Friday, November 30, 2007
My niece, Caelia, is almost three years old (her and her dad share the same birthday so that is cool). It's amazing how fast she has grown. She's walking and talking ... saying things that I wouldn't expect of a 2 1/2 year old and quite a cat terrorizer. She can already count to ten and read.
Chante, Caelia and I went grocery shopping this morning so we can make lunch and some Asian dishes that I have never quite learned to make while I was living at home. Now I depend on when my sisters visit because they know how to cook the dishes my mom makes. (I was the youngest of four girls so I was always in the living room playing video games with my little brother while the rest of the women in the household were cooking. I regret that now ... LOL!)
When we got home, we learned that Sam's mom had passed away this morning from her long-term battle with MS. Even though we knew her time was limited, her passing was still unexpected. I believe she's only in her 50's [edit: she was diagnosed with MS when she was 25 and passed away at 55 years old). Far too young for someone I remembered as being so loving and giving (the last time I saw her, it was four Christmas' ago...and it felt like yesterday because I still remember her so vividly). She had a passion for crafts and cried over everything that made her happy. When we last parted (she and her husband live in Canada), I remember her giving me advice on cross-stitching. We will miss her and will be thinking of her this Christmas ... just 22 days short of her next birthday.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
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A Different Christmas Poem
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light,
Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my father's before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue...an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother...
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."
PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30t h Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq.
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We have someone in our office that is overseas in Iraq on duty. Every month, we collect monetary donations from the staff in our building to fund various causes and events. This month, we'll be sending gift baskets to our co-worker and her unit for Christmas, just to let the troops know that we care.
Feel free to click on the Email Post icon to share this poem with your friends and family. Happy holidays.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
A couple years back, I purchased the domain name, www.hellodaly.com where my blog is published. Not having any creative juices to pick a clever or original blog title for my website, I called it (drum roll please) ~-Hello Daly -~ (and cymbal crash) though it can be anything, any title I want to give it.
I think the title has remained "Hello Daly" since the inception of this blog but I don't think it quite captures the spirit of my blog. Yeah, I know my blog is a mish-mash of a lot of topics unlike those focused on topics like technology, business, fashion, cooking, or what have you.
I tried to brainstorming for new names in the past with no luck and recently my brain has been cranking again. This morning, I came up with "Three Girls One Guy" because our two female cats, Havi and Elgy, and I make up the three girls and my husband makes the one guy (and so I changed the title). Kind of like the sitcom, Three's Company, but more like Four's Company (my husband's idea).
I realize sexual ideas may come to mind from the new title instead of three girls living in a household with one guy so I am not sure if I'm committed to "Three Girls One Guy" as a title for the long run. Once again, I am at a loss for a name for my blog. The last call for names for my car was successful so I thought I would ask you what you think of the new title and if you have any suggestions for a different title. Okay ... fire away!
(How do parents decide on a name for a child and stick with it? I am guessing that's why my parents put every letter in my first (now middle) name--because they were indecisive and it seems I've inherited those genes!)
She came up to me and said,"You are always smiling and happy. That is so nice! I like it when you come in because you just brighten up my day!"
I replied,"Thank you." which is progress because I am horrible at accepting complements, from a friend, my boss, or complete stranger (guy or girl).
That was nice to hear and I hope she knows that she brightened my day.
What did I do? I think it was more like what I DIDN'T do which was cue him that I was in his presence so he wouldn't be startled when he would finally notice that I was literally in front of him. (I was walking up to him and waiting for his attention before talking which made him jump. It wasn't my intent to scare him.) :O
Well besides our two girls (our cats), Havi and Elgy, and me ... who else would be in the house? LOL. Just one guy and three harmless girls.
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Monday, November 26, 2007
While I was at lunch with my mom-in-law, Maggie, grandma Nancy, and aunt Jan, I decided to pick their brains for homemade recipes of spaghetti, meatballs, and vinaigrette dressing. I had never made these from scratch and knew I could trust a fool-proof recipe from these ladies. The recipe was surprisingly simple to make (and passed the fool test) but the effort paid off in flavor by tenfolds!
Dinner was certainly a success: Caprese salad with vinaigrette dressing and zesty spaghetti and fluffy meatballs with a side of garlic bread. The wine and company was just icing on the cake--especially aunt Jan's coconut lemon cake that was brought over. Yum, yum, yum!
Ethel M Chocolate Factory.
grandma will be off to Kauai tomorrow and then my two-year old niece, oldest sister, and her husband will be visiting in just a few short days! (My older sister from MN is also in town with her husband--they just called me.) I am just indulging in all the precious family time that the fall/winter holidays are bringing.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
"Uhm ... yeah... she's not a very attractive woman."
"You're so nice. "She's not a very attractive woman."", my husband chuckles as he's quoting me.
It wasn't so much that I was trying to be nice as much as I wanted to be the one who had thought of the words, "dirty whore" as a fitting description.
This would be my Self Portrait Sunday shot but I wasn't able to get the entire AR-15 barrel included so I cheated (with the help of my lovely assistant, my sweet husband).
The entire morning, we shot with a P22, .45 automatic, my Ruger SP101 .357 mag, an AR-15, and a Armalite .50 caliber (the name is deceiving as it is NOT light but almost 40 lbs. and weighed more like a ton to me!).
Though the Armalite (pictured below with Shannon (the shaved head) doesn't look radical compared to the AR-15 I was holding, these rounds for it are quite extreme and the power of the rifle itself is more deceiving than its conservative appearance eludes to.
Shannon fired that monster, I wasn't quite prepared to feel the shock wave from the muzzle blast and almost got knocked over. It feels like a sudden gust of wind or kind of like a belly flop into water ... so more of a sudden tap/push than burst of air.
Shannon shooting the Armalite, John shooting, and by the time Johnny shot, I still couldn't adapt to the shock wave (no matter where I stood) and don't think I could ever so I sought refuge in our truck. Even when I was sitting inside the truck, I could hear the windows and door panels rattle! Quite wicked that Armalite.
Friday, November 23, 2007
A dirty martini with lunch at P.F. Chang's during our day-after-Thanksgiving shopping break. Maggie, grandma, and aunt Jan and I made it through one store before Chang's lettuce wraps started calling for us. Jan, grandma, and I prefered martini (I like mine dirty) made with Tanqueray for our poisons and Maggie chose the Asian Pear Mojito. We finished off lunch with hot and spicy green beans, coconut prawns, and moog-goo gai pan (sp?) noodles before our next shopping run. That hit the spot!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
They did a wonderful job setting the mood with beautiful flowers, a cornucopia, and gingerbread men in a basket.
We had a lovely time, the food was great and we were blessed to be with family and friends.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If you are calorie conscious go for the doughnut in top three for lowest caloric content:
- French Cruller (150 calories)
- Sugar Raised Donut (210 calories)
- Chocolate Frosted Donut (230 calories)
- Glazed Donut (230 calories)
- Marble Frosted Donut (230 calories)
I was surprised to discover that Dunkin' Donuts is not all about doughnuts. They also serve bagels, cookies, muffins, Danish, croissants, breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, and hot and cold beverages including flavored coffee, smoothies, and teas.
Sounds like a good strategy on their part to have a variety of products and not just doughnuts and coffee meanwhile seeking national recognition. We'll see how they fare in the Southern Nevada market.
We settled on the outdoor patio of Tenuta for a couple glasses of Merlot and shared a Caprese Salad. Topped with sweet sun-dried tomatoes, the mozzarella slices on a bed of fresh greens atop the vinaigrette dressing...this salad was just delicious. Especially with the hot, crusty rolls served with butter.The stuffed mushrooms was also excellent. I liked that the mushrooms were not overdone and soggy but cooked al dente.
So this morning I received an anonymous comment in response to said ranting post, "Strong words....Mind if I post a copy of this at HotBoat [the forum]?"
For the record, this person comes to MY BLOG and attempts to instigate drama. Come on now.
I basically said s/he is welcome to post it but doing so would serve as a prime example of the reason I chose to leave the forum--the drama. (There are helpful and positive posts but I was so disgusted with a certain thread that I could never get that bad taste out of my mouth.)
The nerve of some people, huh? My ranting post was harsh but I don't see a reason why anyone should take it so personally if it had nothing to do with them. It's my blog, I can post what I want and it was my personal choice to stay out of the forums, what's the purpose of dragging me back into it? It's not my intention to be mean here but seriously, I resolve to keep drama out of my life (my method for staying insane(ly happy)). Life's too short to feed off the negatives. Why?
Sorry, it's the day before Thanksgiving but I just have to rant and for that, I am thankful of the medium (my blog) through which I can do so! Okay...I guess I should also be thankful for having readers on my blog too.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
So today I made sure to prepare my lunch from dinner leftovers and I admit that my salad tasted much, much better (even if it was all in my head)!
I've been making my own spicy and hot green beans which I have been eating for breakfast and as part of my lunch and dinner for the past several days now. I don't know what it is about the green beans that I like so much. Maybe it's the salty or hot spices ... or the crunch factor but I just love eating them and can't seem to get enough!
Here is a good recipe that I found for hot and spicy green beans. Enjoy!
Monday, November 19, 2007
I work in the oldest building on campus but I have this little window from which to peer through that offers me a view of the outside world. For a moment I can forget all about this building, the old dust, and very public bathrooms that gives my work place its character. (Our new building is under construction with less than a year to completion.)
We've been lucky to have this nice weather for the past several weeks since summer ended. The temperatures in the Las Vegas area have been in the upper 70's, low 80's and my husband tells me that today's high will be record breaking for this time of year. But the warm weather will surely end with the start of Thanksgiving according to the forecasts.
Vegas can be cold in December and January where average temperatures have dipped to around 37 degrees. Brrr ... I am wishing summer was already here.
I ended up choosing several cupcakes to take home including the Southern Belle and Peanut Butter Chocolate.
I especially like the Bail Out Tactical Gear Bag, the Surefire Flashlights, and think these pants would be the cutest thing to wear the next time I go target practicing.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Since our wedding, the cymbidium orchid has become one of my favorite flowers--especially the green or white orchid). It was used on our wedding cake and my bridal bouquet (my mother-in-law, Maggie, made for me) but the orchid does not have a scent that I can detect and for that, it's not my top favorite. Now if I could only find a hybrid between the lily and orchid, it would surely rival the calla lily for first place!