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Archive for November, 2009

Food coma…

I have spent the last two days feasting.  I don’t know what it is about Thanksgiving, but the smell of the turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and gravy…uh oh…I better stop as I am starting to drool.  Not only did I have my fill of Thanksgiving but since my birthday fell the day afterwards, the feasting continued!  I had the most amazing dinner at my most favorite restaurant in the world, Cafe Jacqueline.  This is the sweetest, coziest restaurant you could ever hope to go for a birthday dinner.  Jacqueline, the owner and chef was busy in the kitchen whipping up all of the wonderful souffles.  For dinner we had the leek, mushroom and prosciutto souffle and the dessert souffle we ordered was the lime and it was out of this world.  Of course I fell asleep with a full tummy and a smile on my face dreaming of my wonderful culinary delights.  Note to self: better start the diet soon as Christmas is only a few short weeks away…

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Birthday Salutations!

Think I may still be a bit groggy from my Thanksgiving food coma…wow, don’t you just love eating turkey, watching football all day and napping in between?  I love relaxing and then doing nothing after…

Thank you to all my friends and family for all their birthday greetings and love to me on this day of my birth!  I am looking forward to dinner at my favorite restaurant tonight and hopefully will get in a long bike ride.   I did take a day off from bike riding yesterday since the day before I rode 15 miles of all hills…that night my legs were so achy!  Hoping to get in at least 20 miles today, maybe a few hills as well!

This birthday-thanksgiving I want to thank the librarian at the library that I used to hang out as a kid.  Her name was Susan Ma, and thanks to her, she really instilled the love of reading in me.  I was a member of the book worm club and would leave the library each week with a huge stack of books.  I think by the time I was in 5th grade I had read every children’s book in our library and I was hungry for more.  Thank someone this week that has made a difference in your life!

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The art of thankfulness

This marks my 44th Thanksgiving.  I was actually born on a Friday the day after Thanksgiving, which will be the same for me this year, since my birthday falls on a Friday.  There is so much to be thankful for.  I am thankful that I have my family and friends and all the wonderful love that surrounds me.  I am convinced that to be truly thankful you have to have a thankful heart.  A heart that embraces and forgives.  I am thankful that I have the best life ever!  Cheers to all this wonderful Thanksgiving day!

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The best birthday week…ever!

I always believe in the power of intentions.  Set your intentions and you will achieve great things!  This year as I turn the wonderful age of 45 I set my intentions months ago that I would have the best week ever…and so far, with only 2 days left until my birthday, guess what…you got it!  I am having the best birthday week ever! One of my goals was to have lots of great bike rides, surround myself with love, explore places I haven’t explored before, drink good wine and find time to read and write.  With my intentions set I have been receiving an overabundance of great things.  Bike riding 20 plus miles per day in beautiful unexplored countrysides, wine exploring Paso Robles and wonderful cards and gifts from friends and family.  There is so much to be thankful for!

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Wine tasting in Paso Robles

Since I have this week off, we decided to explore the Paso Robles wine country.  It seemed like the perfect idea since we both love exploring and we love wine. Paso Robles this time of year is so beautiful.  The leaves are changing colors and the air is so crisp!  Our first stop was an organic winery (Pipestone) that was planted according to feng shui.  The wines were delicious and the winery dog (of course) is always a favorite of mine!  Then we traveled up to Dunning winery, beautiful oak trees, but the wine was not up to my taste.  The next stop was a great find, we went to Changala.  This place had excellent wines plus 4 of the wines were paired with chocolates.  We had lavendar chocolate, orange chocolate, dark chocolate and even one wine was paired with garlic chocolate!  Then Dover Creek which was good, then Hearthstone, then Denati and ended at Denner.  Denner was a bit to hoyty-toyty for my likings (did I spell that right?) The next morning we woke up and walked the dogs for 45 min. saw beautiful deer all along the hillside, magical!  Then we went off on a 20 mile bike ride.  Exploring the central coast is a great thing to do, especially during the fall!

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