My morning quest
Tomorrow evening we have fireworks to end Carnival - so we've invited friends for dessert and fireworks.
My chocolate cake is wonderful, but plain looking. So I've been looking for decorations. For days. This morning was my last chance (... Read more
My kind of morning exercise
J'ouvert: It's 9 AM and I have 6200 steps on my pedometer
We heard the music at 5 AM - I was out of bed and ready to go by 5:30. We rolled down the hill, parked, and found a sparse crowd milling around in the sunrise. We walked, we met f... Read more
Mmmmmmmm shrimp roti
We have foods that seem to only be available during Carnival. My personal fave is shrimp roti, which is Trinidadian, or maybe Indian in origin. Roti is an Indian flatbread, something like a double-layer pita bread with garbanzo bean meal betwe... Read more
It's Carnival, baby!
That was a song, years ago. We still use the phrase.
And it is Carnival. Today is boat race day, and Pan-o-rama (steel pan jamboree) this evening. I walked along the waterfront this morning, as people were setting up tents with food for ... Read more
Highlights of the convention
I stayed at an all-suite hotel, and was upgraded to a two bedroom suite - yup, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a central living/dining/kitchen, and 3 TVs, all to myself.
Best giveaway - the Vincent van Gogh action figure, complete with moving ... Read more
How to do a convention Spark style
I just got back from six days in Minneapolis, plus pretty much two days travelling there and back. I actually lost weight in that week, after having been plateaued for a while now. And it's because I made conscious decisions to stick with my ... Read more
I think I need a new travel partner
DH and I spent 3 days in New York City. It was Passover and Easter weekend, so we couldn't get tickets to a show. But we could have gone to a museum. Or art galleries. Even shopped.
No. DH's idea of New York is a culinary tour of all h... Read more
Birkat Ha-Chamah - Blessing the Sun
It isn't that we bless the sun, per se. We say a blessing thanking G-d for the creation of the sun, for the opportunity to see this once-every-28-years event, when the sun is in the same position it was (supposedly) when it was created. Always... Read more
I'm making this a mental health day
DH and I had a rough week. And this coming week will be rough, in a different way - two and a half days of work; have a 6 AM special service blessing the sun (it's the Birkat HaChama, happens every 28 years); fly to Philly for Passover with his... Read more
When pep talks don't work
I've been slacking - or rather, yesterday I gave up and had no-salt potato chips with a leftover-steak sandwich - and granola snack. Turns out I was only over my cals by about 16, and I went down a few lbs from the previous day. (I'm up an down... Read more
In Requiem - An Unsung Hero
DH's best friend died on Monday. He was the head of the trauma unit at Newark University Hospital (or some name like that) - his aorta ruptured, the drs worked on him for something like 9 hours, they repaired the rupture but couldn't get his he... Read more
So I bought a new bra
The kind with the moulded and padded cups. The kind with cups that don't collapse when you take it off. And, well, as my DH said this morning, the girls are certainly perkier than usual. Higher up. More obvious. I look down and there they a... Read more
There's learning, and then there's learning
Today, I decided to try something new with my classes. I'm working toward independence with them - and for their final exam, they'll work on the mural while I watch and grade, without my usual supervision of them.
So today, we went to the ... Read more
Body Dysmorphia - or - "Am I her size?"
I need eyes like the guy in "Brother From Another Planet" - the "brother" could take out an eye, put it in a place for surveillance, come back and put in the eye and see everything the single eye had seen in his absence
I need to see myself... Read more
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Just call me "Swims With Turtles"
In honor of World Water Day (3/22), DH and I went on a trip with the National Parks Service - they took a boatload (well, catamaran-load) of locals and tourists out to Buck Island, an undeveloped cay south of St. Thomas.
Background: Sea ... Read more