Sunday, September 30, 2007

Urban Legend

Today my sinus were casuing so much pain I couldn't attend this morning's yoga class so went out for a walk in the Arroyo Seco Parkway forest. There were fellow hikers and joggers but the walk was lovely and peaceful. I took this shot of the famous Colorado Street Bridge also known as the Suicide Bridge due to the many deaths caused by people in depair choosing to jump off it. Legend has it that the bridge is haunted. Many people walking across the bridge during the early morning hours claimed to have encountered a man who appears and vanishes in thin air. Cool; don't you think?
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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Shine on shine on Harvest moon...

Did anyone check out the beautiful full moon this week?

I've been planting my Fall flowers. I read in the Farmers Almanac that the best time to plant is during the Full Moon cycle. Who knew?

Even a man that is pure of heart and says his prayers at night, may become a werewolf when the woolfbane blooms and the moon is full and bright.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I know you can get books for less at those franchised, supermarket, mass marketed bookstore but I prefer to shop for books at a neighborhood bookstore with more charm and personal touch. Today I went to one of my favorite used booked stores in South Pasadena. Found some great art books and felt so relaxed just looking around. The building as you can see is lovely and full of old Pasadena charm!
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Let's do the time warp again...

They've closed the old Rialto movie theater, sigh! What a pity. This was the first theater I saw a midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Believe me, the audience was the real show!
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Four Noble truths

1. Suffering is everywhere.
2. Suffering has a cause and an effect.
3. There is freedom from suffering.
4. Freedom is an eightfold path.

One main truth of Buddhism is the truth that God wants us to be happy. Desire and attachment is often the cause of our suffering. Boy, do I know that fact! Only heart break and heart ache come out when I fall in love.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Building a stairway to heaven...

Is it a stairway or staircase to heaven?

Photo taken at the yoga studio and so pleased to be back and take classes again. Nothing major, just restorative yoga and I won't be teaching for another two weeks but it's wonderful seeing my downdog friends again!

Question of the day.... Would you mind if your best friend started dating you ex Boy/Girl Friend? This subject was discussed on a local TV show and I thought being a woman my best friend is the person I turn and vent to , cry over my beer with and shared secrets about the ex with so if my best friend would go out with my ex boy friend I would feel like I also lost my best friend. Besides, when I break up with a guy the last thing I ever want to see again is my ex-boyfriend!
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Starwberry Fields forever....

Today I went to Larchmont Village to take a Restorative Yoga class (still too weak for my usual hardcore Ashtanga practice) and after class I went across the street to pick up some tasty treats at the Farmer's Market as well a fresh flowers. Got some fresh strawberries and an arm full of flowers. Once a day a nurse has to visit me and draw blood to do a blood panel to check it's levels. She leaves all the stuff she needs to do this daily task with me. She has the big container of needles and it gave me an idea. I knew she wouldn't miss one needle so I injected a bunch of strawberrie with Grand Marnier, melted dark chocolate over a double boiler and dipped the strawberries in the chocolate. Put in the frig and tonight mom and I had a tasty treat with a real kick in it! Yummy!
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Home sweet home...

I was released from the hospital today! Whoppee!

I didn't get home until 2:30 p.m. so the second I got home I went to bed and took a long nap! Still as weak as a new born kitten. But I had to go to my kitchen and cook a feast for my mom and me. Baked a cheese soufee with candied steamed carrots made with butter, brown sugar, honey and ginger and for dessert crepes suzette. Yummmm!

Beats the tasty chow I got in the hospital!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Road kill....

I feel like road kill today but at least I've been told that I will be going home on Friday! Cheers!
Speaking of which I miss a good cold drink! I love Lemon Drop Martinis and chamapagne even an ice cold beer sounds like pure nectar!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Food glorious food....

Today I actually got to eat soild food, nothing like the tasty treats you ladies and gent wrote about, I would kill for mac & chees, chocolate cake, chocolate martini! But the food was bland but tasted good! For breakfast I got a soft boiled egg, toast , apple juice and heral tea, lunch a tasteless turkey burger, apple slices, apple jucie and herbal tea, waiting with baited breath for dinner. My temp is still in triple digits but dropping, I may be able to go home by Thursday, WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Still, in isolation only my mother is allowed in my room. But to answer Clare's question I do have a lovely window view of the Santa Gabriel mountains. Have to stay in my room through.
To answer a question the difference between Soul Food and Comfort Food, I believe Soul Food has to do with your ethnic background or a national cuisine. But there are foods that when I smell them bring me back to my Grandmother's kitchen. Peppers roasting for an example. Where Comfort Food is any food that makes you feel good and you don't care about the calories count, that is more to do with rich stuff that's put in on it like butter and cheese and whole milk. Like chocolate cake, mac and cheese, pizza, burgers , tuna casseole, cheese cake and all this talk about food is making me hungry.
Thanks for all the good karma and love you've been sending! Makes me feel better.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fever pitch

My fever still hasn't broken and until this fever breaks I'm stuck in this ice box of a prison! I want to ask my gal pal Christine to bake me a cake with a file in it! I'm going bananas! At least there is baseball on this afternoon but watching baseball without a beer and a hotdog just seems unAmerican! Speaking of food I still haven't eaten! I'm dying for a soild meal! What is your favorite comfort food? Mine is mac and cheese. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson brought mac and cheese to America?
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Heaven can wait....

Well I have some good news and bad news.

The good news is my doctor informed me that I don't have cancer! Whoppee! Pop open a bottle of champagne! Wait a minute; I can't have champagne, my doctor said I have a bleding ulcer the size of a Hummer! I did impress him with what a big pain threshold I have.

"We're you in great pain?" he asked me.

Well sure but being an ex-dancer I use to dealing with pain. Hey, you did dance you weren't paid, so I often danced with an injury.
Still, not out of the woods though. I have to say in this bed pan prison for a few more days! I want to go home with my books and pets and cable TV! Hanging in there though.

Thanks for the kind words and virtual hugs!
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Monday, September 3, 2007

You must remember this....

Odd what goes through your mind when you're confinded to four walls. Today I received a delivery of huge sunflowers (my favorite flower) in a huge vase in the shape of a pumpkin from a guy I'm casually dating. It was as if Autumn had entered my room. It was beautiful! Then I thought about the fairy tale Cinderella. And then I thought, "Why a pumpkin?'" I mean, pumpkins aren't native to Europe; it's a New World plant? So where would Cinderella get her hands on a pumpkin and why would one be growing in her backyard? I guess it's about the suspension of disbelief. It's like when in the classic movie "Casablanca" when Rick and Ilsa say good-bye, wrapped up in their chic London Fog in the rain. But hold on, "It doesn't rain in the desert!". Maybe it's the meds speaking but my mind is running odd these days.

Thanks to all of you for all the kinds words and virtual hugs. It helps, it really does!
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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Release the hounds....

First thing Monday morning they're running a scope down my throat and one up No Man's Land; oh joy, rapture; so today I'm on a fast and given stuff to make my bowels as loose as a goose. Charming! Been making a dash to the bathroom every five minutes, I'm on an IV to give me vitamins that I may losing. And at least I can drink water up to midnight. Now, I'm as clean as a whistle and you know how to whistle don't you? Just put you lips together and blow!
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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Doctor, doctor, gie me some news...

Was admitted into the hospital this morning, my doctor thinks I may have stomache cancer but then he always see the black side of life. I have been losing a lotof weight and feeling very week and dizzy these days. I'm told I have internal bleeding so I'm having a blood transfusion after my tests. Not ringing my hands crying "Why me!" as a matter of fact at least I'm out of the heat! It's meat locker cold in here. They don't like me using my laptop but my dortoc says whatever settles my nerves.

Took this photo at the comic con. Know know what comic book character she was suppose to be but she had the largest needle To ever saw!

Right, it's time for some meds. Then they'll row me down for my testes. Oh goodie!
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