine. This was my maiden voyage in the Korean cuisine category. I had something called Mae Un Dak Bok Um. Basically it is a chicken stir-fry with cabbage, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and green onions in a spicy sauce. Love the spicy sauce! I even managed to eat 95% of the meal with chop sticks! Amazing since it also included rice in a separate bowl. Have you ever tried to eat rice with chop sticks? Not an easy feat my friends.

There were a couple of downsides. I don't usually sit on the floor anymore because my leg has a tendency to fall asleep. It is odd really. My legs can be straight out and my left leg gets all tingly and simply wants to go to nighty night land. So this restaurant gives you the option of sitting in a booth or on the floor. My compadres asked for a floor spot so I went along with the plan goodnaturedly. So even before the meal began.....the left leg decided that this was the absolute best time to go to sleep. I managed to get through the meal ok by shifting around a bit but it was a pain. The other downside is the restaurant is small and doesn't have a bar. Now....they do serve wine....and their selection is nice but it is also nice to have a pre-dinner cocktail of some sort every now and then.

The food is outstanding and I look forward to going back again. The menu is varied and gives you very different items from which to choose. If you are adventurous, you can choose skate fish or baby octopus. I think there is a good selection so even those who are looking for "less adventure" will be happy. If you haven't tried Korean food, it is a bit different from Thai, Szechuan or Cantonese. It has a flavor and personality all its own which will leave you satisfied and happy.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Yes.....Tiger Woods. I am sitting here watching the Masters and Tiger's aggressive climb up the leader board. Fabulous! Yes....that's what I said.

The guy made a mistake in his marriage and while some of you may think he is despicable because of it...he's human. Get over it and move on. Golf has been a boring game because Tiger has not been at his best. I don't like watching it if Tiger isn't charging the greens, pumping his fists and showing the raw emotion that has made him what he is in the history of golf. I heard what the old timers said about him...."he shows too much emotion, he swears, he throws his clubs...he needs to curb all of this and play the gentleman's game" etc etc. That's bullshit. Jealous old men......all of them. He is on target to be the most successful golfer that ever lived. Of course they would say all that crap. They want to change him and his game - make him weaker.

I say let him do whatever he needs to do to get his game back. The PGA is better because of him. No one wants to see no names winning inconsistently with every tournament. The sport of golf is more exciting and interesting because of Tiger.

Let the guy do whatever he likes. You don't have to like him as a many of us can even say we know the man? I don't know him but I appreciate his prowess on the greens and the historical impact he has had on society. Period.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

No politics today but........

I just wanted to recommend a website. I have been reading this site for years now and find it to be an entertaining look at the stuff going on in Washington. If you don't like political satire......skip it.

Wonkette - The D.C. Gossip


It's just me and Kip hanging out this morning. I had grand intentions of taking advantage of a beautiful day - cutting my front yard, pulling some weeds and perhaps entertaining the notion of planting some perennials. wasn't meant to be. The morning is cloudy with a bit of chill in the air. I managed to pull some weeds and putter around the house as I waited for the sun to start shining so my yard would be dry enough to cut. After a few hours of puttering, I checked the weather radar and we have severe thunderstorms coming our way today. I got the mower out and managed to cut the side yard of my house before I felt the spritzing of raindrops. Ah least the dog is happy. I am in the house hanging out with him as he naps.

Tonight, Lyn and I are heading out to a Korean Restaurant for dinner with some friends. I have never had Korean food so I am curious about it. I am a huge fan of Asian cuisine anyway so it really isn't a stretch for me to go this route. I checked out Urbanspoon for Riverside Korean to see what kind of feedback it had received and it looks like 89% of the people who have tried it. I also like to check out the local foodie bloggers to get their input. My favorite foodie blogger - Wine Me Dine Me - had not written a review yet so I am placing my faith in others that say this place is pretty good.
 This might just be the luck of my day today. Just heard that we may or may not be able to go for Korean this evening. Other commitments may spill into the early evening and waylay our Korean din din. Bummer. Methinks I need to think of a suitable Plan B if this falls through this evening.
 Oh well.....I have all day to watch it rain and think about it.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Curious thing.........neighbors

My neighbors are a quiet young couple. I place them anywhere between 25 and 30. Anyway....they keep to themselves mostly. We chat from time to time and I can always count on the husband to give me a hand lifting something. They are good people.

This past weekend they planted a fruit tree in their backyard. While this would not normally be a big deal, I live in an area that until about 6 months ago had deer hanging from the trees. While the herd has been cut back, they still thrive here in the wooded areas of "happy valley". So....the idea of planting a fruit tree in an area where deer are always foraging for food seems a bit hilarious to me. Really? Out of all of the perfectly good landscaping trees and shrubs they could have chosen.....they chose a fruit tree?

Perhaps it is a bit of "deer cull" guilt. You see.....he took part in the herd thinning that happened here in the valley. The local POA thought it would be a great idea to give folks bows and arrows and let them run wild through the woods. He killed one or two during the killing season. I actually think he left one in the bed of his truck overnight.

Anyway, I'm not sure what kind of tree it is and I certainly hope that they actually harvest something from that tree. Methinks that it will simply serve as a salad bar for my little deer friends. It's not like the deer could actually get to the tree past Kip (see pic in post below) because he does a fine job as sentry on my deck. It just seems like a funny tree to plant in an area that is known to be a Denny's for the SE Indiana animal population.

Of course......if its a fruit I enjoy......they will never suspect me when fruit is missing.  :)


If I am really really quiet folks won't see me creep into my blog and post something after a year!

The last time I posted I spoke about my new puppy. If you want to know what has had me completely is him. Kip is my 14 month old Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

He is a "buffalo in a china shop" most days. Thankfully he has left most of his chewing days behind him. Most of my furniture is in tact since he liked to chew on me.... a lot! Many nights I cried frustrated tears because of his incessant need to chew on my arms and feet. Lots of chew marks let me tell ya!

Kip is exactly as his breed is described. He has been a faithful companion who bores easily. I had high hopes that I would be able to train him to make me the perfect Bloody Mary on the weekends but training techniques were a disappointment. He has a throaty bark that will scare the bejeezus out of unsuspecting strangers who approach the house. I haven't had anybody come after me to see where his loyalties lie, but I am confident that he would use those big teeth of his and sink them deep into someone's skin if they harmed his "mama".

He loves his little pal Sadie. Who is Sadie? Sadie is Lyn's little companion. She can be full of fire and fury when she wants to be. Oh.....and Lyn hasn't been spared a little bite now and then. I think there is an amusing story about her nose being bitten by the Little Miss. Well......the story was amusing to me anyway. :)

That is my life for the last year. It is now high time that I begin my blogging again for anyone who is willing to read it. Perhaps a little facelift on the site is in order as well. Hmmmm.....maybe.