Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
At any rate, there is a new lighting display for the tower in honor of its anniversary.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I have a love-hate relationship with the gym. I love the results but hate the process. To date, I've lost 40 pounds in over 2 years just from working out alone. Diet is another topic for another day and realistically, for another person to discuss.
I started my weight loss by living in France 2 years ago and managed to keep it off. A few months after my journey ended in France, I joined Curves, a women's gym. I felt comfortable there because there were women only of all shapes, sizes and ages. This was a nice way for me to get into the habit of working out after years of neglect. I then decided that Curves wasn't challenging anymore because you go from machine to machine every 10 seconds or so and do not have the opportunity to change the resistance. I had reached a plateau. Shortly thereafter, we joined the gym together and paid almost the same amount as Curves.
Fortunately, this gym is nationwide and a member can use any of the facilities anywhere. Its unlike me to beat down the door of a gym while on vacation. You'll instead find me poolside with a platter of the local pastries. Now you see my love/hate relationship with the gym in action (or inaction)!
Confession: I have not been to the gym in nearly 2 months. I have had some health issues that have prevented me from going (actual documented ones, not just my large rear could not defy the gravity that the couch so forcefully contains). The doctor has given me the green light to go back to the gym and do vigorous activity now. Damn him!!! Its a necessary evil and I've done well so far in my 1.7 yrs of having a membership I mustn't give up!
The castle in Angers
Marie-Laure and Marie-Edith sent me a proposed itinerary. We are so fortunate that Marie-Laure was able to take 2 days off to spend with us. They propose visiting the chateau of Villandry and its magnificent gardens, the Cointreau museum, the mushroom museum, eating in an underground cavern restaurant and visiting the chateau in Angers. There is plenty of time left in the itinerary for wines, cheeses, pastries, baguettes and any other delicacies that are viewed as every day in my homeland. I can almost smell the buttery goodness now.
The Afternoon Tea Menu
I recently took a rode trip with longtime friend, Jodie. We have been friends since the 7th grade and later had classes together in high school and college. We were also roommates at one point in college, too. Despite all this togetherness, we are still friends. She approached me about going to Naples in the Fingerlakes to enjoy the fall foliage and a tea room. We both ordered the Afternoon Tea which was comprised of finger sandwiches, pastries and a pot of tea.
We had such a wonderful time! The food was very tasty and the tea was very flavorful. Who knew you could drink something other than wine in the Fingerlakes? That's a first for me.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
I've been pondering doing a fast. Not a traditional fast from food but a fast from media -- my real addiction. I just can't bring myself to do it! That's another reason I enjoy traveling. I know that I am somewhere but more so in an undisclosed location that no one really knows where. There's something freeing about that.
- text messages
- picture messages
- phone calls
- 4 emails accounts
- yahoo messenger
- msn messenger