Tuesday, February 09, 2016

He Ran By And Told Me To Share Links

I spotted a Greater Roadrunner this morning, just crouching in the cactus.  He sped by and I couldn't get a good picture, so I snapped him when he stopped.  He was there long enough to tell me to share these links with you.

19 Crazy Ideas for Adventurous Home Decor.


Amy Winehouse's mother talks about her daughter's rock bottom. 


Aceto Balsamico (Balsamic Vinegar) is amazing.  But I don't know that I'd be willing to die for it.


Vintage Porn.  It's pretty safe to say that Larry Flynt isn't involved here, it's still NSFW. 


I do love me some Josh Brolin.  He's even hotter now than he was the first time I met him in person.

People who aren’t emotionally stable post more frequently in order to regulate their emotions and receive social support."  No shit.

It's exactly what Jesus would do.  Which always makes me wonder...why the outrage?

Beyoncé And moreBeyoncé Talented and entertaining doesn't even scratch the surface. And for that alone, she can pretty much sing and say whatever she wants.

Everyone is gaga for Gaga.

Fun Valentine cards.

There's luxury in the clouds.  If only I could afford it.

"As a woman, I just hope that one day I have as many rights as a gun does."  Now who would've thought comedienne Alison Leiby would get any flak for that?  Um, that's sarcasm in case you didn't catch it.

Revealing the changes in New York.

Ease into the exercise.  That's the ticket.



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2015: 
Heading To Shore

2014: Chocolate And Gnocchi - The Best Of Any World
2013: Looking And Smelling Good Behind The Wheel Of A Big Rig
2012: Necessary Evil
2011: Getting Drunk On Summer Fun
2010: How Is It The Fish Don’t Freeze???
2009: A Meal Even 300 Year Old Monks Would Love
2008: Not A Knock Knock Joke
2007: Eddie Shades Friday
2006: The Idiot And The Box
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Naked Truth

Last night, for Ed's birthday, we went to Casino Del Sol to see one of our favorite comedians perform live.

Lewis Black came to Tucson and didn't disappoint. The Emperor's New Clothes: The Naked Truth tour was the perfect way to celebrate Ed's special day.

His pissed-off brand of humor is right up our alley.  He's brilliant, and we love that he laces facts into his act.  Mostly to point out the wild unreasonableness of situations, typically involving politics and politicians.

Based on the laughter and applause, most of the audience was clearly made up of like-minded people. It was the perfect place to find people to be friends with.

If you're not familiar with Lewis Black, start with Red, White, and Screwed or Stark Raving Black or Black on Broadway.

You'll either love him or hate him.

And those fingers?  LOVE them.




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2015: True Civilization
2014: Late Afternoon In South Dakota
2013: Farm To Market
2012: Providence Silhouette
2011: We Got Fatter But We Lost Weight
2010: Stripping, Vitamins, And Cheesecake
2009: Ocean Front Crowd
2008: He Wouldn’t Recommend His Wife To Anyone He Knows
2007: Spring Has Sprung In My Hotel Room
2006: High School Hottie
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Happy Birthday, My Sweet Prince!

While visiting Ed's parents in January, I saw this photo in the bedroom and just had to take a picture of it.

This is my guy.

When he was a little guy.

The man of the hour.

The person I spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with.

The guy I LOVE.

My Prince.

My other half.

The Birthday Boy.

Today my sweet Eddie turns 41 years old!

And he's as cute, and as happy, and as smiley today as he was in this photo.

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Here's to a fantastic year!  It's already off to a banging start, isn't it?

Many hugs and more smooches!

You are loved.



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2015: 
Celebration At Sea

2014: Winter Baby
2013: Let Me Count The Ways
2012: He’s Been Waiting For This Day For Thirty-Seven Years
2011: Twisted Raoul
2010: The Spring Chicken Celebrates His Big Day
2009: Eddie It’s My Birthday! It’s My Birthday! Friday
2008: As Pisghetti Gains Another Year, I Lose Eight
2007: Happy Birthday My Sweet Eddie!!!
2006: The Many Faces Of Ed
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Steakhouse Din


Tonight we went for steak at the Texas Roadhouse.  We've always gone to Outback because it's near the house, but we haven't loved it the last few times we've gone.  There are a lot of high-end steakhouses in Tucson, but really, this fit the bill for us.  And Ed is happy to eat steak any day of the week, he'd even eat steak cooked on a hubcap.

Ed's parents are visiting this week so we took them and we also took my mother.  It was a pre-birthday dinner  - Ed's birthday is tomorrow.

Everything was pretty tasty - the do a really decent steak - but the place was packed.  It's very common here to have to wait 30-minute or more wait at any kind of restaurant.  It doesn't matter what night you dine out, as it's busy everywhere.  It's as if not a soul in Tucson cooks.

In addition to the wait, it was insanely noisy. I'd forgotten how bad it was.  And with three people in the group over 70, I can't imagine it was pleasant for them.  I'm 20 years younger and I couldn't hear a thing.  The screaming child at the table on the other side of the wall didn't help.  Why do they allow people with children to dine out??

All in all though, it was a nice night.  We did manage to have some conversation and hear some childhood stories about Ed.  He was as cute a kid as he is an adult.  Who knew?



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2015: Water Is Precious
2014: Who's That Behind Those Foster Grants?
2013: Where Are The Cushy Couches And Fat Laps?
2012: The Stealth Trucker
2011: Aisles Filled With Q-Tips
2010: Lights, Camera, Action!
2009: Desktop Material
2008: C’mon In
2007: Eddie Hits The Bricks Friday
2006: Built With The Organization Gene
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Ed's View

Maezy decided to perch herself on Ed's lap.  Since she wouldn't let him get up, he took this photo.

Days spent at home are so exciting, aren't they?



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2015: Place Of Refuge
2014: A Story Told In Stone
2013: Eddie Sandwich
2012: Finally – Freight To Buzz About!
2011: For The Crybabies
2010: Chillin’ In Utah
2009: Taking The Peas For A Ride In A Cozy Little Shell
2008: Wyth Jane’s Kin In Wytheville
2007: Color In Architecture
2006: Living On
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Last Link Should Be Your First Stop

Photo courtesy of Kwiat
If it's all Greek to you, this might be why.

Tired of one-night-stands?  You're not the only one.


Recipes from La Tavola Marche.  After visiting Fossombrone in Le Marche in 2010, this place is on my list for the future.

No electricity?  No fridge?  A Johnson & Wales graduate?  You can find that classically trained chef in a rural Amish community in Maine.

North Dakota is actually more interesting than you may think.

Want to know which muscles are stretching during those hateful exercises?  Check this out.


I love granola.  I love coconut.  And I think I'm going to love this once I get around to making it!

Still around.  Still batshit crazy. Still utterly clueless.

I'm here to tell you this is true.    


Need an app to help keep you on the fitness track?  Here are fourteen of them.

Like to bake?  This infographic has lots of great information.   

Could this be the sincerest form of flattery or is it straight-up thievery?


Winter is just getting started in Banff and Canada is a huge bargain right now. I think it's time to hit the Canadian Rockies!
But if you're one of those crazy people who doesn't like snow, there's this.  

Hunger is psychological and dieting only makes it worse.  Interesting.

And last but not least, let's not forget that Valentine's Day is coming.


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2015: The Gods Are Angry. Or Laughing.

2014: These Four Guys Always Have The Same Expression On Their Faces
2013: Save Money On Sandwiches, Buy Nice Car
2012: Big Money Needed For A Relaxing, Feel-Good Experience
2011: The Original Metrosexual And The Petting Zoo
2010: Cribs For Corn, Not Celebrities
2009: LL Cool E
2008: Hunt On Hold
2007: The Blondes Come Marching In
2006: Thank You Is Not Enough
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Cooking Is Love Made Visible

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of my father's death - weird, calling it an anniversary. But that's what people do, don't they?  That's me with him in the photo.  I was two weeks old. He was 26.

I wrote about my father's Walnut Crescent Cookies a few months ago.  The poem by Naomi Shihab Nye reminded me of his recipe.  They were always a family favorite and my Aunt makes them to this day as part of her Christmas cookie lineup because my cousins request them.

This is the card that's been in my mother's recipe box for over 39 years, front and back.


I'm posting the recipe because so many memories of my father involve food and cooking. I mean, look at the picture - I'm two weeks old and he's feeding me - we clearly bonded early over a meal.

When I 
sauté garlic, make chicken cutlets, assemble a lasagna, or make a big pot of chili for Ed, I always think of my father. Sometimes I'll be driving and I'll think of something to do with my father, and before I know it, I have a memory that somehow involves food or cooking. It just happens.
So I know it's only a cookie, but it's my father's signature cookie, and it's a great way to publicly mark the day. 

You should make them.  They're delicate and delicious. I promise you'll love them.

Because like Julia Child said, "People who love to eat are the best people."

Get a copy for printing HERE.



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2015: Remembering

2014: We Do Not Remember Days, We Remember Moments
2013: Sharing The Long Haul Lifestyle
2012: Love, Peace, And Soooouuulll
2011: Taste The Fire
2010: Finally, A Shot At Playmate Of The Month! (Sorta)
2009: Remembering
2008: Eddie Gets His Eyes Checked Friday
2007: Shifting The Sun
2006: My Daddy Is Gone
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Special Order


Sometimes we actually do get coldish weather.

This is what the coming week looks like.


I couldn't be happier.

Because dreams really do come true.....ha!




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2015: 
Clooney Was Not At The End Of The Pier

2014: Where They Build Palaces Out Of Corn
2013: Modern Market Girl
2012: A Berry Good Time
2011: Traveling Through Mountain Ranch
2010: Backroads
2009: If Only I Could Fit All Of This Information On A Bumper Sticker…
2008: Gambling Haze
2007: Published
2006: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Climbing The Regal Horned Lizard

Today Ed went to the top of Tumamoc with Kim and a few of her friends. I sat this one out.

Here's a 360 degree panorama of his view.  Enlarge it to see what he saw.


He said it was steep.

I would have never made it. The hill rises 750 feet in 1.5 miles.

To put that in perspective for my fellow truckers, this hill would require a 9.4% grade sign.

The sign below says, "Tumamoc Hill is an 860-acre conservation site that provides an outdoor, natural laboratory for education and advanced research in ecology and archaeology.  Since 1903, Tumamoc Hill has been providing decades of environmental information available nowhere else.  It often leads the world with innovative research projects in basic ecology, in conservation, and on plants such as saguaro and desert wildflowers.

In recognition of its history and success, Tumamoc Hill has been officially designated a United States National Historic Landmark, a United States Archaeological District, and an Arizona Environmental Study Area."
He said he enjoyed the hike and hopes to do it again.  Just like he's proud of my one-mile walks on flat ground, I'm proud of him tackling the horned lizard.



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2015: The Valley Of The Temples
2014: The Day The South Fell Apart...Again
2013: Island Graffiti
2012: Four Seasons Of Food To Conquer
2011: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
2010: As Seen On TV
2009: Eddie Polishing His Chrome Friday
2008: Traveling With Your Cat
2007: Getting Wet In The Next County
2006: Down With O.P.P.
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, January 29, 2016

I'd Rather Be Listening To This All Day


I heard this song on American Idol last night.  I didn't know it but I love it.

It's going on my playlist immediately and will accompany me on my next walk!



Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) 
by Clean Bandit

Oh
We're a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and sea
But as long as you are with me, there's no place I'd rather be
I would wait forever, exalted in the scene

As long as I am with you, my heart continues to beat

With every step we take, Kyoto to The Bay
Strolling so casually
We're different and the same, gave you another name

Switch up the batteries

If you gave me a chance I would take it
It's a shot in the dark but I'll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can't shame me
When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be

Ooh ooh

We staked out on a mission to find our inner peace
Make it everlasting so nothing's incomplete
It's easy being with you, sacred simplicity

As long as we're together, there's no place I'd rather be

With every step we take, Kyoto to The Bay
Strolling so casually
We're different and the same, gave you another name

Switch up the batteries

If you gave me a chance I would take it
It's a shot in the dark but I'll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can't shame me
When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be

N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be


When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be (Yeah)

Hoo
(Be)

Yeah-e-yeah-e-yeah-e-yeah-e-yeah, yeah, yeah

If you gave me a chance I would take it
It's a shot in the dark but I'll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can't shame me
When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be
N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be

N-n-n-no, no, no, no place I'd rather be

When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be



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2015: 
North Shore Surfin'

2014: Calling It A Day
2013: Eight Ways To Take It Easy
2012: Dinner With Friends
2011: This Is What Sheer Joy Looks Like
2010: I’ll Have The Tootsie Rolls And The Butterfinger And The Lollipop And The Gummi Bears And The Hershey Kisses And The Snickers Bar And The M&M’s And…
2009: Meals On Wheels
2008: Mercury Dropping
2007: James Cameron For $79.99 A Night
2006: The Town That Big Tobacco Built
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Walking Along The Canyon Of Gold

This morning I cranked out another walk with Ed and my friend Kim.  A good portion of the trail runs along the Cañada del Oro wash, which when it rains turns from what's generally a dry river bed all year long, into a raging river. There was no water today. The sun was shining and the air was cold.  Perfect walking weather for me.

I've never been on this trail before.  Shocker.  Kim has walked it and Ed has biked it. Part of it is used for horses so we had to wade through a lot of deep sand - easy on horse hooves, not so great for me.  It was like walking on deep beach sand and I had to empty my shoes when we got to the end of that section.  I wasn't too happy about that.

Oh, and there's also a hill. It doesn't look like a hill because it's so gradual, but I felt it. If I'm going to do this hateful exercise thing, I need to start out on land that's Kansas flat. Baby steps.


I think tomorrow I may try an indoor walk with Leslie Sansone and then do another outdoor thing with Kim on Saturday.

I have to get as many walks in as I can while I'm home because when we go back on the road, I'm going to have to be used to this shit.



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2015: Aloooooooha
2014: Better Than No Touch Freight
2013: The First Step Is To Admit You Have A Problem
2012: The Top Five Sweet Scents In My World
2011: A Weekend Full Of Bright Stars And Not Much Else
2010: I’m Floored
2009: Two Worlds Collide
2008: Girl Crush
2007: Silly Boys
2006: It’s Nowhere Near Mexico, Y’all
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ed Knows How To Break The Fast

I like simple, usually cold breakfasts - cottage cheese and fruit or yogurt and fruit.  That's it.  Occasionally I'll do oatmeal but I really don't like to get up in the morning and cook, and I really don't like eating a big meal in the morning.

The only exception is when someone else is cooking - and usually that means a place where I can get French toast or a Belgian waffle since those are two things I never make.

Ed, on the other hand, likes a big, hearty breakfast. And he'll eat almost anything you put in front of him - pancakes, quiche, waffles, frittata, biscuits and gravy, steak and eggs, breakfast burrito, anything.  He even ate pickled fish for breakfast when he was in Norway.

So while I'm scooping out yogurt and cutting up strawberries, he's whipping up cheesy omelettes with salsa and avocado, crispy bacon (he always makes two pieces for me), and a side of Dave's Killer Bread, toasted.

I crank out some pretty delicious meals from midday on, but Ed is your man if you want to start your day with something substantial and delicious.

And you can place your order by just pointing at the photo above.




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2015: 
The Mighty Mo

2014: We Work A Lot, We're Fat, And You Can't Get By Without Us
2013: Domestic Cat Life
2012: Being Appreciated
2011: Just A Phone Call Away
2010: A Practically Perfect Circle
2009: My Frozen Kentucky Home
2008: On Tour And Collecting Paper As We Go
2007: Finding Your Way
2006: Trivia From The First Tsar Of Russia
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Furniture Recon

We went shopping today for furniture. We started out at Bassett, which is going out of business after being in town for over 10 years, so we wanted to see what they had left. After Bassett, we hit Sam Levitz.  They have so much stuff.  Lots of nice things, really pretty living room groupings, dining sets, accessories.  I saw a sectional couch I wanted to live in.

My mother bought a new bedroom set which gets delivered this weekend.  She's beyond excited.

Ed and I just walked away with ideas.




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2015: 
Deck Walkers

2014: The Land Of The Blue Angels
2013: Taking A KW For A Spin
2012: New York And Snow – My Two Favorite Things
2011: Doin’ The Math
2010: Well, Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit
2009: I Even Have Time To Go On Strike
2008: Teaching Them Young
2007: You Gotta Be In It To Win It
2006: Cinema Stupido
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!