some things i’m working on

Hope 2013 is treating you well.   Here are a few things I’m working on:

karma cleanse

A little cleanse for the soul.   I know I won’t be able to get through this list quickly, I try to scratch away at each concept each day.   I definitely felt gratitude yesterday in a way I never have.  Sometimes when I get caught up in my own bullshit I forget how truly lucky I am for everything and everyone I have in my life.   I hope this feeling of gratitude continues with me every day, and I will work really hard to act with love throughout the day, even with slow check writers in a long line at the supermarket…grrr…love.

Did this take over your news feed on Facebook on Friday?

pay it forward facebook

I definitely replied to one of my friend’s status’ and posted this as well.   Looking forward to paying it forward to some friends, and looking forward to paying it forward volunteer wise too.   I really, really, want to volunteer in the 518 this year but I’m not sure who|what|where to go.   Any good volunteering experiences locally?

Finally, I think I’ve perfected my kick ass quesadillas.   Caramelized onions, goat cheese and fresh arugula!  I’d used sauteed spinach before, but arugula is the way to go.

caramelized onion quesadilla

Found the original recipe in Fitness magazine (I don’t always use tomatoes,  but trust me on the fresh arugula.)

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christmas crunch

Holiday cheer has hit the Capital Region:

albany capitol building

It’s festive everywhere I turn.

albany mannequin heads

Decorations are everywhere..except my house.   I still had my Thanksgiving stuff out till this past weekend.   Judge away, I’ve been busy.    Right now a wreath and Christmas Crunch will have to tide me over until my decorations go up next week.   Oh, you need to go make Christmas Crunch asap, aka White Trash.

christmas crack

Christmas Crunch

2c Chex cereal

2c Cheerios

2c pretzels (I used the waffle kind)

2c M&M’s

2 bags of white chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients except white chocolate chips together in a large bowl.

Melt white chocolate chips (in microwave slowly or in a double boiler.)

Pour melted chocolate over dry mixture, mix, spread over wax paper lined cookie sheets

Refrigerate for 2 hours.   Serve or store as needed

This recipe gave me 11 ziploc baggies worth of Christmas Crunch, if you’re looking for  a saltier taste, I’m pretty sure the recipe would still work sans M&M’s.

starlite, starbright

I heard a rumor that the now defunct Starlite Music Theatre was going to be demolished.   The former concert hall has been essentially abandoned since 1998 and is almost invisible from it’s location off Rt. 9 in Latham.   Starlite has warm memories for me, I remember seeing my first concert there, Smokey Robinson.   Starlite was also the location of my parent’s first date.   I always smile when I drive past, and when I heard it was going to be knocked down I decided to visit one last time.   There’s no greater photoset of the Starlite than Sebastien Barre’s, this is not a serious photo doc (hello I’m using an iPhone) but more so a little account of what I saw:

Outside of the ampitheater

And the most amazing part(s) inside the ampitheater

I can’t believe 14+ years later the rigging’s still there

One of many empty buildings

A collapsed open area

 

 

 

I remember hearing that the last event at the Starlite was the Shaker High School 1998 graduation.  Imagine my surprise when I found this (I sanitized my hands for days)

high in the sky

Can you guess where, in the 518, this picture of kiddo and I was taken ?

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