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January, 2009

Recipe: Crockpot Chicken & Rice

— 3/4 cups of brown rice — 3/4 cups chicken broth — 3/4 cups lowfat milk, divided — 3/8 cup flour — 1 sm onion, diced — 4 oz sliced mushrooms — 3-4 chicken thighs — 3 garlic cloves, diced tiny –1/4 tsp black pepper –1/4 tsp paprika The Directions. Combine all of the chicken broth and 1/4 cup of …Continue reading →

Recipe: Winter Squash and Chicken Stew w/ Indian Spices

This is what J made last Friday night, and we had enough for 2 more lunches. Very tasty, pretty easy. If you are not a fan of curries, or warm spices (as compared with ‘heat’ spices) then you may not enjoy this. The butternut squash completely breaks down, and the color ends up as an orangey-brown. 2 teaspoons olive oil …Continue reading →

Goals for 2009

Each year at my birthday, I set aside time to review my accomplishments of the past year and set goals for the coming year. Then I give myself until the end of the calendar year to make adjustments to my goals. I’ve been writing this post for about two months now, time to publish it . . . (I can, …Continue reading →

Getting My Ire Up: The Mentalist

Sent to (my thanks to Jason at The Wild Hunt for pointing this out to me): The episode of The Mentalist that aired on January 13th was profoundly insulting to me and to anyone who identifies as a witch, or Wiccan. We have spent decades attempting to explain to frightened and superstitious outsiders that: a) we are not crazy …Continue reading →

Why I Love Living Here

This morning it was densely fogged in around our house. You could see maybe a block away, but that’s it. The streetlights glowed like something out of Dickens’ and it was cold. When I reached the top of the hill, however, it was clear and the waning moon lit up the sky full of stars. By the time I reached …Continue reading →

A Word About Flying Business Class on United Airlines

Going to Europe was incredible. The section was quite empty (likely due to the season and not the usual happenstance) and we got very attentive service. The food was also quite good (for airline food) and felt ‘real’ rather than like a school room cafeteria. We started with a fresh salad (real lettuce, not iceberg) and a shrimp, prosciutto, and …Continue reading →

Hat Gift!

Thank you to Jeremy for the lovely Yule hat! and look, a recent picture of me as a bargain.


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Day 5: A Quiet Farewell

Because we were meeting Gretchen at 9:00am in front of the Rodin Museum, we asked for a wake up call for 8am. To our horror, the phone rang at 9am – there was no way we were going to make it in time if we were going to shower and dress fancy for lunch. Friends are more important than food, …Continue reading →

Day 4: Heights and Depths

Our day began at the Eiffel Tower around 11am. Two of the elevators were being renovated (apparently they were actually being modernized) and we aren’t fans of heights, so we decided to skip the lines. Today was the first day we had sun – the sky was clear and bright blue, the city looked very different. Which was especially fortunate …Continue reading →