… another milestone … Prom …

… time is going by so fast … soon she will be a senior …

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… here are a few shots from Prom … hooray for digital … almost embarrassed to say I took 400 plus pics …

… don’t mean to be conceited … but she looked so beautiful …
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… love this one …
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… not necessarily a fan of this one … But they HAVE to do a funny face one …
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… loved her hair …
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… and her dress …
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… her beautiful sister surprised her and came just to spend the day with her …
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… one more prom left … fortunately … as they sure on easy on the pocketbook …

… a dopo … J

… unsuccessful picture taking …

I can’t remember the last time I had time or took the time to attempt to take a nice food photography picture. This weekend of course was no exception. I was trying to take part in a photo challenge out on location by Jungle Frog. The assignment was to take a picture out on location without the assistance of artificial lighting … The problem was that every time I had the right opportunity, I didn’t have the right company. My family is used to me taking pictures and allow me the time to do so … but … when I am in the company of others I just pass on the opportunity.

So, I leave you with the only shots I took …

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… I had no time to think of light or lack there of as I was using my daughter’s friends plate … I didn’t want it to get cold. Hence the results …

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.. breakfast time … this time hunger got in the way …

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… I also leave you with a few successful Instagram shots … It’s hard to go wrong with all the filters and additional tools to make the shots look better.

… Dante as he watched his favorite movie …

… Dante’s new toy … Who said that only bunnies are for Easter? …

… Riding around … love … love … love … when my daughter is in town …

… Crepe Cellar with my daughter …

… should have stopped at the Crepes … but didn’t …

… I also participated in throwback Thursday on Instagram … with my Baywatch Babes … adorable …

Tomorrow I am off for one more day as we celebrate Pasquetta … rest and regroup time … a dopo … J

… Sunday Travel …

Yes, another trip that feeds into my weekend. I love to work … I love my job … however sometimes things just seem off … this just happens to be one of those times … things are just plain off … so when things are off at work and with all this traveling, leaving on a Sunday is just plain painful. I miss my daughters already … even if at least my little one is beside me … and even though my oldest is at college … still so painful.

I feel that this is my time … It should be my time … the whole day just not a part of the day …

Enough whining onto a little picture fun …

I semi-tried the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse. Semi, I say, because I really never finished with just the juices. I didn’t care for the mid-day drink, however breakfast and lunch were not half bad. My daughter wants to do it with me when she comes home next week … so round two is coming up … I think I still just want to do two juices and a sensible dinner. Will keep you posted.

My new favorite, flaxseed. More on that later.

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My friend took me to Duke’s Grill. A tiny burger diner in the middle of Monroe. She didn’t want to take me … I guess she thinks I can be a little thrown off by the environment, :) however in actuality I think that I am pretty easy going, maybe? :) OK, maybe not … HOWEVER, this time at least I thoroughly enjoyed the hamburgers and the quaint joint. “Joint” I don’t think I have ever used that word before today.

Duke’s Grill since 1951 and also featured in the travel channel. Not bad.

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Soccer season is back. Can’t tell you how much happiness it brings to me to watch her play. The team is doing wonderful … I am so happy AND proud.

We had a little scare last week, as Titti felt pain in her knee and the trainer was fearing a meniscus tear, thankfully it was just a muscle strain. (Just … I say .. as it is a much better alternative to anything meniscus oriented … nothing at all would have been better, though)

Can’t even tell you the relief I felt when the doctor said everything looked great.

She did however have to sit one game out … she was NOT happy. 😉

I think the pain started because they had to interrupt the game in order to let the lighting pass … after playing a half and then having to wait on what was a very COLD RAINY night and then only having 5 minutes to warmup to play the second half …

I think improper warm up was the culprit of the muscle strain. I believe that more attention should be paid to stretching and warmup in kids sports today.

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On other life events … we also volunteered at our local Ronald McDonald House … and visited the doggy park to let Mr. Dante run free.

Oh speaking of Dante … he is on a diet … that is right … veterinary imposed. Why? Still daunts me … he looks perfect to me … Actually he eats really well … we don’t feed him table food … we only give him doggy food, a tablespoon of yogurt, veggies and fruit. OK, the occasional Parmesan cheese … Maybe this is the only transgression.

So we now are on diet food and we are doing great … OK, he is … me on the other hand … Not so much ;).

1.5 pounds lost only 6 to go. I could use some loosing myself ;).

… a dopo … Need to head for the airport … J

 

… easy catch up … (photo intense post)

As you know that every so often I am MIA, unable to post due to travel …
Here are a few of the sights and sounds of my trip to Italy. As an easy catch up … this is what I have been up to in pic collages.
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… from the plane to the train …
… it was a little cold …
… loved the hotel … (work) …
… orange my favorite color …
… enjoyed some great fish. Something else to be said about the pics … not so great
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… and yes we worked too … no pics to prove … I promise you I did :)
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… after the tradeshow it was family time … (not pictured) …
… food is ever so important …
… my friend surprised me with stracciatella … a cheese I can only find in Reggio Emilia …
… paparedelle al ragù ..
… bruschetta, of course …
… lasagne …
… a modified pepperonata …
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… I got to visit with my friend one of the FIFTEEN ateliers for the restoration of antique clothing and textile. Amazing …
… and enjoyed a beautiful chilly winter day …
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… went for a wonderful dinner at my nephew’s restaurant …
… as always impeccable service and food …
… often present wonderful cappelletti …
.. that chandelier was actually my father in law’s sister’s … Beautiful.
… It was nice to be able to be there before it opened …
… and at home … the meals were just as delicious …
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… I was so lucky to be able to see my brother in law’s play … in DIALECT!
… as a side note … I just wanted to add I love the beauty and character of all the Italian dialects …
… he did awesome … he was the main character!
… they all did great …
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… l’aperitvo with my lifelong friends …
… believe me this was the best pic, after what it seemed 100 shots …
… time to head home and then to Mexico for another tradeshow …
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… the meal after the show was done was delicious …
… after a very long trip I enjoyed trip I enjoyed quality time at home with my artist …
… and then headed off to see my other beauty …
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… so there you go … you are all caught up!
… have a great one …
… a dopo … J

… Sunday … Snow … Volunteering … Resolutions …

Let’s see so Friday here was t-shirt weather. Yes, t-shirt weather which would not be bad or highly unusual … maybe a early break for spring. Temperature changes are frequent in Charlotte, however we did not expect such a difference in temperature however this is what we found … snow.

Yes, snow … it snowed … 4 cm … it was gloriously beautiful and wonderfully cold … you won’t find that I often refer to cold weather with such fondness, usually … but this time around it just felt great … the cold felt crisp and airy and almost seemed to clean the air … of maybe it was my own need for a lightness that seems to elude me lately.

Today our Sunday was filled with volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. One of my chosen charities and community service organizations.

… we collected donations in the arena … all in all we walked about 6 miles in our 3 hour shift …

… we worked up our appetite and ate brunch at one of our favorite restaurants 5Church …
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… we came home to an excited puppy … playtime led to a fun run in the mud left where the snow had once been … we were forced to include a nice hot shower to our Sunday plans …
… before and after pic below …

… so adorable, so lucky, so spoiled …

… I am doing good in one of my New Year’s Resolutions …

I finished another book … Damaged by Cathy Glass … it was a tough book, very graphic words at times … and I kept waiting for justice and resolution … and it didn’t find it … at least in the way I wanted to.

I searched the Internet for answers and found out after reading the book that it was a true story … and the real life resolution pained me … or rather, I felt pain for Cathy and Jodie … I found myself looking for the happy ending … in a way there is some happiness in the end for Jodie … but after the horror of her life all I felt was deep sadness. For the time being I don’t think I will read another book from this series … I think my mind needs a break … may seem a little selfish after the subject at hand and the horrific events that were endured by Jodie … but my heart at the moment can’t handle more …

I’m getting ready to pack … packing on a Sunday is always so hard … I have another week of travel, one week home, and again more travel, BUT after that I will be home for two whole weeks … can’t wait … I miss being at home … I love to travel and I love my job … but sometimes I just love to be home.

… I better go pack … Happy rest of Sunday! … J