Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
"Ut Oh... Caught"OK...the dog's winning. We removed "Reilly's Chair"... she (used) to only jumped up onto 1 piece of furniture... it was time for this chair to go to the curb! The replaced chair has a bit of a rock... she won't go near it... I've come down for 3 mornings and she's decided the love seat is her new place to habitat... we are "not" agreeing on this. I've arranged the pillows, she moves them. I've put down a throw, she has removed it. At what point do I "give in"... the problem is ~ I feel badly - we took away "her" chair of many years... but I have to remind myself that SHE IS A DOG!
Do you allow your dog to jump up onto furniture???
2 large bulbs of fennel, cut into quarters, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, top with a good grated parmesan cheese. Roast in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Being such a dense vegetable, it takes a while to soften... serve warm or room temp - garnish with the fronds. That easy! Thanks Betsy for asking... This time of year I enjoy roasting vegetables, most of them... it reminds me of how our parents and grandparents cooked the life out of them in a pot of water!!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It's Recruiting Time... come fall I start to attend many college fairs... and I do private tutoring! People are in that "next phase of life" come September...the lazy days of summer are history! If you or anyone you know needs some "college coaching" and tips on student interviewing skills for college admissions, internships or entry level jobs... it's that time of year, please contact me! If you are visiting colleges and want some tips on "getting the most out of your visit"... please just ask!
When I'm at college fair,and activly recruiting I don't realize how much talking I'm doing until I'm on my way home and my face actually hurts, to do it right, it's exhausting ... but I love it and love working with students, at all stages... AND it's never too late to go back to school either!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Spinal Decompression TableI consistently hear people complain of back pain... young people too! I can relate...I suffered for over a year...and everyone who knew me 3 years ago must remember my constant pain...pure agony. After 3 epidural treatments from an orthopedist, with no relief, I went to a neurosurgeon who agreed with the orthopedist that the ONLY treatment was surgery. I was set, not happy, but the sciatica was so constant, and lower back pain so acute I had to do something! My Mother was practically begging me to go to a chiropractor and one that had a decompression table. Mom had been on a table for spinal stenosis and felt the relief, through that she did a lot of research and sent me articles and information... I was NOT one to ever trust a chiropractor, and both doctors warned me not to let one "touch me". I finally caved in, and went for a free consultation... with that came a free massage... luckily, they took my insurance but were smart and encouraged me to come back a few times before I committed. If I was the staff in this office, I would have kicked me out of the office, I had NO trust, questioned EVERY move they made and had an attitude of "prove to me" you can help me. I was persistent and went 3 times/week (the treatments on the table were soothing and I LOVED the massage) ... after 2 weeks I started to feel "relief". After 3 months I had absolutely NO pain. Three years later, still no pain. So, if you, or someone you know is suffering from lower back pain from herniated discs, or has sciatica, it's worth investigating... I'd go back in a heart beat at the first sign of pain!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Honey Crisp Apple... I've been hooked, so have my son and husband; when I bring them in the house they are gone in no time. I've been calling around to the local farm markets, no one has them yet... they all say "soon"... I hope so, it's just not September without apples... I found out that honey crisp apples were developed at the University of Minnesota. A honey crisp apple is a cross between macoun apple and honey gold apples and is extraordinarily crisp and juicy with a wonderful aroma and flavor! (Sounds funny to hear an apple "was developed") They are primarily grown in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois...please ship them to NJ soon!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Seton Hall Rugby ~ Pirates!
Opening Game - Beat Sacred Heart!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I hate a coffee rush. When I'm working over weekends at school, I tend to drink way too much coffee... sometimes just to break up the day... we now have this "Flavia" Coffee Machine - they have become very popular, single self serving cups of coffee. I'll admit, they are inticing, some great flavors - but the jury is still out in my mind. I love the convenience, but it's NOT brewed coffee. What sort of "bugs" me is that I love hazelnut flavored coffee (not the syrup)... but I really DO NOT like Flavia's Hazelnut... I've noticed these other places as well, I don't think the water is hot enough and it just does not compare to true brewed coffee... curious if anyone else has a single serving coffee machine, the pods seem to be the most popular... I've tried them too... still not sold!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
LLBean... Standard Favorites... GOR TEX... Field Jackets... Boots... GREAT Totes...!
Early Fall...Memories of buying back to school clothes. My poor Mom - 3 girls! I've lucked out, our son is not into clothes, he wants comfort and has a conservative style, by nature - I've never interefered about anything he's wanted, it's just not an issue in our house. His girlfriend has dropped a few "hints", but she is very classic and I'd give her my credit card to shop with him, anyday! I can purchase almost everything I want from catalogs. (ANYTHING to avoid a mall) It is still my favorite time of year to receive catalogs, and yet, the one I found/find myself looking forward to receiving and ordering from is still LLBean! I can purchase for all 3 of us with one click on the mouse! I remember my trip to their flagship store in Maine - probably one of the only "highs" I received from shopping. So, as I recently did my "couch shopping" I came up with a few favorites... I've also branched out and equally love Eddie Bauer and Orvis...get the picture? Not very trendy in our house, we stick to the classic basics that never go out of style!
Monday, September 7, 2009
I can hear both my Mom and Grandmother so vividly - "It's Labor Day.. no more white shoes until Memorial Day"... it always "bugged" me - but you'll NEVER find me wearing white shoes (reality... I only own 1 pair of flat white sandals, I do not own any white shoes) ... but I've carried it over to white pants, bags, skirts and a few other items that "scream" summer! I was curious what etiquette origin this came from... it appears it's a bit of a mystery. Some cited temperature, that white reflects light and heat, wearing white would make you cooler in winter, but let's not get it mixed with "winter white" that's always acceptable. Go figure! But it's one of those imbedded rules in my head, I notice when others wear white (of course I know not to say anything, except if you were my sister, but they know better too)! I guess it's another reason it's officially the end of summer... too bad because besides schools starting up - September is the best beach month... just don't be caught sporting a white bathing suit!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So being the "big mouth" that I am...and talk about everything I'm doing... I've mentioned to many that we are FINALLY starting our inside painting job. I've had at least 3 people say to me "oh, why don't you have a painting party"... Have you ever been invited to such a thing? We haven't and if we did I'd be sure to NOT EVEN CONSIDER GOING... how nervy can you get? Painting is like moving - you DON'T expect people to help you - if you can't do it yourself, hire someone - that's it!
I once went to a 'trim the tree" Christmas Party... we brought an ornament and it was very festive... that's about the extent of a "come and help" party I ever want!
Has anyone ever been invited to a "painting party"... you can serve all the enticing food and spirits you want... I don't wanna be there... and therefore, I'd NEVER dream of having one myself!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Betty WilliamsBetty Williams (born 22 May 1943) was a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as a cofounder of Community of Peace People, an organisation dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. She heads the Global Children's Foundation and is President of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International.