And Now For Something Completely New

I like to say that I attempt to try something new everyday.  Yet I know that is not the case.  Life gets in the way and it is easy to stick with routine.  Some days I think the only thing new is the route I take to work.  Not that routine is bad, it is just that more is sometimes required.

And in the spirit of more, I cooked India style food.  Well that may be a misnomer.  I bought some India style sauces-made in Britain.  I have eaten India food in the past, but this was the first time to make such dishes at home.  I mixed the sauces with some veggies; threw that on top of rice, and added some baked chicken.  It was really tasty.

I ate some of the sauce cold.  I dipped some fish into it, and it was alright. But warmed it was like a whole other sauce.  The heat and spice components really stood out.  There was depth and richness of flavor and texture, missing when eaten cold.  After eating my creation, I am almost ready to travel to India and eat my way through the subcontinent.  I just don’t know if I am ready for the train rides

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Fattening Foods-Oh How I Love Them

Tillamook Cheese HQ

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Cheese School 101
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I love many of this food group.  Among the favs: potato chips, dips, ranch dressing, fried chicken strips, fried livers and gizzards, burgers, hot dogs, brats, sausages, cheeses-especially bleu cheese, brie, cheddar, anything from Tillamook Cheese Company and micro beers.  If micro beers count as a fattening food.  And of course pizza.

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Chocolate-which would I choose?

Chocolate tasting selection

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If offered chocolate from a box of chocolate I would take any type of nut covered in chocolate.  Then I would look for chocolate covered cherries.  After that anything that appears to be chocolate covered nougat.  I am not a fan of semi-sweet or that really dark chocolate that tastes like linoleum.  It should be banned from all boxes of chocolate.

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Prompt about favorite time of Day

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I have several favorite times of the day.  Early morning didn’t start out as a favorite time of day-in high school I would sleep until 5 minutes before class, and then sleep in class.  I still got an Illinois Student Scholastic Scholarship.  But once I moved to Portland and discovered early morning paper delivery everyday and the coffee it was on.  As I have grown older I have come to appreciate mornings for more than just newspaper and coffee.  I like the gentleness of the beginning of the day.  It is nice to experience the World waking up.  The sun rising from behind Mt. Hood.  The birds shaking off the night. There is a fresh smell as if the night has washed the Earth and soon the Sun will mop up the dampness.

Another favorite time of day is nap time.  I don’t care when I get it in, just as long as I get 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

However, I think perhaps late afternoon/early evening is my favorite time of day.  The day is cooling off; the oppressive heat of summer slackens.  Whiffs of Beer-B-Que meats and veggies drift through the neighborhoods, as I amble among them.  In winter time I am treated to wispy drafts of freshly burnt oak or fir.  And the beautiful array of colors the turning leaves display, is a joy to walk on an early autumn evening/

Finally, any part of the day I don’t work is the best part of the day.

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What was I like 10 yrs ago and what have I learned?

Scared-my legs were giving out/Head spinning/Loosing balance

Exhilarated-back at school-studying English lit and writing

Hopeful-working to get back overseas.  I love to visit other cultures and explore their food and drink.  Kind of like Andrew Zimmern, without the camera crew.

Heavy-fatter then than now.  ate terrible foods.  Love to eat sushi (still do).  I especially love going to Todai.  150 foot buffet of love.  If Heaven could be distilled into a food, it would be renamed Todai.

Alone-I like to be alone so that is ok.  I th0ught I found the girl for me, but her parents are tradition Chinese parents and I am anything but tradition.

Content-I began to live a simpler live then and have continued with it.  I have become happier with my life and my choices as I have moved through the Space/Time Continuum on this big blue rock.

I have learned a few things along the way.  The most important lesson I have learned is to get out of my own way, to stop self-sabotaging my ideas, my goals, my dreams.  Life and people in it will do this for you, so why help.

I have learned to plan where and what I want and then work towards the end point.  I try to take time to smell the roses and visit family and friends, but more importantly help others traveling along the path.

I have learned to be patient with life and people in it. Not everyone or everything is moving at the same speed, let alone the same direction as I am.  Hell, it is the height of hubris to think otherwise.

I have learned to have as much fun as possible, and stay as childlike and un-adultlike as I can.  And to F the Fun Police.

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