Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Fall

Fall is here and the weather has finally chilled down. Ben and Coolidge have been exploring Central park near our home area. Here is a photo of Coolidge climbing on the rocks near a small waterfall. He loves to explore and find sticks. He always finds a way to surprise me with something new. For the first time on Saturday he said, "I love you." To some of you that might not be that big of a deal, but to me it was more powerful than any emotion I have ever felt.

Great new find:
We had a nice relaxing weekend. Ben and I went out to dinner Friday night. We checked out a nice little Italian restaurant that we have tried to get into a number of times. For you New Yorkers it is called Celeste. It is very authentic and not too expensive. I would rate it 3 1/2 stars and will definitely check it out again.

Films:
We saw 2 movies during our chill out weekend. We saw 2 fluff movies, Guess who and The wedding date. Both were average at best. If I had to choose one to recommend, I would say see Guess who. It is about a black woman who is in love with a white man and brings him home to meet her family. The reason I don't like it is because they took every scenario that an interracial couple goes through and put it into one story. I liked it because I can relate to some of the issues. Some very funny parts but not completed realistic.

Recipes:
I made a stew that was delicious and want to share it with you. If you don't have a crock pot you probably don't want to write this one down.
1. Flour/salt and pepper stew beef. Brown in oil. 2. Place meat, potato chunks, celery slices, carrot slices or baby carrots, onions and garlic in the crock pot. Add 1/2 cup of beef broth and tomato juice. I use the juice of stewed tomatoes and some of the tomatoes. Also add 1 teaspoon oregano. You can add whatever vegetables you want. I cook on high for 5 hours.

I don't know if anyone has used the recipes I put on here but if you have please let me know what you think. I love to share recipes that I find and are in love with. I love to get ideas so don't be shy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Today is the last day of summer and it is still very warm. Everyday I wear a tank top and some flip flops hoping that I will soon need to wear a shirt with sleeves, shoes with socks and be able to turn off my A/C for good. The only way we know that fall is here is because the leaves are brown and have started to fall on the ground.

this weekend we enjoyed some of the great things the city has to offer. We went to a street fair and the strolled up central park to our home. For the first time I am researching just what the city has to offer for families. Especially things that are cheap or free. If any of you New Yorkers know of any ideas that I don't I would love to hear it. My aunt Shannon got married to Richard this weekend. My sister and mom said it was a beautiful wedding. I wish I could have been there with them. I guess that is a price I pay to live so far away. We wish her all the best.

Films:

We saw the movie Crash over the weekend. It was basically about Racial issues that many different people have in there life and some how they were all related to one another. It wasn't a great movie but worth seeing. There were times when I thought it might get pretty cheesy and without a doubt they added a twist that helped keep me watching. I guess I would give it 3 stars.

T.V.
There are some new shows that I am checking out and just absolutely love. Lost being the number one. It is a nail biter and keeps you wondering every episode. If you like sci fi thrillers you will love it as much as I do. If you are just starting to watch it I suggest renting last season before. I am also watching Breaking Bonaduci. It is a reality show about Danny Bonaduci's life. It is one of the best reality shows I have seen. You might think it is way to intense but I think it is something we all can relate to in one way or another.

Recipe:

I am going to end it with my favorite recipe that I just found this week.

Spinach with Corn and Tomatoes

1. in a large saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels, thawed; cook until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. 2 Add 4 cups baby spinach (about 5 ounces), finely sliced; cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved; cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. 3 Season with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.

We loved it. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Summer heat


We are experiencing a very long summer. I remember wanting summer to be here because I was tired of the cold weather and now I am dying for it to end. I am over shorts, tank tops and sweating from head to toe. Coolidge on the other hand is loving any weather that allows him to climb all over the jungle gym. As you can see in the photo I put here.

We had a good weekend. We spent most of the day at the Abel-Bey's on Sunday. I was inspired to get my video camera out because I found a video I made in 1998. I was very cool to see how we have all changed and how we are still very much the same. So I video taped Coolidge and Adrian riding their bikes. I can't say I have ever seen Coolidge want to ride his bike that much. The girls are all doing well. Dianne just recently was given permanent teaching certification in NY state and city. Anyone who understands the work that is involved would appreciate how difficult that was for her. We are very proud. Adrian is back in school starting the fourth grade this year. He seems to like his new teacher. He is an amazing kid and has a vocabulary that will knock you off your socks.



Right now we are having our primary elections. I am curious of who will be going up against Bloomberg. I can't say I was a huge fan of Bloomberg especially because he put taxes back on clothes. We'll see.

Films of the week:

We saw a couple of movies this last week. Maestro which was a documentary on two underground clubs in NYC in the 80's. It was pretty horrible. We turned it off pretty early because the cinematography was god awful. Can't say I recommend it. We also saw Hidalgo. It was not great but much better. I have to say it dragged in many places but had some very intense scenes that kept you watching. For those who have kids 5 and older. I would definitely recommend it. It had a very Disney feel to it.

Myth or Fact

I have also been reading the book "You the owners manual. I refer to it whenever I am wondering about my body and just how it works. It is very easy read and informative. I read an interesting fact that I would like to share. I had heard that we only use a small portion of our brain. Well according to this book that is a myth. It says, "Actually you use all of you brain; you just use different parts at different times. If we didn't need all of our brains, evolution would have made sure to develop smaller ones. But of the 100 billion neurons floating around your neurological galaxy, be assured you're using every one of them."

Links

I also have a new link. I have added my brother-in-law, Henry's blog. You should really check it out. He always has some very informative information. It is nice to check him out because he always gives me the republican's point of view.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

New beginnings


So much has happened in one weekend. I found out that my best friend had a new beautiful baby girl her Name is Lily Emiko Cochran she was born on 9/3/05 at 9:44pm and weighs 6lbs 7oz and 19.5 inches long. I am so excited for Aj, Sean and Maya. She came early, what a wonderful surprise.

We also celebrated my grandfathers 80th birthday. They had a nice party for him yesterday. Most of the family was able to attend. I hate to say I was unable to make it. I heard it was wonderful. I am so proud of my grandfather and am looking forward to giving him a birthday hug when I see him.

I also found out that my cousin Cami was proposed to this weekend by her boyfriend, Jason in front of the Jefferson Memorial. I am very excited for them both. And if that wasn't enough I found out that my step brother Jason is engaged to his girlfriend Andy.

What a wonderful weekend. I am so happy to hear such wonderful news and wanted to share it with you all.