JLPNURSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JLPNURSE JLPNURSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ For those who need some kitty cuteness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783824 Enjoy <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bmhjf0rKe8 </link> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 20:29:48 EST Happy in the Kitchen, epilogue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3703276 Remember how I was cooking through Michel Richard's Happy in the Kitchen? Well I went to his restaurant, Citronelle, and he was in the house and came by our table. Check out the photos below. <BR> <BR> Michel & I <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l904725383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH & his dessert <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l958484118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My dessert & I (sounds like a musical) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 09:41:58 EST Asparagus on Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3102960 This is basically asparagus served with a sauce made from asparagus, olive oil, & lemon. I served it with the salmon stuffed asparagus and it paired nicely together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873367383.jpg"> Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:13:11 EST Salmon stuffed with Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3070695 This was a great Michel Richard recipe. Relatively easy, beautiful looking, and healthy. First a pocket is created in a salmon filet and light steamed asparugs is inserted inside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88806303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929092475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556381330.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The fish was then baked. The finished product. <BR> <BR> <img src... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 20:22:11 EST Romaine on Romaine or Are Lettuce Ribs Blue Cheese? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3049017 This recipe cleverly used rice paper to contain romaine leaves to make a utensil free salad. It is called Romaine on Romaine because the dressing/dipping sauce also contains romaine lettuce. And it uses the lettuce ribs chunked up to create texture. Michel Richard described it like having blue cheese chunks in the dressing but that description was a bit of a stretch for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146042015.jpg"> Sat, 27 Mar 2010 10:25:19 EST Spinach crusted Red Snapper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3023141 This was easy and healthy. My only challenge was finding red snapper. Again plastic wrap was used to help form a thin layer of spinach around the fish. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491607777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finsihed product: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l371856812.jpg"> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:55:53 EST Snow pea linguini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2998662 This was a very easy recipe wear snow peas are julienned and cooked to resemble linguini. Very easy and tasty vegetable. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562332257.jpg"> Sun, 14 Mar 2010 17:16:03 EST Lobster Burger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2989207 This is another recipe of a dish I've eaten at Citronelle. It has roasted tomatoes, potato crisps, and lobster with ginger mayo. I let my husband process the lobster because of a bad experience I had once. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393402220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73822174.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the finished product <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511520495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <i... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 21:42:20 EST Le Kit Kat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2966068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l485122792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The bottom layer is milk chocoate, peanut butter and cornflakes. The top layer is a dark chocolate and whipped cream mousse. The sauce is a hazelnut sauce which was challenging to make. I had to skin the hazelnuts! But the end result was delicious. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:37:55 EST Potato Olive Bacon Mushroom Onion Stew and a Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2936009 DC has had a lot of snow this year. A LOT! One day it was snowing and I was desperate to get to work so as not to use leave (we never get off for weather and we don't get a lot of leave) but it just wasn't happening. My husband dug out my car but visibility was less than half a block. I didn't feel safe much less having my husband drive me to work. I was irritable about having to take leave and being stuck in the house. So then I thought I'd make stew. And this recipe by Michel Richard... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 19:53:55 EST Random Pix of Cooking experiments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2923999 Brussel Sprouts with a pea sauce <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/6/l266710236.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Potato and Beet Puree <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/9/l69046173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Potato Napoleons (Potato Crisps -- pureed potatoes & gelatin formed into a log, frozen thenthinly sliced and baked with Potato Puree (I used potato beet) and Syrah Sauce <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/8/l889850271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Potato ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 20:29:55 EST Steak with Syrah Sauce or the Steak that almost ended my marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2915110 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/5/l258125618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> on Valentine's Day none the less. It looks good doesn't it? It has a Syrah reduction that took hours to make. And then a porcini sauce that was tossed with twice cooked potatoes. And then a perfect steak layed gently on the potatoes and topped with tempura fried mushrooms. I slaved for hours over two days to make this steak. Yum-O. Except my husband started in the sauce could be warmer and the potatoes were ge... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 20:45:26 EST Blog Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2907945 Hey there. I've still been cooking like made but have not had any time to post. Since my last post I've made: <BR> <BR> Bacon Olive Onion Potato Stew <BR> Pea Basil Potato Puree <BR> Beet Potato Puree <BR> Jolly Green Brussel Sprouts <BR> Steak with Syrah Sauce, porcini sauce, and tempura fried mushrooms <BR> <BR> And Le Kit Kat bar. Which was fabulous <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm making lobster burgers. <BR> <BR> Hope to blog more soon or at least post pictures. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 08:06:18 EST Virtual Fried Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2877172 Again in this recipe, Michel Richard uses potato as a substitue for rice and uses the bennriner to get a rice like size and shape out of the potato. The potato is rinsed and kept in cold water. It was so cold we just kept it outside. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/0/b306533943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Also, do you notice anything wrong with my measuring cup <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/2/b92727812.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This recipe was quite yummy and I'd... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:38:52 EST "Sociable" garlic pureed potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866339 In this cookbook there are a lot of recipes for pureed potatoes - some with basil and peas, some with beets, and some with bacon. I went for the garlic recipe because I LOVE garlic. First garlic cloves are blanched 2 times to get the pungency out. Then they are simmered in cream for 20 minutes. This creates a wonderfully mild garlic cream that could be used for 1000 good purposes. In this recipe the potatoes are steamed vs. boiled which I bet helps keep the nutrients in. Then everythin... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 15:02:06 EST Carmelized carrot "risotto" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2851510 This is another recipe where one food imitates another. There is no rice in this, just carrots and potatoes diced and cooked risotto style. It also has maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and cinammon. This made a lovely side dish that would taste great with a pork chop. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/4/b34835972.jpg"> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 10:20:44 EST Low Carbonara http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2845118 This is a carbonara dish that is made with onions instead of pasta so that it is a low carb dish. The onions are steamed to take the pungency out of them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/9/b290008676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looks just like the real thing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/8/b981597963.jpg"> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 13:48:36 EST Bloomin' Carrots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2837010 Ok, this was a fun, easy, tasty recipe. My husband was so excited by it, he had to make some too. Basically you slice carrots very thin (benriner) and add a little cornstarch and then deep fat fry which I just did in a regular pot and pan. They look like cornflakes and are a nice salty snack. The cornstarch bit got me thinking about how I could get my sweet potato fries crisper. I might have to try that next time. <BR> <BR> <BR> carrots frying: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 18:49:59 EST Santa Fe Corn. WOW! Easy! Yum! Healthy-ish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2822140 This was super easy to make and I'm guessing relatively healthy because the only fat was 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon cream to 4 ears of corn. Also it had very few ingredients -- corn, butter, cream, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. The lemon juice really helped the recipe to "pop." The technique of using a benriner to get the corn off the cob caused the corn kernels to split and release the juices. You could also use a knife to split the kernels. The juice added starch to help it ... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 19:45:02 EST Chicken Salad Sous Vide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2816196 Sous Vide is a method of poaching food in a water bath. In this recipe from "Happy in the Kitchen" chicken is wrapped into a log in saran wrap and put in a water bath for 30 minutes. The water had to be kept between 155 and 160 degree farenheit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/8/b882934643.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/8/b881088329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This method is supposed to keep the moisture in. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 09:32:34 EST Leeks tartare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2801653 This is another Michel Richard recipe using flavors associated with beef tartare and formed in a ring mold. The good thing is that the leeks are not raw, but steamed in a japanese steamer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/8/b682251069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here is the final product once mixed with capers, shallots, dijon mustard, garlic, etc. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/8/b385925414.jpg"> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:19:45 EST Benriners, ring molds, and lamb burgers OH MY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2785946 Well, one thing I've learned about Michel Richard is that he has certain favorite techniques and ingredients. You've seen me write about the benriners, ring molds, saran wrap and japanese steamers. As far as ingredients he also uses a lot of tabasco, shallots, and dijon mustard. Another technique he uses poaching. The next recipe I'm going to involves poaching chicken. We'll see how that goes. <BR> <BR> However, in the meantime I've made lamb burgers! This is the first recipe that I ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:40:17 EST Melanoma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2776881 1 week and 1 day ago today my dermatologist’s office called and said they needed to see me that DAY. It is never a good sign when your doctor wants to see you urgently. Just a few days before I had my annual (ok, I’ll confess it’s been 2 years since I went to the dermatologist) check-up and they took a few biopsies as they usually do. I honestly wasn’t worried and I’d been through this drill before and they told me they’d have the results in a couple of weeks. And then I got the call so m... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:33:16 EST Corn crusted crab cakes (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2757324 This was very yummy and rated as difficult to make so I'm excited. It's basically a crab cake with a layer of corn around it with homemade tartar sauce. What was interesting was a pureed shrimp was used as the binder for the corn instead of egg or mayo (waste of a perfectly good shrimp in my opinion). Next you used saran wrap to make a single layer of corn in a circle. Put the crab mixture on that and wrap it up into a patty. Then you steam on a japanese steamer (which I happen to have).... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 12:54:39 EST Creme Brulee with Cream of Wheat (Served at the Emmys) & Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2746097 Michel Richard made this recipe one year for the Emmy's for 3000 people. To thicken the custard he used Cream of Wheat. This recipe was super easy and the custard was even made using the microwave. I had to practice a little to get the brulee just right where it has the nice crunch. It was also very yummy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/9/b292770516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/7/b273971690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:42:23 EST Potato Risotto and Carrot Ribbon Salad (Pics included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2736474 The Potato Risotto recipes is prepared exactly like a traditional risotto except you use potato instead of rice. The trick is in fine dicing the potato and of course Michel Richard recommends a benriner for this procedure. Peel the potato and cut of the ends. Cut thin slices in the potato and then use the benriner in the julienne mode and you get little cubes. The effect is amazing and it looks exactly like risotto. MR used chicken broth, lemon juices, shallots, garlic, and parmesan chee... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:02:51 EST Tomato Tartare with Guyere Chips (Pics included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2723440 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/3/b538284408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The first step in this recipe was to slow roast roma tomatoes and then skin and seed them. This really concentrated the flavor and they looked beautiful. Next they were finally chopped with capers, shallot, soy sauce, etc. and put in aring mold to resemble steak tartare. My real challenge was finding a ring mold. I went to BBB and they had heard of them but didn't have them (I was real impressed with the young sal... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:15:18 EST Pictures - Creamy and Crisp Bacon and Onion Tarts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2711634 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/1/b312515387.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and the Potato Crisps <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/2/b528381455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok here are the picture of my latest creations. The Creamy and Crisp Bacon and Onion Tarts were devine. The tart part was made with Wondra flour (also known as an instant flour but it is not Bisquick. It is more like cake flour.) and water to make a crepe like base. I got to use the benriner again to slice... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 20:24:58 EST All Crust Potato Gratin and the Benriner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706839 Time to make my first recipe from the book. This one is considered easy and tasty and is supposed to be like the best part of Potatoes au Gratin -- the crust. My first problem is that I bought the wrong kind of potatoes. I bought regular baking potatoes instead of the called for yukon golds. So it's back to the store for me -- searching for yukon golds. They only have them in the mini-size so I buy them. Then I realize that they are going to be awfully small for my benriner. The vegeta... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 22:20:21 EST Benriner? Ben Riner? Ben Reiner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2700742 Maybe he's related to Rob and Carl? Actually it's a fancy word for a mandoline slicer and apparently I'm going to need one if I'm going to cook the recipes from Michael Richard's cook book "Happy in the Kitchen." (I'm also going to need a meat slicer but that story is for another day.) <BR> <BR> Why Michael Richard? Why now? My husband and I went to one of his restaurants and the food was fantastic. But pricey. Very pricey. So my husband has this brillant idea that we could learn to co... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:28:32 EST It's Complicated is not complicated but it is hilarious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2656508 This is a cute movie. It follows the usual RomCom formula of girl (well, woman in the case) must choose between the exciting bad boy (who happens to be her ex-husband) or the nice new guy. What is exceptional about this movie is that they show "older" (Meryl Streep's character does call herself old in this movie) having romantic relationships. And the acting is great. Steve Martin is understated and multi-dimensional. Alec Baldwin is very funny. And who can say anything more about Meryl... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 10:03:41 EST What kind of New Year's Eve celebrator are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2651993 Do you stay at home with family and watch the ball drop on tv? Do you go to a party at someone's home or some big hotel party? Or are you in bed before midnight? Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:25:29 EST What's your favorite Christmas movie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2642115 Do you like the sentimental ones like "It's a Wonderful Life?" Do you like the funny ones like "Elf" or "Christmas Story?" Do you like the children's ones like "Frosty" or "Charlie Brown?" Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:37:16 EST Blind Item Restaurant Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2630634 This DC restaurant had excellent service and amazing and creative food. One thing that I really liked is that they brought out little food tasters that you didn't order for you to enjoy. They started out with 3 little bites - one crab cake, one smoked salmon/tuna, and one tiny taco. Yummy. <BR> <BR> My husband ordered the carpacio for an appetizer which was tuna, beef, eel, and pepper rounds thinly sliced on served on a square plate with herb oil drizzle. It looked like a work of moder... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 13:53:50 EST Holiday Traditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2622607 Holiday traditions are important in tying us to are friends and family and defining who we are. They bring back pleasant memories and tie the future to the past. In my family, we collect Christmas ornament s from the places we've visited. When we place them on the tree each year, it reminds of happy memories through the years. <BR> <BR> What are your special holiday traditions? Wed, 9 Dec 2009 16:23:45 EST I feel bad for Tiger Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2609262 worse for his wife and worse still for his kids, but I still feel bad for him. The trouble he brought upon himself is deserved. But if what I read about the re-doing of the prenup agreement is true, I feel bad for the man because he does not know the concept of true love. If it all is about money and having the perfect seeming family that is sad. I hope someday he can understand the concept of being with someone to be supportive through better or worse. Fri, 4 Dec 2009 08:09:05 EST Ugh, the busy-ness has started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2596616 Lots of it fun - decorating, parties, gift buying, but also overwhelming. How are you planning on staying on track? Sun, 29 Nov 2009 21:25:46 EST Too cute not to share: Muppets sing Bohemian Rhapsody http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2593218 If you were a child of the 70's like me, you loved the muppets. This is a totally cute and funny video of them singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY </link> Sat, 28 Nov 2009 09:00:45 EST So, how did you do yesterday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2591338 Did you meet your goals for Thanksgiving? I put in a 50 minute cardio session and did some abs. I overate a little but not too bad. <BR> <BR> Remember, today is a new day to begina again. Fri, 27 Nov 2009 06:43:01 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2589783 I hope you have something to be thankful for today and that you have a good time with friends and family and that you meet all the fitness goals you have set for yourself for the day! Thu, 26 Nov 2009 08:24:04 EST Quick Poll: What are you cooking for Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2587463 I'm bringing squash soup. I am grateful for the host who is making the rest! Wed, 25 Nov 2009 06:56:17 EST Holiday goals poll: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2585021 1. Are you trying to lose weight or maintain during the holidays? <BR> 2. What is your biggest challenge to your goal? <BR> <BR> 1. I'm going to try to lose a little. 3.6 lbs by the end of the year. <BR> 2. All the extra food people bring in. Tue, 24 Nov 2009 07:07:52 EST Quick Thanksgiving Poll: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2583385 What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? <BR> Who are you spending Thanksgiving with? <BR> Are you staying home, traveling by car, or flying somewhere? <BR> <BR> For me, I like turkey. I am spending Thanksgiving with my husband's family who are local. Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:32:22 EST Do you dread Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2580144 Do you dread Thanksgiving? Does the thought and fear of over eating overwhelm your ability to enjoy the holiday? I know I feel this way. I've been thinking of some strategies to help me get through the day including eating light this week, working out more this week and on Thanksgiving day, and trying to listen to my body cues on the big day so I don't overeat. I find one strategy that backfires for me is to eat too little leading up to the meal. I then tend to overinduldge. <BR> <BR> D... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 07:56:34 EST EBB - Traditional Love with a funny twist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2570709 Share | <BR> <BR> <BR> A Man's Requirements <BR> <BR> User Rating: <BR> <BR> 9.2 /10 <BR> (17 votes) <BR> <BR> <BR> - vote - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Print friendly version <BR> <BR> E-mail this poem to e friend <BR> <BR> Send this poem as eCard <BR> <BR> Add this poem to MyPoemList <BR> <BR> <BR> I <BR> <BR> Love me Sweet, with all thou art, <BR> Feeling, thinking, seeing; <BR> Love me in the lightest part, <BR>... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 06:59:09 EST More poetry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2568024 Phebe has inspired me with her poetry posts, so I add one here. It's modern, and a bit sad, but enjoyable <BR> <BR> Plonk <BR> <BR> <BR> It was so nice to hear your voice again <BR> last night, as if all had never gone wrong. <BR> While you were holding forth on Rukeyser, <BR> I sipped my glass of Côtes du Rhône, and smiled. <BR> Your virtuosity astonished me <BR> when I first heard you read your poetry. <BR> <BR> It was so nice to hear your voice again <BR> as if forgiveness were... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:15:41 EST Changes through the decades http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2540307 From Age 2 to 12 - I changed ALOT. I grew nearly 4 feet, I learned to talk proficiently, I learned to walk and run and do backbends. I learned to read and I learned how to make friends. <BR> <BR> From Age 12 - 22 - I changed a little. I grew a little more, I gained a little more knowledge, and I learned about relationships with the opposite sex. <BR> <BR> From Age 22 -32 - I changed very little physically. I advanced some in my social skills. Overall, not a lot of change happened. <BR>... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 16:28:50 EST Cruise Travelogue - Providence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2488176 Providence, RI is a neat town. An upscale yachting town and home to America's cup. From 1820 - the early 1900's, the rich NY folks, Vanderbuilts, Astors, etc. built summer "cottages" here. We visited the Astor's summer cottage and it was so much fun! Actors dressed up as family members (including John Astor who went down on the Titantic) and servants from 1891. We were allowed to ask them any questions pertaining to that time period. It was so interesting. <BR> <BR> On the "bad local b... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 13:27:06 EST Cruise Travelogue - Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2485623 In Boston we had beautiful weather -- sunny and cool. We did a tour of Lexington, Concord, and Boston and learned a lot of American Revolution history. So much to learn here, I could definitely go back. I would love to see Fenway Park and more of the history. And we ate at a very old historical pub -- clam chowder and fish. Yum. Sat, 17 Oct 2009 09:55:42 EST Cruise Travelogue - Bar Harbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2477757 It rained and rained and rained and rained. It would have been really pretty fall colors but there was a ton of rain. We were scheduled on an Acadia National Park/Lobster Bake tour. When we got off the boat it was raining so much we went to a bar and ate until the tour started. I had clam chowder and DH had some fried fish appetizer. For some reason I thought the Lobster Bake was happening at the end of the tour. But no, I went straight from eating at the bar to eating a lobster meal. ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 07:05:48 EST