Friday, March 14, 2014

I Refuse To Write Crabby Stuff Even Though Daylight Saving Time Started This Week - Oh, And Happy Pi Day!

Anyone who knows me knows that Daylight Saving Time really upsets the  rhythm of my life.  It started Sunday and I know from past experience that it will be almost a month before I get used to it.  Until then, I will be just slightly crabby - but that's not anyone else's fault, so I won't write that way.  So I thought, what do we all enjoy?  Chocolate, of course, but it is Lent, after all, so I went with second choice - Shoes.  It has just been within the last few months that I realized my go-to shoe is the Espadrille.  I have pairs from Target that I paid less than $10 for and Spanish pairs that I have paid 20 times that much for.  Cost per wear is much less than $1 when they eventually wear out.
 Via Spiga Sequined ones, Calypso St Barth Blue Print, and Pricy Andre Assous Braided Black  
      Stubbs and Wooten
Here are some new napkins I am making because nothing cheers me like a little sewing - even if it is just adding a hem.
And for the Mathematically Inclined, here is a Snickers Pie, made in a Pi pan, by my son Zach - in honor of Pi day, which only makes sense if you write your dates the US way, which would make today -  3-14.  (Get it? Pi is 3.14.)  (Roughly.)  And he is serving the Pi Pie at work at 1:59, in honor of an expanded version - 3.14159.  Nerds rule!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Oodells of Noodles And A Mutant Bird Of Paradise

Was in the mood for a Stir-Fry over Soba Noodles, so ran over to the H-Mart, that giant Korean Grocery Store, where there is one entire aisle devoted to Noodles, and there are still more on the next aisle.  Very small price difference, so I went with the Organic, and surprise - these Japanese noodles were made in Australia.  And not just one Organic brand, at least 3 different brands were Australian.  And they were exceptionally good!   

My favorite "flower" in the world is the Bird of Paradise.  When I was growing up in Southern California, they fascinated me.  If you've familiar with them, you probably think of them as about a metre high, but they get much taller.  There is one off my second floor balcony that is currently blooming although the Date Palm next to it makes it hard to tell.
 Young (less than 5 years old) Bird of Paradise
So beautiful!

Old Bird of Paradise - almost 20 feet tall.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's My Mother's Birthday!

It's my mother's birthday today!  How old is she?  Well, she has always been a bit coy about her age, so I will just say over 90 but under 100.  That's my brother Tony with her.  This is from Thanksgiving - two months ago.  Probably the worst picture I've ever taken of him.  He is so much cuter in real life.  But it's not his birthday, it's hers - and this is a great picture of her.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

As They Say In New Orleans - Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Happy Mardi Gras!
Now here's a perfect color name for me - A Woman's Prague-Ative,  a pretty orange, although a little glittery.  You can see that I don't worry too much about the perfect application of nail polish - because of something my daughter told me when she polished her nails by herself for the first time.  She might have been 8, but definitely not older, and she informed me that all the excess polish on her hands would just wash away.  Of course - nail polish doesn't stay on your skin.  Pretty smart, huh? 

Enchilada Casserole and beautiful Raspberries for dinner.  And a few silly T-shirts to sleep in.  On the subject of Sleep, my new gadget, the Fitbit fitness tracker says my sleep efficiency is 97%.  Don't know what the criteria is.  Wonder if it was better when I was younger and didn't get up once a night?  Good Times!
What do you think of Lent?  Although the vast majority has abandoned the practice of self-deprivation, I also know that a few of you are taking your last bites of Chocolate before those 6 long weeks of Lent.  Sorry to say, but deprivation is just too easy for me.  So these six weeks involve something far more difficult - as usual, I am planning on tipping someone everyday.  I usually make my own tea, when there are thousands of Coffee/Tea shop employees who my $1 (minimum) per day tip would make a difference to.  Especially in Tulsa where there are lots of people giving up their daily indulgence, and unwittingly reducing those servers' income.  Wish me luck - with the Winter weather waiting for me when I get back to Tulsa next week, it's going to be even more difficult this year.