Thursday, July 30, 2009
My right foot is absolutely killing me... bought OTC orthotics - praying they help!
I've had Charlie Horses in places I never knew possible - I had to pull over and walk on the GSP highway shoulder.
My thumbs are smashed (it's common).
My hair has NEVER consistently looked worse - baseball caps will do that!
My shoulders have black circles from the boat resting on them - it happens.
Rowing is a team sport... everyone is forced to work together... there is no "mind" drifting - I know there are beautiful homes and cliffs along the Hudson - but I don't even dare to glance at them... every stroke needs concentration!
I've realized in many sports I seem to consistently plateau, I have to get past that in rowing - we all have to improve together... no excuses.
Oh, and - it's very humbling to be coached by a 20 year old that knows your son!
BUT, the most rewarding feeling is when the morning session is over, it's all of 7:00 AM, and I'm on my way to work or home and on a natural high from being out on the water... hopefully accomplishing even a "baby step" improving.
PS... I really don't care for complainers!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I dressed a lovely piece of salmon with some dressing (white balsamic vinaigrette dressing) and some finely chopped nut topping (macadamia and orange)... but anything would work. You need to be sure you cook on a low flame so the wood plank won't go up in smoke.
The flavor was delicious...we all loved it and I'd recommend it!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"I am what you call a matchmaker," Rosenbaum said in a secretly recorded conversation. Asked how many organs he had brokered, he said: "Quite a lot".
But... the problem that might hold a lot of people back from donating a kidney is the thought, "what happens if my sole remaining kidney fails? Can I get my old one back? It is too risky... I heard of a solution that I totally agree with. Anyone who ever donates a kidney is automatically put to the front of the list if THEIR remaining kidney fails. And also if that one fails. So by donating a kidney there is no risk of you dying for lack of a kidney yourself. Certainly sounds very fair to me.
I'm a big supporter of Donate Life America and suggest you visit http://www.donatelife.net/ for the ethical, and moral way to support organ and tissue donations and where transplants are offered to patients for a chance for a healthy, productive and normal life. Register to be an organ donor today.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I've been excited about today for many weeks. Thank you Facebook for making reuniting with someone I've lost touch with so easy. We realized we had not seen each other since the summer after we graduated high school in 1975... we also worked together (with a great crew) at DQ! Do you know how much of our lives have changed in almost 35 years??? What I really treasure is the familiarity never skipped a beat. A few weeks ago while looking for some old photos I saw this one... and of course had to let her know, scan and send! It's a gem - the best was the writing on the back...it brought back more memories than of the photo itself. So today what did we do... talk...talk...talk - and if you were in our high school when we were...yes, we probably brought up your name as well. The best part of it is... we've both admired hearing from our classmates - it's nice to see everyone have mutual respect for others, even if we were not all best buddies in Indian Hills. My happy high school days have been on my mind since Astrid drove away - I've mentioned this before, and I try to live by this - make the effort to see people, it's so worth it...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
On a side bar... when Kennedy was assassinated, I asked my mother "will cartoons ever be on again"??
Walter Cronkite lived a long life, passing at 92 with his loving family at his side...He was a great broadcaster and a gentleman whose experience, honesty, professionalism and style defined the role of anchor and commentator, to many he will always be admired and remembered.
Friday, July 17, 2009
A Swedish Diplomat that aided Hungarian Jews from being deported in WWII by the Nazi's. Much like Oskar Schindler, Anger designed makeshift passports and certificates to protect Jews from incarceration and deportation. Although there was a question of legality of the documents, the government accepted them under the impression that these were Swedish citizens.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I received a sad phone call earlier today. My sister-in-law's dog had a stroke last night, followed by a few more during the evening. She died today. Buttercup was 10 years old, a beautiful Wheaten Terrier.
Having a dog and knowing what a big part of our family she is... it's just put me in "a funk". Adopting an animal is wonderful, we all know they don't live forever and having to deal with them dieing is just heart wrenching. I'm happy she did not suffer long and my heart aches for the family.
Reilly, our 8 year old Golden is the first one to greet me daily at the back door... I find myself talking to her, saying goodbye to her, etc. This is a picture that I took of her just this past weekend - she has slowed down considerably. Reilly is happiest when she is with us...either inside or outside - she wants to be with her family. So, with a heavy heart today, I'm reflecting on animals and dealing with them getting sick and eventually passing...how hard it is for the family, especially children - it's part of life, and unless you have an animal it's very hard to understand... Rest in peace, Buttercup...
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Bill Clinton has supported the following charities:
American India Foundation
Bush Clinton Coastal Recovery Fund
Chris Tucker Foundation
Clinton Global Initiative
Food Bank For New York City
Harlem Youth Soccer
Jewish National Fund
Reach For A Dream Foundation
St. Mary's Hospital
The Lunchbox Fund
TJ Martell Foundation
US Doctors for Africa
Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa
Thursday, July 9, 2009
"Really" he says.? I softened the blow and informed him - you have loving family on all sides, God forbid something was to happen, you're in good council... BUT according to the courts - you are an adult (since 18) and "on your own". So the reality of turning 21 - what it means is you can use your own ID and ditch your fake one... and I reminded him "if you are caught doing anything illegal"... no mercy!
He proceeds... well, if something had happened to you and Dad before I was 18, who was taking care of me... I told him - little response... mute issue!
Yep...I'm turning 21!
Turning 21 is a milestone, I'm really not so sure how I feel about it, mixed feelings. This fall our son will be living off campus in a house (The "Rugby House") ... it will be the true test on "taking care of yourself"... I've realized I've not done a great job in preparing him - the other day when I was making pasta and asked him if he knew how... he looked puzzled - he willingly came into the kitchen and thought the pasta cooked in the boiling water until the water was absorbed... "what does straining" mean? This has nothing to do with turning 21... maybe legally he'll be able to purchase his beer... but realistically I'm praying he'll be able to make noodles!!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Crestwood Lake ~ 1929!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.
Please support The St. Jude foundation.
Friday, July 3, 2009
If traveling - travel safely!
So... if you have not been there yet - it's well worth the trip!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
OK...I'm really going out on a limb with this statement... BUT - Are they ever going to bury Michael Jackson?? He's dead 1 week tomorrow and the family cannot agree on who/where etc. to rest is soul. Did this famous icon not have a will stating all of his wishes... he certainly had people wrapped around his every wish and whim while alive. My husband and I are always commenting that once you are dead... you suddenly become canonized... Not everyone has done this in Michael Jackson's situation... lot's of "dirt" re-surfacing and his totally dysfunctional family with his controlling father is "not looking so good". He's left behind a debt of over 4 million dollars! I believe he had a sad childhood, and most likely the statements that he "missed" his childhood are true. He was also VERY talented... I most enjoyed his younger years when he was the little kid in the group. I'll give him that... I was never a big fan of his later music, he had some major issues and lived a lonely life. I always thought he was a strange father... isn't this the first time anyone has seen his children's faces not behind a scarf??? His life ended too early - but, it's time to bury him and turn the page. Poor Farrah.