October 2009


Yo Mama Bin Laden, Osama and George

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Thanks, and Happy Halloween!!!!!!

this is it

This is IT!

My friend Karin and I went to a matinee today to see  This Is It,  the movie that was made from over 100 hours of footage taped during the rehersals of his 5 sold-out London shows.  ***Go see the movie soon, it’s only playing in the USA for 2 weeks!!!

The movie is all behind-the-scenes action, interviews with his musicians, dancers, choreographers. Each and every one of the people involved in this concert- that- never- happened had such love, respect and admiration for Michael, and it came across very obviously that he returned the love.

Watching the dancers move in unison was mesmerizing, watching his backup singers belt it out had me imagining I was on that stage.   Each one gave 110%, not because that’s what they had to do, but because they truly believed in the man in charge. Painstakingly detail-oriented, Michael went through each rehersal with every bit of gusto he demonstrated in past performances. If the media and skeptics doubted him, this series of concerts, the showmanship of the crew, the attention to detail, the videography, all of this would have proved them dead wrong.

The music included old favorites from the Jackson 5, Thriller, Billie Jean and Man in the Mirror. It also included some new songs, and a poem that is an Ode to Mother Earth. Not only was MJ a humanitarian, he was a strong advocate for our planet.

Michael Jackson was truly an artistic genious that in one way or another, touched us all. Michael appeared so happy on the footage that we watched, and was such a positive force.  That is the way I will choose to remember him.



Brrrr….today has been a cold, nasty, rainy day here in Atlanta. This is exactly the kind of day that i want to curl up on the couch with the puppies and stare at a blazing fire. It is also the perfect kind of day to make a big batch of home made soup. Something warming and thick, hearty enough to be the main course.

Pulling out my recipes this morning, i decided on the Creamy Spiced Bean and Pumpkin Soup that HK and I both love. It’s perfect for a late October day, the colors in the soup combine the golds and reds and browns and greens that stare at me through the windows.   I’d like to share my recipe as part of my “Sharing the love of Food” recipe entry. I’d love for you to share a favorite soup recipe with me.

Creamy Spiced Bean and Pumpkin Soup

1 med. pie pumpkin OR 2 C. canned pumpkin

1 med. onion, 1 red bell pepper, 2-3 chili peppers, 2 garlic cloves, all finely chopped

2 tsp. curry pwd.

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/8 tsp. allspice

2 C. chix stock

couple grinds salt and pepper,

1 tsp worcestershire sauce

2-3 C. kidney or pinto beans, drained

2 T. cream sherry, (or more)

roasted pumpkin seeds (for garnish)

Cook pumpkin at 400 30-40 min., or open can. ; D

Sautee onion, peppers, garlic in veg iol til soft.  Stir in spices.  Remove from heat. put vegs in food processor w/ some of the stock and pumpkin.  Puree until creamy. Continue to puree vegs and pumpkin.  Turn soup into large saucepan. Add beans and sherry. Heat for at least 30 min.  Add pumpkin seeds and a little plain yogurt before serving.

Cutbait Cottage Lake Burton

Cutbait Cottage Lake Burton

This past weekend, HK and I spent 3 days with friends in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, Lake Burton to be exact. Our friends Ken and Terry own a home on the lake, and it has provided us with many great times over the years.

The leaves were at their peak, the air was crisp, not cold, the skies that saturated turquoise color that comes with fall. Basically, a perfect weekend.  You didn’t have to remind yourelf to look around to see the beauty, it was, literally, everywhere.

Jake on the lake

Jake on the lake

On Sunday, HK and I took Kismet and Roxie for a hike up to Raven Cliff Falls, a fairly easy 5-mile trail that follows Dodd creek to a massive granite outcropping. There, the double waterfall tumbles off the rocks with the fury of a woman scorned (not that i’d know anythiing about that…)

Raven Cliffs

Raven Cliffs

Roxie and Kismet hiking

Roxie and Kismet hiking

nature's handiwork

nature's handiwork

While reading today’s post on my friend and fellow-blogger Elizabeth Harper’s site today, I was reminded of something.

The day that HK and I were to leave Vancouver this summer, I took one last run along the seawall to my favorite little park that overloooks the sea. The park, a tiny spit of lush greenery rarely frequented by people (although there was a resident bald eagle that hung out there), was the perfect spot to practice t’ai chi in the mornings.  So, after my last session on that last day, I took a minute, really took a minute, to look around me and observe the beauty that I knew I would miss until the next trip out there.

There, right n the very beach that I had run along so many times, was the most beautiful piece of mother nature’s handiwork. It was a fallen tree that had obviously been there for a long, long time, but up until now, went unnoticed by yours truly.  As I was appreciating the carved-out formations of the bark, I noticed a stone that was lying at the tree’s base. The stone was black, smooth, with a thin white line that completely encircled it. I picked it up, rolled it around in my hand, and realized that this rock, far from perfect, had probably been there all along, from the day we arrived in Vancouver until the day we left. To me, that rock symbolized the journey that I had taken while in Vancouver, and how on this last day, I had come full circle in many ways, both physically emotionally.


full circle

full circle

I was so thankful that I had my camera with me, because I took a photo of it as a reminder to self that I need to slow down and look around.  Beauty is everywhere.




While checking our online credit card statement this weekend, HK asked me what the $12.00 charge to “Reservatin Rewards” was for.   Hmmmm….Not a clue.  So he scrolled back to the previous month’s charges, and lo and behold, there it was again.

“Oh, That…I thought that was a credit to our card,” I reasoned. We have one of those cards that gives you cash back on purchases. After all, it was “Reservation REWARDS.”

I called the # listed on the charge. After 10 minutes of punching in numbers to an automated machine, I finally got a human. He was in another country, but a human, nonetheless. After much circle-talking, he told me that RR is an opt out program, so it is basically automatically added to your account. I also found out that it was Shutterfly that had sold me out to these creeps.

Shutterfly was even harder to pinpoint, and after a long and tedious process online, I finally got my complaint registered, only to get a form letter back, describing the merits of RR and how they have had a successful partnership with them. Following more research, I found that over 140 companies will sell your credit card info to RR, including Orbits, Ticketmaster and Moviephone.

The pisser, besides being violated, I mean, is that you’re unknowingly signed up for this scam that is supposed to save you money, but since you don’t know that, you can’t possibly know how or when to use it.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Read the Ripoff Report to find out more and how to get your money back.

So keep your eyes open, peeps, and watch your ass-somebody’s looking to screw you, too.

puttin' the screws to you

puttin' the screws to you

snack bars

snack bars

I readily admit that I am a snacker.  It is exactly 3 1/2 steps from my computer desk to the snack cabinet. (This, admittedly, was extremely poor planning on my part when we designed this house.) No amount of self discipline can stop me from making my way to that corner of the room when I have hit a rough patch in writing, or browsing, or facebooking, or watching TV on my computer.  So I realized that since I will continue with this habit, there should be something healthier over there than my steady supply of gummy bears and chocolate.

Leafing through the old recipe file, which now seems like a fossil with bookmarks on allrecipes.com and cooks.com, (to name just a few), I flipped to the snacks/desserts section looking for one that I vaguely remembered.  Found it! Yay!   So this morning I made (more…)

Varasanos Pizza

Varasanos Pizza

OK, so a couple of weeks ago I told you about Groupons, the new group-purchasing coupon deal.  Did you join????? And if you did, did you mention my name in the referral?????  I don’t think so, since I haven’t been rewarded my $10.00 referral fee. C’mon, Peeps, do me a solid. Join, Dammit!  Please?

Anyway, this weekend, HK and I used one of our Groupon coupons for dinner at Varasano’s, a new and FABU (more…)

As promised, I have completed a video of a day in the life of my (very spoiled) dog Kismet.  Since he is the subject of my story that is published in a book to be released in December, he felt that he deserved to star in his own movie.

So enjoy, and please leave comments for him below.  He loves to hear from his fanbase. Woof!

Good Dogs Doing Good

Good Dogs Doing Good

Ohhhhh! I’m so excited!! It’s official, and this adorable, poignant, and touching book contains a story that I wrote about my dog, Kismet.

As you know, I am an extermely proud Dog-Mom. Kismet and Roxie have their own series of blogs, called Kismet and Roxie’s Xcellent Adventures, and are, in general, spoiled rotten.  Oh, sorry, I got off the subject at hand.  Anyway…

According to LaChance Publishing, the book Good Dogs Doing Good is packed with inspiring, moving and amusing true stories of dogs that have given hope to people with none, helped teach valuable lessons both large and small about the human condition and brightened the darkest night. From the largest breeds to the tiniest pups, the canine stars of Good Dogs Doing Good amply demonstrate how the humble dog continues to earn its nickname “man’s best friend.”
As for my true story, several years ago, following the horrific death