Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sunset in Shenandoah National Park

This has to be one of the best pictures I've ever taken. Can you understand how this trip was the opposite of dying?

Friday, November 24, 2006

I am thankful

For great family and friends! Yesterday's thanksgiving feast was a success. I added a sweet potato dip to my appetizers, but a little kitchen mishap prevented me from making mashed potatoes. No worries, though; there was so much food, and Matt and I will be eating leftovers through the weekend.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Shaken, not stirred

Well, I was going to go on a rant about how Smirnoff is sullying the good name of James Bond by promoting the Bond martini as a vodka drink in their latest commercials. (Because we all know that martinis are made of GIN and not vodka, right? A drink made with vodka is always referred to as a "vodka martini".) However, I did some research and found out that in fact, James Bond has never gone the route of a traditional martini, and has instead been drinking "vespers", a mix of gin and vodka or rather "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel." Sounds like a good recipe. Just don't call it a martini.

Friday, November 10, 2006

the incredible shrinking feet

I recently bought a new pair of shoes. I usually wear a size 8.5. The pair I ended up purchasing are a size 8. And they are still too big.

Today I'm wearing a pair of shoes that I purchased in February or March of this year, which I've only worn a few times. Once again, too big. I don't remember them feeling this loose.

I'm suspecting that my loose shoes have something to do with my recent weight loss. When you lose 50 lbs, the fat has to come from somewhere, right?

I also found this:

I'm just glad I'm not crazy.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Vote early, vote often

If you're interested in political commentary, head on over to Matt Ranting for live election coverage for nationwide elections.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

And speaking of bananas...

For the third year in a row, I'll be hosting my parents and sister for Thanksgiving. Although my mom hijacked my turkey the first year, she has been extremely helpful to have around while cooking such a big meal. This year, I'm going for more healthful recipes. Of course, I'm not expecting to lose weight that week, but at least things won't be too bad.

Here's the menu that I've come up with so far:

Crudités with hummus, crackers and cheese

Turkey with Gravy
Salad with mustard and caper dressing
Roasted garlic and butternut squash cassoulet
Herbed mashed potatoes
Mom's special stuffing
Laura's creamy spinach
Elisa's cranberry sauce

Pumpkin pie
Apple cranberry crisp

Iced tea
Scotch (that's for me, I think I'll need a hard drink at the end of the day)

curious bananas

curious bananas
Originally uploaded by laura_gonzales.
I noticed today that there was a Curious George sticker on my bananas. How...curious.