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Super Sweet Blogging Award, CoC

In Cultural Musings, Playtime, Restaurant Reviews, Writings on April 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm


Maria (of Accelerated Stall) nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award ~

Maria, thanks for the nomination.  I highly recommend reading Maria’s marvelous marveling of things that go What?*&#! in the night. Or by laundromat, plane, or tuk tuk…

Fluff and Fold, or Sounds of Cambodia.

The rules to this award (for me and all nominees) are:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated them
  2. Answer five super sweet questions
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers
  5. Notify your nominees on their blog

Without further ado let’s roll out the questions:

1.     Cookies or Cake?

Cake. That texture, the mouth feel. Velvety cake, soft frosting, all dressed up and ready to go in your mouth…worth the price of admission of calories alone. And they have boxes.

2.     Chocolate or Vanilla?

I love Sarah Vaughan. Adore her. I could get lost in the sound of her voice… a whole weekend of Sarah is not a sliver too much. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a lost weekend with Ella Fitzgerald. Loving Ella is not mutually exclusive from savoring Sarah. Oh. Wait. I’m appealing to the wrong sense. I love chocolate ice cream. Adore it. I could have a lost…

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Princess cake. Marzipan, raspberry filling, soft pastry creamy stuff, all tucked in with the aforementioned velvety layers of (sponge!) cake. And it’s pretty. In pink and green.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

When I write about sweets. I’m very visual, so I have to be sitting in front of what I’m writing about. Cue: “Princess cake” in the voice of Homer Simpson. This can make for a sticky keyboard, and my impairment (the one that requires that I see what of I write) can be a very expensive handicap. Right now I want to write about…A San Francisco Giants game with a side Gilroy Garlic Fries in the foreground.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

This is going to be the most fattening question I’ve ever answered… (See above.)

Okay, question no. 5 is going to take some time. Hopefully a few of my 13 nominees for Super Sweet Blogging will share plates of their no. 3 answers with me to help with this dessert numerology.

My 13 Super Sweet Blogging nominees highlighted in Princess Cake colors and in random flavor are:

Dan Pawlowski, The Sound of Laughter

Quillan and Angela, Toemail

 MP, Helobiae

Nicole Taylor Linehan, Wave of Beauty and Bliss

Don Gilliland, Garlic Never Sleeps

Keith Houston, Shady Characters

Laura Beghein, Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry

Chelsea Roff,

Carol Horton, Think Body Electric

The Byronic Man

Girl on the Contrary

Daedalus Howell



Boating Underground: One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

In Playtime on March 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Reblog: Canoeing underground? Wow!

Lap Pool Lust, Shanghai

In Swimming, Today's Lesson on August 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Lap Pool Lust, beautiful swimming pools

Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao’s indoor swimming pool

Dateline, me:

Day 7 of working on my at-home exam to gain Level II Certification from the prodigious and Divine trainings of ParaYoga and Yogarupa Rod Stryker.

My head is swimming with elaborate and ambitious Tantric techniques. And then I run across this pool. I would so love to rejuvenate my body in this swim.

That last sentence? Utter Tantra. Bhoga, to be exact.

There’s an answer for you.

In Swimming on June 11, 2012 at 1:35 am

Monterey Aquarium, California

Ant Hill Highrise

In Playtime on April 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

An ants’ city block of condominiums arose over night on my patio slab in Sonoma, CA.

I found seven hills (Roman ants?) of hills sprouting up from the edges of the concrete slab, around three sides of my patio. I am grateful for their arrival, as I was looking for a worthy distraction.

Now, back to my farm studies.

Cycling Near Sonoma: Where the Smile Meets the Road

In Cycling on March 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Remember the glee, the glory, the Wow of the first time you rode a bike, all by yourself, no training wheels? Not the recollection from the intellect, but the pure spirit of being alive, of smoothly gliding along, your wheels (and smile) set free?

Cycling in the vicinity of Sonoma when the mustard is in bloom re-creates and expands that one extraordinary moment over and over again. Yours for the recreation of it all. Or perhaps yours is a more coastal calling. I recently took a short (albeit hilly) ride from Drakes Bay Visitor Center to the Point Reyes Lighthouse on the Marin County coast. It was quite simply like being in a snow globe, the sights all around me spectacular in the most serene way.

The bucolic, lush green, cow-specked hillsides en route to the lighthouse so ridiculously lovely, the “destination” was practically nonchalant. I was grinning ear-to-ear. The combination of the Coast’s pristine, mellow, and friendly charm and that certain child-like joy that only happens on a bicycle saddle served to make this one ride in February one of the best I can imagine.

In fact, the ride was such a delight to my senses and continued well-being, it more than made up for a minor spill I took, thankfully toward the end of the day. This is where I offer my own painful accident to illustrate a public service reminder: Cyclists, keep your equipment in good (i.e., safe) working order! I hang my helmeted head in embarrassment that I had ignored the signs my bike shoe cleats were a bit worn, and not working properly, and in fact were due to be re-newed. For the previous couple of rides, I had noticed it took a couple of extra turns of my ankle to click out of the pedals. I remember thinking, “Better adjust those cleats.” Listen to that little Pssst!

I hope my own brush with the pavement (to avoid a cow!) there at Point Reyes may serve as an example to others. Check out your equipment before you head out. Take that extra time to take care. We have a number of excellent, locally owned and operated bike shops in the area, staffed by knowledgable folks who can not only keep your bike road-worthy, but offer suggestions on some of the other amazing rides in our fabled neck of the woods.

If I haven’t quite pumped your heart’s desire, if you are still curious (that’s a good thing) about the wonders of cycling around the Sonoma County area, we’ve got a sure ride of a local advocacy organization to train your wheels. The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition in Santa Rosa offers educational outreach, workshops, and more. They know the ropes of the road, and are there to share.

Love your ride!

Near Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore

How to Rid Your Fridge of All Unhealthy Foods

In Playtime on January 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Yes, it’s a riddle.

The answer?

Have a PhD nutritionist as a house guest.

Bernie Rosen, PhD, will be my house guest January 6-9 while he conducts his phenomenal workshop, Better Living Boot Camp at Yoga Community in Sonoma. Now, Bernie is a good sport, and being a fellow ParaYogi and honorer of the Tantric tradition, he appreciates Bhoga, which includes enjoying the pleasures of taste.

And yet.

Out went all potentially incriminating food stuffs. Granted, there were only two items–I keep it pretty healthy, two bottles of salad dressing, but I feel triumphant nevertheless.

Okay, Bernie, I’m ready for inspection.

San Francisco Giants make me *smile*

In Playtime, Things I Have Loved on October 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I am *smiling* Giant time!

Lap Pool Lust Redux

In Swimming on October 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

Or maybe this one from artist Edward Horsford might be called Lap Pool Indust(rial)?

Cat, napping

In Cats on October 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

I’m finding that many people think I have only the one cat, Jai, as I tend to give him more press…

There is another. Bitchy, lovesick, jealous to the nub of a tail she has (being Manx), here is Fanny.

Fanny, napping

Fanny, napping