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Test: survive one day in LA using only Samsung Pay

Test: Forget your wallet at home and use only your phone, equipped with Samsung Pay, to support yourself from 9am to 5pm. Result: fail 1) Poke place gave a “gateway error” 4x in a row. Could not pay at a POP that was otherwise known to be compatible; eventually got my lunch for free, as I was holding up the...

International Travel

You’ve got to go thru hell before you get to heaven… Top photo: At least we got fed! Bottom photo: I am never going home! (Hotel Locanda Orseolo, Venice, IT)

Memories of Rivoire (Florence, IT)

Espresso, barely sweetened whipped cream, and finely chopped nuts. Life doesn’t have to be any more complicated than this. http://blog.restaurantsinflorence.com/desserts/hot-chocolate-in-florence/ “Rivoire Hours: Tue-Sun 8am-Midnight; Address: Piazza delle Signoria 5R, historical center of Florence. http://www.rivoire.it/ Also ranked favorably on Tripadvisor, Rivoire is a Florentine tradition for all things chocolate and considered by many the BEST in town. I personally don’t hold...

Borders on

Pretty happy with the contrast of the dark borders with the quilt top. I’ve been admiring the quilt blocks tonight and the design key I think is the diamond shape made up of 16 postage stamps. If it’s made if a strong fabric then it really identifies the block: and then in between those blocks, at the “4 corners” where...

Shangri-la-dee-dah

… is what Barney Rubble called it. In one of my previous lives working for a major consumer electronics company, our business trips to Singapore/Malaysia put us at the Singapore Shangri-La hotel on Orchard Road. I had never stayed at a hotel this luxurious in my entire life but I took to it like a duck to water. I didn’t...

Sushiya (Escondido, CA)

Mario Roll – battered yellowtail, crab and shrimp tempura inside, eel sauce and spicy sauce on top. Meaty, crunchy, and spicy. Better than the crunchy roll. And then when you also get someone’s leftover tempura, even better! We can all feel sorry for Mr A who is still slogging thru a 2nd month of Medifast: (insert sad trombone noise) Not...

Quilt update

I discarded the dark green block and made two more in mid to light tones. Now I have tan, lavender, green, and blue blocks: When sewn together, they look like this: Now we’re ready to add the borders to the top. The blocks above will be used in very corners. And again through the magic of PhotoGrid I can visualize...

Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office

Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office https://nyti.ms/2DYFnj2 “We can also encourage girls toward a different approach to school — one that’s more focused on economy of effort, rather than how many hours they put in. Whenever one of the academically impressive and persistently anxious girls in my practice tells me about staying up...

Second visit to Blue Water Seafood (San Diego)

Blue Water Seafood works well for Mr A’s Medifast diet so we hit it up again tonight. Not as busy as last weekend, probably due to it being Superbowl Sunday! Mr A tried the blackened swordfish salad tonight. Beautiful on the plate and tasty but he says he prefers the Wahoo/Ono in this preparation. Look at the generous fish portion!...

Corner squares

Playing with some corner blocks for the quilt. The lighter ones for the inner lighter border, the darker blocks for the darker outer border corners. But the little chicks were just the right size to fit inside the 1″ squares. So were the bees in this block: These light colored blocks are a challenge for me as I feel more...