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07/15/09 07:45 - 55ºF - ID#49295

Early mornings

I've convinced myself recently to make the most of my summer days by getting up earlier in the morning. I spend my extra time sipping coffee on the front porch and watching the neighborhood wake up. It's been a bit of a challenge to get up earlier than usual. But this morning I was rewarded with the sight of a beautiful cardinal fluttering around the front yard!

After soaking up the sun and summer, it's just a nice way to start the morning. Much better than rushing to get to work.
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06/27/09 09:36 - 67ºF - ID#49096

Spicy scents

Two nights ago I ground up some cardamom in the coffee grinder. The scent lingered for a good two days in the kitchen, living room, and entry way making these areas of the house smell sweet and spicy and delicious.

This morning I experimented with trying to get a more concentrated or longer lasting scent.

I tried making a potpourri satchet. Failure.

Tried to use it like incense. Failure.

Then the internet told me to simmer the spices in some water. So right now I'm in heaven with the spicy cardamom, coriander, cloves smell.

If you want to replicate it....

A handful of cardamom seeds and a handful of coriander seeds lightly toasted in a skillet.
Grind in a coffee grinder. Add 10-12 cloves.

Put entire mixture with 1-2 cups of water on the stove. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

And if you like the cardamom taste, try grinding some in with your coffee beans. I cardamom pod should be enough for 1 cup of coffee beans.
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06/22/09 11:09 - 71ºF - ID#49034

The DIY project

Two years ago, when we moved into the house, I had a lot of time on my hands to fix up the house.

Paint was peeling and chipping from the bathroom door so I decided it needed some work.

I didn't want to just scrape and paint because it would look all uneven. And I didn't want to pay $50 to take it to somewhere and dip it to strip the paint.

So I stripped the door myself. Until I gave up when I realized there were six layers of paint underneath the glossy white and special tools were needed to strip the paint from the crevices.

So I hung the door up half stripped and uneven. It sat for a year.

I primed it when husband suggested I finish what I start. It sat for another year.

And today I finally finished.

Two years later... And more than $50 later... And several hours of my time later.... I painted it glossy white over an uneven surface.

I sure came out ahead, didn't I?
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06/09/09 10:02 - 66ºF - ID#48876

Running from State Farm as fast as I can

You know those stories about people who run from their small town, USA, because they can't spend the rest of their life working in the "fill-in-the-blank" factory?

I couldn't run from my town fast enough to avoid the State Farm conveyor belt. I thought that there had to be more to life than being a cog in the machinery of State Farm.

Turns out I was right.

I am reminded of it every time I come home. And I'm so grateful that I did more with my life than sign up for a lifetime career with State Farm.
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06/05/09 11:00 - 64ºF - ID#48840

Vacation Frenzy

I am trying to leave for vacation at 2:30pm.

I had a small list of must do items from yesterday.

After several phone calls and e-mails today, that list has grown exponentially longer.

I am angry.
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06/01/09 10:11 - 65ºF - ID#48819

Observations from Running

I have never felt compelled to yell things at people running by me, so I don't understand the compulsion for people to yell things at me when I'm running. Are their comments for my benefit or for theirs? Are they hoping I'll stop and engage them in conversation? Or that their "witty" comment will be the "zing" that I need to keep going?

As a dog owner, those leashes that extend really far seem appealing to me, but as a runner, they're a gigantic trip hazard and I hate them and the little ankle biting dogs at the end of them.

Running down Norwood and Lincoln Parkway and Chapin Parkway in the dark on a cool and balmy evening was peaceful and soothing.

Gulping down a cold Goya Mango drink was heavenly after the run. But I probably just drank the same amount of calories I burned off.

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05/28/09 08:25 - 65ºF - ID#48778

Plants for free

I have two hot red pepper plants (hot portugal pepper) and one Sweet Hungarian plant, which grow really well in pots.

I have a zucchini plant and a cucumber plant that might be dead. I'm not sure. But I'll double check if you're interested!

Let me know if you're interested in any of those plants. They're sitting on my front porch so all you would have to do is run up and grab the plant and go. You wouldn't even have to stop in and say hello.
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05/25/09 10:00 - 57ºF - ID#48744

My Husband. The Bad Ass Priest.


I'm pretty sure he's packing a piece under that coat.
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05/24/09 04:20 - 73ºF - ID#48740

On track

for a 9:30 minute/mile 5K. I think.

Today I had a very satisfying work out.

400 meters run 6 times at a faster pace than my 5k pace.

200 meters of walking in between the 400 meters.

One mile of slow and easy jogging to cool down the muscles.

I felt discouraged after my last 5k, because I didn't quite hit the time I wanted, but felt better when the results from the race indicated that I ran a 9:45 mile pace.

I want to slash 15 seconds off to be at a 9:30 mile pace at Jog for the Jake in June in order to run about a 28:30 5K.

I plan on doing speed workouts once a week until the race. And when I'm home in Illinois I'm hoping to take advantage of hills in my dad's neighborhood to do some speed work on hills.

All on the path to a 27 minute 5K by the fall for the Linda Yalem Safety Run.
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05/21/09 12:53 - 76ºF - ID#48712

Credit Card Legislation

I've been waiting for a post from Vincent or Joshua or Jim on the credit card legislation, but I guess I'll go first.

A news article in the Buffalo News touched on the ups and downs of the legislation.

Bankers, apparently, are stating that they may be "forced" to initiate or raise annual user fees; take away bonuses; or otherwise develop practices that would be "damaging" to those individuals who use credit cards responsibly.

Well, bankers, I don't need your credit card. So if you plan on charging me an annual user fee or taking away my cash-back bonus, go right ahead. I have no "right" to a credit card with no annual user fee and a cash-back bonus. But I certainly have the freedom to cancel the card and rely solely on my debit card; cash; and checks (or in other words, I will return to a "pay as I go" system).

There is obviously a connection between the credit card industry and the healthcare industry given that a portion of people in significant credit card debt are paying healthcare related bills. I can imagine a scenario where the unintended consequence of a decrease in available credit is to put further and immediate pressure on our current health care system and our future approach to health care in our country.
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