CD Music Exploration – Week #1

I’ve been posting a new CD each day on Facebook as part of my exploration of my personal CD music library. Here I am memorializing what I’ve done so far.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Listened to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Flight of the Cosmic Hippo on the way to work today. Any other Bela and Flecktones fans amongst my FB friends?

I’ve listened every time I’ve been in the car today. Just about finished entire CD (and for those that don’t know, that’s 3 trips thus far since none of them is very far).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 2 of exploring my CD collection. Finished Flight of the Cosmic Hippo yesterday so today I listened to Fiona Apple’s Tidal. Still very fresh more than 15 years later.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 3 of exploring my CD collection is The Jayhawks “Rainy Day Music”. I loved this CD when it came out and I still think it’s perfect. There were so many great CDs that year (IMNSHO). Had the pleasure of seeing The Jayhawks in 2003 at the 9:30 Club opening for Lucinda Williams. Awesome show. They split up right after that but I’ve heard they are back together. (BTW all of the CDs I’m exploring were pre-selected on Sunday for the week.) 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What will tomorrow’s CD exploration be? Tune in tomorrow. I’m seriously contemplating a CD that came out in 1994 from a band I’ve seen twice — once in 2000 and once with my dear friends Sharon and Andy while they were visiting from England, I think in 2009. (I’m having great fun with this.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

So today’s CD exploration is Live’s Throwing Copper. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Live musically but this CD I’ve always enjoyed. I’ve seen Live twice as I said in a previous post, once in September of 2000 at Merriweather Post Pavillion and again at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick Maryland, both times double headlining with Counting Crows. I was there for CC both times but Live impressed me at Merriweather. This CD is from 1994 and put Live on the map.

Friday, July 25, 2014

So I’m still listening to Live’s Throwing Copper cos I didn’t drive as much yesterday and today I’m stuck at my desk listening to a webinar on accounting and financial statements. BUT for tomorrow I will have a special treat for my lovely friend Robin M Braithwaite. A CD that came out in 1995 by a 4-man band called “neo-traditional country” by Wikipedia. We have a mutual love of their lead singer. His voice is beyond wonderful. He’s put out some solos as well.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Good day my darlings!

Sitting on the back porch listening to some new downloads including new Robert Plant, Tom Petty and Nickel Creek. I’m using this nifty new toy that I bought at BK Office Supply (Thanks Mark Kelly).

So music CD exploration today is in honor of the lovely Robin M Braithwaite, Music for All Occasions by The Mavericks and the dulcet tones of Raul Malo whose voice is swoon worthy. MFAO came out in 1995 and each song is still fabulous. Got my ticket to see them at The State Theater in Falls Church in November! Excited!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CD collection exploration week #1 ended with finishing The Mavericks Music for All Occasions. For next week I have selected some CDs that are newer, not an easy task since I don’t buy so many CDs anymore. I tend to download instead and often I don’t download entire CDs as much as select certain songs. I’ve remarked to myself (yes I DO talk to myself) that it’s like being 6 years old again and going to the store to buy 45s. This weekend I’ve been exploring a new CD that I DID download, Nickel Creek’s new CD (yes, they are back together!!!! and on tour!!!!). It’s called A Dotted Line and is as good as any they have done. Well worth the wait of years. I last saw them in July 2004 at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, PA, a lovely venue BTW. I will be seeing them this summer. Exciting!!


Mashed Falafel

So I’m doing this vegan thing, which for me is just fruit, veg and beans. Not a lot of room to wiggle. Yesterday (Sunday) I worked until 3 p.m. and came home famished.

I had found a recipe for baked falafel and thought, if I leave out the egg and just fry them in a non-stock skillet….

So I made my own version. 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed and coarsely chopped

Some red or sweet white onion to taste (although I’m pretty generous), chopped, fine but not too fine.

2 cloves garlic minced.

Salt and pepper to taste

Cumin to taste, 1/4 tsp?

Mint — I grow this so I put it in with abandon but cilantro or parsley would be good also.

A little water, lemon juice and olive oil to just hold it together.

Mix together.

Here’s where it got interesting. I put olive oil in a non-stick pan.

I made small patties.

BUT, the olive oil made the patties start to come apart.

Next time less oil and less liquid in the patties.

The flavor profile however was OUTSTANDING and even raw this stuff was great.

I guess what I wound up eating could be called mashed falafel. It was delicious. I ate the entire can’s worth and looked for more..

I Think I’m an Old Soul

I read this article and wanted to share it because by-gum, I think I meet every single point in the article. Every last one.

I was especially moved by this statement “Even if you have a large social circle full of friends and acquaintances you’ve always felt kind of different than everyone else. ” Always have felt somewhat out of the loop no matter how friendly I am with a group of people I have always felt just on the periphery. Never could understand why I didn’t fit 100% in, even when I tried.

So thank you Koty Neelis (Producer at Thought Catalog. Treats all French fries equally. Follow Koty on Twitter. or email her at BTW, I have never met Koty Neelis. I just happened to find this article on my FB newsfeed (via a friend via Huffington Post).

Cell Phones and People and Parties and Lunches and Dinners

So I’ve been to two get togethers recently and for both I really didn’t see any phones! I thought that this was simply marvelous. Nobody taking selfies. Nobody checking a phone to see what else was happening (uh, am I boring you??). Nobody texting.

What was there? Excellent conversation. Relaxing, easy, breezy few hours without any cares other than the sound of voices talking and people eating and drinking and laughing.

Do you remember those days? I do.

Don’t misunderstand me. I have owned a cell phone since they were the size of a brick. My first phone was purchased because I was starting to drive all over the state and I wanted it for emergencies. Coverage was okay but not great. The phone was analog! I was the only person I know that had one (1994 or 1995 I think). Two years later I got a much smaller phone (although my smart phone just might be bigger) and more people had them. I used it more frequently but it still wasn’t in my hand all the time.

Enter my Blackberry. I had a BB when they were still novel. I loved it. It untethered me from the office and as a small business owner that was great. My most important clients could email me and I always got the messages without lugging a laptop around with me.

I owned 3 BB’s before getting an iPhone and got on the app bandwagon. Now I have an Android phablet. The thing is quite large and while I like not having to squint at the screen, I sometimes resent how my hand feels empty without it. I resent the constant barrage of beeps and burbs and rings signaling texts, emails, calls and FB messages. Even shutting some of the notification sounds off doesn’t really help much.

At these get-togethers I so enjoyed not having that phone in my hand and not having everyone else starring at their screens.  I felt untethered from my phone. How freeing.

I’ve actively been trying to use my phone less — not using it when I’m watching a movie or TV at home. I’ve actively tried to not use the phone for any purpose but as a phone on Sundays. It’s not been a total disaster but it hasn’t been a real success either. How can it be? I have friends that have told me that they prefer to text because talking on the phone is an imposition.they text entire conversations.  20 minutes of texts. Unbelievable!

Did I mention how much I enjoyed not being tethered to my phone? I want to see how I can do this more. Yeah, what a concept. Being free from the phone.

Join me??

My Conclusion: Everything is Very Smooth

I’ve had so much running around my brain it’s like I can’t even organize my thoughts today. I was going to write about the “diet” but even I’m tired of talking about it (although everyone around me is VERY interested in talking about it). I was going to write about my weight loss to date (17 pounds). There, that’s over. I was going to write about clients that don’t have anyone to talk to so chew my ear off for 1/2 hour or more. Probably more complaining than you want to hear. I was going to talk about the meditation practice I’ve been going to and how amazing it is. For now, that’s all. I can’t organize my thoughts more to talk about how it is helping me. Just know that it really is (thank you Jake White!). I thought about writing about the cherry sauce I made last night for my chicken but I really don’t want to. I could write about certain minor frustrations but don’t see the point in elevating them to anything more than the minor things they are.

Overall, as you can see, life is rolling along very well. Life is work and Evo and rest. Everything is very smooth. I guess that’s what  is good right? Right!

My Challenge to You — Find Me a Grain Free, Egg Free, Nut/Seed Free, Dairy Free _____________

I have been scouring the internet and Pinterest for recipes that are grain free, egg free, nightshade (tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and peppers) free and dairy free. For now, I’m also searching nut and seed free as well. I’ve been looking for everything from faux matzo balls to meatballs to breakfast foods that aren’t just meat or just fruit. I love plain grilled meats and veggies but I’m looking for a little variety. Plus I still can’t seem to choke down a chicken breast for breakfast.

My biggest challenge so far has been my Jewish soul food — the matzo ball. I cannot figure out how to make anything similar.

Also, when I get chocolate back in to my repertoire, how do I make something dessert like?

I’m flummoxed.

In the meantime, I’ve been finding some blogs with good recipes. Every one of them follows the Autoimmune Protocol. That seems to be the “buzz phrase”.

So my challenge to you, if you are reading this, is to give a gal some assistance. Thanks in advance.


SCOTUS and Hobby Lobby

I have to gather my thoughts but I’ll leave you with this for now’

“I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition… In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws…”
~George Washington