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I love Saturdays. When I worked in retail, I had to work pretty much every Saturday, and I always felt like I was missing out on real life. Very often, I was missing out on something fun. So now I savor them, doing Saturday things like I always wanted to.

Most Saturdays, I walk down to the library. I usually have a book or movie that I had requested waiting for me (I love that I can request things online, and they even send me a text when it's ready!), but it's also fun to just browse and hang out in the reading room, looking at magazines. I've always been a big fan of libraries, and ours is small but nice.

I had other destinations in mind as well this week. The Say Cheese food truck was going to be at Medusa, the brewpub on Main Street. I stopped first at Mullahy's, the cheese shop, and picked up a bit of lovely ripened goat cheese that had just come in. It's similar to Boucheron, and less crumbly than the usual goat cheese.


A short walk down the street brought me to Say Cheese. It's a grilled cheese food truck.

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Grilled cheese is one of my go-to comfort foods. I had told my boss the other day that I was planning to go, and she thought it would be a fun idea to maybe have them come to us sometime for an office lunch, so I took one of their cards as I waited for my sandwich. I ordered the Cheddar Monster, which was delish. Cheddar, munster, and tomato perfectly grilled. I sat in the shade in front of the town hall to eat it.

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I then headed up toward the library, but as I passed New City Microcreamery I decided that some ice cream would really hit the spot. It was pretty warm, and I had a long walk home. So I popped in, and decided on the grasshopper flavor, which turned out to have alcohol in it so it was a bit like a frozen cocktail (not terribly strong). I sat under the apple tree by the library to eat it as I watched swallows skim the river looking for lunch.

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After I checked out my book (THE ROOK by Daniel O'Malley, which I am rereading in anticipation of the sequel that just came out), I headed back home. A whole herd of turtles were sunning themselves by the waterfall; these three found a convenient rock to perch on.

three turtles and a damselfly

When I got home and uploaded the pictures, I discovered that there was also a bright blue damselfly sitting on the rock.

By the time I got home, I was pretty wiped out. It's about a mile and a half from my house to downtown, and the walk back was bright and hot. All I was good for was a cool shower and settling in with my book.

It was a good day, and I had the goat cheese with some crackers for supper.
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DSCN2366, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today ended up being a beautiful day after all. I got to do some weeding in the garden, and I went for a walk along the river, where it is very green and lush. I guess all that rain was good for something! I also got my first mosquito bites of the season. Dratted things! We hates them, precious.

I had a nice visit with the family yesterday; it was good to see my brother and sis-in-law. We always have lots of laughs when we're all together. We shared stories until we ran out.

I finally finished potting all my plants today. Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, and parsley. I foresee lots of taboule and caprese in my future. I should learn to make mozzarella. Blessed are the cheesemakers!

And of course, I haven't forgotten the reason we have this day off. Thinking of all those who gave their lives in service to this country, including my Uncle Bob. May the freedoms they fought for never be taken from us.

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omg yum, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Musing on what to make for supper often occupies the last few minutes of the workday, and today I was looking at the grape tomatoes I had brought for a snack and failed to consume when it hit me that I had a bolting basil sitting on my kitchen table, and it's been ages since I've had a caprese salad. So I stopped at the store for some fresh mozzarella (and picked up a lovely focaccia as well) and made one. It was so delicious, I think I'll make it again tomorrow. And then I can toss that spindly basil (I have a fresh, young basil in my window box) and get one more thing off the kitchen table. Genius.

I love, love, love my iPhone. I thought it was true love with the iPad, but that was just a warm-up. This is truly the coolest thing I have ever owned. And I bought it myself, which makes it more special for me. I never thought I'd be in a position to be able to do that. It wasn't all that long ago that I had to choose between food and gas some weeks. Believe me, I count my blessings every single day. And I don't take anything for granted. I'm enjoying the heck out of things, and working hard to keep them. It's been a really long time since I've been consistently happy. I hope it stays this way!

I heart NY

May. 1st, 2011 12:09 pm
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view from the park, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I got back near midnight last night from the Big Apple. We had a fabulous time, logged many miles, saw wonderful things and people, and had perfect weather. And of course took lots of pictures.

lots of pictures )



We had drinks and dinner with my cousin Deanna Friday night, which was fabulous. We started out in the lounge atop our hotel, which is on the 48th floor and revolves so you can see the entire NY skyline. Also, it was sunset, so it was especially spectacular. We then went out for food, and I had my first fried pickles. If you're thinking, "Ew," I say, don't knock 'em until you've tried 'em.

Yesterday afternoon, after we'd retrieved our bags from the hotel, we met my cousin David a few blocks from Penn Station and had supper with him in a place called Mustang Sally's. I had my first Cuban sandwich, which also features pickles (but not of the fried variety). It was fun catching up with him, and sharing stories about our parents (his mom was my dad's sister). I really have neat cousins, and as I told S, there are 48 more of them. Yes, really. First cousins. And only half of them are Catholic. ;)

So I got to see cousins from both sides of the family, shared great times and created great memories with a good friend, and got reacquainted with a great city. I can't believe it's been so long since I've been there, and it's only three hours away. Yes, I am ashamed. I can't wait to go back.



ETA: I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this whole trip was S's idea, and she took up the tab for everything else. I'm truly grateful to have such a wonderful friend, and I'm sorry I haven't mentioned enough how much she's done for me. I am so blessed in my friends. :)

looking down the atrium

I heart NY

May. 1st, 2011 12:09 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

view from the park, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I got back near midnight last night from the Big Apple. We had a fabulous time, logged many miles, saw wonderful things and people, and had perfect weather. And of course took lots of pictures.

lots of pictures )



We had drinks and dinner with my cousin Deanna Friday night, which was fabulous. We started out in the lounge atop our hotel, which is on the 48th floor and revolves so you can see the entire NY skyline. Also, it was sunset, so it was especially spectacular. We then went out for food, and I had my first fried pickles. If you're thinking, "Ew," I say, don't knock 'em until you've tried 'em.

Yesterday afternoon, after we'd retrieved our bags from the hotel, we met my cousin David a few blocks from Penn Station and had supper with him in a place called Mustang Sally's. I had my first Cuban sandwich, which also features pickles (but not of the fried variety). It was fun catching up with him, and sharing stories about our parents (his mom was my dad's sister). I really have neat cousins, and as I told S, there are 48 more of them. Yes, really. First cousins. And only half of them are Catholic. ;)

So I got to see cousins from both sides of the family, shared great times and created great memories with a good friend, and got reacquainted with a great city. I can't believe it's been so long since I've been there, and it's only three hours away. Yes, I am ashamed. I can't wait to go back.



ETA: I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this whole trip was S's idea, and she took up the tab for everything else. I'm truly grateful to have such a wonderful friend, and I'm sorry I haven't mentioned enough how much she's done for me. I am so blessed in my friends. :)

looking down the atrium

foodie

Mar. 16th, 2011 08:10 pm
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shades of grey, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Another restaurant that owes us money and is going out of business, another after-work free-food free-for-all. This time it was Onyx, also down by the B'ball Hall of Fame. We sat at the bar again, and the bartender (whose name is Bob, I was told) was really good. I asked if they had Bass Ale, and he said that they didn't, but he poured something into a small glass and told me to try it. It was really good, so I had one. It was Harpoon Celtic Ale. Yum.

We had several different appetizers, all of which (except for the calamari, which always tastes like rubber bands to me) were excellent. Too bad they're going out. Not that I could afford to go there, but still. I hate to see local businesses fail.

And hey, I didn't have to make supper.

The gull was down at the park at lunchtime, too shy to come over and grab a piece of corn chip that I'd tossed out for him. What a chicken.

foodie

Mar. 16th, 2011 08:10 pm
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shades of grey, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Another restaurant that owes us money and is going out of business, another after-work free-food free-for-all. This time it was Onyx, also down by the B'ball Hall of Fame. We sat at the bar again, and the bartender (whose name is Bob, I was told) was really good. I asked if they had Bass Ale, and he said that they didn't, but he poured something into a small glass and told me to try it. It was really good, so I had one. It was Harpoon Celtic Ale. Yum.

We had several different appetizers, all of which (except for the calamari, which always tastes like rubber bands to me) were excellent. Too bad they're going out. Not that I could afford to go there, but still. I hate to see local businesses fail.

And hey, I didn't have to make supper.

The gull was down at the park at lunchtime, too shy to come over and grab a piece of corn chip that I'd tossed out for him. What a chicken.

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generic, much?, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The (outside) sales crew got pizza for lunch today. I chose not to go to the training, as on Mondays I'm alone out front all day, and I just have to get out of there for an hour. I also chose not to take any of the leftovers, but I did snag one of the brownies someone brought in. *nom*

The completely generic pizza box tickled my fancy, though. *g*

My coworker Diane has escaped is leaving, which is very sad. She's the only one who never hesitates to cover for me if I need a bathroom break (and is also the only one who ever asks if I *need* a break), and is just a nice person in general. The only good thing about this is that they've hired someone who used to work here to replace her, and I like her a lot. She's the sister of our graphics manager, and they laid her off a few years ago (in the first wave of layoffs).

I also may have scored a scanner; I asked our Mac guru if there were any old scanners not being used that I might have, and he said there probably were. He was on a short day today so he didn't have a chance to check, but by Wednesday I might have one! That's exciting. I have tons of old photos (including a bunch I stole from mom at Christmas) that I'd love to scan in.

I got the first contributions to the family cookbook today, and they were both good scores: my grandmother's potato salad and spätzle recipes, both from my Aunt Dorothy. Woo hoo! (Ha! Spellcheck doesn't know what to do with 'spätzle')



Oh! And happy π day. Mmmmmmm, pie.
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generic, much?, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The (outside) sales crew got pizza for lunch today. I chose not to go to the training, as on Mondays I'm alone out front all day, and I just have to get out of there for an hour. I also chose not to take any of the leftovers, but I did snag one of the brownies someone brought in. *nom*

The completely generic pizza box tickled my fancy, though. *g*

My coworker Diane has escaped is leaving, which is very sad. She's the only one who never hesitates to cover for me if I need a bathroom break (and is also the only one who ever asks if I *need* a break), and is just a nice person in general. The only good thing about this is that they've hired someone who used to work here to replace her, and I like her a lot. She's the sister of our graphics manager, and they laid her off a few years ago (in the first wave of layoffs).

I also may have scored a scanner; I asked our Mac guru if there were any old scanners not being used that I might have, and he said there probably were. He was on a short day today so he didn't have a chance to check, but by Wednesday I might have one! That's exciting. I have tons of old photos (including a bunch I stole from mom at Christmas) that I'd love to scan in.

I got the first contributions to the family cookbook today, and they were both good scores: my grandmother's potato salad and spätzle recipes, both from my Aunt Dorothy. Woo hoo! (Ha! Spellcheck doesn't know what to do with 'spätzle')



Oh! And happy π day. Mmmmmmm, pie.
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in my eyes, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is what I see for a good part of my commute home these days: not much of anything, thanks to the sun. While it's nice that it's not dark when I get out of work, I do rather like to see where I'm going. *g*

I feel much better today. Not quite back to normal, but not that ugh feeling I had for a few days. I just had a sandwich, the first real food I've had since Friday. I haven't been able to do more than nibble since then.

I was disgusted by the gas prices I saw today. I don't care what the AG says, it's gouging. There's no way the rise in oil prices can have affected gas prices this quickly. They're up nearly twenty cents since Monday. Greedy bastards.

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in my eyes, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is what I see for a good part of my commute home these days: not much of anything, thanks to the sun. While it's nice that it's not dark when I get out of work, I do rather like to see where I'm going. *g*

I feel much better today. Not quite back to normal, but not that ugh feeling I had for a few days. I just had a sandwich, the first real food I've had since Friday. I haven't been able to do more than nibble since then.

I was disgusted by the gas prices I saw today. I don't care what the AG says, it's gouging. There's no way the rise in oil prices can have affected gas prices this quickly. They're up nearly twenty cents since Monday. Greedy bastards.

nom

Dec. 21st, 2010 06:43 pm
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mmmmmm, shrimp, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was free food day at work. The boss bought us pizza for lunch, and lots of people brought in other stuff, like this shrimp cocktail. And of course there were cookies. Nom.

I went for a long walk at lunch, to walk off some of that food. There were people playing hockey on the pond; it seems like only yesterday that it was just starting to freeze over. Of course, it feels like only last month that there were goslings and ducklings paddling around on it, too. This year flew by.

I woke up around 3:30 this morning, so I threw on some shoes and a coat and went out to see the eclipse. It was cloudy, of course. [livejournal.com profile] desert_sparrow got some really nice shots of it, though. Go check them out!

It felt like Wednesday all day, and I just figured out why: we're closed on Friday, so it is sort of our Wednesday. We're closed on Monday too, and I have a few hours I have to use up or lose, so I'm only working a day and a half next week. Woo. If we get that snow this weekend, I might get some nice winter pictures at last. The storm this week stayed on the coast, and all we got were flurries.

The Solstice just passed, so happy Midwinter/Yule to you! Go out and look at the moon, she's beautiful tonight.

nom

Dec. 21st, 2010 06:43 pm
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mmmmmm, shrimp, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was free food day at work. The boss bought us pizza for lunch, and lots of people brought in other stuff, like this shrimp cocktail. And of course there were cookies. Nom.

I went for a long walk at lunch, to walk off some of that food. There were people playing hockey on the pond; it seems like only yesterday that it was just starting to freeze over. Of course, it feels like only last month that there were goslings and ducklings paddling around on it, too. This year flew by.

I woke up around 3:30 this morning, so I threw on some shoes and a coat and went out to see the eclipse. It was cloudy, of course. [livejournal.com profile] desert_sparrow got some really nice shots of it, though. Go check them out!

It felt like Wednesday all day, and I just figured out why: we're closed on Friday, so it is sort of our Wednesday. We're closed on Monday too, and I have a few hours I have to use up or lose, so I'm only working a day and a half next week. Woo. If we get that snow this weekend, I might get some nice winter pictures at last. The storm this week stayed on the coast, and all we got were flurries.

The Solstice just passed, so happy Midwinter/Yule to you! Go out and look at the moon, she's beautiful tonight.

nom

Nov. 26th, 2010 04:43 pm
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I had pie for breakfast, and judging by the reaction on Facebook, this was a popular choice today. *g*

I took a walk down to Rite Aid (after layering up; it was cold & windy) to stock up on OTC drugs. After December 31st, we'll no longer be able to buy them with our Flexible Spending Accounts, and that's mostly what I use it for. I don't want to know what the cashier thought of me buying three bottles of Zantac, two of Advil, and a big bottle of antacid. That should last me a long time!

My post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich was delightfully stuffed with leftovers, and quite yummy. I think I might have another one for supper. And yes, I am quite aware of the irony of the previous paragraph in relation to this statement. *g*

nom

Nov. 26th, 2010 04:43 pm
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I had pie for breakfast, and judging by the reaction on Facebook, this was a popular choice today. *g*

I took a walk down to Rite Aid (after layering up; it was cold & windy) to stock up on OTC drugs. After December 31st, we'll no longer be able to buy them with our Flexible Spending Accounts, and that's mostly what I use it for. I don't want to know what the cashier thought of me buying three bottles of Zantac, two of Advil, and a big bottle of antacid. That should last me a long time!

My post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich was delightfully stuffed with leftovers, and quite yummy. I think I might have another one for supper. And yes, I am quite aware of the irony of the previous paragraph in relation to this statement. *g*

All-star

Nov. 19th, 2010 03:31 pm
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coolest shoes evar, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

'Tis been a long week. It's starting to slow down, as winter is our slowest season. Still, there always seems to be tons to do. Especially since the new management strategy seems to be "Treat them like Kindergartners and give them lots of busy work, for which they will get stars." No really, we get star stickers. But! If we forget to bring our star sheets to the sales meeting, we don't get them. I just love being treated like I'm five. *rolls eyes*

We got gift cards for Armata's (local grocery) for Thanksgiving, and I went there on my lunch hour today. I got a chicken pie (theirs is the best), some nice smoked gouda, some of their amazing brownies, and a ciabatta bread with olive oil & sea salt. Nice and comforting.

I was thinking of going to see the new Harry Potter flick tonight, but on further reflection, I think going opening night would be a bad idea. I hate crowds, and theatres full of kids. I think I'll go to a matinee on Tuesday, when the little tykes are in school. That sounds like a much saner strategy. I really want to see it, but not badly enough to put up with boisterous crowds.

Next week should be an easy one: I only have to work Monday and Wednesday. Yippee.

All-star

Nov. 19th, 2010 03:31 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

coolest shoes evar, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

'Tis been a long week. It's starting to slow down, as winter is our slowest season. Still, there always seems to be tons to do. Especially since the new management strategy seems to be "Treat them like Kindergartners and give them lots of busy work, for which they will get stars." No really, we get star stickers. But! If we forget to bring our star sheets to the sales meeting, we don't get them. I just love being treated like I'm five. *rolls eyes*

We got gift cards for Armata's (local grocery) for Thanksgiving, and I went there on my lunch hour today. I got a chicken pie (theirs is the best), some nice smoked gouda, some of their amazing brownies, and a ciabatta bread with olive oil & sea salt. Nice and comforting.

I was thinking of going to see the new Harry Potter flick tonight, but on further reflection, I think going opening night would be a bad idea. I hate crowds, and theatres full of kids. I think I'll go to a matinee on Tuesday, when the little tykes are in school. That sounds like a much saner strategy. I really want to see it, but not badly enough to put up with boisterous crowds.

Next week should be an easy one: I only have to work Monday and Wednesday. Yippee.

meow

Nov. 6th, 2010 06:30 pm
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cat on porch, with pumpkins, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I think this is my favorite cat-on-porch pic yet. She looks mean or mad, but really she just has funny ears and was curious what I was doing. She let me scritch behind her ears after I took a few pix. Poor thing was very flea-bitten.

I managed to sleep past 8:00 this morning, which is somewhat of a miracle these days. Of course, my sleep cycle will be thrown all out of whack again with the return to Standard Time tonight. It will also be depressing that it'll be dark by 5:00. I think that's my least favorite thing about winter. Yes, more than snow & ice.

today's wanderings )



I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!

meow

Nov. 6th, 2010 06:30 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

cat on porch, with pumpkins, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I think this is my favorite cat-on-porch pic yet. She looks mean or mad, but really she just has funny ears and was curious what I was doing. She let me scritch behind her ears after I took a few pix. Poor thing was very flea-bitten.

I managed to sleep past 8:00 this morning, which is somewhat of a miracle these days. Of course, my sleep cycle will be thrown all out of whack again with the return to Standard Time tonight. It will also be depressing that it'll be dark by 5:00. I think that's my least favorite thing about winter. Yes, more than snow & ice.

today's wanderings )



I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!

too hot

Sep. 1st, 2010 07:15 pm
lizziebelle: (Captain Jack)
I was going to go for a walk after supper, but it's just too darned hot. I did stop at the store on the way home because I had nothing good to eat on a hot evening, and scored some black pepper Boursin cheese at half price, and some vine-ripened tomatoes also half price, and some rosemary Triscuit on sale. Perfect summer supper!

Tonight, I plan to catch up on Being Human, and go through some more craft supplies that I never use anymore. All of my creative impulses have been going into photography and writing lately, and I just don't have that need to create things. Also, it's more stuff.

Seriously, if you live anywhere near me, you should come to our tag sale! *g*

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