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The Weekly Re-cap: You saw my Boston Self Portrait and Breakfast In Bed With Bella.  I told you about Holy Cow: The Best Ice Cream In The World and My Yummy Salad.  Bella’s friend Tequila came for a visit and I’ve had a couple sad days 😦

The Weekly Read: I’m really starting to miss reading… though a bought a couple more books at tag sales today to add to the pile I’d like to read….

The Weekly Music: Cryin’ Like A Bitch!!Godsmack (off their new album The Oracle)

The Weekly Downer: Being given the cold shoulder by someone I care about.  😦

YUM!!

The Weekly Food: Refer to my Yummy Salad Blog

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Honey is the only food that does not spoil.  Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologist and found edible.

The Weekly Birthdays: Brooke Bergin, Kate Birchenough, Jodi Hilbrandt Vosburgh, Mary Millus, Tara Kenny, Robert Ruggiero, Stacey Zakrzewski, Melanie Beale, Hildegard Pleva, Aimee Crump Coates, Andrew Pleva, Chris Stoppenbach, and Ivona Popowczak.  Happy Birthday to you all!  I hope you all had a wonderful celebration on your big day!  Tell me what you did to celebrate your birthday in the comments:)

Triple Crochet Stitched....

The Weekly Craft: I crocheted another scarf!

The Weekly Activity: Eating Village Pizza and walking Bella and her friend Tequila.  We also went to Boston for a few hours….  Oh, and I almost forgot – yesterday we hung Michael and Angela’s photo gallery up at Barista’s Espresso Cafe in the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, NY.  I’m sure I’ll mention more details about it in the future.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: I’ve barely spent any time on Twitter this week.  Who do you think I should follow??

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: ME! No seriously…  This Sunday June 6th 11AM-2PM (rain or shine) is The Stroll for Epilepsy – Dutchess to Ulster County at the Walkway Over the Hudson.  My Friend Marcus Molinaro and his wife Christy will be walking for their daughter Abigail Faith.  Please show your support.

Weekly Grand Totals: Number of times I’ve eaten at Village Pizza III this week: 2  (Hopefully we’ll get a chance to talk about that more next week!!)

The Weekly Hypothetical: If someone relied on you to do the same job for 2+ years and then with no explanation had someone do that job instead and gave you the cold shoulder – would you feel hurt?

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: Why the hell don’t people return phone calls??  (In the business sense, not personal calls)

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The other night I decided to go healthy and make a yummy dinner.  This time of year I tend to crave fresh veggies.

The Supplies

The Shrooms marinating in the balsamic....

The tomatoes sliced - notice my Henkel tomato knife on the side.

I didn’t get a picture of it, but I also sliced up some mozzarella cheese.

The finished result

Later when I scooped out a bowl I also added some roasted red peppers and some basil.
I also added some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

My turkey, cheese, tomato, avocado and mayo sandwich

My sandwich was delicious!!

Two great tastes side by side.

Dinner was so yummy!!

What spring meals do you enjoy?
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…at least if you ask me or just about anyone who grew up in Red Hook, NY!

Holy Cow ice cream is a landmark!!  Don’t just take my word for it, check out some reviews here.
They also have 2 Facebook pages.  Holy Cow Ice Cream and Holy Cow – Heaven in Red Hook.

Many people I know who have moved out of Red Hook, make it a point to visit Holy Cow prior to leaving town.
There’s a reason the line looked like this when I got there:

Line out the door and across the parking lot!

There is a reason that people are willing to wait on a line like this for ice cream!
Here’s what the line looked like about 45 minutes later:

Line STILL out the door.

Is there anything out there that you’re willing to wait on long lines for because it’s worth it??

(sorry for the horrible pictures, all I had was the camera on my phone)

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about what would have been my 11 year wedding anniversary, and brands we likeI begged you to look once, twice and again for motorcycles.  (Keep praying for my friend Brian’s recovery)  We talked about lending a helping hand when we can, and hobbies we have.  We talked about making new friends on meetup.com and it being 10 years since my good friend Cathy passed away.

The Weekly Beverage: Kokopelli Rootbeer from Arizona Pizza in Lee, MA.

The Weekly Tea: I made some pomegranite raspberry iced green tea and I liked it, but Michael didn’t care for it too much.

The Weekly Food: Penne Chicken Florentine  and Boneless Buffalo Wings from Arizona Pizza in Lee, MA

Manatee

The Weekly Amazing Fact:  Manatees possess vocal chords which give them the abilitiy to speak like humans, but don’t do so because they have no ears with which to hear the sound. 

Happy Birthday!!!

The Weekly Birthdays: Brian Feliciano, Dorena Frank, Deborah Tiberio Temple, Erin Geistfeld, Matt Posusta, Heather Feller Marin, Roberta Curtis-Smith, Tobyjean Marzahl, Melissa Leone Brown, Elizabeth Kenny, Cami Hennekens, Paula Broadwater, Tara Zacharzuk-Marciano, Jonny Verderber, Phil Campbell, Alex Kalpaxis, Priscilla Cillessen, John Ham, and Peggy Sue ShermanI hope you all had wonderful birthdays.  Did you do anything special for your birthday??

The Weekly Craft: Working on crocheting another scarf.

The Weekly Activity: Helping others.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: HVasilakos (my good friend Helen), and ndkelly29 & JayMarzian who I met at the May Albany Tweetup.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Walk Now For Autism Speaks my friend Phil Campbell and his family will be walking for his son Ryan.  At the time I’m writing this, the walk as a whole has $357,919 in pledges.  Another charity I’m pimping this week is The Stroll for Epilepsy – Dutchess to Ulster County.  My Friend Marcus Molinaro and his wife Christy will be walking for their daughter Abigail Faith.  Please donate if you can.

Sex and the City 2

The Weekly Countdowns: Sex In The City 2 is now in theaters & The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (June 30, 2010) 33 more days.

Weekly Grand Totals: Percentage of YES RSVP’s that actually attended Brianna’s Chase for a Cure Fundraiser – 6.25%
We’re going to discuss this in more depth in the future. 

 

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Sex and the City 2 photo from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/movies/sex-and-the-city-2-sexless-in-two-cities/article1580522/

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Do you sit home because you have nothing to do?

You have no excuse with meetup.com
Meetup has 100s of groups based on common interests that you can join.

We became part of our Motorcycle Club No Destination through meetup.com

Some of the bikes lined up with a few club members.

On meetup there are women’s groups, motorcycle groups, photography groups, Scrabble groups, scrapbooking groups, travel groups, cooking groups, dining groups, movie groups….  the list goes on and on….  You can go to the site to search all of the different groups based on where you live.

At the time I’m writing this there are 76,213 Meetup groups, 7,051,603 different Meetup groups, 6,025, 384 Meetup events have taken place, and there have been 67,635,015 RSVP’s.

Meetup.com is also great if you’re traveling and looking for something to do.  We have a member of our club who lives in Florida, but spends a lot of time working in New York.  He found the club online and joined us.

So next time you’re sitting home, bored with nothing to do – check out a meetup.com event and make some new friends 🙂

With No Destination – we’ve not only made some friends, we’ve made a new family 🙂

Are you an active member on meetup.com?  What are some of your favorites?

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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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Loaded Questions

Last night Michael and I attended the Times Union’s Baseball & Bloggers event at the Dale Miller Restaurant.   It was a fun evening with a great turn out.  It was out first visit to the Dale Miller Restaurant.  The event was held on the 13th Floor (A.K.A. – P1) and the views were beautiful!!  Mike Huber – the Times Union’s Interactive Audience Manager organized the event.  Job well done Mike 🙂

Baseball & Bloggers - Boston Red Sox vs. NY Yankees

We arrived earlier than most of the crowd along with Amanda Talar and Kari Vanalstine.  Soon after; we were approached by a Times Union photographer who wanted to take pictures of us.  After she took the picture she asked us “Where are you from?”  (Insert awkward silence here)

WHAT A LOADED QUESTION!!

Kari & I just before the question was asked. Photo by Anne Marie Sheehan

After she left Kari and I got talking about the possible answers.

Where it all stated:  I came from my Mother’s womb.
Where I grew up:  I grew up in Red Hook, NY (Dutchess County)
Since it was a blogging event I could have said my blog: Dozenroses13’s Blog
Where I currently live: Albany County

Kari’s response to the woman was “when?”  (She’s moved around through the years….)

What other loaded questions have you been asked??

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Photo of Kari & I updated 5/19/2010 2:43PM

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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 Jessica.  I’ve known Jessica since we were in high school.  We lost touch after graduation, but we were able to reconnect on Facebook last year.  So without further ado – get to know Jessica.

Jessica Traver

Name: Jessica Traver

Age: 30

Location: Staatsburg, NY

Hails from: Red Hook, NY

Jessica & Gary on their wedding day ~ February 14, 2004

Relationship Status: Married

Children: Giselle 4 years old

Occupation: Stay at Home Mom

What is the most challenging part of your job? trying to keep a 4 year old from not being bored

We’ve known each other since high school.  How do you think you’ve changed since then? Well I am not the wild child I once was, becoming a mother has mellowed me

You’re a stay-at-home Mom.  How do you think this will impact your daughter? I think being home with her shows her a surplus amount of love and support and will give us a greater bond.

The Traver Family

What do you think is the biggest challenge of being a stay-at-home? Wondering if my parenting skills are up to par, and hoping that I will instill the best in my daughter. There is no one to pat you on the back, since I feel most husbands feel its not a job.

Giselle ~ October 2009

Your daughter Giselle just turned 4.  How do you feel about her growing up and going to school next year? Giselle- Its going to be hard to let her leave the nest, but since she is enrolled in pre school now, I think that will ease my pain. I feel that she is developing a great head on her shoulders, she knows whats right and wrong. I feel she will become even more independent, and I feel that will be great as I do not want her to rely on Mommy and Daddy for everything.

Do you have plans to have another baby? yes one day

What’s guaranteed to make you laugh? Well hands down my brother and my husband. They are always guaranteed to have some story about work or what has happened in their daily lives. Bad luck follows them I guess

Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital

I know you watch General Hospital.  Who is your favorite character and why? Sonny– hes rugged and tough but yet he loves his family to death

Are you on Twitter? Yes

What’s your favorite meal to cook? Stuffed Shells

Are you happy that you still live near where we grew up or do you wish you lived in a bigger city? No I am content. I think living in the country is great when you have kids.

What is your favorite vacation destination? Florida since I lived there for 2 years

What is your favorite book? The Notebook

Tell me an interesting fact about yourself: I am OCD

What other questions do you have for Jessica?
Ask away?

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OppositesConnect.com

About a month ago there was a write-up on All Over Albany about a new online dating site being developed called Opposites Connect.  The gist of the site goes off the premise of “opposites attract.”  I think it’s a brilliant idea!  The founder Larry Wilson is set to launch the site on June 1st.  If you sign up on the site now you’ll get a free membership for life.

Earlier tonight I stumbled upon the Opposites Connect Facebook Fan Page and started reading through the status messages.   They ask questions in their status messages such as “Heinz or Hunts?”  “Mary Ann or Ginger?”  “Partridge Family or Brady Bunch.”  The one that caught my eye though was this:  “What sticks out in your mind as the most memorable, intriguing, special moment of a recent date, or any date you’ve been on?”

LIAR!!

Well, as many of you know I have gone online and played the online dating game.  (And it’s funny that I call it a “game” because my profile always said “No head games!”  LOL!)  I have stories to tell, both good and bad.  I think the most memorable one was with a guy I’ll call Joe.  Joe asked me to meet him at Houlihan’s in Crossgates Mall for a drink one night after work.  (I LOVE Houlihan’s Guavatinis!!) We got together, had a couple of drinks and even ordered an appetizer.  Our conversation was okay, but it was kind of bland and I really didn’t find the guy super physically attractive.  Plus I HATE it when people lie.  (Always tell the truth!!)  Joe’s profile said he was 5′ 9″ – did he somehow think I wouldn’t notice that he barely came up to my shoulder?  (I’m 5′ 6″)  Fast forward a little bit – to when the bill arrived.  Joe dove for it.  Fine, I’m not going to arm wrestle and tear it in two.  I asked him to see the bill so I could at least pay half.  He insisted that he pay.

The Bill

I have male  friends who were participating in online dating around the same time and they always complained about girls who went out with them, got dinner, etc. and never called again and how they were going broke because of it!!  So, being the considerate gal that I am I thought it only fair that I pay half for two reasons.  One – I didn’t know the guy well and felt I should pay my own way.  I didn’t want to feel as if I “owed” him anything.  Two – Since I really wasn’t attracted to him and knew we wouldn’t be going on a second date – I felt guilty letting him pay.

After about half an hour of going back and forth about the bill I finally just gave up and let him take it.  Trust me – I argued.  I couldn’t let it go on any longer because I was honestly getting really annoyed.  If I had liked the guy prior to getting the bill, the back and forth over who was paying would have killed any shot of a second date because he was kind of a jerk about it.

Moving on – we walk out into the mall to say our goodbyes because I had plans and had to meet someone.  He said something along the lines of  “I had a really nice time with you – would you like to go see a movie this weekend?”  I told him that I thought he was nice, but I really didn’t think we were a good match and I didn’t want to waste his time.  Can you believe the guy had the _____ to say “Are you kidding me?  I just paid for your food and drinks and you won’t go on another date with me??”  The guy honestly looked like he believed I was into him and I owed him another date as if he bought a ticket for admission.  Can you imagine how annoyed I was at this point?  I think I told him something along the lines of “No, you’re not getting a second chance to make a first impression, and for future reference, starting an argument with a girl on a first date is NOT a good idea.  I made myself clear I wasn’t comfortable letting you pay – you insisted and I caved so you wouldn’t cause a scene in the restaurant.”

I have other interesting dating stories in my archives, but I’m curious what stories you guys have.  Since I think for the most part I have different readers – I’d like to hear your answer to their question on Opposites Connect’s Facebook Page.

“What sticks out in your mind as the most memorable, intriguing, special moment of a recent date, or any date you’ve been on?”

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about tattoo parlors in the mall, and flip flop socks.  We visited Blue Heaven, talked about what to say to celebrities, and found a cool way to get exhausted.  I even told you the one thing I hate about going on vacation!

The Weekly Music: We listened to Sara Evans on Kelly’s iPod.

The Weekly Downer: Not being on vacation in Key West anymore!

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: Lopez Tonight

The Weekly Beverage: Coconut Martini’s in Key West.  Also the Flying Monkey’s from Fogarty’s were good.

The Weekly Food: Calamari from P.F. Chang’s

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.

The Weekly Birthdays: Lisa Vosburgh, Melissa Purcell, Melanie Lewis, Pete Rochford, Scott Stewart, Dwane Decker, David Vance, Jennifer Kelly Neese, Sue Niekrewicz, Kate Christensen, and Paul Tomashosky.  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays.  I’m sorry if I missed getting your birthday message up on FB while I was out of town.  Leave me a comment to let me know what you did for your birthday!

The Weekly Activity: Recovering from traveling – Boats, Cars and Planes oh my!!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Chase for a Cure – My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna Chase is battling leukemia and I hope those of you who are local can make it out for a good cause at Envy Lounge.

Weekly Grand Totals: Hours to get from Key West, FL to Albany, NY.
2 minutes in the  taxi.
3 -1/2 hours on the ferry.
21/2 hours in the car.
4 hours sleep
4 hours on planes.

The Weekly Hypothetical: If money were no object, where would you want to go for a girls/guys get away??

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