August 29 Renewed My Vows

“I can’t just say one time of the year I’m going to do something different. I have to commit to a lifestyle behavioral change and just try to be a little bit better today than I was yesterday.” Gabrielle Union Woke up this morning and wasn’t feeling too awesome, so I had to ask myself:…

August 28 Roasting Green Chiles

  I roasted my very first green chiles ever today! Here are the steps: Wash chiles Put them on the grill Char them Put them in a plastic ziploc bag to steam Peel the skin off Eat and enjoy I did just that!    

August 27 Geeks Who Drink

Geeks Who Drink is a pub trivia game that lasts about two hours, has eight rounds of eight questions and competes teams of drunkards in groups of at least six players. I played tonight on a team of four and, in my opinion, we rocked it! Did we win? Nope. Were we even close to winning?…

August 26 Re-Gifter

“Admission is easy, just say you believe and come to this place in your heart.” Prince, Paisley Park Everybody knows about the five love languages, right? If you don’t, here are the Cliff’s Notes: there are five ways that people speak and understand emotional love 1). words of affirmation, 2). physical touch, 3). acts of…

August 25 Tie A Tie

James Bond doesn’t trust anyone who ties a Windsor knot. I haven’t worn a tie in years but I used to wear them often. I had all these ties that were pre-tied for me by my guy friends. When I wanted to wear a tie, I would just slip one around my neck, tighten it…

August 24 Shark Bait

“Are you a man with a conscience, or just a shark who will die when you stop moving forward?” Roderick Vincent, The Cause I was supposed to make these cookies for the Sweet 16 Luau, but after making that Tiki Bar, and that money cake, I was spent. July was the month of several days…

August 23 Shadow Puppets and Poetry

A couple of years ago I was on a mission to get “The Clapper.”  “Clap on, clap off,” you remember those commercials. The Clapper is a sound activated thing-y that turns lights on and off when you clap your hands. It can be hooked up to a TV or a lamp according to the commercials. It…

August 22 Taught A Class 100% On My Own

” You can only hold a smile for so long, after that it’s just teeth.” Chuck Palahniuk, Author of Fight Club Today is what these Firsts are all about: stretching myself, doing things I have never done before, stuff that scares me, stuff that I am not already good at, in front of other people. Sure,…

August 21 Backseat Luncher

“I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells.” Dr. Seuss We decided to do something different today. We had lunch in the backseat of my car. Strange, I know. We got lunch “to-go” from Chipotle because we had stuff to do (no beans or rice for me – sad face – I love beans and…

August 20 Househunter

“Where is it written that houses must be beige? Any dun colored house would look better if painted pineapple, cream, ochre or even a smart sage.” Frances Mayes One challenge suggested to me was to view open houses without any intention to buy. I went to Rio Rancho today and looked at several very nice…

August 19 Lulu’s Chicken Shawarma

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw Let me apologize in advance for my Creole-ness. Let me clarify: I am incapable of following a recipe, step-by-step. I don’t measure ingredients, even when I’m following a recipe. I eyeball and taste and guess-timate. I add extra stuff, leave some stuff out….

August 18 Obon Festival

“At the end of the day Buddhism is a religious tradition that dates back more than 2500 years and not a fad or something you “discovered” on your holiday to Thailand. And while easily accessible teachers – such as some of the works of the Dalai Lama – should be welcomed and celebrated, it’s important…