Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Grape Leaf

MMMMM Mediterranean!!!

We tried out a new restaurant in Louisville over the weekend... and loved it!!

delish hummus appetizer

Brady got the Chicken Shawarma Sandwich

And I had the Falafel sandwich - so good, I was craving it!  It had tahini sauce and tomatoes and cucumbers.  Both our meals came with a great Greek salad, and cauliflower saffron rice that was so tasty!
We'll be back!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Visit to PA last weekend....

Here are a few highlights and cute nephew pictures from visit home last weekend....

The picture below just kills me!  I want to nibble on those cheeks!

What fun to now see Gaetano eat cereals and fruits.... he is a riot with his open mouth wanting more more more!

With Uncle Brady!

Pop Pop has baby bunnies and he loved them!

We took a walk at a park and had Gaetano's first picnic.... Here he had just woken up from a nap and didn't quite know where he was...


 The whole picnic gang - Kristen, Brandon, Libby, Nicci, Brady, Heather, Gaetano, Aubrey, Rita, Danny

Meeting pictures

Mom Mom kisses make him laugh!

All gather round for feeding time!

We have the same chins!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fish Dinner #2

This time I decided to try some Alaskan Salmon burgers from Whole Foods... with roasted asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes....

Pretty tasty!!!  I wasn't sure what condiments would taste best on the burger, so I had it plain and it was really good.  Next time I might try some cheese or avocado and tomato on it.  I guess I'm staring to like fish a little!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Bar Discovery

These are truly fantastic!  They taste like a dessert (Do I say that a lot?  Well, it's no secret I have a sweet tooth!) and are really filling for breakfast or an afternoon snack to tide you over until dinner...  All the flavors are perfection!  There is chocolate cherry almond, cookie dough, or chocolate peanut butter.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Some recent Gaetano pictures!

I'm so excited to see him this coming weekend... he just turned 7 months, it's unbelievable!

So happy!

Wonder who he's laughing at??

 With Mom Mom and Pop Pop after the assembly in his new adorable "40s" outfit!

He loves his PopPop!

Aunt Jackie and Uncle Isaac

With Aunt Rita

Bye for now!

What I'm:

Reading:  about to finish The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice.  I like it, and there are things I don't like as well...but overall, an interesting read with likable characters.  About to read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert next. 

Listening to:  Ingrid Michaelson and Dar Williams lately... emotional, poetic, and somewhat depressing has been the music mood lately.

Watching:  The Dr. Quinn series through.  Just started season 4.  Really enjoying it for the most part!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

City? Country? Beach? Mountains? Lakeside?

So... just when I think I really want to move to Louisville and live the city kind of life... I have a day that makes me hate the city kind of life. There were so many people on and in the streets, side streets, alleys, parking lots and area around work the other day at about 2:30, that about 11 people almost hit me within the span of 4 minutes. I was trying to find a parking spot at Ce Fiore, a little dessert place down the street from the Browns (the family I nanny for) and there were just none to be had. So I abandoned the idea of a frozen Italian treat and headed back to the sleepy and usually boring Corydon, full of farmland, hills, and people who have spent their entire lives there.
As I drove I wondered the question I've wondered my whole life: Where do I really want to live, where would I be happiest and most at home? I know I love being near water... at the beach or even a lake or river, in walking/ hearing distance is preferable. Water calms me and makes me happy. But I also like a quaint country setting, a farmhouse in the middle of acres of fields and maybe a stream.  I love log cabins in the mountains and could be happy living in one.  And more often than not I see my father's need for privacy and seclusion from people coming out in me... and crave a wooded spot far from civilization.  (Especially when we can't escape screaming kids and babies and cigarette smoke and tailgating in front of our apartment, and fast food smells where we live now!)  All that sounds wonderful and peaceful and welcoming.  However, there are definitely times when I think I'd love to live in a cool city like Louisville, where we are everyday for work, where we can live in an old charming victorian home turned into apartments, and walk to the park, coffee shop, bookstore, library, and boutiques.  Where things are always going on - art fairs, fireworks, festivals.  There are tons of great restaurants, museums, and cultural and artsy activities.  Also appealing.
It's hard to know until you actually live in a place, how you would like it.  I guess that is why I say, "never let me settle..." because I know I can never settle down for good in one place or situation.  I look forward to having the opportunity in the future to live in many different lands and places.