Archive for September, 2009

Loving Arlington…

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Today I went to Arlington for a private yoga consultation (which was terrific- more later) But what was really odd was that several people had told me how I would hate Arlington & going in to the city.
Au contraire, mes amis.
I totally loved the energy of the city. And shopping in Whole Foods w/people of about every culture under the sun.
Even the traffic was kind of fun (it wasn’t quite rush hour, and I had Matt Darey techno podcasts playing.)
So… a very fun day, and a small dose of the big city vibe. I’ll be back….

Slow Food Membership special- Sept ’09

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Just found out that Slow Food USA is building its membership by a special offer.

Individual membership is usually $60/year, but during September ’09, a donation of any size will be counted as the membership fee.  It’s only good in Sept ’09, so if you’ve been considering joining, just click on the logo above to sign up. No more excuses.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a link

Over the last couple years, I’ve had unusually good access (for a US citizen) to really excellent, REAL  food. First in Pt Townsend, with all the seafood, the co-op, the farmers market… And in VA this summer raising a lot of our food, and with a friend who raises grass-fed beef, another who sells goats milk cheese…

But most people don’t have the same choices available to them. And Slow Food is working to change that, both on the supply (small farmers & artisan food producers) and demand (those of us who eat) fronts.

Currently reading  The End of Overeating by David Kessler, MD which really exposes the culprits of the obesity epidemic. (Clue- it’s not you.)

I read somewhere that there’s no English phrase for “bon appetit.” (Unless you count being ordered to “Enjoy!” by your perky little waitron.) Food for thought.


Friday, September 25th, 2009



From the look of things, you’d think all I do is celebrate Fridays…Kind of funny, since I’m funemployed.

Here’s what I haven’t been blogging about:

  1. Went to Salem WV, to celebrate my aunt’s 79th birthday. That is one heck of a woman, who deserves a post just about her. She is just a few pounds short of having lost 100 lbs, is learning to drive and has adopted the most spoiled cat in the world. She is the best kind of “church lady” and rarely speaks a bad word about anyone.
  2. Went to Hagerstown, MD & back via Martinsburg WV, (I keep forgetting how close everything is there. This wasn’t even a major expedition!) Visited a really interesting “Green General Store” in M’burg, which is in an old Victorian house. Yummy victuals, too.
  3. The  mater is busy making floral arrangements for a wedding. She committed to that before the awful drought we’ve had (broken today, thank goodness!) We’ve been scrounging all over for flowers. Yoga farmgirl K helped to save the day.

Links o’ the week:

For those of you who (like me) can’t figure out the care tags on your new fancy clothes

Vibrant Kitchen Feng Shui (you know you need it!)

Garden news (where are all the men when you need them?)

Little House in the Suburbs (I admit it- I spend WAY too much time here.)

Oh, and a friend of a friend is driving from Pole to Pole w/his g’friend & 2 dogs.
Vote for him here.


Friday, September 18th, 2009


My favorite Firefox Add-on has to be StumbleUpon (click the logo above.) It’s kind of similar to google’s I’m Feeling Lucky button, except that you can customize the categories that interest you. (I’ve got 28 topics, so things can get quite interesting, as it switches randomly between camping, feminism, hinduism & house music, for example.)

I would recommend a good antivirus program before using StumbleUpon. A couple times I’ve hit a site that has a virus. (I’ve used StumbleUpon a LOT for well over a yr now, so this is not a common occurrence.) If you need an AV program (and if you don’t have one, you DO need one), I use the Avast free program & have been happy with it.

Anyway, Stumbling is a great way to waste a few hours… I’ll share some of my loot:

How to make fire w/a can of coke & a chocolate bar… No, I have not tried this…

A little humor for  all you jobhunters out there

How to fold a fitted sheet!

25 Best Country Song Titles

Happy Friday, everyone. Have a great wkend!