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Sending a little Monday love


Cheese Louise, Kitty and I just wanted to say HI and THANK YOU for the fun pseudo-playdate this morning.. maybe the kitties didn’t have the best time but it was fun!  We hope you have a great day, and please ignore the super dirty carpet — I vacuumed last night and now the apartment is so clean I don’t recognize it!


Kitty & Lady


change is here

shepard-fairey-barack-obama1  i just finished watching barack obama’s inaugural address – let’s hope our nation, our leaders and fellow individuals follow through with our current momentum and fervor, holding each other accountable for the change and progress we hope to accomplish. 

this day not only marks the commencement of our 44th president but my return to ciao chow ciao!  i thought about returning for the new year, but those resolutions and fresh starts are so overrated.  no, just kidding m.m.  the holiday craze and subsequent struggle to get back into real life did not make my participation a priority.  thank you, m.m., for holding down the fort and providing your thoughts and delicious dishes.  i did make some changes after the holiday, though.  i’ve been hitting the gym regularly – 4 to 5 times a week.  also, i’ve been a vegetarian since the start of the new year.  things are going great!  i’ve been very conscious about what i’ve been eating and have been trying to focus on positive and realistic body transformation!  i couldn’t do it, though, without the help of cheddar chap…he’s been very supportive AND he’s doing yoga…everyday!  i hate yoga, but i’ll post about that later.

unfortunately, i’m at work now and cannot post much more.  i look forward to sharing my new vegetarian recipes and lifestyle, as well as my journey through 2009 thus far!

cheers and love,

cheese louise!

In which I tackle New Year’s Resolutions.


[Photo from my Christmas vacation!] Morning, C. Louise! Thanks for the delicious enchilada dinner this weekend — the salad on the side makes them healthy, right? In any case, I had a fabulous time and you better let me host the next (impromptu) dinner party! I’m thinking lamb stew and crusty bread. Or maybe chili and cornbread. Whatever.

Onward, march: Last night I got to thinking quite a bit about 2008, what I did (or didn’t) do. My highs, my lows. How I felt, if I grew, what I learned, what I wanted, and how that changed. C.L., 2008 was a CRAZY year for me. It wasn’t all good, but it sure was eventful. I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions, but there’s something about the concept of a ‘fresh start’ that is really appealing to me this time around. Reinvention, reconception, reimagining who we can — and want — to be is kind of what this blog is all about, right? At least in some way. Or at least, the idea of being the best version of ourselves.

That being said, there are some resolutions that I’m going to try out and flex my Commitment Muscles. I obviously can’t do them all at once, all the time, but instead maybe I’ll pick a certain week to focus on one, and see how it works.

1. Join morning yoga class. (This so did not work in 2008.)

2. Take more short walks while at work. (I hate sitting at a desk for 8-10 hours a day.)

3. Cook more meals at home, spend less money out eating.

4. Call my parents more.

5. DRINK LESS. (This will be really tough. So maybe I’ll just amend it to: “Drink less beer.”)

6. Write more about music, listen to more music. (This one will be easy.)

7. Think less about my weight, and more about how I feel about my weight. (This will be the hardest one; I already broke it this weekend when I bought a scale and spent 2 hours being depressed about the number in the little window.)

8. Spend more time with Cheddar Chap and Cheese Louise!! ❤

i’m back…

thanks for holding down the fort, m.m., while i’ve been m.i.a.!!!!  i came off a long weekend of funeral induced reunions, end of semester recouping and work.  but i’m back!

i had horrible eating habits during this time; although, i did enjoy the 5 white castle burgers (they’re little) and pizza rolls! ; ) last night, the fun continued with pizza and wings!  however, last night i got a full 9 and half hours of sleep! woke up a bit after 7, made some tea (i’m off coffee), read news, journaled, chatted with cheddar chap… i feel so good, and it’s barely 9am! i’ll be heading to the gym shortly, followed by a day of grading papers.

i feel slightly over-caffeinated…in a good way. is this contributing to my happiness? i don’t know. but, m.m., i can’t wait to hug you!


cheese louise : )


so, my grandma and last surviving grandparent passed away yesterday afternoon.  i’m twisted with emotion; not my own sadness over personal loss, but the heartbreaking situation of a miserable woman who managed to alienate her family and lay sick and all alone before dying in those same circumstances.  could i have made this sad woman happy?  could i have brought joy to a woman who had nothing left to live for?  as granddaughter, yet daughter of the son who felt nothing but anger towards his mother, what is/was my position?  it was a relationship of holiday cash and phone calls,  excited childhood visits because of her proximity to  Disney World.  but now i wonder, did i ignore my responsibility to a once adored family member or would my attention have betrayed my father?  everyone in my family has something to say on the issue, and none of those words are positive.  maybe it was this energy that perpetuated my ignorance, told me it wasn’t my battle, concern, problem?  regardless of anyone else’s feelings, my grandmother is dead, and my overwhelming reaction is guilt.

so to take my/your mind off anything that might be bothering you today, watch this:

i ❤ natalie portman.

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