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Things To Do On A Snow Day

Snowday

I am in the middle of a blizzard, I think it's called "Stella" (??), which is impacting most of the entire North East. Where I live is looking to get AT LEAST a foot of snow!!! This is how my bench looked this morning.

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I still love the start of a snowfall.  I don't get to enjoy "Snow Day" since I work from home but it's nice to not have that pressure of wondering how I would get to work or if I should even bother.

Last year I talked about my love of breakfast, reading ebooks, and binge watching my Roku.  Not much has changed but I'll add a few more things to the list of things I enjoy doing on a snow day: 

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I'm still going through my subscription of New Yorker Magazine.  I'm currently 2 weeks behind with their issues.  Once this subscription runs out I'm looking to start another, I'm thinking National Geographic.  Any suggestions?

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Preparing my coffee in the morning has become a different kind of ritual.  It takes longer now, but I can afford the extra time to make my coffee.  I've gotten into grinding my beans which I purchased from Irving Farms Coffee Roasters in Millerton, NY.  It is the only coffee I drink black because it's that good.

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Listen to more records!!  Last Friday there was a Vinyl Record Pop-Up in Beacon, NY so I had to check it out. I found some good stuff.  This is my half of the loot, Mike brought home some good stuff too.  This is a good day to spin some records all day, as long as the power doesn't go out.

My latest vinyl record scores

Are you snowed in today? What are you favorite things to do on a snow day?

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Life Lately...

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When I'm not obsessing and freaking out over politics, what else is going on?  

Currently

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Watching: Man In The High Castle.  How timely!  This was on my Amazon Prime watchlist for a very long time and haven't gotten around to watching it until now.  Based on the novel, it takes place during 1962 and it's been 15 years since the Axis won World War II.  The Nazis and Japanese have divided the U.S. into three parts - Nazis control the East, Japanese the West, and a lawless neutral zone in between. A "Resistance" is growing after a film emerges showing a different history of the U.S. winning the war which could lead to the Americans really gaining their freedom.

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Reading: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Marquez.  I'm a very slow reader and my focus sometimes is short.  Márquez is not easy for me to read.  This is my 3rd time trying to read his book.  I have this thing about him, I have a bunch of his books but I have a hard time reading them but I am determined to get through his novels and actually understand what is going on.  It is a personal quest for me.  The story is straight forward, it follows the family who founded a mythical town through generations.  Some of it is a bit whacked and a little child-rapey. On the other hand, I am enjoying my New York Times - Daily Edition for Kindle, I set up just after New Years.  I used to avoid the NY Times because their articles used to be really long-winded but I think they got hip to that after their subscriptions dropped significantly.  Now it's back up and I'd like to do my small part in supporting a business that Trump does not like.

Loving: Pour over coffee!  After my coffee maker died, I decided it was time to approach my coffee making a little different.  Instead of getting my coffee "instantly", I wanted my coffee to to taste GOOD!  Seriously, how often do you clean out your coffee makers? I did not do it enough and I'm always going through filters. No more machines & filters!! Do I get a French Press? There's too many steps involved. I don't mind taking a little extra time making coffee but I don't like too many "steps." Instead I saw the Osaka Pour Over Coffee Brewer and ordered it. I loved it, but it broke in less than two weeks.  So I ordered a Carafe by Coffee Gator

Fighting: Insomnia. Almost every night, I fall asleep without any problem but I will wake up just a couple of hours later. Sometimes I fall back asleep just to wake up again, or I just stay awake.  This has been going on for years.   Some nights are better than others.   I've tried yoga, wine, less coffee, shutting off my electronic devices an hour before bedtime, reading in bed, I just can't get my mind to shut down and REST. 

Doing: Getting acquainted with my new MacBook.  As timing would have it, just as I was planning on buying an new laptop since my home computer is almost dead, the laptop I have for work also died!  So after a week of scrambling, I got a new baby and work sent me a new laptop and I'm getting back on track and also back to blogging.  I had to break my "2 blog posts per week" goal last week (and this week) but I'll get back to it next week.

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Review: Bright Cellar Cheese Experience

Today I wanna share something different than my recent posts, I'm talking about CHEESE! FYI, this is not a sponsored post. I paid for this because I love cheese and I wanted to share that love with you!

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I love cheese, how can you not love cheese? It comes from Milk which is good for you! How can cheese do you wrong?  You can't have pizza without cheese, melt some cheese on French Fries and I'm DONE.  I can snack on cheese for days.   I don't sign up for subscription boxes.  The only subscription I have is with Dollar Shave Club.  Thanks to Twitter, I learned about Bright Cellar's Cheese Experience!

Bright Cellar is a monthly wine subscription service, looking to pair you with wines that suit your taste and introduce you to some new labels.  Bright Cellar's Cheese Experience is the same except it's CHEESE! I took their quiz to find out my cheese match. Their quiz paired me with Brick Original Bon Bree, Sublime Lime Cheddar Armada, Gouda Truffle Marieke, and Quark Clock Shadow Creamery. All produced in Wisconsin.  There's almost no "wrong" cheese but I'd like to learn more about pairing wine with cheeses.  The point is to enhance the flavor of the other.  

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A couple of days later I received a personal note from Bright Cellar thanking me for signing up. How sweet!  My package arrived super quick. The cheeses sizes were quite generous and they were all packed in a climate controlled envelop to keep it all fresh.  And they included a free gift - a jar of Quince & Apple "Peach Chamomile" which goes well with the Gouda.  

Let's talk TASTE!

Guys, I can't pick a favorite from this batch. They are all so good! I grabbed a bunch of butter crackers, poured a glass of Purple Malbec and went to town. I think the wine washed down Quark the best. It's very creamy and a little tart. I would love to top my scramble eggs with Armada with its mild onion and garlic flavor (don't worry, it's not overpowering). The Bree was the most smooth and creamiest that's all natural with no food coloring or artificial flavors, just straight up!  The most potent (stinky) would be the Gouda, it had black truffles and truffle oil which gave it a very earthy taste - maybe my least favorite but I still like it.

If you're curious to see what your cheese match is, take their quick quiz and find out! 

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Life Lately June 2016

It's been quite a while since I shared a general "Life Lately" post so now is a good time to catch up.  I'm still recovering from the long holiday weekend and a cold that doesn't seem to want to go away. I've been coughing for almost three weeks now and I'm scheduled to see my doctor next week, hopefully they can tell me just what the heck is going on with me.

Anyway, as we've done the last couple of years, Mike and I stayed in the city Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty busy but still had time to just relax and enjoy the nice river breeze in an overall hot and humid city weekend. 

We were smack in the middle of Fleet Week so we got to to check out the USS Bataan which was in New York for the week.   I think it's so cool that they allow people to check out the ships for free during Fleet Week.  

While I've said previously that I was gonna try to work less in my 40s because my 30s just flew by, guess what? I've been working a lot! However this time around, I'm really enjoying my work.

Another cool thing I did recently was attend a media event for Myron Mixon's new book launch, Myron Mixon's BBQ Rules at The Brooklyn Brewery. Not only did I get to meet the man, but I got to enjoy his delicious food!

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Just signing some books before the guest show up

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Still thinking about those greens...

A lot of his food...like two servings of Collard Greens (and I don't eat Collard Greens!!)  I really like the book too. It is unlike any other cook book I've read.  He gets really deep into the history of BBQ and what his father taught him growing up.  I got to attend as part of the Rogue Social team and it was pretty fun.  I hope I get to go to more.  

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Not Cake But Doughnuts - A Visit To The Doughnut Project

When The Doughnut Project first opened, I thought "Great! Another trendy foodie place with off-the-wall, unorthodox flavors." Didn't think too much about it but their images kept showing up in my Instagram searches. I'm a cake person not doughnuts. Don't get me wrong, I love doughnuts AND donuts (what's the difference?).  They quickly peaked my curiosity after seeing photos from happy customers, the doughnuts were BIG!  If I'm gonna pay extra for a doughnut, I better get my damn money's worth! 

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I was first drawn to their "Those Beetz Are Dope" doughnuts - not just because of the color, because wow! Look at that color! But the name reminds me of Public Enemy (turn it up!!).  It's filled with Ricotta Cheese, whaaaat?? The glaze has such a delicious nutty flavor - I was quite surprised but if you eat beets (I don't) then you might know that already.  "The Everything Doughnut" is their newest and holy moly, it's got cream cheese glaze!  I don't even eat Everything Bagels. But combine this glaze with the roasted seeds, garlic, sea salt, and this doughnut is quite the bomb!  

After a failed first visit where I showed up later in the day (they sold out of just about everything), I went for a second visit yesterday and got there early - plenty to choose from! So I got the Everything and Beetz.  They're messy but good, messy=good.  I wasn't sure what I was in for but I am a believer now!

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As a bonus, both founders of The Doughnut Project - Troy and Leslie, were there and so super friendly and welcoming.  They have been getting A LOT of press and media exposure lately over their Everything Doughnut (everyone loves it), I was surprised I was able to walk in and just pull up a stool and chill for a few minutes while I indulged myself.  Friendly people not letting success get to their heads goes a long way. Plus, how fun does this place look??

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Ok so we love Star Wars, right on! But the mix of street art, kitschy portraits, Frank Sinatra tunes playing, I was so feeling the vibe of this place.  I didn't even notice what movie was on the TV because I was too busy stuffing my fat face and trying to tweet with messy fingers.   This might have to be a new regular pit stop every time I come down to the city.  Check out their deliciousness on Instagram at @thedoughnutproject

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Working Breakfast Date At Ella's Bellas

Sometimes I need to get the hell out of my apartment. It's hard for me to get together with friends during the day because they work and my hours are wack-a-doo.  Thank God for Jess from Knot By Gran'ma!  I can just email her at random and ask if she wants together for a "Working Breaking Date" and she'll be down.  She can relate to my situation as a mom who works from home and while her kids are at school, she can get a little stir crazy too.  So let's get crazy together!

We recently headed to Beacon to hang out at Ella's Bellas.  Sometimes, you just gotta go to a pretty cafe, drink coffee, work and shoot the shit.  That's exactly what we did.  

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You can see my hands reflected on the spoon.  We scored a sweet rustic white metal table. I almost want to say it's something you would see in an old doctor's office. 

Before I stirred up my latte, I was given a heart.

My view for the morning.

  

Proof that I was actually working - you know I had to take a pic like this or else I would lose my "Blogger Card." Messy muffin, don't care!  This was a lot of fun and I need to do stuff like this more so I don't completely lose touch of what human interaction should be like.   I need to stay on Jess' ass about trying to do this once a month.  Maybe more people will join us and it can become a "thing."

Do you like to work outside of the home?  Where do you like to go? Do you have a favorite spot? 

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Sweets For My Sweet, My Tribute To Cake - Happy Valentine's Day

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First off, you're welcome!  I know that's some yummy looking cake.  You want to swim in that icing don't you?

This is a cake I got for me and Mike a couple of years ago from Amy's Bread down in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.  I sing their praises on Twitter all the time (@amysbread).   They make some of the best cake ever ever ever! And if you buy a slice of cake, though $4.95, it is worth every penny because their slices are so big!! I will gladly throw my money at them.  Considered by some as "New York's Favorite Bakery" I couldn't argue, they even have a cookbook!

Me and Mike don't make that big of a deal over Valentine's Day, we exchange cards and go out for dinner but then again, we go out to dinner almost every Saturday.  Instead let's talk about my true love....CAKE!

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