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Look who turned 3 today!!
She wore her princess hat proudly!

Getting Ready

Isabella Strutting Her Stuff!

Next we took her downstairs to give Isabella her gifts.

She waited patiently....

1st she was a bit nosy....

She posed with her gifts.

We gave her a stuffed monkey with a squeaker, and a 2 bags of dehydrated meat strips (chicken & duck)
You should all know that she enjoys duck from past blogs
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"What do you do for a treat?"

She politely asked for some duck.

She looks so vicious!

I can’t believe my little baby is 3!
She’s legal drinking age in dog years!
Though I’d never give her alcohol….

Doing what she does best - looking adorable!!

Do you do anything special for your pet(s) on their birthday?
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Photos by Michael T. Henry Photography:  http://tcrpmg.wordpress.com

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Welcome to the 100th Blog!!

When I started blogging, I worried that I might not stick with it.  Well today is number 100!


We’ve chatted about all sorts of things so far this year.
You’ve gotten to know some of my friends, you’ve given one of my closest friends relationship advice,
you’ve consoled me when a close friend passed away, we’ve talked about bloggers,
duck, castles, art, my doggy Isabella, motorcycles, movies, travels, my weeks….

My top three blogs to date are:
PLEASE HELP!  My friend needs relationship advice!!
Interview Series ~ DerryX
What I Did Last Night

Thank you to all of you for hanging around and reading my ramblings!!

My blog jumps around quite a bit.
What else should we discuss??

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Every week I do a wrap up to summarize my week.  You can see my previous weeks as well.

HAPPY EASTER!!

The Weekly Read: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge – The Book of Mnemonic Devices by: Rod L. Evans
It has things like the old rhyme to help you remember how many days are in each month:
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November,
February eight-and-twenty all alone
And all the rest have thirty-one,
Unless that Leap Year doth combine
And give to February twenty-nine.

Good Luck Chuck ~ 2007

The Weekly Movies: Titanic, Good Luck Chuck & K-9
Good Luck Chuck is a hilarious movie!  I laugh every time I see it!!

Kristina & Keifer on General Hospital

The Weekly Downer: I admit it.  I watch General Hospital.  I’m really disappointed that Kristina hasn’t told the truth about who attacked her yet!!


The Weekly Beverage: It’s that time of the year again!  I’m craving Root Beer!!

Red Lobster ~ Grilled Maine Lobster with Jumbo Shrimp

The Weekly Food: Red Lobster, Boiled egg sandwich, leftover duck with mashed potatoes, Triple Lindy from Moe’s, Chicken & Sausage Ravioli from Trader Joe’s (I’ve gotta say, they were bland as heck and we didn’t like them….), and a Burger from The Rusty Nail.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: The 641 mile transportation network known as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States.

Happy Birthday Everyone!

The Weekly Birthdays: Rebecca Striffler, Nathan Allers, Kathleen Henry-Workman, Terry Whitaker Cornick, Sharon Slater-Skold, Michael Piastro, Tyson Kreig, and Rebecca Moul BriffaI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly Interview: Cute~Ella Is Bold.

Bella with the scarf I crocheted (while it was a work in progress)

The Weekly Craft: I crocheted a scarf!

The Weekly Activity: Job hunting, writing blogs, photography meetup, and motorcycle riding.


The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: The weather is going to be BEAUTIFUL this weekend!!  Who’s going to ride?

HAPPY EASTER Everyone!

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The Weekly Anniversary: Michael & I – Tuesday was 4 years!!
I wrote my anniversary blog Duck… Duck… No Goose!!
Michael wrote his anniversary blog With This Rose…

Michael & I

The Weekly Read: Soap Opera Digest

The Weekly Music: Kim mentioned the song “That’s What Friends Are For” on Facebook the other day.  That song reminds me of an assembly in elementary school when our school principal Mr. Lewis was retiring.  The student body sang it to him 🙂  Suzanne Rielly-Werbeck remembers it too!

The Weekly Movie: Heist while I wrote my heist movie blog.

Danielle & Brianna

The Weekly Yay!!: My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna has leukemia and really wanted to win a contest through Jamz 96.3 to go bowling with Justin Bieber.  I didn’t have enough notice to get it up here on my blog, however I posted it up on Facebook and Twitter and she got enough votes and she won the contest!!  Thank you Jamz!!

Brianna is 2nd from the left ~ Bieber is in the middle.

The Weekly Time Waster: Saratogian Job Fair – See Michael’s blog….

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Joe Biden telling Obama “This is a big F*#king deal” and the microphone catching it….

The Weekly Food: We ate well this week 🙂  Broccoli, yellow & red peppers, garlic, parsley, zucchini, chicken, and chicken broth over bowtie pasta / Nachos / Chicken with mushrooms over rice / Duck with plum sauce along with mashed potatoes and gravy / chicken milanese from Bellini’s Italian Eatery

The Weekly Amazing Fact: A giraffe can clean it’s ears with it’s 21-inch tongue!!

Giraffes

The Weekly Birthdays: Stephanie Castronova Farina, Patrick Onufer, Katy Cagle, Amy Lynn Hunt, Meghan Touhey Santucci , Jessica Hainor-Bucci , Jodi Bridges, Tim Sorsdahl, Stephen Piorkowski, Matt Essery, Markus Armstrong, Kelly Humphries, and Mark LoseeI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly Craft: Learned the treble crochet stitch 🙂

The Weekly Activity: Searching for duck.  Finding a fresh duckling to make for dinner isn’t always an easy task.  I think we called about 6 places looking for one before someone had them 🙂

The Weekly person from Twitter that will be missed: Kelly G AKA: @AlbanyKelly is moving out of the Albany area.  We wish her well at her new job and hope to see her again soon!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: On April 19th my friend Maureen McCann is going to be running a marathon for Joints in Motion Arthritis Foundation in Boston, MA.  She is less than $600 from her $3,500 goal.  Please click this link and donate to help her reach her goal!!  Good luck with your training Maureen.  I know you can do it!!

Weekly Cookies: Dolce & Biscotti Fine Italian Bakery’s Italian Wedding Cake Cookies, Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies, Raspberry Drops and the Lemon Raspberry Shortbread cookies.  They’re all so yummy!!  Thank you to Mary & Donna for making up all the wonderful goodies that you do!  Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Breads…  Keep up the good work!  The wedding cakes on your Facebook page look great too!

Italian Wedding Cake Cookies

Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies

Raspberry Drops

Lemon Raspberry Shortbreads

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: How do you go about meeting new people?

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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....

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I was tagged by Cute~Ella is Bold here and Cassie here to do this blog.
I have to post 10 facts about myself and then tag 6 other bloggers.  So here we go.

6 Bloggers I tag

MichaelThe World Through My Lens
KimLaDorka – They’re Only Words
KatKatmasutra
ChrisRude Cactus
LisaMilwifeaviation
SaraConfessions of an Army Wife

10 Random Facts about me

1. I took Irish Step Dancing lessons as a child.  I was pretty good too! (and I’m not one drop Irish, I just fake it REALLY well)


2. I put mushrooms in 75% of the things I cook.

I've been to 10 countries - This map says 9 because it counts Vatican City as "Italy" but it has it's own government so....

3. I’ve been to 10 countries.  USA, Canada, Ireland, England, Spain, France, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, and Austria.
4. I have 4 nieces and 2 nephews.


5. I once wrote a 60 page paper about Levi Strauss for my Senior Seminar class in high school.

My FJR-1300AE and I in Montreal Canada

6. I own my own motorcycle.
7. My favorite meal is duck.
8. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers.

Me with STRAIGHT HAIR!!

9. I have NEVER dyed or permed my hair.  The biggest modification I’ve ever made was having it flat ironed ONCE and people didn’t recognize me!!
10. I LOVE heist movies!!!

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