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My morning quest

Friday, May 01, 2009      0 comments

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

Thursday, April 30, 2009      2 comments

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

Monday, April 27, 2009      0 comments

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!

Sunday, April 26, 2009      1 comments

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

Saturday, April 25, 2009      0 comments

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

Friday, April 24, 2009      1 comments

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

Tuesday, April 14, 2009      3 comments

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

Wednesday, April 08, 2009      5 comments

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

Sunday, April 05, 2009      1 comments

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

Saturday, April 04, 2009      0 comments

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

Wednesday, April 01, 2009      6 comments

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

Friday, March 27, 2009      3 comments

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

Thursday, March 26, 2009      3 comments

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?"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009      3 comments

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

Just call me "Swims With Turtles"

Monday, March 23, 2009      9 comments

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


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