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Monday, March 31, 2014

Lunch at my Desk with Bulgur Wheat and Orange

I splurged this morning and for breakfast had whole wheat toast with 4 slices of bacon from the cafeteria where I work. Decadent treat.

So I ate the breakfast I brought from home for lunch (left over from yesterday's Sunday breakfast). Quick cooking bulgur wheat simmered with almond milk, cinnamon, and a dash of vanilla for 12 minutes. Drizzled with olive oil. Then topped with strawberries and blueberries that were lightly sauted and glazed beforehand with a little agave nectar and a tablespoon of water. The plump, sweet orange was dessert.

Bulgar wheat cereal is a really nice change to oatmeal, which I love too.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Lindsay Clare declares, "Lunch, pretty please. Else, I'll be forced to unleash my ponytail."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Colours 1968

Meet my sweet mom, circa 1937 (well, I guess I should say meet part of my mom).

And meet Claudine Longet, circa 1942. The Colours album was cut circa 1968 - a fascinating era of free love and peace, psychedelics, NOW, civil rights, muscle cars, flower power, Woodstock, and all that groovy and interesting jazz. A pivotal era in American history.

Mom and Claudine…pretty close in age, but that's where the similarity ends.

Little did I know when I took this shot (mom and I were in a thrift shop) that the wild child Claudine did, in fact, lead a very colorful life. She was married to singer Andy Williams for awhile and had three kids. She was a singer, actress, and in 1976 she murdered her boyfriend Olympic skier "Spider" Sabich. She was acquitted of the murder and then quickly married her defense attorney (who, it should be noted, abandoned his family for her). What a gal!

Mom was even cooler, if you ask me. Not as colorful, thank goodness.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Unpack Your Bags

I'm getting a kick out of how long mother nature is torturing us with winter weather this spring.

Monday, March 17, 2014: Chance of snow, 30% 80%.

I enjoy cold weather and all the fine accompaniments of the season. Low temps and snow (I love it, so I've been pretty happy this winter you might say), hot steaming beverages, frosty mornings, heavy blankets, holidays.

But I always look forward to spring. Next to daylight savings time, it's my favorite reprieve after an especially cold and snowy winter like we've had.

Then, in late spring, I can't wait for the most beautiful tree in Virginia to bloom - the spectacular flowering dogwood in pinks and white.

So…spring…please unpack your bags and move in, permanently!