Tuesday, May 22, 2007


This is Sanchez the Zen Master....aka Uncle Sanny aka Sanchito. Sanchez has been a member of our family since 2003. He is the second of eight-yes, I said eight, cats that call animalhouse5060 home! He's a lover, not a fighter. Very cuddly and soft. When Mieke had her kittens we were all worried that Sanchez might be rough with them or try to kill them as some male cats are known to do. Sanchez had great interest and curiosity in the kittens but was oh, so gentle! Hence the nickname "Uncle Sanny". When Bryn, Tyrone and Ari were older he played with them very nicely. Sanchez is a very handsome tuxedo kitty...meaning, he's always dressed appropriately for even the most formal of occasions!


My dog is sooo SMART....

My dog, Gunther reads the newspaper in bed....

He even has his own dog, Patches!

When they say, "It's a dog's life", that really isn't so bad! Especially if your name is Gunther.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Choices: My Week in Review 5/13/07-5/19/07

Autobiography in Five Chapters

1) I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost . . . I am hopeless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
2.) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I’m in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
3) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it is there.
I still fall in . . . it's a habit
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
4) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it.
5) I walk down another street.

(Portia Nelson -From: Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)

At a seminar I once attended, the facilitator told a disturbing little story to illustrate the point that we ALWAYS have a choice, in any situation,about how we view our circumstances and how to respond or react. He said that a guy fell through a trap door that put him in a dungeon with no doors, windows, or any possible way of escape. Worse yet, the dungeon was full of crap! The guy was standing on his tip-toes, but even so, the crap came all the way to his chin! The facilitator allowed those at the seminar to offer their opinions as to how this guy should approach his dilemma.Some people said the guy should pray that God would send someone to rescue him. Others said that he should yell and scream to try and get the attention of a possible helper.The facilitator said that none of the solutions offered would work. So what now? The facilitator suggested that we look at perspective. It is possible to have an empowering view of your circumstances no matter what because there's always a choice! The guy in the vat of crap was able to have a winning outcome by being grateful that the crap only came up to his chin! Choice. Things can always be worse! I remember reading a book by Victor Frankle about his experiences as a POW in a concentration camp during WWII. His cell was filthy and barren. Once a day, he was given a bowl of hot water, sometimes not clean water, with a fish head floating in it. Through time, Victor Frankle said that he found true beauty in that fish head! He was grateful. That was his choice.
My choices this week were to focus on what is going RIGHT and keep moving forward! I choose to be happy! I choose to make the most of my life. I choose to get along with EVERYONE the best that I can-which will mean different things in each relationship.
Sunday, May 13: Mother's Day. Went to The Melting Pot with Marcee, Tyler and Michelle. I have been there once before on Christmas Eve. It IS expensive. You can plan on about $50-60 per person BUT it is a very unique dining experience. Definitely not something you would want to do or afford to do more than a couple times per year. Still, the food was good and the process of eating a meal there is very entertaining.
Monday, May 14: A very quiet and reflective day. Productive from the point of view that I had time to get a lot of things done. I had the day off work. Went to small group and we talked about choosing to be happy. A lot is said in this chapter of Your Best Life Now about keeping a good attitude, not waiting until everything is straightened out in your life, job, family, etc. but to be happy now and God will begin working on the other areas that need to change. Joel Osteen talks a lot about how gratitude figures in strongly to the happiness quotient. No other person can make you happy-you must be happy within yourself! Bloom where you are planted.
Tuesday, May 15: I did have work today and then the grilling class that I posted about earlier .
Wednesday, May 16: I went to work at Body. Then off to Weight Watchers. I lost 3/4 pound this week. We discussed the difference between a craving and an impulse. When we crave something, it is usually a process over time and is a specific food. When we have an impulse, it usually arises from a circumstance such as going to a fair or going to the movie, smelling popcorn, and deciding that you MUST have some right now! We talked about strategies to handle both. With the cravings, we can save points out to indulge, we can regulate the portion size so as not to undermine our eating for the day, we may be able to substitute a lesser calorie or lesser fat product for the original such as a Weight Watcher's fudge bar instead of a regular one. As for the impulse eating, the key is to be aware of upcoming events and plan for them. You should not go to parties or fairs or even movies when you are really hungry. Eat a little bit at least to take the edge off your hunger. Plan ahead for extra points to spend if you know you are going to an event. If an impulse catches you, try to minimize the portion size or substitute for a lesser amount of points. Use your bonus points. Don't let this throw you completely off course. Get right back on the program if you fall. After the impulse eating, examine the situation and think about a plan for handling it better next time.
Thursday and Friday, May 17 & 18: Work. This week I tried to have a specific intention each day as I worked on people. Tuesday it was clarity. Wednesday it was healing. Thursday it was prosperity. Friday I focused on authenticity. Saturday honesty was the quality I intended. It is interesting that even though I don't say anything to the clients about this when I am working, many of them make comments that reflect ideas, thoughts, feelings about the very thing I am holding in my mind and heart. Cool, huh?
Saturday, May 19: Worked earlier in the day. We had church at 6pm. The message that night was about honoring everyone who volunteers in the ministry. Pastor Steve took an example of three men in the Bible who volunteered to take some information to Paul when he was in prison. This effort involved taking a substantial journey. Upon receiving the information from these men, Paul expressed how much their efforts had refreshed his spirit. Pastor Steve reminded us that each time we serve, we refresh one another and it is a blessing to us and others as well as a sweet offering to God. We have no idea what impact even the smallest act of service will have upon the lives of those we touch! The other thing that came about was an announcement that there will be no more Saturday night services. It just hasn't served the purposes that it was initiated for. Well, I have mixed feelings here. I do absolutely love having my Sundays totally free! On the other hand, I have missed seeing a lot of the people who go to the Sunday services. This will also free me up to do more on Saturday nights. We were given a choice also of going to another local church that has a Saturday night service but I can't see myself anywhere else but Victory Point. So, it looks like I will be back to church on Sunday after I return from my trip.
Here are my other choices this week:
I am going to stop going to bed with Jay Leno every night! I am going to bed too late and not getting up to exercise. When I get home from vaca, I am going to start watching the 10 o'clock news on Fox and make it to bed by 10:30 or 11pm at the latest!
I am cancelling eharmony! Even though I just tweaked it...I'm not meeting anyone even remotely of interest. I have great fun at my cooking lessons, with friends, with my boys, and going to events on the weekends with various singles groups. School will be starting again. I have two jobs. Life is busy. Life is good. I am happy. I don't need to date right now unless the Lord specifically sends someone into my life...and brings him right to the door....and drops him right in my lap!!! Otherwise, forget it.
I am going to finish things up around the house and yard this summer. I started last year and then lost steam. Beth Dargis' simplify ecourse has inspired me to get going again.
I am going to develop some FLE courses and market them on my own website as ecourses. I am going to have Beth coach me about this...I will have this in place no later than the beginning of 2008. I had planned to wait until after my Masters degree but I feel inspired to pursue this as an avenue to use my writing and hopefully improve my income outlook...I know, I know, another job! This will be a fun adventure though. Just to see if I can do it!

yo-yeah~ it's my birdday!

In da club
[50 Cent]
Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go shawty
It's your birthday
We gon' party like it's yo birthday
We gon' sip Bacardi like it's your birthday ....

48 years young today, ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages!

Looking back to 1959:

U.S. launched first ballistic-missile submarine*Buddy Holly,Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash*NASA selected it's first seven astronauts*Fidel Castro took over Cuba*Vice President Nixon and Soviet Premier Khrushchev staged "Kitchen Debate" in Moscow*Little Rock school closings found unlawful*Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth opened St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes to ocean vessels*Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union as 49th and 50th states*Lincoln wheat penny redesigned after 50 years to show Lincoln Memorial

Movies and Music:

Top tunes...Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Battle of New Orleans, Teenager in Love, Venus, Dream Lover, There Goes My Baby

Best Actor & Actress....Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret

Top Movies....Ben Hur (best), Pillow Talk, Some Like It Hot, The Nun's Story

American Living Then and Now:

Milk (1gal) 1959- $1.02, 2007 -$3.59
1st Class Stamp 1959- $0.04, 2007- $0.41
New Home 1959- $13,350, 2007- $217,700
Average Income 1959-$5,417, 2007-$45,360
New Ford 1959-$2,143, 2007-$22,075
Bread (1lb) 1959-$0.20, 2007-$1.49

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Artisan Cooking School: Grilling 05/15/07


Remember the old adage, "Where there's smoke,
there's fire"?
Truer words were never spoken when it comes to this hot class! Even the pouring rain could not dampen the intensity of Grilling 101 presented by Chef Doug McConnell. I was joined by my son Trevor and his lovely girlfriend, Courtney.

And 10 other seekers of grilling enlightenment... As usual, we were not disappointed! Here are the finer points that Chef Doug gave us, along with the dishes that were prepared:
1. Grill over wood-Forget about the gas-versus-charcoal debate: Wood is the only fuel that adds real flavor to food.

2. Keep your cool-You don't need to bring steaks to room temperature before grilling. There is no appreciable difference in cooking time. Steak houses keep meat refrigerated until they are ready to cook it-for reasons of convenience and food safety-and so should you.
3. Line it up-Align the food on your grill in soldierly precision. This helps you keep track of which foods went on the fire first, so you can turn them and take them off in order.
. Flip just once-You can't get killer grill marks (the signature of master grillmanship) or accurately gauge cooking time if you're compulsively turning over your steak every 10 seconds. To lay on a handsome set of crosshatches, rotate the steak 90 degrees after a couple of minutes
of grilling.

5. Season before grilling-You might have heard that salt "bleeds" the juices out of raw meat. It doesn't. Instead, it helps steaks form a savory crust as they cook. Just before putting the steaks on the grill, sprinkle on a generous amount of coarse salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
6. Keep the grate hot, clean, and oiled
-This is the grill master's mantra. Following it will prevent food from sticking and give it excellent grill marks. Before grilling, scrub the hot grate with a wire brush, and then rub it with a lightly folded paper towel dipped in oil. Scrub the grate

again when you are finished cooking.
7. Grill your veggies-The dry heat of a grill intensifies a vegetable's natural sweetness. Grill tender, watery vegetables such as bell peppers and onions directly over the coals. Grill dense or starchy vegetables such as potatoes and eggplant using direct heat, as far away from the coals as possible.

8. Grip, don't stab-Use a pair of tongs-not a barbecue fork, or worse, a knife-to turn meat or move it around on the grill. Forks and knives poke holes in the meat that can allow precious juices to drain out. If you must cut and peek to check doneness, make a small slit with a knife. 9. Know when it's done-For steaks, chops, and chicken, poke the meat with your finger: if it feels soft and squishy, it's rare; yielding, medium rare; only slightly yielding, medium; firm and springy, well-done. For large cuts of meat, use an instant read thermometer(even barbecue pros use them). Just don't let it touch a bone or you'll get a false reading.
10. Let it rest
-When you grill a piece of meat, it's muscle fibers contract and drive the juices to the center of the cut. Meat served right off the grill will taste tough and dry, but a post-grill rest allows the muscle fibers to reabsorb the juices, resulting in a tender and succulent cut. Larger pieces of meat, such as leg of lamb and pork shoulder, need to rest longer than steaks and chops-for approximately 15 minutes.

Another satisfied customer~

And of course, desert! The perfect ending to another perfect class... Trust me: YOU HAVE GOT TO TRY THIS!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Family Part Deux : My Week in Review 05/06/07-05/12/07

Sunday, May 6: I took my wasband (WAS my husBAND) to the airport early this AM. We had a good visit and we (Trev, Courtney, Jayden and myself) will see him again in San Diego at the end of our Oregon trip for a couple days in Cali. Anywho, I am still processing boundaries and what will work for us as a now-divorced couple with kids and a grandchild. I think it has been wonderful for our family that Lewis and I have been able to salvage at least a cordial relationship. My original plan was to go home and clean like a mad dog but my sister, Marcee, assured me that was not necessary on her account, so I took her advice and followed Beth Dargis' coaching about taking one day per week as a day of rest. I get the sense that my 30-day simplify your life ecourse is going to take me 6 months or more to complete. There's so much there to integrate and I'm often not able to get the consistency factor going when it comes to changing habits. Also, my schedule is sometimes so hectic and out of balance that things like decluttering take longer because I don't have time available to work on it. Still, however slow I am, I continue moving forward and that's the main thing!
Monday, May 7:
Dentist appointment first thing this AM. I have at least progressed from the days when I would rip the bib off at the end of my exam and run for the hills until the next 6-month checkup.Out of necessity, I have become quite absorbed in a dental routine that includes recall every six months, using preventative measures in the AM and PM to ward off gum disease and also prevent de- mineralization. This is more than I want to do, personally, but I am so grateful that my dentists are on the cutting edge of prevention. I have an NTI appliance that fits over my two front teeth when I sleep which has been life-changing with regard to TMJ. If your dentist has mentioned none of these things/products, you might want to ask about it because I have a feeling I will be way ahead in my later years because of it. There, that's my plug for dentistry! I had another opportunity to be present and available to serve my clients at Body Perfections today. I went to the airport to pick up Marcee later in the day. We decided to stop and eat dinner before we got home. We went to Kobe Steakhouse. I've never been there before but I had heard good things. It's one of those places where you sit around the grill and watch your food being prepared by a chef who does all kinds of fancy chopping and juggling of food and utensils. Very entertaining and tasty. We got home and Marcee got settled in.
Tuesday, May 8: I worked my normal hours today and then went home and got Marcee. We went to Grand Haven for our cooking class. See the prior post. It was awesome. As always, we left full and happy. Both of us felt like we learned a lot.
Wednesday, May 9: W
ork 9-4:30. Then we goofed around a bit at Baker book house and went to Weight Watchers. This is the first week since Easter that I had a little gain but I have had company for a couple weeks and with that you eat more because you're celebrating. The great thing about Weight Watchers is that you factor that in to your life. None of us can just stop living while we tackle our weight issues. We have to make lifestyle changes that enable us to have social lives as we are engaged in the process. I got some good advice recently. Someone told me that whenever you have an episode of overeating, the best thing to do is, the very next meal, just act as if it had never happened and go from there. The temptation is to think, "Oh, well, I already blew it today. I might as well just keep on going..." Then it's however long it takes for us to shift thinking before we can get ourselves righted again. I do know that if it came off once, it can come off again. I don't always get to share meals with Lewis or Marcee or my kids even, so when I have the opportunity, I should take it. There is also a little helpful concept called moderation that I need to fine tune. What can I say, I'm a work-in-process.
Thursday, May 10: This is my 12-hour day. I ha
d a full schedule, for which I am thankful. Today, Marcee hung out with Tyler. That was really nice that they could have time to talk and bond. With family so far away in Oregon, opportunities like that are rare.
Friday, May 11: I took today off to spend some time with Marcee at Body Perfections pampering ourselves. We first had massages with Cathy, who has shared in the building of the business there with me for the past 9 years and has been such a huge blessing to me in my life. The massages were wonderful! I really needed it and it set the tone for a very relaxing day. After our massages, we went to DeBoer's for lunch. As always, the food was to die for! This is one of my favorite places to eat-especially for lunch. It was very thoughtful of them to locate right by my work so I can just walk over there any old time...I really have to watch it though, I'm a sucker for all the pastries! How many points in those?! After lunch, we had pedicures, manicures and facials with make-up all done by my girls, Tiffany and Brooke. While we were getting our facials, Tiffany about did a backflip on a wobbly chair that probably should not be in use any longer and we about died laughing since this is supposed to be a quiet, serene environment...RIGHT! Then Marcee zonked out and gave us a little sleepy-time sound effects that Brooke thought was faked since we had just been talking about snoring( actually, I snore like a freight train, too!). So, I lifted up my facial towels to see if Brooke was laughing or not and she was in absolute tears! Then, of course, I lost it and we all laughed. About then, Marcee woke herself up snoring. So then she joined the party! After the facial came the make-up. I left there feeling like the sexiest woman on the planet...
We wen
t from there directly to Crazy Horse for dinner with Courtney and Trevor. Marcee and I had the salmon(my favorite entree there) and Trev had the prime rib. Court had a steak. All fabulous! We proceeded home from there and feeling very emboldened by our beautification regime, Marcee and I downloaded new photos to my e-harmony profile. We tweaked all the information to fit my new saucy attitude and closed all the matches we thought were a waste of time. That would be just about all of them! That leaves two guys! So, we sent the first five questions to them both and I'm waiting to see what happens. I know, I know, I said I was cancelling it but we decided to give it another month. What the hey! We went to Allendale to pick up Jayden and then played with him around the house until he (and we) were exhausted. Full day.
Saturday, May 12: We were planning to take Jayden to Veldheer's for pictures with the tulips and maybe hit Dutch Village and Windmill Island, but when we saw the mass chaos at the tulip farm, we had second thoughts and decided to go Grand Rapids way, stop at Cracker Barrel for breakfast and then proceed to one of my favorite spots, Meijer Gardens-yes, again!Jayden was just so enchanted by each area of the children's garden! Then, somehow, while we were walking from the Great Lakes exhibit with the little boats, he managed to do a perfect somersault right off the side of the wooden walkway and landed directly in a pile of mud on his back. Marcee and I just stared at him for a moment-we were in shock- and he just stared back-no crying, not a peep out of that kid! After my delayed reaction, I reached down and grabbed him out of the mud and we proceeded directly to the sand pile. Since we were already just filthy, why not go for broke? So, I kicked off my sandals and went right into the dirt with him. It's funny but there's nothing quite as entertaining as digging around in sand and letting it get between your toes. Sqaaawishy...We eventually worked our way back to the fountain area so we could remove our mudpacks. It was time to head for church so we left. It was my night to be in the nursery. Marcee just went ahead into the regular service. When we got there, we decided to change Jayden's diaper before the other kids arrived and low and behold there was about a pound of sand in the didee! Sand in every crack and crevice! That's one area where exfoliation is not desirable! So, we did an emergency desanding in the sink and made a mental note that if we ever went in the sandbox again we would take containment measures first! The service was about commitment-new members making profession of faith. On Sunday there would be baptism also. We only caught little snippets of the service on the monitor in the nursery but the video testimonies were very heartwarming. I also felt so proud of the wonderful church I go to. We always have a lot of new members at commitment service because this is an incredible place to fellowship. Where there is life, there is growth! Marcee said that she was very moved by the service and enjoyed it a lot! We went to Russ' afterwards for comfort food and then home to play with Jayden until he fell asleep. End of week in review...a very full week!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Artisan Cooking School: Hors d' Oeuvers


If you thought hors d' orderves were cocktail weenies and celery sticks filled with cheez whiz...think again! Chef Doug and Chef Howard worked their magic once more, presenting a feast for the eye and palate. Hors d' Oeuvers was the subject of this demonstation and the items offered were: Giant California Maki(roll) using sushi rice and assorted vegetables rolled in seaweed wraps with wasabi and a soy sauce dip, a chicken and coconut shumai which are wrapped in won ton papers and steamed, shrimp fritters which were delicately deep fried in sesame oil, Five Spice chicken salad in won ton shells, and crab-stuffed mushrooms. Last but not least, a divine desert. We were served the Artisan Vanilla Ice Cream garnished with strawberries dripping with chocolate. As always, we left with great recipes, good memories, and no need for the drive-through on the way home! I had the added pleasure of my sister Marcee, visiting from Oregon, and a very engaging lady named Maggie. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, feast your eyes on these:(Disclaimer-due to technical difficulties, the date displayed on the photos is incorrect. These pictures were taken 5/8/2007)

These classes are the best kept secret in town! If you don't sign up for one soon, you're really missing out on an extraordinary experience! To check out the list of classes, please click on the Artisan Cooking School link.
Thursday, May 17th, Artisan is hosting a Tuscan theme dinner with a chef. You can also sign up for this unique dining opportunity through the website.
Bon Appetit!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Family Part I: My Week in Review 4/29/07-5/5/07

This week seemed to revolve around family unity. Lewis came to town because of a seminar for his company in Chicago for the week. He chose to fly into GR instead of Chi Town so that he could spend some time with us for Tyler's 22nd birthday and just to stay connected. He was able to return for the following weekend as well. Most of you who know me, realize this is a huge matter of personal growth. Being able to forgive and allow Lewis to be in my space so that our children can benefit from a relationship with their dad, while still maintaining healthy boundaries for myself and not allowing myself to be pulled back into non-working relationship patterns. I'm proud of both Lewis and myself, that we are able to do this and make it a good experience for our boys.
Sunday, April 29: We took Tyler to his favorite Mexican restaurant in GR, Don Pablo's. This was a touching time as we talked about the day he was born and the first time the three of us were together as a family.
On the day he was born, one of our friends, who was a police officer in town, gave us a police escort to the hospital. Because I was an EMT there at the time, we were treated like royalty, but also subject to a lot more people inviting themselves in and out of the birthing room during labor because they felt like extended family!No privacy! I had seen lots of babies born and many of them looked red, blotchy, wrinkled up like little old people, covered with cheesy stuff or scaly skin, looking like a monkey, etc. I have to say, Tyler came out just perfect. He looked like a little porcelain doll. Not a mark on that child. Lewis was a trooper. He was there coaching me the entire time. It's funny how little things stand out. When you're in the throes of labor and in very intense pain, stuff people say and do can really bug you! I remember telling Lewis to go get the nurse because I felt like I needed to push. So, he went out there and started hollering to the nurse, "She's pushing! She's pushing! " That, of course, started a frenzy at the nurses station since they didn't think I would be ready that soon. Boy, was I mad at Lew! As soon as the nurses walked into the room, I said, "I told Lewis I WANTED to push! I didn't say I WAS pushing!" Silly! Anyway, everything came out OK obviously, and 22 years later we all gathered together to remember the day! Lewis was one of those progressive, involved new dads who coached me through labor and cut the umbilical cord when Tyler was born. Then, after he did that, the doctor handed Tyler to Lewis first for a moment of father/son bonding at which time, Tyler let go with the waterworks and Lewis got a good dowsing from the little guy! Tyler got a kick out of hearing this story again. It was especially comforting to know that even if the configuration of our family has changed, some things DO and will ALWAYS stay the same. We are going to be there for each other at the important times in life, no matter what! After Trevor came home from work that night, Lewis got them involved in putting up some light fixtures in the lower family room. I tried to stay out of it, but no such luck! I am so pleased with the way the light fixtures look now, but tempers always flare in our house when it's tool time! None of us have the patience it requires to do stuff like this! It's a wonder we've all lived so long! Consider this, Lewis and I built our first house together. Let that be a lesson to you all-if you want to stay married, avoid the dreaded home improvement project!
Monday, April 30: I had the opportunity to rub some people the right way at Body Perfections! Then I went to small group. The topic for the night was: The Seed Must Lead. Joel Osteen talks about planting seed in the lives of others. If we want God t
o solve our problems, we should help other people solve theirs. It seems like backwards to our human nature, but once again we are encouraged to stop focusing on ourselves, our own problems, and see how we can reach out to others in need. If you are having financial issues, give what you can to those in even more dire circumstances, or give of your time if you don't have money. If you are seeking friendship, be a friend. Osteen says that we need to be more seed-oriented than need oriented. In the time of need, sow a seed! By watering others, we water ourselves.
Tuesday, May 1: Hooray, hooray, first of May! I AM NOT FINISHING THAT NAUGHTY POEM! However, I am so relieved to get to this point! My sister will be here next week from Oregon. My birthday is in 3 weeks. I will get to go see my family in Oregon starting the 26th. Life is good...Today I worked at Body. Another opportunity to be in service to
others. I am always thankful for that. The highlight of the day was going to another one of those yummy cooking classes at Artisan. We were all about salads and vinaigarettes this night. Chef Doug prepared four different vinaigrettes: a balsamic, basil vinaigrette, an asian caesar, a pear, and a honey-mint vinaigrette. All the salads used interesting greens instead of the standard lettuce we are all so used to( and bored with!). Chef Doug likes to use cheeses other than the run of the mill shredded cheddar on his salads. He used an Irish cheddar, a parmesan, and a gorgonzola. He also likes to use nuts for added texture and flavor. The choices were pine nuts, hazel nuts, and walnuts. All of the salads were tasty and beautiful. I wish I had brought my camera in and taken a picture of each of them. They were so pretty, it was almost a shame to eat them! They were so good! Doug also likes to use fruit in the salads. The combinations were very unique. For desert we had truffles and the famous Artisan vanilla ice cream. Perfect! This coming week, my sister and I are doing a class on Horsie Dervies-he, he! If you want a fun evening, you should call and see if they still have room for you! It will be a blast. The following week, May 15, is grilling. I am going with my son Trevor and his girlfriend Courtney. Again, good times!
Wednesday, May 2: Work as a mediation once again at Body Perf
ections. Weight Watchers meeting. I lost another 1 1/2 lbs. See how many of these old sayings you can complete:
Don't change horses....Don't bite the hand that.....Strike while the iron is....These ar
e all old messages that we have heard over and over again. The emphasis this meeting was on creating new endings to the old messages we play continually in our heads. Messages like: You never follow through! or You've tried this before and it didn't work! We were encouraged to find new ways of talking to ourselves. A more positive self-talk. It is true, I say things to myself that I would NEVER say to someone else. It is time to be kinder, more supportive, forgiving, understanding, and encouraging to myself!
Thursday, May 3: Work at Body 9-9. Then I went to the shelter for an overnight shift from 10:45 pm-8:45 am. A lot to do but still very thankful to have the opportunity to contribute.
Friday, May 4:
Work from 9-7 this day. Jayden, my 20-month old grandson came into Body for his first haircut! Check it out....adorable!
Lewis had been nice enough to mow the lawn. So, when I got off work, we picked up Chinese food, went out for ice cream at the Corner Cafe in Beaverdam, and returned home to watch Departed. A good movie. Quite violent. A lot of action. In other words, a big hit with all the guys at my house!
Saturday, May 5: Worked until 3pm. Lewis' last day in town. We went to Rivertown and had dinner at Friday's. We went to Verizon and got me an new phone that takes pictures. Another high tech thing I'll have to learn to use! We each had a huge chocolate dipped strawberry at Godiva's. Then we went to see Spiderman 3. That was the best one so far! Incredible special effects! It's a long movie but so entertaining that the time really flies. You won't want to miss this one if you're a Spidey fan! That Tobey Maguire-what a kisser! So ends my week on a positive note. Next week will be very fun since Marcee will be visiting. Expect lots of crazy pictures!

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