Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why am I fat?

20 guesses!

The Cheesy Mac n Rib Melt BBQ pork, macaroni and cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich. (via The Grilled Cheese Truck)
The Cheesy Mac n Rib Melt: BBQ pork, macaroni and cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Deep Fried Brat Loaf Deep fried bratwurst with bun and sauerkraut battered whole. (Submitted by LittleBunnyFooFoo)
Deep Fried Brat Loaf: Deep fried bratwurst with bun and sauerkraut battered whole.


Jalapeño Popper Casserole A layer of Fritos, a layer of beef chili with beans, a layer of cheesy Doritos, a layer of beef chili and a layer of fried jalapeño poppers stuffed with cream cheese, all topped shredded cheese and baked in a casserole dish. (Submitted by Rainbow, Russ & Libby)
Jalapeño Popper Casserole: A layer of Fritos, a layer of beef chili with beans, a layer of cheesy Doritos, a layer of beef chili and a layer of fried jalapeño poppers stuffed with cream cheese, all topped shredded cheese and baked in a casserole dish.

The Sex Panther Breaded schnitzel, bacon, cheese, ham and steak in a hollowed out bun. (Submitted by sex panther)
The Sex Panther: Breaded schnitzel, bacon, cheese, ham and steak in a hollowed out bun.



The Sausage McStuffin’ Sausage McMuffins with jelly donuts inside. (Submitted by Eric Kohm and Pawel Sasik)
The Sausage McStuffin’: Sausage McMuffins with jelly donuts inside.

The Fat Bastard Burger  Burger with triple beef, triple bacon, triple cheese and carmelized onions. (Submitted by noeldong)
The Fat Bastard Burger: Burger with triple beef, triple bacon, triple cheese and carmelized onions.


Deep Fried Jack-in-the-Box Ultimate Cheeseburger (submitted by Long via flickr)
Deep Fried Jack-in-the-Box Ultimate Cheeseburger


Triple Breakfast Panini Giant buttermilk pancake stuffed with fried chicken, eggs and cheddar cheese, pressed in a panini press and served with maple syrup and white gravy. (Submitted by Brett McMillin)
Triple Breakfast Panini: Giant buttermilk pancake stuffed with fried chicken, eggs and cheddar cheese, pressed in a panini press and served with maple syrup and white gravy.


Creamtato Balls Double deep fried balls of cheddar, sour cream and bacon mashed potatoes! (Submitted by Christine)
Creamtato Balls: Double deep fried balls of cheddar, sour cream and bacon mashed potatoes!


The Widowmaker 1.5 lbs of ground beef, 1 package of bacon, 1 package of italian sausage, 1 box of hot pockets, 1/2 package of fried onion strips between 2 Tombstone Pepperoni Pizzas topped with Velveta Cheese and Marinara Sauce. (Submitted by Chris H)
The Widowmaker: 1.5 lbs of ground beef, 1 package of bacon, 1 package of italian sausage, 1 box of hot pockets, 1/2 package of fried onion strips between 2 Tombstone Pepperoni Pizzas topped with Velveta Cheese and Marinara Sauce.


Texas BenedictEggs benedict with poached eggs, bacon and fried chicken on homemade biscuits topped with Texas gravy. (Submitted by froz1)
Texas Benedict:
Eggs benedict with poached eggs, bacon and fried chicken on homemade biscuits topped with Texas gravy.



Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding  (Submitted by Trina, via Food Network)
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
Thanks to thisiswhyyourefat.com

Pink

The Pink Dress by Berthe Morisot (c. 1870)

Past Glories

Here are some great photos of beautiful old buildings that have been demolished. The first is Cincinnati's Old Main Library demolished in 1955. 

From the Collection of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:
Cincinnati, Ohio's current downtown public library branch is grand in its own right as one of the busiest branches in the country. But its predecessor, demolished in the spring of 1955, was nothing short of stunning. Built in 1874, the 'Old Main' library was originally intended to be an opera house, with a towering atrium that instead became home to five tiers of stacked bookshelves. 

The Main Hall looking from the stacks

The Stacks. Quite impressive. 

Here are a few photos of the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Quite different from the new Met. 

The old Metropolitan Opera Building on 39th Street, opened in 1883 with a production of Faust.  

A view of the stage and proscenium 

A great photo of the ceiling detail. All of these photos were taken in 1966.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today's the day...


Today's the day for our condo complex's 'Patio Stroll' where all of the busy bodies in the complex get a chance to take a look at all of the patios that folks have opened up for viewing. Let me just say that this is not an official competition but there is always a little bit of a challenge to see who has the nicest looking patio on the tour. We have very tough competition this year as Arline, the 93 y/o head of the Garden Committee had her patio professionally landscaped  and it does look very nice. Ours, which has been described as "garish" by Principessa Pomodori is certainly not professionally landscaped but it is colorful and has a variety of plants growing. 

The tour is from 1-3pm and the Principessa is going to take the stroll with me. I will post some photos later. Here are some photos of what our patio looks like this year... 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Diet Update, Week: 16

Oh dear! It's been 8 weeks since my last update! It has been very difficult to keep to this diet, as we all know that Summer brings cook outs, parties, dinner with friends, etc. and it is very hard not to partake. Since the last update we have had a Royal visit that included gooey lasagna and meatballs made of sausage and beef and strawberry pie with my homemade cinnamon ice cream. I've also made sticky barbecued ribs, gone out for Coney dogs, gyros, and any number of other temptations and have not been too fastidious about my dieting.

The consequence of all of this is that my weight has been fluctuating up and down for a while now and I felt as though I was 'stuck' at a plateau. I figured that I needed to adjust my caloric intake a little, cut out this or that in my routine or (heaven forbid) get some exercise. I eat basically the same thing every day: 

Breakfast 8:10am:
  • 1 cup of Cheerios
  • 1 cup skim milk

Snack 11:30am:
  • 1 piece of reduced fat string cheese

Lunch 1:30pm:
  • 2 cups of mixed vegetables salad with 2 tablespoons reduced fat Ken's Balsamic Dressing
  • 1 frozen entree (Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, or Smart Ones from Weight Watchers)

Snack 3:30pm:
  • 1 piece of fruit or a 4 oz cup of applesauce

Dinner 6:30pm:
  • 1 frozen entree
  • 2 cups steamed vegetables

Snack 8:15pm:

Booze (PRN): 2 scotch on the rocks

This is essentially the Jenny Craig plan (minus the booze) so I am not calling my update the "Jenny Craig Diet Update" anymore. It is very easy to follow as there is no counting points, measuring, weighing of ingredients or writing anything down. I like the simplicity of it. But does it work? 

Like I said it has been 8 weeks since my last update. At that point I had lost 37.2 pounds and was quite proud of myself. As I also mentioned it has been a little more 'slow-going' but I have been able to squeak out a few more pounds lost. When I got on the f@4#ing Wii Fit scale this morning I had lost another 0.4 pounds for a grand total of 49 pounds lost. Almost at my (next) goal of 50 pounds! My main goal is to lose 70 pounds by October 9th  but ultimately I would like to drop 90 pounds in all. Wish me luck! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Don't you just love a bargain?

I am a subscriber to Office365 because we have 4 computers in our household and the service lets us load MSOffice on up to 5 computers and any iOS device. They also give you 50gb of cloud storage to share. Not bad for $99/year! 

Today I discovered that Microsoft is upgrading all subscribers of Office365 to 1 Terabyte of cloud storage for FREE! Now that's what I call a bargain. Apple is about to roll out its new Photos app which will store your photos and videos on their cloud drives for $99/500Gb. Just storage... Nothing else. 

I'd say we have a bargain here!


Throwback Thursday

Here's a shot of me at 24, with my first serious boyfriend Stephen Lariviere. Stephen was a lovely man who passed away some 25 years ago and who is still missed by me very much. The second photo is of Stephen and me at my 30th birthday party in Fox Point in Providence. 




I want that job!

guess wearing the latex gloves makes it somehow less like he's feeling this player up. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

From Huffington Post's Best Hot Dogs in America List

I knew it had to be listed here! We used to head to the NY System on Smith Hill in Providence for 3 or 4 of these babies after clubbing as they were open 24 hours a day. They consist of a steamed bun with a grilled beef and veal wiener, a slather of yellow mustard spread with a simple wooden stick, a ladle of meat sauce, chopped onion and celery salt. The 'dog-ista' would line up to 6 of these things on his arm and prepare them all at once. It's a great show and a 'must visit' place in Providence.