Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday Festivities

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the joy of reconvening with old friends and loved ones near and far to celebrate the holidays. I know I’m lucky to have friends in so many places, and I truly value the opportunity to slow down and enjoy their company this time of year. Last night, my neighbor Deborah invited several of the Bunko girls and I over for a wine and cheese party to reunite. Her kitchen and living room were filled with a smorgasbord of delicious cheeses from around the world. I should have known I’d break my diet around this time of year... but I think it’s alright to indulge one night or two. I’ve been very good so far and am happy with my progress!

Anyway, the cheese appetizers she had were unreal. They were just too good. My favorites were Brie de Melun from France, English Farmhouse Cheddar from England, Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy, Constant Bliss from Vermont, and Piave from Italy. She paired them with several different kinds of breads including pumpernickel, French baguettes and flaky croissants. Deb recommended adding Nutella on top of the Brie de Melun and heating them up in a toaster oven until melted, which I’d never heard of before. Oh man, did she knew what she was talking about! For drinks, we enjoyed Winter White by Leelanau Cellars, Pinot Grigio by Barefoot Wine, and Garnacha Calatayud by Cruz de Piedra. I’d recommend them all, but I am particularly fond of wines by Leelanau Cellars. They’re all really inexpensive as wine goes, and easy to find. Nothing fancy, but good nevertheless.

Overall, it was a wonderful evening. Deb’s home is beautiful— it looks like something out of a Home and Garden Magazine. I was really drawn to her eclectic use of mixed patterns in her living room. She paired mismatched pillows ranging from a raspberry sherbet color to a rich, bold teal with a texturized rug. It looked especially nice with her dark hardwood floors and vintage furniture. Apparently she hand-painted the desk herself after being inspired on Pinterest. I’ll have to go on that site and look for some ideas of my own. I also really liked these small copper lamps she bought to light the pathway leading to her front door. I bet it looks really pretty when it snows, but it's been oddly warm here lately. I’m thinking about updating our outdoor lighting this coming spring, just to spruce things up a bit. I’d love to be able to return the favor and host a fun get together in our backyard once it warms up.

Hope you’re all enjoying this December as much as I am. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Staying Fit and Healthy

Not Eating This
Quite proud of how things have being going with my food diet, I've had only healthy things in the last two days. I'm probably saving 500 calories a day, but finding that now the sugar levels are lower, it certainly is a bit easier to hypo all over the place.

Stacked is getting mixed reviews in America, so am staying away for now, until Poker Academy arrives at least. Then I can get to work getting ready for the Festival, which I will register for next week, where hopefully I can cash in one of the events and show a profit for the 3 day event. I am going to enter one of the side events and have two cracks at getting into the large buy-in event where the money is worth having! Am getting an email about possibly running poker tournaments in the North East for some extra money in pubs, I've done this sort of thing before and it sounds pretty fun, and more importantly relatively easy money. I have a tour booked for the gym for Saturday after my eye test. Should be good as long as its well-priced I'll sign up.

Until the mean time, it's time to go to the grocery store to pick out my food for the next week. I'm on a plan, and I believe that I am in good form at the moment to lose 6 pounds. We'll see how things progress however. I have a friend who is looking for family practice jobs using Leap Doctor, and he says things are going well for me. Always good to get a thumbs up from a physician! If I don't reach out before the holidays, I hope that everyone travels safely and has a great time!