Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

One of the things I enjoy doing during the holidays is spending time with family walking through festive displays and having lunch together (well, I always love spending time with family - not just during the holidays).  The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a usual stop for the four of us (me, John, and his parents since the rest of our family live out of town or are overseas). 

I could not tell you which part of the display was my favorite ... the beautiful pond with the snow capped trees or the polar bears made of roses playing nearby, the humongous ornaments or the rocking horse, Santa and reindeer climbing in to the sky, the train weaving through poinsettias, or the penguins staying cool around the igloos.  I took some photos here but Bellagio has photos of the displays on their site -- better than I can get with my Blackberry.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Italian Fruit Cake

Next to Grandma's homemade rum fruit cake, this is one of my favorite cakes to have during the Christmas holiday. If I'm not careful, I can eat a loaf in two sittings! I think I need a bigger plate though, lol.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

How to Wrap Your Cat for Christmas

This cat looks like our Elgy and I think she would love to be wrapped for Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Simple French Onion Mushroom Soup

One of my favorite soups to have when it's cold outside is this easy onion mushroom soup. Just 4 ingredients to a comforting appetizer!

  • Chicken broth
  • Mushrooms, thinly sliced (the thinner the better so it can soak up the broth. I'm using baby bella)
  • French's Fried Onions
  • Green onions, sliced

Heat up chicken broth and spoon in a bowl, sprinkle sliced mushrooms, fried onions, and green onions on top! Enjoy.

I did not list the quantity of each ingredient because you put as much of each item as you like. You can put a little mushrooms or a lot of mushrooms -- or none if you don't like mushrooms but then this wouldn't be French Onion Mushroom Soup ;-P.  John doesn't like raw mushrooms but since they are sliced really thin, the heat from the broth tempers the mushrooms a bit.  I like to use fresh mushrooms because the taste and crispier texture is slightly different from cooked ones.

If you really want to be naughty, sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Yum-yum!!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Lunch at Tofu Hut

Yum-yum...I think I ate too much. ;-P
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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Elgy Roasting by the Open Fire

Every time we turn the fireplace on, Elgy seems to be mesmerized by it. If she's not napping nearby on the arm of the couch, she can be spotted staring at the flickering flames as if nothing else mattered. Her eyes are unblinking and I wonder what goes through her mind. Probably nothing.
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Christmas Concert

The old saying about professors in higher education use to be tenured faculty don't do much once they've achieved the status. I am not sure if that still holds true or not but that's not why I am writing.  This post is to give hats off to UNLV Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. Douglas R. Peterson who's directed the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Chorus since 1968.  He and the 65-voice community choir has been honored with a repeat invitation to accompany famed tenor Andrea Bocelli again this year.  Andrea Bocelli is awesome -- we have a CD and DVD of his performance.

One night ... this Saturday is the last concert in Bocelli's 2010 six-city national tour to be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend.

More information can be found here: http://www.snmas.com

How To ...

Sometimes I train end users on the functionality of our new student administration system, develop printable guides, videos, and interactive tutorials. Tools like these are especially nice for others to refer to the event I'm not immediately available to answer calls or e-mails with how-to questions.

I am thrilled to have other tutorials, guides, and how to videos for practical things in life like How to Make: Use of left over Turkey or How To: Wash Delicate Stemware Glasses (this article taught me a few things I didn't already know like laying down towels at the bottom of the sink or why rinse the glass if they will sit overnight).  Tutorials like these and others can be found at HowToBin.com -- what a neat idea!

Christmas Cat

Her dress brings out the green in her eyes.
I won't make her wear it all day, LOL. Only if we have company.

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Film Noir

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

Thy leaves are so unchanging! We got our tree yesterday; it is our largest tree yet. I think perhaps we need a bigger star.
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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Somehow I Went Along

Originally I had planned to ride a couple hours and early in the morning because I had some chores and preparations for an event tomorrow afternoon. As I rode my mind was distracted by all the tasks I needed to complete. Not too far in my route I found myself wishing my ride was over already; I longed to turn around and head towards home.

At the corner of Horizon Ridge and Horizon Drive (mile 6 1/2), I ran into my teammates. The were on their way to a group ride and invited to join them. Since I was not too far along in my route, I figured why not ride along? It would give me a chance to catch up, meet new folks, and a different path other than what I know would be a good distraction!  It looks like I'll get my ride in after all.

[to be continued...]