Thursday, July 30, 2009


I start getting "Proms" fever about this time of year. For anybody scratching their head, it's the world's most wonderful classical-music festival, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, sponsored by the BBC. I fell in love with the "Proms" in 2004 and have been making it an annual thing. Wish I could go for the whole two months, but, there ARE other things in life and I can't leave the home and the critters that long!!!
So, my bags are GETTING packed, I've got my reservations.......we stay in the dorms at Imperial College, right behind the Albert Hall, making it convenient to the concerts, esp "Last Night" when you need to run home and change into glad-rags.
2005, I discovered "Promming" which refers to standing in the arena and is where all the fun starts, so we (me and whoever comes along) have been doing that ever since. I've made some nice friends promming. Took one of my "giggle of girls" along last year, Liz, and I think I planted the seeds of an opera fan. It's such fun to show the kids London...I get to see it all "for the first time all over again!"
Here's a movie from 2008 of a local choir letting us all practice "Jerusalem" and warm up for "Last Night of the Proms!"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

losing it

Well, having gotten a handle on the gluten-free thing, I am back to doing Weight Watchers. One of the tricky things is that anything with the GF flours involved tends to be very high-calorie, due to the addition of things like tapioca starch.
I guess the "one day at a time" is the best approach. I did pretty well yesterday and came in on-target with my points.
I will go to their meetings when hell freezes over. I do the online.
One thing about doing the plan conscientiously is that I get more fruits and veggies into my diet and this is a good thing.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

drugstore renovation and school lunches

One of the local institutions, Carter Drugs, has done a renovation. I guess I need to drop by and see if they have a) restored the "old" look or just done more "modernization."
I hate to sound like an old f*** but, when I was a kid, the downtown drugstores still had those great little black-and-white, octagonal tiles and the "ice-cream parlour" chairs and tables...and they ALL had an ice-cream parlour! My doctor used to give me a "prescription" for "one big, chocolate ice-cream cone" and we'd go to the drugstore and get it. (nice doctor!!!)
We shall stay tuned.
Made it through a week of "art camp" lunches without getting gluttened.
I do wonder what's in the hot-dogs, though. I guess I should have checked, but I melt before a cheap, nasty, chemical-filled hot dog, even without the bun. (the GF buns I had in the fridge and took along the first week, were AWFUL. I threw them out when I came home.)
I have leftovers around here up the wazoo from all the eating-out I did this week. Lunch today will be leftover ribs from Grumble's, leftover coleslaw from the Ranch, and there's something else in there, I forget what. My fridge is a jumble of little styrofoam "go plates."

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Hooray for Betty Crocker!!

I made up the new gluten-free yellow-cake this week as cupcakes. They're GREAT and even freeze quite nicely. I tried them on some non-allergic friends who couldn't tell the difference. Of course, having to order them from amazon means having about a year's supply of each. Oh well.