Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Five Questions and a Word

To help you think about what kind of year you would like 2016 to be, these five questions are from the Irish Times:

1. What was one sweet moment for you in 2015?

When, during my birthday week Vlad was with Tristan in Chicago, I was invited for dinner by three of my friends on three separate nights.

2. What one thing on your “bucket list” would you love to do in 2016?

Go to Romania.  Vlad's birthplace is Bucharest but he left as a small child.  He's been back a few times but I've never been and now is the time.

3. What have been the biggest drains on you in 2015?

Torn meniscus in my knee, worrying about things over which I have no control.

4. What would you love to see yourself doing more of in a video of your life one year from now?

Doing more physical activity without restraint for work AND for pleasure.

5. What blocks and barriers are likely to come up for you? 

Concern about my knee.  Complacency.

My word for 2016 is: Streamline

As in, I want to streamline my:
  • Thoughts
  • Possessions
  • Body 
What is your word for 2016?

Wishing you peace, health, love and happiness,


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Raclette, Champagne and Family

When Vlad and I visited my French family in the Champagne region of France this fall, we left with a giant bottle of it - a magnum, to take home and drink with the boys.  The bottle sat on the credenza for the two-month-wait and finally, Christmas Eve was the appointed time to crack open the bottle.

Patrick, my cousin, works a few weeks every year at a local Champagne winery and takes home cases of it in payment for his work.

Now,  a magnum is equivalent to two regular bottles.  It's a hefty thing and one must take care when pouring it into the delicate champagne flutes.

One could even say that a two-handed approach is recommended.  So Vlad poured and poured and we drank and drank.  We decided to take the remaining Champagne to the dinner table to have with our Christmas Eve raclette.  Raclette is a type of nutty, deliciously-flavoured melting cheese that you melt by inserting into little Teflon pans over the heating element in a raclette pan. Atop of the cheese-melting compartment is a Teflon grill upon which one can cook an assortment of blanched vegetables and marinated meats.  I'm sure that marinated tofu could be grilled as well as an assortment of seafood.


Our two boys all grown up.  We had the best Christmas Eve just hanging out and talking and looking at old pictures.

Tristan is back from Chicago for 5 months until his residency starts.  It's a blessing to have this last opportunity to be with him before he goes off to start his life in a faraway place.

In the meantime, I love having him home, as do his Dad and brother.

I wish all of you the warmest, cuddliest, joyful holidays.