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Today in my inbox I got a link to The Worst Father’s Day Gifts Ever from the Huffington Post.
This particular item caught my attention.  How many people are just horrible with dates?
You can buy them 100 calendars and mark all the important dates in them and they’ll never open the calendar.
As the Huff Post captions it: “Oh Dad.  You’re always drinking on the go and forgetting people’s birthdays.”

I hope all the Dad’s out there had a Happy Father’s Day!

Do you have a system to remember important dates?  If so, what is it?

What is the worst Father’s Day Gift you ever received?

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Isabella ~ Photo courtesy of Michael T. Henry

It was a busy day for Miss Isabella.  Saturday was my Mother’s 69th birthday and her and my Father came over for dinner.  Prior to dinner Mom and I took Isabella for a walk around the block in the hot sun.  After we came back home my Mom kept throwing toy for her to fetch.  Lots of excitement for my little one!  Michael made a garlic pork roast in the rotisserie and some yummy mashed potatoes.  I made the pork mushroom gravy and the tomato/portabella/mozzarella marinated salad.  Michael made Mom a coconut birthday cake too.  It was a yummy meal 🙂

After Mom and Dad left for the evening, Isabella decided to curl up on top of a blanket on the arm of the couch.  She’s exhausted!!

Does it take a lot to wear out your pets?

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!

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The Weekly Re-cap: I made a new friend, and found a couple dresses I liked.  I showed you that I haven’t changed too much through the years, and we talked about uncovering the joy of YOU.  I also told you that I had an awesome day happening.  It ended up being more uneventful than I had hoped, but these things happen….

The Weekly Read: I’ve been reading 101 Ways To Find God’s Purpose For Your Life.  I’ve done 2 blogs about things I’ve read in it so far.  #1 & #2

The Weekly TV: I’ve been watching a show that was on TV a few years ago called The Riches.  It’s about a family of con-artists.  I like it 🙂  It stars Minnie Driver & Eddie Izzard.

The Weekly Movie: Paparazzi – Great movie!  Reminds you that life as a celebrity isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be….

The Weekly Downer: That the job I interviewed for isn’t going to take a few weeks to make a hiring decision 😦

The Weekly Beverage: Limeade


The Weekly Food: Chicken Helper & more turkey sandwiches

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to OMG Facts Despite having much longer and more flexible necks, Giraffes have the SAME number of neck vertebrae as humans

The Weekly Birthdays: Daran Overfield (40), Bev Waltz, Eric Hennessey, Reid Emination, Kristen Alison Haley, Todd Arbesfeld, and Crystil Loeper.  Happy Birthday to you all!  I hope you had a wonderful birthday.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.  🙂

The Weekly Activity: SMBTV Happy Hour at Wolff’s Biergarten.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: AstroGirl426 and SimpleMealPlan

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorkas – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

Have a great weekend!

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about free days to visit national parks this summer.  I showed you adorable videos of Isabella’s 1st time in the pool.  I passed along some household tips and tricks and we talked about personal strengths.  We grooved along to tellingdad.com‘s Say the Things song about how much us blogger-folk love comments.  I asked what inspires you and needed help captioning a funny photo….

The Weekly Movie: I’ve been watching the Back to the Future movies.  They never get old.  (See my How Does The Space Time Continuum Effect You blog)

The Weekly Downer: It rained much of the week up in Lake George, NY and soaked Americade.  😦

The Weekly Beverage: Bartles & Jaymes pomegranate raspberry wine coolers and Spag’s famous Bloody Marys 🙂

The Weekly Food: We had fresh fruit with our friends Angela & Phil earlier in the week.  Yesterday while we were visiting Old Forge, NY we stopped at Slicker’s Tavern and had spicy peel-and-eat shrimp and a yummy French Dip sandwich.  I wish I’d have taken pictures!!!

The Weekly Amazing Fact: “Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

The Weekly Birthdays: Emily Romanchak, Kelly Gardner, Stacy Lynn, Chrissy Mason LaCato, Jessica VanTassel, Kevin Crouth, Natalie Falk, Joni Choi, Aaron Greene (30), and Christine Bard Cole.  I hope you all had wonderful birthday celebrations!  Leave a comment and tell me what you did for your special day.

The Weekly Activity: Motorcycle riding with Michael and our friends.  We rode to Old Forge, NY.

Harley Davidson ~ Faded Glory

The Weekly Shoes: Harley Davidson Faded Glory Motorcycle Boots.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Telling Dad, Jaime-Ann Laidlaw, Kim Komando, and The Daily Puppy.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Sweet Dreams Fund that Telling Dad started.  With your support children who arrive at domestic violence shelters to escape abuse, will be greeted with their own pillow, pillowcase, coloring book, box of crayons and a teddy bear.  If you would like to read about what inspired Greg to start this fund you can read here.

Weekly Grand Totals: Miles on the Bike: 400ish….

Tell me what you did that was exciting this week.

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The Weeklies ~ Week 21

The Weekly Re-cap: This week we talked about a working dog and a tree-climbing rooster.  I told you about a website called Opposites Connect that is launching soon and a bad date I went on.  You got to meet and learn more about my friend Jessica, we talked about loaded questions, bloggers & baseball….  Lastly I told you all about a fundraiser that takes place TONIGHT called Chase For A Cure.  Be there – all the cool kids are going!!

The Weekly Read: Bobby Flay’s – Grill It!

The Weekly Movie: The Rock & Jury Duty

The Weekly Downer: Being out of work 😦

Cast of Romantically Challenged

The Weekly Sad TV Situation: Romantically Challenged was canceled 😦

The Weekly Schadenfreude: New York State Governor Patterson wanted to put New York State workers on a temporary 1 day per week un-paid furlough.  A judge put a temporary restraining order on the furloughs.  So instead Patterson may lay off 10,000+ state workers.  I bet 1 day off isn’t looking so bad now huh?  If you have a job be thankful you’re employed.

The Weekly Tea: We broke out my Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker this week.  We made some Lipton White Tea with Island Mango and Peach Iced Sweet Tea and it was yummy!!

The Weekly Food: We had some leftover pork loin and smashed potatoes from last nights No Destination dinner at The Mill Tavern after the ride for dinner tonight.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to OMGFacts on Twitter:  The Statue of Liberty’s feet are 25 ft long, making her a US women’s shoe size 879.

Happy Birthday!

The Weekly Birthdays: David Onufer, Jim Mergenthaler, James Demontozon, Gaston Vega Vallejo, Rita Davenport, Alison Payette-Lovely, and Paul Fred.  I hope you all had a wonderful birthday!!   Leave me a comment here on the blog and tell me what you did for your birthday.

The Weekly Holy Shit Headline: A 13-year-old middle schooler named Raymond Hosier was suspended for wearing rosary beads to school.  The school says their dress code states that beads may not be worn because they’ve been known to be gang symbols.  The young man wears them as a remembrance of his older brother Joey who was killed by car back in 2005 and for his uncle who died of cancer two weeks ago.  The news story is here.  The comments on the story were VERY interesting too!

The Weekly Activity: Job hunting, blogging and networking.

The Weekly Damn It: Key Bank is now giving out an 8GB iPod Touch if you open a new account and do a few things to establish the account.  I’m bummed because I already have an account and I’m not eligible!!  Anyone want to open an account and give it to me??

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Sonny’s BBQ (FL), Blue Martini (Tampa), Wet Seal, Funny Spoon, Nerd Approved, Saratoga Winery, Tweetup Saratoga, Hard Rock Cafe, and Mike Keane.

Brianna Chase

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Chase for a Cure is TONIGHT!! Information can be found HERE.  Please come out and show your support for Brianna.

The Weekly Countdowns: Sex In The City 2 (May 27, 2010) 6 more days & The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (June 30, 2010) 40 more days.

The Weekly Hypothetical: If we were all told we needed to evacuate the United States next week and go anywhere else in the world – where would you go?  (And being stubborn and staying here to die is NOT an option)

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: If you’re a wine drinker what are you favorite kinds of wine?

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The Weekly Re-cap: You met my friend Katie and mourned my good friend common sense.  You heard about the parents sitting near me on the flight to Florida and we talked about being proud of our true age….

The Weekly Music: Kelly has some Sara Evans on  her iPod and I liked her….

The Weekly Downer: Leaving Michael and Isabella.  Being in beautiful warm weather without a motorcycle….

The Weekly New Show on TV That I Like: Romantically Challenged with Alyssa Milano (my birthday buddy!)

The Weekly Schadenfreude: The guy who set the bomb in Times Square.  Good thing he’s bad at building bombs (sigh of relief)

The Weekly Beverage: orange juice at the airport, yummy iced drinks in the sun….


Weekly Food: Burgers with sautéed mushrooms & Claussen hearty garlic stackers, McGriddle

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Each year DOGS kill more people in the US than Great White sharks have in the past 100 YEARS!


The Weekly Birthdays: Lyn Reilly Clements, Shane Allen, Kim Boresch, Dave Trombetti, Christine Reilly Shelton, Heather Rook, Mary Onufer, Megan Boyd, Steven Plac, and Peter Klein.  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays filled with fond memories with family and friends.  Leave me a comment and tell me if you did anything special for your birthday.

The Weekly Craft:I’m still crocheting….

The Weekly Activity: Traveling

The Weekly Shoes: Flip Flops Galore!

Weekly Grand Totals: Time from Albany to Tampa – 3 hours 10 minutes

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you were married with kids and went on vacation (without your kids) would you be in bed early because that’s your routine, or would you be excited to stay up late because you don’t have a schedule?

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Michael on our trip to Alexandria Bay ~ 2006

Today is my sweetheart’s birthday!  For those of you that don’t know Michael he is a funny, sweet, kind, loving guy.  He loves photography, blogging, traveling, motorcycles and our little doggy Isabella.

October 2009

Here’s a picture of us from a wedding we went to last year.  He’s kinda cute if you ask me!

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While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my friend KristineKristine is a great gal who I met through our motorcycle club No Destination.  Since we’ve met she’s proven to be a great friend who is one of the most generous people I know, who can give un-biased advice when it’s needed.  (I know, I know run-on sentence….)  So… without further ado – here is Kristine.

Kristine

Name: Kristine Choma

Age: MYOB 🙂

Location: Upstate NY

Hails from: Queens NY

Relationship Status: In one

Children: 1 daughter Alicia & My Pom Bubba

Blog Link: http://shouldabeenablonde.wordpress.com

Occupation: Senior litigation specialist

What is the most challenging part of your job? Wishing I had my old job back with the special investigations unit.

You’ve been through quite a few tragedies in your life.  What’s gotten you through them?
Cases & cases of Michelob Ultra 🙂   Seriously, I credit my fighting spirit, I’m a scrapper & I can be stubborn as hell. When I went through  the Mold House chaos I was determined not be victimized; to raise public awareness about Toxic Black Mold; the fact there are no penalties for sellers of real property when they lie on disclosure statements; that Home Inspectors have no accountability for the info or lack thereof contained in their reports; lastly to have laws & some kind of standards enacted by the Dept of Health to protect the public. I was also determined not to perpetrate the same fraud I was a victim of on other people.  I lost everything I owned including a house I had only owned for 11 months before realizing it was slowly killing me & my daughter. This is a really long story as my battles were many w/multiple different agencies from the real estate agent who was related to & helped the sellers disguise the true condition of this home to the I.R.S. & lasted almost 2 years.

This is the Mold House after I "decorated" it for Halloween (in August) to vent my frustration. The tape says "Caution Do Not Enter & DANGER!"

For the house fire once again my fighting spirit, stubbornness & refusal to be victimized got me through. However, my knowledge of insurance probably contributed to saving the day in spite of All State’s attempted concealment of benefits we were entitled too & their claims handling philosophy of delay, deny, defend & then delay some more.  The beautiful thing about the fire was that so many friends came forward to help me out, especially an old elementary school friend (Big Shout out to Kim to whom I am eternally grateful); who gave us furniture, clothing, kitchen stuff etc etc to help get back to normal during the first couple of months while All State attempted to not pay our claim. The beauty of my many friends generous spirits was that it enabled me once we did start getting our claim paid is that I was able to Pay It Forward w/3 different families. I helped a man & his daughter starting over after a divorce. I helped a young woman & her daughter re-establish themselves after an abusive relationship; & a very young couple w/an infant & 3-year-old son re-establish themselves after they were exposed to Toxic Mold.

What was left of my '06 Road Guide after the house fire.

How do you manage being the mother of a rebellious teenager?
I don’t know.  Am I managing?  I just keep praying the day she snaps out of it is tomorrow.  But truly things have gotten better with her; she is slowly growing up.

What’s your favorite color? Don’t have just one; but Teal, (not aqua – teal like a peacock’s feathers) Crimson, & a paint color called Cougar are among my fave’s

What got you interesting in motorcycle riding? It’s all my Granddaddy, Charlie’s (pronounced Chahhlie) fault.  When I was a little girl I couldn’t wait to visit him in North Carolina. He would make me ‘beg him’ to take me for rides on his fully dressed Road King & I loved it. I knew he wanted to give me the ride as much as I did despite his teasing & pretending to be too busy.  I loved hanging out with him in ‘the Motorcycle House’. (Yes, his Harley had its very own house) & watch him wash, polish, change the oil etc. etc. while sneaking me sips of his beer when the ‘adults’ weren’t looking.  I loved watching his friends ride up to ask his help & opinion on how to fix what was ailing their bikes & the camaraderie they shared. The best is when my Mother or Ree-Ree (my Grandmother) would catch him letting me sip on his Schlitz. It was so funny watching him play innocent when he knew he was busted, but trying to get away with it anyway. Granddaddy was the best & I miss him terribly.

Chahhlie!

I know you have your own motorcycle license, so why don’t you ride your own bike?Actually getting my license taught me the huge responsibility & risk one takes when operating a motorcycle. Anyone who does not have a license doesn’t realize that the smallest thing like a pebble or twig in the road can cause you to drop your bike. After surviving a motorcycle accident while I was a passenger shortly after getting my license, I had to admit to myself I don’t have enough hours behind the handle bars to ride my own.  We went down because the transmission seized & the rear wheel locked. If I had been operating that bike when it happened, I would not have been able to control ‘the down’ & I’d probably be dead.

What’s your favorite destination to ride to? No destination – anywhere. So long as I’m riding.

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Don’t have one of those either.  I usually va-kay w/my family in Pennsylvania or North Carolina.  I do enjoy going to Laconia every year though & Puerto Rico was great!

Kristine in Puerto Rico

You have the cutest Pomeranian dog.  Tell us how wonderful Bubba is….
What can I say? Bubba is Bubba-licious. J  He truly is a one –owner Pom (a trait of the breed)  he follows me everywhere I go no matter where (except in the pool – Bubba don’t play dat.) He is a marvelous watch dog that never fails to alert me when the doorbell rings; or a door opens or closes. Doors opening & closing & door bells ringing mean people are coming & since he is so very protective of me he wants me to know people are on the way. He is very well socialized; loves all people & other animals.  He’s a big snuggle bear & loves to lay w/me & be petted & give me kisses.

Bubba-Licious!

I know you love to cook.  What is your favorite meal to cook?
THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!  I love to cook big meals & there is no bigger meal than Thanksgiving.

You’re known as the 50/50 Goddess….  What is the biggest pot you’ve ever had?
Well in excess of $1200.00

The 50/50 Goddess Hard at Work!

Who is the most interesting celebrity you’ve ever met?
That would be Sully Erna & the band Godsmack.  I won a contest w/Channel 103.1 (J.K. Rox) It was by far the most rockin’ experience of my life. I got to ride on their tour bus, hang out backstage & get autographs & then have dinner with them. It was amazing.

Godsmack! Look how skinny I was.


What 3 things could you not live without?
Makeup
My Road Glide – I may not ride my own; but I own my own.  Lol
My boots.

My Road Glide

What if anything do you collect?
Sandals & boots; peacocks; & art by James Christensen.

Which is your favorite James Christensen?
I don’t have just one favorite.  I love everything James Christensen does. ‘Poofy Guy on a String’ was the 1st Christensen I ever purchased.  When I bought Poofy Guy; I was going through the Mold House drama. When I read the description that Poofy Guy’s wardrobe represented the baggage of a life time it touched me in my soul. Next came Twilight; then The Bride;  Gettin’ it Right; Superstitions; A Place of Her Own & Fairy Tales came last. A Place of Her Own is my 2nd favorite.  I came across that one right after the fire & a lot of people thought I resembled the woman in the picture. But there was so much about the painting itself that reminded me of things I’d owned but lost in the fire, or to the Mold House, I had to have it.

A Place of Her Own ~ James Christensen

Poofy Guy on a String ~ James Christensen

What is the biggest misconception about you?
That I’m Italian.

What do you like to spend money on?
Sandals, boots, Halloween Decorations & James Christensen’s art.

The house decorated for Halloween.

What’s your favorite board game?
Nightmare. It’s actually an interactive video board game. Creepy stuff, so naturally I luv it.

What would be the title of your auto-biography?
The Luckiest of the Unlucky

You were recently injured.  What’s the diagnosis?
Three herniated discs in my Lumbar Spine w/nerve impingement, & lesions of the sciatic nerve.

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I hope everyone had a very Happy Easter.
Michael & I went down to my parents house for dinner after church.
Mom made ham and mashed potatoes.  There were green beans and a salad too, but who cares about that….  (veggies are yucky right?)

After dinner Michael and I went riding the motorcycle for a bit with my friend Dave.  By the time we got home tonight MY BUTT HURT!  That is why I found this picture vaguely appropriate 🙂

Happy Easter to all!

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Many of you know that my FAVORITE meal of all time is duck.

6.75 lbs. of deliciousness....

Yesterday was my 4 year anniversary with Michael.

Together for 4 years!!

We started a tradition the year we met.  For Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, and my birthday he makes me a duck dinner.

Michael hard at work cleaning up the bird....

We started doing this because the service in restaurants is usually pretty horrible on Valentine’s Day, and there aren’t too many restaurants I can go to and get good duck around here.

Notice there is water in the bottom of the pan.

I remember the first time Michael made us a duck.  I think it took 3 days to get all the smoke out of the house!  If you ever attempt to make a duck make sure you put water into the bottom of the pan.  Duck is a very fatty meat and the grease and fat smoke when it burns in the pan.  The water prevents this.

Flambe the plums!

Through the years Michael has made different sauces for with the duck.  Cherry, plum, blackberry….  He did the plum again because we both really liked it.  The tricky thing is that the plum recipe has him flambe the plums!  All I can picture is that Fresh Prince of Bel Air episode where Will says “I can flambe” and he sets the kitchen on fire!  (You can see it HERE)  Don’t worry, we have a fire extinguisher handy in our kitchen just-in-case….  Luckily we’ve never needed it.

The duck is out of the oven ~ Is that like the cat's out of the bag?

The duckling came out so so yummy!  The thing that’s the worst about a duck dinner is that you smell it cooking for a few hours, and it’s over so quickly.  Kind of like Thanksgiving dinner….

The end result

We didn’t care about making things fancy, the duck was getting cold and we just wanted to dig in!!!!

Bella had her own special dinner too!

Even Bella had a bowl with duck and mashed potatoes.  Potatoes stuck to the roof of a doggies mouth is right up there with peanut butter!!  She loved it!

This is what I thought of dinner

All in all it was a very very yummy dinner.
A big thank you to my Michael for taking the time to make me my favorite dinner of all time!!

Bella & I before we started cleaning up....

Do you have any special traditions with your other half?
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